Torn between honour and desire…
Innocent Margriet Gunnarsdottir carried a heavy secret. She faced a perilous journey to the wild and distant north of Scotland, and her safety lay in her adopted disguise – a nun’s habit! But her only protector, a proud, rough-hewn Highlander, made her ache to share her crushing burden.
Rurik Erengislsson had sworn to see her home and unharmed. A woman promised to the service of God should be shielded and honored – not desired! Yet Rurik was tempted beyond reason to make this beautiful waif his own.
This one came in the middle of my binge on Terri Brisbin’s Highlander romances, and I thought it was a good time to read it, because it’s a little different. It also has very likeable characters, which was nice, as the hero in the book before this one in the series isn’t a very nice person until the very end!
Surrender to the Highlander is a 14th century road trip romance for the most part! I don’t always love that style of book, but I thought it worked really well here, and also allowed for a secondary romance (mostly in the background). The Scottish Highlands back then were not the easiest place to travel through, so the challenges they faced made it an engaging read from start to finish.
But really, what I really liked about this one was that both hero and heroine were so likeable. Sure, they make major mistakes, and there’s plenty of drama, but this is the womaniser of all the men in the series and he turns out to be the most respectful of all the heroes I’ve read form this author (about half a dozen so far).
Clearly, it’s impossible to depict the fourteenth century totally accurately without alienating your readers, but I do like the version of the era the author creates. I like that her heroines are strong but still period-appropriate.
I think these books appeal because they’re the sort of romances you got several years ago, back when you just wanted to read about some big warrior man and a beautiful woman. That straightforwardness in storytelling (and – I guess – simplicity) is a little hard to come by these days, but sometimes it’s exactly what I want.
Every review, I seem to complain about Brisbin’s stumbling and tripping heroines, and it’s the same here. They’re always losing their footing and needing to be steadied by the men. Why?
One thing I would change about the books in this series is the way the big reveals and dramas at the end are so condensed. I’ve read all of them on Kindle, and the big things don’t ever start happening until after the 90% mark. There’s no time to do the scenes justice! The most exciting parts of the story are often told in summaries, rather than being shown on the page. That includes the big rescues, the weddings etc. I’d like more time devoted to these parts.
The stories are so good that I always feel like I’m being robbed at the end!
I really did binge on these books. One a day for nearly a week. So obviously I recommend them if this is the stuff you like to read!