Book review: Emily Royal, Sins of the Sire

The Sins of the Sire

The Sins of the Sire


Two years ago, English noblewoman, Elyssia De Montford, risked her life to free the Highlander held prisoner by her sadistic fiancé. She cannot forget the man who first stirred her heart–a memory that burns anew when she finds herself once more on the road to Scotland.

Tavish MacLean has sworn vengeance. It’s been six years since his beloved sister was raped and murdered by an English lord, a tragedy which almost destroyed his family. On his deathbed, his father demanded retribution and Tavish pledged before his clan to enslave the lord’s daughter then send her back to her father, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. When he learns that she is travelling north, he seizes his opportunity and orders her abduction.

But when his men fling the prisoner before him, Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life. Loyalty to his clan trumps the debt he owes her and he claims Elyssia as his captive. Though she’s one of the hated English, her willing body ignites passion in him at night, though she fights him at every turn during the day. As time passes, he questions his loyalty, finding himself increasingly enthralled by his fiery captive.

Treachery surrounds Clan MacLean. When long-buried secrets come to light, Tavish must risk his life and his clan, or all that he holds dear will be destroyed.

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK

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I’m going to start this review with a bit of a warning: this read is a lot darker and brutal than a lot I’ve read recently. There are quite graphic descriptions of violence, including torture and rape, as well as graphic sex scenes. These are integral to the plot, and fitting in context, but I still wouldn’t advise reading this particular title if you’re unhappy with such topics.

Having said that, if you can handle the occasional piece of darker fiction, this really was an absolute page-turner, and despite an initial flinch or two, I really did engage with the characters, and understood why so many of the book’s action took place. At the heart of the story though, for me, was a bigger emotion than that between lovers, but the affection and kinship of siblings, which is at the centre of so many characters’ decisions throughout the tale. These decisions drove the story, and kept me just as hooked as the heated exchanges between Tavish and Elyssia.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to those who prefer their romances with a darker edge.

About Emily

The Sins of the Sire Author PHoto

Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, UK and has always had a passion for romance and strong alpha heroes. After graduating from Oxford University and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot, she started a career in financial services in order to indulge her love of mathematics.

She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She reignited her passion for romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme.

When not working on algebra or keeping Twinkle from slithering over the keyboard, Emily enjoys painting and playing the piano. She can often be found wandering about the hills of Scotland looking for inspiration.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @eroyalauthor



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The Sins of the Sire Giveaway Prize

Giveaway #1 – notebook + mug with cover image + Scottish treats (UK only)

Giveaway #2 – notebook + 2 Scottish coasters (International)

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