In Elisa Braden’s enchanting new Midnight in Scotland series, the unlikeliest matches generate the greatest heat. All it takes is a spark of Highland magic.
“Make me a lady, and I’ll make ye a Highlander.” –Mad Annie Tulloch, Scottish lass
“Challenge accepted.” –John Huxley, English gentleman
No lady can tempt him more than the next shore
Everyone wants handsome adventurer John Huxley to settle down—family, friends, London society. Everyone except John. He’s evaded too many scheming title huntresses to trust in happily-ever-after. Now, a vow made to a dying friend has him locked in a land dispute with a stubborn Scot who offers one way out: Win the Highland Games. John likes a challenge, but this one’s impossible. Still, with training from the Scot’s stepdaughter, victory might be within reach. He only has to teach the fiery, foul-mouthed, breeches-wearing lass how to land a lord. It seems “impossible” is just getting started.
She’s no lady—she’s Mad Annie Tulloch
Everyone calls her Mad Annie. True, her best friend is a ghost. And yes, her greatest talents involve cooking for giants and taunting ridiculously handsome Englishmen. But she’s not mad—she’s desperate. To save her friend, Annie must marry a lord. The trouble is no lord will look twice at a hoyden like her. This calls for “Lady Lessons,” and she knows just the uptight Englishman to provide them.
When did a simple bargain become a battle of desire?
Amidst cursed castles, caber tossing, and questionable chaperones, John and Annie’s wildfire attraction threatens to send their plans up in flames. And when Annie’s family is targeted by a dangerous enemy, John is tempted to stay, to fight, and to win the greatest prize of all: A fiery lass’s tender, loyal heart.
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Take Me to the Highlands!
“We’re like Highland thistles, you and I. Tough and Stubborn. A mite hostile when we must be. Our nature doesnae suit everybody. But we grow where we’ve landed. We hold our ground. And we dinnae shrink from a fight, even when we’re trampled.”
The Making of a Highlander is book one in the Midnight in Scotland series by Elisa Braden. This was a great start to a new series, I liked how the author expanded her world and we still had glimpses of familiar faces. Also, we finally got big brother, John Huxley’s HEA. John is a bit world weary and jaded by the time he gets to the highlands of Scotland. Annie Tulloch is loving, lively, and doesn’t waste a minute in riling John up. In order to win a land dispute John must enter and win an event in the Highland Games, as proposed by Annie’s step-father. After a devastating loss, Annie seeks John out in order to help a friend. John and Annie make a deal, she’ll help him win if he’ll help her become a lady, so she can marry a lord. Little does she know, her lord is right in front of her. This book spans about a year and follows both Annie and John building their relationship and surviving some devastating moments in the life of Annie’s family. I’ve quickly become attached to Annie’s step-father and step-brothers and I’m waiting on tenterhooks for their stories. This book has everything you love about Scottish romances, beautiful, eerie landscapes, mysticism, and destiny. The only thing that upset me about this book is that it ended. I seriously can’t wait to read the next. This has become my favorite book by Elisa Braden, I know you’ll enjoy it!
P.S. The epilogue was perfect.
Love story with whimsy
John and Annie’s love story is filled with laughter, coercion and a hint of soul touching grief. Annie’s love for her Da and brothers emanate throughout the story. John has been a wanderer and it’s great to see him navigate living in a foreign land and his transformation to love. Finley is a gift.
Not what I expected!
Elisa Braden is one of my favorite authors, and not only was I excited to learn of this new series, but also to have the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review: I loved it. There was a hint of the supernatural, which surprised, and in this case, delighted me. I usually don't go for that, but it was so well done, and not the most important aspect of the story - although it added so much meaning to it. The romance between John and Annie is sublime. They are both strong-willed, and when they clash there are fireworks - clever retorts, strong physical attraction, substantial emotional actions and reactions. Great story, well-written. Highly recommended.