Series: Highlanders #4
Published by HarperCollins on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, General, Scottish
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If there’s one thing Lady Murine will not abide, it’s her virtue being handed over to the highest bidder. When her scoundrel brother does just that—in exchange for a few Scottish horses, no less—she’s appalled, but she refuses to stand by and let it happen. She’s determined to take matters into her own hands, even if it means braving the countryside alone—or worse, with a tempting Scot by her side.
Dougall set out to sell a few horses to an English lord; he never expected he’d help smuggle a beautiful fugitive back to Scotland instead. When her brother offered Lady Murine for a few horses, Dougall was disgusted and promptly turned him down. But encountering the runaway lass on the road out of town sets something pounding in Dougall’s heart. There’s something about this fierce woman that makes him want to do more than just help her escape. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart.
If Dougall’s not careful, this Scot might just end up tying the knot…
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I’ve enjoyed many Lynsay Sands books over the years, from contemporary paranormals to historical rom-coms. Lynsay’s books are guaranteed to be clever, witty, and damned-near scorching. Her latest endeavor, FALLING FOR THE HIGHLANDER (Highlanders #4), continues that tradition.
While she may be prone to bouts of lightheadedness and fainting, Lady Murine Carmichael is no shrinking violet. Biding her time under the guardianship of her odious half-brother, Lord Danvries, Murine finally plots her escape after his plan for her ruination and debasement takes shape.
Scotsman Dougall Buchanan refuses to extend credit for the purchase of two horses to the loathsome English Lord Montrose Danvries –– nor does he accept Danvries’ offer of use his sister Murine’s body in exchange for the animals. Disgusted by Danvries’ offer, and his subsequent alternative plan to sell Murine’s favors to another for the cash, Dougall and three brothers storm off, never expecting to see Danvries or his poor sister again.
Dougall never could have expected to encounter Lady Murine riding along the road on her docile bull, Henry. [really no one but the imaginative Lynsay Sands could dream this up!] Taking Murine under their protection, the gaggle of braw Highlanders are soon flapping about Murine like mother hens. Dougall’s overprotective stance is more fierce than fretting, and his quiet strength quickly help he and Murine form a bond. His powerful body, handsome face, and gentle smile don’t hurt the cause either.
[Note: If the cover of this novel is any indication, Murine had NO chance of resisting. *Have Mercy!” 😍]
There are perils and adventures along the ride to Buchanan castle –– including a very sexy stop at a waterfall. More danger and sexy times followed for Dougall and Murine before they could overcome their obstacles.
As much as I enjoyed the novel’s overall plot, by the end I felt sort of … meh. Dougall and Murine were fine characters but I felt like I really didn’t know them any better at the end of the book than I did at the beginning. Maybe there were too many characters around (so many Buchanan brothers!) that I didn’t connect to the main couple on a more intimate level.
Falling for the Highlander is great fun, with excellent adventure and an amazing heroine who is capable and strong and who has the support of a man who admires her for those qualities and lets her shine.
“Dougall,” Murine moaned in protest when he broke their kiss. She tried to shift against him again, but he held her still, trying to catch his breath and regain control of himself.
“Hush,” he murmured and turned sharply toward shore, intending to get them out of the water and set her away from him. He realized what a stupid idea that was when the supporting water fell away and she, probably afraid he would drop her, tightened her legs to keep herself up. Dougall stopped walking and dropped his head to her chest with a groan as her body slid against his again.
This had really been a bad idea, he acknowledged and took a couple of deep breaths, before saying, “I’m going to set ye down, lass.”
“But I don’ wan’ ye to,” she protested. “This feels good. I like it.”
The words made his determination falter. If it weren’t for the way she slurred her words, he might have taken her there and then. However, there was a definite slur to her words. Murine was in no state to think clearly on this. He had to think for both of them, and while he’d pretty much decided he was indeed going to marry Lady Murine Carmichael and bed her well and repeatedly, he would not have her waking in the morning and accusing him of treating her like the whore her brother had tried to turn her into.
“I like it too, lass, but—”
“Then why are ye stopping? Did I do something wrong? Tell me what to do and I’ll—” Her words died on a gasp as he suddenly dropped her into the water. It was a desperate bid to save them both. She was a tasty little bundle and Dougall could not fight himself and her too.
Leaving her to flounder back to her feet in the shallow water, he moved quickly back to shore, grabbed his tartan, laid it out, and knelt to begin pleating it with his back to the water. He didn’t do more than glance over his shoulder once to be sure she got out of the water safely, but then immediately turned his full attention forward again. He would give her time to dress and then escort her back to camp . . . and then he would not allow himself to be alone with her until they reached Buchanan and were safely married. He would not have her thinking he saw her through her brother’s eyes.