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Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2014
I have read all of Ms Wine's highlander books and I have enjoyed them. Some more than others - this one definitely falls into the "others" category.
I think my major issue with the book was the heroine. I had a really hard time liking her. She was just so stubborn and inflexible - she had such a negative attitude and was a very "I know what I know - so don't confuse me with the facts" type of person she refused to even consider marriage to Saer, because she "knew" she couldn't trust any man or be an obedient wife and that even though he said he liked her the way she was and wouldn't try and change her - she "knew" he would come to resent her and hate her. I know she has been hurt and betrayed by others, but she realized how different Saer was and still decided that she was right in her thinking and no matter what he said, she just knew he would come to hate her. It was really annoying!
Saer was the saving grace in this book. He was dead set on taking Nareen as his wife and wasn't going to take no for an answer. He has worked hard to rebuild his clan and has proven himself as a good man - even though he is a "savage". He proved time and time again that he would not try and change Nareen and that he admired her spirit and her passion.
And so goes the story, they argue and then fall on each other. There were times during the love scenes that I was reminded of the Sam and Diane (from the tv show Cheers) first love scene - you know the "I hate you - kiss kiss-I hate you more-kiss kiss" scene. Saer and Nareen would fight and then have mind blowing sex. Don't get me wrong - I like mind blowing sex - but this just started to get old and boring after awhile.
Needless to say, by the 85% mark of this book Nareen's attitude has not changed and I was hoping that Saer would just let her go. Let her go back to her brother and live a miserable celibate life, secure in the knowledge that she was right. But what kind of romance story would that be? So of course we have a very dramatic life or death moment and she finally changes her mind and they get a HEA.
I am sure there is another book in the works - we don't know what happens with Bastian and Abigail. And Kael is still single. So while this book was not a keeper for me, I will read any highlander book that Mary Wine writes. She is a very talented author and writes amazing books. And while this book was not my favorite - I still enjoyed it and would recommend it.