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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Forever
Released on May 29, 2018
Scottish highlands, a broken laird and the lass he has no right to want. What’s not to love? It’s a historical story with all the wondrous trappings of a romance to both swoon for and be delighted by.
Years ago I read way more than my share of Scottish highland romances, mainly during high school and they were pretty tame back then. Recently, I got back into reading some historical romance and thought I would try this one when I saw it on Net Galley. It ended up being a fairly good read with some really heartwarming moments.
Lachland MacKenzie is the Laird of Black Isle, but in truth, hasn’t been much of one for over two years. After losing his wife and daughter in a fire, he became withdrawn and uncommunicative. When he hears that is daughter might be alive and all he has to do is kidnap a young woman to trade for his daughter, there’s really no question. Of course, he knows the man is a scoundrel, but he is only focused on his daughter. Mailie MacGregor has turned down a perfectly horrible man named Ranald Sinclair and wants nothing to do with him. When she goes to market day with several members of her family, she wants nothing more than a nice afternoon out. Getting kidnapped was not on her agenda.
I had fun getting to know the two main characters, Mailie in particular. She’s spunky, courageous and determined to find her way back home. She’s also beautiful, sweet and caring. Lachlan never knew what hit him the day he brought her home. He’s been broken for over two years and wants nothing more than to see or speak to no one except for his old nursemaid, Ruth. Mailie is a breath of fresh air to the dark and dingy castle she finds herself in. Since they have to wait two weeks for word to reach Sinclair, she has lots of time to change things. I pictured Lachland like a huge lumberjack or something similar. He’s strong as an Ox, but he has a marshmallow heart. He’s also his horribly scarred on one side of his face. Beauty and the Beast anyone?
This was my first book by Paula Quinn so I had no idea what I was getting before reading this. I now know she’s a very prolific writer and I definitely would be willing to read another book by her. The romance and sensual scenes she writes were almost perfect for this couple. The initial premise was a good one as well. One problem with the book came in the middle when the action really lags. I even put it down for awhile, not sure if I was going to finish it. At almost four hundred pages, I think at least fifty pages could have been trimmed as unnecessary to the story-if not more. I persevered and ended up enjoying the rest of the read. And not to be picky, but the cheesy lines during some of the more sensual scenes literally had me shaking my head. But who knows, maybe they actually talked like that back then? As far as the heartwarming moments, I am going to leave that to the reader to discover. Just know there are actually quite a few of them.
For adults that love a good sensual Highland romance, I do recommend this book.