The Temptation of a Highlander: Midnight in Scotland, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A woman hunted
Once a hopeless wallflower, Clarissa Meadows blossomed into a beauty for a single splendid season—only to catch the eye of a madman bent on possessing her. Now, she must flee where he'll never follow: a friend's house in the Scottish Highlands. Except he does follow. And Clarissa has nowhere left to run.
A protector unbound
Campbell MacPherson shouldn't be dreaming about the fair English lass who blushes like a sunrise, blurts out double entendres over breakfast, and shows a peculiar interest in the size of his hands. But when she reveals the threat putting fear in her eyes, this rough, solitary giant vows his protection, even if it means keeping temptation as close as his next breath.
A temptation too hot to deny
Clarissa couldn't ask for a more imposing—or enthralling—bodyguard than Campbell MacPherson. But accepting his protection puts him squarely in a predator's sights. And soon, she faces an impossible choice: stay in the shelter of his arms or save the man she loves from the wolf she's brought to his door.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 43 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 29, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #103,945 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,312 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,058 in Scottish Historical Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2021
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This book follows Campbell, the eldest MacPherson brother and Clarissa, a close friend of Kate. Clarissa, a 28-year-old wallflower feels England with her grandmother and seeks refuge in Scotland at Kate's and Broderick's house (couple from the previous book). She needs protection from a psychopathic stalker who is getting more violent in his efforts to "prove" his love for Clarissa. After realizing they aren't safe in Scotland either, they ask Campbell to keep Clarissa safe. I agree, who's better for the job, than a grumpy giant Scotsman?
I love a brooding hero who could tear the world apart, if anyone touches what's his, but he also turns butter in the hand of his love. Campbell was perfection. Broderick is still my absolute favorite (I have a soft spot for "beastly" heroes), but Campbell is on the very top too. He's everything I want in a hero.
Clarissa is a fun heroine! She's brave, caring and has a tender heart. Her nervous trait is, that she blabbers and spits out innuendos. Which is something I also do, so I felt seen 🙃 She was a badass at the final showdown. I was super proud of her.
Their chemistry is off the charts and the sexy parts left me fanning myself.
I felt the supernatural elements were stronger in this book, which I loved. I actually had goosebumps a couple of times.
Now, the sad part...Dash..that broke my heart. But it also helped me to hate Northfield with a burning passion.
I really appreciated Fergus and Butter. My soul needed them.
Things I loved:
- a giant hero who tears apart anything and everything that threatens what's dear to him
- everyone knows I love you, except you
- Clarissa's tender heart
- the supernatural elements (Mrs. MacBean is at it again)
- Clarissa's blabbering and innuendos
- the stalker trope
...yeah I loved everything :D I can't wait to read Alexander's story, but I have a feeling, he will break my heart.
Elisa Braden was a new to me author in 2021, but she quickly became one of my favorites and I also joined her advance team of FB. I can't wait to go back and read her other works too.
Clarissa and her grandmother are forced to flee their home in England to escape an obsessed, murderous, stalker suitor that Clarissa managed to pick up during her one successful season. She heads north to hide at Kate's home in the Scottish Highlands, but of course the creep finds her and so a scheme is hatched for Clarissa to move in with Kate's reclusive brother-in-law and hide there until the creep can be hunted down and eliminated. This might have been a simple solution if it weren't for the fact that Clarissa and Cam are already suffering from a lust-at-first-sight (really love-at-first-sight) situation. They've both been fighting the attraction for different reasons since day one; Clarissa with less success than Cam since every time he speaks to her she gets flustered and develops a case of word vomit that is embarrassingly heavy on the sexual innuendos. Reminded me of my girl Jane from The Truth About Cads and Dukes, but on a much more cringey, hilarious scale.
Something that I really enjoyed about this book is how Elisa sort of flipped the script on the whole "hot and bothered" role. Normally we read about the hero who has trouble keeping his thoughts PG and his hands to himself. In this case it's Clarissa who's basically walking around in a constant state of rut. We eventually find out that Cam is pretty much in the same boat, but he's much better at hiding it. Refreshing flip, IMO. In typical Elisa fashion, the love scenes we do get are very steamy. Intense, descriptive, vivid. Our hero is a dirty talker. 😉
The supernatural trope is a bit more pronounced in this story, with Cam having "the sight," meaning he can catch glimpses of the future in his dreams, as well as communicate with deceased loved ones in his sleep, and infiltrate Clarissa's dreams (which naturally become very steamy.) Mrs. MacBean and her clairvoyant, often hilarious, advice also shines in this story. She's a riot! 😂
This book also has a higher "fear" factor, IMO. The early scene in Clarissa's grandfather's study gave me a serious case of the heebie-jeebies, and the creepy stalker storyline constantly had me expecting all kinds of "BOO!" moments. We didn't get to spend anytime in the villain's head, except through a couple of short, creepy letters he sends to Clarissa, so I think that upped the "scary" quotient. We never knew what to expect.
All in all, another entertaining read from Elisa and, as usual, really looking forward to the next one. Not sure who's slated for book 4, but I really hope it's Rannoch and his Mouse. I feel like she's gonna give our charming playboy hell, in the best ways! 😏
**I received an ARC directly from the author in exchange for an honest, voluntary review but, as always, this author is an auto-buy for me and my pre-order will automatically download on release day. 🙂
I would have given this book 5 stars except for a fair number of animals lose their lives or are injured during the course of the story -- wildlife, livestock and pets. There's just something about this that I feel doesn't belong in a romance. So, those who feel strongly about this sort of thing beware.
This is a well-written, sexy, and suspenseful story. Its my favorite combo -- I just really didn't care for what happens to all the poor animals.
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Clarissa Meadows has spent years as a plump hopeless wallflower. She finally blossoms into herself with the help of her friends and has one wonderful season – but unfortunately catches the eye of an obsessive suitor who will not take no for an answer. When his obsession becomes dangerous for those around her, Clarissa needs to find a refuge where he will never find her. Her dearest friend’s house in the Scottish Highlands seems the ideal place. Until she realises that he has found her and she has nowhere left to turn.
Campbell MacPherson is reluctantly enchanted by his sister-in-law’s beautiful friend. But she is not for him and he knows it. When he finds out what she is running from though, he must protect her with his last breath. He just needs to make sure he doesn’t succumb to temptation.
Clarissa is delighted when Campbell offers his protection. But she knows this places his life in danger too. Can Clarissa protect her love from the villain she has brought to his door?
I loved Clarissa and Campbell. Their story is passionate, dramatic and emotional. Clarissa is lovely. She is sweet, kind, resilient and has a wonderful caring relationship with her grandmother and all those around her. She is immediately infatuated when she meets Campbell and can’t understand why he keeps such a distance. When she realises Campbell’s reasons she is determined to overcome his objections and stand up for their love. Having had to make do with her circumstances all her life – she finds her strength and fights for those she loves.
Campbell looks to have a fairly straightforward life. He has grown up surrounded by a loving family and is a strong, confident, powerful Highlander. He has scars from his past which he has largely kept hidden. He is torn between his craving for Clarissa and his reasons for keeping her at arm’s length. But when he decides to choose a life with Clarissa, he will not let anything get in the way of their happiness. He is fierce, protective and will do anything to keep her safe.
Elisa’s books have all been absolute little gems. Her writing is well researched and the worlds she creates an absolute joy to settle into. Her characters are all well fleshed out and manage to clutch at your heartstrings. The secondary characters are just as well fleshed out. Aside from the villain all are memorable with their own quirks. Clarissa’s grandmama is delightful and it was lovely to see more of her. Mrs MacBean as usual [from previous books] is a true eccentric delight. She brings a touch of whimsy and huge dollops of humour to the story. Campbell’s abilities were also a surprise. I’m rooting for Angus and Mrs Baird, Francis and George. We get to revisit Annie and John, Kate and Broderick [who still holds my heart] and can see the developing relationship between Rannoch and Magdalene who I’m hoping the next story will be about. Not to mention Alexander. You can tell his story will be heartrending.
Special mention has to go to the gorgeous cover. Beautiful. Elisa is one of my very favourite authors and she is a brilliant writer. I absolutely raced through this book but now am going back to savour it. I know it will definitely not be the only time I go back to re-read it. I received an ARC of this book but have bought my own copy for my collection. Highly recommended!
This is very entertaining and I particularly loved how Clarissa got herself tied in knots when conversing with Campbell. Her nervousness showed itself in her humorous language full of double entendres. Brilliant! I laughed out loud at some of these. Indeed, the language flowed beautifully throughout the book. I can say that, as a Scot, the Scottish prose and speech were beautifully crafted.
And the books in this series have the inclusion of mysterious magic. It made this a particularly endearing read. Campbell’s own backstory is gradually revealed alongside his softening as what I would call ‘The Clarissa Effect’ works on him. She has acquired her strength of character over some 28 years, facing her own trials and tribulations. Now fleeing a deadly stalker with her widowed grandmother and finding refuge with her friend Kate in Scotland, Clarissa finds that this means she is under the protection of the MacPherson family too. They persuade Campbell to take her to his own home a bit off the beaten track while they attempt to locate her mad stalker, Stephen Northfield, who is very well connected in the English gentry - not that this bothers the MacPhersons. Gradually Clarissa turns Campbell’s rather bleak house into a home, while Stephen continues to evade the MacPhersons’ search for him. Eventually Campbell persuades Clarissa that she needs to marry him. Stephen continues to bring havoc and death to the area, including the burning of the farmhouse, but this also brings about the end of the torment for both Clarissa and Campbell.
I loved the secondary characters in this book as much as our main two. The MacPhersons and Mrs MacBean add much to the story, as does Kate and Clarissa’s old friend Francis who we know from previous books.
Altogether, this was a stupendous read. Now the question is: When is the next one out, Elisa?
Campbell MacPherson, oldest son and a man of a few words, sets eyes on his sister in laws friend. He knows he can't have her, his soul is riddled with scars and his past won't give him peace. Clarissa is unattainable to him, an English miss is not for the likes of him, but he just can't stay away from her.
When danger finds Clarissa again in Scotland, Campbell steps up as her protector and no matter how much Clarissa protests, affraid for his safety, Campbell resorts to seduction to make her agreable. He will put an end to her torment...and in the end to his.
I loved this book, I adored Clarissa, especially when she kept talking about Campbell's hands, she made me laugh out loud with all those unintentional innuendos. And I loved Campbell, just my type of hero, strong and silent, tormented by his past scars.
This book was a bit different, but not by much, it was mainly that magic was a bit more present in this book(thanks Mrs McBean*wink*).
Elisa writes a good story that keeps you on the edge until the very end, with the right amount of hotness and danger, she writes witty characters, with the right amount of humor, she adds a touch of danger, just to create the perfect world to lose yourself in for a couple of hours.
*an ARC of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review*
If you haven't read the previous two books, don't worry, you can read this one as a stand alone, but why would you deny yourself the pleasure of a good series by a fantastic author?