Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick
Series: The Scottish Relic Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Taming the Highlander, Tempest in the Highlands
Published by St. Martin's Press, Swerve
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Genres: Medieval, Historical
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In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.
Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.
Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna's past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.
Six months ago Kenna Mackay and Alexander Macpherson were married. That night Kenna ran off to a priory and has been there ever since. Their fathers and Alexander’s brother work up a plot to get the two together permanently. They figure once they’re together they can work out their issues and all will be well. Little did the plotters know that there was an Englishman razing villages and murdering people to try and find four magical runes – one of which belongs to Kenna.
The runes each have their own power. One allows the person to talk to the dead, one the power or healing, one allows the person to see someone’s past and the other allows someone to see the future. The Englishman will stop at nothing to get the runes so Alexander must keep his hot-headed wife safe – especially when he figures out that he loves her and can’t live without her.
This story was pretty fun and funny. I really liked both Alexander and Kenna. They were both really strong-willed and they weren’t afraid to tell anyone exactly what they were thinking. They’ve each got vicious tongues and they’re not afraid to use them.
Kenna was raised by her father after her mother died and even though she had been his little girl up to that point he then became a man who treated her poorly and demeaned her at every turn. After being put down so many times she knew that she wasn’t what Alexander (the next Macpherson laird) needed in a wife so that’s why she ran off after her wedding. Once she got to know Alexander better she realized that she was good for him and soon fell in love.
Alexander was a good man. He only wanted his wife back and couldn’t figure out why she ran off in the first place. He knows that he should have gone after her immediately after she ran but he figured she needed time. Once they were thrown together and were on the run from the Englishman he knew that he couldn’t ever let her go. He took good care of her but let her be her own woman as well and I liked that about him.
There was also a secondary romance with Kenna’s cousin, Emily and Alexander’s brother, James. They fell in love quickly but there were obstacles in their way – one being that Emily was already betrothed. They had their issues but this too was a cute romance.
The story jumps around a bit going from Kenna and Alexander’s story to Emily and James’s story to the Englishman and his lackey’s story. I found it annoying that the parts of the book that were about the Englishman were italicized. Why? If they were flashback events I could understand but they weren’t so I didn’t get the point of that at all.
In the end the story was a good one but we were left hanging a bit as to what happened with the Englishman. I’m gonna assume that we’ll find out more about the other two women who have the stones in future books but I can’t be sure about that. It would be cool to see how things pan out, if that’s the case. If you like a relatively light-hearted Scottish romance, then this one would be a good one to read.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5