Black Richard’s Heart by Suzan Tisdale is book five in her Clan McDougall series. Though part of a series, this novel reads well as a standalone.
Black Richard MacCullough, son of Galen MacCullough and former foster of Clan MacDougall, is being forced by King David ll to marry the daughter of The McRay, his family’s sworn enemy. Black Richard face is severely scarred, so he hopes the daughter will refuse to marry him.
Aeschene MacRay, the only daughter to Garrin and Elspeth MacRay, is Richard’s intended. She is vision impaired and has been hidden away in the attic because her father feels she is imperfect and not worthy of being his daughter.
The union between Richard and Aeschene is fraught with distrust and animosity. They have to fight the enemies surrounding them and the preconceived notions each has of the other in order to allow love to blossom in their relationship.
Black Richard’s Heart immediately grabs the reader’s attention and holds it throughout. I stayed up all night to finish it. The characters are strong and well-developed. The reader is given glimpses of characters from previous books in the series. There is some sexual content, but it is tastefully done and doesn’t detract from the storyline. This is a 5 out of 5 star read and I recommend it to all readers of historical romantic suspense.
My thanks to Suzan Tisdale and Targe & Thistle, Inc. for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: February 25, 2020