Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ARC Review: Falling for the Higlander by Lynsay Sands

Series:     Highlanders #4
Pub. Date:Jan. 31, 2017
Length:384 pages

I have a lot of fun with Lynsay Sands' historical romances. The characters are engaging and likable, and she throws in enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep me amused, without being over-the-top or trying too hard.  The Highlanders series has followed four friends, marriageable young ladies who are a bit unconventional and unique. While you can likely read these books out of order without much problem, you will have more fun following the characters from the first book, An English Bride in Scotland

The heroine of Falling for a Highlander is Murine Carmichael, who you will remember saved Saidh Buchanan's life in an earlier book. Murine suffers from fainting spells, keeling over when she gets excited or stands up too fast... or any number of other things occurs. After the death of her beloved father, Murine went to live with her half-brother Danvries in England. Her life went decidedly downhill from that point, living with a wastrel brother with no marriage prospects and things are not looking to get better for her in the near future. I didn't remember much about Murine from the earlier books, but I did recall her fainting spells so at least that helped jog my memory. She has experienced a lot of death and tragedy of late, and my heart went out to her. But she was otherwise an "easy" heroine - likable and lacking drama, but just goofy enough to make her relatable. She was a bit obtuse wandering off into danger at times... but that as balanced out by her quick-thinking resourcefulness when it really counted.

Dougal Buchanan is one of the many Buchanan brood... older brother of Saidh, but younger than Aulay, the head of the family. Dougal was traveling with his brothers to sell some horses to Danvries... and he never expected to come away rescuing a female. All of the Buchanan brothers were excited to meet Murine, the girl who saved their sister's life. It was the least they could do to help Murine get away from the fate Danvries had in store for her. Dougal was not in the market for a wife, but he was drawn to Murine from first sight. As the journey progresses, Dougal's attraction and possessiveness grows. I liked Dougal but his character wasn't quite as developed as Murine's - so I can't say exactly why I liked him... other than the fact that he was a big gruff highlander, which usually tickles my fancy.

The story's laugh-out-loud moments were balanced by mystery and danger, which helped the plot advanced quite nicely. Dougal and Murine cement their relationship while the entire Buchanan family works to keep Murine safe. I love all the Buchanan brothers, but I am continually drawn to Aulay. The scarred eldest brother is sure to appeal to my nurturing side, so I really hope he gets his own story.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Avon.

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About the Author

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She's been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there's occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that's just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web.

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