Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ARC Review: Highland Temptation by Jennifer Haymore

Series:     Highland Knights #3
Pub. Date:Aug. 23, 2016
Length:220 pages

I have really been enjoying Haymore's Highland Knights series. Though it seems that with each book, I have been pleasantly surprised, having forgotten how much I enjoyed the previous story until I read the next one. I do recommend that you read the previous books in the series as there is a lot of character crossover and past couples continue to play a role in future books.

We first met Lady Emilia Featherstone in Highland Awakening, as daughter of the odious man that the Highland Knights were hired to guard. Emilia was meek and mild mannered, and we learn the reason behind her behavior in this book. While we knew father, Lord Pinfield, was odious - we now know that he was also abusive and plotting trouble with his cronies. A desperate Emilia, bloody and terrified, runs to the Highland Knights for protection. 

Sir Colin Stirling is the Highland Knight with the worst PTSD of the group. His demons work him when he is alone or when he is asleep, so he tries to stay in the company of others. He was the Knight that I was most curious about in this series, and I am just a little bit in love with him. His PTSD was really heartbreaking, and Haymore did a good job drawing us into his waking and night terrors. 

The romance between Colin and Emilia moved along at a steady clip. After some time away from her cruel father, Emilia begins to come out of her shell. The attraction between Emilia and Colin gives her something to focus on, and she becomes a lioness that will help Colin battle his demons. Colin has been drawn to Emilia since the moment he first met her in Lord Pinfield's household. He must battle an inferiority complex when it comes to Emilia, but she really doesn't allow him to fight too hard. I loved these two together... they were both wounded birds that were stronger together. 

Each installment of this series has had its own action/suspense plot, and this story is no different. The protected from Highland Awakening has turned into a villain in Highland Temptation, and he was truly a vile creature. Lord Pinfield appeared in the story at all the right points to shake things up and keep the plot moving forward. The pacing in this story was on point... while the book is on the shorter side, it reads the perfect length. I didn't feel like anything was missing out from the emotion, drama or suspense of the plot.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars / 3 flames.

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