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The Highlander's Hope: A Contemporary Romance (The Highland Heart Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
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When historian Dr. Catriona ‘Cat’ Ross comes to the Scottish highlands in search of a legendary necklace, ‘The Highlander’s Hope’, lost in the mists of time, she, too, is in a race against time. Her treacherous ex-lover, an avid historian himself, is on her trail, hoping to beat her in the race to recovering the ‘Hope’, which would be a huge coup for her career. Or his, if he finds it first! But the ex has always been a bitter, self-interested man. Sworn off men and love, Cat’s only hope in finding the ‘Hope’ is to engage the help of Iain MacCraigh, scion of a prominent Scottish clan, in whose possession the precious necklace was last recorded. Iain is a playboy with a wild reputation, but seriously, that cuts no ice with this serious academician, Cat, whose sole aim is to get her hands on the ‘Highlander’s Hope’ and save it for posterity. She is an ice maiden, dedicated to her career and in total control of her emotions. The philandering womanizer that Iain is, he will not get within an inch of this woman and Cat will not, under any circumstances, allow herself to be distracted from her goal of recovering the ‘Hope’ by this silver-tongued charmer who thinks he’s ‘the gods’ ‘ gift to women—or will she?
But Cat soon realizes that there is danger approaching from other directions too. Not only will her ex-lover stop at nothing to get to the necklace, Iain MacCraigh’s wayward younger brother wants it too. And he’s joined forces with Cat’s ex. So it becomes intriguing indeed, as Cat and Iain pitch themselves against her ex and his brother in the race to recover the treasure. Cat and Iain want to get to the loot, Cat for academic purposes and Iain because the treasure is worth a lot of material value. But the two of them have some scruples. The brother and ex on the other hand are dangerous guys who play dirty. Author Cali MacKay will keep you turning the pages to the end in order to find out the answer.
Neither Iain nor Cat are looking for a relationship. Iain doesn’t want one because he’s a womanizer and Cat doesn’t want one because she has sworn off distracting love. So when they feel the spark of attraction, the conflict begins. As the pair search old paintings and letters for clues, explore the ruined side of Iain’s family home and explore a labyrinth of tunnels in the vicinity of the MacCraigh family home, the suspense heightens. Who will get to the ‘Hope’ first? And if they do (or don’t), what’s going to happen to the attraction which has surreptitiously crept up on Cat and Iain when they weren’t looking?
I like the character of Iain, he’s rather cute. He adores Cat and treats her with great love and respect, after initially acting like a complete ‘arse’ as he says himself. One area which I find fraught with danger, for non-Scottish and non-Irish authors, who write Scottish and Irish heroes is that they tend to write them with broad, flat Irish/Scottish accents. I’m Irish myself and I’d rather read the hero speaking in plain English with a hint in the text every now and again about the infectious lilt in his tone. It’s probably just that I know what the accent sounds like whereas a US or Aussie reader wouldn’t. I know Scots English is a little different. If the hero says ‘dinnae fash yourself’ to an upset heroine, that’s okay. But the ubiquitous ‘ye’ all over the place is a bit of a pain. If the hero says ‘ye canna do that,’ well, okay, I can live that. ‘Ye’ goes well at the beginning of a sentence. But if he says ‘I can’t stop thinking about ye’, I’m like ‘oh, no, here we go.’ Could be just me, though.
But overall, as a piece of Highland romantic suspense, I rate this story highly and I do recommend it to readers. Cali MacKay’s writing conjures up the Scottish Highlands in a wonderful way. And I enjoyed being with Cat and Iain on their way to working out their HEA. The suspense was pretty breathtaking at times. I enjoyed the chills and spills.
Note: This is Book One in the The Highland Heart Series and was previously titled The Hunt. It is a complete novel that can stand alone and does not end on any cliffhangers.
There were however a few things that disappointed me. I enjoyed the first story (Highlander's Hope) more than the others. It seems to come alive more than the sequels. It is professionally written with only one typo that I noticed.
In the 2nd book (A Highland Home) I had hoped to see at least a bit of the characters from book one, but they were rarely (if ever) seen. I forgot to make a detailed notes about this book but I found one thing quite strange in that there were 10-15 typos. Most of them were in a very short section of the book leading me to believe that the editor forgot where she was in the book and skipped about 5 pages or so... still an enjoyable story.
The third story (A Highland Heist) does have the characters from the first 2 books put in a cameo appearance, but again, this book is a story based on the expansion of one of the characters from book # 1. My primary complaint about this book is that I feel that the author should have gone into more detail about the kidnapping and the crooks, and what happened with those folks at the end of the book.
In all of the books, they seem to end quickly, fall in love, end of story. I wish the author had either expanded the endings more in each book to see a bit of how their lives went on, or at least did it in book 3. There are more books in the series, but it does not look like the previous characters are going to be in them at all either.
I would have preferred if the author would have given all the characters from all of the books a bit more attention. When you buy a book in a series you are hoping to see what happened with the characters after the ending (at least I do)...but each book is totally separate from the others, which to me was a disappointment. I wanted to see more about the characters from the other books interwoven into the books that followed. I suppose I was spoiled by Diana Gabaldon in her Outlander series which tells you from book to book what is going on with everyone. (It is also a Highlander series, and one that you cannot put down).
So while I enjoyed these books, I feel the writer could have done better....but then Diana writes books that are about one thousand pages long or so as opposed to a few hundred. You definitely get some "bang for your buck".
I wish more writers would take after her, and write intensive and long novels that totally bring you in and let you know the characters and read about their lives as they interact over a prolonged period of time.
Many writers these days seem to churn out short books, never giving their characters and their stories the intensity and thorough treatment they deserve.
I enjoyed these books, but I suspect the writer can do much better. She shows a lot of promise. I hope we get to see her grow and become a great writer...I think she has the potential.