An indomitable governess a brooding Highlander a forbidden affair
An ill-fated elopement cost English-born governess Bernadette Holly her reputation, her unsuitable lover and any chance of a future match. She has nothing left to fearnot even the bitter, dangerously handsome Scot due to marry her young charge. Naive wallflower Avaline is terrified to wed Rabbie Mackenzie, but if he sends her home, she will be ruined. Bernadette's solution: convince Rabbie to get Avaline to cry off while ignoring her own traitorous attraction to him.
A forced engagement to an Englishwoman is a hard pill for any Scot to swallow. It's even worse when the fiancée in question is a delicate, foolish young missunlike her spirited, quick-witted governess. Sparring with Bernadette brings passion and light back to Rabbie's life after the failed Jacobite uprising. His clan's future depends upon his match to another, but how can any Highlander forsake a love that stirs his heart and soul?
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Julia London is a NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel.
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Rabbie Mackenzie is mourning the loss of his fiancé when Bernadette Holly tells him to quit living in the past. Bernadette is a companion to Avaline Kent, an English lass that Rabbie is now betrothed to in order to secure his family’s lands. He is attracted to Bernadette but knows he has no choice in the matter. Avaline is a shy young woman who decides to show a little spunk. When she does, all hell breaks loose. I liked how loss and despair faced by both Bernadette and Rabbie made them stronger and they are able to love with a passion.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Rabbie is not a real likable guy, but considering his history, I can understand his behavior. But that changes as he gets to know Bernadette. Bernadette doesn't have much confidence in men after the way her uncle and father have treated her, but she starts to see a side of Rabbie that he doesn't show the others outside his family and she realizes that not all men are like the ones in her family. Once again, London gives me hours of enjoyable reading! I can't wait to read the next book in the series (I'm assuming there will be more as Rabbie's brother and sister were shown quite often in this story)!
Highland Grooms Book Three Bernadette Holly is along for the ride when her charge, Avaline, is sent to marry highlander Rabbie Mackenzie. Avaline is a naive girl who is afraid of everything and everyone, especially Rabbie. While the rest of his family tries to welcome Avaline and her family, Rabbie just cannot care enough to follow their lead. He is dead inside. Bernadette cannot stand the jerk who ignores her charge. She tries to encourage Avaline as much as possible, but she doesn't think much will come of the union. If you're looking for a Highland story with several surprising story twists, this is the book for you! Audio Review: Derek Perkins has the perfect tone for this story (series). His ability to work with several accents and characterizations is fantastic. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3.75* I've received an eARC in exchange for an honest review Hard-Hearted Highlander brings us the story of another one of Arran and Margot McKenzie’s sons, Rabbie McKenzie. To protect his family and re-gain lost lands, Rabbie agrees to marry an English girl, even though he doesn’t like English people (*cof* but loves his mother, who IS English *cof*). Rabbie is a character that has suffered a lot. With a past filled with loss, he spends a great part of the book sad and sorrowful, something his own nephews (children) notice. Rabbie lost his bride during the war between the Scots and the English (and this could have been a more explored, explaining a bit more what really happened to her), and he’s been… broken, let’s say, since then. And his parents think that this marriage might be, besides economically favourable, a way to help him heal and appreciate life again. But Rabbie doesn’t want the 17 year old English girl who is practically afraid of her own shadow. Now, Bernadette, her companion and lady’s maid, is much more interesting. Like Rabbie, Bernadette has also a painful background story that makes become afraid of what might happen when she and Rabbie start falling in love. I liked the way Rabbie and Bernadette heel each other, creating new happy bonds. Some things could have been improved, like the orphans being practically thrown at Bernadette by Rabbie, but besides some small details, it was a pleasant book, although a bit gloomier than the previous ones, but it kept the same quality.