NEWLY MINTED LAIRD SEEKS WIFE, PREFERABLY HANDY AND RESOURCEFUL
Laird Diocail Gordon has just inherited his uncle's run down castle and rag-tag clan. He knows the sorry sight of the castle would send any woman running, but is determined to find a wife to help return his home to its former glory.
Widowed lady Jane Stanley is determined to return to England, even if she has to tromp through the Scottish Highlands on foot to get there. Her travels lead her straight into the midst of a troop of dangerous Highland warriors. The mysterious, brawny laird forbids his men to harm her, and the spark between them is immediate. The only way Diocail can keep her safe is to take her home with him, but will the miserable state of his clan douse her newly ignited Highland flame?
Highland Weddings Series:
Highland Spitfire (Book 1)
Highland Vixen (Book 2)
Highland Hellion (Book 3)
Highland Flame (Book 4)
Praise for Highland Spitfire:
"The Highlands come alive... An extremely realistic historical that will keep you glued to each page." Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, 5 stars
"Wine delights readers with... the heart of the history, atmosphere and traditions of the Highlands." RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
About the Author
Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5* Diocail Gordon new laird has a mess on his hands. The clan is a wreck. The castle is falling apart, literally. There is little food severed the tables and the men fight for what they are served. The old laird was a miser and lead with a iron fist and lorded his power over the clan. Diocail's closest retainers have decided he should marry to bring the clan together and take the household in hand. Jane Stafford now a widow and left to be excepted to pay off her husbands debts with her body. The innkeeper has kicked her out in only her smock and nothing else but she will not let that detour her. She will make it back to her fathers house in England even if she dies trying! Diocail and Jane meet when he saves her from a fate worse then death, their attraction is instant. Diocail takes Jane for her own safety but she will escape when she can she will not be anyone's property again. The more time they spend together the more they respect each other. Once back at the castle there is much to do and all,is not as it seems. Danger lurks in every corner and feelings grow stronger but trust is hard to gain. Misunderstandings and lack of trust may be the end their relationship before it even starts.
'Highland Flame' by Mary Wine is Book Four in The 'Highland Weddings' series. This is the story of Laird Diocail Gordon and Jane Stafford. I have read the other books in this series but feel this is easily a standalone book. Jane was forced into marriage someone how gambled and drank away everything they had. He was beaten to death for cheating someone and she was glad he was gone. One of the men that he owed money to tried to make her into his 'whore' but she would rather die walking from the Highlands back to her home in England. Diocail has taken over as Lair of a poorly run clan and a mistreated clan. Diocail is trying to do the best he can when he runs into Jane. Jane's goal was to get back home but Diocail takes her in and they start to build feelings for each other. This was another great story by Ms. Wine. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Highland Flame by Mary Wine Book Four of the Highland Weddings series Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: September 5, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Laird Diocail Gordon has just come into his title and inherited his father’s run down castle and rag-tag clan. He knows the sorry sight of the castle would send any woman running, but is determined to find a wife to help return his home to its former glory. Widow Jane Stafford is on a mission—return to England even if it means trudging through the Scottish Highlands on foot. Her travels lead her straight to the path of danger until a mysterious, brawny man comes out of nowhere and saves her—and the spark between them is immediate. With a target on Jane’s back, she knows the only way to stay safe is to go with Diocail. But the real trouble will be guarding her heart from her newly ignited Highland flame… What I Liked: As soon as Diocail showed up in this series (which, if I remember correctly, was during Highland Hellion), I knew I wanted to see more of him and his story. He was the perfect combination of stern, authoritative leader and fair, good man. Reading this book was a delight and I was so happy to see him get a happy ending that suited him. In the previous book, Diocail inherited the title as chief of the Gordon clan. He has returned to the castle, which is in a disarray. It needs repairs and a good semblance of order, especially with the clan unsure of Diocail's leadership. The last thing Diocail needs is an English widow crossing his lands wearing nothing but a shift. Jane Stanley's husband has died, and his gambling deaths have cost her. She was fleeing to England to return to her father's household, and she was not faring well when the Gordons find her. Diocail promises her that she will not be harmed by anyone in the clan, and he shows her much more kindness than she expected of anyone. Relying on Diocail becomes easy... as does falling in love with him. I just want to gush about Diocail, is that bad? He's such a good man, possibly one of my favorite HR heroes. He's so honorable and sweet, yet commanding and unyielding. It's an irresistible combination, and it works so well with this character. I adored him since "meeting" him earlier in the series, and I adored him even more in this book. He is so patient and kind with Jane, and yet he goes after what he wants. He is stubborn and proud, and sometimes those traits get him into a little trouble with Jane, but she loves those parts of him. Jane is a tough heroine, which is no less expected given how feisty the other heroines are, in the previous books. With her husband dead and no belongings, she has nothing to lose. She doesn't like depending on the kindness of Diocail, though she is grateful for it. I love that she was more than willing to help the Gordon men, whether it came to mending shirts, or owning up to a mistake that would have cost Diocail all of the hard work he had done to make the clan more unified. Jane is a good match for Diocail, and Diocail is a good match for her. The two of them are so fiery together! There is a lot of chemistry between them. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)