Title: Hard-Hearted Highlander (The Highland Grooms, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Julia London
Publisher: HQN Books, April 25, 2017
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
An indomitable governess…a brooding Highlander…a forbidden affair…
An ill-fated elopement cost English-born governess Bernadette Holly her reputation, her unsuitable lover and any chance of a future match. She has nothing left to fear—not even the bitter, dangerously handsome Scot due to marry her young charge. Naïve wallflower Avaline is terrified to wed Rabbie Mackenzie, but if he sends her home, she will be ruined. Bernadette’s solution: convince Rabbie to get Avaline to cry off…while ignoring her own traitorous attraction to him.
A forced engagement to an Englishwoman is a hard pill for any Scot to swallow. It’s even worse when the fiancée in question is a delicate, foolish young miss—unlike her spirited, quick-witted governess. Sparring with Bernadette brings passion and light back to Rabbie’s life after the failed Jacobite uprising. His clan’s future depends upon his match to another, but how can any Highlander forsake a love that stirs his heart and soul?
For all highlander lovers this is a terrific story. We have a naïve teenager, a worldly governess and a handsome highlander. The makings of a really satisfying read. Rabbie is still mourning his first love and is fighting a severe depression when he agrees to help his family and clan by marrying an English debutante who lives on the adjoining land. Avaline wants no part of the brooding, unlikable Rabbie but is being forced to marry. Bernadette at first dislikes Rabbie but eventually understands his despondency and falls madly in love with him. This is a triangle that seems totally without a happy outcome. That the author, Julia “fantastic” London, pulls off a HEA is because of her superb storytelling skill.
I guarantee you will like this one and come back for more from this author. All books in the series are connected by cameos of previous characters but can definitely standalone. Read them all, you’ll thank me.
The Highland Grooms Series:(Deet has reviewed all of these, search in the search box on the left column for the review)
- Wild wicked Scot
- Sinful Scottish Laird
- Hard-Hearted Highlander