I received this book for free from Swerve in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall
Also in this series: Beauty and the Highland Beast, When a Laird Finds a Lass
Series: A Highland Fairy Tale #3
Published by Swerve on April 4th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Scottish Highlands, Fairy Tales
Laire MacLeod’s father has married a mysterious widow who is a vain beauty that deals with potions and spells. Laire does not drink them with the rest of her family and is the only one who could see through her stepmother’s games. When Laire flees to find help from her Uncle the Lady’s huntsman follows her with orders to kill. Laire must survive in a dangerous new city and find the antidote to a poisonous potion before it is too late.
Iain Lindsay is cursed. He is bound for seven years to be the hunter of a Lady who uses him to bring back birds to use in her potions. When Laire MacLeod escapes the Lady’s nets, Iain tracks her to Edinburgh, where she’s found shelter with an unusual band of thieves, but he cannot bring himself to harm her. Instead, he finds himself falling in love with the MacLeod beauty.
But a Highlander’s oath is his bond, and the price for helping her is death, both his own, and of those he loves.
Laire Macleod’s father, has remarried again, a elusive widow. But what shocks her is that upon the arrival of their new step mother. How obsessed her father is, or the strange way her sisters are acting. Laire discovers a plot, and its taking over her whole family but she is not affected. She is the only one that can save her family and she refuses to give up on them. But she is being hunted by her stepmothers huntsman, Iain Lindsay. But she has a goal in mind…reach her uncle who has knowledge of poisons and can release her family from the spell her step mother has placed on them before its too late. Iain Lindsay, has had to serve for seven years, and is contract is almost up. But for the first time, he wants something more than what “The Lady” desires, he wants to protect and love Laire Macleod. Even if its at the cost of his own life…
Plot and Story Line
The Lady and the Highlander is the most recent work in the Highland Fairy Tales. Now this book takes the place of the fairy tale of “Snow White” and man this was fun. And Snow White is the more rare of fairy tales that I have read, you rarely find a romance retelling of this one, and so I had such fun with this book and Cornwall did a splendid job creating this story and there are many similarities with the real story. Our Laire—is beautiful and caring. Our hero is the huntsman for the “Evil Lady and Stepmother” who desires to be the most beautiful out of all the land. And wants the ‘heart’ of Laire and demands her huntsman go after her and get it. Then we have a journey that Laire takes to find an antidote for the curse placed on her family. She stumbles upon the “seven dwarves” or a group of thieving children who aid her in helping her find her uncle in return of her cooking and cleaning for them. So there are some really strong connections to the actual fairy tale that I enjoyed quite a bit. And this story really is the “edge of your seat” kind of book. It can get pretty intense at times. Our hero starts out as a bit of a anti hero, or a hero that is torn. He has had a rough time of it, and we see him go on a inner journey of his own, where he looks at himself and decides to go against our evil stepmother at a very pivotal moment in the story. The timing of everything just fits right and I really liked how everything plays out in the end. The romance that develops between Iain and Laire was quite interesting. In the beginning of the book, we see them have a “moment” of chemistry and connection. So that connection plays a part especially with Iain and his struggling with his inner demons. But the moment he decides to help and save her, changes everything between them. I really enjoyed seeing them build their relationship despite the dangers and conflict that surround them. I have to say that I had a blast reading this book, and it does have a slightly darker theme than the previous two books, but than our villain of the story deals with dark magic…so it is expected but this author created a beautiful retelling of Snow White and I can’t wait to see which fairy tale she does next.
I love this cover, with the red cape and the forest in the backdrop. However, I do feel like it has a more “Red Riding Hood” feel to it than Snow White.
The Lady and the Highlander, is a truly magical and thrilling fairy tale retelling that takes you across the wilds of Scotland and into the heart and passion and mystery of this people….MAJESTIC AND BEEAUTIFULLY TOLD!!