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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review: Highland Heat by Jennifer Haymore

Seriously, what is it about a tall, dark and handsome Scotsman that makes a girl swoon? I'd be happy to discuss this at length, and with pictures!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: November 24, 2015

With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more.

As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.

I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for this book and it certainly didn’t disappoint me in any way except when I got to the last page!

Lady Grace Carrington is a unique lady. Instead of being concerned about ball gowns, gossip and securing a titled husband, she is busy tending to wounded soldiers on the battlefield. This gave Grace way more maturity than most heroines in a historical romance as well as realistic view of the world instead of the typical rose colored glasses or innocently na├»ve outlook. For me it eliminated a lot of eye rolling on my part because Grace never said or did anything that made me see her as a child instead of a grown woman. Her compassion and belief that a man’s actions in times of danger determined his worth, not his family bloodline made her such a special character. It was clear why Duncan fell in love with her.

And as far as bold Scotsmen go, Duncan Mackenzie is aces with me. He was both fierce warrior and tender lover with a little mischief thrown in for fun. Heck, Jennifer Haymore had me falling in love with him within a few pages! He was confident but not arrogant, strong but not a bully and humble enough to see himself as unworthy of a woman like Grace. I loved how he didn’t try and change who Grace was even though as a “gently bred” lady, Grace should have been shielded from the horrors of war.

I normally don’t say this but I’m glad that Duncan and Grace’s relationship was more about the physical at first because it put them in close proximity and provided them a chance to get to know more about each other. It wasn’t a scorching hot case of instant lust but it was still strong and suited these two much more than say, animalistic lust. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just wouldn’t have fit these two characters because they were in some ways wounded, weary souls that needed more than just a physical connection. Highland Heat made me feel that connection that went beyond the physical and that to me made Duncan and Grace such a great couple.

Because this series revolves around a group of Scottish knights who serve their country by outing and sometimes fighting those who would harm innocent people and overthrow the government, there is some action, suspense and mystery in Highland Heat and those aspects kept the story from getting repetitive or stale. It also gave Duncan and Grace new situations to test them as a couple and as individuals.

Final Verdict: The wait paid off for this book because Duncan and Grace are my favorite couple so far. We’ll have to see if Haymore can out do them in her next book!

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