The Highlander's Dangerous Temptation (Harlequin Historical Series #1162)

The Highlander's Dangerous Temptation (Harlequin Historical Series #1162)

by Terri Brisbin
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The Highlander's Dangerous Temptation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vibrant warm compassionate young girl falls in love with a whiny depressed middle aged man. Her father thinks she can do better. He's right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book. It's a different story line from the run-of-the-mill and I liked it. Read from NetGallery
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I love a good Scottish story. I guess it's because that's the only way I'll get there. I have read other stories by Teri and this one is equally good. This was a bit different as there were no battles between clans just y father and his daughter's choice of husbands. This was interesting as Athdar blacked out a trauma from his past. Isobel is furious that she wants to help and he refuses her help. Isobel finds the answer but it is up to Athdar  to man up. I liked this book. It is a quick read kind of story but doesn't leave anything out. There is lots of action to keep everyone satisfied. I will be looking for other books by this author. Enjoy!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Since a tragedy that happened in his youth, Laird Athdar MacCallum has vowed never to wed after his heart breaking loss of two wives and a betrothed. How much can one man take? His life is bereft with mishaps and nightmares of a past he cannot remember. Still, he is a strong leader with a conscience and his people’s trust is paramount to the leader. Enter Isobel Ruriksdottir, beautiful, intelligent and innocent, but attracted to the mystery of Athdar MacCallum. Athdar takes notice of the beauty of Isobel but attempts to put aside his attraction to her due to the fact that her father Rurik is not a fan of his combined with black cloud that seems to hover over him and all that he loves. Isobel will have no part of that however. This lady is determined to get what she wants, even if it puts her in danger. When Isobel sees the inner turmoil that her Athdar deals with, she must help him overcome his past so he can leave himself open to a brighter future even when outside forces exist that want Athdar’s downfall still after so many years. When she realizes that it’s not a black cloud that hovers, but revenge in the flesh that wants his downfall, Isobel will do what she must to save her love. Yet another great read by Terri Brisbin, The Highlander’s Dangerous Temptation is a whirlwind of mystery and romance. Both Athdar and Isobel are such likable characters with so much emotion to share. This time it’s the hero who is the stubborn one and the young Isobel who has the brains and the wherewithal to persevere. I truly enjoyed this book and always look forward to Terri Brisbin’s Scotttish Historicals, which are always keepers on my romance shelves.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good story. Athdar, the brother of Jocelyn MacLarie has been married two times both wives have died and then his next betrothed dies as well. He says he will never marry again. His sister has made it her mission to see him married and have a family. He becomes attracted to Isobel she is only 18 and he is 37 but she too is attracted to him. There are many twists and turns in this book which I found intriguing. Terri Brisbin is the champion at Highlander novels. JM
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Athdar is a man scarred by tragedy and afraid to let his guard down to love once again. That is until he realises that the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed perky Isobel is now of a marrying age. Of course he is thinking more on the lines of her being bedable, doable and scrumptiously lovable. It is such a shame that her father doesn't really like Athdar, which makes the lovely Isobel persona-non-toucha. Fortunately for him this female has her own mind, game plan and  strategy to get Athdar to notice her. She isn't exactly 'sin personified' as described in the blurb though. More like innocent nymphet fumbling around in the dark. The story had a good pace and I am glad to say it didn't suffer from any hyped up steamy scenes or cheesy dialogue, which is often the case with these type of stories. It also had the added bonus of a mystery on top of this historical romance. Overall it was good read that ticked all the boxes. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Highlander's Dangerous Temptation by Terri Brisbin Book Seven of the MacLeries series Publisher: Harlequin Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Cursed by past tragedies, notorious Highlander Laird Athdar MacCallum has devoted himself to leading his people - and has vowed never to marry again. Until he is utterly disarmed by the innocent beauty in the eyes of Isobel Ruriksdottir…. Isobel is drawn to the vulnerability she senses behind the fearsome facade of the clan chief. But with his formidable reputation, he is strictly forbidden. Being together can only lead them into danger, yet the temptation to risk all for their perilous passion is impossible to ignore. What I Liked: Two adult romance reads in a row! Go me, right? I'm on a roll with these adult books. Not that the Young Adult books are getting boring - they so are NOT - but it's refreshing to read something different, something... undiluted. No twisted romance plots or love triangles or anything like that. This story is no exception - in fact, it was quite different from what I was expecting. The romance did not follow the usual timeline that I have mapped out in my head, when reading historical romance novels (and romance novels in general). But that turned out to be a good thing! Most romance novels start in the same way. A male and female either meet each other, or already have met, and there is some immediate chemistry between the two of them. In this story, Athdar and Isobel know each other - or at least, they have met before, and their families know each other. Athdar is quite a few years older than Isobel, but Brisbin has a way of weaving the story so that it doesn't seem so strange. Remember, men and women did that all the time in history. Older men married young women.  Anyway, as it turns out, both of them are totally attracted to each other. And one character, Athdar's sister, seizes an opportunity to throw Athdar and Isobel together. Athdar's sister (Jocelyn), Isobel, and Isobel's mother travel to Athdar's keep, to get some herbs from the healer at Athdar's keep. More importantly, Jocelyn wants Isobel and Athdar to become better acquainted. Well, one thing leads to another, and suddenly, Athdar and Isobel are married. WOAH, right? That's at only 50% of the story! I couldn't believe it! Usually, in historical romance novels, the two protagonists don't get married until the end of the book, or close to the end. Well, halfway throughout this story, Athdar and Isobel get married.  The first part of the story deals with Isobel and Athdar falling in loves. Brisbin does a beautiful job of putting these two together, of making them fall in love, in a progressive but timely manner. Like, the relationship grows steadily, but as readers, we know time passes. That's nice. Then they get married. Then they adjust to being married - which is a tad bit funny, because both of them feel awkward, for one reason or the other. The final "big" part of the story deals with a condition that Athdar has. He blacks out at times, and doesn't remember this one event in his childhood - one event that changed everything, and affects his immediate future. Thus, we come to the climax. An interesting climax, especially when the two major plot lines merge. Isobel's father arrives, and Athdar's past catches up to him. Fret not, because the ending is still a great ending. But this book has an actual climax, with danger directed towards the male protagonist AND the female protagonist. Another interesting thing. I really enjoyed this story, you all. Not just because of its interesting differences, but because it was a genuinely great story! I love historical fiction, and ESPECIALLY medieval fiction, and I think that Brisbin did an excellent job with bringing across the medieval aspect of this story, without drowning readers in historical information or linguistics. All in all, a pretty awesome story! What I Did Not Like: The only thing that bothered me (and it really didn't bother me *too* much) was how Brisbin brought about Athdar's condition. I could see that she was trying to slip it in progressively, but I feel like the majority of the information about the condition was thrown at readers. Like, subtle hints were made throughout the story, but the condition itself was brought about quickly, sort of rushed, towards the end. The beginning is all about the chase, the challenge, the chemistry. But the remaining 35% (ish) dealt with Athdar's condition. To me, it could have been more spread out. It would have made the summary more believable - because the entire time, I was trying to figure out what the conflict would be, besides Isobel's father Rurik going crazy about his daughter staying alone at Athdar's keep. Would I Recommend It: I think yes! Yes, I would. If you're a fan of historical romance novels, then I definitely think you want to read this one! Don't miss it. And even if you're a fan of contemporary romance, this book is easy on the history and information dump. It's not bad, especially for people who don't like history or think that history is boring. This is a good read, for any romance fan! Rating: 4 stars. An enjoyable historical romance read! I really liked this book, and its unique plot, and fresh perspective on Highlanders. I really should go back and read the previous books in this series!