Series: Highland Brides #9
Published by Avon on January 26, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Avon, Netgalley
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Cliffhanger: No


After escaping from the English soldiers who attacked her home and imprisoned her in a dungeon, Lady Elysande de Valance is grateful for the rugged Scots who are escorting her to safety in the Highlands. Even with danger dogging their every step, she hadn’t expected to welcome the strong comforting embrace of their leader, Rory Buchanan. They say he’s a healer, but she finds the heat of his touch does so much more...

Let his brothers get married—Rory is too busy tending to the sick to be bothered with wooing a bride. But when he is tasked with accompanying a family friend’s “treasure” to the Highlands, he is surprised to learn the treasure is a beautiful woman on the run—and even more surprised to discover bruises hidden by her veil. Rory makes it his mission to tend to her injuries and protect her, but the thought of losing her makes him realize that perhaps it is his heart that is most in need of healing…

I’ve read a couple of books by Lynsay Sands in the past and enjoyed them. This one was more on the OK side than on the “like” – a couple of things bothered me that brought my rating down.

  • Repetitive writing. To me that always feels like the author tries to fill the pages to make her word count. Also, I can’t remember that this author did this in her previous books.
  • The relationship lacked chemistry. I can’t say they were bad together, I just had a hard time seeing them as a couple.
  • The storyline was a little…unexciting although I have to say that there was a twist I didn’t see coming.
  • The ending was…dissatisfying and a little dull.

With all that being said this isn’t a horrible book, not at all. I enjoyed parts of it, I liked the tenderness and care these two characters showed one another. Rory’s  protective nature was especially sweet.

This book can be read as a standalone and the author does a great job introducing the reader without making them feel overwhelmed.

I’m not giving up on this author, she can write some fabulous Historical Romance, this one just didn’t hit the mark.

“You are a man worthy of love.” Tilting her head, she added, “People may need a healer, but they do not love them. They love the man.”


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