Also in this series: The Highlander Who Loved Me, The Bride Chooses a Highlander
Series: The McKennas #2
Published by Zebra on February 28th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
Source: Self Purchased
Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .
Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband—a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.
Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed—and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .
In No Other Highlander we continue our story of the McKenna Family. Sir Malcolm McKenna is the oldest of the siblings, and is a widowed. Adapting to being two parents for his little girl who causes more than enough mischief, but a girl he can never say “no” to. When his family hears word, that a fellow highland laird, wants his head for ruining his daughter, its decided to meet up with other clans to resolve this issue and the meet up will happen at a neighbors home where he bumps into his brothers wife cousin….Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser. Joan is still trying to recover from the abuse she suffered at the hands from her ex husband. She has a young son, who is her top priority. Joan was once spoiled rotten by her parents, but she learned some bitter lessons and she changed from the rich spoiled daughter into a woman who has had to carry some heavy burdens in her life. Through some twists and turns, she is convinced that marriage with Malcolm wouldn’t be the worst circumstance to happen. She and Malcolm have some strong chemistry together and its time to embrace that chemistry. But soon they learn that falling in love isn’t a tame path and it will take hard work and dedication…
What a story this turned out to be, and quite frankly I don’t know why I was so surprised after reading this one. The first book was a whirlwind for me, but there was something more about No Other Highlander that definitely had me eager with every page to get a glimpse of Joan and Malcolm and their charming family. This story takes some twists and turns, from seeing characters that are flawed and imperfect but somehow turn out to be perfect for each other especially when they don’t seem to be the “perfect match” in the beginning. They have some powerful chemistry build up in the story, but also what was stunning was the flair of drama and action this author brings to the story. We see how various elements of the story come together in ways you don’t see coming and it will give the reader a few surprises here and there. Now I would say that this book is more of a marriage of convenience with both characters having young children.
Now let me mention the children very quickly. First off, both of these kids are charming and enchanting and I really adored both of them in their own way. Joan’s little boy, is quiet and sweet. He is the type of child that makes friends with everyone, who is gentle and has such a kind spirit. And to be honest he really balanced out the tough and strong character types with his sweet personality that softens the flow of the story so its not as harsh as it could be. Then we have Malcom’s girl and she is twister of stubborness and a strong willed spirit and very very spoiled. What I liked was seeing how a firm hand with children can really make the difference and the author shows us the difference and I love that. Our heroine really plays a vital role in this girls upbringing, especially since she knows how important it is to not let her become as Joan had once been. It was too hard and painful to get to who she is in the story, and even though it causes some fun yet crazy tension, we see the power of Joan’s personality that really makes a difference. We have some great times with Malcolm’s family again, and I had forgotten how entertaining their parents are.
The romance that builds between these two is slow building, it doesn’t happen over night and the challenges that they are faced with build their relationship even stronger. I love how they are with each other from the beginning, Its very interesting to see the play of dynamics between Malcolm and Joan and how they don’t deny feelings for each other especially when everyone else around them disapporves of their relationship. I admired seeing the way this author took this story in such a way that was informative, endearing and swoony to the end!
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