My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch
Series: No Ordinary Hero #2
Also in this series: Hero in the Highlands
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Historical, Scottish
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Rugged highlander Graeme has one thing on his mind—take a stand against the horrible Englishman Lattimer and he will be rewarded with enough money to be set for life. But when his reckless younger brothers take it one step too far and kidnaps a young woman on her way to see Lattimer, Graeme has to intervene. He cannot send the lady back without his kin getting in trouble. And when a damsel this beautiful is dropped into your lap, it’s hard to let her go...
Marjorie should be terrified she’s been captured by highland scoundrels, but it’s hard to live in terror when your captor is a devilishly handsome and sinfully tempting as Graeme is. She cannot stay by his side forever—no matter how her heart may pound at the thought—but Graeme seems to have other plans. This wicked highlander is out to seduce her and doesn’t plan to stop until she’s in his arms...forever...
Graeme, Viscount Maxton, is an impoverished Chieftan in the Maxwell clan. He doesn’t see eye to eye with the Maxwell Laird but he stays out of his way and it works. That is until the Laird comes to visit and basically tells Graeme that if he kills the Duke of Lattimer the Maxwell Laird would give him money and forgive the tithes that he’s late on. Graeme is disgusted with the Laird but just shrugs it off. He wants nothing to do with Dunncraigh and his issues with Lattimer.
Marjorie is headed to the highlands for her brother’s wedding. He doesn’t know she’s coming but she decided to attend because A) She loves her brother and wants to meet his betrothed and B) London is frustrating the hell out of her. She thought that now that she was a Duke’s sister (and not a ladies companion) and had money that she’d have it all but no one in London even acknowledges her being much less accepts her. In fact people were nicer to her when she was a companion! Once in the Highlands she stops with her companion and ends up getting kidnapped.
Graeme’s brothers, Brendan – 16, Dùghlas – 14 and Connell – 8, kidnapped Marjorie when they overheard her companion talking about how she’s the Duke of Lattimer’s sister. Brendan gets the idea that they can ship her off as a bargaining tool to Dunncraigh and all will then be right with their world. Graeme, however, doesn’t see it that way, but he’s not sure what to do with the lass now that she’s there. He eventually decides he needs to marry her but Marjorie aka Ree fights that. Once she gets herself free she decides not to escape. She doesn’t want anything bad to happen to the boys and she actually has kind of started to like Graeme. Once she falls in love with him, however, she has to decide if she loves him more than she loves the dream she’s always had of being the belle of the ball in London.
This was a cute book. Yes, it’s a story with a bit of Stockholm syndrome going on but I thought the way that Enoch wrote it all made it seem ok. Also, let’s face it, this is a romance and fiction so…it is what it is. 😊
I loved the characters in this book. Graeme was an honorable guy and despite the crazy thing his brothers did he was trying to make the best of it. His parents had died and he had taken over the title, the lands, the cotters and the raising of his brothers when he was 20 years old and Connell was just 2 days old. He’s had a lot of responsibility and has always done the right thing. He was confused about his feelings for Marjorie at first but he soon embraced them and I loved that he did. His brothers were cute – especially Connell. He about made the whole book for me because he was so precocious. He also had a very large heart when it came to animals who needed a home. Loved. Him. Brendan was a typical surly teen and Dùghlas was just following along with his older brother. They both ended up having a good side to them and I loved how they stood up for Marjorie in the end.
Overall it was a sweet romance and one I really enjoyed reading.
Rating: 4 out of 5