Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch
Series: No Ordinary Hero #1
Also in this series: My One True Highlander, A Devil in Scotland
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
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WILD AT HEART
Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.
Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?
Gabriel is a soldier. That’s all he knows how to be and all he ever wants to be. When he’s told that he’s inherited a dukedom for an uncle once removed that he didn’t even know he had…he’s not thrilled. He heads to London to get things worked out and then plans on returning to the Continent and the war. When he talks to his solicitors he finds out that the property he owns in Scotland. He also has a steward for that property that won’t give a full reporting of the ledgers. He plans on heading up there, firing the current steward – hiring his aide-de-camp into the position and then leaving. Except once he gets to Scotland he find a woman doing the stewards job and very well. He knows she’s hiding things so that he’ll leave, and quickly (the old Duke hadn’t been there in 20 years) but Gabriel’s got other ideas about handling what’s going on in his home – and dealing with the supposed curse.
This was another wonderful book by Suzanne Enoch. I just love her stories and characters and this was no different. Gabriel was a man who knew what he wanted and didn’t beat around the bush to get it. He told it straight out and I loved him for it. He was a bit put off by Fiona because of her straightforwardness but he realized very soon that he loved that about her and loved her. The way that Gabriel’s character grew throughout the book was beautiful to read. My heart went out to him when he finally realized he couldn’t go back to being a soldier and the pain that caused him. He found a new battle to fight however and it was one that ended up being close to his heart.
Fiona was awesome. I loved how she put Gabriel in his place time and again. She tried to hold herself back from being attracted to him but Gabriel was such a force of nature she ended up looking forward to his kisses. I realize that some people might be put off by her personality but she had to be strong to show everyone that she could do a man’s job – and do it well! She had too many doubters – even within her own clan to be missish. When an English soldier came along – you better believe she was gonna give him a piece of her mind. She wasn’t a mild miss – I would have thought less of her if she’d not said anything.
Overall I really liked the book a lot and was thrilled with the story.
Rating: 4 out of 5