Series: The Highland Brides #1
Published by Oliver-Heber Books on December 8, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance
Source: Kindle Freebie
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.
I read The MacKinnon’s Bride as part of the Honoring Lost Friends RaT. It was on both my list (I owned it) and Tiffany’s list. I enjoyed my introduction to Tanya Anne Crosby and will read more of her. I happen to own a few…go figure. 😉
Both Iain and Page were well-drawn, compelling characters. TACrosby did well in giving them both histories that meant they had trouble opening their hearts to others. Their pasts and the subsequent effects on their personalities made me curious about and sympathetic toward them both. They were each strong, resilient, loyal, and compassionate. And I was cheering for the blossoming romance.
From the start I was interested in Iain’s deceased wife and the circumstances surrounding her death. TACrosby provided glimpses into the villain’s thoughts and actions but I was uncertain of his identity until the reveal. As for Page’s father and his treatment of her, I mostly wanted to throat-punch him. What kind of father would treat his daughter so cruelly? And once his reasons are made known? Well, I was unsatisfied with the exception of how Page chose to deal with him.
What Could Have Worked Better:
- Page’s Insecurity
While I understood and sympathized with Page’s insecurity, the manifestation of it was tedious at times.
Overall, The MacKinnon’s Bride was a wonderful story and introduction to both this series and author. I’ve missed this sub-genre of Historical Romance and am eager for more Highlanders. 😉 I think Tiffany would have liked this book and I’m happy I read it in her honor.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I assumed (wrongfully) that Page’s dad was just plain ol’ mean and it was normal in that era.
Reason or not, punching in the throat isn’t the way… the balls are more ideal to make sure he doesn’t sire any more poor offsprings
I love historical romance but I haven’t read about Highlanders in foreeever. I miss it.
Neat that you read one off Tiffany’s list and it was a hit. I think I may have this one languishing on the Kindle pile. Guess I better get busy and read it.
That’s so wonderful to read in honor of your friend! Nice review.