In bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s irresistible Clan Kendrick series, Christmas in the Highlands means family, celebration—and for one brother, the beginning of a passionate adventure . . .
Being thrown over by the man she expected to marry was humiliating enough. Now that Donella Haddon, grandniece of the Earl of Riddick, has also proven a failure as a nun, she has no choice but to return to her family’s estate. The brawny Highlander sent to escort her is brash, handsome, and the only thing standing between Donella and a gang of would-be kidnappers. But the scandal in her past can’t be so easily outrun . . .
Wealthy widower Logan Kendrick was expecting to meet a plain, pious spinster—not a gorgeous, sharp-tongued lass who can hold her own in any ambush. Though she’s known as the Flower of Clan Graham, Donella is no shrinking violet. In fact, she might be the perfect woman to bring happiness back to his lonely little son’s life, just in time for Christmas. But first he must protect her from ugly gossip and a mysterious threat—and convince her that their wild, unexpected desire is heaven sent.
Praise for The Highlander’s Princess Bride
“A thoroughly satisfying Regency romance.” —Publishers Weekly
Kelly's second Clan Kendrick Regency (after The Highlander Who Protected Me) lacks appeal. Widower Logan Kendrick is on the point of concluding a business deal with the Earl of Riddick when he agrees to escort Riddick's grandniece, Donella Haddon, to her family home, where she'll be helping to prepare Christmas and Hogmanay festivities (the only hint of holiday spirit in the story). He expects a quiet ride with the young woman, but is instead attacked by would-be kidnappers. Donella refuses to explain why someone would want to abduct her, only saying that her family will take care of the matter as soon as they reach her home. Though she's known to have broken the rules of society a time or two, she hypocritically scolds Logan for what she considers improper behavior. However, the brawny Highlander finds her more intriguing than infuriating. There's not much chemistry between the two, but Donella builds a loving relationship with Logan's son, Joseph, which enforces proximity with Logan that passes for romantic development. The lack of flirtation makes this more of a familial drama, and romance fans are unlikely to find it to their tastes.
A Fun Highland Holiday Story
Logan Kendrick and Donella Haddon had each been at the center of a family tragedy in the past. Their story is compelling, entertaining and often humorous as they attempt to move beyond the mistakes, and just maybe find a future together.
Logan and Donella are strong, stubborn, independent, and occasionally confused. These seem to be common Highland traits. At times, their romance seems to take one step forward, and two steps back, but they are not without help. Our hero and heroine are surrounded and supported by a wonderful cast of characters – brothers, sisters, and cousins just as stubborn as they are. I absolutely love Grandda Angus and Logan’s son Joseph.
The Highlander’s Christmas Bride is part of the Clan Kendrick series, but works just fine as a standalone. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. My Review is voluntary.