Published by Avon on January 31st 2017
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Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.
Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Lord Montrose Danvies had gambled away the family fortune, leaving his half-sister, Lady Murine Carmichael, without a dowry. Murine had always dreamed of getting married and having a passel of children, but now all her hopes are dashed. The last straw is when Montrose wants to trade her to Dougall Buchanan in exchange for two horses! That’s when Murine opts to escape, alone. Dougall was appalled, and refused, but thought that then Murine would be “sold” to Lord Muller, which would be a fate worse than death. But not long after, Dougall travelling with three of his brothers, encounters the fleeing Murine sitting atop her pet bull. The Buchanan will protect her.
The first half of FALLING FOR THE HIGHLANDER is typical Lynsay Sands: wonderfully drawn characters, delightful banter, amusing sequences, such as the perils as relieving oneself in the wild, and Murine’s propensity to faint. Ms. Sands also recaps a bit, as some of the characters have appeared in previous books, and it is skilfully done. Murine is a wonderful heroine, Dougall is charming and kind, everything was lovely, in spite of the lurking danger, until the first three sex scenes, which I thought were of questionable taste. Not because of what happened, but because of the circumstances under which they did. The first time grated a bit, but had it stopped there, I would have been able to brush it aside. But when sex happened the second and third time, I couldn’t take it. I thought Dougall was insensitive and selfish, although Murine didn’t seem to mind at all. I couldn’t even tell you if the scenes were good or not, because of I was cringing too much; strangely enough, the Buchanan brothers shared my opinion.
In the second half, the mystery that had been slowly building concluded in quite exciting fashion. The romance, apart from my above-mentioned issue, was sweet and believable, the Buchanan brothers are all very engaging, and Ms. Sands’ writing is delightfully effortless; she is, as always, such a pleasure to read. I wonder if we will see more of those darling Buchanan brothers, I certainly hope so!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.