Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

My Fierce HighlanderMy Fierce Highlander
by Vonda Sinclair
Published July 27th 2011 by Vonda Sinclair 
ISBN 0013142798 
Courtesy of author
Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?
Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.

My Thoughts:

Gwyneth Carswell was banished to the Scottish Highlands six years ago after a scandal in England. Now living as a healer with her young son Rory she wishes for nothing more than a life of peace for him, yet with her cousin’s clan the MacIrwins she knows that is an impossibility.  Always at war with the MacGrath’s, Gwyneth has stayed far from the skirmishes until she happens upon a fallen warrior of the neighboring enemy. Unable to turn away she hides him and nurses him back to health, risking her own life and that of her son’s. When her cousin learns of her treachery though, Gwyneth must flee to the MacGrath’s lands hoping that the fierce warrior she saved will protect them both.

Laird Alasdair MacGrath seeks only peace for the clan he is chieftain to, wishing to end a two-hundred year feud with the MacIrwins, he offers a peace treaty only to be ambushed and injured. Waking up to what must be a fairy, Alasdair recovers and untrusting with his surroundings returns home. But he can’t get the blue-eyed beauty out of his head and when she shows up in his keep he offers her his home and his protection. Broken hearted from the loss of his wife several years ago Alasdair is not looking for love but he cannot fight the magnetic attraction her feels towards Gwyneth though it seems that she can! Determined to win her heart Alasdair fights the most important battle of his life, but when it comes down to him or her son how is Alasdair ever to win?

Vonda Sinclair captures the excitement and magic in romance with My Fierce Highlander! Her vivid story telling brought the Scottish Highlands to life with detail and accuracy. The language used was not complicated if you are unaccustomed to Scottish Romances, just enough of that sexy brogue and Gaelic to make you tingle. 

Sinclair delivers a plot that is enticing and moved fluidly with captivating characters full of dimension that were brought to life on the pages. The romance was balanced nicely with action and suspense. I was caught breathless during the most romantic scenes ever, being drawn in by Alasdair and Gwyneth’s sizzling chemistry and fiery passion. Then brought to desperation, my heart wrenching along with the characters, when Alasdair and Gwyneth reached their lowest; and my heart soared when they finally found their HEA. I was glued to this riveting story start to finish and did not want it to end. 

The secondary characters of Gwyneth’s son Rory (BTW, I just love that name), who was absolutely adorable and a key element to the novel, and Alasdair’s brother Lachlan along with the rest of his clan were all interesting in their own right and the ending left a nice little set-up for the next book in the series about Lachlan called My Wild Highlander, which seriously intrigued me. I would recommend this book to all Scottish romance lovers or romance/historical romance readers in general. A superb read that all you highlander hussies out there won’t want to miss! ;)
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Rating: 4.5 - LOVED IT!

Several sizzling sex scenes of the adult nature sensually written to perfection! 

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