Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a sweet historical fiction romance set in medieval Scotland. This is book 4 in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. This book focuses on the youngest brother, Bas Sinclair, dubbed the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death. Not only a fierce warrior, he is the executioner of the clan’s Justice. He dreads his job but does his duty. However, the way all but his family fear and avoid him weighs heavily on him. He’s resigned himself to lead a lonely, solitary life, until one day Shana falls into his life. Literally.

Shana is a midwife that attended her sister Ivy’s birth. When she learns that Ivy’s despicable clan-leader husband Erskine plans to kill Ivy’s son believing it not to be his, she sneaks the babe out of the castle and runs. As she darts through the forest she’s injured trying to avoid a pack of wolves. Bas finds her and cares for her and the baby in his hidden cabin. Shana sneaks out to rescue Ivy but is caught and ordered executed for “killing” Ivy’s baby. When Bas discovers that Shana is the person he’s supposed to execute, he stays his hand, putting his clan at war with Erskine’s.

I really enjoyed Shana and Bas and their slow-burn romance was sweet to read. It takes all of Shana’s care and patience to convince Bas he’s worthy of kindness and love. Bas still doesn’t believe that she’ll actually stay with him, but he’s determined to free her and Ivy from Erskine’s control and doesn’t care if it means war. I love the interactions between the brothers, and their gentle teasing provided great levity to the story. This is a quick and easy read that will provide you an afternoon of sweet romantic reading.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC. All opinions are my own.