Review: The Highlander Takes a Bride (An English Bride In Scotland #3) by Lynsay Sands

July 27, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Highlander Takes a Bride (An English Bride In Scotland #3) by Lynsay Sands

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Timesbestselling author Lynsay Sands...

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband... until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she's far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel's looks, a warrior's temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he's more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Title: The Highlander Takes a Bride
Author: Lynsay Sands
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: One Lucky Vampire , The Loving Daylights, The Immortal Who Loved Me, The Highlander Takes a Bride
Series: An English Bride In Scotland #3
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: 28 July 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

I’ve not read any of this author’s titles, but my love for historicals brought me the opportunity to read The Highlander Takes a Bride and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Saidh Buchanan is the only girl in a family full of men: she’s skilled with a sword and fighting, rides like a man with breeches under her gown, and is determined to not marry.  Her cousin Fenella is mourning the death of her fourth husband in four years, and Saidh feels it important to visit and lend support.  Greer is the unexpected heir to the MacDonnell clan, with the death of his cousin Allen.  A former mercenary fighter, Greer is not comfortable with the new position, but an honorable man through and through, he will do his duty and protect those under his roof.

Together these two are so clever and well-matched: Saidh is plain-spoken and often blunt, with a good heart and a solid sense of who she is.  Greer is not one for flowery phrases, but the attraction he has for Saidh hits him like a brick, and he will not ruin the young girl, despite her determination to be ruined.

Fun and funny: even when Saidh’s life is jeopardized by a surprising corner, the invasion of the Buchanan brothers and one young squire who acts like an elderly parson even as he is wholly loyal to his laird Greer and his new lady.

While not a new or unfamiliar trope, Sands uses humor and description (Saidh climbing Greer like a kitten) are clever and funny, bringing easy visuals with moments to laugh. The tension and build for danger is apparent, and the scenes with the brothers, Greer and Saidh are laugh out loud for their commotion, posturing for supremacy and Saidh’s easy and offhanded way of managing / lording over her brothers.  With plenty of moments to steam up the read as Greer and Saidh enjoy their alone time, the emotional connection between the two is built with solidity, feeling both plausible and possible.

I’ve now got to read the earlier books in the series!
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