Review: Once a Warrior by Karyn Monk
Ariella MacKendrick knew her people had only one hope for survival: she must find the mighty warrior known as the Black Wolf and bring him home to defend her clan. But when Ariella finally tracks him down, Malcolm MacFane is nothing like the hero she dreamed he would be.
The fearless laird who once led a thousand men is a drunken shell of his former self, scarred inside and out, with no army in sight. Yet Ariella has no choice but to put her trust in MacFane. And soon something begins to stir in the fallen legend. A fire still rages in his warrior heart–a passion that could lead them into battle…a desire, barely leashed, that could brand a Highland beauty’s soul.
~ I love books that feature imperfect characters and Once a Warrior is one of thise books. The hero is physically and emotionally shattered when the book opens and he remains that way for quite a while. His self-loathing knows no bounds and while the heroine, who has suffered tragedies of her own, understands his plight she can’t afford to be sympathetic.
Karyn Monk has an excellent grasp on the twists and turns of the human psyche and she’s crafted two very real characters in Ariella and MacFane. They have their flaws and they aren’t downplayed one bit. At times I found myself not liking either one of them all that much but I’m glad I stuck with them until the end of the book. This is the kind of romance that readers will love sinking their teeth into. ~ Renee, www.ireadromance.com