Title: Sins of the Highlander
Author: Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Buy link: Buy Sins Of The Highlander Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
Elspeth Stewart’s gift of Sight hadn’t warned her of the dark-haired madman who charged into her wedding and bore her away into the wild Scottish highlands. Pressed against his hard chest and nestled between his strong thighs, she ought to fear for her life. But her captor silenced all protest with a soul-searing kiss, giving Elspeth a glimpse of the pain behind his passion—pain only she could ease.
“Mad Rob” MacLaren thought stealing his enemy’s bride would be the perfect revenge. But Rob never reckoned that this beautiful, innocent lass would awaken the part of him he thought dead and buried with his wife. Against all reason, he longs to introduce the luscious Elspeth to the pleasures of the flesh, to make her his, and only his forever.
With two clans against them burning for battle, they must find a way to join—body, breath and soul. Or both will be made to pay for the … Sins of the Highlander.
Laird Robin MacLaren, otherwise known as Mad Rob, had not known a moment’s peace since the death of his beloved Fiona, less than a month after they joined as man and wife. Kidnapped and sorely abused at the hand of Lachlan Drummond, Fiona had escaped her captor by the only means available, by throwing herself out of the tower window. Rob has accomplished the ultimate in justice. He has stolen Drummond’s intended from the altar as the priest was conducting the wedding. Elspeth Stewart had just laid eyes on her betrothed on the day of their wedding, but she knew her duty as a good Scottish lass and lady-in-waiting to the queen. When the woad painted warrior burst into the kirk atop the massive black steed, she fought for herself and her future husband. Little did she know that Rob had just done her a huge favor, but she would find out.
Excellent read! I enjoyed every second of this action packed novel. It had all the elements I look for in a keeper. A damaged but salvageable hero, a strong determined heroine, humor, action, intrigue, betrayal, and some steamy love scenes to ratchet up the tension, and enough scurrilous villains to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. There was absolutely no down time in this book. It is an absolute “one sit” book. I was held captive by this story as surely as Elspeth was held captive by Rob. The characters were flawless, no irritatingly drawn out issues to worry over, each road block was handled quickly and in a wonderfully fulfilling manner. I also appreciated the light paranormal touch to the story and nail biter of an ending it provided to Sins of the Highlander. The weaving together of all the threads of the story culminated brilliantly and I was sad to see this story end.
Elspeth regally earned her title as heroine. Though a sheltered, noble Scottish lady, she reacted with courage and intelligence, everything I demand from a heroine. Rob was damaged, yes, but honorable and at a heart a very loveable man. (the kilt thing was an attractive bonus) The secondary characters were just as intriguing and handled with the same care as Elspeth and Rob. Even the animal participants were well developed and given great personality. The villains ranked highly on the despicable scale and did not suffer near enough in my humble opinion. I give this wonderful book my highest recommendation and think it would be a magnificent way to start off your literary year.