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The Reluctant Highlander: A Highland Romance Paperback – June 13, 2017
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“The Reluctant Highlander is a great book that you won’t be able to put down.” —Night Owl Reviews
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“Perfect for readers who enjoy romances with a rich sense of history.” —Booklist on Highland Princess
“[Scott is] a true master of the Scottish historical romance.” —Romance Reviews Today on Highland Hero
“[Amanda Scott is] a most gifted storyteller.” —RT Book Reviews
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imaginative characters, deeply emotional, masterfully woven story, the characters just leaped off the pages, you are spellbound throughout the story for you feel so many emotions while never ever losing sight of the love story. Thank you with all my heart Amanda and please take care of you and your family. Love always Debi Allen
Lady Fiona Ormiston is so full of sass and spunk you can't help but adore her and root for her happiness. Sir Adham MacFinlagh, an ungroomed, barbaric Highlander with a ready mind and strength of charter is so alluring he just draws you in. Loved all the twists and turns in their adventure and supporting story line. Looking forward to more from this series.
From the very beginning, I adored Lady Fiona Ormiston. She was adventurous and bold, yet remained dignified and lady-like While stealing away late one night to enjoy a swim in the moonlight, Sir Adham arrives to see her in the water. Thinking she was drowning, he jumps in to save her. Although Fiona sees him as a ruthless barbarian, she soon warms to him and the chemistry between them comes close to igniting. When King James and Fiona's father suggest that Sir Adham should take Lady Fiona's hand in marriage, the two somewhat reluctantly, agree. But then the passion begins and the love flourishes.
I would have given this 5 stars, but there was a great deal of talking politics. I know it was important to the story to understand the history of Scotland, but it made parts of the story drag on a bit and there were a few times I had to put the book down. Once we got beyond the history of all the battles, it got really good again and I absolutely loved the ending. No spoilers. You need to read this for yourself to see what happens.
Disclosure: A complimentary ARC of this novel was provided by the publishing company, Open Road Media Romance, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
Maybe this sounds a bit boring, and yes, in places the book did slow down. But all in all, the plot moved smoothly and gave satisfaction. If you are looking for a hot, randy romance, you will need to look elsewhere. The characters are rather sensibly portrayed in this book.
I was very pleased with the interesting historical content. It seems author Scott is fairly well-versed on Scottish history and did think through how the battles would have rationally progressed.
Sir Adham MacFinlagh one starless night while in the North Inch of Perth noted the beautiful young Lady Fiona Ormiston taking a midnight swim in the river Tay. Adham couldn’t help but be entranced by Fiona and instantly becomes her known protector. Fiona’s father and King James offers Adham Fiona’s hand in marriage. Adham is at first reluctant with being Fiona’s husband but marries her not only to protect her but couldn’t really refuse her hand when offered by Fiona’s father and the King. Adham does everything he can to protect Fiona but can he protect her when politics, unfriendly highlanders and warring clans are always at the forefront attempting to tear them apart.
When I first started reading about Adham I just couldn’t help but like him from the get go. His wary protective nature and willingness to help save Fiona even when she didn’t need saving just made me smile. Well all of that and the fact that he was this handsome brawny chivalrous highlander didn’t hurt either. Fiona did kind of annoy me a little at first she was ignorant of what could happen to her especially in taking a midnight swim luckily Adham was such a gentleman and didn’t want to defile her virtue. As the story progressed though Fiona did grow up and didn’t seem as selfish caring about others and even learned the ways of highlanders even though she thought of them as barbarians. I just ended up liking them both Fiona and Adham not only individually but together. The minor characters Gilli Roy, Catriona, Fin, Rory and even Caithness also came alive for me plus made me love everyone in the book too. I know I would gladly read another of Ms. Scott’s stories and can recommend the book to anyone that wants a good descriptive historical Scottish romance.
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