Review: The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Review: The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily BlackwoodThe Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood
Series: Highland Warrior #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 31st 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical
Pages: 291
Source: Netgalley
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A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…

They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…

Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?


This was a nice romance and a good introduction to the new series, the Clan Kincaid. It actually ended up not being quite as dark of a story as I thought it might have been, considering poor Niall and his brothers are left orphaned as children when two clans came and basically murdered their parents. It’s still a revenge story, but not as much revenging and conniving as I thought there might be. Or maybe Niall was just very efficient at infiltrating the enemy?

The romance between Niall and Elspeth was cute and while there is an instant attraction, there is a bit of a build up. I was expecting a much more broody Niall, considering Elspeth is the daughter of his worst enemy, but he actually was kinda of sweet and adorable with kids, and he winks! I liked the Elspeth was not just a daughter willing to be stuck under the thumb of her father, but sometimes I didn’t really connect with her. There was also some unnecessary angst, but that resolved fairly quickly considering. Even a part of the bigger arc story wasn’t as dramatic as I thought, though it does set up well for the rest of the series.

I guess overall, this book wasn’t quite what I expected going it, but it was still an enjoyable Scottish historical romance. So while this book didn’t blow me away, it was a lovely start to the new series. It also provided a good segue into the next book that I’m looking forward to.

“I tried to let you forget me, but I cannot.”

{* Thanks to the St. Martin’s and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


About Lily Blackwood

Lily Blackwood lives in Texas, with her husband, their two teenagers, a devoted red golden retriever and two rascally cats. She enjoys flea markets, cooking, eating and not cleaning her house! She recently taught herself to knit and has been making a mess with yarn ever since. She loves all things historical, and finds it thrilling to imagine a time period where each day held very real dangers, and true love stories and happily-ever-afters were precious and rare. Lily loves to hear from readers!

Lily is also the RITA Nominated author of Regency romances, Lily Dalton.


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2 Replies to “Review: The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood”

  1. Great review. I have been curious about this one and I am definitely wanted to get it!! I love a hero that winks and is more laid back.

    1. I like a hero like that, too!

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