In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.
Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn’t expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.
Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna’s past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.
This book has paranormal (well, magical) elements to it, which I did not realise would be the case when I started reading. It’s a Highland romance in the style of books of a few decades ago, which will be extremely appealing to some readers, and not so appealing to people who prefer less of the “feisty female” trope.
More than any other, the Highland romance subgenre tends to rely heavily on tropes and tried and true themes. The runaway bride from a different clan or the heroine hiding in a nunnery. The perilous journey across Scotland. The reason it’s so successful is because those tropes are so appealing, and recently I’ve fallen for them a few times over.
Much Ado About Highlanders doesn’t bring anything to the genre I haven’t read before, but it was solidly-written, and a nice escapist fantasy, even if it had an old-fashioned feel to it. By “old-fashioned” I mean the heroine is (irritatingly) feisty like the little misses of the 80s bodice rippers, and the men are supremely MANLY (which I’m sure is one of the reasons people pick up this sort of book!).
There is a secondary romance that gets a lot of page time, and I actually liked those characters better, so I was fine with the strong presence they had in the story.
I’m not a fan of surprise paranormal elements in books. I like my genres to stay separate, I suppose. In this particular case, the magic elements seemed to turn up to save the day at the characters’ lowest moments, where I’d prefer people actually have to fight for their successes.
Highland romance fans will enjoy this one. If you like your romances a little less – er – feisty, maybe you’ll find it light fun…
Review copy provided by NetGalley.