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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great book

Great romance book. A lot of surprises and twists/turns. Great characters and a good plot.

posted by lisibear on April 9, 2012

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great history, Highland Special Ops team and a great romance.

Clarrisa was raised as a commodity rather than as a person. She has always known that her purpose in life is to help her family and their royal bloodline. It comes as no surprise when she is shipped off to Scotland to be the king’s brood mare. She has never been abl...
Clarrisa was raised as a commodity rather than as a person. She has always known that her purpose in life is to help her family and their royal bloodline. It comes as no surprise when she is shipped off to Scotland to be the king’s brood mare. She has never been able to make her own choices in life and when the opportunity comes up she grabs it. I loved her spirit, wit and courage. I also admired her ability to separate herself from her emotions and make the best of any situation she found herself in.

Broen is the young Laird of his clan. The Highlands are in troubled times and nobody knows whom to trust. Every decision he makes requires him to put the good of the clan before himself. This causes some issues when he becomes obsessed with Clarrisa, the most wanted woman in Scotland. Broen is a very typical Highlander hero, at least typical in the romance book version of one. :) He is tough, ruthless, loyal, mischievous and smokin’ hot. One thing kept striking me as odd, he regularly allowed Clarrisa to disrespect him in front of his clan. I wanted him to stand up to her and put her in her place. I liked when she showed spirit and stood up to him in private but it bothered me that he laughed off the public disrespect. It was a small issue and one that probably stems from me reading too many Highlander novels but every time it happened it rubbed me wrong.

From the very first chapter I knew this wasn’t going to be the typical Highlander romance novel. It has a dark overtone from the start. The relationship between Clarrisa and Broen is doomed to fail and they both know it. It becomes a question of grabbing happiness while they can or staying away from each other to spare themselves pain. If you enjoy a love story with many obstacles then this is a good choice. It seemed that every time they had even a glimmer of hope for happiness it would get brutally destroyed. I love stories like that and I really liked Clarrisa and Broen so I’m a little confused as to why I didn’t love this book.

I think it all comes down to me not being emotionally invested in the story. There were times when Clarrisa was in a horrible situation that should have been heart-wrenching but I never felt it. Somehow I always felt detached from her misery. If you have ever read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander you might know what I’m talking about. While I was reading Outlander there were times where I had to stop reading because I was crying so hard I couldn’t see the page. Highlander’s Prize has similar scenes but somehow I never felt it. I wanted that type of emotional investment in the book but never got it.

Highlander’s Prize is a very good book, I really enjoyed the ups and downs of the story even though it lacked the emotional connection I was hoping for.

posted by Streamer on April 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Not that good

    A lot more politics than romance. Only eight chapters about 200 pages. I didn't like it. Clarrisa, [ a bastard child of englands king] is smuggled into scotland to become a mistress to king james III. He wishes to have a child with her and have a bond with england. Laird Broen is chosen to abduct her from the king to prevent this. She is determined to make her own choices. She chooses to lose her virginity to Broen. Broen is promised in marriage to another. Daphne, Broen's bride to be decides to be mistress of her own fate also. To get out of marriage to Broen she sleeps with his overlord Norris! I can't believe everyones willing to lose their virginity so easily in this book. Feeling this is a choice they can make for themselves as independant women? What era was this written in? Daphne would never give herself to someone , ruining her chances for a good match. It wasn't believeable.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Good but,

    I was confused alot not the easiest to read but a good story line.

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    Posted May 5, 2012

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