The Highlander’s Bride
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A passionate, fast-paced new Scottish Highlander romance series from critically acclaimed author Amanda Forester
“RIVETING, DIVERTING...DELIGHTFUL ROMANCE.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, for True Highland Spirit
Their attraction is forbidden
All Highland warrior Gavin Patrick wants is to get back to his native Scotland. But before he can leave the battlefield, he’s given a final mission—escort Lady Marie Colette to her fiancé. Under no circumstances is he to lay hands on the beautiful, clever-tongued heiress…no matter how desperate the temptation.
Their desire, undeniable
Forced to pose as a married couple to make their escape from France, Gavin and Marie Colette find themselves thrown into peril…and each other’s arms. As the danger mounts, so does their forbidden passion. But it isn’t until Marie Colette is taken from him that Gavin is forced to decide—is he willing to lose the woman who stole his heart, or will he jeopardize his honor, defy his promise, and steal her in return?
“Vivid, effortless storytelling.” —Publishers Weekly on The Highlander's Heart
An easy, non-challenging read that hit the okay button:
A mix of French nobility and Scottish knight provide the base for this story. When Gavin saves a man’s life, he is introduced to Colette, not as a bride, but as a treasured possession that he is to escort to Scotland to deliver her to her fiancé. While Gavin is instantly attracted to the beauty before him, his honor and his duty require him to complete the mission to the best of his ability.
Colette has been raised to obey and make a marriage that benefits her family. Unhappy with leaving her home and family for the unknown, she’s reserved and a bit removed. These two will have a long journey together, with several unexpected obstacles.
I wanted to see more conviction from Colette, her ‘sharp tongue’ was dismissive and made her difficult to understand or like: pretty is not an excuse for bad behavior. Her ‘opening up’ to Gavin rather felt like walking through a puddle, she didn’t have many moments that built her as a character that felt equal to Gavin. As for Gavin, he’s gobsmacked from the first by her, and I didn’t feel his ‘fighting’ the attraction as much as come up with yet another reason for them not to be together. Common in romance, but when the sole character conflict is solely based on the two characters overcoming a single obstacle (a fiancé) and the many reasons they can push off the ‘moment’ when they both decide their connection is more important.
Having really enjoyed other titles from this author, I was disappointed in the plotting flow: characters seemed to appear and disappear, with and without convictions and intentions, solely to serve the plot move forward. It didn’t hold together as well as I wanted, and while there was plenty of ‘other moments’ of created conflict (thieves, orphans, subterfuge, danger) it didn’t always feel necessary or connected in a broader sense. An easy, non-challenging read that hit the okay button: not great, not bad, but never quite hitting the good moments that make a story memorable.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review all conclusions are my own responsibility.