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Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: Knight in Highland Armor by Amy Jarecki


Title: Knight in Highland Armor
Author: Amy Jarecki
Series: Highland Dynasty, book 1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Rapture Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son whilst penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love—the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield.

Feisty, quick tongued and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the king…until she discovers what news he brings. In a sennight, she will wed the notorious Black Knight—her life is about to end.

Tension builds during the wedding and deteriorates from there…until an accident draws them together. Just when their love begins to blossom, a dire request arrives from the Pope. Colin must join the Crusades at once.

Their fragile love is forced to withstand the seductions of hell—Margaret tempted by a scoundrel laird—Colin courted by Satan himself. Aye, the war for Christendom could very well ruin their dreams forever.
Knight in Highland Armor is the first book in the Highland Dynasty series by Amy Jarecki.

Lord Colin Campbell is devastated by the death of his loving wife at childbirth. Now, he’s the father of a strong boy and with the Pope’s summons to join the Crusaders again awaiting him, he knows he needs to find a mother for his child before leaving for the third time to fight against the Ottomans.
Without prospects in hand, he writes to the king requesting a wife and stepmother for his child. After the pain of losing his wife he doesn’t want to fall in love again. He doesn’t care who the king chooses; he only needs a mother for his child.
Margaret Robison has dreamt all her life of the perfect husband; a sweet, caring man to love and share her years.
She’s static when the King summons arrived, she believes she will marry a man she met previously in court, but soon after, to her great despair, she realizes she is to marry Lord Colin Campbell, the infamous Black Knight.
Colin was expecting a matronly widow as a wife, instead he got a young, beautiful, vivacious woman. Only a month has passed since the death of his beloved wife and the last thing he wants is to feel attracted to another woman, for that reason he treats his new wife with disdain and keeps his distance from her.
Margaret is unhappy with her match, but she understands Colin is grieving for his deceased wife. She also knows time and patience will help her and she is willing to do anything in her power to gain the affection of her husband.
Colin has done his best to keep away from Margaret, but her determination and loving nature is slowing crumbling his walls. Unfortunately, when they finally realized they are perfect for each other, the Pope’s summons comes again and this time Colin can’t postpone it anymore. Leaving his new wife and child behind, Colin embarks in his third crusade, not knowing if he will come back to them.

Knight in Highland Armor is not your usual historical romance, in this story the characters’ love is tested throughout the years with distance and silence, and only their strength and commitment to each other will make them overcome their trial.

One of the things I like the most about Amy Jarecki’s books is that she gives life to real characters. In this case are Colin Campbell, the first Lord of Glenorchy and his third wife, Margaret Robinson.

Jarecki does an excellent job with Colin. His pain at losing his wife is very real and his turmoil at feel attracted to another woman so soon after was easily feel and understandable. That it made him act like a brute was almost forgivable thanks to his inner dialogue and his inner torment. Luckily, it doesn’t take too long for him to realize his mistake and to start to make amends.

Margaret is a character that shines since the first page. She is full of life, determination and strength. I loved that she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and she knows to appreciate the people that surrounds her and how to gain their alliance.
She is smart, funny, loving, caring and all around a perfect heroine.

Jarecki created an array of secondary characters that enrich the story, from Colin’s nephew, Argyll, whom I hope will be the hero in one of the following books, to the well-fleshed and easily hate villain, Ewen MacCorkodale. They all made of Knight in Highland Armor an even more enjoyable read.

I really liked that Jarecki expanded the setting and the story with the crusades, showing the fight against the Ottomans and especially with Mehmet II, who is one of my most admired strategist of all time.

I love Amy Jarecki’s historical romances and Knight in Highland Armor was not an exception. I can’t wait to read next book in the series, A Highland Knight’s Desire, to be release on March.

If you like historical romances this is a book you need to read, especially if you like your Scottish romances with swoon worthy heroes and admirable heroines.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Knight in Highland Armor
A Highland Knight’s Desire

Other reviews Goodreads


9 comments:

  1. I wish that more authors wrote Historical Romances within the paranormal genre because I enjoy many of the aspects, but am still reluctant to branch out. It's wonderful that Amy Jarecki broke out of the traditional mold, although I'll take Scotts any way I can get 'em. Happy Friday!!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. I LOVE Scottish historical, Carmel!

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    2. You are right, there are not many historical romance within the paranormal genre. Maybe someday you will be ok with branching out and when that day comes remember of this author. ;)

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  2. Thank you for hosting me today and taking the time to review Knight in Highland Armor! I know it breaks the mold a bit because it's based on legend. Love your blog!

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    1. It was my pleasure. Thank you very much for visiting.

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  3. I'm with Carmel, I very rarely read straight up histrom but I'd read it if there's paranormal elements to it. However I've always had a soft spot for men in kilts so...

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    1. Who doesn't have a soft spot for men in kilts...? *swoon*

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