Friday, December 5, 2014

Black Raven's Lady by Kathleen Harrington Review @avonbooks @AvonImpulse @kathleensbooks

Black Raven's Lady (Highland Lairds Trilogy, #3)
Release date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Highland Lairds Trilogy #3


This exciting conclusion to the popular Highland Lairds Trilogy features a runaway lass and the laird who will do anything to protect her.

Feisty Lady Raine Cameron has been surrounded her whole life by gossip claiming she is not her father's daughter. Determined to find her true heritage, the dark-haired beauty boards the Black Raven under false pretenses in search of the man who she believes is her father, a man who is also a traitor to Scotland. Only the Black Raven himself stands in her way…

Laird Keir MacNeil has a reputation for being a ruthless and powerful ship captain. On a mission to apprehend Scotland's most wanted traitor, he never expected to see Raine on his ship. Keir vows to keep Raine out of harm's way and return her to her family untarnished. But as his lust for her grows, he must choose between honor and the woman he never expected to desire.



My Rating: 3 Roses

A highlander romance that I enjoyed, Black Raven's Lady was a lovely read. It had its flaws, but it was a great romance.

Raine was a likable heroine. Strong-willed and clever, she was definitely a force to be reckoned with. She could be frustratingly impulsive but, in general, she was a lovely character.

Keir was good as well. He put on a gruff face but he was really quite sweet. I liked him as well.

The romance was good. Keir had had feelings for Raine for a while but thought she deserved better and didn't act on them, while Raine finally realized that she felt more for him than exasperation. They were sweet together and definitely had chemistry.

I had a few minor problems with the book. First, I wish that I had seen more of Raine actually realizing the good qualities that Keir had and falling for him based on those. As it was, her feelings only flipped when she thought they had been spelled together by faeries. It took down the book a bit because I didn't get a sense that she loved him for him. Second, both of the issues that Raine and Keir had with their parents were a bit odd. Raine thought that a man she saw in a vision with her mother was her birth father and Keir believed the rumors that his father had kidnapped and raped his mother. It was strange because both issues could easily have been resolved if Raine an Keir had actually asked their mothers about it. They had their reasons but I just didn't buy them completely. These issues did bring the book down for me. I still liked it but I just didn't love it.

The plot moved steadily and I was kept interested the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills along the way as Raine got herself into one scrape or another. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

Black Raven's Lady was an enjoyable historical romance. It was a sweet read that I liked. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

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

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