Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Book Review: The MacKinnon's Bride, by Tanya Anne Crosby

The MacKinnon's Bride (The Highland Brides, Book 1) by Tanya Anne Crosby
Published December 2017, 3rd edition, by Oliver-Heber Books

About the Book:

From a New York Times Bestselling Author, The MacKinnon's Bride brings us love, honor, suspense, passion--all the good things we love in a Highlander Romance.
When laird Iain MacKinnon's young son is captured by the English, the fierce Scottish chieftain retaliates in kind, capturing the daughter of his enemy to bargain for his boy's return. Fiercely loyal to kin, Iain never imagines a father can deny his child--or that he will become Page FitzSimon's savior. "Keep her, or kill her!" FitzSimon proclaims when Iain forces his hand. What can a good lad do, but take the lass home. Even as Page blames her reluctant champion for welching on a bargain with her father, she suspects the truth... the shadows hold secrets... and danger. Now only love can save MacKinnon's fiery new bride.
My Take:

It might be that I'm jonesing for the next season of Highlander to return to my television screen, but I thoroughly enjoyed this Scottish Highlands tale of romance and adventure, including the phonetic brogue and all.

The romance between Iain and Page starts as a kidnapping, the Scottish clan hoping to ransom Iain's small boy away from his English captors. Things don't work out the way they'd anticipated, as the English lord doesn't love his daughter like a father should. It may sound far fetched, but it works wonderfully in the context of the  story and the heat of the moment.

Okay, maybe that particular moment wasn't "heated" in the way romance readers prefer, but trust me. This story has plenty of heat.

Page FitzSimon is strong-willed and independent, as well as utterly rebellious, unusual traits for an English highborn maid of the  period. But it makes perfect sense in context, as her father has dissed her for her entire life and treated her as a servant rather than a daughter. She's a great character, and her inner journey is wonderful to follow as she learns to trust the men around her, and her own feelings. I'll admit that she had a lot more depth than the hero did, as he was a lot more of a stereotypical alpha male Highlander - which, okay, is pretty hot all by itself. But he was also kind and caring and great with his son, and very respectful of Page's feelings and situation. Trust me, it all works well and I flew through this book in way less than a day, albeit a rainy, windy day where I was pretty much housebound anyway, but the pages practically turned themselves.

Oh, and this is the first book of a 6 book series (!) if that helps you make up your mind....

Totally recommend. Grab a copy on AMAZON

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