Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on November 5th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Historical, romance, Scottish
In a Land of Warriors Playing a Deadly Game...
Moira Fraser has been given an ultimatum—marry the elderly Laird Achaius Morris, or risk another deadly clan war. She vows to do the right thing, as long as she can steer clear of the devilish charms of one stubborn Highlander...
How Do You Avoid Becoming a Pawn?
Gahn Sutherland knows there's a dangerous plot behind Moira Fraser's wedding, and will stop at nothing to foil it. But where a hot-headed, fiery Highland lass is involved, trust and honor clash with forbidden attraction, threatening to blow the Highland's sky-high.
So several pros and cons to this one that had me a bit on the fence when it came to rating the book. Some things that threw me for a loop were that the MC has an affair day two of marriage. It was an eyebrow raising moment for me though it didn’t deter me too much. I know other reviewers seemed to be up in arms about it and while it was a bit odd, I didn’t really mind all that much. I think the writing itself was fluid and entertaining. The author has a great way with words and really painted the scenes for me. Moira our heroine is a well developed character who seems to put the needs of others before her own. I found her both like able and relatable. Gahan our hero is a highlander filled with strength and determination. I loved how stubborn her was throughout the story, willing to fight for what he wanted regardless of how impossible things may have seemed. He was easy to rot for. The story was filled with secret agendas and schemes that kept me turning the page, eager to see what would happen next and if things were going to blow up in the characters faces.
There were some moments of confusion because there are so many names and clans to remember and since this is the first in the series that I have read, I didn’t have the foundationwhere these may have been introduced more slowly throughout the series. The beginning was also a bit slow but once I got in to it, things seemed to pick up pretty well. The book had almost a game of thones feeling wih Moira being thrust into an arranged marriage and taking on the role of Lady of the Keep.
All in all, if you enjoy historical romance, you’ll enjoy How toHandle a Highlander
Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. Recent winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance, her book LET ME LOVE YOU was quoted “Not to be missed…” by Lora Leigh, New York Times best-selling author.
When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date. She’s also an active student of martial arts, having earned the rank of second degree black belt.
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