Title: Highland Spitfire
Author: Mary Wine
Series: Highland Weddings, #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: February 2, 2016
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New from Mary Wine, the queen of sizzling, page-turning Scottish Historical romance
Passion flares between enemies
Two hotheaded Highlanders, the offspring of feuding lairds, are tricked by the King’s Regent into a desperate choice: marry or die. Bhaic MacPherson is more disposed to lead his clan into battle than stay married to the daughter of his enemy. But perhaps the intensity of his feelings has more to do with desire than hostility.
And the Highlands ignite
Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage-but when her family was faced with a deadly ultimatum, she had no choice. The union of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families, but can bitter rivals truly become lovers?
So HUGE disclaimer: I have read this book twice already. Why? Well because when it was time to read Highland‘ Vixen I have realized a year is a long time to remember all the kilt-awesome characters we were introduced to in this book. I can honestly say I do not regret a moment of the re-read if anything I feel in love with the book even more. Knowing who the second book was about made me pay a bit more attention to secondary characters who are main characters in Highland Vixen… but I digress this review is not about them (not yet) but about the offspring of 2 hot headed laird clans of Highlands – Bhair of clan of MacPherson and Ailis of clan of Robertson. Sworn enemies. Married by force.
All of his adult life, he’d been told chasing skirts was a sin. Now he had a wife, one the church would agree was his for the taking, but she was the only woman in the Highlands he had no business craving. His enemy’s daughter.
That’s right! Two sworn enemies are forced to wed to force a peace between the clans by an over ambitious and hella shady Regent. It may be completely messed up on my part but I enjoyed the standoff that resulted in the marriage a bit too much.
Overall I loved this book because of the hot headed Bhair and Ailis who were quick to get into a fight even as they were trying so hard to fight off their attraction for one another. Bhair was a perfect gentle giant who wooed Ailis even as she resisted him while trying to find her place in a castle of residents who abhorred her presence there. So obviously I loved their blossoming romance when they both forgot to keep their prideful guards up and slowly fell madly in love.
There are quite a few hilarious moments presented by the secondary characters such as drama Bhair’s half-brother, War Chief of MacPherson clan stirs up between the budding romance of Bhair and Ailis. There are also a couple castle residents who get in the fray of Bhair/Ailis union whether with good or bad intentions.
“Is nae that yer wife?”
Symon cut him a somber look. “Marriage is nae one of those things ye say maybe about.”
“In this case, it’s true.”
So if you are up to a task for some laughs, woo-ing, drama, and a bit of highlander danger then jump on this horse and gallop to MacPherson Castle for some fly on the wall action. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed… or bored.
Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives in California with her husband and two sons.
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