- File Size: 1084 KB
- Print Length: 289 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (November 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074SX4HM4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Enchanted by the Highlander (A Highland Fairytale) Kindle Edition
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John is bewitched by the masked woman and thinks about her constantly. He has no idea who she is until 10 months later Gilly returns and immediately John knows who his masked lady is. But Gilly is not for the likes of him, a disowned, disgraced, self proclaimed rogue and rascal. So why does it hurt so much to learn she is only staying for a few days before heading off to marry? John lets her know that he knows who she is and what she did, but he keeps her secret safe. Not that anyone would believe him anyway, Gillian is too shy, too timid and too innocent to do such a thing!
When Fia asks John to escort Gilly to her intended and to stand in for her father and give away the bride, John desperately wants to refuse, but Fia will not take no for an answer. Determined to keep his distance and to ignore the temptation she presents, John tries to keep her at an arm's length. But having tasted boldness, Gillian is not willing to walk away from what could be the adventure of a lifetime.
And an adventure she will have! Within days of setting out, their party is attacked and Gillian is taken captive along with John. They barely escape with their lives and finally give in to the pull between them. John sees a side of Gillian that no one has ever seen and he shares things with her that no other living soul knows. Gillian believes that she has found her true love, but John is not as convinced, he knows he loves her, but has nothing to offer. He is sure she will be fine without him and will soon forget him.
When they are found the next morning, John begins to back away and as the story of Gilly's escape grows, so does their traveling party making any chance to talk privately impossible. But Gilly knows what she wants and what has to be done, but can she get John to agree?
This was a fast paced story with a lot of action, some laughs, some tears, villains that will not stay vanquished, great secondary characters, a couple of steamy love scenes and finally a very hard won HEA.
This book is part of the Highland Fair Tale series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. FYI - if you read this book and liked her sister Meggie, her story is already available in the Christmas in Kilts Anthology!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the Publisher*
Overall reaction to the story? I liked Enchanting the Highlander quite a bit. Lecia Cornwall has a gift for telling a romance that takes place over a longer period than say, a few weeks. John and Gillian’s story takes place over the course of a year and that time allows both characters to give readers a chance to really see who they are as individuals before they become a couple. I liked John, the reluctant but charming hero. I had trouble liking Gillian though, she was just too mousy for my tastes and never really changed.
Describe the hero in five words: Noble. Loyal. Charming. Compassionate. Protective.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? John didn’t really see himself as worthy of anything good thanks to a tragic event in his past but he was an honest to goodness hero. I liked that there was real substance underneath his flirty, womanizing surface. I also tend to like my heroes a bit angst ridden and broody and John had his moments of that. He carried around a lot of guilt and that influenced a lot of his actions and decisions. He was the more interesting of the two main characters because he was an outsider in Scotland, despite his genuinely kind personality. John is English and the Scots distrusted him because of that yet John was never bitter or cruel about it, he just accepted it and went about his business of doing the best he could.
Describe the heroine in five words: Mousy. Intelligent. Stubborn.
Did you like her? A little but mostly no.
Why? Gillian never changed! From start to finish she let everyone within a 100 foot radius speak for her, over her, and about her. I was hoping that she would have that moment where she’s had enough and really let everyone have it for essentially taking advantage of her but nope, nothing. Gillian never asserted herself or took charge of her life like I had hoped. She kind of just handed herself off to John once it became clear that she was in love with him. I mean, she didn’t even tell her father to stop being a lug headed jerk about John! I kept thinking “Oh this is it, they’ve finally pushed her too far and she’s going to go all warrior woman on them” but it never happened! I was disappointed, not to mention frustrated as heck.
Let’s talk about the romance: John and Gillian’s romance started off like an insta-love type thing but was actually an insta-infatuation situation because the romance was a slow burn after the first time they see each other. I enjoyed the pace in the beginning but about halfway through I started to feel like Enchanting the Highlander was dragging things on and on instead of wrapping things up. That’s not to say that the romance wasn’t enjoyable, I liked the angst and uncertainty between John and Gillian because it showed that they both knew the risks of being together. It wasn’t an easy choice.
How about that supporting cast? Enchanting the Highlander has a few interesting characters coming and going throughout it like Gillian’s sisters and their respective husbands but for the most part the main focus was on John and Gillian and how their feelings for one another were growing.
Click It or Skip It? Click It. Enchanting the Highlander is a slow paced romance with a genuine hero. I didn’t care for Gillian too much but if mousy heroines don’t bother you then you’ll enjoy this one.
* I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review
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