The second title I’ve read from Mary Wine, the first in her new historical romance Highland Weddings series starts with a feud and ends up with love. Please read on for my review of
Feuds in the highlands can make the Hatfields and McCoys look like playground spats. And the MacPhersons and Robertsons have been feuding for generations with no apparent end in sight. With threats to Scotland coming from all sides, the last thing the Queen needs or wants is bitter infighting. Dispatching her regent with a simple order: bring the clans together with a wedding… and we are off.
Ailis Robertson is feisty, loyal and fierce, determined to have a life that both suits the clan and perhaps brings her some personal happiness. She wants to marry and find love, but with a man, not a savage being from a clan she’s been taught to hate and fear all of her life.
Bhaic MacPherson is a feared warrior in battle, a loyal clansman and at heart, truly kind. Not loving the idea of a forced marriage, he finds Ailis admirable and courageous. He’s going to make the best of the situation to respect his clan’s decree, he just didn’t expect to fall in love with the enemy.
Mary Wine uses emotions we can all relate to: a desire for acceptance, a fear of the unknown, a determination to make the best of a situation you aren’t particularly thrilled with because the choice is untenable. Combine this with a tentative getting to know you phase that is spurred onward by an obvious physical attraction, finding these two slowly unveiling themselves and allowing their attraction to grow. Both Bhaic and Ailis are determined, honest and courageous: understanding that the future of Scotland relies on the cooperation of the clans and they are willing, eventually, to do their part.
The characters are the highlight in this story: moving us through an obviously difficult and tense situation for both of them, while displaying their own personalities as the story progresses. With so many issues playing into their relationship, it does take a while for them to come to realize that despite being thrown together rather ungraciously and without choice, they are wonderfully well suited and truly do enjoy one another: disproving years of untruths and distrust that fueled the strife between the clans. A wonderful start to a new series, I’m ready for the next!
Title: Highland Spitfire
Author: Mary Wine
Series: Highland Weddings #1
Also in this series: The Wrong Bride, Love With a Scottish Outlaw
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 2 February 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In the throes of fierce clan wars, the Queen's Regent tricks the children of two feuding lairds into a desperate choice: marry or die. The union—however reluctant—of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families.
Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage. But she is rocked by the intense passion she feels for Bhaic—who is likewise taken aback by the fierce jealousy he experiences when he sees Ailis speaking with other men. Is it possible for fierce enemies to become ardent lovers?
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.