Wednesday, March 18, 2015

REVIEW: HIGHLAND GUARD by HANNAH HOWELL


TITLE: HIGHLAND GUARD
SERIES: MURRAY FAMILY
AUTHOR: HANNAH HOWELL
PUBLISHER:  ZEBRA
PUBLISHED: MARCH 3, 2015
SOURCE: NETGALLEY

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New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell brings back the daring Murray family in a brand-new tale of dangerous love rekindled. . .


Lady Annys MacQueen has no other choice. The deception that enabled her to keep her lands safe is on the verge of being revealed by a cruel kinsman. To shield her young son from the sword and her people from devastation, she must turn to the one man she could never forget. . .


He lives for duty and honor. So the only way Sir Harcourt Murray could repay the laird who saved his life was to agree to father a child with Sir MacQueen's wife. . .Lady Annys. Now the passion he still feels for the lovely strong-willed widow is as all-consuming and perilous as securing her lands. But to convince her that his love is forever real means confronting her most wrenching fears--and putting everything they treasure most at stake



I should have written this review before now, but for some reason I could not find the words to write and so it was placed on the back burner. Well, as you can see I have finally gotten around to it. So here goes nothing.

My experience with this author is somewhat limited, only having read one of her books prior to this.  With that said I have to admit that I did not enjoy it as much as I was hoping for.  The plot is good, but the story left me feeling as if something was missing. It did not engage my emotions as I was expecting. It left me with an empty feeling. My issue with this book was the language.  I had a hard time trying to figure out what was being said, which made it a difficult read.

Highland Guard is book #20 in the Murray family series.  In this installment we meet Sir Harcourt Murray and Lady Annys Mcqueen.  Lady Annys has recently lost her husband and is facing opposition from her in laws. In a bid to protect her son’s legacy she requested the assistance of Sir Harcourt Murray.  These two had a history and with it came a secret that she could not afford her late husband’s family to discover. The discovery could lead to her son losing his legacy.  Annys and Harcourt care deeply for each other, however, there are obstacles standing in their way of being together. Will they be able to move past these barriers?  Will Harcourt walk away like he did five years ago or will he stay and fight for the woman he loves?

What I liked most about this story is the way in which the people of Glencullaich worked together to protect their land. These are people who have little or no fighting experience, but are willing to learn to defend what is rightfully theirs.

There were some characters that I loved and some I just could not find myself being drawn to. My favorite, however, is Benet, Lady Annys’ son. I loved his pets as well. They brought some humour to the story.

Highland Guard is a story of love and the sacrifices made as a result. It depicts how dangerous greed and the love for power can be.  It can lead to self-destruction. Overall, I found this to an ok read. It was not my favorite, but I will recommend for readers who enjoy reading about the Scottish highlands.





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