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If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was gray, with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. When she is abducted by a rival clan, Rory is the last person she expects or wants to call her hero. Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so when his brother’s sister-by-marriage goes m If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was gray, with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. When she is abducted by a rival clan, Rory is the last person she expects or wants to call her hero. Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so when his brother’s sister-by-marriage goes missing, he’s ordered to find her. But binding himself to the fiery English redhead with an opinion about everything is not how he saw this rescue going. To save her from the clutches of the villainous Cameron laird’s son, though, he must declare them handfasted. When their escape goes horribly awry, Juliana and Rory are forced to take the long way home. Surviving blizzard conditions, meddling clanspeople, and a near-fatal ambush on the trail, nothing compares to the unexpected and unlikely passion that ignites between the rugged Highlander and his English warrior princess.


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If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was gray, with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. When she is abducted by a rival clan, Rory is the last person she expects or wants to call her hero. Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so when his brother’s sister-by-marriage goes m If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was gray, with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. When she is abducted by a rival clan, Rory is the last person she expects or wants to call her hero. Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so when his brother’s sister-by-marriage goes missing, he’s ordered to find her. But binding himself to the fiery English redhead with an opinion about everything is not how he saw this rescue going. To save her from the clutches of the villainous Cameron laird’s son, though, he must declare them handfasted. When their escape goes horribly awry, Juliana and Rory are forced to take the long way home. Surviving blizzard conditions, meddling clanspeople, and a near-fatal ambush on the trail, nothing compares to the unexpected and unlikely passion that ignites between the rugged Highlander and his English warrior princess.

30 review for Highland Hero

  1. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    When Juliana Caldwell is kidnapped by a rival clan member, Rory MacGregor is sent to track her. To bring her back safely, he must declare them handfasted and flee from the villain, who is intent on giving chase. Unexpected attraction develops on Rory's and Juliana's perilous journey home. This is the second book in the Children of the Mist series. Cynthia Breeding is a new-to-me author and I felt the story could stand alone. Juliana's sister and Rory's brother married in the previous book. First, When Juliana Caldwell is kidnapped by a rival clan member, Rory MacGregor is sent to track her. To bring her back safely, he must declare them handfasted and flee from the villain, who is intent on giving chase. Unexpected attraction develops on Rory's and Juliana's perilous journey home. This is the second book in the Children of the Mist series. Cynthia Breeding is a new-to-me author and I felt the story could stand alone. Juliana's sister and Rory's brother married in the previous book. First, there is a content warning at the beginning to alert readers to mentions of, and a flashback to, rape. This was considerate and appropriate. Julianna was attacked years earlier and does not plan to marry. She is kidnapped by a man who has no regard for her feelings; then she has to escape and travel alone with Rory who she somewhat trusts, but she always has her guard up. This is a slow burn romance. Juliana doesn't understand that a handfast declaration means they are bound together and Rory, despite his growing passion for her, keeps his hands to himself. The ending felt a little abrupt, though...I was left feeling like there was a chapter missing. Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Kidnapped, Forced to Wed, Road Trip Steam Rating: 1 * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #HighlandHero #NetGalley

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After the MacGregor family name and estates are restored, and Laird Ian MacGregor marries Emily, the former dowager Countess of Woodhaven, Juliana is overjoyed for her sister. But, she makes a mistake, and while walking the garden following the celebration, Juliana is kidnapped by Neal Cameron, the son of a rival clan laird, who wants to make her his bride, against her wishes. Now, Rory MacGre I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view. After the MacGregor family name and estates are restored, and Laird Ian MacGregor marries Emily, the former dowager Countess of Woodhaven, Juliana is overjoyed for her sister. But, she makes a mistake, and while walking the garden following the celebration, Juliana is kidnapped by Neal Cameron, the son of a rival clan laird, who wants to make her his bride, against her wishes. Now, Rory MacGregor, the brother of Ian, and best tracker in the clan must find Juliana and return her, even if there is a hatred between the two. But, the only way to do so is for Rory to claim he and Juliana are handfasted, and flee as quickly as possible. Juliana doesn't understand the true meaning of being handfasted, rather she thinks that it is more like a betrothal than a marriage, and she has no intention of ever marrying, not after what she has suffered in the past. Her and Rory must battle the elements to get home, with a furious Neal hot on their heels, and try not to lose their hearts in the meantime. Now, this was a book I just devoured! As soon as I had met both Rory and Juliana in Highland Renegade, I couldn't wait for their own story. Since their first meeting, they've always snapped at each other, and done just about everything they could to annoy and aggravate the other. But, no matter what, when someone else hurts them, they will do whatever it takes to avenge them. Rory is the best tracker, and he quickly catches up to Juliana and the Cameron's, but not fast enough to get her and flee without having to claim to be handfasted. And, because Juliana agreed to it, albeit without knowing the truth about it all, they are bound by it for a year and a day. However, Juliana had already said to the Cameron's she would never marry, and now Neal is out for revenge. He hates Rory, and will do anything to get at him, and if that means stealing Juliana, he's more than happy to do that. The adventure that Rory and Juliana find themselves on to flee and return to safety, in the Highlands in December, was fantastic, and it facilitated such a slow burning romance, from enemies to lovers, with genuine affection, perfectly. Now, the book started with a trigger warning for rape, and it was really appreciated, and the discussion over Juliana's rape - in the past, off screen, but spoken about - was dealt with such care, and showed us another side to both Juliana and Rory, while also explaining why Juliana was so against marriage. Because the book is mostly a 'road trip' adventure, we don't see much of the other MacGregor's, but I'm hoping that future books see Alisdair and Lorelei's romance, or even someone for Fiona or Devon. I can't wait to read more!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    Note: Warning Discussion of a rape appears within the novel. Scenes depicting graphic violence also appear. They could be considered triggering to you, please take note. Highland Hero, by Cynthia Breeding. I have to say that this is a wonderfully written book. I think that the writer did an excellent job of capturing my attention with a plot and holding to it for the duration of the book. I would like to see that the leading lady’s age range bumped up to twenty four or older. I find that this hel Note: Warning Discussion of a rape appears within the novel. Scenes depicting graphic violence also appear. They could be considered triggering to you, please take note. Highland Hero, by Cynthia Breeding. I have to say that this is a wonderfully written book. I think that the writer did an excellent job of capturing my attention with a plot and holding to it for the duration of the book. I would like to see that the leading lady’s age range bumped up to twenty four or older. I find that this helps for me to read the book more comfortable when it comes to the romantic scenes. I was impressed by the entertainment in the story. The characters where very fresh and charming. They brought humor and a stiff upper lip to all that has transpires in the story. The action was light but provided some intensity to the drama. Rory and Juliana did bring some of their own drama, but for me I found it somewhat quite comical and very entertaining. I found the book to be an excellent page turner. I believe with how easy that it was to read the book helped the book to be a page turner. The writer has the awesome talent to tell the story with descriptions in the story that plays well with the readers visualization. I like that the writer didn’t trail off from the point of the story or add unnecessary information. I appreciate that the writer wrote Juliana’s character as a strong, opinionated, determined and independent woman. Until next time my fellow readers… read on!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    When Juliana is kidnapped by an enemy clan, she is stunned when Rory MacGregor, her sister’s brother-in-law, comes to her rescue. From the day they met, Rory and Juliana have antagonized each other, but Rory is the best tracker in his clan, and he is intent on bringing his brother’s sister-in-law home. After lying about being hand fasted to each other, and having to take the circuitous route home in order to avoid confrontation, Rory and Juliana end up on a long and difficult journey, continuall When Juliana is kidnapped by an enemy clan, she is stunned when Rory MacGregor, her sister’s brother-in-law, comes to her rescue. From the day they met, Rory and Juliana have antagonized each other, but Rory is the best tracker in his clan, and he is intent on bringing his brother’s sister-in-law home. After lying about being hand fasted to each other, and having to take the circuitous route home in order to avoid confrontation, Rory and Juliana end up on a long and difficult journey, continually stalked by the man who kidnapped Juliana. And though their trek home is dangerous, the most shocking part of their journey is the budding feelings they develop for each other. Can Rory and Juliana make it home safely? Will they admit their feelings for one another? I absolutely love Rory! He is the perfect historical romance hero – strong, protective, intelligent, loyal, and a little bit arrogant. Rory is a good man who loves to tease, and he has a fun, optimistic personality. He is also a skilled tracker and fighter, which he proves as he saves and escapes with Juliana. However, Rory is used to women falling at his feet. He’s never really had to work for a woman’s affections until he met Juliana. Juliana has had traumatizing experiences with men, which have led to her distrust and fear of them. This abuse has defined Juliana, who struggles with her overall feelings towards men and her conflicting feelings toward Rory. Juliana has never let a man get close to her, and none have ever made her feel the way Rory does. It’s lovely to see Rory break through the walls she has erected. Juliana and Rory have a strong connection, which only grows as the story does. The budding romance between Rory and Juliana is fantastic. They have great chemistry, and I so enjoy their enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract relationship. They exasperate each other, and their constant battle of wits is amusing and passionate. I love how they come to know each other better throughout their journey and how they build a mutual trust and respect for each other. The more he sees past Juliana’s prickly exterior, the more Rory admires Juliana’s inner strength, intellect, and quick thinking. Juliana, in turn, sees past Rory’s cocky arrogance and finds a kind, gentle, and determined man. She admires his strength, protective spirit, patience, and honor. Of course, their relationship has many complications, including her fears, another clan hunting them, secrets, terrible weather, and more. It’s fun to see this couple as they cross the Scottish Highlands and find more than they ever bargained for. Something else that I really like about the story is the way that Rory treats Juliana. Even when they bicker, he shows a clear admiration and respect for her, and you can tell he loves her fiery and capable spirit. He knows she is not a woman to cower and back down, which is why Rory teaches Juliana how to defend herself. Juliana refuses to be a victim, and she wants to be able to protect herself, especially considering the malicious son of the Cameron laird is intent on possessing her. Rory knows that Juliana is a strong woman capable of handling herself in precarious and dangerous situations, and he gives her the tools to defend herself. I think this says a lot about his character, and he continually treats Juliana as his equal throughout the story. He listens to her, considers her opinion and feelings, and acts accordingly. These actions make Rory even more swoon-worthy in my eyes! An exciting and romantic story, Highland Hero is an adventure filled with kidnappings, fake betrothals, manipulative antagonists, and an epic journey. Though this is the second book in the historical romance series, it can easily be read as a standalone. That being said, the first book is fantastic too, and I highly recommend it. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Entangled: Amara, and Cynthia Breeding for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    I can't even imagine how hard it was to travel back then, on horseback with no roads to speak of, especially in the winter time!! Cynthia Breeding gives us a glimpse into such travels when Rory and Juliana make their escape from the antagonist of the story. I really enjoyed this book and the author did a great job with the sensitive issue of rape. I loved both main characters and although they argue a lot, you can still sense the caring between them. Both are stubborn but both learn to give and I can't even imagine how hard it was to travel back then, on horseback with no roads to speak of, especially in the winter time!! Cynthia Breeding gives us a glimpse into such travels when Rory and Juliana make their escape from the antagonist of the story. I really enjoyed this book and the author did a great job with the sensitive issue of rape. I loved both main characters and although they argue a lot, you can still sense the caring between them. Both are stubborn but both learn to give and take on their journey to safety. There's plenty of danger between the enemy and the weather to keep everything interesting!! As for what happened to Juliana when she was younger, I absolutely adore how Rory handles it, he truly is a "Highland Hero"!! I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trisha (semi-hiatus)

    I received a free e-ARC from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed this, but felt like it could have been longer. Before starting this, I had a slightly different image in mind of how this was about to go, because I had thought they would be pulling off the act for being a more or less married couple throughout the most of this book, but that only happened in very select places, which is a front I was disappointed on. Also, I felt like the ending was I received a free e-ARC from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed this, but felt like it could have been longer. Before starting this, I had a slightly different image in mind of how this was about to go, because I had thought they would be pulling off the act for being a more or less married couple throughout the most of this book, but that only happened in very select places, which is a front I was disappointed on. Also, I felt like the ending was just too abrupt considering the pace the rest of this book had set, and I was definitely disappointed with that. I wanted to know more about the aftermath of their last interaction, how they returned home, what everyone's reaction was, did they all see it coming or not, etc etc. I also felt that the villain was more or less redeemed, which is not what I had wanted. I found the villain nauseatingly reprehensible and positively disgusting, and all the scenes in his POV made me sick, and so when he got like two lines in the ending, I felt a bit cheated. And like, he didn't even get much of a comeuppance. The romance by itself had wonderful buildup, and I loved the enemies to lovers progression. I also really loved that certain trauma was well handled, and nothing was rushed into without any basis; I liked that our hero, Rory was understanding, and honestly I wished that the guy who hurt her was still alive, just so I could see Rory tearing him to pieces. Which is also why I really, really loved the hurt comfort in this. The fake relationship added wonderfully to the romance and the humour, seeing these two characters who really didn't like each other pretending to be more or less married was an amazing journey, and I just couldn't stop reading! I would love to read the first book in this series, and the ones in the future, because this writer has firmly won me over with her writing. The romance was amazing, and I will definitely be checking out more books by her in the future. On the whole, an amazing read, if not for the slightly abrupt ending. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romances, fake relationships, enemies to lovers, is okay with books dealing with sexual abuse (rape, and this is a TW), calculating MCs who try to come up with ways to outwit each other and everyone else and more or less fail, and a great romance literally set in the Highlands.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    4.5 Stars If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was grey with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. However they are stuck in the same Scottish castle for his brother Ian's & her sister Emily's wedding (Highland Renegade). Then she is abducted by Neal Cameron. Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so he’s ordered to find Juliana. The only way Rory can think of rescuing Juliana is to declare them han 4.5 Stars If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was grey with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. However they are stuck in the same Scottish castle for his brother Ian's & her sister Emily's wedding (Highland Renegade). Then she is abducted by Neal Cameron. Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so he’s ordered to find Juliana. The only way Rory can think of rescuing Juliana is to declare them handfasted. When their escape goes horribly awry, Juliana and Rory are forced to take the long way home in the middle of December with a storm brewing. This is the second book in the series & is easily read on its own. I loved the feisty Juliana & the stoic Rory they butted heads at every turn & their verbal bantering was highly entertaining. I loved their eventful journey home with snow storms, a rejected suitor, a vengeful young women & a secret Juliana’s carried for a couple of years. I also loved how the pair gradually first became friends then fell in love. Rory certainly was a Highland Hero for the way he handled Juliana's revelation. A well written page turner, which I was totally engrossed in & there was a delightful teaser for the next book My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mina

    I love highlander romances and the MacGregor Clan has always had a special place in my heart for some reason. Rory is the best tracker of the clan and brother to the newly restore Laird, who has married an English Lady. On the night of their marriage, the Lady's sister is abducted by a rival clan member, and is Rory who is appointed to go look for her. I like Rory, he is playful and takes life as it comes. Now, Juliana drove me nuts. I get it, she had a traumatic experience, but man, she harms h I love highlander romances and the MacGregor Clan has always had a special place in my heart for some reason. Rory is the best tracker of the clan and brother to the newly restore Laird, who has married an English Lady. On the night of their marriage, the Lady's sister is abducted by a rival clan member, and is Rory who is appointed to go look for her. I like Rory, he is playful and takes life as it comes. Now, Juliana drove me nuts. I get it, she had a traumatic experience, but man, she harms herself more than the others. I liked the fact that it was her that defended Rory from the rival clan and it was her that cut down the man that wanted to take her. Also, the love triangle with Morag was a bit unnecessary. Overall it was a good book, a little over rushed at the end. I mean it took forever on their trip, I liked the banter, but way too much drama. Then in the last two chapters, they are happily married. For more MacGregor romance check Paula Quinn.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Juliana and Rory make an interesting pair in this sometimes witty and sometimes poignant tale. Juliana is afraid of intimacy because of a long ago incident. Rory is cock sure of himself being the best tracker in the highlands. There is no one he cannot track. A fake hand fasting is the only way he can think to save Juliana. Cynthia Breeding writes a very witty story I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I Juliana and Rory make an interesting pair in this sometimes witty and sometimes poignant tale. Juliana is afraid of intimacy because of a long ago incident. Rory is cock sure of himself being the best tracker in the highlands. There is no one he cannot track. A fake hand fasting is the only way he can think to save Juliana. Cynthia Breeding writes a very witty story I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suzette

    A fiery and feisty Sassenach lass sparks with a warrior highlander. Julianna has no time for men especially Rory MacGregor. He finds every opportunity to aggravate and upset her. This is the second in the Children of the Mist series and it is just as exciting as the first. The plot moves at a great pace that keeps you invested in the story. The conversations are sharp and witty as Julianna and Rory trade barbs back and forth. As they try to out run their pursuers it gives them ample time to get A fiery and feisty Sassenach lass sparks with a warrior highlander. Julianna has no time for men especially Rory MacGregor. He finds every opportunity to aggravate and upset her. This is the second in the Children of the Mist series and it is just as exciting as the first. The plot moves at a great pace that keeps you invested in the story. The conversations are sharp and witty as Julianna and Rory trade barbs back and forth. As they try to out run their pursuers it gives them ample time to get to know each other and change their feelings towards each other.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a heart-warming adventurous ride that brings a couple who start as enemies to a loving, healing happily-ever-after. The slow-burn, steady pace kept it interesting. Juliana and her family are at the MacGregor’s to celebrate her sister’s wedding to the eldest MacGregor and Rory’s brother. Juliana’s sister’s story is told in the first book of this series. Another clan kidnaps Juliana; Rory, their best tracker is sent to rescue her. Juliana is a survivor of rape. There is a trigger w ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a heart-warming adventurous ride that brings a couple who start as enemies to a loving, healing happily-ever-after. The slow-burn, steady pace kept it interesting. Juliana and her family are at the MacGregor’s to celebrate her sister’s wedding to the eldest MacGregor and Rory’s brother. Juliana’s sister’s story is told in the first book of this series. Another clan kidnaps Juliana; Rory, their best tracker is sent to rescue her. Juliana is a survivor of rape. There is a trigger warning concerning this at the beginning of the novel, which was appreciated. Juliana is a rape survivor that is haunted by the trauma. She is sharp-tongued and skittish to all males, vowing never to marry. Although wary of the opposite sex, she slowly learns she can trust Rory. That trust and respect slowly build into deeper emotions. I loved Juliana’s inner strength and resourcefulness. She steps up when situations are dire when Rory is either incapable of assisting or is incapacitated. I enjoyed everything about Rory. His character stood out. He is an excellent match to Juliana. He can verbally spar as well as Juliana. He is the ultimate highlander. Although possessing charm and strength, he is so gentle and understanding with Juliana. Rory’s personality and actions shone throughout the book. This is an enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn novel. I categorize this as slow-burn, referring to the dynamic between the couple. Their feelings slowly develop throughout the storyline. This felt realistic due to their situation and Juliana’s past. What wasn’t slow-burn is the adventure the couple is on throughout the entirety of the book. Their journey home from Juliana’s escape from the rival clan is the center of the entire plot. The couple faces every obstacle that could occur. It was how they handled the troubles that made them unstoppable as a unit. Their relationship builds and builds to a fiery revelation. Through Rory’s thoughts and actions, Juliana discovers passion, belonging, and eventually love. I loved the journey of this novel. This is a sweet, adventurous treasure of a book! I cannot wait until the other stories which will feature the other sisters and brothers. The ending gave me a feeling of contentment and completion. The epilogue introduces the reader to the next installment in the series. I love a sexy, strong highlander, and Rory didn’t disappoint. I also love an independent, strong female lead, and Juliana was the epitome. At times heart-wrenching, ultimately, it is a love story of discovery and healing. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book via Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jocelynereadsromance

    I really enjoyed this book, this is the first book from Cynthia Breeding I have read and I found her writing to be accessible, well paced and engaging. Cynthia peppers this novel with tropes that I absolutely delight in- English Heroine and Scottish Hero, forced proximity, handfasting, mutual care-taking scenes, and road-trip. I think she did a lovely job interweaving these elements to create a nice plot to drive the hero and heroine on their journey of discovering love. Juliana, the heroine, is I really enjoyed this book, this is the first book from Cynthia Breeding I have read and I found her writing to be accessible, well paced and engaging. Cynthia peppers this novel with tropes that I absolutely delight in- English Heroine and Scottish Hero, forced proximity, handfasting, mutual care-taking scenes, and road-trip. I think she did a lovely job interweaving these elements to create a nice plot to drive the hero and heroine on their journey of discovering love. Juliana, the heroine, is bold and headstrong, she has had some past trauma (trigger warnings are stated before the start of the novel) that motivates her thoughts on her future as well as they way she stands up for herself. The hero-Rory, is smart and strong, and as they begin their journey together he is slowly realizing new feelings that are arising within him in regards to Juliana. In the first book in these series there appears to be some foundation work around Juliana and Rory's relationship which early on leans towards irritation and also contradicting the other. They both know how to get on each others nerves and this creates a nice banter between them early on. Slowly they begin to look past the surface to discover hidden feelings and respect. There are some really charming scenes in which Rory shows Juliana how to use a knife to defend herself, and it was really nice to see Juliana find her agency around how she could take control of a situation and be her own hero. This novel is a very slow burn. Juliana's past makes her extremely cautious around men and she has to learn to trust Rory entirely before she can fully open up to him and explore a more physical side to their relationship. I do like that Juliana and Rory are able to discuss her past and that because he is aware of her past he can be a much more considerate and gentle lover. While I do find their relationship to be sweet and have the potential to grow deeper, I do feel like it was lacking something that makes me truly believe in the deepness of their love. I feel like their romantic feelings where still in the foundation building stage when this novel was coming to its conclusion. Overall, this novel was a really enjoyable read. Cynthia Breeding created a plot that was entertaining with some nice action. I would recommend if you like a nice highlander romance, that is low on the angst and has two people learning that they can work stronger together while still having fun contradicting each other.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jocelynereadsromance

    I really enjoyed this book, this is the first book from Cynthia Breeding I have read and I found her writing to be accessible, well paced and engaging. Cynthia peppers this novel with tropes that I absolutely delight in- English Heroine and Scottish Hero, forced proximity, handfasting, mutual care-taking scenes, and road-trip. I think she did a lovely job interweaving these elements to create a nice plot to drive the hero and heroine on their journey of discovering love. Juliana, the heroine, is I really enjoyed this book, this is the first book from Cynthia Breeding I have read and I found her writing to be accessible, well paced and engaging. Cynthia peppers this novel with tropes that I absolutely delight in- English Heroine and Scottish Hero, forced proximity, handfasting, mutual care-taking scenes, and road-trip. I think she did a lovely job interweaving these elements to create a nice plot to drive the hero and heroine on their journey of discovering love. Juliana, the heroine, is bold and headstrong, she has had some past trauma (trigger warnings are stated before the start of the novel) that motivates her thoughts on her future as well as they way she stands up for herself. The hero-Rory, is smart and strong, and as they begin their journey together he is slowly realizing new feelings that are arising within him in regards to Juliana. In the first book in these series there appears to be some foundation work around Juliana and Rory's relationship which early on leans towards irritation and also contradicting the other. They both know how to get on each others nerves and this creates a nice banter between them early on. Slowly they begin to look past the surface to discover hidden feelings and respect. There are some really charming scenes in which Rory shows Juliana how to use a knife to defend herself, and it was really nice to see Juliana find her agency around how she could take control of a situation and be her own hero. This novel is a very slow burn. Juliana's past makes her extremely cautious around men and she has to learn to trust Rory entirely before she can fully open up to him and explore a more physical side to their relationship. I do like that Juliana and Rory are able to discuss her past and that because he is aware of her past he can be a much more considerate and gentle lover. While I do find their relationship to be sweet and have the potential to grow deeper, I do feel like it was lacking something that makes me truly believe in the deepness of their love. I feel like their romantic feelings where still in the foundation building stage when this novel was coming to its conclusion. Overall, this novel was a really enjoyable read. Cynthia Breeding created a plot that was entertaining with some nice action. I would recommend if you like a nice highlander romance, that is low on the angst and has two people learning that they can work stronger together while still having fun contradicting each other.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fly Girl Wickedcoolflight blogger

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book in the continuing Children of the Mist series. I loved the first one and just couldn’t wait to see what the next brother’s story was going to be. I was not disappointed. Juliana and Rory make the cutest couple. Juliana ends up kidnapped by a fellow clan after her sister’s wedding and Rory is asked by the rest of the family to rescue her. At first he believes she’s just a willful girl who wandered into a situation she wasn’t ready for. When he catches them, h I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book in the continuing Children of the Mist series. I loved the first one and just couldn’t wait to see what the next brother’s story was going to be. I was not disappointed. Juliana and Rory make the cutest couple. Juliana ends up kidnapped by a fellow clan after her sister’s wedding and Rory is asked by the rest of the family to rescue her. At first he believes she’s just a willful girl who wandered into a situation she wasn’t ready for. When he catches them, he discovers it’s worse than he thought and he’s beside himself to find a way to save her. He finally decides Handfasting is the best way to save her even though she has no idea what it really means for the two of them. She turns out to be much stronger than Rory believed her to be and he quickly finds himself besotted with her and wishing knew and wanted the handfasting to continue. Lucky for Rory, Ms Breeding knows how to give us a romance and eventually Juliana realizes she wants a real handfasting with Rory. As unconventional as the courting is, she decides Rory is the hero she was looking for to save her from her previous sexual assault nightmares. Rory works with kid gloves to uncover Juliana’s fears and bring her around to true romance and passion. When they arrive back home finally to tell their family, some are shocked and some not so much. It seems the bantering they’ve exchanged since first meeting has been noticed by the other brothers and sisters and they are happy for them. I’m anxious to see what the next novel in the series brings us. Ms Breeding handles the Sexual Assault trauma in a very genuine-real way that isn’t over the top or diminishing of something no one should ever have to deal with. She also shows us that people can recover from it if treated with care and respect for their ordeal and the results of it. Kudos to her for dealing with this issue. I’m giving this a 4 of 5.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Penelope (The Reading Devil)

    *4.5 stars* Check out my review on my blog: http://thereadingdevil.blogspot.com/2... Or read below! This is the first book I've read by this author, and I am an instant fan! While it is technically the second in a series, it can be read out of order as with many historical romance series. While the first book followed Ian MacGregor and Emily, this book follows Ian's brother Rory and Emily's sister Juliana. My heart is still swooning over these two! So the book begins right away with some action, as *4.5 stars* Check out my review on my blog: http://thereadingdevil.blogspot.com/2... Or read below! This is the first book I've read by this author, and I am an instant fan! While it is technically the second in a series, it can be read out of order as with many historical romance series. While the first book followed Ian MacGregor and Emily, this book follows Ian's brother Rory and Emily's sister Juliana. My heart is still swooning over these two! So the book begins right away with some action, as Juliana is kidnapped by rival clan's Neal Cameron. Rory is sent to track her down and bring her back. These two clash in the best way possible. This book brings in the enemies to lovers trope, and does it in such a fantastic way! I absolutely loved the chemistry between the two even when they were bickering and arguing lol! Cynthia Breeding wrote the characters in such a way that I was feeling each and every emotion they felt, and falling in love with them even more as each page went by. The plot itself was really well done in my opinion. I was never bored, and liked the way the storyline progressed. Juliana had faced some trauma with a man earlier in her life, and as such, had an intense distrust and fear of sexual encounters with any man. This aspect of the story was written in such a way that was not too graphic, yet conveyed the emotions of someone in her position quite well. I absolutely adored how Rory treated Juliana, right from the beginning of the book, despite his frustration with their conversations. There was never a moment when I was cringing at something being said or done between the two of them, which was such a relief. Overall, I think this was a really well done novel, with a great historical aspect to it. I loved the characters and the plot, as well as the writing style of this author. I look forward to reading the first book in this series, and any books that come after this one as well!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC :) Highland Hero by Cynthia Breeding is the second book in this series. I had not read the first one, but I don’t think it took away from reading this one! Also please keep in mind the trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, and violence if you do read this! Juliana Caldwell is English but moves to the Highlands after her sister marries. Her new brother-in-law’s brother is Rory MacGregor, with whom she does not get along with at all. When Juliana goes missing, it Thank you Netgalley for the ARC :) Highland Hero by Cynthia Breeding is the second book in this series. I had not read the first one, but I don’t think it took away from reading this one! Also please keep in mind the trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, and violence if you do read this! Juliana Caldwell is English but moves to the Highlands after her sister marries. Her new brother-in-law’s brother is Rory MacGregor, with whom she does not get along with at all. When Juliana goes missing, it Rory is the one tasked with returning her as he is the clan’s best tracker. Once he does track her down, chaos ensues which leads to having to take the long way home (during which of course even more chaos ensues lol) For the most part I enjoyed this book. It’s an enemies-to-lovers story in an extreme-dislike-to-lovers way. Throw in some miscommunication, “there is only one bed”, and a long road trip—what’s not to like? While the writing and story was, overall, good, the pacing of the story threw me off a bit. When the book starts you really get into the plot almost immediately. However, after that there’s a long of dragging out and slow burn for the romance part. Of course, this is fine too, but it’s right before the book ends. It just felt rushed at that point because we finally got more of their relationship and then it just… ends. Essentially, I wish the story would have been paced a bit better in terms of the romance aspect.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Bush

    Juliana and Rory can not stop arguing with each other. It doesn't matter what they are talking about, whether the sky is blue and the grass is green can spark an argument. It doesn't help that they will be spending lots of time at the same place as her sister and his brother are getting married. When Juliana gets kidnapped after the wedding by this awful man named Neil Campbell (he wants to marry her even if she doesn't agree) Rory as the best tracker around is sent after her.. When he catches u Juliana and Rory can not stop arguing with each other. It doesn't matter what they are talking about, whether the sky is blue and the grass is green can spark an argument. It doesn't help that they will be spending lots of time at the same place as her sister and his brother are getting married. When Juliana gets kidnapped after the wedding by this awful man named Neil Campbell (he wants to marry her even if she doesn't agree) Rory as the best tracker around is sent after her.. When he catches up to her his only idea is to claim that they are actually hand-fasted.. So there is no way that she could marry Neil.. Of course Juliana has no idea that when you say your hand-fasted in front of witnesses then you are actually married. Now on the run from Neill and his friends they take the looong way home, and in the process argue ALOT. There arguments made me laugh out loud. Little did they realize that between the running and the fighting they are developing actual Feelings for each other.. But Juliana has had something happen to her in the past that makes her want to stay away from men forever.. Even if she feels safe with Rory and trusts him. Can they find their happily ever after? I mean we know they will as its a romance, but how they will come together is the real question.. I really enjoyed this story and really want to read the first one. Juliana and Rorys romance was sweet and spicy. and I can't wait to read more books in this series and by this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Thank you, Net Galley, for providing me a free copy of the ebook! This was my first book by this author. It was a really fun Highland romance, with just enough action. It was slightly light on the steam, but there was definite chemistry between the two main characters, Rory and Juliana. Juliana gets kidnapped while at her sister’s wedding in the Highlands and Rory is sent after her. They have never really gotten along, but are forced to spend time together after he rescues her and they have to slo Thank you, Net Galley, for providing me a free copy of the ebook! This was my first book by this author. It was a really fun Highland romance, with just enough action. It was slightly light on the steam, but there was definite chemistry between the two main characters, Rory and Juliana. Juliana gets kidnapped while at her sister’s wedding in the Highlands and Rory is sent after her. They have never really gotten along, but are forced to spend time together after he rescues her and they have to slowly navigate their way back to Rory’s home without getting caught by the person who kidnapped Juliana. So, this is a road trip romance with the “only one bed” trope and sick bed scenes for both main characters. I love a good care taking scene, so I really enjoyed these! 🥰 I will admit it took me a while to get into this, but by the halfway mark I was fully invested. I’m also glad that the resolution wasn’t drawn out into some OTT ending with the “villains” monologuing while metaphorically twirling their mustaches. It was very refreshing to see an ending without all of that. Maybe that’s just me, though. Ha! I definitely plan on reading the rest of this series. I haven’t read book 1 and I also want to see what happens to the rest of the characters. I hope Aileen and Greet get their own books. They were a lot of fun!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Océane Dollat

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own Scottish historical romances are my guilty pleasure and the new book in the Children of the Mist didn’t disappoint. It follows the feisty Sassenach Julianna and our Scottish hero Rory who just rescued her after being abducted during her sister’s wedding. While they journey through the highland, they encounter all kinds of obstacles and dangers that keeps the stories intriguing and fast paced. I love I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own Scottish historical romances are my guilty pleasure and the new book in the Children of the Mist didn’t disappoint. It follows the feisty Sassenach Julianna and our Scottish hero Rory who just rescued her after being abducted during her sister’s wedding. While they journey through the highland, they encounter all kinds of obstacles and dangers that keeps the stories intriguing and fast paced. I loved our main heroine who despite her trauma (TW for rape) slowly learn to trust our hero. She is super feisty and doesn’t back away from verbal sparring and arguing with Rory, who truly just enjoys irritating her at every opportunity. Their banting was very entertaining. Rory is your typical strong and self confident highlander, he was kind and very respectful to Juliana but I did wish there had been more to him. He literally spends most of this time trying to control his lust, which felt a little repetitive. Their romance is suuuuper slow burn, probably slower than I prefer, and I would have loved to see a little more flirtation throughout the book. Overall I really enjoyed the adventure part of the story and it was a very enjoyable read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    This story centers around Juliana & Rory MacGregor. These two had enjoyed verbally sparring since meeting but now their story takes on a new layer. When Juliana finds herself kidnapped by a Cameron who meant to make her his bride, Rory is sent to track them and save Juliana. Some quick thinking has Rory proclaiming he is hand fasted with Juliana and demanding she be returned to him. Nothing ever goes easy for a MacGregor though so it’s no surprise these two end up on the run and having to make a This story centers around Juliana & Rory MacGregor. These two had enjoyed verbally sparring since meeting but now their story takes on a new layer. When Juliana finds herself kidnapped by a Cameron who meant to make her his bride, Rory is sent to track them and save Juliana. Some quick thinking has Rory proclaiming he is hand fasted with Juliana and demanding she be returned to him. Nothing ever goes easy for a MacGregor though so it’s no surprise these two end up on the run and having to make a long round about way back to Strae Castle. There seem to be many fae playing against their return as one thing after another occurs. I enjoyed the verbal sparring these two got up to as it added some comic moments. However, I really wished these two would have an actual conversation, a lot of misunderstandings could have been avoided. Like book one of this series not a lot of passion in this book - one on page encounter after the 90% mark, and two kisses before that, so little heat. Overall I was happy with the ending and enjoyed the story. 3.5 Stars ****Check the warning there is a lot of discussion of misusing women, taking women by force, and Juliana is a victim of rape prior to the storyline****

  21. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    This was a pretty good read by one of my favorite authors. Ms Breeding writes highlanders' like no body's business. I sure do like a man in his kilt, oh so sexy and very virile. I liked the characters who had thoughts and feelings of their own. The book is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone. Lots of action, adventure and love. I just loved feisty Juliana Caldwell who had opinions that irked Rory MacGregor to no end. If she said something that was different, he would call h This was a pretty good read by one of my favorite authors. Ms Breeding writes highlanders' like no body's business. I sure do like a man in his kilt, oh so sexy and very virile. I liked the characters who had thoughts and feelings of their own. The book is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone. Lots of action, adventure and love. I just loved feisty Juliana Caldwell who had opinions that irked Rory MacGregor to no end. If she said something that was different, he would call her out. He thinks the lass gets on his bad side. When Juliana goes missing from home, he is asked to go and find her. Even though she is her brothers' sister by marriage, he really doesn't want to go. But he finally relents and goes because being an expert tracker is his specialty. When she is found by Rory at the enemy Cameron's home, he claims that Juliana is hand fasted to him, but they are found out and flee. There is a angry Cameron following because he wants the woman himself and won't give up There is a blizzard to contend with, meddling people and an almost attack one the long road to home. But there is a spark that binds these two together, and it's called love. I appreciate Net Galley for this ARC title in which I gave an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sammi Chev

    I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed honestly. All opinions are my own. You know a book is good when you read it in one sitting. I had been in a massive reading slump and this pulled me out. It was a fast paced romance with a bit of danger and intrigue. I really liked that the author included a content warning at the beginning of the book for “discussions of rape” and “scenes depicting graphic violence.” Although personally I think graphic is a strong word in I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed honestly. All opinions are my own. You know a book is good when you read it in one sitting. I had been in a massive reading slump and this pulled me out. It was a fast paced romance with a bit of danger and intrigue. I really liked that the author included a content warning at the beginning of the book for “discussions of rape” and “scenes depicting graphic violence.” Although personally I think graphic is a strong word in this case, I thought the violence was pretty mild and nothing was described in great detail. I gave this book 4 stars because while it was entertaining and I read it in once sitting, the romance took a while to get to and I wish we would’ve seen more flirting between the characters but it was still and enjoyable romance. My biggest criticism is that the outside conflict wasn’t really resolved until the epilogue with just a quick narration of what had happened and I don’t think it made a lot of sense based on what we saw of those characters. Overall it was a good read and I do recommend it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is the second book in the Children of the Mist series. It features Juliana Caldwell and Rory MacGregor. These two live to disagree with each other while fighting the attraction between them. When Julianna is kidnapped by a rival clan, Rory is forced into the role of hero by his brother and new sister-in-law. Rory is the best tracker in his clan, so he is quickly finds and rescues her. He declares that they are hand fasted in order to save her. They make their escape, but everything that cou This is the second book in the Children of the Mist series. It features Juliana Caldwell and Rory MacGregor. These two live to disagree with each other while fighting the attraction between them. When Julianna is kidnapped by a rival clan, Rory is forced into the role of hero by his brother and new sister-in-law. Rory is the best tracker in his clan, so he is quickly finds and rescues her. He declares that they are hand fasted in order to save her. They make their escape, but everything that could go wrong, does. In order to elude the villains, they are forced to take the long way home. They are an entertaining couple that have many obstacles and stumbling blocks thrown in their path. The author delivers a well thought out story with a wonderful reading pace. The dialogue is both entertaining and amusing. I found this book to be a wonderful read and I look forward to future books in the series. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy the works of Hannah Howell and Lynsay Sands. I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is the second book in the Children of the Mist series. It features Juliana Caldwell and Rory MacGregor. These two live to disagree with each other while fighting the attraction between them. When Julianna is kidnapped by a rival clan, Rory is forced into the role of hero by his brother and new sister-in-law. Rory is the best tracker in his clan, so he is quickly finds and rescues her. He declares that they are hand fasted in order to save her. They make their escape, but everything that cou This is the second book in the Children of the Mist series. It features Juliana Caldwell and Rory MacGregor. These two live to disagree with each other while fighting the attraction between them. When Julianna is kidnapped by a rival clan, Rory is forced into the role of hero by his brother and new sister-in-law. Rory is the best tracker in his clan, so he is quickly finds and rescues her. He declares that they are hand fasted in order to save her. They make their escape, but everything that could go wrong, does. In order to elude the villains, they are forced to take the long way home. They are an entertaining couple that have many obstacles and stumbling blocks thrown in their path. The author delivers a well thought out story with a wonderful reading pace. The dialogue is both entertaining and amusing. I found this book to be a wonderful read and I look forward to future books in the series. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy the works of Hannah Howell and Lynsay Sands. I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Highland Hero is a mostly gentle read, despite the calamitous events described in the book's teaser. There weren't too many points were I was holding my breath or anxiously turning pages. Although we are given to believe that Juliana's abduction will drive the story, the true conflict is in whether Juliana's horrible past experience with a man (see the trigger warning) will keep her from finding happiness with Rory. At first, I really didn't care for either Juliana or Rory since it seemed that a Highland Hero is a mostly gentle read, despite the calamitous events described in the book's teaser. There weren't too many points were I was holding my breath or anxiously turning pages. Although we are given to believe that Juliana's abduction will drive the story, the true conflict is in whether Juliana's horrible past experience with a man (see the trigger warning) will keep her from finding happiness with Rory. At first, I really didn't care for either Juliana or Rory since it seemed that all the did was squabble. Juliana was extra annoying because she seemed to be my least favorite sort of heroine: one who is too stubborn to be smart. However, after a while, she does prove to have common sense, a protective nature, and a fighting spirit, and I started liking her more. There's nothing inherently wrong with this story. I just found it to be a little slow for my taste. But readers who like a very slow burn will probably enjoy it. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie Bogdan

    3 stars I have not read many Highlander romances before, although I am aware that they are a BIG DEAL in the historical romance genre. I figured checking out Cynthia Breeding's Highland Hero would help me gauge where I currently stand with the genre. There are certainly aspects that I enjoyed about this book. I am a sucker for a brooding hero and this book had that in spades. The tension was built well and the stakes were one of the highest that I have seen in a romance book. The one thing that I 3 stars I have not read many Highlander romances before, although I am aware that they are a BIG DEAL in the historical romance genre. I figured checking out Cynthia Breeding's Highland Hero would help me gauge where I currently stand with the genre. There are certainly aspects that I enjoyed about this book. I am a sucker for a brooding hero and this book had that in spades. The tension was built well and the stakes were one of the highest that I have seen in a romance book. The one thing that I didn't realize going into this was just how dark a Highlander romance could get. Kidnapping and discussions of sexual assault run rampant throughout Highland Hero. While Breeding did kindly provide a content warning, it was far more central to the book than I anticipated. Although it did make me squirm a bit, I did enjoy the book overall and I will certainly be dipping my toes further into the Highlander romance subgenre in the future! Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled: Amara for this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Warning this one is a SLOWBURN and it's really good. This book moves at a pretty quick pace. Before I knew it I had read more pages than I had intended to. Because as we see Rory and Juliana start to develop feelings for each other, we also get lots of adventure as they try to make their way back to Strae Castle. On the evening of her sister's marriage to the laird of Clan MacGregor, Juliana Caldwell is abducted by a rival clan. Rory MacGregor, the clan's best tracker, is sent to find her and bri Warning this one is a SLOWBURN and it's really good. This book moves at a pretty quick pace. Before I knew it I had read more pages than I had intended to. Because as we see Rory and Juliana start to develop feelings for each other, we also get lots of adventure as they try to make their way back to Strae Castle. On the evening of her sister's marriage to the laird of Clan MacGregor, Juliana Caldwell is abducted by a rival clan. Rory MacGregor, the clan's best tracker, is sent to find her and bring her back. When catches up to her and her captures, he tells them they are handfasted. Knowing they'll have no choice but to hand her over. He only hopes that she doesn't contradict him in her usual manner so that they can leave without any problems. Chaos erupts just as they leave the gates and now they are being pursued by a man who won't take no for an answer. Thanks so much to Entangled, the author and Netgalley for this ARC to review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    ❗CW/TW❗ this book does contain themes of rape (flashbacks and PTSD), abuse/violence against women . As someone who has lived through abuse/rape and struggles with PTSD I was still able to read and enjoy this book, but it may not be the same for others. The author was very open (there is a TW in the beginning of the book) and honest about how past abuse can affect your future. Also how a good man (or woman, or whoever) can help that healing process when they understand slut shaming does NOTHING for ❗CW/TW❗ this book does contain themes of rape (flashbacks and PTSD), abuse/violence against women . As someone who has lived through abuse/rape and struggles with PTSD I was still able to read and enjoy this book, but it may not be the same for others. The author was very open (there is a TW in the beginning of the book) and honest about how past abuse can affect your future. Also how a good man (or woman, or whoever) can help that healing process when they understand slut shaming does NOTHING for anyone. For being a romance (and having some exxxtra steamy scenes), it had deep themes and elements that made me enjoy it on a separate level than other romances I've read. I was really quite impressed. This is a part of a series but can be read as a standalone (at least I enjoyed it as such!). The world building and descriptions of Scottish Highlands is dreamy and alive, and her character development is fabulous. Def recommend for all my romance readers out there!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    JenReviews4U

    This is a enemy to friends road trip story. Basically Rory and Juliana love to annoy each other, when he rescues her from the clan's enemy, they slowly develop feelings for each other. Overall I enjoyed this book, it's a slow burn romance. Juliana's sharp tongue is sharp for a very good reason which the author gives warning about and handles very well. Although I have not read the book prior, from the beginning, I felt that Rory always kinda liked Juliana but could not help than to goad her unti This is a enemy to friends road trip story. Basically Rory and Juliana love to annoy each other, when he rescues her from the clan's enemy, they slowly develop feelings for each other. Overall I enjoyed this book, it's a slow burn romance. Juliana's sharp tongue is sharp for a very good reason which the author gives warning about and handles very well. Although I have not read the book prior, from the beginning, I felt that Rory always kinda liked Juliana but could not help than to goad her until he found out why she was the way she is. The writing and imagery is superb in this novel, the suspense drives this and is well played, the entire novel is a bit predictable but it doesn't detract. The only objection, as so many others have noted, is the abrupt ending. It needed more although it is quite lengthy already. I received an advanced copy in exchange for a review

  30. 4 out of 5

    Redkins

    I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley. This is the 2nd book in a series call Children of Mist. I did not read the 1st book and based this only on the 2nd book which can be stand-alone. SPOILER sentence only: I started reading this book but need to put a warning to readers that this book past rape and trauma. It addressed what I feel was properly within the book. That said. I like the progression of this book to the end. Basic set up Juliana and Rory - sparring partners, she gets ki I received an ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley. This is the 2nd book in a series call Children of Mist. I did not read the 1st book and based this only on the 2nd book which can be stand-alone. SPOILER sentence only: I started reading this book but need to put a warning to readers that this book past rape and trauma. It addressed what I feel was properly within the book. That said. I like the progression of this book to the end. Basic set up Juliana and Rory - sparring partners, she gets kidnapped, he saves her. But is not a simple as that. Thru out the book, we watch how their story evolves from enemy to friend to love. It has tons of fun twists and turns but does have a sweetness to it in some sections. It is a quick read which does prompt to look into this author's other work as well as the 1st in this series. If you like the highlands, I would recommend this book.

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