Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

Hannah and the Highlander 
by Sabrina York
Series:  Untamed Highlanders #1
Pub. Date:  Sept. 1, 2015
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Pages:  352
Format:  eARC
Source:  NetGalley

My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:

First in a brand-new series about the bold, brawny men of the Scottish Highlands—and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees… 

Highlanders are her weakness.

Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family’s land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent—and spectacularly handsome—Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah’s hand, will she be able to resist him?

Love is the most powerful weapon of all.

Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land—without mercy—and Alexander can’t afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What’s more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he’s the only man for her—body and soul…

This book made me happy. My ratings are super subjective - always based on how a book made me feel when I read it. Hannah and the Highlander just put me in a good mood and I can't think of a single thing about the story that I disliked.

Our setting is 19th Century Scotland when many barons were clearing their land for the grazing of sheep. This created strife and heartbreaking tragedy across the Highlands for many crofters and families who were burned out of their homes.

One of the Highland barons and our hero of the story, Laird Alexander Lochlannach, is dead set against clearing his land. Alexander is a fiercely loyal and caring laird. He also is a bit of a tortured hero with a very harsh upbringing. Alexander also has somewhat of a speech problem, which causes him to be overly self-conscious. I just loved Alexander. He was tall, dark, braw and bonny. He carried scars from his youth, but they only added to his appeal. He went through a horrible situation and came out stronger with a strong sense of loyalty, bravery, and served as protector to his people.

Our heroine, Lady Hannah Dounreay, believes herself to be the plain and unappealing choice among the Dounreay sisters. When compared with Susanna (a warrior princess) and Lana (an eccentric ethereal beauty), Hannah does not think that her stubborn intelligence measures up. I also liked Hannah, she was a no nonsense heroine. Hannah was the perfect match for Alexander - even if he doesn't realize all the reasons she was perfect right off the bat. Alexander was extremely sweet and caring when it came to Hannah, and she was tenacious in her desire to help him with his duties as laird.

To me, this was a "modern historical" in terms of some of the slang, speech and sexytimes. But I loved it - as I said before, it just put me in a happy mood. The growing relationship between Hannah and Alexander was sweet and steamy, and the Highland setting came to life as I was reading. I think there will be a story for each of the Dounreay sisters, and I look forward to that as all of their characters were very appealing.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Untamed Highlanders Series