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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Accidental Highland Hero by Terry Spear

The Accidental Highland Hero by Terry Spear
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (262 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Cholla

Lady Eilis Dunbarton’s life undergoes a drastic change with the death of her cousin, Agnes. Now she’s faced with the disagreeable prospect of marrying the man who was to be her cousin’s husband. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit—pretending to be her cousin. But if her husband-to-be discovers she’s not really Agnes, her life is forfeit. So what choice does Eilis have but to flee? When Laird James MacNeill’s clan rescues a half-drowned lass from the sea, there is speculation she is of the enemy clan, especially since she doesn’t remember her own name. James is immediately enticed with the lady, but his focus must remain on finding the proper bride. For if he does not wed soon, he must give up his holdings to one of his younger brothers. Focus slips away with each day Eilis is close, and James finds himself contemplating the thought of taking her to wife without knowing her true identity. But how dangerous would the end result be? And what will happen if Eilis’s husband-to-be comes looking for her only to find her in the arms of another man?

Playing make-believe is only fun when you’re a kid… and your life’s not at stake. Forced to take the place of her deceased cousin, Eilis is faced with a moral dilemma. Go through with the deceit and pretend she is her cousin? Or find a way to get out – at any cost? For her, the answer is obvious.

Free-spirited and intelligent, Eilis is not happy about having to pretend to be another. She’s too wrapped up in just being her. Despite the era in which she lives, she is very much her own person with her own thoughts and opinions, which was not the norm back then. However, she handles herself well. Much too often, a heroine of Eilis’ caliber comes off as snotty, spoiled, or just plain obnoxious. The author does a wonderful job of melding her free spirit with the constraints of society in the twelfth century.

James MacNeill, on the other hand, is everything you expect a Laird to be – and more. He’s tough, he’s smart, and he’s tough as nails. However, he balances it well with a great sense of humor and a true love of his people. When the mysterious Eilis is thrust upon his household, he approaches her with both caution and interest. And this mixture of restraint and undeniable attraction is what makes Eilis and James such an explosive couple. They both know that they should hold back and yet, they can’t. It’s classic and it works.

If you’re in the mood for a great historical novel full of laughs, plotting and adventure, then The Accidental Highland Hero is the book for you. Between the cast of amusing characters, the politics between clans, and the budding romance between washed up maiden and Laird of the castle, you will not have a chance to get bored!