Tuesday, November 14, 2017

3 Wine Glass #Review of Highland Promise by Alyson McLayne

34006788Title: Highland Promise 
Series: The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #1
Author: Alyson McLayne
Format: eBook/Paperback, 384 pages
Published: October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492654507 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor...

Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can't be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both...

When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what's rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

Crystal's Thoughts: 
Highland Promise is a charming highland adventure full of romance and whimsy!

Caitlin MacInnes is being held captive by her uncle until he sells her to the loathsome Laird Fraser to be his bride.When a group of highlanders come across her strung over Fraser's horse, they decide to to make a little trouble for their hated enemy and whisk Caitlin away. When Caitlin awakes in the arms of an angel, she knows that he will protect and help her find a way to her family in France. But what will he do when he finds out the truth about her and Fraser?

This was a fun, lighthearted read from new-to-me author, Alyson McLayne. With irresistible Highland lairds in kilts, deadly clan feuds, a brooding hero, and a lovable, guileless heroine, Highland Promise is sure to please. The characters of this story captivated my heart. Darach will do anything to protect his clan, but after the betrayal of his fiance and ensuing death of his clan-mates, he has removed himself emotionally from all but his closest friends, and has sworn off marriage all together. Alyson though is having none of his dark and surely demeanor. She is determined to lighten his life. But Alyson has a tendency of takings things just a little too far and making a nuisance of herself instead. You can't help but like her and her child-like innocence with life. The repartee between Alyson and Darach is always humorous, when it's not charged with sexual tension that is. With a war looming in the distance, secrets that can devastate, and a fragile trust, do Alyson and Darach have what it takes to hold a promise for the future?

Danger, intrigue, and yearning kept me turning the pages of this book. Though Alyson's naivete was unbelievable at times, and the story-line lacked a certain pizzazz, Highland Promise was a sweet story that I enjoyed. 

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