Highland Destiny by Hannah Howell (1998)
Description: When destiny brought Sir Balfour Murray and his wounded brother down the same road as Maldie Kirkcaldy, she offered her services as nurse even as she tried to deny the desire this dark-eyed knight had ignited at first sign. Soon they discover that they both share a mission of vengeance, but Maldie must conceal her true identity - or be branded a spy
Sworn to avenge his family as chief of the Doncoill Clan, Balfour vows to destroy his greatest foe, Beaton of Dubhlinn, with Maldie at his side. Yet Balfour knows that he can no more trust her than he can ignore his lust for this sultry beauty. Now he is not only determined to unearth her deepest secrets, but also to pursue his passion for her.
Review: This is the first of the "highland" series that features the Murray family. I also have found it to be the most annoyingly dull installment of the entire series. I really had to fight hard to finish this tale. I think part of my problem was the constant lying of Maldie throughout the entire story. It got old... fast. I would say to skip this story, but it does lay the foundation for the series and for that alone you may need to grin and bear it.
Score: 2 out of 5