on April 10th 2018
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Present-day North Carolina sings with the passions of the Scottish Highlands as a fiery, time-traveling Celtic warrior takes a stubborn tour guide for a wild ride.
Haunted by lost love, Grant MacDara still dreams of tenth-century Scotland. Nothing can soothe his aching heart—until a sharp-tongued, redheaded beauty leads a tour of senior citizens through his family’s North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends. Though she’s the polar opposite of the lass he left behind, Joanna Martin is the most irresistible woman Grant has ever met. But when he decides that she’s worth the risk of loving again, he tries so hard to hold her close that she nearly slips through his fingers.
Forced out of her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep by a conniving ex, Joanna is trying to make the best of her quiet new life. But one glimpse of Grant—who wields an ancient hammer like it’s just another appendage of his chiseled body—convinces Joanna not to give up on love. The one thing she can’t do is outrun her past as a loser magnet. And although Grant seems to be the last honorable man left on earth, this mouthwatering stud needs a crash course in twenty-first-century women before Joanna can trust him with her heart.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Joanna’s Highlander is the second book in the Highland Protector series by Maeve Greyson. You can read this as a standalone story but I’d encourage you to read Sadie’s Highlander, book one in the series as a great introduction to the brothers and how they find themselves in modern-day America instead of 10th century Scotland!
When Grant MacDara was forced away from Scotland to America he was also forced to lose the woman who was to be his wife, who was carrying his child. In the 18 years since then, he’s never met a woman he could give his heart to, that is until he meets Joanna Martin.
Joanna has been physically and mentally abused in love and has promised herself to never fall for a loser again. When Grant starts flirting with her and showing his interest she is worried because she has heard how moody he is and how he and his family seem to be hiding secrets from the world. As much as she finds him staggeringly sexy, she can’t risk her heart by falling for somebody like him, can she?
Joanna and Grant’s budding relationship was a pleasure to read. Joanna loves Grant’s old-fashioned ways when it comes to wooing her, he is the ultimate gentleman, even calling her m’lady! How she could ever believe that he could be anything like her ex is beyond me. Their passion for each other was off the scales, and when they got going they really got going. My only qualm about their coupling is that it was slightly dom/sub with Grant telling Joanna she wasn’t allowed to move, or make a sound, and to not orgasm until he told her to. I just don’t think that Grant with all his wild warrior ways would want her to hold back at all. Without that their sexual encounters would have been perfect. Still, Joanna seemed to enjoy herself, so who am I to be negative about it ha!!
Alongside their relationship, there was the hysterically funny antics of the group of old women that Joanna was in charge of showing around Highland Life and Legends theme park, the perfect cover for Grant and his family! The old biddies were determined to match up Grant and Joanna, and the way they go about it made me laugh out loud often.
For me, the whole story was enjoyable and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but the best part of the book was definitely how it ended! I can’t tell you what happens, that would spoil it, but it involves a horse, a half-dressed highland warrior and Joanna. Perfection plus!!! I loved the first book in the series, I loved this second book in the series, and can’t wait to read the next one! Please, somebody, tell me that there are more to come!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.