As far as considerable historical-fiction novels go I think that "Hero in the Highlands" certainly deserves points for the author's creativity behind the novel. The book alone was undisputedly a different sort of romance. In my opinion, I never truly felt like the hero nor the heroine were madly in love with one another even after finishing the book. Basically, this story does fall flat as far as the romance goes, but I still found the storyline to be very engaging.
This was my first time reading any material by Suzanne Enoch. For the most part I cannot say that I was disappointed. My reasoning’s could be the fact that I have been reading a number of historical-romances as of late and I was more in the mood for pure fiction. This novel delivered on that point. But also I think this fact will not appeal to devoted romance readers.
Focusing more on the flaw of the romance…the story was not terribly lacking the romance. The chemistry was somewhat annoying. The heroine is so strong-willed that anything the hero told her to do, even during sensual scenes, caused Fiona to act defensive. Basically I felt like Fiona was a little selfish throughout the story and I wasn't a big supporter of her character.
Gabriel, the hero wasn't much different than Fiona. Both of these two characters were much better at putting their own needs before one another.
This is not a romance trait that I really care for overall, but for this story it did work in the writing flow of the author. I think that if this romance would have been too cheesy it just would have been a flop for me and thankfully it wasn't.
For the most part I am happy with this novel and would strictly recommend it based sorely to readers looking for pure historical fiction rather than anything else.
WILD AT HEART
Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.
Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English?and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances?or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?