To Love a Highlander

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To Love a Highlander

Scandalous Scots, #1

There is nothing like a torrid romance as a dose of mindless enjoyment but I found myself struggling sometimes while reading “To Love a Highlander” by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. While no one expects a bodice ripper to be historical accurate, this book had issues with the freedoms allowed to the women. Lady Mirabelle MacLaren, even as a Highland lady, with an indulgent and absent-minded father, would not have been allowed to wander without a lady’s maid or chaperone of some sort. She popped in and out of rooms, and was assaulted by lecherous men without any repercussions, all of which had me shaking my head in disbelief. I also found the character development questionable, with everyone being stereotypical types; such as the tavern maid with the heart of gold, the evil lecher with designs on the heroines, and so on. Mirabelle and Sorley fell into over the top love way too fast for me, with it almost being sickeningly gushy at times. I don’t think I’ll pick this one up again as one of my favorites, but if you want a mindless steamy romance with a Scottish twist, you’d probably enjoy this.

Sorley the Hawk knows only that he is a bastard, not knowing either of his parents. Because of his early life, he’s determined to not let anyone into his heart, least of all the flame haired vixen who was central to a most embarrassing event in his life. But when Mirabelle comes back into his life, asking him to deflower her as a means of saving her from an odious marriage, Sorley soon finds himself rethinking that conclusion. Lady Mirabelle knows that if she wants to avoid marriage to a despicable suitor, an entanglement with Sorley the Hawk, known for his amorous skills, will serve quite well. Little does she expect to find beneath his roguish reputation a man who catches her heart and promises to never let her go.

Book Blurb for To Love a Highlander

For fans of New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries, Cathy Maxwell, and Karen Hawkins...


As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer . . .


Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 3.00