You are formally invited to the Highland wedding event of the year. These four lasses are about to meet their matches in an original digital anthology featuring stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sabrina York, Lecia Cornwall, Anna Harrington, and May McGoldrick.
HOW A LASS WED A HIGHLANDER by Lecia Cornwall
In this retelling of The Princess and The Pea, Laird Alex Munro of Culmore has just five weeks to find a bride and marry her...or else the clan will be cursed with ill luck. Cait MacLeod finds herself caught in a clan feud, and when she tries to stop a deadly raid, she ends up as Alex Munro’s prisoner. With timing running out, is this couple meant to be?
A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER by Anna Harrington
She was the laird's daughter. He was nothing more than a penniless, nameless Scot with nothing to offer but his heart. Fate tore them apart, but now he's back in her life with status, money and a title. Can they let go of past hurts and find love?
A MIDSUMMER WEDDING by May McGoldrick
Their marriage was two decades in the making. The young, educated woman and her highland, pirate husband, betrothed when they were still children. But on the day of their wedding, Elizabeth Hay and Alexander Macpherson are in for a surprise.
THE SCOT SAYS I DO by Sabrina York
Catherine Ross's world is turned upside down when her brother gambles away every penny they own. But to make matters worse? He’s lost everything to none other than Duncan Mackay, the rugged Scot who Catherine loved for years--but he never noticed her, and now she positively loathes him. But her brother’s in danger of going to Newgate, and the despicable Duncan has a plan– she can claim back the money and save her brother. If she marries him…
perfect for those who like one or two of the authors and are intrigued about another
It’s been a while since I indulged in box sets or anthologies: it is simply a sheer volume/time required equation that with all I read and review, doesn’t always work out. But, I love highlanders, have read titles from 2 of these 4 authors, and the premise with guaranteed HEA’s after plenty of different issues sang out to me. Each story is unique in its premise: from debts to curses: each couple is put through a bit of a wringer before sense and love take over.
With two vying for a favored spot – the titles from Sabrina York and May McGoldrick impressed with the characterizations. While York’s Catherine was a bit of a difficult miss to like – and prone to tantrums: but she does see some sense, eventually, and the kindness and all-around awesomeness of Duncan, along with the childhood crush the two shared did work it’s magic. Now, McGoldrick’s pair had plenty of intrigue, chemistry to boot, and Elizabeth who spends more time thinking about her future in the abstract rather than one with her betrothed, now worthy of her education, her beauty and her passion. Plenty of schemes to separate them with a knock heads against a wall recognition of their compatibility bring this story around nicely.
The other two: Cornwall’s tale loosely based on the Princess and the Pea story brings the threat of a curse lest a wedding occur in weeks…unlike the original, however, the heroine Cait isn’t some testy or pampered princess: daring, determined and bold, but with a horrible sense of direction and less ability to deceive, this story brings her to a new recognition of love, and fills the need for a wife, love and understanding that Alex needed – even if he’s not sure of it all. Lastly is Harington’s tale of lovers separated by circumstance and brought back together as part of a plan for revenge. There were a few too many conflicts and plots in this story: Arabel is conniving, spoilt and controlling where Garrick, now with an Earldom awarded after his war service and money in his pocket just seemed a bit too willing (even after plotting – halfheartedly – his revenge) to give in to Arabel’s whims. While they seemed to be content in their relationship – I just couldn’t buy in.
Overall – not a bad collection, and perfect for those who like one or two of the authors and are intrigued about another. That’s the fun part about these collections – usually set with a common theme, you can dive in and discover new authors and find new stories to entertain.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.