A ROSE IN THE STORM by New York Times Bestselling author Brenda Joyce is without a doubt, a bonafide “Epic” love story.


With warfare blazing through Scotland, the fate of the Comyn-MacDougall legacy depends on one woman. Recently orphaned, young Margaret Comyn must secure her clan’s safety through an arranged marriage. But when an enemy invasion puts her at the mercy of the notorious Wolf of Lochaber, her every loyalty—and secret want—will be challenged.


Legendary warrior Alexander “the Wolf” MacDonald rides with Robert Bruce to seize the throne of Scotland. But when he takes the fiery Lady Margaret prisoner, she quickly becomes far more than a valuable hostage. For the passion between them threatens to betray their families, their country…and their hearts.

Captured by war… claimed by desire”

Unfortunately, for me, Alexander and Margaret’s story was a little too much “Epic” and not enough romance.

Set in the midst of the chaotic struggle for the crown of Scotland between Robert the Bruce and King Edward, it’s hard not to get caught up in the history which keeps the story engaging until the very end, but also makes it hard to become completely engaged in the love story.

…it’s hard not to get caught up in the history…

Written completely in the first person from Margaret’s prospective certainly doesn’t help. It might have made all the difference in the world for this story if we were also privy to the thoughts and feelings of the hero. His questionable actions in certain parts of the story nearly made me put the book down and not pick it up again. Not knowing why he did what he did or possibly the emotional struggle he faced in the doing, was incredibly frustrating.

The other things that bothered me was the way the “intimate” moments were written, which is to say they didn’t feel the least bit intimate at all. For the amount of buildup that was given to the heroine finally succumbing to their long fought against attraction, at the very least their first time together should have been given more than a couple of lukewarm paragraphs. Kiss…Kiss…thrust..fade to black! Very disappointing!

As a long time fan of Brenda Joyce, an author who writes passion so perfectly, I cannot understand why it was treated so shabbily in this story.

While I would still recommend this book to those who enjoy heroic tales of adventure set against the backdrop of history, I cannot personally recommend it to lovers of a good romance.


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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.