The Highlander's Hope: A Contemporary Highland Romance (THE HUNT)by Cali MacKay
Iain can't believe his luck when he finds out the jewels are hidden away somewhere on his land-- and it doesn't hurt that the historian looking for them has curves to go
When Dr. Catriona Ross discovers clues to a long lost highland treasure, her only hope of finding the jewels is to obtain the help of Scotland's most eligible bachelor and playboy, Iain MacCraigh.
Iain can't believe his luck when he finds out the jewels are hidden away somewhere on his land-- and it doesn't hurt that the historian looking for them has curves to go with her smarts. With his brother betting the family fortune, this is the life line he desperately needs.
The odds are against them, and with word getting out about the jewels, they're not the only ones on the hunt. Time's running out, but can they learn to trust each other, or will they lose the jewels and true love in the process?
*This is Book One in the series.*
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The Highlander's Hope by Cali MacKay is the first in the series. This story was such a great read. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it but it definitely made me want to schedule a trip to Scotland. The story revolves around Cat who is on a treasure hunt, or exploration attempting to find this Hope Necklace that she believes is hidden somewhere on this estate in the Highlands of Scotland. In her desire to find this gem she has to deal with Iain who owns the property and soon uncovers the truth of Cat's mission. Cat is a doctor of Scottish History, but not to long ago her ex boyfriend James stole her last research and said it was all his. So now Cat is very cautious and afraid of anyone finding out about her evidence and what she's really looking fore in the Highlands. Then her ex shows up and to attempt to through his off Iain and Cat attempt to pretend that they are dating giving everyone, including James the impression that that is the reason for Cat's visit to The MacCraigh estate. While there is mystery, and treasure hunting there is also the treat of others trying to find the necklace too. All this is going on while Cat and Iain start to grow feelings for each other. Crazy things happen to these two while they hunt for the gems. This book had some great twists and turns that left me wondering what would happen next. I really enjoyed this romantic suspense novel and look forward to reading the others.
Reviewed by Maria Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Book provided by the author for review When historian Dr. Catriona ‘Cat’ Ross comes to the Scottish highlands in search of a legendary necklace, ‘The Highlander’s Hope’, lost in the mists of time, she, too, is in a race against time. Her treacherous ex-lover, an avid historian himself, is on her trail, hoping to beat her in the race to recovering the ‘Hope’, which would be a huge coup for her career. Or his, if he finds it first! But the ex has always been a bitter, self-interested man. Sworn off men and love, Cat’s only hope in finding the ‘Hope’ is to engage the help of Iain MacCraigh, scion of a prominent Scottish clan, in whose possession the precious necklace was last recorded. Iain is a playboy with a wild reputation, but seriously, that cuts no ice with this serious academician, Cat, whose sole aim is to get her hands on the ‘Highlander’s Hope’ and save it for posterity. She is an ice maiden, dedicated to her career and in total control of her emotions. The philandering womanizer that Iain is, he will not get within an inch of this woman and Cat will not, under any circumstances, allow herself to be distracted from her goal of recovering the ‘Hope’ by this silver-tongued charmer who thinks he’s ‘the gods’ ‘ gift to women—or will she? But Cat soon realizes that there is danger approaching from other directions too. Not only will her ex-lover stop at nothing to get to the necklace, Iain MacCraigh’s wayward younger brother wants it too. And he’s joined forces with Cat’s ex. So it becomes intriguing indeed, as Cat and Iain pitch themselves against her ex and his brother in the race to recover the treasure. Cat and Iain want to get to the loot, Cat for academic purposes and Iain because the treasure is worth a lot of material value. But the two of them have some scruples. The brother and ex on the other hand are dangerous guys who play dirty. Author Cali MacKay will keep you turning the pages to the end in order to find out the answer. Neither Iain nor Cat are looking for a relationship. Iain doesn’t want one because he’s a womanizer and Cat doesn’t want one because she has sworn off distracting love. So when they feel the spark of attraction, the conflict begins. As the pair search old paintings and letters for clues, explore the ruined side of Iain’s family home and explore a labyrinth of tunnels in the vicinity of the MacCraigh family home, the suspense heightens. Who will get to the ‘Hope’ first? And if they do (or don’t), what’s going to happen to the attraction which has surreptitiously crept up on Cat and Iain when they weren’t looking? I like the character of Iain, he’s rather cute. He adores Cat and treats her with great love and respect, after initially acting like a complete ‘arse’ as he says himself. One area which I find fraught with danger, for non-Scottish and non-Irish authors, who write Scottish and Irish heroes is that they tend to write them with broad, flat Irish/Scottish accents. I’m Irish myself and I’d rather read the hero speaking in plain English with a hint in the text every now and again about the infectious lilt in his tone. It’s probably just that I know what the accent sounds like whereas a US or Aussie reader wouldn’t. I know Scots English is a little different. If the hero says ‘dinnae fash yourself’ to an upset heroine, that’s okay. But the ubiquitous ‘ye’ all over the place is a bit of a pain. If the hero says ‘ye canna do that,’ well, okay, I can live that. ‘Ye’ goes well at the beginning of a sentence. But if he says ‘I can’t stop thinking about ye’, I’m like ‘oh, no, here we go.’ Could be just me, though. But overall, as a piece of Highland romantic suspense, I rate this story highly and I do recommend it to readers. Cali MacKay’s writing conjures up the Scottish Highlands in a wonderful way. And I enjoyed being with Cat and Iain on their way to working out their HEA. The suspense was pretty breathtaking at times. I enjoyed the chills and spills. Note: This is Book One in the The Highland Heart Series and was previously titled The Hunt. It is a complete novel that can stand alone and does not end on any cliffhangers.
Dr. Catriona Ross is a historian who has researched the Scottish highlands. She believes she has found out where to find the antique necklace known as the Highlander's Hope. She goes to the home of the MacCraigh clan who owns the property where she believes the necklace is hidden, however, she tells them she is researching the family history. The senior Mr. MacCraigh is thrilled that she wants to know more about the family's history so agrees to provide her with as much information as he can. He arranges for Catriona to talk to his son, Iain. Iain is a successful business man and playboy. He is not happy to help her or that she is there but eventually agrees to assist her with her research but they do not get along at all. Catriona has already had other research stolen by her ex boyfriend, James so she doesn't like to tell anyone much about what she is working on. James follows her and tries to find out what she has found out about the Highlander's Hope. She doesn't want James to know what she is looking for so pretends to be there to visit her boyfriend. She tells Iain about her problem with James and they decide to pretend to be a couple so that James will leave. James doesn't leave but Iain and Catriona do fall for each other and become an actual couple. MacKay did a good job on character development. I found Iain to be a kind, caring and intelligent man who came to accept his feelings for Catriona even though she was nothing like the other women he had dated. Catriona was intelligent and lived only for her work. She had a hard time accepting her feelings for Iain. Even the secondary characters where interesting. She gave us just enough information on Senior Mr. MacCraigh and James that we knew who they were but did not over power the main characters. I enjoyed The Highlander's Hope and really liked reading about a modern highlander for a change.
This story had a good plot, but I just couldn't get into it...story drug in places.
This book is an easy read because it immerses you into the story. Dr. Ross is on a search and finds something she is not looking for.