A laird’s daughter kidnaps a Highlander—and loses her heart… in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ new historical romance
Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan’s skill as a healer. What she hasn’t heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can’t afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she’s rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family’s castle does the truth emerge—it’s not Rory she’s kidnapped but his brother Conran.
Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin—and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He’s learned enough from his brother to heal Evina’s father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful, independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.
Sands's seventh Highland Brides historical (after The Highlander's Promise) is only satisfying in the context of the series. When headstrong Lady Evina Maclean needs something, she takes action regardless of the consequences. She needs Rory Buchanan to heal her ill father, so she hits him over the head and drags him unconscious all the way back home not realizing she actually has Rory's brother Conran in tow. A cheerful jack-of-all-trades, Conran knows enough healing arts to keep up the charade and treat Evina's father. As a widow who is still a virgin, Evina is a clich , and her falling in love with Conran is predictable. There are a lot of Buchanan family members and friends to introduce to Evina, which detracts from the ostensibly central mystery of who wants Evina dead. Sands is skilled at crafting genuine characters with deep familial ties, but the plot slows down unnecessarily with all the updates on what has happened to each Buchanan couple since their own stories. The Macleans and the Buchanans happily help Conran seduce Evina, and the sensual moments keep the romance from getting tedious. Returning fans will enjoy revisiting the Buchanans; new readers should begin at the beginning. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency.
The heroine didn’t connect
My least favorite in this series. I almost quit in the middle. The heroine came across as a spoiled brat. The union didn’t feel like a partnership so much as everyone having to bend to her, including Conran. It just didn’t feel like there was anything but sex that bonded them. I honestly hated her and still didn’t like her by the conclusion.