Bronwyn McQuade is caught between two warring families - her own and the McJames
- neighboring Scottish clans enmeshed in a long-standing feud. Thirty years
after Laird McQuade lost the woman he was going to marry to Laird McJames in a
game of cards, animosity still simmers between the two clans. A marriage looks like the only way to stop the fighting,
and Bronwyn is the lass to see it done - with the help of Cullen McJames, of course.
Cullen can't get his first meeting with the only
McQuade daughter out of his head. It doesn’t help that Laird McQuade has blackened his name at court
by charging him with sullying the man's only daughter. With the consent of the king of Scotland,
Cullen sets out to steal Bronwyn and make her his in the eyes of the church.
Erik McQuade married his third wife in hopes of adding more land to his holdings. It turns out that his cunning wife bequeathed her future offspring with the land, so Erik and his sons, Liam and Sodac,
are determined that Bronwyn never marry to keep the land in the possession of
the McQuades. Cullen botches that plan when he steals her from her bath one night and secrets her away to his holdings, where he makes an honest woman of her.
In the Warrior's Bed is well written but with its Scottish setting I expected bloodshed and battles. There's really none of that except toward the end, when the
McQuade brothers try to kill their sister and a brief skirmish ensues. The book
is mostly taken up with sexual delights to which Bronwyn agrees too readily for me;
this would have been a much better book had there been a little bit of a struggle in that department as well. Overall, In the Warrior's Bed is an enjoyable read if a little boring, with no bloodshed and
scant struggling on Bronwyn’s part toward Cullen.