Title: Falling for the Highlander (Book #4 in the Highlander series)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publication Date: January 2017
My grade: C
I found this book to be a bit underwhelming. It over all had the best potential for the background mystery, but it failed to really go there. I understand it’s a romance novel, but I was actually disappointed by the amount of time spent on the romance versus the plot. Maybe it was because the main characters, Murine and Dougall are not really compelling characters in this book. They were actually more interesting as secondary characters in the previous books.
I’m wondering why this series, unlike the Argeneau series, has failed to really grab me. I enjoy the books, but I don’t find them particularly worth talking about. I can recommend as a light read for a day you don’t want anything too heavy. It has a happy ending, too, which I appreciate right now. But it’s not something I can say “Oh, you must read this!” like some of Sands’ other books.
THe basic premise of the novel is that Murine’s older half-brother tries to sell her off as a mistress to pay to keep his image as a country gentlemen by having a horse. Dougall, the older brother of Saidh, is disgusted by the offer and leaves. Murine, unwilling to stay after that happens takes off on a cow to see if she could make it to one of her friends homes and find a way out of her brother’s care. She runs into Dougall and his brothers, who decide to help her to Scotland. On the way there, the brothers all claim they will marry her, which Dougall finds annoying as he has started to be interested in her.
There is alot of time spent on Dougall trying his best not to be her lover till they are married and on Murine’s fainting problems. I don’t particularly feel that Dougall’s interest in Murine really develops much. It has one of those “Oh, it must be love because we are nearing the end of the book” type of realizations. I’m hoping that the next book, which takes on the last lady from book #2, Edith and another Buchanan named Niels.
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