"Readers craving history entwined with their romance (a la Outlander) will find everything they desire in Jarecki's latest. Scottish romance fans rejoice." --RT Book Reviews
She cannot resist the man behind the mask... As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father's urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year's holiday masquerade. It's practically her civic duty! But when one such officer--whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask--sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can't help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.
But will he betray his country for a kiss? Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie's true identity-and learns that her father is accused of treason-will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?
"This book hit all the right notes for me: swoon-worthy hero (oh, so, swoon-worthy); a sympathetic and capable heroine; intrigue and action scenes (fast paced); witty dialogue and banter; and sensual love scenes that grow the relationship. An excellent read." -- The Romance Dish
Jarecki's second Lords of the Highlands historical (after The Highland Duke), set in early-18th-century England, sizzles with romance and undercurrents of treason. Sparks fly between Lady Magdalen "Maddie" Keith and naval officer Aiden Murray when they first meet at a masked ball. Their romance ignites months later, when he is home in London on leave and she is searching for a way to free her father from prison. She's illegitimate and he's a duke's younger son, so they both face considerable social challenges. Jarecki brings the novel to life with vivid historical detail: Maddie, who plays the harp in Queen Anne's court, must endure backstabbing from the queen's other ladies when Aiden goes out to sea. The pace of the novel and complexity of the characters both improve when Aiden returns and Maddie is accused of a vicious crime against the queen. Readers who stick it out through the slower early sections will be rewarded.
An enduring love!
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Enjoyed the storyline. The growing romance between Aiden and Maddie covers a long period of time, with months of separation and stIll the love grows between them. Events happen that separate them and then brings them back together. The tension between the English and the Highlanders was evident throughout the book. I can readily recommend this book as a good read.
Too Good To Miss!
The Highland Commander is a well-written and exciting historical fiction romance.
Lady Magdalen Keith was used to being shunned and treated as an outcast. As an infant her mother gave her up, knowing that she’d have a richer life with her father, the Earl of Marischal. However, when the Earl married, everything in Lady Magdalen’s life changed. Her stepmother didn’t want the Earl of Marshal’s illegitimate daughter in her home. So, Lady Magdalen was sent away, ostracized, once again. The Earl provided financially, for Lady Magdalen, and on occasion, visited her, but that was the extent of his expression of love for her.
Lady Magdalen met First Lieutenant Aiden Murray at one of her father’s masquerade balls. Lady Magdalen thought that when the two of them fell in love, her days of being snubbed and treated as an outcast were over. She was wrong, though, very wrong.
The Highland Commander is a riveting story filled with suspense, betrayal, and romance. I was captivated and cared about the characters right from the start. Lady Magdalen is a strong, likable heroine and Lord Aiden Murray, a hero like no other. Although the story does not paint the Earl of Marischal as a villain, I didn’t like him. He put Lady Magdalen in harm’s way, too often for my liking. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down.
Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!