Taming the Wild Highlander by Terry Spear

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Taming the Wild Highlander by Terry Spear
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (395 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Edana Chattan senses concerns where people she knows could be in danger. When her brothers warn her they’re in trouble, she can’t convince her father to listen to her, so with an escort, she tries to locate them.

Separated from her escort during a storm, she is discovered by Angus MacNeill, who is tasked to return her home. Only Edana has other notions – and convinces him and his companions to allow her to use her abilities to locate her brothers who are manacled in a dungeon somewhere. That leads to a faux marriage and more dungeons and more trouble than Angus had ever thought possible. So why is the bewitching, fiery-haired lass making him think of marrying her for real?

It’s hard being a woman back in the day when lairds ruled the clans. It’s even more difficult when a woman has a special ability and has to hide it from others. But there comes a time when hiding that gift is no longer an option and I believe saving the lives of those you love constitutes the best reason of all for using it, no matter what. It’s a wonderful conflict and I was intrigued by the notion – how was Ms. Spear was going to have her heroine accomplish this Herculean task? The tale is worth reading.

Edana is the heroine who hears the thoughts of those she loves, or is close to, in her head. She doesn’t’ read minds; it’s not that kind of paranormal story. She just … hears snippets and phrases. It’s proven to be a hardship in her life no matter how much her brothers and father love her. But the story opens with her hearing the worst thing ever, her brothers are in trouble. She finds that the only person who can help them, who is willing to rush out to save them, is herself. That’s why I liked her character. She’s a doer, a mover and shaker when she has to be. She’s clever, witty and unafraid to venture forth while keeping her wits about her. She also has a sense of humor, of adventure and isn’t afraid to try new things, like for instance – impersonating another lady, fighting off brigands, and the best one of all, falling in love. She’s also loyal, compassionate and stubborn to a fault. In short, Edana is fun.

Angus, the hero, was pure entertainment. I loved reading the story from his point of view because he was so confused. Should he believe in Edana? How can he not? He wants her but shouldn’t. He knows he should marry, but would she marry him? And the craving! His fascination with her! His lust for her and the torture of restraint, his respect for her and his fear that she might be right; so much of Angus’s inner angst and yearning made the book totally delightful. Ultimately, he’s a Highlander and men like that know what to do. He was a terrific hero.

Secondary characters are varied. There are my favorites of course. Niall and Gunnolf are family to Angus and are along for the adventure. Those two have been on hand to help out other MacNeill brothers find their wives and here they are again. Just like the other books, this one is also a complete standalone read. There is no confusion from lack of background information – everything is here that a reader needs to enjoy themselves 100 percent. But since I have read the other books, I get a tremendous kick out of the relationship they all share. The teasing jests, the smiling eyes and the big grins that split their faces when Angus does something daft all because he’s star struck by a lovely lass. Only best friends could have such awesome camaraderie and Ms. Spear’s writing makes it very clear.

Other secondary characters are Edana’s brothers, her father and someone I’m not thrilled with, Keary, Laird of Lockton. Now he’s a character that was important to a degree and I acknowledge his role in the plot movement, drama and suspense. I didn’t enjoy all aspects of his contribution because I felt he overstayed his welcome. I can’t explain it well but I didn’t like his further involvement after a certain critical point was rectified. I do understand why he was needed and his character did provide the impetus for a few wonderful events. But he was creepy and I don’t think I liked seeing things from his point of view. I guess it’s because it confused me. He sounded at times like a good guy, or a victim, someone who should know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of an injustice. And yet the course he pursued irked me. I didn’t want to feel bad for him and I shouldn’t have. But the author made it hard for me to just see him as irredeemable jerk even though I was privy to his intentions. He was a moron. And yet … if only things were different for the guy. I realize I’m sounding like a waffle but Keary was the one aspect of the whole story that bothered me. I liked everyone else. Okay, that’s a misstatement. There is one other person, a carryover from a previous tale. This character is just as vile, twisted and a troublemaker as before. I liked the wrap up this time around.

The good stuff is when Angus introduced Edana to married life. However, Edana cracked me up because she shocked the kilt off of Angus with her kisses. You have to read it to understand why that was so powerful. The effect it had on the hero and the conclusions he jumped to were snicker-inducing. It’s awesome to see a lady turn the tables on a man.

Taming a Wild Highlander is another fun adventure not to miss. There are various levels of action, heroic rescues, daring escapes and plenty of wooing. A reader will find many reasons to smile, gasp and keep the pages turning all because of this well told romance. Ms. Spear has a reputation for providing readers with characters they can enjoy getting to know and this book continues to deliver the same. I adored Angus’s infatuation and burgeoning love for Edana and I enjoyed how enthusiastic she was in exploring how to please and tease Angus. The last few paragraphs proved to me that their marriage and happy ever after isn’t going to be a boring one, not by a long shot. This is a very fun book and I’m happy I read it.

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