Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Once Upon a Highland Christmas (Scandalous Scots, #0.5)
Release date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Scandalous Scots #.5

Warrior Grim Mackintosh understands why his friend Archibald MacNab has decreed there be no trace of Christmas in his castle. After a devastating attack destroyed everything-and everyone-in Archie's life, he prefers to stew in his own misery until the holiday passes. But Duncreag has seen enough tragedy. Grim decides to throw a grand Yuletide feast, one that the bards will sing about for years to come, one that will remind his laird how beloved he is. He can't do it alone, though. Grim needs an accomplice . . .

There's nothing Breena O'Doherty won't do for Archie, so she's thrilled to help Grim with his plan. Yet she has a Christmas wish all her own-to win Grim's heart-and this might be her only chance to make it come true. As Breena and Grim work together to bring the joy of the season to the cold, gloomy castle and to the heart of the cantankerous chieftain, an undeniable passion ignites between them. But when a shocking secret about Breena's past comes to light, threatening everything she holds dear, will it ruin Christmas in Duncreag forevermore?

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet historical romance read about two people totally in love but unable to admit it. Once Upon a Highland Christmas was a lovely novella. I really enjoyed reading it.

Both of the main characters were great. Breena was a very kind type of character. One that you can't help but like because she's just so nice. But, she also had her own brand of strength. She wouldn't let anyone stop her from getting what she wanted. I really liked her. I thought she was great. Grim was also wonderful. He was really sweet and determined to win over the woman he loved. I thought he was adorable.

The romance was sweet. Both Breena and Grim were insecure about themselves and that kept them from admitting their feelings early on. Breena worried that a noble knight wouldn’t want a commoner, while Grim worried that a dainty lady, as he insisted on seeing her despite her protests of not being a lady, wouldn’t want such a huge, rough man. It made me want to whack them both upside the head, but they got over it. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was okay. It was a little slow, but I was still kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the sweet story and the ending was wonderful.

Once Upon a Highland Christmas was a lovely historical romance novella. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, if you want a sweet holiday read, then you should check this book out. 

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

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