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The Trouble with Highlanders (The Sutherlands Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Wine's understanding of the Highlands is fantastic, and she skillfully shares this with readers through her well-developed characters, their dialogue and the descriptions that also propel the story. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews
"Wine's crisp writing, intricate plot, and deep insights into clan politics make this a fun and satisfying read, even for those who aren't Highlander fans" - Booklist
"A sexy romance and a thrilling story make this a must read! TOP PICK" - The Romance Reviews
"A fascinating look into a part of history we don't usually see represented in fiction, this book will captivate any lover of historical fiction." - Carabosse's Library
"I loved this book. The chemistry between Daphne and Norris was perfect." - Books Like Breathing
"Oh how I loved this book. When an author and the story can get my emotions flowing, and I go from happy, to sad to angry ( where I wish I was part of the book and want to murder the evil wench), I know it's a winner." - Under the Covers
"Out of this world... I couldn't put it down." - Romancing the Book
"I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good sizzling Highland romance." - Swept Away By Romance
"Oh my this was a delicious story. I could not put this book down and devoured it in less than twenty four hours." - Yankee Romance Reviews --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B007ZI09S8
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 2, 2012)
- Publication date : October 2, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1347 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #414,805 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I would have enjoyed this book even if it was the cliched highlander storyline because Mary Wine does an execellent job of describing settings and creating tension between characters. Luckily, this book had a nice twist on the typical highlander storyline - in this case both Daphne and Norris have been lusted after due to their position and wealth (he stands to take over a very important clan and she is beautiful with a large dowry). Their love grows out of wanting each other for who they truly are rather than their position or what can be gained from being with the other.
There's a lot of sex in this book, but it's part of the storyline that their relationship starts with lust and then grows to love.
This isn't the greatest highlander story ever, but it's a solid addition to the genre and worth reading.
I'm so glad that I took the chance on Ms Wine again, she didn't let me down. The H did have a passion for the h and hadn't slept with anyone since taking the h's virtue in the previous book. He admitted to being enchanted by her. He had no desire for any other women even though he had the reputation for being a womanizer. He wanted to explore what was between them and clearly communicated his intentions to her. I was led to believe this took place over a longer period of time but in fact in was only a few days. The h had no desire to become a mistress or leman and I believe she would've returned home if circumstances hadn't changed. The H told her that he wanted to marry her before he went to court to clear it with the king. The original letter was faked by the villainess.
The villainess, Sandra did her worst but it only took place over a matter of days and therefore was quickly resolved in time, if not within a few chapters.
Take a chance on this book and I don't believe you'll be disappointed! It was a believable HEA!!!
I've read two so far and they are both slightly different than the other Highlander novels I've read by other authors. For starters in every single other Highlander book I've read, the couple in question is always, always, always without a doubt married. Now they may not like each other, they may not want to be married for various reasons, but they always are.
And this book was interesting to me because the couple WASN'T married when they first have sex (which happens off the page a few weeks before the actual book starts). It makes for some interesting politics that you don't often see in romance novels because everyone's so afraid of creating a heroine who doesn't adhere to the morals of the typical Good Christian Woman. She can never have sex outside of marriage. She can never cheat on her partner. She can never consider abortion. But in this book the heroine does all three and it's actually refreshing.
In all the Highlander books I've read, you hear about lemans but you never really see one. Probably because authors are also afraid of making their male love interests irredeemable in the eyes of the audience. So even though having and keeping a mistress on the side was a very common practice in historical Scotland, no authors have the guts to write about it.
Mary Wine does sort of take the easy way out here by making the heroine the leman for a short amount of time. And since it's a romance novel, you know she's eventually going to end up married to the hero because it wouldn't be a romance novel without the standard HEA, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Wine taking on the seedier aspects of Highland life including not being considered worthy of marriage, contemplating abortion to remove the stigma of having a bastard child, facing life as a mistress and not a wife.
The plot itself was interesting with a twist at the end that I kind of wish didn't happen. The book didn't need it and I'm not sure why it was in there. It didn't really make much sense to me, but because the rest of the book was so good, I'll overlook it.
It does lose a star due to being repetitive. There's a lot of craving going on. The heroine's belly twists with desire in literally every scene she's in. Everyone growls and/or snarls. Everyone. To convey every emotion under the sun. Snarling in joy, snarling in anger, snarling in confusion, snarling in humiliation. If you played a drinking game wherein you drank every time someone snarled, you would be dead from alcohol poisoning by the second chapter. But no book is perfect and I'll deal with the snarling just so I don't have to read the requisite 'forced marriage to a barbarian that I don't love but it's my duty to have sex with him' story line that makes up EVERY SINGLE HIGHLANDER BOOK EVER.
So pick up this book for some hot sex scenes, some interesting glimpses into Highland living, and a couple who are attracted to each other but CAN'T get married as opposed to two people who are forced to get married.
I also don't understand the other reviewers claim that it's not really a standalone. The other book I read had nothing to do with this one and I understood the plot of "Trouble" just fine without having read any other books containing these characters.