Also in this series: Highland Vixen, Highland Hellion, Highland Flame, Between a Highlander and a Hard Place, Wicked Highland Ways
Series: Highland Weddings #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 1st 2016
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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?
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.
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.
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.View Spoiler »We see on their wedding night, how there is nothing for them to make a fire or many blankets at all….so they are forced to warm each other up—-which in the Regent’s mind, can encourage them to heat up the night with some lovin’. Quite devious and cunning. « Hide Spoiler
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!!
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.
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!!