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Friday, October 29, 2010

Highland Hellcat by Mary Wine

Title: Highland Hellcat
Author: Mary Wine
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3738-6
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Historical Romance
How I read it: Mass Market ARC
Release Date: 10/2010
Rating 4.5 Crowns



Connor Lindsey is a Highland Laird, but his clan’s loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her……………………


Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she’s been captured by a powerful laird, and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands far from her home.
(from the back of the book)

My Review:

Connor is a Highlander all the way through and he is motivated not only to keep his clan strong, but to keep their trust. Being born before his parents marriage, he has struggled to gain his Lairdship and respect. Being ousted as a child by his Uncle and Aunt and forced to sleep in the stable, so Connor knows what it is to earn his keep and his title. Like many Highlanders from that time period Connor has faced and overcome many struggles that have molded him into the man he has become today. When he entered into an agreement with Laird Robert Chattan, he viewed it as a strengthening of his own clan as well as an alliance with another. Yet things are about to change when Roberts daughter decides that she would rather have another. Now not only would Connor’s heir’s be in question the release of his sister would be as well. When Connor see’s his chance at a unquestionable marriage he takes it, no questions asked.

Brina Chattan has known since her birth that she has been promised to the kirk, it’s a fact that has been instilled in her since as long as she could recall. With that being said she has been raised accordingly, and has only learned to respect and fear two men, the Lord and her father. Brina runs wild for a woman of her standing, and even though she has not known the finer things in life, she has learned to take care of herself without the need of a man to do so. One fateful night her future changes forever as she is kidnapped on her way to the abbey that she has been promised to. Now that she is in the arms of Connor Lindsey, she is torn between her duty and her desire.

My thoughts:

I loved this book, in fact I loved it more than the first in the series. Although I have to say that I found Connor intriguing in the book, To Conquer a Highlander, so I was very pleased indeed when he had a book of his own. I love the way that Mary Wine has incorporated the traditions and customs of the era into her story. Normally romance books allow the romance to guide the plot, but Mary Wine’s novel allows the plots/characters to guide the book, all the while placing in the perfect amount of romance.

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