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Friday, September 17, 2010

Highland Hellcat by Mary Wine

Highland Hellcat by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (341 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

He wants a wife he can control…

Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan’s loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her…

She has a spirit that can’t be tamed…

Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she’s been captured by a powerful laird and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands, far from her home.

When a rival laird’s interference nearly tears them apart, Connor discovers that a woman with a wild streak suits him much better than he’d ever imagined…

Each time I settle in to read a Mary Wine story, I know that I’m due to take a journey that is absolutely fantastic. Her characters are unforgettable, her detail to description is unmatched, and her stories remain with you long after the last page has been turned. Her newest story, Highland Hellcat, is no exception.

The moment I met the fiery yet devoted heroine, Brina, I was enraptured. She’s sassy, she’s smart, and she’s so loyal it’s almost a fault. It’s not until she meets the equally memorable hero, Connor, that she learns her loyalties are not as deep-seated as she once believed. They spar, they wrangle, and as the story progresses, they learn to appreciate one another for the traits that make them so compatible even as fate seems determined to keep them apart. It’s a captivating dynamic, one Ms. Wine is known for, and I enjoyed every single moment of it. Adding to this is the supporting cast, who are also equally well developed, as well as the plot which provides twist and turns near the conclusion that you won’t see coming.

The writing, as always, is fantastic, and the dialogue will make you wither and melt. I adored the chemistry between Brina and Connor and couldn’t wait for their passion and desire to consume them. The conflict and tension add depth to the work, but ultimately it’s their differences and similarities that make the story a must read. While a reader is always aware of the direction a story must take, Highland Hellcat does offer some surprises and intrigue.

I recommend Highland Hellcat to any and all historical fans, especially those with a love for a handsome, uncompromising Scot and a strong, unapologetic heroine. When you’re craving a historical romance with heat, passion, and characters you won’t soon forget, Mary Wine is an author you can trust to deliver.