The Beast of the Highlands…
He is the Beast of the Highlands, a man known for his cruelty and unforgiving nature. Now laird of the powerful MacLerie clan and in need of a wife, Connor buys his way to a bride, one he insists not be beautiful like his first wife. He brings Jocelyn to his lair planning to keep her in his bed and out of his life…and heart.
Jocelyn MacCallum saves her family and people with her marriage, but fears for her soul and her life when she becomes bride to the Beast. Against his wishes and orders, Jocelyn begins to make a place in his clan for herself and begins to learn more about the man she wed.
When an old threat rises against the clan and laird, will love be powerful enough to save the woman not known for beauty and her Beast?
Near the end of this book I had a lightbulb moment and realised I had, in fact, read it before. Now, when I went back and checked the original publication date, it’s no wonder I didn’t recognise it at first. Close to a decade on, and I’ve read a lot of other books since then!
I really enjoy Terri Brisbin’s writing. I’ve seen her books described as sort of “simple storytelling” – but as a compliment, because her writing is so quick to engage you. Her plots have plenty of drama, and there are always good conflicts between her main couples.
I will say that Taming the Highlander isn’t my absolute favourite of Brisbin’s books, because the hero spends the majority of the book being cruel to the heroine, and then gets all pissy with her when she is downtrodden and distant from him near the end! He is almost abusive towards her because he is still mourning his first wife, and then he has a miraculous turnaround and cannot understand why she is unhappy and not wanting him around!
It is really surprising, having read the third book in this series only the day before I read this one, and seeing the obsessive love the two of them share. It doesn’t happen in their own book.
What saves it is that excellent writing style. Even though there’re plenty of similarities in the author’s series, I always get hooked on these Highlander books she writes and drop everything else to read them as fast as I can.
While I would still LOVE for Brisbin’s heroines to stop tripping over in every second scene (why are they all so clumsy?!), what I do LOVE about her female characters is that they’re strong when they need to be, but they also seem appropriate enough for the time (fourteenth century) for me to buy them as real people.
This heroine is no exception.
I would recommend this book easily, just with the warning that you have to hang in there for the hero to get over himself! And stick with the series – and the next one – they’re great fun!