Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Book Review of To Conquer a Highlander by Mary Wine

To Conquer a Highlander

Looking for a fun highlander romance full of blood feuds, intrigue, and political upheaval?  If you prefer feisty leading ladies,  you might enjoy  To Conquer a Highlander by Mary Wine.

The blurb:
A fierce highland laird ready to kill for King and country...Torin McLeren is outraged when he learns of his neighbor's plot against the king.  To foil the McBoyle's scheme, he takes his enemy's daughter hostage.  But kidnapping Shannon McBoyd stirs up far more trouble than the rugged Highlander could ever have imagined. . .

A stolen bride who's as much trouble as she is temptation. . .  Shannon fights tooth and nail, only to be captivated by the Highalnder who treats her like a lady, rather than with the scorn and derision she expects.

She can't resist his high ideals and her fiery spirit enflames him, but consorting with the enemy could be a fatal mistake. . . .

I thoroughly enjoyed To Conquer a Highlander -- it has just the mix of action, danger, intrigue and romance that I look for in historical romances.

The book opens with the McBoyds violating the peace and needlessly slaughtering their neighbors.  It's meant to be a political act, but it's clearly one of greed and envy.  It doesn't sit well with Shannon and we quickly learn that Shannon has a strong sense of honor and loyalty.  She makes for a likable heroine with her quick wit and courage.  Her captor is quick to recognize her strengths and to treat her fairly -- there are few needless misunderstandings and temper tantrums.   Shannon and Torin face real danger and obstacles to being together -- which makes for an engaging and satisfying read!

ISBN-10: 1402237375 - Mass Market Paperback $6.99
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 6, 2010), 352 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Mary Wine is a multi-published author in romantic suspense, fantasy, and Western romance; now her interest in historical reenactment and costuming has inspired her to turn her pen to historical romance.  She lives with her husband and sons in Southern California, where the whole family enjoys participating in historical reenactment.

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