Highland Hope: Wild Thistle Trilogy #1 by Madelyn Hill

Highland Hope: Wild Thistle Trilogy #1 by Madelyn Hill

Welcome to an early review of the first in a new series by Madelyn Hill, the Wild Thistle Trilogy. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, and check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought. Then, be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of two $10 Amazon gift cards.

Highland Hope

A bit of a mixed bag for me, although I kept reading on as the final fate of the couple was in jeopardy until the end.  Hope is the heir to the leadership of her clan – her father’s death Ma bit unconventional from other heroines as she’s more comfortable in plotting, planning and fighting than serving tea or batting her lashes. Unfortunately, her ascension to leadership is not a simple one: while Highlanders are known for their infighting, the attacks on clan MacAlister are increasingly devious and determined.

Captured as a spy, Aidan MacKerry has secrets beyond those laid at his feet in his now compromised position.  But, he also is drawn to Hope: her strength and fearlessness, her beauty, and her determination.  And he just can’t forget that kiss, even as she appears to have her mind only on the business at hand.  I wanted a bit more from Aidan: he’s honorable with the intention of the moment, but the secret just held everything in the land of suspended belief in him for too long.  Yes, there was a connection between he and Hope, and he does have moments where it clearly shows he’s on her side, but I was still uneasy waiting for that next shoe to drop.

Mystery and intrigue play a large part in this story. It seems as if everyone has something to hide, and not always a logical reason for it.  Aidan’s secret was hinted at, ignored, hinted again and revealed: at times it became the sole focus, taking from the very real threats to Hope.  Secondary characters moved through the story, some impactful others distracting, and did add to the sense of immediacy here.  Overall, I wanted a bit more interplay between Aidan and Hope on the way from attraction to happiness, rather than leaving me with the sense that attraction led the way.

Highland Hope: Wild Thistle Trilogy #1 by Madelyn Hill

Title: Highland Hope
Author: Madelyn Hill
Series: Wild Thistle Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
ISBN: B01I06XNX6
Published on: 31 August, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 252
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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“Remember, lasses. Through Hope, Faith and Honor, ye can rule,” “were the last words Lady Laird Hope MacAlister’s father spoke before dying. Those very words direct her every action and thought. Sword fighting and leading the men of her clan is second nature to Hope and she has little time for herself or any thoughts of love. Until Aidan MacKerry is captured spying on the clan.

She is beautiful, strong, and quick to pull a sword. But when he kisses her, all thoughts of the Lairdship flee his mind. When the enemy continues to undermine Laird MacAlister, Aidan is determined to aid her—only he didn’t think he’d lose his heart to the Laird of Wild Thistle Keep. When the enemy reveals Aidan’s secret, he must fight for his right as laird and prove despite their differences, he loves Hope.

The enemy refuses to back down and continues to threaten not only Hope, but the security of the entire clan. Only together will they be able to save the clan and save their love.

A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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She sighed and set her free hand at her waist. “We need to find my sister, not stand her havering.”

Sadness and worry flitted in her gaze. Heartache over her mother he assumed and mayhap a wayward sister. The grief seemed to consume her as they walked and Aidan loathed to see a sad woman—even if it was Laird Hope MacAlister. If she started crying he’d certain flee, for nothing was worse than consoling a woman in tears. But he doubted she’d show such vulnerability to him.

She glanced toward the other caves and then back toward the keep. She gave a frustrated sigh.  Her face soft with desperation to find her sister. She was worried and inside she was fretting and he knew only one way to take a woman’s mind off her troubles.

He stepped toward her and swept her in his arms. Her eyes widened as he descended, slowly so not to make her skittish, but with enough purpose she knew his desire. Her lips parted and her tongue darted out quickly to wet the plump surface. His lips brushed against hers with a soft caress. She gripped his arms and pushed. He kissed her again, slanting his mouth over hers. She stiffened, then her fingers dug into his biceps as her lips relented, accepted his kiss. As a moan escaped her lips, masculine triumph flared and he delved deeper. A sizzling leap of lust cursed through him. God, she felt good in his arms. Aidan ripped his mouth from hers and narrowed his gaze. His chest heaved. His blood sang. Through hooded eyes, he watched her and inhaled the womanly scent about her. Hope’s face was flushed, her eyes glazed. Aidan reached for her again.

With a flick of her wrist, a dirk appeared from its sheath and pressed against his ribs. “You touch me again, and you’re a dead man.”

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About Madelyn Hill

Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she'd sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a "closet" writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn't be happier!

A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They have 3 children and keep busy cooking, avid movie goers, and of course reading!

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