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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (347 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern


Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tonged seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he's dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king's court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan's greatest enemies.


Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She's horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel's body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she's sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?

As a fan of Scottish historical romances, I was extremely excited to be given the opportunity to review Paula Quinn’s Seduced by a Highlander. To my delight, I soon discovered this was a book that had all of the fundamental elements of a sweeping romance, as well as a few surprises along the way.

I fell in love with the hero, Tristan MacGregor, from the start. You know he’s a man who is accustomed to women fawning over him, but from the moment he meets saucy Isobel Fergusson -- the daughter of his sworn enemy -- you learn there is far more to the man than meets the eye. As someone who has suffered an extreme and unforgettable loss, he also has a compassion for others that runs very deep. Due to this, Isobel fascinates him. She’s as proud as he is, equally complex, and though she denies it wants him as much as he wants her. The first few chapters establish this chemistry and, in a wonderfully paced story that focuses on romance versus sexual tension, I found myself unable to put the book down.

The secondary characters are equally complex and are also given proper time to shine. In some circumstances an abundance of characters can become confusing or take away from the story. Not so here. Instead you are given the opportunity to watch two families who have suffered start to grieve, accept, and heal. I loved the scenes with Isobel’s brother’s and Tristan, as well as scenes involving Tristan’s family when he reveals his love for his enemy, mends old wounds, and guides everyone toward a future that doesn’t include bitterness or resentment.

Seduced by a Highlander is a must read for historical romance fans, especially those with a love of Scottish heroes and unforgettable love stories. While there is plenty of angst, there is also a lot of heart. I was thoroughly engaged from start to finish and read the entire book in one sitting. That is rarity for me, especially when reading a full length novel. Once I was introduced to Tristan and Isobel, I couldn’t stop reading until I knew how things worked out for them. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series, and fully intend to purchase the first book which I somehow managed to miss. Seduced by a Highlander has established Paula Quinn as a must read author on my TBR list.