I really loved the idea of this book and I think its length was the biggest hindrance to its ideal execution. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it. But I believe that with a bit more development, it could have gone to the next level.
Roderick MacLauchlan is a mercenary Berserker. He is huge, gorgeous, powerful and mute. Evelyn is an orphaned Englishwoman who works in a tavern in Scotland. She has a little bit of precognition, but it has only ever caused her problems. When she “sees” Roderick’s death, she isn’t sure what to do. Can she change his fate? Does she even want to get involved? All of her past experiences tell her no, but she is drawn to him in a way she can’t ignore. And once they share a night together, things change even more than she could have ever expected.
I love the idea of a mute Berserker so much, I could just roll around in it for days and Roderick does deliver on the promise of the premise. The love scene with Evelyn is hot and I liked their HEA. But there was so much that was underdeveloped. I would have happily read more backstory on both characters. I would have loved more interaction leading up to their night together AND more interaction afterward. The whole story takes place in such a short period of time, it can barely move beyond the superficial. That’s a shame because the idea is awesome –and I liked what I read. There just wasn’t enough of it.
I picked this story up after reading and loving Kerrigan Byrne’s The Highwayman. This is the first of her three MacLauchlan stories. Unfortunately, it looks like they are all short like this one (about 60 pages.) The blurbs look good, though.
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Kerrigan Byrne
Release Date: March 24, 2012