Title: The Wrong Highlander (Highland Brides #7)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon – HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Historical, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 384 Pages
Rating: 3+ Stars
A laird’s daughter kidnaps a Highlander—and loses her heart…in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ new historical romance.
Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan’s skill as a healer. What she hasn’t heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can’t afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she’s rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family’s castle does the truth emerge—it’s not Rory she’s kidnapped but his brother Conran.
Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin, and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He’s learned enough from his brother to heal Evina’s father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This seventh entry to Lynsay Sands’ “Highland Brides” is a hoot. It was full of not-intentionally-mischief-making-but-making-mischief-nonetheless casts, from side characters to the MCs. A cross between mistaken identity and compromising situation tropes, the plot was made merrier by matchmaking father and set in historical Scotland. That saying, there were ups and downs in the plot that had me conflicted and not totally taken in.
It started nicely with the heroine one-upping the hero and practically kidnapped him to her castle! I loved how Lady Evina was a strong female character who more than proven as capable mistress of the Macleans. I also loved that Conran Buchanan’s not the typical strong, silent highlander type; he’s a good natured and level headed character who saw the bigger picture in things.
As much as I loved both MCs, the attraction between them manifested way too fast, even for the period the story took place. I mean, the back and forth between them were amusing (even if I often thought Evina manipulated Con too much and blamed most of things his way) which is why I wish they took more time before jumping each other bones.
Moreover, I question the sudden appearance of the long-thought-dead relative (I mean, if they were alive all this time, why wait to wreck havoc until now). For fans of this series, the appearance of the other Buchanan could be among the highlight of the story. I especially loved his siblings’ view of him and vice versa. It was a genuinely lovely feeling to witness that kind of love in close-knit family.
“The Wrong Highlander” is an entertaining addition to Sands’ popular “Highland Brides” series. I guess I just wish the plot and twist could be hashed-out more. Some portion of the book felt more telling than showing to me (to be fair, considering this is part of an ongoing series, the author might think readers already up to scratch to the tale and thought no need to divulge more). I still enjoyed the story and couldn’t wait for another Buchanans’ books though.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.