Highland Sunrise by Christine Young

Highland Sunrise by Christine Young
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (174 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rated: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Dandelion

He Made Her An Offer…

Life has thrown Christel McClellan some experiences that could have devastated a less determined woman. Beautiful, self-assured and fiercely independent, she is trying to forget the loss of her stillborn child. But is the child alive?

She Couldn’t Deny…

Life is carefree for Ryder MacLaren who loves to see what is on the other side of the sunrise. Laird of Clan MacLaren, he is wealthy, handsome and happily unencumbered…until stunning Christel McClellan enters his life. When he hears her story, he believes the child she thought dead has been sold to a wealthy buyer.

I began reading this story expecting another typical regency romance. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t! From the end of the first chapter, it was one exciting thing after another.

The heroine, Christel, is attacked by a nobleman who wanted to marry her for her money. She flees to a nunnery and then to an isolated castle owned by Ryder, the man she has just become engaged to, but who isn’t currently present. Once he returns home, the story became a terrifying tale of them trying to find and do away with the man who was looking for her.

I loved the rapport between the two main characters. Although at times they both struggled to find the right words to explain their feelings for each other, somehow they managed. They both loved the other and so over time it became easier. Both were also very independent and that caused a little friction between them. However, Ryder would typically just shake his head and go with the flow. There were a huge number of sex scenes, and I think this story would have stood alone quite well without so many (there were times they did nothing to forward the plot, but seemed added just to have a sex scene), but they didn’t detract from the plot either.

There were so many other fascinating and fun characters in the story: her sister, her cousins, their husbands, her aunt, the Duchess. Reading about all the things they attempted and succeeded in doing was really fun. They were not the typical regency “tonnish” people of the days. This made this story much more fun.

And of course, although there was a lot of fighting, terror, murder and mayhem, the story has a very satisfying ending.


  1. momjane says:

    I love this story line. I have never read anything by Christine that I didn’t like. This has a great review.

  2. Glad it’s not your traditional regency. I have to admit that I get washed out of the same old same old time and again! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, a very helpful review!

    andralynn7 AT gmaiL DOT com

  3. Thanks for hosting and the nice review.

  4. Thanks momjane, what a nice compliment. And Andra thank you for commenting. I so love to hear from new people.

  5. Rita Wray says:

    I like the premise of the story. Sounds like a good read.

  6. Eva Millien says:

    Sounds like a really intriguing read. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  7. Eva, thanks for commenting.

  8. Interesting sounding characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Mary Preston says:

    Quite frankly, if you put Highland in the title I will read it.


  10. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    I agree w/Mary: I am a sucker for a Highlander!


  11. Mary, thanks for the comment. Of course i love Highland books also.

  12. This will be a first read by Christine for me. I’m a great lover of Highland Romance and look forward to reading Highland Sunrise. Thanks for the review.
    Carol L

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