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Posted November 14, 2013
Any book with a highland setting has to take into account the st
Any book with a highland setting has to take into account the strong clan bonds and the sense of loyalty and honor to clan that is so inherent in the highland people. Mary Wine pays homage to that highland spirit in her latest book, How to Handle a Highlander, the third book in the Sutherland series. Wine not only does research into the costumes and customs of the times for her writing but she is skilled at understanding the highland way of life and the makeup of the people. These men were warriors and their women were strong and resilient. Wine brings readers a tale of love and betrayal and what it means to be family.
In How to Handle a Highlander Wine gives us a woman who is deeply devoted to her clan. Moira Frasier is willing to sacrifice her own happiness to see that her clan is protected and not thrust into a war, despite the fact that her heart belongs to Gahan Sutherland. She will marry an aging Laird with schemes of his own because her half brother who has nothing but contempt for her wishes it to be so. Moira is a woman after my own heart. She is strong and courageous and knows that the good of the many sometimes outweighs the good of the few. She is steadfast in her loyalty to the people she cares for and that includes Gahan. I liked the fact that Wine makes her beautiful, but capable of just about anything.
Gahan is also an interesting character who knows what he wants and how to get it, or so he thinks. He is thwarted at every turn as he tries to free Moira from a loveless marriage to man whose greed knows no bounds. Gahan understands that he is taking a huge risk in loving Moira Frasier but he isn't willing to give her up. I liked the fact that he was focused and didn't let anything stand in his way. He was resourceful and tried a good many things before he finds what works. He didn't give up and Wine knows that's how a true highlander would be. They are passionate people who love just as hard as they fight and Gahan proved that out in this book.
There is so much going on in this novel. There are schemes and plans on top of plans. Bari Frasier wants his half sister to marry Matherson so they can unite and destroy the Sutherland's in retribution for his sister Sandra's death. Matherson realizes that Gahan loves Moira and will stop at nothing to get her. His agenda is more about taking the Frasier lands. It's all a game of cat and mouse and who will win the final prize. It's like the three clans are in a struggle with each other and each one is focusing on a different one. When it all starts to shake out and it's apparent that war is looming, the pace of the book really ramps up giving the reader not only an excellent romance, but a great adventure as well. I enjoyed that part of Wine's book very much.
The romance between Gahan and Moira is very hard won. But I think readers will love all of the things these two must go through to get their happy ending. It makes every scene between them literally spark with anticipation. When they come together the chemistry is palpable even through the pages of a book. I think Wine places just the right amount of emphasis on the love scenes, creating a good balance between action and romance. This one is definitely hot. There are scenes that will curl your toes, but that's to be expected when you have passionate characters and life and death often hangs in the balance.
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Posted December 13, 2013
Posted December 4, 2013
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Co
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Among the clans of Scotland, duty and honor is paramount. When Moira Fraser is given in marriage to Achaius Matheson, a man almost three times her age. But instead of running for the highlands she does her duty to her half-brother Laird Bari Fraser and her clan. Moira feels she needs to make up for her evil and deranged half-sister Sandra who unsuccessfully poisoned the Laird of the Sutherland clan.
Gahan Sutherland is the bastard son of the Laird Lytge Sutherland and although Lytge has recognized Gahan publicly as his son he still gets criticized for being a bastard. When Gahan happens onto Achaius Matheson’s land he is immediately enthralled with bride-to-be Moira and unsuccessfully tries to dissuade her from doing her duty. His reasons however aren’t entirely selfish as he does so in an attempt to prevent a clan war. If Moira’s brother and the perspective husband unite in marriage, it could mean trouble for the Sutherland clan.
Deception and betrayal are two words that jump out at the reader in this tale, and it seems that everyone is playing a game of sorts. From Laird Achaius Matheson who wants to set up his wife, all the way down to the Sutherlands, whose soon to be revealed secret makes it even harder for any peace to be had between these clans. Among all this deception a love between Gahan and Moira sprouts that can not be denied by either party. How can this woman married to the scheming old laird be free to love Gahan? Will the Sutherland’s be able to expose Bari Fraser for the low-life he actually is? Oh, so many questions are answered when you read How to Handle a Highlander by Mary Wine.
How to Handle a Highlander is a fabulous chapter in Mary Wine’s Highlander series. So much emotion, so much guile along with the high romance between Gahan and Moira made this a book I could not put down until the very end. Mary Wine knows her stuff when it comes to her history and she never bores but makes the reader crave more. The mistrust between the Sutherland and the Fraser clans brought about such emotion, especially when so much of the mistrust is directed towards Moira, who because of her sibling’s deeds, has earned a bad reputation, unjustly or not. I could go on and on but then some secrets may slip and I don’t want that to happen. So just pick up your copy of Mary Wine’s How to Handle a Highlander and see for yourself.
Posted November 17, 2013
Posted November 18, 2013
Posted November 10, 2013
Best one yet!
Gahan was my kind of hero, a take charge kind of guy who took care of his woman; I'm glad to see the author is going to write Saer and Nareen's story next, the finale should be with Nareen's older brother Kael Grant, he deserves a story tooWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2013
Hot Guy in a Kilt! Strong Woman in a Bind!
Who could resist the history and romance of a Highlander Clan? Face it, there’ll be battles for sure, deceit, conniving, treachery, the handsome hero and the feisty heroine who share a forbidden love! What’s not to love? Moira knows her duty to her clan, her family and her half-brother. She will do anything for the safety of those in her clan even if it means being forced into marrying a decrepit old Laird who unbeknownst to her, has his own agenda in the quest for power and land. Enter hot and handsome Gahan Sutherland, the son of a Laird who nearly died at the hands of Moira’s evil half-sister. He arrives just in time to see the beautiful Moira and witness the humiliation she must face from her “betrothed.” In spite of her family ties, Gahan finds he is drawn to this young woman, but can he trust her? Moira never thought she could find a soul-deep love, until she saw Gahan. Will betrayals, revenge and her evil and demented family keep them apart or will love find a way with help from the young king?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Mary Wine’s How to Handle a Highlander is a standout in the historical romance genre! Her world feels historic, her men are manly, the women have grit, and the romantic tension is off the charts! The plot had enough twists to make a pretzel look like the shortest distance between two points!
Be honest, who doesn’t like a guy who can pull off wearing a kilt and still be swoon worthy while meeting his match in a woman half his size? Great entertainment, great reading, gotta love the Scots for good romance!
I received this ARC edition in exchange for my honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Posted November 6, 2013
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