I received this book for free from St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch
Also in this series: Hero in the Highlands
Series: No Ordinary Hero #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 4th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Scottish Highlands
Rugged highlander Graeme has one thing on his mind—take a stand against the horrible Englishman Lattimer and he will be rewarded with enough money to be set for life. But when his reckless younger brothers take it one step too far and kidnaps a young woman on her way to see Lattimer, Graeme has to intervene. He cannot send the lady back without his kin getting in trouble. And when a damsel this beautiful is dropped into your lap, it’s hard to let her go...
Marjorie should be terrified she’s been captured by highland scoundrels, but it’s hard to live in terror when your captor is a devilishly handsome and sinfully tempting as Graeme is. She cannot stay by his side forever—no matter how her heart may pound at the thought—but Graeme seems to have other plans. This wicked highlander is out to seduce her and doesn’t plan to stop until she’s in his arms...forever...
Marjorie, had the shock of her life when she learned that her brother had inherited a title and she went from servant to lady of the Ton overnight. Marjorie, however, never truly found acceptance among society but she was determined to be accepted even if it killed her. When she hears word from her brother that he is engaged. Marjorie is tired of never seeing her only family, so in an effort to surprise him travels to Scotland with only her lady companion and two drivers to accompany her. But while taking a rest at a inn, she finds herself kidnapped by three young boys and lands in the lap of none other Grame, a highlander and Scottish Laird and Viscount. Graeme is working on getting funds to build up his clan and keep from being embroiled in a war. But when he learns that his three younger brothers have kidnapped an innocent lass, he is outrage and has no choice but to keep Marjorie in his home until he figures out how to fix the situation. Soon Marjorie goes from being held captive, to earning her captor’s trust, and discovering a fresh new outlook on life in the rugged Highlands and a passion with one certain Highlander who has only shown her tenderness. But she needs to make a choice her dreary life in London, or a life full of passion and love and family in the Highlands…
Graeme, was just a young man when his mother died and his father committed suicide, leaving him and his three younger brothers to fend for themselves and a clan to take care of. Graeme, took up the responsibility of seeing to his brother’s upbringing and seeing to the needs of every man, woman and child under him that looked to him for leadership. But it was never something he ever asked for. Graeme made a vow to himself to never fall into the trap called “love” like his father did, leaving behind children in need of care. Grame was a hero you can easily swoon head over heels for. He is strong, a leader, compassionate and kind when needed but firm with his siblings. I love the way he is with his brothers and most especially the youngest—eight-year-old Connell. But what really wins you over is how he is with the heroine. I loved how he doesn’t hide his feelings from her or the truth, he is always honest. I liked how he could be playful and serious and in between both.
He wanted to be gentle with her. He wanted to know every inch of her, spend long evening before the fireplace in her company, wake to find her sleeping in his arms.
Marjorie was only a young girl when she lost her parents, and then her brother went to serve in the military and she was forced on her own in a boarding school. She became self-sufficient, thinking she would spend her life as a paid companion or servant or even a governess the rest of her life. Her world gets turned around when she learns that she is to be trained to be a lady. Even though she knows the protocols of being in society, she soon learns that being accepted in Society is way more difficult. At first you aren’t sure what to think of Marjorie, since she is so driven to do what she can to be the “proper lady” in London. But we see deep down its her desire to be loved and accepted. Marjorie goes through her own self journey in this book, discovering what really matters and to fight for what you want. She is practical but still has her own dreams too.
Plot and Story Line
My One True Highlander was simply fantastic and I had such a good ole time reading this book and man Suzanne Enoch did a superb job writing this book. I will admit I was nervous about this one, since book one was alright but not my favorite and didn’t know what she would do with this one. But she really stepped up for this novel and I was so delightfully pleased with how it turned out. This story is a enemies to lovers trope so we have a slight angst in the story especially in the beginning, but it doesn’t have a super strong angst feel to it. It might have some angst between the couple but their bantering is so amusing and fun, that it leaves you with a breath of fresh air.
“I reckon ye’re chilled.”
“I’ve been sitting in a cold room and in a damp gown for hours. Am I supposed to be grateful that you’ve finally realized I might be uncomfortable?”
“Nae. Ye could stop yammering aboot it and follow me to where it’s warmer, though.”
You have a delightful mix of a couple here especially at first. Our heroine is so prim and proper at first which clashes with our hero who is rugged, swears frequently and doesn’t care what others think and says exactly what is on his mind. So these two definitely have words….but what fun their interactions were and I just wanted more of it. Then we add in some fun side characters, an intriguing and suspenseful plot and some sensual moments and this book packs a punch. I want to mention that characters that you fall in love with. First is Connell. Now he was such a cutie. He is an eight year old, very curious about the world around him. And I just loved seeing that and he is so wonderful for Marjorie. He also has such a kind heart and is always taking in stray animals especially those that are orphans because he is an orphan like his brothers. So I fell in love with his character pretty quickly. The next character that made an impression is Mrs. Giswell. She is Marjorie’s companion and she was a delight. She is so proper all the time but has a good sense of humor and I really enjoyed her role in the story. We do get to see Marjorie’s brother again and it was interesting to see how he and Graeme clashed, no surprise when two alpha’s enter a room together hehe. Then we have the romance, and what a delightful mix this was. I seriously couldn’t get enough of seeing these two together especially once they let go of the animosity between them and embrace what they feel which doesn’t take too long. They build a foundation of trust and desire and the dynamics over all were very well developed.
Until I met ye I didnae realize there would be laughter, and arguing, and quiet, and calm, and peace, and heat, and strength, and two people feeling all those things at the same time, together.
The writing here is compelling and pulls the reader pretty quickly in the story and I just didn’t want to put this down. So another win for Suzanne Enoch and highly recommend this to romance lovers everywhere.
What a gorgeous cover, probably one of my favorites that this publisher has done. I love the colors with the green and red and I like the hint of plaid, and I just get a kick out of the way the couple here are situated…very sensual.
My One True Highlander is a delightful mix of sexy bantering, hints of sensuality, a picturesque Scottish setting and likable character that will keep you thirsting for more. A WINNER