Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Laird of the Black Isle (Review)

This Highlander will risk everything to find his daughter...

Lachlan MacKenzie has nothing left to lose since his wife and daughter were killed. But when a shadowy figure reveals his little girl might still be alive, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to find her—even abduct a lass from the MacGregor clan for an exchange. Being caught would mean certain death. But the laird of the Black Isle won't let anything—or anyone—interfere with his mission...not even his beautiful, stubborn captive.

Even his heart

All Mailie MacGregor wants is to return home to her family. And the Highland beast who captured her can go to the devil. Her plan: to thwart him at any cost and win her freedom. But she never expected to be so drawn to the fierce warrior and the desire in his eyes.

Laird of the Black Isle
The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #7
Paula Quinn
Pub Date: 5/29/18
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5
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Laid Of the Black Isle takes readers to Scotland where a young man, trapped in darkness, is tasked with kidnapping a beautiful young girl for a rejected suitor. Paula Quinn puts Mailie MacGregor in a dangerous situation, but this heroine is no pushover! When she realizes the cause of Lachlan MacKenzie's actions she does everything in her power to help him, despite the suffering he's caused. Along the way a precious bond forms between Lachlan, Mailie, and two orphans that will be tested as forces circle to tear them apart and destroy what's left of Lachlan's crushed heart.

I absolutely love Scottish historical romances! What I love most about Laird of the Black Isle is that it has familiar romantic themes with a refreshing twist that made me wish the story would never end. Lachlan and Mailie are perfect for each other. They're polar opposites that can't help but come together by the end, but what's really intriguing about them is the path to their happily-ever-after. It's filled with anger, tears, desperation and most importantly, joy. With such initial animosity between them I wondered how they would be able to attract one another. Paula Quinn eases into it one scenario after another until you realize you can no longer imagine the moments when Lachlan never smiles or Mailie constantly provokes him. I'm amazed at how the story builds up layer by layer until you really don't know what lays ahead for the main characters and you can only hang onto the edge of your seat waiting for everything to happen. Then, when it's over you can finally breathe again. You know it's a fantastic story when you're pulled in so easily and the story comes alive!

This is the first novel of the series that I've read, but I was easily able to jump in and understand the family connections of the characters featured in the story. I have no doubt that the stories before were just as colorful and enticing as Laird of the Black Isle! If you're a Judith McNaught or Jana MacGregor fan, you will not want to miss out on Paula Quinn's next historical romance!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*




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