Book Review-Highland Spitfire

Posted January 20, 2016 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 21 Comments

Book Review-Highland Spitfire

Book Review-Highland SpitfireHighland Spitfire by Mary Wine
Also in this series: Highland Vixen, Highland Hellion
Series: Highland Weddings #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 1st 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492602566
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In the throes of fierce clan wars, the Queen's Regent tricks the children of two feuding lairds into a desperate choice: marry or die. The union—however reluctant—of a MacPherson and a Robertson could end three generations of hostilities between the two families.
Ailis Robertson wanted a husband, not a savage. But she is rocked by the intense passion she feels for Bhaic—who is likewise taken aback by the fierce jealousy he experiences when he sees Ailis speaking with other men. Is it possible for fierce enemies to become ardent lovers?

My Review

Summary 

Ailis Robertson and Bhaic MacPherson are both pawns in the mind of the Regent. These two families have been feuding for generations, but Ailis and Bhaic will have to make a difficult choice. Either marry, or watch their father’s and men be killed. Ailis would do anything for her father, who loved her and raised her. Even if that means marrying the enemy. Despite the fact that Ailis and Bhaic despise what they have to do….they do what needs to be done. At first they both decide not to consummate it, hoping that later they will be able to obtain an annulment. But during the may day celebration festival, they find that they don’t want to resist the chemistry that is building between them. Ailis and Bhaic realize how important it is for this alliance to continue, to stop the fighting. But Ailis has the worst time of it. She is forced to go to Bhaic’s home, where she is the enemy. She will have to work hard to prove herself to Bhaic’s people and most especially his brother. But Ailis and Bhaic find something precious together, they find a fierce and passionate love that they both are willing to fight for.

The Hero 

Bhaic is the younger son of the Laird of the clan. But he is just as strong and determined and a capable fighter as his elder brother. He also is quite the ladies man, He is shocked when he learns of the latest scheme from the regent. At first he wants to fight and battle his way out. However, he can’t deny his attraction to Ailis or what an alliance could mean between the two feuding clans. Bhaic makes an effort to cede to her wishes for an annulment, however during a certain celebration, he is green with jealousy, and he realizes that he won’t be able to resist claiming her as his wife. Bhaic is such a sexy hero and boy I had a blast having him as a main character. He is very alpha, commanding, and quite a fighter and he definitely knows how to do battle in the bedroom. *shivers down spine* What I truly came to admire so much about his character, was seeing the way that he handled his brother especially in the way he makes an effort to shield and protect Ailis when his people get a bit out of hand. Overall a fantastic hero to read.

The Heroine 

Ailis is a beloved daughter from her father, since her mother has been gone for many years. What was most enchanting about Ailis was seeing the way that she fights but she also has a gentle spirit. I was worried when I first started reading this, that her character would be too intense since some spitfire heroines can be quite outrageous at times. But boy Mary Wine, truly knows how to write characters especially her heroine. I grew to love Ailis; because she is a fighter, stands her own grand, but is also willing to compromise at times too and see things in a different way. She can be kind and honest and open and it was quite interesting to see the various facets of her character. With each chapter, you see more depth to Ailis and that made me love her even more.

Plot and Story Line 

in Highland Spitfire, a new series from Mary Wine, we have a story that is full of excitement, romance and history. This was such a blast of a romance, and once I started I couldn’t put it down. I am always surprised in how well Mary Wine can completely win me over and I shouldn’t be….since I have yet to find a book from her I haven’t enjoyed. But this might be my favorite one that she has written that I have been able to read.

It sets off with a marriage of convenience, and what a start to their union. Practically forced into in, knowing they if they didn’t….they wouldn’t survive and neither would their people. And what was quite amusing and villainous was the Regent. He is a bit of a villain but he was quite amusing at times. I found it quite fun seeing how he tries to get them to get close to each other especially on their wedding night.

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Despite the Regent’s plan, Bhaic and Ailis have a plan of their own and make their own plans including not dealing with this farce of a marriage that neither of them want (or that is what they tell themselves) But when it comes down to what both really want, we see how much the like each other, and the fact that they can laugh together….and their kisses are quite explosive, says that there is definite potential for the both of them. We see how the green man of jealousy rears its head, and shows how sometimes plans don’t go the way you expect.

We see the strength of our heroine, who goes to live with Bhaic and is surrounded by everyone one who hates her, no friends and all want her gone and see her as the enemy. But she forms a strong bond of friendship to Helen (who I believe is the heroine for the second book). I loved Helen, because she was kidnapped to be of use to Bhaic’s older brother. And yeah there is something more going on between those two that I hope we get to see in the second book. The older brother, well he is quite the alpha. He is way worse than Bhaic…..Bhaic is like a tame dog compared to his brother, Marcus. So I will say, that the author does give us a bit of teaser about Marcus and Helen and I am quite looking forward to what Mary Wine has in store for us.

The romance between these two is quite charming, sexy and full of engaging characters that made me want to pick this author up more!!

The Cover 

What a beautiful cover, I love the artist here!! I love the bright and vivid colors that are shown. It draws the eye with all that red and gold.

Overall View 

Highlander Spitfire is a highly entertaining romance that brings us into a feuding clan war, packed with sensuality, energy and passion leap from the pages, and Mary Wine gives us a tantalizing read!!!  A TRUE WIN OF A ROMANCE!!

About Mary Wine

Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. Recent winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance, her book LET ME LOVE YOU was quoted “Not to be missed…” by Lora Leigh, New York Times best-selling author.

When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date. She’s also an active student of martial arts, having earned the rank of second degree black belt.

 

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  • Mary Wine is another author that I want to read. This book sounds like something I would really enjoy and I have to agree that the cover is beautiful. Wonderful review!

  • This reminds of of Never Secude a Scot which is an all time favorite!

  • I haven’t read this author, sounds like I need to try her. This sounds like a great read.

    • oh really? She has been writing for quite a while, and is so great and really does fabulous with the historical details without overdoing it. I would highly recommend her.

  • Of all the historical romances that I read back in the day, the Scottish ones were scarce. I don’t think my aunt liked them, because I don’t recall a single book with a Scotland setting. Glad that you love this!

    • that is so sad!! Because I will be honest if I were to pick a sub genre in HR ….Highlander romances would win. I love the history and the passion of the Scots. If you are ever in the mood to try one out….I have some great recommendations for you to try out.

  • Ann Lorz

    I really enjoy her books and have this one on my list to-buy!

    • awesome….you will love this one Ann. I can’t wait to see what you think of it. But boy does Wine write highlander romances so well.

  • The book sounds good, but lovingggg that cover!

    • COVER rocks right lily? I love the colors that pop with it.

      • Uh huh! I think you’re right, it’s the color choices that make it even better 🙂

  • I always like the Wine books 😀 They are fun

    • They are awesome right? Not as angsty as I expect them to be and so engaging. I just wish my library carried more of her books. Have you read her release from last year? That was completely different setting from anything else she had written and I loved it.

  • Oh I am glad you liked this one – I have it scheduled for Feb 1st. Now I am looking forward to it!

  • They do sound like a great pair. I enjoy forced marriage scenarios in historicals and to see how the pair works through it.

  • I’m just peeking and doing a squee. This is on my pile for next month. Even more excited now 😀 Love that cover something fierce. So glad to see you enjoyed it, Renee!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Oooh, I want to read this one!! I love highlander stories, especially when a feisty heroine is involved. 😉 I really like the sound of how the romance developed, too. I’ll definitely check out this one. Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed it so well!

  • I love highlanders! I have wanted to try Mary Wine since I read some of your reviews of her books. Definitely checking this out as soon as it is released.

  • Awesome review!! I just saw this book on another blog and then saw you loved it, too! YAY!! I added it to my TBR….