Also in this series: To Marry a Scottish Laird, Falling for the Highlander, Surrender to the Highlander, The Highlander's Promise, The Wrong Highlander, Hunting for a Highlander , Highland Treasure
Series: Highland Brides
Published by Avon Books on July 28th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
Source: Self Purchased
A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands...
Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband... until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she's far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.
She has an angel's looks, a warrior's temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he's more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.
Saidh, was raised by some rowdy brothers, but she can hunt and ride with the best of them. When she hears that her cousin Fenella’s fourth husband has been killed, Saidh goes to her cousin. Saidh is hiding a secret, a secret that has tied Saidh with her cousin for years. A secret that if it was revealed, would make Fenalla the prime suspect, and Saidh is pretty sure that Fenella is innocent. When she arrives, she meets the new Laird Greer. The chemisty is powerful between Greer and Saidh. Greer makes Saidh feel like a woman with desire and passion. But with Greer and Saidh’s desire building for each other, there is something foul afoot. And Greer wants to make sure that nothing will happen to Saidh. Saidh is a prime target of a killer, one that is out for her blood and by some miracle she has survived the attempts on her life. But there is more to this than just Saidh’s life. Someone killed Fenella’s husband, and the same killer is after Saidh. Only when Greer and Saidh work together can they solve the mystery and find a place to share their lives together…if her seven protective brothers don’t kill the man she loves in the process first?
Greer MacDonnell, was not ready to be the new laird. And it wasn’t a position he really wanted for himself but he was the one next in line for the position. So Greer tries to make the best of the position. When he arrives at his new home, there are some messes to clean up. Greer is honorable, hard-working, and dedicated. Greer does what is necessary despite what his lectures from his Squire about not following the right “procedures”. But Greer and Alpin have a strong bond, so he takes it all in stride. What I admired most about Greer was what a perfect hero he is. He is a wonderful leader, respectful but firm. He see’s all sides in a situation and doesn’t judge instantly. He thinks and ponders before making a decision. Have to admire a man, that is patient and understanding in any given situation. He is caring and protective toward Saidh.
Saidh is one of those heroines that you meet and you know if she was real….you could be best friends for life. She has many facets to her character and I found her so refreshing. She is energetic and full of passion for life. I love her zestiness and her stubborn streak and boy how she handles her brothers. She has seven of them, and practically grew up as a tom boy. But she wins any tussle she has with them. Growing up with seven rowdy brothers….she definitely gets creative. I love the way she handles her eccentric cousin Fenella. Now Fenella isn’t my favorite side character, but Saidh handles her well with grace and love. I love how she handles the situations she is dealt. And she tends to stretch the boundaries. *giggle* Can’t get enough of her curiosity, her tendency to wear breeches while riding (smart lady), and can curse like a sailor. Saidh is also a sweet and kind heroine as well. She makes a perfect match for Greer.
Plot and Story Line
The Highlander Takes A Bride is the third installment in the latest historical series by Lynsay Sands. The moment this came out, I clicked it and bought it. I will say that it took me some time to get to this book. I have no idea why, but I finally read it through my e-reader and couldn’t get enough of it. What was most intriguing was seeing these two banter with one another. From their first meeting (Naked Greer swimming in the loch) and boy do sparks fly between these two. We also see quite a bit of depth to the story, and I loved seeing their story evolve in the way that it does.
Lynsay Sands is pure talent when it comes to writing romance. I found myself drawn into the story from the beginning, and I found myself captivated by every aspect that kept this story stimulating and packed with plenty of chemistry and action. We have a mystery that comes into play here, and boy this author kept me guessing. I honestly couldn’t figure out who the culprit was, and just when I thought I had it, I was completely blown away by the secrets and dangerous aspects that come into play. There is a level of suspense and intrigue. The supporting characters are a riot and cause quite a bit of drama. But not too much, just enough to bring balance to the story. First we have Alpin, who is Greer’s squire. And boy he is tenacious like a dog with a bone when it comes to the “rules”. He doesn’t understand why Greer and Saidh break them all the time. Its quite entertaining, and I love the jests and bantering between Alpine and Greer and Saidh. He almost acts like a scandalized virgin. Then we have the seven brothers….now these brothers are so dang hiliarous and really add the right level of humor to the story. They are way overprotective of Saidh, but they also tend to be a bit harsh in judgments. Which I found quite amusing. All seven brothers are you typical males….but boy I love how Saidh handles them. She knows exactly what weapons to use against them…and it works every single time.
The romance between Greer and Saidh is quite a compelling one. They have an easy going relationship. There isn’t much angst at all, its more at easy and calm and I was hands down all for that. Because there is a conflict, and so I liked that they just flowed so well together while trying to solve a mystery. They have quite a bit of strong chemistry here, but there is also a close bond to each other on an emotional level. It is quite engaging to have a couple that works in harmony on every level. This is a highly fun romance that is packed with everything that made me fall madly in love with it. Can’t wait to see what Sands comes up with next.
Such a beautiful romantic cover. I love the vivid colors used, and such a dramatic sensual pose.
The Highlander Takes A Bride is a highly engaging romance that takes you back in time to the highlands where Mystery, Intrigue, and Passion are at a high. This story takes the reader on an adventure with engaging characters, silly bantering, and some intense moments to keep you calling out for more!!! SENSATIONAL FROM BEGINNING TO END!!