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.
“Dougall,” Murine moaned in protest when he broke their kiss. She tried to shift against him again, but he held her still, trying to catch his breath and regain control of himself.
“Hush,” he murmured and turned sharply toward shore, intending to get them out of the water and set her away from him. He realized what a stupid idea that was when the supporting water fell away and she, probably afraid he would drop her, tightened her legs to keep herself up. Dougall stopped walking and dropped his head to her chest with a groan as her body slid against his again.
This had really been a bad idea, he acknowledged and took a couple of deep breaths, before saying, “I’m going to set ye down, lass.”
“But I don’ wan’ ye to,” she protested. “This feels good. I like it.”
The words made his determination falter. If it weren’t for the way she slurred her words, he might have taken her there and then. However, there was a definite slur to her words. Murine was in no state to think clearly on this. He had to think for both of them, and while he’d pretty much decided he was indeed going to marry Lady Murine Carmichael and bed her well and repeatedly, he would not have her waking in the morning and accusing him of treating her like the whore her brother had tried to turn her into.
“I like it too, lass, but—”
“Then why are ye stopping? Did I do something wrong? Tell me what to do and I’ll—” Her words died on a gasp as he suddenly dropped her into the water. It was a desperate bid to save them both. She was a tasty little bundle and Dougall could not fight himself and her too.
Leaving her to flounder back to her feet in the shallow water, he moved quickly back to shore, grabbed his tartan, laid it out, and knelt to begin pleating it with his back to the water. He didn’t do more than glance over his shoulder once to be sure she got out of the water safely, but then immediately turned his full attention forward again. He would give her time to dress and then escort her back to camp . . . and then he would not allow himself to be alone with her until they reached Buchanan and were safely married. He would not have her thinking he saw her through her brother’s eyes.
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~~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. S
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 received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.