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.Wicked Highland Ways by Mary Wine
Also in this series: Highland Spitfire, Highland Vixen, Highland Hellion, Highland Flame, Between a Highlander and a Hard Place
Series: Highland Weddings #6
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 28, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Brenda Grant has no desire to marry. Ever since her first, horrible marriage she's made herself into a hellion of a woman to keep men from wanting her. But the Campbells, her previous husband's family, are determined to find her a new husband.
Highland Chief Bothan Gunn is smitten by the woman who won't be tamed. It takes all Brenda's willpower to resist the brawny Highlander who takes her to safety. But as they spend time together—and grow ever closer—Brenda finally finds the freedom she's been longing for all along.
Wicked Highland Ways is the sixth and “according to the author’s notes” this will be the final installment in the series and my heart is so sad in a way that we won’t get more books in this series because I definitely could see more potential for other characters. But also full of excitement to see what this author has in store for us in the future. If you are new to Mary Wine, well “have you been living under a rock?” because her books are fantastic and she writes the best highlander historical romances. I love the way she builds the world building, the humor, and the fun bantering we see in each book that comes from her. Wicked Highland Ways is one of my favorites of the series and I just breezed through this book so quickly and have no regrets.
Wicked Highland Ways begins with our heroine Brenda Grant, who is on a journey to England. In order to allow her cousin to keep the woman he loved, Brenda volunteered to marry a man in England. Brenda was already married once and even though she knows that this will be a match of political gain, she would do anything for family especially her cousin. But there is one tanglement….the highland laird Bothan Gunn. Bothan has been in love with Brenda for quite a while and now he is going to fight for her. But Brenda knows that this marriage has to happen, and even though she has felt a certain chemistry with Bothan, she also knows her duty and won’t sacrifice those she loves for Bothan. But when she arrives in England and in the court of the Queen, things don’t go exactly how she envisioned and before she realizes it she finds herself married to Bothan Gunn when her English fiancee showed his true colors of deceit and cowardice.
But Brenda’s life is about to get a bit more difficult, because a journey with Bothan Gunn won’t be any daisies or roses. There is plenty of sexual tension that rises between Bothan and Brenda, but the courting of a Scottish lass that is fiery tempered is not a easy fete but Bothan is up to the challenge. He wants Brenda for his own because of her tenacity, strength and courage. He wants a woman who will challenge him and push him to new levels and that is Brenda in every way. But what he doesn’t realize is in marrying Brenda, there will be other treacherous roads and he may lose the woman he loves unless he learns to be cunning and fight with every breath to keep her by his side…
I found Wicked Highland Ways to be a superb addition and a great finale to a series that has taken in some unique directions that I never expected when I started with book one. I have seen each book come out and seen the delight that romance readers have partaken in these books and loved every moment of seeing the growth of these characters and seeing Brenda get her book. Now this series I really do think needs to be read in order, there are certain plot points that are necessary or you might find yourself lost in a way. What I do recommend at least, is read book five” Between A Highlander and a Hard Place” to really get to know Brenda and the importance of her sacrifice to help out her cousin and his new wife and you will see the value of their relationship.
There was quite a bunch of delicious actions that take place in this book, but I first want to touch on the powerful chemistry that is written because WOWZERS. I am not sure I have read such intense chemistry in a historical romance in a long while, because this book gave me all the tingles down the spine. I was so drawn into their connection, and how these two just sizzle the moment that they are near each other. I was addicted to their fun bantering and they are equal matches for each other. You really see how right they are for each other. The hero wants a strong woman to stand by his side and the heroine has never had someone fight for her other than her cousin. But with her hellish previous marriage, she is wary of Bothan’s intentions. She does struggle with trusting in men, but there is something she knows that she can trust in Bothan and she finds that she wants to trust in him. But there are other dangers to these two and boy I wasn’t sure how they would get out of it but it did take some creativity and cunning on Bothan’s part and I didn’t quite expect to see this book play out the way that it does; but the last pages of the ending gave me all the feels that I have come to expect in a Mary Wine novel and I can’t wait to see what is up NEXT!! Because this author knows how to write an in depth historical romance. So hold on for this thrilling adventure that will take you across the moors of Scotland, through valleys and rivers, to delicious heights of sensuality and stimulating excitment!