The Scotsman Who Saved Me by Hannah Howell
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen #1
Publication Date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Westerns
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A brutal attack on Emily Stanton’s family has left her for dead . . . until she is found in the woods by a handsome stranger with a thick brogue who vows to protect her. There’s only one problem: As a woman with a noble English background, she has no business keeping company with such a man.
For Scotsman Iain MacEnroy, Emily’s high-tone accent is a bitter reminder of the oppressive regime he left behind. The last thing he needs is to be burdened by the needs of a beautiful, blue-eyed Englishwoman. But taking care of elegant, educated Emily begins to transform Iain in ways he never imagined. Could it be that the deep divisions from the old world no longer apply in the new—and that Iain and Emily can share a passion as lush and wild as the Scottish highlands themselves?
Iain and his brothers find Emily Stanton hiding with her nephew after they first find her sister and husband slaughtered and their house on fire. Emily had been shot so the MacEnroy brothers take them back to their homestead and heal her.
Emily knows that once she’s healed that she should leave as she’s putting the MacEnroy’s in danger but she feels so safe with them – especially with Iain – that she just can’t make herself go. Iain thinks that Emily is the most beautiful woman he’s ever met but when he finds out that she’s English gentry he grows cold. The English gentry are the ones who forced the MacEnroy’s from their home in Scotland and burned it down. He has no love for them and because of this has a hard time trusting Emily. Of course as Iain gets to know Emily he finds that she’s nothing like the woman who forced them to flee their Homeland. As Emily and Iain gets closer as time goes by they find themselves not only fighting for their lives but fighting their attraction to each other as well.
I’m not normally an American Frontier Historical romance lover but this was Hannah Howell so I needed to give it a shot. It was definitely an decent read but not one I absolutely loved.
The story is that Emily and her sister and brother-in-law fled England because their cousin was after them. He wanted the title that would go to Emily and her sister’s sons if they had any. He wanted to make sure that they never had any so that he would eventually inherit the Dukedom– yeah, the guy was nuts. I know you’re wondering about the line of succession in this book. Apparently this wasn’t a Royal Dukedom but one that was bestowed on Emily’s ancestor for some reason. That ancestor had the balls to negotiate about the line of succession and supposedly won so that it didn’t have to be a direct male line. Emily’s nephew or her own son (if there ever was one) could inherit before their cousin would.
Anyway, with Emily, and soon all of the MacEnroy’s fighting to keep Emily and little Neddy alive, tensions were running high. Because of this Iain was forced to look at Emily in a new light and realized she was nothing like the woman who had done his family wrong back in Scotland. When he finally let himself trust and love her he was a changed man. They made a cute couple.
The story itself was interesting but the book dragged in places. While I used to absolutely love Howell’s writing I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of it in this book. In fact, it was quite stilted in the beginning and it was a bit disconcerting. It just didn’t leave me in a good mindset for the rest of the book. Despite not loving the book I’ll probably pick up the next book in the series to see what happens with the next MacEnroy brother.
Rating: 3 out of 5