The Highlander Takes a Bride: HIGHLANDER #3 by Lynsay Sands

The Highlander Takes a Bride: HIGHLANDER #3 by Lynsay Sands

Welcome to my review of  the third in the Highlander series by Lynsay Sands. Please read on for my review, with an exclusive excerpt, don’t forget to check out the tour stops to see what other reviewers thought of the title and please be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be a winner of  the Grand Prize for a Print Set of All Three Highlander Romances and Winners Choice Scottish Stole. Five (5) Runners Up will receive a Print Set of AN ENGLISH BRIDE IN SCOTLAND and TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD. (ALL US ONLY)

The Highlander Takes a Bride

Saidh Buchanan is the only girl in a family full of men: she’s skilled with a sword and fighting, rides like a man with breeches under her gown, and is determined to not marry.  Her cousin Fenella is mourning the death of her fourth husband in four years, and Saidh feels it important to visit and lend support.  Greer is the unexpected heir to the MacDonnell clan, with the death of his cousin Allen.  A former mercenary fighter, Greer is not comfortable with the new position, but an honorable man through and through, he will do his duty and protect those under his roof.

Together these two are so clever and well-matched: Saidh is plain-spoken and often blunt, with a good heart and a solid sense of who she is.  Greer is not one for flowery phrases, but the attraction he has for Saidh hits him like a brick, and he will not ruin the young girl, despite her determination to be ruined.

Fun and funny: even when Saidh’s life is jeopardized by a surprising corner, the invasion of the Buchanan brothers and one young squire who acts like an elderly parson even as he is wholly loyal to his laird Greer and his new lady.

While not a new or unfamiliar trope, Sands uses humor and description (Saidh climbing Greer like a kitten) are clever and funny, bringing easy visuals with moments to laugh. The tension and build for danger is apparent, and the scenes with the brothers, Greer and Saidh are laugh out loud for their commotion, posturing for supremacy and Saidh’s easy and offhanded way of managing / lording over her brothers.  With plenty of moments to steam up the read as Greer and Saidh enjoy their alone time, the emotional connection between the two is built with solidity, feeling both plausible and possible.

I’ve now got to read the earlier books in the series!

The Highlander Takes a Bride: HIGHLANDER #3 by Lynsay Sands

Title: The Highlander Takes a Bride
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highlander #3
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 0062273590
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 39 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands...

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband... until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she's far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel's looks, a warrior's temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he's more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

“A lady does no’ climb trees.”

“Ye’ve told me that three times now, lad,” Saidh responded dryly, shifting her foot up to the next branch and hauling herself upward.

“Aye, but ye’re still doing it, so I thought mayhap ye had no’ heard me,” Alpin said sharply. When she didn’t respond to that, he added, “I could climb up there to pick the apples and throw them down, ye ken.”

“Then there would be no one to catch them,” Saidh pointed out.

“I was thinking mayhap ye could stay below and catch them, as a lady should,” he said, sounding much put upon.

Saidh plucked the apple she’d been climbing to and glanced down to see where the boy was before dropping it in his direction. Once Alpin had caught it, and set it with the others they’d already gathered, she started to climb down and asked, “Just how old are ye, Alpin?”

“Nine,” he said proudly.

“Hmmm,” she muttered, easing down another branch. “Ye act ninety.”

“Laird MacDonnell says the same thing,” Alpin announced with disgust.

“Then we are in agreement,” Saidh said cheerfully, easing down another branch.

“I suspect the two o’ ye would agree on a lot o’ things,” Alpin said sounding annoyed.

“I suspect yer right,” Saidh said with a laugh and jumped to the ground. She took a moment to brush her hands together, then released her skirt from where she’d caught it up and stuck it through her belt for the climb, then beamed at the boy and said, “Is that no’ nice?”

“Nay,” Alpin assured her heavily. “I’m thinking ’tis a bad thing.”

Her eyebrows rose in surprise. “Why is that?”

“Because ye both just go about doing as ye wish with little regard fer how a laird or lady should behave,” he said firmly. “Someone needs to take the two o’ ye in hand and teach ye—What the devil are ye doing now?” he interrupted himself to ask with dismay when Saidh moved over to the apples, caught her skirt up and knelt to begin placing the apples in the bag-type affair she’d made of her skirt.

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About Lynsay Sands

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Visit her official website at www.lynsaysands.net.