The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

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The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (238 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband… until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Who exactly is doing the killing is a question that dogs the heroine all through The Highlander Takes a Bride and it was a chilling yet fascinating plot that kept me glued to my chair. The culprit is surely whom everyone thought it was, right? It’s Saidh’s point of view that takes a reader on a journey of discovery and an unexpected romance. I really enjoyed this novel.

I received the bulk of knowledge of what might be going on from Saidh. It’s her thought process, her adventures, her daring questions and pursuit of the truth that not only got her in trouble but earned her the interest of the new laird, Greer. Their first meeting was rather funny because the heroine is full of cheek and I greatly enjoyed that about her. In fact, her personality was refreshing. It stems from being the only girl in a big family with many brothers. She’s filled with confidence and has a pragmatic mind which differentiates her from other ‘ladies’ who swoon, cry and seem noodle-headed. Saidh has a sharp sword and an even sharper tongue and isn’t afraid to use it, much to my great amusement.

Greer is the hero and as a man, I liked him. As a hero, he certainly filled the role nicely. He too, is unconventional. The story sometimes was told through his point of view as well. He’s not the type to demean a woman but to celebrate her strengths and respect them. He still believes that a woman has her place in the keep, at a man’s side and in his bed, but it’s tempered with appreciation for what a woman, a lady, brings to the relationship. Because of that attitude his reaction wasn’t the same as other men’s which threw off Saidh time and time again. I liked that he could surprise her. Then again, some of his surprises were a bit silly and fun – like the part with the letter. When I think about it, it was a rather sweet, impetuous and goofy thing for him to do but seeing he was thinking with the wrong body part, well, that just made it adorable. Of course Greer couldn’t know just what kind of Pandora’s Box he opened by doing that. The story was good and solid before that, but after? Giggles galore and a rapid uptake in the plot momentum.

There were some important secondary characters that ran the gamut of my liking or my distrusting them in equal measure. As the mystery comes close to being solved, truths and secrets are revealed. One is sad, the other interesting and one is shocking. This book is truly a fascinating page turner.

I think the one thing that bothered me was that I could never figure out how to pronounce the heroine’s name. It was like a thorn in my brain. I settled on Sadie and my brain was happy with that. Another thing that I question was Alpin. Do eight year olds really have that kind of introspection and wisdom? If I hadn’t been told his age, I would have guessed his age as more tween than anything.

All in all, The Highlander Takes a Bride is a novel that delivers a suspense filled story making the romance that much more powerful. Both Greer and Saidh prove their mettle to each other by overcoming and dealing with the many conflicts, threats and surprises that come their way. There’s a lot of humor and cuteness to soften the harshness of their situation which is a strength in this novel. My favorite part is when Saidh is introduced to physical pleasure by Greer. Her response is delightful and her enthusiasm totally grin-worthy. Watching them fall in love is a ton of fun.

The Highlander Takes a Bride gets a huge and happy recommend from me. It’s great entertainment.

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