by Jennifer Haymore
Series: Highland Knights #2
Pub. Date: Nov. 24, 2015
Perfect for readers of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Jennifer Haymore’s seductive new Highland Knights series begins with an electrifying tale of class warfare, fierce loyalties, and forbidden love.
With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more.
As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.
This is my first read from author Jennifer Haymore, and I foresee much more from this author on my TBR shelf in the future. This is the second book in the Highland Knights series, and I have not (yet) read the first book, A Highlander's Heart. While there is a lot of character crossover, I did not feel too lost. I think maybe the first two books are happening concurrently, or at least there is some crossover in the timeline.
Lady Grace Carrington is the prim and proper eldest daughter of a stodgy old earl. She has always been the dull one, while her younger sister Claire was a bit of a hoyden. Grace has accompanied Claire to the Battle of Waterloo to help Claire reconcile with her estranged husband. After the battle, Claire is searching the field for injured soldiers when she falls upon the braw and bonny Duncan Mackenzie. Duncan is the son of a Highland sheep farmer, the only son with six younger sisters. Duncan is also every bit the Highland warrior - broad shoulders, tight abs, sculpted pecs, and a kilt flirting with his knees.
I was very much in like with this forbidden love story between the earl's daughter and a commoner. Grace and Duncan were both sweet and steamy together. They had an amazing chemistry, and they were both genuinely good people. Grace was torn between duty and love, and Duncan only wanted the best for Grace. I was so happy everything worked out for them.
The secondary plot line has to do with this regiment of Highland soldiers who have been pulled from the army to form the Highland Knights in service to the crown. I think there are seven knights in all, so we have a good bit of material and romance to look forward to with this series. I can't wait to see what kind of danger and intrigue the Knights get into next.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.