Review: Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch
Series: No Ordinary Hero (# 1)
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by the NetGalley for review

 

 

WILD AT HEART

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

 

Review: I’m one of those people who totally judges a book based on humor and sarcasm, even sad books have good dialogue right? Something that pulls you into the story within the first few pages and promises to never let go? This book had that. I was elated. Like a chocolate addict with unlimited Hershey’s bars, and then….AH and then we went to Scotland.

I liked it.  I did. I still like it even after finishing it.  But what started out amazing, life changing, giddy–fell a little flat, which is so not the norm with a Suzanne Enoch book. Know that I’ve read basically everything she’s ever written and quite honestly she sets the bar so high for herself that yeah every once in a while she may have something that may not hit the mark for me.

This was that book.

While I would still recommend it to historical fans, for some reason, Fiona rubbed me the wrong way and I’ll tell you why….(in a little bit)

Let’s start with the awesome. Gabriel and his amazing steward, right hand man, friend, partner. The banter at the beginning was so on point that I was like okay this is amazing, I need to find time to read while I’m sleeping…Gabriel’s inner narrative, his dialogue, the way he so easily handled everything and had a logical reasons for his choices -so amazing that I was like well he’s the best hero ever. I LOVED him, I loved every part of him. He’s a soldier who’s suddenly a duke. He prefers the floor to beds, and has NO change of clothes when he even lands in Scotland. He’s there to talk to the steward only to find out its a woman. A beautiful woman. A woman he basically kisses and proportions right away.

Okay hold up, I know, I know, wait what? Let’s remember he’s a soldier, he’s literally been without female companionship for months, so he does what any male would do when he’s single, tempted, and a nice Scottish lass (or in Fionas case, a sharp tongued lass) is in his way.

He kisses her. Tries to seduce her. Befuddles her, and while I’m like ehhhh wondering how this is going to go.  It doesn’t go the way I think it’s going to.

I assume she’s going to turn into someone I like, a heroine I feel sorry for. Instead, I wanted to shake her a bit. She’s Scottish through and through, fights for what she wants and yes, she does a splendid job of that, but once Gabriel starts to play nice and actually TRY, you don’t really see a huge personality shift in her and that bothers me, because as a reader I want to know WHY she falls for him, WHY he even likes her when…she’s not super likable to me.

The story is strong. The plot is strong.  My only issue was her– I loved the romance, but wasn’t really feeling the why behind it, but know this, the writing is as always amazing, and the story line and historical facts, out of this world. So if you love historical romance I suggest you check it out, like I said, still something I would recommend, it just wasn’t my favorite.