Lady Linet Dancort wants to escape her controlling evil brother who plans to sell her off to a man who's been known to abuse his wives to death. She wants to choose her own husband. Seeing only one way out of this situation, she rescues Seathan MacGruder, Earl of Grey, who is being held captive in her brother's dungeon. She hopes she can get him to promise to take her to the Highlands to her relatives.
Seathan is very surprised when the beautiful woman rescues him. She will only tell him that her name is Linet and that she wants his promise to take her to her relatives in the Highlands. In exchange for his promise, she will free him. Seathan doesn’t know if he can trust Linet, but if she'll free him, he'll say and do just about anything for her that's within his power. First, he has his own agenda to attend to - revenge on his enemies and saving the rightful King of Scotland from certain death. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with a woman with as many secrets as Linet seems to have. It is a dangerous and a foolhardy thing to do and just may cost him his life.
His Conquest by Diana Cosby is the third book in the His series. I found this to be a great stand alone novel, but having read this one, I want to go back and read the previous novels.
Seathan is a strong man. He is loyal, strong, and full of honor. I found myself really drawn to his character; to me he was the perfect Highlander. From his dark hair to his deep green eyes, he had my heart from page one. Even as a prisoner, you could feel his strength pour off the pages. Linet is a strong woman. She knows what she wants and is willing to do what it takes to achieve it, even if it terrifies her to try. I found her strength and inner steel to be very admirable. I also felt she was a little ahead of her time; she wants to determine her own destiny, a concept pretty foreign for women in her time period. However, I loved her progressive attitude and felt that it made her a believable and strong character, one I was cheering for all the way through the book.
I think anyone who loves books about Scottish Highlanders has to read His Conquest. I am personally going to keep this novel on my keeper shelf and look forward to the next novel in this series.