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Hero in the Highlands

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by Suzanne Enoch

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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


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?

“It’s time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch.”
—Lisa Kleypas

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/29/2016
Enoch (Some Like It Scot) produces another bold Highland fling in this stirring historical romance. Maj. Gabriel Forrester is enjoying the Duke of Wellington’s 1812 campaign near Salamanca in Spain when he receives the unexpected news that he is now the Duke of Lattimer, a title that comes with a 10,000-acre estate in Scotland. The estate was originally owned by Scottish lairds, and it’s been cursed ever since it was taken over by the hated English. He arrives to find the place run by black-eyed Scottish spitfire Fiona Blackstock, who despises all Englishmen. She predictably goes weak in the knees in Gabriel’s presence, disguising it by raging at his English arrogance—which is a cover for his own developing attraction to her. Gradually, they manage to overcome all the barriers that separate them. Enoch alternates Fiona’s spunky feminism with Gabriel’s down-to-earth pragmatism in this adventurous tale of sex and war, and Gabriel proves himself a dashing expert at both. With colorful secondary characters, judicious lashings of Scots dialect, and lush summertime Highland landscapes, Enoch creates a heady romantic atmosphere that’s sure to captivate the genre’s eager audience. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Oct.)
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"The latest from the ever-popular Enoch is steamy and bubbling with humor, a scrumptious tale to begin her No Ordinary Hero series." - Booklist Starred Review on Hero in the Highlands

"Enoch produces another bold Highland fling in this stirring historical romance...with colorful secondary characters, judicious lashings of Scots dialect, and lush summertime Highland landscapes, Enoch creates a heady romantic atmosphere that’s sure to captivate the genre’s eager audience." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review on Hero in the Highlands

"A thrilling and sexy story." - Kirkus Starred Review on Hero in the Highlands

"A romance not to be missed." - BookPage on Hero in the Highlands

"One of my very favorite authors." —Julia Quinn

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-08-22
A career soldier inherits a dukedom and a crumbling Scottish castle. When he travels there to confront the recalcitrant steward, he is unexpectedly captivated by both the place and the steward's sister.Maj. Gabriel Forrester finds out in the same breath that he is great-nephew to the Duke of Lattimer, that the duke has died, and that he, Gabriel, is the only living heir. He’s forced to leave the Spanish battlefield to sort out his unwanted inheritance, especially his estate in Scotland. When Gabriel reaches the estate, he finds that the steward went missing four years ago, and his fiery sister, Fiona Blackstock, is running things at Lattimer Castle. English soldiers are none too popular at Lattimer, but Gabriel is used to facing down enemies. “This is my first time being in hostile territory that I actually own,” he says. In addition to suspicious tenants and servants, Gabriel must unravel the reason Lattimer has failed to turn a profit in recent years. Is it the overly large household staff, all kinsmen hired by Fiona to save them from poverty? Is it the loyal Maxwell clan, who wants to sabotage Lattimer’s holdings so their own clan chief can buy the property for a good price? Gabriel has every reason to suspect Fiona of being sympathetic to the mischief-makers who have been stealing the estate’s sheep, damaging its irrigation equipment, and putting its flour mill out of commission. But he soon sees that Fiona will be loyal to anyone who puts the interests of the estate’s tenants first—even if that person is English. Enoch’s (Some Like it Scot, 2015, etc.) new No Ordinary Hero series promises to be compelling from beginning to end, if this first installment is any indication. A thrilling and sexy story about the joy that can be found in doing one’s duty.

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St. Martin's Press
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No Ordinary Hero Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Enoch grew up in Southern California, where she still balances her love for the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer and classic romantic comedies with her obsession for anything Star Wars. Given her love of food and comfy chairs, she may in fact be a Hobbit. She has written more than 35 romance novels, including traditional Regencies, Historical Romance, and contemporary Romantic Suspense. When she isn't working on her next book she is trying to learn to cook, and wishes she had an English accent. She is the bestselling author of The Scandalous Brides series, The Scandalous Highlandersseries, and One Hot Scot.

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Hero in the Highlands 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Thank you Suzanne for another colorfully written book. I look forward to all of your books!
gaele 12 months ago
I read and loved Some Like it Scot from this author, and hoped that I would find the same humor, befuddlement and intrigue in this new series starter. Fortunately, I found many of those beloved elements in this story, with two very different and occasionally difficult characters. Gabriel was wonderful: full of honor, good intentions and a truly stand up man, revered by his regiment and brother’s in arms. While he’s busy garnering victories in the war, he discovers that he has inherited a title and lands in Scotland, with no way to refuse the request. With several missives gone unanswered, he leaves the battlefields to travel to Scotland, looking to settle things with his steward and decide what to do. Fiona has been managing the Lattimore lands since her brother’s disappearance, and has little interest in cowtowing to some Sassenach interloper. She’s a bit rough around the edges, perhaps a bit too modern for her time: unmarried, free with her body and determined to drive her own life path. She’s admittedly treacherous and distrustful, more than a bit dishonest and her attitude slides from spoilt child to scheming courtesan in the blink of an eye. Dislikable heroines are often a death knell to a book, and the contrast between these two was marked, until bits of Fiona’s insecurities and history start to come forward. I never did come to love her, but I understood her AND Gabriel’s desires for her: his need to protect and care, to smooth the way and to assume his rightful place as she starts to see his bone-deep honorable streak. When the two band together to focus on the troubles plaguing the castle rather than their own sparks, their attraction sparks naturally and leads to plenty of unconsciously planned moments full of spark and heat. Humor also works its way through the story, and I would say that sticking with this story purely for Gabriel will bring plenty of rewards. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 4 months ago
One of the best books I have read in a while. The characters seemed very real...and had a great relationship. Good writing that didn't lapse and get over done with too many descriptors of the land. All aspects were well balanced.
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def618 6 months ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Suzanne Enoch is a wonderful author. I have read all her books, which are all keepers. Major Gabriel Forrester is a commoner fighting under Wellington's command in the British army. He is called to Wellington's tent to learn he is being sent back to England as a distant uncle has died and he is now the Duke of Lattimer. Upon returning to London, he immediately removes his younger sister from her job and installs her in his London mansion, planning to return to the army as soon as things are settled. He has also inherited 2 well run English estates and 1 large estate in the Highlands that appears to have a curse on it. Also, the steward has not sent the reports the solicitors required. Gabriel, and his aide-de-camp Adam Kelgrove, set off to discover what is happening with that estate. Expecting, Kieran Blackstock, they are surprised to find Fiona Blackstock, his sister who has been running the estate since her brother's supposed death. He is very attracted to her and her to him, but she denies it. Some of the Scots in the area are determined to run him off as they do not want an English lord and other reasons that I won’t reveal and ruin the story. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next one in this series.
DebDiem 10 months ago
Hero In The Highlands by Suzanne Enoch is a phenomenal read. Ms Enoch has provided readers with a well written book. I love the characters in this book, they are amazing! Fiona and Gabriel's story is loaded with action, drama, suspense, humor and spice. This fast paced book is a pleasure to read. I enjoyed Hero In The Highlands and can't wait to read more by Suzanne Enoch in the future. Hero In The Highlands is book 1 of the No Ordinary Hero Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I won a copy of this book from Goodreads.
sportochick 11 months ago
This is a unique historical romance with an uncommon hero that the reader will fall in love with. When I read the prologue I wasn't sure that I would like the book because it felt like it would be about military life more than a romance but boy was I surprised. I actually loved how the author took Major Gabriel Forrester from a lifetime military man to becoming a resistant Duke who was hated by clan Maxwell. The story was superbly written showing how hard it is to make adjustments from a military life you love and how many changes need to be made to open your mind and heart to another way of living your life that can be just as fulfilling. The reader is walked through the changes Gabriel goes through and how these changes effect Fiona and the clan. Fiona gives Gabriel a run for his money and eventually she learns to also open up and understand that things aren't always black and white in life. She goes about showing Gabriel how bad he is as a duke and then....well you will have to read the book. Let's just say it is exciting the merry chase they have with each other. This story introduces Gabriel's sister, Marjorie, who is a primary character in the next book to this series, My One True Highlander. Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy via Netgalley
astroyic 11 months ago
Loved it! Dazzling, Delicious and Delightful. This is a well crafted historical romance filled with humor, intrigue, conspiracy, war and wonderful sharp and sassy banter as well as charming romance. The stunningly beautiful detailed descriptive narrative, places the reader firmly in 1800's Scottish highlands. I felt it brought the story to life being surrounded by the sights, sounds and character of the breathtaking surroundings as well as the dialect. This story will take you away to a beautiful and historical rundown castle that has been plagued with mishaps and ghosts as well as a family curse. But most of all I immensely enjoyed the charming romance between the determined War hero Gabriel and the sharp and sassy witted, strong willed Fiona. Their relationship is fascinating and humorous as well as full of some delicious delights. I can't wait for the next in this series. Highly Recommended!! I received a ARC though Netgalley and I voluntarily agreed to post a honest review of my own thoughts of this story.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.75* Hero in the Highlands is a good start to an interesting new series. Gabriel Forrester a fears soldier is called away from his duty and told he is the last heir to a Dukedom of a relative he never knew or heard of. Gabriel has known nothing but war for the last twelve years, what's he supposed to do with all this unwanted titles and wealth. After meeting with his now lawyers he learns that he has two we'll run English estates and one Scottish estate with a curse on it that's run by someone who threatens harm instead of sending proof of the estates wellbeing. The soldier in Gabriel sees a battle that needs taken care of so he heads for the highlands. Upon arriving he meets Fiona Blackstock a fiery lass who sends him on a merry chase with lies and half truths. Fiona knows that Gabriel will not stay and she needs to be rid of him before he finds out all that's amiss. Slowly Fiona sees Gabriel for the kind hearted soldier and Gabriel she a woman who's strong and intelligent and he can't get her out of his mind. Terrible things keep happening and Gabriel and Fiona set out to get to the end of it. There's good suspense and twists and turns that kept me interested until the end. I have loved the books that I have read by Suzanne Enoch and I did enjoy this on but it's not on of my favorite. With that being said I am looking forward to the next book in the series "My One True Highlander".
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review* This is the first book in the "No Ordinary Hero" series by Suzanne Enoch and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I fell in love with Gabriel on the very first page when he rushes in to save his men at the Salamanca battlefield. I really loved how the author began this book. In other books, we learn that the hero was a soldier and fought at this battle or that battle, but this book begins by describing the battle at Salamanca that our hero is currently involved in. It shows how ingenious he is, what a great strategist he is -- and that he is nobody's fool. I loved it. I also loved how naive he is -- he actually still thinks he can go back to the battlefield after becoming a Duke. It took him a while to realize that wasn't going to happen. Fiona is great. She really wanted to dislike the Sassenach, but he grew on her really quickly. She is the steward of the land he has inherited in Scotland -- land which has been beset with problem after problem over the last four years. She loves the land and the people who live there and does all she can to see that they are cared for. Fiona and Gabriel have to work together to get the clan to see that Gabriel is good for the clan and to solve the mysteries associated with all of the mishaps the estate has had over the years. The ONLY thing more I'd want to see is an Epilogue or at least something about the wedding, etc. There was a 'sneak preview' of the next book in the series and I would think we'd learn a little more about what happened with them, but would like to see it in an Epilogue. The next book is about Marjorie - Gabriel's sister. I'd also like to know what happens with Kelgrove. Maybe he'll get his own book in the series.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was an okay read for me. I like the story as well as Gabriel, however Fiona was a bit over the top for me, I like a wild side this was just a bit too much. Gabriel is a soldier who inherits a Dukedom and when he goes there to learn what the issues are and find a new steward for the property. I like the banter as well as the story. Was an entertaining historical read.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'Hero in the Highlands' by Suzanne Enoch is book one in the "No Ordinary Hero' series. This is the story of Gabriel Forrester and Fiona Blackstock. Gabriel was a Major when he found out he had inherited a distant Uncle's Scottish Highlands title the Duke of Lattimer. Gabriel wasn't excited about it and felt to move forward and settle things fast. Gabriel did feel it would help his sister with a house of her own and being the sister of a Duke does add you up into higher society status. When heading to the Highlands home he runs into Fiona who is stuck in the mud with a cow. He quickly gets her out but finds she is upset that he did so. It seems she was trying to save the cow and now she would have to go back to get it. But that is just the start of them not seeing things the same way. The secondary characters where fun also! This was just a fun, enjoyable read that I had a hard time putting down. I love Ms. Enoch writing and this book did not disappoint! I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Hero In The Highlands is a well-crafted, emotionally charged, historical fiction romance. I became involved with the characters and cared about them, right from the start. The author’s ability to describe the Highlands and capture the essence of the Scottish people, their culture, and dialect, made this book come alive for me. Fearless war hero, Major Gabriel Forrester, was known as the Beast of Bussaco. He was also recognized for his loyalty and was honored by his soldiers. Gabriel thought that serving in the Crown’s Army was the only thing that he wanted to do in life. But, that was before, he met Fiona, a beautiful, fiery, Scottish lass, near Lattimer Castle. At first, Gabriel wanted nothing to do with his newly acquired title, Duke of Lattimer. He had no use for polite society and their extravagant lifestyle. Gabriel thrived instead, on the life-pumping, adrenaline rush that fighting in a bloody war battle gave him. But, the inherited title of Duke, was now his, whether he wanted it or not. So, Gabriel established a new plan. He was going to set his acquired estates in order, starting with Lattimer, and then return to the life he was accustomed to, in the Army. The condition of Lattimer Castle was deplorable and seemed to be more trouble than it was worth; yet, Gabriel couldn’t bring himself to leave it, or Fiona, Lattimer’s sassy steward. Although Fiona’s sharp tongue, was usually aimed at Gabriel, he still found the bold and flippant woman, irresistible. Fiona knew that she was in trouble when she started to think of the Duke as a hero, instead of an English devil, who needed to be booted back, to wherever he had come from. Gabriel was the only man, though, who ever listened and valued her opinion. Fiona knew that she should be hating and conspiring against the Sassenach, but, she couldn’t stop herself from falling in love with him. Hero In The Highlands is a delightful read, full of romance, witty banter, and well-developed characters. I loved Fiona’s kindness toward her tenants, and Gabriel’s willingness to do whatever was necessary to care for them. The book tugged at my heart and made me laugh. I loved every page of this humorous, well-written, and touching story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction romance. I look forward to reading more books written by this talented author. I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Hmmm…after reading some of the reviews mentioning that the heroine of this book might have lived by modern rather than historical morals I did some research and found that premarital relations were not unheard of in the highlands in the 1800’s. So, with that in mind… The prologue to the book was intense and made me feel as if I was with Gabriel on the battlefield. He was a warrior and leader of men expecting to end his life as a soldier. Suddenly apprised of the fact that a distant uncle died leaving him Duke of Lattimer saw his life change rather suddenly. Off he went to England with his aide-de-camp to assess what being a duke entailed, find out the state of his properties and visit his sister. Having determined that his two properties in England were fine but that there were issues with his holding in Scotland he headed there to find out what was what. Fiona Blackstock has been in charge of the Lattimer property since her brother disappeared and though she has done her best there have been problems. Having the new duke show up is not what she had hoped for and her goal is to get him to leave as quickly as possible…at least at first. She cares for the people and the land and wants only the best for them. Over time she begins to question her allegiance to the Duke of Dunncraigh over that to the people she is responsible for. Add into the mix her increasing respect for Gabriel and their physical interest in one another and it becomes an interesting situation. This was an entertaining book and if you can set aside the idea that a woman must be a virgin when she marries, a duke must marry someone of his own station and a few other things then this will definitely be a fun book for you to read. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.