A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands.
Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue-definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband…until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.
She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life…to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.
There's just something about those Scots! And there's something even better about the way Lynsay Sands writes them. I've been a massive fan of hers for years and would likely consider her my favorite author. I honestly devoured THE HIGHLANDER TAKES A BRIDE and could not put it down. Saidh is a spirited, considerate, tom-boy heroine who knows how to hold her own even when surrounded by hulking warriors. Greer has never met anyone like her and they are both quickly swallowed up by the passion that consumes them.
This book reads like the best combination of a historical romance and a whodunnit. Throughout the novel someone begins to target Saidh and until the very end I kept vacillating between who I thought was behind it. There are in fact multiple mysteries which keep you reevaluating and second guessing some of the characters. It keeps things fresh and interesting, not knowing who the couple can trust.
Speaking of the couple, I don't know if I've ever mentioned how much I love naked encounters as a way of bringing lovers together in a romance. By which I mean, the heroine stumbling across the hero in the buff or vice versa. It's such a fantastic way of kindling that spark of attraction and making the characters come to terms with the way they react to one another. And the spark between Greer and Saidh is definitely there from the very beginning. The way the heat builds from encounter to encounter is a bit mesmerizing and part of the reason I just couldn't put the book down. To me, this novel has the perfect amount of sex, parceled out throughout the story, to keep the passion and intimacy between the heroes building and keep the reader enraptured through to the very end.
I really admire the way that Lynsay Sands develops her characters and gives them such distinct traits that we can respect or scorn. Although this novel is part of a greater highlander series, it really does read more as a stand-alone and does not require any previous knowledge to enjoy. I absolutely loved THE HIGHLANDER TAKES A BRIDE, for so many little reasons I can't even explain and for the fact that it felt so intrinsically Lynsay Sands. There's just something about her books that I really respond to - between the resounding heat, the layers of suspense and the level of playfulness and intimacy she works into the lovers' interactions. If you love a good highlander historical that's hot as hell and will keep you guessing through to the end, definitely pick up a copy of THE HIGHLANDER TAKES A BRIDE.
Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
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