In my usual style as a dedicated reader of author Amy Jarecki's work, I was excited to read her latest novel, "The Highland Duke." Ruefully, I didn’t find this story to be as interesting or perhaps I should say as absorbing as I found fellow novels written by this author. I found this disappointing, but that does mean that I didn’t like this book, because I did. In fact there was a lot to enjoy about this book, like the romance.
The romance exchanged between Geordie and Akira was excellent from the start. The romance was the true star of this book. It was beautiful, appealing and rugged all wrapped in a truly delightful story. Geordie was very careful with Akira both physically as well as emotional. It was actually nice to see a highlander that had a fighter spirit and still treated the woman he loved with respect and tenderness.
I also favored the writing. It was clean and pristine. The story was well-written with a wonderful interruption of both the characters as well as the backdrop of the plot. I just wish I could have dove into this novel and not had the urge to do other things while I was reading the material. I haven't given up hope on the series as I will continue to read the "Lords of the Highlands" and I hope that Jarecki will deliver that spark that I love so much about her stories once again.
She'll put her life on the line for him . . .
When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.
Yet she can never learn his true identity.
Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . .