I read this as it's part of the Highland Guard series. Unlike the other books, this novella focused more on the romance between main character Sir James Douglas and Joanna Dicson, and not so much on the Anglo-Scotland war between the Bruce army and England.
What disappointing me was how much I dislike either main character. Black Douglas was ambitious driven by duty and need to avenge his father. His treatment of Joanna was callous but the girl starry-eyed worshipping doormat attitude was no better. To me their relationship was disaster waiting to happen, both too sure of the other's affection.
The redeeming part came in a much later chapters where James had to go down from his pedestal to win back the love of his life and Joanna got her steely back and treat him as merely man, not demigod prince charming of her childhood. Although by then, it's too late for me to really like this book.
Thus the 2-stars