I received this book for free from Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan
Published by Montlake Romance on December 4th 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands
Source: Montlake Romance
To seal a fragile truce, Fiona Sinclair’s brothers trade her in marriage to their sworn enemy. Though devastated by their betrayal, she has little choice in the matter, for if she refuses, her innocent young sister must take her place. Although the spirited Fiona is willing to sacrifice her freedom to protect her kin, she vows to never surrender her heart.
As eldest son of a clan chief, Myles Campbell is accustomed to having his own way. But when the Scottish King commands he wed a defiant Highland lass instead of the French mademoiselle who holds his heart, Myles must obey his royal duty. Meeting his bride for the first time on their wedding day, he is pleased to discover the lass is a beauty, but dismayed to learn she’d just as soon kill him as kiss him.
And thus begins an uneasy alliance.
When two such warrior spirits collide, sparks fly, igniting a fiery passion that strains against the bonds of family honor, clan loyalty—and the ultimate surrender – love.
Fiona Sinclair, is duty bound to marry the enemy of her clan, who was responsible for their mothers murder. The last thing she wants to do is marry the murders son, but King James has commanded it to happen, so in order to protect her clan. So Fiona goes ahead with marrying the enemy, never realizing that the enemy, Myles Campbell is not what she expected. Myles is frustrated that he is forced to marry a woman from an enemy clan, when he would prefer marrying a woman that he cares for. But when the King commanded this of him, he knew he must obey his King’s decree, no matter how much he doesn’t want to. his wife, Fiona, is infuriating, stubborn and willful. She has a pride streak a mile wide, and is quite resistant to him, but he can’t resist her, she is feisty and passionate. Two warriors of two separate clans, forced into an alliance, and a union that will test their loyalty and honor and will the matters of the heart win…
Myles Campbell is his father’s son, and as the eldest has always done what was commanded of him. He grew up with love from his parents who taught him honor and courage. Myles is a man who has been taught to lead, and takes command of every situation, and when he marries a willful lass, he is determined to reign her in. But he soon learns that his wife is not the typical highland lass, that she despises him, but there is a desire he feels for her despite her hatred of him and everything Campbell. Myles was a magnificent hero, and what a character he was. He was so patient with Fiona’s antics, and loved seeing him so patient and understand of her, despite her “willful” nature. He is hardworking and has integrity.
Fiona Sinclair, has grown up with the hatred with the Campbells, even though she was once betrothed to Myles before her mother was killed. She is furious that her brothers are forcing her to marry a man she despises, and that they would throw her to the wolves. Fiona hates Myles and doesn’t hold back anything from him. She is full of pride, willful and stubborn, and sees a traitor around every corner. She is quite hard headed at times, but she is also honest to a fault and acts on what she believes is the right thing. I had some issues with the heroine, but her actions were quite entertaining, and her character is definitely very spirited.
Plot and Story Line
This is the first book that I have read from this author, and I was able to read it in audio book format. It has been a little while since I have had the chance to read an audio book, and now that I have started it up again, I want to continue, I had forgotten how much I enjoy listening to audio books, especially since I do a ton of walking, but I decided to try this story out, and I just have an incredible weakness for a sexy Highlander. I had no problem reading this one, and it didn’t take me very long to get through it, and as a whole, I really enjoyed this one, but I did have some issues with it. number one is the heroine, she really bothered me quite a bit. Now I love angst romances, but this one I had a more difficult time with. She was pretty conceited, and not willing to compromise or work with Myles very well, and he was an angel compared to what she dished out. I just had so much sympathy for the hero, because he was trying so hard to forget about the hatred between the clans, and accept their marriage. He understood that it wouldn’t be roses and daisies, but he never gave up trying to make their marriage work. And even though he could get a bit impatient at times, he still came through as an honest and loyal soul that you just admire from the beginning. She does have hard feelings, and I understood why, but I had the hardest time fathoming why she could be so harsh at times, but don’t worry, she isn’t like this through all of it. She does redeem herself to me, and proves to be quite the heroine, and by the end I just ended up loving her character. What I found admirable about this story and the way that the author writes it, is the way she portrays human faults and attributes, how you see the positive and the negative. Other than this heroine, I had quite a fun time with this story. The narration was done really well, and she is very talented, and I loved the way she put in place the Scottish brogue, which was a delightful touch. Highland Surrender is a love story that is about facing your fears and finding love when you least expect it. A story that test the dedication and loyalty to ones heart. If you love a good historical romance, with a fresh voice, this is a story you need to put at the top of your list. I do hope this author plans on more historical romances,
I adored this cover, and ever since I first saw it last year, I wanted to pick up the story. I love her dress, so elegant and classy. And her hair is such a beautiful golden red, if only I could make my hair look that well done. I love the pose of the hero behind the heroine, and those shoulders–delicious.
Highland Surrender is a riveting love story with the passion and history of the medieval time period, a time of war and mistrust, and passion of a people wanting their freedom. This is a tale of fierce desire, with vibrant characters, and a plot that is packed with intrigue and a sensuality you don’t want to miss out on. INTOXICATING!
“Am I to do all the work?”
His eyes darkened. He smiled and shrugged the garment off his shoulders while she pulled at the sleeves. It fell away from his arms, and he plucked it from her hands to toss it aside.
Then he caught her face in both his broad hands and tipped it up. His grip was made of steel and yet gentle as a breeze. His lips hovered near hers. They drifted over her cheeks and eyes as if he could breathe her in.