Monday, August 29, 2016

Highland Temptation by Jennifer Haymore
(Highland Knights, Book 4)

Publisher & Release: Loveswept, August 23, 2016

Time and setting: 1816, London

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

Length:  220 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

When Lady Emilia Buchanan discovers that her despicable father has been scheming against the crown, she turns to the Highland Knights for protection—and retribution. Spirited away to a safe house on the outskirts of London, Emilia is surprised to find herself sharing close quarters with a soft-spoken, musclebound Highlander. Before long, curiosity gives way to an alarming attraction. Emilia has learned firsthand from her father that men are not to be trusted. She just never met one so honorable and loyal, so powerful and, yes, tempting.

Ever since Waterloo, Colin Stirling has struggled with memories that haunt him night and day. Driven near to madness, he no longer trusts himself with meaningful relationships of any kind. At least in this temporary sanctuary, Colin can withdraw from the world—that is, until his stunningly gorgeous charge learns the full depth of his pain. In Emilia, Colin sees a kindred spirit with battle scars of her own. He also senses a chance to heal . . . and to find love.

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Vikki’s Musings

I have been a fan of Jennifer Haymore’s book ever since I read A Hint of Wicked years ago. She is one of my auto-buy authors, and I have yet to read one of her books that I did not fall in love with her characters. While her stories are always well-developed, her characters are complex and steal the show. I accepted Highland Temptation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, in exchange for an honest review, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this remarkable book.

After a brutal beating, Emilia Buchanon runs in terror from the one man who should protect her above all others, her father. Months ago, the Highland Knights had protected her father, and she had met the handsome Sir Colin Stirling.

When he becomes her protector and takes her to safety, she finds out that at last, there is an honorable man willing to protect her with his life. When her father catches up with them, Colin is determined to get her back.

Can he find her in time, or will her father exact his revenge on his only daughter before Colin can make her his own forever?

Highland Temptation starts out fast and stays that way until the end. There is plenty of action from the first page until the end. The plot is well thought out and the romance is satisfying. The chemistry between Emilia and Colin is fantastic. I truly wanted them to find their happy ending.

Emilia is an endearing character. She has not had an easy time of it since her mother passed. Her father is a physically abusive bastard. Under the circumstances, it’s no wonder she is wary of men. Her self-esteem is extremely low, but her inner core is too strong for him to permanently break her. She really comes into her own under Colin’s tender care.

Colin is my favorite kind of hero, a man who has suffered great hardship but refuses to let it destroy him. He is a true warrior determined to protect Emilia, even if it may mean giving his life to do so. He suffers greatly from what is known today as PTSD. In his time, he believes it’s madness. I loved how Emilia is able to convince him she loves him even when he is in the throes of one of his episodes.

Highland Temptation is a great adventure with plenty of perils along the way. If you enjoy an emotionally-charged romance with amazing characters, then you will love this book. While this is not my favorite one of the series, it is still a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed getting glimpses into the lives of the other knights and their fair ladies. I can’t wait to read the stories of the other still unattached knights in this great cast of characters. Happy reading!

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