Review: Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty ★★

Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical romance
Series: MacLeods of Skye #3
Publication Date: October 2007
ISBN: 0345494385
Page Count: 367
Ratiing: ★★

Lachlan Maclean will do whatever it takes to protect his clan–even if it means abducting the most willful woman in the Highlands with the secret intention of wooing her for marriage. A born searing sensual leader possessing brute strength, and an imposing command, Lachlan is unprepared for the beautiful spitfire Flora MacLeod, who jeopardizes his plans to save his clan, and digs beneath his hard, chiseled exterior to expose a tenderness that may be his undoing.

The greatest marriage prize in the Highlands, Flora is determined at all costs to avoid her mother’s fate of being bartered away as a political pawn. Vowing to make her captor pay for his ruthlessness, she boldly engages him in a battle of wills, sweetening the challenge with dangerous passion–even as the lingering curse and deadly ghosts of a past tragedy reach out to thwart a tender love that has yet to be spoken.


REVIEW


I'm afraid this is another miss for me on the great pendulum of hits and misses that these two trilogies have become.

It all boils down to the romance and how much you care, how much you believe it, feel it. And this just didn't do anything for me. I think my main problem was the lack of build up. It went from lust + aggravation to
"love" within the snap of my fingers with not nearly enough development to make it realistic. In fact, the pair barely spoke to one another. They avoided each other while she got up to her "pranks" (more on that in a minute), and he would also go off fighting and not mention anything about it to her. Then suddenly Bam! they're in love? Plus, the fact that he had it in mind to marry her for personal/political reasons right from the word go, also sapped all of the romance out of it.

Now onto the characterization. Flora is meant to be this great beauty but also a complete hellion, spitfire, wildcat, etc. A nightmare most men won't overlook even with her pretty face and large tocher. WHERE THE HELL WAS THIS SHOWN? I'm telling you, she got up to a couple of little tricks- using the wrong oil on his swords and salting his dinner- but apart from that she was as drippy, weepy and pathetic as any damsel in distress has ever been. I was so disappointed in this aspect. I love my feisty heroines and that's what I felt like I was being promised, and I did not get it. She's the Holyrood hellion"? Then I'm a Prima Ballerina. She didn't even complain about his leman (mistress, bit on the side)? Shyeah. Right.

2 Stars ★★

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