This is book 4 in the Scandalous Highlanders series.
Munro "Bear" MacLawry lives up to his nickname. Always the big and brawny one in the family, he has always been protective of his family. But as each of his siblings marry, Bear finds himself more and more alone. They all have their own families now and Bear is definitely not ready to settle down no matter how hard his brother pushes him. When he finds Catriona MacColl hiding in the woods, he finds someone in need of his protection...or does she?
Catriona and her sister are hiding from an English Duke as well as their father's family each for their own reasons. Finding the abandoned building was a blessing as winter was approaching, that is until Bear show ups. Having been raised like a boy by her father, Catriona resents Bear's presence as she believes she can take care of her sister and herself just fine. But when Bear shows up every day and makes their life better by fixing up their temporary home, she is surprised to find herself looking forward to his visits.
Can two individuals who think they don't need a partner find the a love that they didn't know they wanted?
I've been looking forward to Bear's story for awhile now. With him being a lot "rougher" than his siblings, I knew that he would not fall for the typical highland lass. Enoch did not disappoint me with his story!
Catriona was definitely not your typical heroine. Having been raised by her father like she was a boy, she knew how to take care of herself living off of the land. Bear was impressed with those qualities. But he also saw the woman behind the short hair and male clothing. Catriona challenged Bear, which he was not used to. Coming from the family that he did, woman were throwing themselves at him. Catriona didn't want anything to do with him, which I think was probably the first thing that attracted him to her. She didn't like him, therefore she was a challenge to him. But once he got to know her, he was attracted to her qualities.
I do believe this is the last book in the series, but wouldn't it be great if Enoch gave up another one!! I will definitely miss this family as this has been one of my favorite series!