Published by Loveswept on November 24th 2015
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Perfect for readers of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Jennifer Haymore’s seductive new Highland Knights series begins with an electrifying tale of class warfare, fierce loyalties, and forbidden love. With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more. As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
Highland Heat is the first book in the ‘Highland Knights’ series by Jennifer Haymore.
The story is about Lady Grace Carrington. She is in France as her sister’s companion, who has gone to France to try to reconcile with her husband, a Major in the British Army. Not long after their arrival the final battle takes place on the Waterloo Battlefield and although the British are victorious, the battlefield is strewn with dead or injured British soldiers. Grace can’t stand by and do nothing, so she ‘girds her loins’ and walks amongst the bodies trying to find any man still alive. What could be a very dark scene was made much less so when Grace bends to see if a young boy has a pulse. He doesn’t, but when she moves to stand upright again a voice startles her from behind and she ends up tripping and falling on top of our hero in the story, Army Sergeant Duncan Mackenzie. He had been knocked unconscious plus had terrible lacerations to his arm from an enemy bayonet. Grace helps him to stand up and to walk with her to the medical tent. The place is crazy busy, and rather than wait for his wounds to fester before a doctor can see him,Grace takes it upon herself to clean and dress his wounds until he can be treated properly. During her ministrations the sparks fly between the couple as they are instantly attracted to each other. The longer they spend together the more they are pulled towards each other. Grace knows that her father would be horrified if she were to fall for a soldier, one who is just the son of a sheep herder. The ‘ton’ wouldn’t accept any relationship between them, and if they were to marry she would get the cut direct. Duncan knows that he isn’t good enough for Grace, not to mention the fact that his Major is her brother-in-law. Any relationship between them just isn’t possible. Despite that though, before Duncan’s troop is to march for Paris, and Grace was to return home, they can’t help themselves and end up in a passionate embrace, kissing as if their lives depended on it. Making a goodbye memory to last them forever.
They are both upset at the thought of being separated, but know that they have no other options. So imagine their surprise when Duncan is told that he is to leave France and return to London being Grace her sister’s, and the Major’s escort. Fate definitely seems to want them to be together, if only for a little bit longer. Duncan doesn’t know why he has been given this job, nor what his new assignment is to be when they arrive in London. But any extra time in Grace’s company is something he is determined to enjoy every minute of.
Duncan soon discovers that he, along with several others from his unit have been sent back to London where they are to form a special unit to route out sedition, treason, etc. The band of brothers are to be called the Highland Knights. Taking up that role also sees the men no longer soldiers in the army. Being more than just a soldier helps, but only slightly when it comes to the class difference between himself and Grace. In all honesty, neither of them care about their class difference, but the consequences of any relationship between them can have dire circumstances. Can they find a way to give in to their lust and love. And what of Duncan, will his new role find him in dangerous situations, can he do his new job and keep Grace safe. There are so many obstacles in their way, but love must find a way, mustn’t it!
What I loved about this book, apart from the heat between the main two characters and their fight to not give into their lust, is the espionage, the danger, a kidnapping, and Duncan’s role to stop the supporters of a rich man to oust royalty. I also enjoyed the subplot where Grace’s sister Claire tries to reconcile with her husband (also Duncan’s captain in the army). A book with two possible happy endings, do both couples get what they desperately need?
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.