Review: Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Series: Highland Warriors (#2)
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 416
Source: Netgalley

The second book in the Highland Warriors trilogy, in which three heroes make a pact to insure that a rival clan doesn’t take over their glen and cause destruction. At the same time, three women will plot to marry these heroes to help insure peace.

In TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL, Kendrew Macintosh’s reputation precedes him: he wields an ax with deathly precision, strikes fear into his enemies, and lusts after beautiful women. But Kendrew has never met someone whose passion rivals his own-until an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that the vixen is Isobel Cameron, daughter of an enemy clansman. Their relationship is forbidden and Kendrew breaks away immediately. Isobel has her own scheme. She has lusted after Kendrew for some time and plans to draw the fierce warrior back into her arms. But in the darkness, villainous forces are at play–an enemy is determined to keep the two lovers apart, even if it means death.

Review: I think I may have enjoyed this book a little more if I had read the first book in the series, Sins of a Highland Devil (Highland Warriors 1).  Ms Welfonder does a decent enough job of making this book stand alone, but there are enough references to the prior book, that I would have benefited to having read it first.

Let’s start with what I liked.  I enjoyed the characters.  Isobel is a strong woman and knows exactly what she wants–Kendrew–and she’ll do anything to make him realize that they are fated to be together.  Kendrew was a little harder for me to like, but he grew on me and I was rooting (ok, who are we kidding, it’s a romance, we know how it’s going to end) for them to get their HEA.  I also liked the setting, as I’m a sucker for medieval romances.  This one is set in a remote valley in the Scottish Highlands, with three warring clans.  The three sisters of the chiefs take it upon themselves to try to make peace by marrying one of the rival chiefs.  Solid series plot.

What I didn’t like so much… the paranormal elements woven into the story.  I could have done with out the ghost story that was woven throughout the book.  In fact, I don’t think it really added anything and I found myself skimming past them to get back to the main plot.

I can’t say I’ll be searching out the other books in the series, but this one wasn’t bad.  I’d suggest reading in order for a more enjoyable read.


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