Title: Sutherland’s Secret (A Highland Pride Novel, book#1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sharon Cullen
Publisher: Loveswept, Jan 19, 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Sutherland’s Secret kicks off a series that’s overflowing with mouthwatering Scottish warriors, captivating history, and forbidden desire. Terror reigns in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. As British troops obliterate the last traces of the Jacobite cause, Brice Sutherland, the Earl of Dornach, risks everything to arrange a covert escape route to Canada for his fellow Scots. But when he encounters a dying Englishwoman, hauntingly beautiful though scarred by manacles and unable to speak, Brice’s true courage is put to the test. Nothing but ruin could result from helping her, or worse: falling in love. The pampered daughter of a marquess, Eleanor Hirst was the talk of the London season when she wed the Earl of Glendale. Little did she know that his posting as an officer in Scotland would be their undoing. Now her husband is dead and Eleanor is a fugitive in a hostile country. Desperate for help, she throws herself on the mercy of Brice Sutherland, a handsome Scottish warrior who should be her enemy. Instead, he cares for her tenderly, reviving her shattered spirit—and awakening urges unlike any she’s ever known.
Eleanor has survived her abuse by the strength of her character and she falls in love with her rescuer, Brice. There are many reasons that Eleanor and Brice should not be together. She is English aristocracy and he is Scottish in troubled times between the countries. There is also the villainous officer Blackwood who is searching for her and who can bring chaos to Brice’s castle Dornach if Eleanor is discovered there.
Ms. Cullen has given us a beautiful story of an honorable man and the woman he comes to love. It is packed with action and adventure as well as romance and sensuality. Eleanor is a woman to be admired for her strength and courage and Brice for his altruistic endeavors on behalf of his displaced countrymen. I recommend this book to those who like their romances filled with action and hot Highlanders.