Friday, March 10, 2017

Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands ~ Review

Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.

Source:  Received book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I've heard a lot about this author but this is my first book by her.  She's well known for her vampire series and I was hoping some historical Scotts were going to be just as good.  Dougall is definitely good.

I'll admit that it takes a bit to get into the cadence of reading the Scottish accent but I soon learned to enjoy the words.  And the kilts?  Oh so much fun.  I loved the setting.  The book starts in England but quickly moves to Scotland.  It's very much Scottish.  And the highlanders are an interesting lot.

The characters are well rounded and intriguing.  This is the fourth book in a series but my first book.  I didn't have any issues catching on to the dynamics of the characters.  I want to go back and read Saidh's book (The Highlander Takes a Bride) for sure.  I enjoyed her as a secondary character and would love to hear her story.  One can hope that some of Dougall's brothers will get a book as well.  I loved how they all were eager to help Murine and they were so much fun.  A certain brawl about the floor was a hoot.

Of course the stars of this book were Dougall and Murine.  Dougall is adorable.  He's always sweeping her up into his arms to fix things but she does a lot of fixing herself.  Both are strong willed and capable in their own right.  And together they are combustible.  The waterfall scenes were bursting in heat.  But I loved their character the most.  Both are willing to risk everything for the other.  Both fall quickly for each other and become protective.  Both are concerned for the others wants and needs.  They were good together.

As for the story, it's enjoyable.  In the worst of bad luck streaks, Murine is in one fine mess.  She takes it upon herself to try and fix it and ends up in more trouble.  Enter Dougall to save the day.  I will admit to wanting to smack them both for not paying attention to what felt like huge clues as to what was really going on.  And the "twist" was no twist to me, I had it all figured out by the end.  But it's a good read.  I wanted things to work out for them and I enjoyed watching things play out.

It's satisfying and sexy, this is just the right choice when you want good historical.


1 comment:

  1. I love historical Scottish romances! It's something about the accent and those kilts! It's been so long since I've read an Avon romance, I think I need to change that! lol Great review Valerie!