I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Highlander's Promise by Lynsay Sands
Also in this series: To Marry a Scottish Laird, The Highlander Takes a Bride, Falling for the Highlander, The Wrong Highlander
Series: Highlander-Sands #6
Published by Avon on June 26, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
In a spellbinding new Highlands story from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, the laird of the Buchanans finds the one woman who is his equal in passion and courage...
Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife.
Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?
The Highlander’s Promise is the latest release in the Highlander series by Lynsay Sands. This is number six in the series, and this book features the oldest of the siblings, Aulay. For those new to this series, its a series set in Medieval Scotland, which is set around this one family, eight siblings and all of these books are badass fun and always seem to have some mystery/suspense to the plot in some way. And boy the villains here will give you the shivers. I have really had a blast with these books, and the wit is just right on. What I found most impressive about this book is that it was SO sweet and tender. There was a softer feeling to this book that I was just in the mood for. And what a page-turner, I stayed up all night reading it.
Aulay is the oldest of his siblings and is the Clan Chief and Laird of Buchanan. Aulay has had a rough time of it especially when it comes to women. Aulay was scarred in a battle on his face, and his betrothed spurned him cruelly because of it and ever since no woman has come anywhere near him. He has nearly lived a life of a monk and has chosen to devote his time to the protect of his family and his clan. Aulay is a bit different from his siblings, he likes to be alone and have his solitude.
Aulay is out fishing with his brother when they are out in the sea when they find a lone mast of a ship and a woman tied to it. Aulay rushes out to save her before she drowns, and finds her with a severe head wound and mumbling about her family trying to kill her and then she passes out in his arms. So he returns her to his home, where his brother, a doctor, can heal her. When she wakes up again, however, she is a bit delirious and asks him if he is her brother when he says “no” she assumes that he is her husband and then she passes out again. His brother, advises him to keep up with the charade that they are married so that she can recover or she might not make it if she doesn’t believe she isn’t in a loving environment.
So he keeps up the charade of being Jetta’s husband. When she fully wakes up after three weeks of being asleep, there is a sizzling chemistry between Aulay and Jetta. Aulay is trying his hardest to do the honorable thing and not take advantage of her before she knows the truth, but she is willing and eager for bedroom play and its hard to resist her sweet and beautiful body especially when she is the first woman since his scarring to admire him as a woman does a man. She isn’t fearful of him, instead, she finds him even more sexy with his scar.
My husband is the kindest, most considerate man live, and the scar does not take away from that. He is handsome. The scar merely adds a rakish air to his good looks. If I was too blind or foolish to see that ere hitting my head, then I was a stupid, shallow child.
He finds himself on very unfamiliar territory with Jetta and their timing are always bad since his brother keeps stumbling on them when things are getting heated. Aulay’s family welcome Jetta fully into their arms, but there is a danger, a danger that Jetta doesn’t remember, and when there are moments when it’s proving that someone is out to kill Jetta, Aulay and his siblings work together to find the culprit and bring peace back into their clan and their homes.
The Highlander’s Promise was simply pure delight while reading, I soaked up every page like a sponge and wow I blew threw this book so quickly. When I am really into a story I can read so fast, and it was so engaging with all the feels and the plot just keeps you on the edge of your seat. I mean really….I stayed up super late to read it, it didn’t matter that I was dead tired, I just couldn’t put my kindle down and I am so glad that I didn’t because I was immersed in Aulay and Jetta story fully.
I found this pairing to be quite unique, even for Lynsay Sands. There was something different about this pairing in a way that I don’t think that I have read from this author before and I LOVED it. I mean really, sometimes, it’s nice to have a sweet and light love story and that is what this book was. It didn’t have heavy drama or complex tropes that keeps this pair apart. Of course, we do have the scenario of them which can cause some conflict, but instead, it brings them together and they fall in love because of the intimacy that builds between them.
Our heroine is suffering from a severe case of Amnesia, she doesn’t even remember her name. All she assumes is her name is Jetta and that she is lucky to be married to a sexy and rakish highlander who is sweet and tender and treats her so gently. So she assumes that the sex is hot considering how much chemistry flares when they are in close proximity near him. At first, she doesn’t understand why he puts her down when things get too heated (because of course, she believes their married) and gets a bit creative when waking him up *wink wink*. And in these intimate moments between them, what I really respected was seeing how focused the hero was on the heroine’s pleasure and her sexuality. He always puts her needs first and *sigh* that was hot as hell….at least until the brother keeps running in on them and boy it was so FUNNY because he is not approving of it. Aulay realizing that he is taking advantage of her when she doesn’t know the truth, but his brother is adamant that she isn’t healed enough to know the truth. But when one of his clanswoman is shot in the back with an arrow, he is forced to leave the cottage they are keeping Jetta in, and seeing to the situation at the keep. But when his siblings come to see him and meet Jetta, things get even more complicated when they try to put Aulay and Jetta together. They see the connection and they see how highly Jetta views Aulay. When Saidh intervents, Aulay knows he is in big trouble, because nothing except mother nature can stop her when she wants something. Saidh is protective of her family, but when she sees how much Jetta loves Aulay, she knows they belong together.
In truth, you are probably more than I ever dared hope for. I would consider myself lucky to be your wife, bear your bairs and die an old woman in our arms. I see a happy future with you.
There is such sweet affection between Aulay and Jetta, and of course, they really know how to make flames in the bedroom. I don’t think I have read a historical with such HOT scenes, and it’s not like they were super super blazing, but the emotion and the connection were so well written that you find yourself immersed and boy did I almost go up in flames from these interactions. It had such a sex-positive feel to the book that I just fell in love with.
I find you very handsome, husband. I also like your kisses and touch….And the idea of you having your way with me sends shivers all through me and leaves me wanting.
But just as their relationship is being more cemented, and Jetta learns the real truth and they are planning they get married for REAL this time. Things take a challenging twist when Jetta is pushed down the stairs and Aulay and his siblings are all witnesses but somehow the villain vanished in the secret tunnels which only a handful of people know. Aulay has no idea who would want to kill her, except for the fact that it could be someone from her family. Then the villain is revealed and Jetta’s memory comes swirling back and it takes Aulay and all of his siblings and their spouses working together to save her life and learn the truths and what someone desperate and jealous and vain will do to win.
It did me a world of good. Jetta is mine now. And archers, attackers and fires be damened. I’m a happy man.
This book was simply FABULOUS!!! I fell hard for Aulay and Jetta together, they were so wonderful and sweet and had a charming feel to the romance that keeps you fascinated and intrigued and not wanting to let the book down until the end. A TRULY EMOTIONAL ROMANCE THAT GIVES YOU ALL THE FEELS.