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    Highlander romance

    This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. This was a book that kind of made me think of a Romeo/Juliet type story but only that Juliet was going to try to kill Romeo at the beginning! Lachlan and Elizabeth were forced to marry by King James of Scotland. Elizabeth had been brought up to hate the Douglas clan and told many lies about how awful they were. In reality, her clan was the evil clan and she didn't know it. Elizabeth's father kept trying to get her back and had a plan to bring Lachlan trouble after claiming that he was a warlock. Fortunately, Elizabeth and Lachlan's friend, Reid, had a plan to save him. King James who supposedly cared for his "magnificent seven" soldiers, really did not do much to help out here. One thing that I would have like to see was Mariam who was one of the accusers. She never made an appearance and was pretty friendly with Lachlan. That part did not make much sense as she was at Cameron's castle and part of his clan, so why wouldn't he force her to appear and tell the truth? And was it jealousy that caused her to accuse him of witchcraft or was it money? Wish that part was revealed! While I liked that Lachlan and Elizabeth got their HEA, I kind of felt bad for the people that they left behind at their new keep, as Elizabeth was just starting to teach them to read and write then the king ordered them to take off. Which was great for their sense of adventure but not so great for the people left behind!
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    Very Exciting

    Elizabeth Ruthven is being forced by the King to marry her clan's most hated enemy to try and create peace. She would rather die than give herself to such a monster. Lachlan Douglas is one of the King's bodyguards and as a reward he has been given lands and a title. The only problem is the family of the bride that comes with it. This is a difficult time in the kingdom when the witch hunters are powerful and anyone can accuse a neighbour just to get rid of them. Our characters have a dangerous and trouble filled journey ahead. Trust is nowhere to be found, and friends are few and far between. A very exciting adventure that is part of a series but can be read on it's own.
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    An Enjoyable Highland Romance

    “How did two people whose lives up to this point had been filled with trauma and pain find a way to each other when everything around them conspired against them?” This was an entertaining and surprisingly educational read! Set in the Scottish historical period of the witch trials, the story followed Elizabeth Ruthvel and Lachlan Douglas in an arranged marriage trope that hoped to end the feud that had been escalating between their clans for decades. “The hatred between their two families ran too deep for the fighting to end.” While I am always a fan of arranged marriage tropes (as I love to see how they learn to rely on one another and slowly fall in love) this one just wasn’t a very big hit for me. I enjoyed the slow burn between the characters as well as their unending loyalty to their families, but I just felt like something was missing from this. A special spark that would really capture my attention and have me eagerly awaiting to find out what happened next. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. Despite this, I did still enjoy the book. The characters were highly likeable and had a good growth over the period of the story. Elizabeth was a strong woman who had not been given freedom or experiences up until her arranged marriage, so I felt it hard to judge her actions too harshly. While they were not actions I would normally support or wish for in a character, I could not entirely fault her for them considering how her family had brought her up. Having lived a very sheltered, controlled life (except for her mother’s death) she had not had much exposure with complicated dating situations. This made the unrealistic and feeble decisions she made during certain events in the book, a bit hard to support. Despite this though, she was always loyal to Lachlan and for that she still had my vote! “Feeling alone was not a new sensation for her. She’d never really had a place where she belonged, even in her own clan. And still, the sensation cut deep. This was her new life now – a captive surrounded by her enemies.” Lachlan was by far the best character in this book. He was the epitome of good, noble and honourable. A guy who would certainly take the shirt off his back for you – yes please! His ripped physique was definitely a plus point in this book. Who doesn’t love a nice toned warrior that’s also incredibly sweet on the inside? His support of Elizabeth and unconventional opinions on women’s rights (for the time period) were also a tick in the pro column for me! “Your place is wherever you choose it to be…Life is short and often filled with difficulty. It is our dreams that make our lives worth living.” – Lachlan While most of this book was enjoyable, I would have liked for there to have been more down-time for the two main characters. It wasn’t that this story was written badly – not at all. I just didn’t connect as well to the characters because there were too many obstacles between their start and happily ever after. It felt like the characters were jumping from one obstacle to the next and never really hitting pause to get to know each other. By default, the reader didn’t get to connect with them a lot either, which was a shame. I would have liked to have seen more of Elizabeth and Lachlan getting to know each other (and his clan) before things went downhill. Additionally, the ending left me a little bummed. I wasn’t going to get what I had expected – but maybe that was for the best? Something new and fresh is generally better than cut and dry predictability, but I was looking forward to finally getting a chance to connect with the characters. The lack of this in the ending threw me off a bit. Despite everything, this was still an enjoyable read and I do intend to give the next book in the series a go!
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    Great Story

    Scotland 1592 An arranged marriage by decree of the King, Elizabeth Ruthvan could only feel sadness and fear. The man she was to marry was none other than Lachland Douglas, one of her clans sworn enemies. The King thought to bring a truce between their waring clans? This story was so enjoyable with the author's words that brought the characters alive and this period in history that was very stressful. They were killing people they thought were witches or warlochs and it was truly scary. With the feud between their families having began many years past, she was determined to not put it aside and try to be happy. Lachlan was one of the King's strongest warriors, but his life had been changed since his parents were murdered by the Ruthvens. But there was no way not to feel for him and Elizabeth, but how could she resist the handsome, brooding warrior who was determined to make her want him. Their journey is anything but easy. Filled with strong emotions, betrayal, trust issues and a romance that sparks off the pages.. Loved this book and I highly recommend!
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    medieval romance

    A very well writen story about two sworn enemies who are forced into a marriage they never wanted. As they began knowing each other better they fall hopelessly in love, but to have a happy marriage with the peace they want they have to work to end the tremendous rift that exists between their families once and for all. I adore how this couple feel in love, i truly did and i thought this book to be pretty entertaing the only thing i have to warn is that this is not totally a safe read, this had some REALLY hard to read moments that made me cry and totally broke my heart, it was not easy for me to go through the pages where these hard moments happens because i am pretty sensible with books that have descripitive tellings of horrible happenings in the story. Overall it was a good read with a romance that is more slow to happen, for the most part of the book they act more as friends starting to trust each other and when they see that they do can have a happy marriage if they started to be open with what they were feeling.
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