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Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

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Cover art: Seduced by a Highlander Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Seduced by a Highlander - 2nd in the Children Of The Mist series
Author: Paula Quinn
Publisher: Grand Central
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-55237-0
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: England and Scotland 1685
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Paula's Website/Blog: www.paulaquinn.com


Isobel Fergusson has hated the MacGregors ever since they killed her father and left her and her eldest brother to raise the rest of the children. At the time of her father’s death, Isobel was barely more than a child herself. After growing up too fast and trying to keep her hotheaded brother from getting in over his head, she’s wise beyond her years. So after spending time at the king’s court, she is ready to go before the blasted MacGregors arrive. She hopes to keep her brother’s head attached because she knows he will pick a fight with the MacGregors.

Tristan MacGregor is known as a rogue and a seducer of every woman he meets. So when he meets up with a young lady in the gardens, he is enchanted by her wholesomeness and her quick wit. It draws him to her as much as her beauty and while he manages to steal a kiss from the lass, he’d like to sample the rest of her as well. Little does he know that she’s one of the greatest enemies to his clan.

When Isobel and Tristan realize they are from feuding clans, Isobel is determined to forget him at all costs. But Tristan means to have her, no matter what. He won’t let things like feuds and threat of death stand in his way. He is determined to win her over and claim her as his own. Will she (and her siblings) allow him to gain any ground? Or will they all torment Tristan to his own demise?

Isobel is my kind of girl! She’s got a lot of grit and determination. She deeply mourns the untimely passing of her father and mother; yet, she puts on a smile and tries to make the best of the life she has been given. She works to make sure her siblings are disciplined, help out with the land and that they will have a better life. It’s not at all easy, but nothing will stop her. Isobel may not have received an education, but she’s sharp as a tack and her words are her greatest weapon. She’s the kind of person I’d like to have in my speed dial because you always know where you stand and that you’ll get a true answer from her.

Tristan has the heart of a knight in shining armor hidden in a body wrapped in plaid. He doesn’t really fit into his Highland family and home. He’d rather work out disagreements with words instead of battle-axes and swords. While he knows how to fight, he’s afraid of causing more deaths so he works hard to use his quick tongue to keep him from battle. He’s as determined as Isobel and the clash of wills makes for a heated and intense story. I was hoping they would burn as bright as a star in the sky while not burning out into nothingness.

I found this to be a charming Highland Historical because Tristan is so different from the typical sword-wielding hero. He’s still as true to his Highland roots as they come, but he has chosen a different path for his life. It was a delight to discover his blood runs as hot as the other heroes I’ve read about, but his behavior is just so unexpected. He always kept me on my toes. I found Seduced by a Highlander to be such a unique look at the Highland ways. I enjoyed the characters and look forward to reading more about them in the other books from this series.

Robyn

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