Also in this series: The Highlander's Prize
Series: The Sutherlands #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 5, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
"Mary Wine keeps the adrenaline pumping." -Long and Short Reviews
Her clan is in chaos...Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated-and skilled with a bow and dagger. It's a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.
And rivalries are deadlier than everRaised on the rugged Scottish Isles, Saer MacLeod is considered fierce even by Highlander standards. He's enchanted by the independent and headstrong Nareen. But when an old feud endangers her life, Saer's fascination with her escalates into a ferocious desire to protect her... and claim her for himself.
Praise for How to Handle a Highlander
"Mary Wine weaves a tapestry of action, sweet and spicy love scenes, clan culture, a touch of humor, and a twist and turn here and there!" -Long and Short Reviews
"Well-written and filled with delightful repartee, this is a feast for medieval fans." -RT Book Reviews
The Highlander’s Bride Trouble is the fourth and last installment in her Sutherland series and I truly had a fun time with this book. Although its definitely Mary Wine….so of course there is no doubt that I would enjoy this book. I devour her writing style of the Scottish Highlands and she really does the culture and accents so very well. I do love seeing this book just come alive off the pages and was thrilled to find this at my library.
Our story begins with Nareen Grant, and has been on her own for some time. She was raised by her father and brother, but when her brother sent her to court under the guidance of their cousin Ruth, her life changed for the worse. And circumstances became so terrible that she was forced to leave and now works as a companion to a Scottish lady and her life she is content with until she runs into Saer MacLeod who is a very good friend of her brothers and the man that desires her and wants her as his wife but Nareen has no trust in men and has been betrayed by those she trusted the most and is doing just fine on her own and doesn’t need any man in her life. But when desire explodes between Saer and Nareen, she can’t deny what she is feeling for Saer even if she doesn’t trust him fully but she does know that Saer is a good man but determined in getting what he wants.
Listen to me and learn the difference between a man who knows pleasure should be shared, nae just taken.
The Highlander’s Bride Trouble is a wonderful book that had me laughing and swooning and boy its been a while since I have read a hero like this one, its definitely a bit old school but I did love seeing how determined he is and getting the heroine to face up to the truth when she is in denial about their relationship through out most of the story. She is very stubborn so she definitely needs someone that will show her the truth even though she doesn’t want to see it even if its staring at her in the face. She was a hoot though, and I had a blast with her character. She is feisty and strong and so capable, she was trained to defend herself and we see her strength in fighting and riding in this story and I am so happy that Wine showed that in the story and boy this book can kick ass at times.
I do nae know what…this…is between us, Nareen. Only that I need ye to be here, with me. I need ye to trust me…I need….ye. I love ye.
We do have a wonderful setting in the medieval Highlands and I had a fun time seeing this and the BROGUE was sexy as all get out. There is something about reading a Highlander brogue that gets to me every single time and which is why Highlander romances are one of my greatest kryptonite. I really loved the traveling across the distances, the alpha male acts of carrying the heroine over his shoulder and the suspenseful ploys in the plot that get you to the edge of your seat. We see how wonderful these two characters are together and the sex scenes. Mary Wine really knows how to write her sexual chemistry and it was very well done in this book and boy does she show how sexy Highlanders can be.
Now I have one complaint about this story that I would have liked to see much more of….the heroine’s back story. We don’t really see in detail what happens to her with her brother sending her away to court or what happens with her cousin Ruth except in inner dialogue later in the book but I would have loved seeing a prologue of the set up because the first chapter you are bit confused especially if you have read the blurb because the way the blurb is written, it gives the sense that you will see all that unfold and you don’t which was disappointing to be honest.
The romance between Nareen and Saer is packed with plenty of tension and boy these two really get into some intense arguments but I LOVED their bantering. They are both prideful and stubborn so it does take a while before they really calm down a bit and really settle into their relationship. But this is what is so gratifying about this story, is with all the angst that we see between them, once they figure out that they love each other and don’t want to live without one another, then the tone of their relationship really tones down and we see such intimacy build between them and its truly beautiful. Overall a captivating and richly intoned story that gives you a satisfied feel!!