Welcome to my review of The Highlander’s Bride by Amanda Forrester, the first in her new historic romance series Highland Trouble. Please read on for the review, a character spotlight, an excerpt and you can enter to win one of five (5) Print copies of The Highlander’s Bride by Amanda Forrester.
A mix of French nobility and Scottish knight provide the base for this story. When Gavin saves a man’s life, he is introduced to Colette, not as a bride, but as a treasured possession that he is to escort to Scotland to deliver her to her fiancé. While Gavin is instantly attracted to the beauty before him, his honor and his duty require him to complete the mission to the best of his ability.
Colette has been raised to obey and make a marriage that benefits her family. Unhappy with leaving her home and family for the unknown, she’s reserved and a bit removed. These two will have a long journey together, with several unexpected obstacles.
I wanted to see more conviction from Colette, her ‘sharp tongue’ was dismissive and made her difficult to understand or like: pretty is not an excuse for bad behavior. Her ‘opening up’ to Gavin rather felt like walking through a puddle, she didn’t have many moments that built her as a character that felt equal to Gavin. As for Gavin, he’s gobsmacked from the first by her, and I didn’t feel his ‘fighting’ the attraction as much as come up with yet another reason for them not to be together. Common in romance, but when the sole character conflict is solely based on the two characters overcoming a single obstacle (a fiancé) and the many reasons they can push off the ‘moment’ when they both decide their connection is more important.
Having really enjoyed other titles from this author, I was disappointed in the plotting flow: characters seemed to appear and disappear, with and without convictions and intentions, solely to serve the plot move forward. It didn’t hold together as well as I wanted, and while there was plenty of ‘other moments’ of created conflict (thieves, orphans, subterfuge, danger) it didn’t always feel necessary or connected in a broader sense. An easy, non-challenging read that hit the okay button: not great, not bad, but never quite hitting the good moments that make a story memorable.
Title: The Highlander's Bride
Author: Amanda Forester
Series: Highland Trouble #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 1 September, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 56 minutes
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Critically acclaimed author Amanda Forester entertains readers with a new, romantic Scottish Highlander series…
After years of fighting in France, Sir Gavin Patrick longs for his Scottish home and for an easier life off the battlefield. However, laden with a shipment of orphans, a massive treasure to transport, and Lady Marie Colette—a sharp-tongued French heiress—Gavin realizes that the real battle is only beginning.
Colette expects a painless trip as Gavin transports her to her Highland fiancé, but their relationship takes an unexpected turn…
Forced to pose as a married couple in order to sneak out of France, Gavin and Colette fight against their developing, forbidden attraction…all the while yearning to fulfill their pent-up desire.
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.