I received this book for free from Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Joanna's Highlander by Maeve Greyson
Also in this series: Sadie's Highlander, Katie's Highlander
Series: Highlander Protector #2
Published by Loveswept on April 10, 2018
Genres: Time Travel Romance, Contemporary Romance, Scottish Highlands
Present-day North Carolina sings with the passions of the Scottish Highlands as a fiery, time-traveling Celtic warrior takes a stubborn tour guide for a wild ride.
Haunted by lost love, Grant MacDara still dreams of tenth-century Scotland. Nothing can soothe his aching heart—until a sharp-tongued, redheaded beauty leads a tour of senior citizens through his family’s North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends. Though she’s the polar opposite of the lass he left behind, Joanna Martin is the most irresistible woman Grant has ever met. But when he decides that she’s worth the risk of loving again, he tries so hard to hold her close that she nearly slips through his fingers.
Forced out of her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep by a conniving ex, Joanna is trying to make the best of her quiet new life. But one glimpse of Grant—who wields an ancient hammer like it’s just another appendage of his chiseled body—convinces Joanna not to give up on love. The one thing she can’t do is outrun her past as a loser magnet. And although Grant seems to be the last honorable man left on earth, this mouthwatering stud needs a crash course in twenty-first-century women before Joanna can trust him with her heart.
Joanna’s Highlander is the second book in the latest series by Maeve Greyson. This is Grant’s book, who is big and gruff and sexy as sin. I have really enjoyed the set up of the story and the whole series. This story is focused soley on the couple although we do get a few fun times with the family, but I will be honest I kinda wanted a bit more interaction with the family, since book one I fell in love with them. However, I can’t complain about a story that focuses solely on the romance.
The story starts off, with Grant, and see him go through a tragic loss, I will warn you the beginning of the story is EXTREMELY emotional. Then we see Grant in the present, seeing both him and his family brought forward to protect a “stone” that his family has protected. There is a woman he has been patiently waiting for….a woman that is independent and feisty and he wants to take his time with her. But as their relationship deepens, the truth about who he is and where he comes from, is a truth that he knows he needs to reveal to her, but he wonders if she will accept him and still love him after he reveals everything and if she will choose him and the love they have for each other…
This is a story I was really excited for, and I am not going to say I was super disappointed but I did feel a bit deflated, it wasn’t a story I was expecting and I feel like the angst on this story was a bit more than I normally like to see. The bantering could be fun at times, but other times I found myself wanting to skim through these parts because it got to be a bit too much. Although I will say the old ladies attempt at matchmaking was HILARIOUS…I got such a kick out of them. I will say that the heroine annoyed me especially in the later half of the book, she makes a decision that I was reading it and I was like “really??!” and I could totally understand why Grant was so upset and hurt over it. Grant however, was simply a wonderful hero. He has suffered through a trauma, but I love how carefree and his teasing manner is and seeing more depth to his character in this book.
Overall I really liked the story, and the growth of inimacy between this pair was tangible and the reader will be pulled into a sexy fun romance guaranteed to bring a smile to your face..