Today I’m excited to bring you a new release, Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York, the first in her new Untamed Highlanders series with St. Martin’s Press. The buzz on this book has been amazing, and I can spoil a bit here – I loved the book. So much so, as a matter of fact, that I am giving away a PRINT copy to one US winner. Yes, you can win your very own print copy of Hannah and the Highlander, but enter soon – the drawing ends on September 7, with a winner notified on the eighth.
Oh how I love a highlander, and when you combine it with a heroine who has her own backbone and fire, add in a touch of danger and plenty of steam and it’s a total winner. Such is Hannah and the Highlander, the first in a new series from Sabrina York. I’ve read this title three times (already) and different elements stand forward with each page…
Research is impeccable, using actual events and traditions that inform the setting. There is a plausible threat and reason for the relationship, and clues to the ‘truth’ of Alexander in the near-fawning affections for him exemplified in his staff and clansmen. Not to mention an adorable imp, taken in during the ‘clearings’ who has him wrapped around her little finger. These all come together and give a framework on which the story is woven…
Hannah is an unmarried woman, considering herself ‘off the market’, preferring to manage her father’s estate, dodge arrows from her niece’s bow, and keep her younger innocent sister from harm, particularly with her discussions of spirits and ghosts. Despite her very logical core, Hannah is a dyed in the wool romantic, and not only yearns for love but an equal partnership, and she won’t be happy settling for less.
Alexander is weighed down by his responsibilities, and mired in memories of his past. A totally honorable and giving man, his childhood traumas have left him with a stammer, and the belief that he can never be ‘enough’ for the position as Laird.
An instant connection keeps Hannah in Alexander’s mind, the first he’s ever found intriguing. While he believes that his actions speak louder than words, and that Hannah will appreciate the ‘no nonsense’ approach, he’s unable to share his deepest secrets with her. Meanwhile, Hannah doesn’t see the efforts as meaningful, a ‘baby poop brown’ bedchamber, the rush to the altar all reinforce her fear that she was little more than a commodity, and he was doing ‘as he should’ with no thought to her wishes.
A wonderful trajectory for this story reveals both Hannah and Alexander in alternating views, both from their own voices and with input from secondary characters and observation. The gradual development of their relationship from knock your sporran sideways instant attraction to one that is deepening with knowledge and understanding. Both are deeply loyal and loving people, who want nothing more than “the one”, and York brings both heart and heat to the journey. Most importantly, both Hannah and Alexander come to life in the story, including you in their journey of coming together and finding a partnership that doesn’t exclude others, but welcomes them with open arms and plenty of warmth. You will not go wrong with this title as a fan of historic romance or a newcomer to the genre.
Title: Hannah and the Highlander
Author: Sabrina York
Series: Untamed Highlanders #1
Also in this series: Susana and the Scot, Lana and the Laird, The Highlander is All That
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 1 September 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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First in a brand-new series about the bold, brawny men of the Scottish Highlands—and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees…
Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family’s land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent—and spectacularly handsome—Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah’s hand, will she be able to resist him?
Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land—without mercy—and Alexander can’t afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What’s more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he’s the only man for her—body and soul…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.