Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Highland Chieftain (Review)









He is the last man she would ever marry…
After being unceremoniously jilted by her betrothed, Lady Mairi MacKenzie is humiliated and heartbroken – but she’s not desperate. As the daughter of an earl, she won’t give her hand to just anyone, and she definitely isn’t swayed by a last-minute proposal from Laird Duncan MacRae. The powerful clan chieftain may be disarmingly handsome and charming, but he’s not a nobleman. Mairi doesn’t want his pity or his charity – even though his dark smoldering gaze makes her melt with desire.

She is the only woman he could ever love…
Dunn may be a battle-hardened clansman, but he’s always had a soft spot for Mairi. For years, she tormented him with flirtation – only to reject him. But he’s not giving up. When Mairi is attacked by redcoats, Dunn goes after the woman he loves. Through brute strength and fierce action, he will protect her life at any cost. But to win her heart, he will have to show her the tenderness in his own. 
The Highland Chieftain
Lords of the Highlands #4
Amy Jarecki
Pub Date: 7/31/18
Forever
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 3/5
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New to the world of Amy Jarecki I didn't know what to expect going into the fourth Lords of the Highlands novel. The Highland Chieftain isn't as compelling as Laird of the Black Isle by Paula Quinn, or as heart-pounding as The Thorn and the Thistle by Julie Moffett, but it falls somewhere just in between. With two amazing, compelling characters I knew I had to see their story through and I'm glad I did.

Mairi and Duncan are emotionally in two different places at the beginning of the story. It's an adventure in itself for them to find their way to the same page, but once they do they're an unstoppable force! Their slow-burn romance lights up the story and really makes The Highland Chieftain one to read.

Scottish romances are great when the author strikes the right balance of politics, romance, and adventure. Amy Jarecki had a great idea overall but the plot was missing the wow factor. The highlight for me was definitely the two fiery characters who never gave up hope for a happily ever after. In retrospect, maybe jumping into the series at book number four was a missed opportunity to understand the setting and dynamic with secondary characters. If you love historical romances set in Scotland, then add this to TBR!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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