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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel by Sue-Ellen Welfonder


Title: Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel
Author: Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Series: Highland Warriors, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Forever
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The second book in the Highland Warriors trilogy, in which three heroes make a pact to insure that a rival clan doesn't take over their glen and cause destruction. At the same time, three women will plot to marry these heroes to help insure peace. In TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL, Kendrew Mackintosh's reputation precedes him: he wields an ax with deathly precision, strikes fear into his enemies, and lusts after beautiful women. But Kendrew has never met someone whose passion rivals his own-until an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that the vixen is Isobel Cameron, daughter of an enemy clansman. Their relationship is forbidden and Kendrew breaks away immediately. Isobel has her own scheme. She has lusted after Kendrew for some time and plans to draw the fierce warrior back into her arms. But in the darkness, villainous forces are at play—an enemy is determined to keep the two lovers apart, even if it means death.”
Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel is book two in the Highland Warriors series by Sue-Ellen Welfonder.

After been ordered by their King Robert III three different clans, the Mackintoshes, the Camerons and the MacDonalds are sharing the land of the Glen of Many Legends in peace. If they fail to maintain the peace they will be banished from their lands by king’s decree.
Each lord has a sister and between the women they make a pact.  They will marry with a Chieftain of a different clan to help maintain the good inter-clan relationships.

In book one (Sins of a Highland Devil) keeping her part in the deal Lady Catriona MacDonald married Lord James Cameron, affirming the peace relationship between the Macdonalds and the Camerons and in Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel is Lady Isabel Cameron’s turn to marry Kendrew Mackintosh.

Lady Isabel has been attracted to Kendrew since she can remember but the Lord barely knows she exists. Isabel takes advantage of this and infiltrates the Mid-Summer celebration in the Mackintosh’s Land, a celebration of excesses in honor to Odin, the Norse God. In this celebration Kendrew sees Isabel not knowing who she is and feels attracted to her, Kendrew thinks she is one of the women for a neighboring town that comes every year to participate in the indulgent celebration.
When Kendrew approaches Lady Isabel she sure knows what he wants, and even though she doesn’t have any experience in the matter she won’t say no to him. Kendrew is fascinated by Isabel and doesn’t think twice before taking her just to have the surprise of his life when he realizes she was not one of the neighboring town women, she was a virgin and not any virgin, but the sister of his “not too dear” neighbor, Lord James Cameron.
Kendrew’s reaction is to send her back immediately to her land, telling her she tricked him and he doesn’t want to know anything about her.
She does as he said, but now more than ever Isabel is determined to have him again and again and forever, not just because of the pact, but because she really wants to be with him.
With the passing of the days, for more than he tries Kendrew cannot stop thinking about Isabel, she has bewitched him, but the last thing he wants is to have a Lady by his side, his land is a harsh one, not good for any lady, he knows this better than anyone.

I really like Isabel and her determination, she was smart and witty and I love how she played Kendrew. Kendrew is a tough man with a soft side he doesn’t show in public. He is clever, resourceful and fun. I enjoyed their “courtship” is we could call it that. I was always thinking and expecting, “What are they going to do now”.

The secondary characters were also very entertaining; I loved Kendrew’s sister Marjory and her plotting behind her brother’s back. I also loved Kendrew’s captain of the guard, Grim; he was funny, kind and caring, a nice contrast with his brute exterior. I would love to learn more about him, maybe a little HEA for him too.

My final thought: Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel is a fun and sexy read. It’s not necessary to read the first book (I haven’t read it, don’t tell anyone) to read this one, it could be read as a stand-alone without problem.
There was a parallel story about ghost of dragons that really didn’t contribute much to the plot, also the bad guys motives were kind of unidentified. Maybe we’ll now more about them in Marjory Mackintosh and Andrew MacDonald’s book, Seduction of a Highland Warrior.

My Verdict: 4 Paws


Other books in the series
Sins of a Highland Devil
Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel
Seduction of a Highland Warrior (TBA)

Other reviews Goodreads


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