Review: Sins of the Highlander by Connie Mason ★★★★

Sins of the Highlander by Connie Mason with Mia Marlowe
Genre: Historical Romance (Highlanders, abducted bride, arranged marriage, revenge, several sex scenes)
Series: N/A
Original Language: English
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Country: USA
Publication Date: January 1st, 2012
ISBN: 9781402261824
Page Count: 329
My Rating: ★★★★


Even with her gift of the Sight, never had Elspeth Stewart imagined her wedding would be interrupted by a dark-haired stranger charging in on a black stallion, scooping her into his arms, and carrying her off across the wild Scottish highlands. With two clans against them burning for battle, they must find a way to join together–body, breath, and soul. Or both will be made to pay for the Sins of the Highlander.


This is my first book by Connie Mason and I have to say that I am very pleased to have discovered her work and have already added several more of her titles to my bookshelf. This one is actually a combined effort by two authors, Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. I always find it interesting when I read that a book is written by more than one person. It's such a creative and in-depth process that I wonder about the actual mechanics of how two people can come together to form one piece of work.

Well, however they do it, they do it really, really well. I thoroughly enjoyed Mason and Marlowe's writing style and thought the whole thing flowed effortlessly. The romance between Rob and Elspeth was engaging and it had just the right amount of action, steamy scenes, historical detailing and tender, heart-melting moments.

I really enjoyed Rob's character in particular. As historical romance heroes go he's one of the better ones that I've read. I love that although he was a fine, braw lad, he was certainly no muscles-for-brains type. He was endearing, respectful, loyal...and sexy as nobody's business! He was a tortured hero to some extent, but whereas sometimes this can make the hero think he has the right to behave like an arrogant pig and get away with it, Rob, after their initial and albeit slightly unconventional first meeting, was nothing but respectful to Elspeth and I just adored him for that.

So okay, barging into a church astride a black stallion and abducting your enemy's bride from the altar may not be the most rational of behaviour- hey, they don't call him "Mad Rob" for nothing- but once you get to know the why of it, it becomes evident quickly enough that he may have just done her the biggest favour of her life!

Unfortunately, Rob hadn't actually thought much about what he would do with a living, breathing noble maiden once he'd whisked her away. His focus was solely on his vengeance against Lachlan Drummond- her bridegroom and his enemy. And he is somewhat taken aback by the protective feelings she brings out in him- feelings he hasn't felt for some time- as well as the undeniable lust she stirs within his body.

Elspeth's character was nice as well although she did suffer a teensy bit from "whiny female syndrome". I suppose given what she'd been through I can forgive her for this slightly, and we can all empathise with the crazy insecurities that come with finding your first love, but I just felt that sometimes she was almost forcing Rob to talk about his feelings even when he clearly didn't understand what was happening between them himself yet. Falling in love with his captive wasn't exactly part of his "plan", if you could even call it such.

There was a nice amount of tension built up at the end of the book. A betrayal by someone close and a sacrifice made by Elspeth that made me forgive her for any and all past transgressions.

I have to say I would have dearly loved an epilogue. I do like it when we get a wee glimpse into the future to see them all married and settled, but alas, not in this case.

All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable and sexy read. A real keeper!

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