Review: My Brave Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

My Brave Highlander by Vonda Sinclair
Series: Highland Adventure (# 3)
Released Date: July 18, 2012
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 334
Source: book provided by the author for review

Battle-hardened warrior Dirk MacLerie isn’t who everyone thinks he is. He’s Dirk MacKay, heir apparent to the MacKay chiefdom and Dunnakeil Castle on the far north coast of Scotland. When he returns home after a long absence, will his clan know him and will the duplicitous enemy who tried to murder him twelve years ago kill him in truth this time?

Lady Isobel MacKenzie is a beautiful young widow betrothed to yet another Highland chief by her brother’s order. But when her future brother-in-law accosts her and threatens to kill her, she is forced to flee into a Highland snowstorm. When she runs into a rugged and imposing man she thought dead, she wonders if he will turn her over to her enemy or take her to safety.

Dirk remembers the enchanting, dark-eyed Isobel from when he was a lad, but now she is bound to another man by legal contract—an important detail she would prefer to forget. She wishes to choose her own husband and has her sights set on Dirk. But he would never steal another man’s bride… would he? The tantalizing lady fires up his passions, testing his willpower and honor at every turn, even as some of his own treacherous clansmen plot his downfall.

 

Review: My Brave Highlander can be read as a standalone novel but is part of a series. After reading the third novel of the series I want to read the rest of the series. Highlanders are a favorite of mine since before my family settled in Canada we were from the Highlands of Scotland. I really enjoyed reading this novel because it had a rich cast of characters. The main characters were the center of the action but the secondary characters were well thought out and enjoyable.

The book is set in 1618 which is always so interesting to me to read about that time period. Things are so different and we rarely hear of arranged marriages anymore. Isobel was a fantastic character in that she was not the typical female of this time period. She was feisty, quirky and fought for what she wanted. A marriage of mutual respect and love is what she really wanted. Would she be able to procure herself one? Or would fate make her marry a man that she hated?

Dirk was your typical male hero in a Highlander novel but he was also different in that he fought to keep Isobel safe. Dirk, himself also needed protecting from an evil stepmother that wanted him dead. The stepmother was quite the character who felt her sons deserved to be Chief of the clan. She was a lot like Cinderella’s evil stepmother.

While I enjoyed reading the novel very much it took a bit for me to get into. I like a bit more romance between my hero and heroine. Once their romance started it was super hot but till then it was a bit dull. I kept waiting for things to speed up and they didn’t really till Dirk, Isobel and the rest of the people traveling to Dirk’s family’s castle actually got to the castle. Once they go to the castle I more than enjoy the story.