ARC Review: My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero, #2) by Suzanne Enoch

cover105027-mediumTitle: My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero, #2)

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Expected Publishing Date: April 4, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 320

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

synopsis

DARE TO FALL IN LOVE

Scotland, 1812—Rugged Highlander Graeme’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…

Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath—and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart, in My One True Highlander, the next No Ordinary Hero Scottish romance from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch.


 

♦ Personal Thought ♦

It’s been a while since I last read any Suzanne Enoch‘s books and I found this one as delightful as always. My One True Highlander is the second entry of “No Ordinary Hero” series. While I haven’t read Hero in the Highlands, I had no trouble following this story.

Marjorie Forrester, sister of the previous book hero, was on the way to pay a surprise visit to her brother at MacKittrick castle when she was abducted by three Maxton striplings who thought to help their eldest brother to make right with clan chieftain, Dunncraigh of Maxwell. The act put the Maxtons and their small estate smack in the middle of dispute between Dukes of Dunncraigh and Lattimer. Not to worsen the situation, Graeme decided to keep Marjorie in his house during which – of course – the attraction sparked between them.

The story was told alternately from Graeme and Marjorie’s POVs in third person; with a side of secondary characters’ voice. My One True Highlander employed – to a lesser degree – the animosity between Scotsmen and Englishmen and the reluctant attraction between a Highlander and a Sassenach woman. This is a typical romanticized Stockholm Syndrome story with a dash of humor and sexy times.

Both MCs were quite a likeable characters and their battle of wits were quite amusing though personally I thought Graeme’s first step of being intimate with Marjorie was rather heartless and out of character. That part of the story just didn’t sit well with me; the hero went ahead to have intercourse with the heroine because she’s ruined anyway? That’s just UGH.

Which is very fortunate the youngest Maxton came to the rescue with his menagerie of adopted animals. Yes, Graeme’s youngest brother Connell was the highlight of this book for me. The young lad was a delight to read, whatever mischief he got up to. His exchange with Graeme was especially adorable and those scenes really helped to boost my opinion on the hero of the book.

On top of that, I wasn’t particularly fond with the way the book ended; the dire issue was not really resolved and the final chapter felt rushed to me. However, this book was more than okay to reacquaint myself with the author’s works. For sure, I will backtrack and catch up with first entry in the series after this.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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