I received this book for free from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Highland Flame by Mary Wine
Also in this series: Highland Spitfire, Highland Vixen, Highland Hellion, Between a Highlander and a Hard Place, Wicked Highland Ways
Series: Highland Weddings #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 5th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Laird Diocail Gordon has just come into his title and inherited his father’s run down castle and rag-tag clan. He knows the sorry sight of the castle would send any woman running, but is determined to find a wife to help return his home to its former glory.
Widow Jane Stafford is on a mission—return to England even if it means trudging through the Scottish Highlands on foot. Her travels lead her straight to the path of danger until a mysterious, brawny man comes out of nowhere and saves her—and the spark between them is immediate. With a target on Jane’s back, she knows the only way to stay safe is to go with Diocail. But the real trouble will be guarding her heart from her newly ignited Highland flame…
Highland Flame is a story that I have been highly anticipating for quite some time. Ever since I read book three of the series “Highland Hellion” and we saw the courage and strength of this one man, Diocail. I just knew that his book would be great and you know what it WAS!! This book worked for me in so many ways probably even more so than the previous two books. I don’t think that I could pin point one certain aspect that just made this book as a whole work, but I believe it was various things that made Highland Flame a stunning romance that tugged at my heart strings.
This story begins with with Diocail, who has recently taken over the Gordon clan as their laird. For too long, this clan has gone into despair, their people suffering, children starving ,even his soldiers willing to do anything for a scrap of food. Diocail had the courage to take over the clan that needed someone worthy and strong but now he has a bigger task, bring the clan together and making sure they prosper once again. But he knows that more than anything he is in strong need of a wife, who can aid him. He just never expected the woman he would marry might not be the woman any highlander would want but would definitely prove herself and be the best cure for the clan.
Highland Flame is a story that brings two people that are complete opposites from each other. Our heroine, is a woman that has gone through quite a bit of struggle. She is an Englishwoman, who found herself without a husband, determined to not become a prostitute, and along in Scotland with no friend or aid to speak of. When Jane first runs into Diocail, she realizes that she is in trouble. Because she wants him, but knows it could never be possible. However, Diocail, refuses to leave a woman like Jane alone, knowing there are many Highlander wolves that would rape and abuse her. So he keeps her with his men while they trek back to his home. The attraction between Diocail and Jane is so hot it practically steams off the pages, but we also see so much depth to their relationship. The beginning especially, we see that even though they argue and fight, there is also something deeper growing between them. Their relationship starts out a bit angsty, but boy it’s the kind of angst I really like to see happen in a romance. It flowed just right for these two. And once they accept each other here, than this is where their relationship turns more intimate and I couldn’t get enough of these two learning each other slowly.
He wanted her to choose him. Seducing a woman with less experience wasn’t very difficult. He’d already have claimed her if that was what he wanted. No he craved something different from her. Something very personal. Nothing less would satisfy him.
The full dynamics of the story that adds all the variety and spice that I have come to expect from Mary Wine, was just the right flavor. We see a intrigue/danger side to the plot. Not everyone in the clan is happy with Jane as the Laird’s wife and wants to take her out. Then we have the antics of Diocail’s men, who want to make sure that they fall in love and boy what they come up with is hilarious. I loved the closeness and bantering between them and most especially how loyal they are to Diocail. You see how much they would do anything for him. Especially in making sure he falls in love with his wife. hehe, Then we one of my favorite characters, a little boy that Jane discovers in the beginning of the story, who becomes their adopted “son” of sorts. And he just added a right touch to the story, he was simply adorable but he also breaks your heart because of how sad his situation is. I did love seeing the way Diocail, Jane and their entourage of men close ranks and protect this little boy who has just lost his mother to disease.
Highland Flame brings together a various array of elements to a heartbreaking but heart winning romance….a story full of strife, struggle, and pain but also healing, fulfillment and the power of love. A story that gives you all the feels—-captures the heart of the reader!! WELL DONE MARY WINE!
What do you think about Mary Wine? Have you read her books? What do you like most about her stories?
What do you love most about Highland clan dynamics?