Book Review

‘Hard-Hearted Highlander’ by Julia London

hhh jlSTORY: 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. Naive 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 fiancee 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?

REVIEW: After finishing this third book in this series I’ve concluded that the stories are not getting any better. I’m really flummoxed about it. I mean, the writing is not bad, so what the heck is going on here? Why am I not on board with these characters?

As an avid reader of romance and especially a fan of men in kilts in Scotland, I expected to like this series and its characters, but so far, no go. Once more the author is very eloquent in her description of the setting, in this case the Highlands after Scots slaughter by the English at Culloden. And while I liked the broken down, moody hero, Rabbie MacKenzie, I really didn’t like Bernadette, the heroine. Their behavior just didn’t suit the hero and a heroine of a romance novel.

So what does one do if an author gives you a well written, beautifully descriptive story with characters you abhor? I guess one must persevere and hope that the last book in this series will be all one expects from this author.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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