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Highland Awakening

Book 3, Highland Knights - A Highland Knights Novel

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For fans of Maya Banks, Monica McCarty, and Sabrina Jeffries, the Highland Knights series continues as a tight-knit band of Scottish mercenaries make trouble on the mean streets of London . . . and under the sheets with England’s proper young women.

As the secret author of racy romances, Lady Esme Hawkins goes to great lengths to protect her family’s honor. Which is why she carefully disguises herself before entering a notorious bordello to do research. But when Esme comes face-to-face with a brooding Highland bodyguard, she can’t easily refuse a harmless kiss . . . a kiss that inflames desires ripped from the pages of her novels. Acting on them, however, would risk revealing Esme’s identity—and the fact that she’s engaged to another man.

As a Highland Knight sworn to protect the crown, Camden McLeod never expected to follow his client into a bordello—nor could he anticipate meeting a bright, innocent lass with lush lips and eyes the color of the sea. Instantly, Cam knows he must possess her. But to do so, he’ll need to give up his rakish ways, embrace his role as heir to his despised father, and snuff out a deadly threat to his brothers in arms. By comparison, winning Esme away from her insipid fiancé will be pure pleasure.

Praise for Highland Awakening

“Her unique storytelling combined with her fresh spin on historical romance makes Jennifer Haymore a reader favorite!”Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan

“Jennifer Haymore is a master at combining suspense, intrigue, romance, and hunky Scottish warriors. If you want a true alpha hero, then Highland Awakening is a must read.”—Sharon Cullen, author of Sutherland’s Secret

“Readers will love this story as it incorporates humor, extremely hot love scenes, anger, love, family and forgiveness in well-thought-out flowing dialogue.”—Sportochick’s Musings (five stars)

“I’m excited to read the next book in the Highland Knights series, Highland Temptation, which stars Colin Stirling.”—Historical Romance Lover (five stars)

“A female heroine in a historical who actually writes naughty stories just had to be a character I enjoyed.”—(un)Conventional Bookviews

“This is the second book in the Highland Knights series and I am hoping there will be more!”—Kilts and Swords

“I enjoyed this book. Cam and Esme were perfect for each other.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

“I will definitely be keeping up with the series.”—Happy Ever After Book Reviews

Praise for Jennifer Haymore’s Highland Heat

“In this intelligent and exciting new Scottish series, sensuality, passion, and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale.”USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans

“Readers will respect Grace’s strength when she is sorely tested, while Duncan’s warm, courageous heart will enrapture fans of Scottish rogues. In this first book in her Highland Knights series, Haymore teases readers into craving the next installment, though this work reads well as a stand-alone novel.”Library Journal
“This story of class difference is the perfect mix of romance and drama. It kept me turning the pages straight through to the end.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Customer Reviews


This is my second book by Jennifer Haymore and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The Highland Knights are a secret group of men who are higher education protection. Camden McLeod is a son of a Scottish Earl who wants nothing to,do with society's trapping and nothing at to do with his father. While protecting Viscount Pinfield he meets Lady Esme Hawkins and is instantlyntaken with her. Only problem is Cams used to taking what he wants and he sets out to get the lovely Lady Esme. Both Cam and Esme are shadowed by secrets, life altering secrets. Cam knows what he's doing is wrong and he will ultimately hurt Esme but he can't stay away. He. Must. Have. Her. Someone's out to get the Highland Knights and Cam is about to lose everything that's meant everything to him if he's not careful.
I can't wait to read the next book with Sir Colin and Lady Emilia Pinfield.


Ooooooo this book was soooooo freakin' gooooooood! And here I thought I loved Duncan and Grace's story from Highland Heat!

Highland Awakening is book #2 in the Highland Knights series written by Jennifer Haymore. I was super excited when I went on my lunch break a few weeks back and saw an email from NetGalley saying that it was already available for request! LoveSwept is not due to release it until March 29, 2016 but I was lucky enough to get an ARC so here is my review! I'm literally all gitty!

This book was extremely well written. Then again, the last one was superb as well.

Both hero and heroine, Cam and Esme, were the perfect characters in my opinion. He was brooding and take charge, yet a caring and honorable man. Even though Cam had the tendency to do things pretty much to control Esme, there wasn't even a moment when I could really be mad at him. You could tell from his thoughts that he wasn't doing it just to be an a-hole. She was shy and clumsy, yet adventurous and strong deep down where none but Cam could see. I loved how as a 'Lady' she did what she wanted with the writing romance stories in secret, despite the possibility of being discovered. Both characters had really good back stories which I loved and there was murder, mystery, and sexiness all up in this book.

You guys have got to read this book! I just looked it up and I am super excited that Colin and Emilia's book is going to be coming out in August! Oh I just can't wait!! This book totally deserved the 5 starts that I rated it, it was just that good!

So it was a if an entertaining story but it could have been more

Lady Esme may seem an innocent lady of propriety but in truth she is a woman that knows everything there is to know about love-making, and what she lacks in practice she makes up in imagination. Highland Knight Camden McLeod meets Lady Esme in the most peculiar way and after that moment he realizes he must know more about the lady.

So the story itself was an easy and entertaining read however there were two things that prevented me from enjoying to the fullest. One is that perhaps I'm a bit bored with the bodyguard trope that I've been seeing a lot of lately but I just didn't feel this story gave me anything fresh; I even felt it fell short compared to the first one. And yes, I do understand that most romances (or any other genre for that matter) use a formulaic format but that's how it felt to me.

There is also Cam's attitude. There are heroes that that will go to the extremes to get the woman they DESIRE, those passionate highlanders that will never take no for an answer, those that will act all possessive towards the object of their affection, and then there is Cam.

Revealing more will give away spoilers but I'll say this: like many other highlanders he was presented as a ruthless alpha male, capable of love, willing to do anything and everything for the heroine however in my opinion that was his biggest flaw. There were times that he did things in "the name of love" or for the benefits of others but in actuality his reasons were more selfish than not and even sounded like a break of an unspoken code of honor.
In the end everything is remedied but to me it sounded like it was a little too late. All in all the writing was fast-paced and like I said it was entertaining so 3 stars for at least giving me that.

*** I received a copy of this story via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ***

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Highland Awakening
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 29, 2016
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 248 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Highland Knights
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