Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ARC Review: The Wrong Highlander by Lynsay Sands

Series:     Highland Brides #7
Pub. Date:Jan 29, 2019
Publisher:Avon
Length:384 pgs
Source:Publisher

The Highland Brides is one of my favorite historical romance series, and I always get excited when a new one is coming out. The Buchanan brood is so fun and boisterous, with sassy and relatable women that find themselves in dangerous situations more often than not. The Wrong Highlander is no exception, and follows the same light-hearted suspense format of the previous books.


Our hero in this latest installment is Lady Evina Maclean, a braies-wearing, sword-wielding lass from the Highlands. She reminded me quite a bit of Saidh Buchanan, from The Highlander Takes a Bride. Evina has been running Maclean keep since the death of her mother at age 10, and she's the type of person that does what needs to be done without complaint or dallying. So when her ailing father desperately needs a healer, she sets off to steal one - the renowned Rory Buchanan. I enjoyed Evina's character. She wasn't overly obstinate and, while she was capable of handling most matters herself, she didn't balk at accepting help when it was offered and needed. She also injected some humor into the story with innocent quips and one-liners, and the way she kidnapped Conran "just a little bit."

Despite our heroine's intentions, our hero of this story is actually Conran Buchanan, who is kidnapped from his bathing due to a case of mistaken identity. I didn't remember much about Conran from previous books, but he is the one who is always helping his brothers with some aught, but has never really stood out as being an expert in one field. Conrad considers himself slightly knowledgeable about a great many things, but master of none. It's here that our hero sells himself short, because he is a smart and capable lad, and his varied knowledge makes him the perfect match for our heroine and her family situation. I liked Conrad quite a bit as well. I liked that he was humble and didn't quite realize his own appeal, but that he was also a bit of an alpha when it came to protecting and satisfying his lady. 

Of course this book wouldn't fit in with the series if there wasn't danger swirling around our heroine. I liked the suspense plot and thought it was well planned and executed. Surprisingly, I didn't guess the villain's identity in this one until he was just about revealed. I really like how Lynsay gives us the suspense and danger to advance the plot, but she doesn't make it the whole focus of the story. Adding in the romance and humor with the light suspense makes it so much more entertaining, and an immensely enjoyable read. I'm sad that we are running out of members of the Buchanan family to read about... but I'm hoping that we will get a series about the next generation - particularly Saidh and Greer's growing brood!

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

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