"plenty of fun in the conclusion and overall story"
THE GUNN OF KILLERNAN is a lively, well-written historical
story set in Scotland. For reasons of his own, twelve-year
old Derek's grandfather, the current Gunn, leader of the
Killearnan clan, has betrothed his grandson to the newborn
daughter of a neighboring Earl. He then sends the boy off
for fostering, to keep those who wish the boy harm from
success. Eighteen years later, Derek, now better known as
the "Beast of Battle" returns to Scotland to claim his
bride, something he must do before his thirtieth birthday
or risk losing the title of Gunn to his cousin. He has
other problems as well, since he is being hunted by
the "Covenanters" who want to see him hang. The girl,
Catriona, hasn't had the easiest of lives, and doesn't wish
to substitute a monster of a father for a beast of a
husband, and so runs away. Of course, they wind up hiding
out in the same secluded cottage leading to the cute first
Cat's character was reasonably well defined, even if her
dialect seemed to slip in and out. In the beginning, she
spoke as a Scotswoman but by the end of the book she was
using phrases like "You are quite the little philosopher."
The hero had one serious failing. For some reason he never
seemed able to defend the heroine, even when she is beaten.
Instead, the situation is played as comedy. That was okay,
but I really wanted to see her father get a taste of what
he was handing out. After that, Derek seemed conciliatory
enough, and he did try to make sure his badly hurt bride
didn't die from her injuries. But even so, there didn't
seem to be the kind of "sparks" you expect to find between
a hero and heroine. But there was plenty of fun in the
conclusion and overall, I rather liked this book. The
writing was very good, the author perfectly capable of
telling a good story.
Janet Miller © Copyright 2002
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
originally published @
Amazing Authors Showcase
Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted June 15, 2002
Set in Scotland of 1650, GUNN tells the story of two people
who are caught up in a war, a relationship neither desires,
goals and ambitions, spiced with treachery and danger,
which, in turn, makes them slaves to their passions.
Because of his mother's lies, Gerek Gunn does not trust
women. So when he runs smack dab into a fiery little lassie
poorly disguised as a lad, he knows better than to believe
a word she says. Even if she is intriguing. Still, Gerek
has one goal, to become "The Gunn of Killearnan". And no
once will get in his way.
Catriona McFarr escapes her cruel father and brothers and
thinks she has foiled them when she runs into the biggest,
most handsome man she's ever seen. Knowing all men must be
like her family, she doesn't trust this man. Still he might
be better than returning to wed her intended, The Beast of
Battle. Anything would be better than that. Catriona fights
for her independence at every turn.