Saturday, March 12, 2016

#Review: My Tempting Highlander by Maeve Greyson - 4 Wine Glasses

Series: Highland Hearts #3
Author: Maeve Greyson
Format: Kindle, 254 Pages
Published: Loveswept (February 23, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

From the author of My Highland Bride—hailed by Sandy Blair as “an entertaining time-travel story packed with spice, humor, fantasy, and nonstop adventure”—comes a sensual novel featuring a wolf-shifting chieftain who travels centuries to modern-day Scotland to tame his one and only.

Cursed to live forever with neither wife nor child, Ronan Sutherland has watched all he cherishes turn to dust—more than once. For hundreds of years, he's been trapped behind the mists of Loch Ness, hoping to identify the one woman who is prophesied to break the spell. Now, at last, the fates have aligned, and he's being sent into the future to fetch her. After a single glimpse, Ronan knows he's been waiting all his life for this passionate woman.

Unlike her time-traveling sisters, Mairi Sinclair is perfectly content to remain in the present. As a hospital nurse in Edinburgh, she cherishes the opportunity to put her gift of healing powers to good use. But everything changes the morning a mysterious wolf darts in front of her car. Touching the wounded creature's tawny coat, a tingle surges through her. Yet when she returns with aid, Mairi is shocked to find instead a man with broad shoulders and fire in his eyes—a man who tempts her to unleash the animal within.

Linda's Thoughts:
Ronan shifted in the saddle, wishing for the thousandth time his heritage had been different. What would life have been like if he hadna been cursed whilst still in the womb? A great deal shorter. His bitter laugh misted in the cooling air of the early evening wood. Born in A.D. 900, the curse had accompanied him through three centuries searching for the one prophesied to set him free...
The royal line would die out until the day the young wolf cub discovered how to shift into the form of a man and find the woman possessing three specific qualities: lightness of step, a soothing touch, and sight for the unseen.

MY TEMPTING HIGHLANDER by Maeve Greyson is the third installment in the author's Highland Hearts series which revolves around the time-traveling Sinclair women and Scotland, in the 21st century and in the 13th century. This is the story of Chieftain Ronan Sutherland and time traveler Mairi Sinclair.

I have to admit that, while I was determined to read this book since I am addicted to this series and wouldn't want to miss an installment, I was almost dreading doing so because the hero, Chieftain Ronan Sutherland, was thoroughly demonized in the previous book. I didn't see how the author could make him a likeable character as he had been hard-core despicable. Now that I have read MY TEMPTING HIGHLANDER, in his defense, he was desperate and he took the actions not only because he wanted to be released from the curse , but also because his mother and friend/mentor were also suffering due to the same curse. The author pulled off the impossible as I actually came to like him and commiserate with his plight.

He evolved into a character that I really thought deserved a break. It didn't hurt that he was extremely yummy both as a wolf and as an arrogant brawny Highlander. The author did her job so well that I even got a little upset with the heroine, Mairi Sinclair, as she was too hard on him. He has been waiting centuries for her after all!  Their chemistry was of the intense set-your-sheets-on-fire type. So...the big question is will Mairi forgive him for his actions against her sister last book and will she learn to trust him and truly fall in love with him? The stakes are huge.

As the story opens, Granny Sinclair prepares to send Ronan into the future to convince Mairi to go back into the past with him. His time in the present-day is quite humorous as he encounters cars, stoves, zippers, and many more modern conveniences. It's a hoot. Read it.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this sexy Scottish romance:

The man needed USDA Prime tattooed up his flank.

He feared her hatred more than any sword.

“What a trio we are: wolf, dragon and . . .” Ronan bit back the word. Shifter. He sat straighter in the saddle, raising one hand in farewell as his mount broke through the last of the boundary mists. “May the gods favor us this time, my friend. Pray Mairi Sinclair is the one.”

If it is your preference, this book could be enjoyed as a standalone. The romantic relationship and the development of the danger plot is fully contained within this novel. However, the entire series has been quite entertaining with each book featuring the take-down of a different HOT Highlander by a time-traveling Sinclair woman so, if you can find the time, reading the series from the beginning is preferable. Catching up with previous couples is part of the series' charm but not absolutely necessary to enjoy an individual book in the series.

MY TEMPTING HIGHLANDER is a passionate and action-packed read. Expect a plethora of romantic angst, unpredictable twists and a very satisfying HEA ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action-packed paranormal Highlander romances.

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