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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: Enchanted by the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

This was my first time reading Lecia Cornwall and I liked it despite becoming annoyed from time to time with the heroine.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Gillian MacLeod is shy and quiet, the least likely of all her sisters to seek out excitement and adventure. But on a moonlit night at a masquerade ball, Gillian steals a kiss from a mysterious stranger, knowing she’ll never see him again. John Erly, disowned by his noble English father, started a new life in Scotland.

Most people are suspicious of the foreign mercenary and he does everything is his power to avoid romantic entanglements. But he can’t forget the bewitching beauty who kissed him in the dark, and stole his heart, even though he has no idea who she might be. A year later, John is given the duty of escorting Gillian to her wedding and immediately recognizes her as the temptress he’s dreamed of for months. There’s not much he can do when she's promised to another man, but fate intervenes and this time, passion—and adventure—can’t be denied.

Honor demands he stay away from the MacLeod’s Enchanted bydaughter, but love has a very different ending in mind...

What’s it About? Gillian MacLeod is easily the shyest and most forgotten of the MacLeod sisters. Often thought of as needing guidance and not too bright, she’s the woman no one thinks would do anything the least bit daring. Like stealing a kiss from John Erly, a disowned Englishman trying to start a new life in Scotland. But she does steal a kiss from him during a masquerade ball and a year later John recognizes Gillian as the mysterious woman who kissed him. Unfortunately she’s on her way to be married and he’s supposed to get her to her betrothed safely. It’s bad enough the Scottish people don’t trust him but John and Gillian’s attraction grows along the journey and they both have to decide if they’re going to let each other go for good or risk everything to be together.

Overall reaction to the story? I liked Enchanted by the Highlander quite a bit. Lecia Cornwall has a gift for telling a romance that takes place over a longer period than say, a few weeks. John and Gillian’s story takes place over the course of a year and that time allows both characters to give readers a chance to really see who they are as individuals before they become a couple. I liked John, the reluctant but charming hero. I had trouble liking Gillian though, she was just too mousy for my tastes and never really changed.

Describe the hero in five words: Noble. Loyal. Charming. Compassionate. Protective.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? John didn’t really see himself as worthy of anything good thanks to a tragic event in his past but he was an honest to goodness hero. I liked that there was real substance underneath his flirty, womanizing surface. I also tend to like my heroes a bit angst ridden and broody and John had his moments of that. He carried around a lot of guilt and that influenced a lot of his actions and decisions. He was the more interesting of the two main characters because he was an outsider in Scotland, despite his genuinely kind personality. John is English and the Scots distrusted him because of that yet John was never bitter or cruel about it, he just accepted it and went about his business of doing the best he could.

Describe the heroine in five words: Mousy. Intelligent. Stubborn.
Did you like her? A little but mostly no.
Why? Gillian never changed! From start to finish she let everyone within a 100 foot radius speak for her, over her, and about her. I was hoping that she would have that moment where she’s had enough and really let everyone have it for essentially taking advantage of her but nope, nothing. Gillian never asserted herself or took charge of her life like I had hoped. She kind of just handed herself off to John once it became clear that she was in love with him. I mean, she didn’t even tell her father to stop being a lug headed jerk about John! I kept thinking “Oh this is it, they’ve finally pushed her too far and she’s going to go all warrior woman on them” but it never happened! I was disappointed, not to mention frustrated as heck.

Let’s talk about the romance: John and Gillian’s romance started off like an insta-love type thing but was actually an insta-infatuation situation because the romance was a slow burn after the first time they see each other. I enjoyed the pace in the beginning but about halfway through I started to feel like Enchanted by the Highlander was dragging things on and on instead of wrapping things up. That’s not to say that the romance wasn’t enjoyable, I liked the angst and uncertainty between John and Gillian because it showed that they both knew the risks of being together. It wasn’t an easy choice.

How about that supporting cast? Enchanted by the Highlander has a few interesting characters coming and going throughout it like Gillian’s sisters and their respective husbands but for the most part the main focus was on John and Gillian and how their feelings for one another were growing.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Enchanted by the Highlander is a slow paced romance with a genuine hero. I didn’t care for Gillian too much but if mousy heroines don’t bother you then you’ll enjoy this one.

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