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Tempting the Highlander by Michele Sinclair


Cover art: Tempting the Highlander Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Tempting the Highlander - 4th in the McTiernays series
Author: Michele Sinclair
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN-13: 978-1-4201-0856-6
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1300s
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Michele's Website/Blog: www.michelesinclair.com

It is time for the next Laird Schellden and the current one has two daughters. That means he needs to figure out how to replace himself. There is a distant male relative who would be a possibility but definitely not his first choice. Because he wants more time to work on his options, he comes up with a temporary plan. This plan, though, gets pretty interesting - - both in its formation and the time involved.

Two of the soldiers from a family the Laird trusts are Craig and Crevan McTiernay. Craig was recently tested in his leadership skills by temporarily leading their own clan. It isn’t his passion but he did it because it was required. What most people don’t know though is that the only way he could do so was because Crevan was working behind the scenes. Crevan has the passion to lead but with a speech problem, he just doesn’t believe that is even a possibility for him. These twins are both incredible men but the Laird’s plan will bring them even closer.

How? This is where the plan gets interesting. The Laird has two daughters—Meriel and Raelynd. Laird Schellden announces that he has promised Meriel to Crevan and Raelynd to Craig. Meriel is more soft-spoken and very feminine, the daughter he considers a good match for the brother he considers to not be the leader. Raelynd is the tomboy. She can ride a horse with the best of them but is all woman. Definitely a match for the "stronger" brother—the one, in theory, to become the next Laird.

What he didn’t count on was the complication when the relative, Cyric, shows up. Nor did the Laird count on his daughters’ hearts getting involved. And then there is Rowena…

I am going to stop there with the plotline because I don’t want to give away how this plot is resolved. I will start though with a struggle I had with this story. Michele Sinclair has created a story that really needs, and benefits from, multiple characters. Each of them brings something really special to the story and has quite a bit of depth. The downside to that, however, is head-hopping was prevalent. Head-hopping is jumping from one point of view to another and in this case, sometimes to a third or a fourth. This made it difficult to really connect with the characters, almost like creating too many voices in your mind. Tempting the Highlander, I truly got a sense of countryside, the buildings, and simply the journey itself. I enjoyed each of the characters but a bit more control of how they wandered along the path they were on would have been beneficial.


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