Review: Highlander Taken by Juliette Miller ★★★★


Highlander Taken by Juliette Miller
Genre: Historical Romance/ Scottish Romance
Series: Clan Mackenzie #2
Publication Date: May 28th 2013
ISBN: 9780373777679
Page Count: 384
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: In the midst of a clan divided, two unlikely allies must confront the passion that binds them...and the treachery that may part them forever. 

To secure her family's alliance with the powerful Clan Mackenzie, Stella Morrison has no choice but to wed the notorious Kade Mackenzie. Unable to ignore the whispers that surround him, she resigns herself to a marriage in name only. Yet, as the fierce warrior strips away Stella's doubt one seductive touch at a time, burgeoning desire forces her to question all she holds as truth.

Leading a rebellious army should have been Kade's greatest challenge...until conquering the heart of his reluctant bride becomes an all-consuming need. Now more than ever, he's determined to find victory both on the battlefield and in the bedchamber. But the quest for triumph unleashes a dark threat, and this time, only love may prove stronger than danger.


REVIEW


I was certainly rather taken by this Highlander.

After enjoying the steamy, emotional roller coaster that was book one of this series, I immediately snapped up my review copy of HIGHLANDER TAKEN as soon as I spotted it. And I'm certainly glad I did! I positively flew through it; reading up to the 70% mark in the first sitting before I even realized what was happening.

HIGHLANDER TAKEN follows middle Mackenzie brother Kade, who as you may recall, stepped up when Wilkie (hero of the last book) could no longer honour his agreement to enter into an arranged marriage for clan alliance with the Morrisons - not after he'd met the beautiful Roses. So Kade volunteered in his place, which sounds very altruistic, doesn't it? Well, wait until you read his reasons why. :)

Kade was a great hero. He was very misunderstood in the beginning - by everybody, but most especially by his bride-to-be - but he was actually a really nice guy once you got to know him. I'm definitely liking these Highlanders that Miller is dreaming up for us so far. They're a great blend of heart-pounding masculinity, and heart-melting sweetness. And, really, what more can you ask for in your heroes than that?

Stella was a great heroine, too. Not quite as timid as I thought she was going to be; this lassie had hidden fire! A fire that matched Kade's flame for flame. They were great together, and as with the last book, the heat was certainly on when it came to the bedroom!

I found the book engaging. Mostly just because I really liked the main characters. But actually, the plot itself was quite gentle. Especially in the first half. It was more about Kade and Stella getting to know each other and building a trust between them. However, the conflict that arrived in the last quarter of the book was thrilling and definitely made it end with a bang. Quite literally. ;)
4 Stars ★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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