Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
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Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.
Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.
Murine Carmichael has seen a lot of death in the past few years. Her brothers and her betrothed were killed then her mother died not long after that. Her father then was ill and but had died just when she thought he was getting better. Her half-brother, Montrose, picked her up and told her that he was now her guardian. While Murine wasn’t thrilled with the idea she dealt with it. She even managed to deal with it when Montrose gambled away her dower. When Dougall Buchanan and his brothers show Montrose fine horses and he can’t pay for them he tries to bargain with them. Dougall’s not interested. Then Montrose gets desperate and offers his sister as payment – to use until he gets tired of her. Dougall, his brothers and Murine are all shocked and disgusted at this suggestion. Obviously Dougall refuses and leaves.
After hearing another suggestion by Montrose about offering her up to one of his neighbors for coin, Murine decides it’s time to get the hell out of dodge. She knows that traveling alone is extremely dangerous but figures facing death is better than what Montrose has planned for her. She heads off on her pet bull, Henry, to try to reach one of her friends. Not far from her brother’s house she runs into the Buchanan brothers. They are nice enough to hide her from his brothers and agree to take her to her friend, their sister, Saidh. Along the road there are many perils and accidents that beset the group and mostly directed at Murine. During the course of the travel Dougall and Murine get close and lust ensues that soon turns to more. Unfortunately with Montrose trailing the Buchanan’s and Murine will they be able to stay together?
This was a cute story. I really liked a lot of the book and was pulling for Dougall and Murine throughout. The camaraderie between the Buchanan brothers was another plus to this book as they were close but still had scuffles like most brothers do.
I really liked Dougall in this book. He was stubborn and strong-willed but protective and kind as well. He had morals and was a decent guy whose parents had raised him right. Murine took a bit of getting used to. She was kind of oblivious a lot of the time which annoyed me. She didn’t seem the type to be oblivious so when it happened it was frustrating. Examples…she was running from her brother but when she was traveling and saw people in the woods, she never said anything? She thought she heard someone in the house she was in by herself but never mentions it to Dougall when he comes in right after? There were so many things that she questioned to herself but never once said anything to Dougall or his brothers. What the hell? Why not? She was trying to get away from her brother but she sees random people or hears random things and shrugs it off? Uh, no, don’t believe it for a minute. In most Sands historicals the heroine always ends up doing some crazy things but this just takes the cake. Now, that being said she was strong when she needed to be. She saved lives when there was a fire as she had saved Saidh’s life in a previous book. She kept getting hit in the head and kept getting up. She got shot by an arrow but took it like a trooper. She was a good person for the most part, really.
Overall it was a good story that I had some issues with. It certainly won’t stop me from reading more of Sands’ historical novels as their more on the fun/slapstick fun side and I like that about them.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5