Review: My Highland Bride by Maeve Greyson

My Highland Bride by Maeve Greyson
Series: Highland Hearts (# 2)
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Pages: 262
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

With bedroom eyes and racetrack curves, Kenna Sinclair seems like just another pretty Kentucky girl. But she can also read minds, erase memories, and jump through time—a skill set that comes in handy when her matchmaking granny sends her back to thirteenth-century Scotland on the pretext of visiting her older sister. When she encounters the clan’s womanizing man-at-arms, Kenna instantly knows the gorgeous Highlander has only one thing on his mind. She vows to steer clear of him, but after a single electrifying touch, she finds that playing hard to get won’t be quite so easy.

Bewitched by the first lass who could ever resist him, Colum Garrison will do anything to prove his devotion, even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage—and swear off his chosen form of recreation until their wedding night. It’s a burden for a man of his thunderous appetite, but the sinful temptation is not his alone: Colum’s fetching bride-to-be is practically trembling with anticipation for a moment that can’t come soon enough. When she’s willing, Colum will be ready and waiting—with a love that lasts a lifetime.

 

Review: Once again I unknowingly started a series with book two not realizing it was even part of a series.  There was enough background information that I didn’t feel lost but I definitely will go back and read the first book, My Highland Lover, to fill in the gaps.  This was so not what I expected.  I thought it would be a typical book set in the Highlands of Scotland with clans fighting for dominance and women.  Boy, was I wrong since this book had so much more.  It was part romance with alpha males and part paranormal with time travel involving the thirteenth century in Scotland as well as present day Kentucky along with gifts and wolves.  This was an enjoyable read even though I’m not usually a fan of the paranormal genre.

There was so much emotion involved along with a lot of twists and turns to the story.  There was playfulness along with ruthlessness. The story flowed smoothly and we got to know the characters little by little since many of them had a depth to them that I wasn’t expecting. There were family, friends, servants, clansmen, the keep, laughter, tears, anger, rage, defeat, injuries, fighting, secrets, stealth, weapons, horses, magic, loving and love.  There were feisty women in Trulie and Kenna along with their Granny Sinclair and even Coira, the maid had a fun-loving side to her .  Trulie and her husband, Gray, the chieftan, complemented each other as did Kenna and Colum but he didn’t see it quite that way.  Their chemistry was strong but most of the story he was fighting it feeling that he was beneath her in stature.  Ronan muddied the waters when he was thrown into the mix and he had an odd presence and look about him and was a worthy opponent for Colum.  The descriptions of the land, the keep and the castle were vivid and I felt that I was there.  The language of the Scots was sometimes hard to understand but kept with the essence of the story and often times Kenna reverted to present day American words and slang which really confused those around her.  There was an unexpected happily ever after with a twist and enough loose ends that left me wanting more.  The epilogue hinted at things to come and was the icing on the cake. I can’t wait until the third book in the series, My Tempting Highlander, is released in 2016.

Greyson is a new to me author and I look forward to reading more of her books especially if this is her caliber of writing!

Favorite Quote:  Kenna arched a brow while tossing the rock up and down in one hand.  “Never underestimate a woman with a ‘wee’ rock.  Just so you know, I can nail the ‘o’ in a stop sign at sixty miles an hour.”

 

joanne