Stolen by the Highlander by Terri Brisbin

Stolen by the Highlander by Terri Brisbin

Kidnap in the Highlands!

The morn of her wedding, Arabella Cameron is filled with dread. But if marrying a man she doesn’t love will end the feud between the Cameron and Mackintosh clans, she will do her duty. That is until outlaw Brodie Mackintosh arrives in her bedchamber and steals her away to the mountains!

Brodie knows Arabella has every reason to hate him, but a forbidden kiss soon makes these sworn enemies question everything. And when Arabella’s intended reclaims her, Brodie must fight with all his strength to make her his once more!

Stolen by the Highlander by Terri Brisbin

This really is the oddest cover. This woman is supposed to be the most beautiful woman in Scotland, and the woman on the cover looks terrifying. And dead!

I read the second book in this series as a review book, and enjoyed it so much I knew I wanted to go back and read the first.

I’m thinking that while I really enjoyed both, I liked the second one just a bit more.

But that’s not to say Stolen by the Highlander isn’t an entertaining read. As I said about the other book, I’m not always a fan of Highland romances, but I find Terri Brisbin has a good voice and doesn’t rely too much on clichés or clichéd language.

Again, we are given no date or even century to place the story in, which I’m not sure I like, but once you get a more generic idea of “Scotland in the past” in your head, you just go with it.

I really enjoy an author who can create a beautiful heroine at the same time as making her smart – actually smart, not “romance novel feisty”. I like an author who treats her female characters with respect, and creates friendships between them.

One thing I had a problem with was that the mystery about the murder at the centre of the plot made the characters look daft. They should have figured it out from the start!

I like that these books are larger than life without being ridiculous. And while I know it’s a hook to keep you reading the series, I liked the way the book ended with a little setup for the next one.

It was nice to read something a bit escapist but also well-written, and I’m glad I found a Scottish historical author whose books I find fun.

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5 thoughts on “Stolen by the Highlander by Terri Brisbin

  1. I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to “Highlander” novels but I’ve been reading a few recently and they seem to rely heavily on the abducted maiden trope. I surely hope not all maidens in old-timey Scotland needed to be abducted in order to have a HEA.

    1. That is very true! I’m not the biggest fan of this sort of book, but I really enjoy his author in particular.

      I have read another four of her books since this one. A lot of Highlander books end up being very similar, but they’re fun every so often!

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  3. Thanks for the review! I might try some of these books when I get a chance, although I’m not big into romance novels. I was disturbed and depressed by some of the violent content I read in another Scottish romance novel, and decided I should stay away from that genre, but maybe they’re not all that way. 🙂 Thanks again!

    1. It sounds like you were reading an 80s bodice ripper! Romance is nothing like that anymore, and I know many people who own and love romance novels and they didn’t even realise the were from the romance genre!

      Romance nowadays is just general fiction, but at the centre are two characters who don’t die at the end. It’s the biggest genre on Earth, and the variety is bigger than any other genre. It is also the only genre that routinely has women at the centre of the story, and doesn’t treat them like crap (unlike science fiction, crime etc.). The only genre that puts women first.

      The old, sexist , Fabio stereotypes don’t apply anymore. But I wouldn’t start with a romance set in Scotland in the Middle Ages, because the social rules of the time apply. Try something more modern first! 🙂

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