Saturday, December 21, 2013

Highlander Mine by Juliette Miller

Highlander Mine (Clan Mackenzie, #3)
Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Clan Mackenzie #3

Deep in the lush Highlands, a powerful laird with everything to lose must risk it all for the lass who storms into his keep--and his heart.

Raised on the debauched margins of society, Amelia Taylor depends upon her quick wit and fiery spirit to survive. When danger closes in on her already precarious home, she flees into the Highlands and finds refuge in the iron-strong circle of Clan Mackenzie. There, her lack of propriety and intriguing beauty draw the attentions of their formidable leader. But to remain safe from pursuit, she must conceal her identity, even if it means deceiving Laird Knox Mackenzie.

A fiercely guarded and staunchly moral warrior, Knox never expected a ravishing stranger like Amelia to reawaken his desires. Yet as their heated confrontations unlock untold passion, temptation proves impossible to resist. So when Amelia's tapestry of lies begins to unravel, the secrets from her dark past threaten both his Clan and a future they can only dare to dream of....

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

A wonderful romance read, Highlander Mine was a lovely highlander romance. It wasn't perfect, but I still really enjoyed reading it. I believe this is the last book in the Clan Mackenzie series, and it was a great conclusion.

Amelia was a strong heroine. She's been through a lot, but she dealt with everything life through at her and still survived. She was extremely dedicated to her family and her loved ones, and she would do anything to protect them. My one problem with her is that she was often contrary just for the sake of being contrary. She even said it straight out. I thought it was more annoying than endearing, so that frustrated me. But, overall, I liked her.

Knox was very sweet. I loved that he was such a romantic and that he believed sex should only be making love. He had a wife who died two years prior, and he had stayed faithful to her since. I thought that was very sweet and rare in romance heroes. He was such a romantic, too. He certainly knew how to woo a lady. I thought he was just adorable.

The romance was okay. I wasn't really feeling it. I didn't feel the process of them falling in love. They just suddenly were in love with each other. At that point, I didn't feel like they even knew each other enough to love each other since they had only spoken a couple of times and both times it was short and mostly them throwing innuendos at each other. Later on, it started working more and I saw the sweetness. On the other hand, the chemistry was there from moment they met. It was hot and led to some very steamy moments ;)

Hamish was Amelia's nephew and I wanted to mention him because he played a big role. He was really cute. But, he seemed to act beyond his years (9 years old). He often spoke and acted in a ways that didn't fit his age, so that threw me off because it seemed unrealistic. But, overall, I thought he was a cutie.

The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. There were a few thrills along the way as Amelia struggled to deal with the danger to her family. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Highlander Mine was a wonderful historical romance read. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to give a look.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"You're too important," he said. "Too beautiful. I can't lose you. I love you, lass, I love you. With everything I have. All of me. Everything. I love you as I love sunlight and air. You are happiness incarnate. My new lifeblood. I can't breath when I can't see you."-Knox.

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