on December 19th 2017
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He has sworn to protect her...
Captain Reid MacKenzie, Earl of Seaforth, is a man of his word. During a harrowing battle at sea, the heroic Highlander makes a vow to a dying friend to watch over the man's daughter. His plan: send the child to boarding school as quickly as possible so he can continue his mission. But Reid's new ward is no wee lass. She's a ravishing, fully grown woman, and it's all he can do to remember his duty and not seduce her himself.
But he might be her greatest threat...
Miss Audrey Kennet is stunned by the news. First this kilted brute tells Audrey her father is dead, and next he insists she marry. But as Reid scours England for the most suitable husband, Audrey soon realizes the brave, brawny Scot is the only man she wants—though loving him means risking her lands, her freedom, and even her life.
5 Juicy Things about The Highland Guardian
- The hero (Reid MacKenzie, the Earl of Seaforth) promises to care for his dying friend’s daughter. The earl is a busy man and expects to find a child at Coxhoe House–a child he plans to send to boarding school. But he’s totally gobsmacked to find fully grown, ravishing, nineteen-year-old Audrey Kennet for whom he has been appointed guardian.
- The heiress of her father’s vast estate, Audrey, is a true introvert and thinks she is deathly shy…but the earl challenges her at every turn and brings out inner strength Audrey had no idea she possessed.
- There is a scandalous red ball gown.
- The Earl of Seaforth has a secret that could ruin everything.
- Pay attention to Dunn MacRae, the Chieftain of Clan MacRae…he’s the hero in the next book!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Highland Guardian is the third book in the Lords of the Highlands series by Amy Jarecki. It can easily be read as a stand-alone, but if you haven’t read the first 2 books already, I am sure you will want to read them once you have finished this one. Yes, it’s that wonderful a book.
The Earl of Seaforth, Captain Reid MacKenzie is a Jacobite. He becomes the guardian of a young girl when he makes a vow to his dying friend to look after her. He really has no time to take on a ward, but he won’t go back on his word. Unfortunately for him, thoughts of sending her off to boarding school while he carries on fighting for the Jacobite cause, fly out the window when he meets her and learns she is 19 years old. Not a young child at all! Now his job escalates as he realises he must try to marry her off as soon as possible, it’s the only solution.
Audrey Kennet is Reid’s ward. Devastated to learn that her father has been killed, she is even more distraught when she learns that Reid is intent on marrying her off to any suitable suitor he can find. At 19 Audrey is a wallflower, she hasn’t had men chasing after her, and she certainly doesn’t want to be forced into a marriage for her guardian’s sake.
Audrey and Reid start spending time together, he is helping prepare her for a ball and helping to find her future husband. It isn’t long until circumstances find them realising that they are hugely attracted to each other. Audrey would like nothing more than to marry Reid, but he can’t marry an English woman, it would cause chaos among the clans that he is trying to unite, and he would have to forego a promise that he made his father. He must fight his attraction to her, but it’s not as easy as he would hope.
I adored this story, it captured me from the very first page. Not only do we have the wonderful romantic aspect of the story, and the very passionate moments when Reid, the sexy highlander, and Audrey, the innocent beauty, can’t help but fall into each other’s arms, but there is the drama that comes from Reid’s fight for the cause. There is a very evil character who causes a lot of trouble for Reid, I wish I could say what he causes to happen, but that would be a huge spoiler. Suffice to say I learned to despise that character, and also to cry tears for Reid. Of course, knowing that the Jacobite cause was a real thing, makes this story all the more emotional. Amy Jarecki tells an engrossing tale including much drama, devious backstabbing, and of course, very passionate romance, making this a perfect read for me. Just my cup of tea.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers’ copy of this book.