Highland Heat (Highland Knights #2) by Jennifer Haymore
Release date: November 24, 2015
Twitter Handle: @jenniferhaymore
A romance story indeed. I just love stories that make me smile and make me feel all giddy and happy when a couple realize happiness has always been in each other's embrace.
Grace is a kind woman that has lived her life following the strict rules of the time not because she has to but out of love for her father, who’s an Earl and Member of Parliament. She’s accepted she’ll never marry and will die a spinster because she believes herself too dull and eccentric to make a fine choice as a wife. When she meets the injured soldier Duncan and stays by him throughout his recovery he sees nothing of her self-imposed defects and instead makes her feel as no other had before.
Jennifer was able to weave a believable and tender tale of romance with the social inadequacies of the times. The more I read the more I liked the fact that this was a story about conquering one’s fears and not so much an outside enemy. There were no unseen foes trying to destroy their lives; no mystery waiting to be uncovered; no hidden past or tortured souls waiting to be awakened to destroy their current happiness. It was all about the here an now. Granted people that cannot make up their minds and go from “I want you” to “this cannot be” can be a bit infuriating at times but I guess that can be understandable and even forgivable. I wasn’t too happy with the twist the story took towards the end however since it took our main couple to their HEA I’m willing to overlook it and focus on what I liked and I’ll definitely read more by this author. She clearly knows her craft and based on the second characters and subplots of this book she has much more to tell and she knows how to tell it. I will mention I haven't read the first book in the series but I did not feel lost at all so this book can definitely be read as a stand alone.
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Perfect for readers of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Jennifer Haymore’s seductive new Highland Knights series begins with an electrifying tale of class warfare, fierce loyalties, and forbidden love.
With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more.
As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.