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Monday, February 21, 2011

Highland Heat by Mary Wine

Highland Heat by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (348 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

The rugged Scottish Highlands bred warrior men and women who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived.

Laird Quinton Cameron and an ostracized laird's daughter with nothing to lose work together to outwit an enemy to king and country, as the sparks of their mutual attraction burst into flames...

Yes! For a tale that begins in a convent, Highland Heat sweeps along with fierce passions for land, clan, and kin, not to mention the fiery passion that flares up between Dierde Chattan and Quinton Cameron that is as elemental, raw, and beautiful as the Scottish Highlands.

An irresistible wildness inside Dierde responds to the savageness, strength, and bluntness of Quinton, but staying with him will not bring honor to her father, which is something she feels she must do after dishonoring him by her past willful act. With her strong will, work ethic, guilt, determination, cunning, and capacity for love, Dierde is a powerful heroine that lures the reader into remarkable vicarious adventures—some scary, others rewarding, and some emotionally enlightening. But, best of all, the fierce, passionate love she brings to life scorches the pages of Highland Heat. It flares up and matches the onslaught of Quinton’s lust that he refuses to call love.

The powerful, wealthy Laird Quinton Cameron, Earl of Liddell, rides herd on the Scottish clans to keep them from fighting each other, hoping they can stand strong together against the English, but century-old habits of feuds and fighting among themselves just refuse to die. Even with demanding duties, Quinton thinks of the feisty hellion Dierde that matches him snarl for snarl and growl for growl by day then responds with unbridled passion as they make love in the dark Scottish night, only to wake up ready to stand her ground and do battle with him again.
Mary Wine’s description of Drumdeer, Quinton’s fortified, magnificent castle with the exquisite eagle tower makes the reader see and feel the opulence inside the stronghold.

Highland Heat is like a fine tapestry with Dierde and Quinton for the focus with muted patterns of political intrigues, cultural norms, religious beliefs, and the indomitable, beautiful Scottish Highlands making a spellbinding designs that lures the reader in and does not disappoint because it truly delivers the heat. The love scenes—hot and fierce—almost melt the pages together.

Each book in this Scottish Highland Trilogy stands alone. Highland Heat, the final one, is awesome and one to keep to read again and again. Details that intrigue, excite, and pull the reader into this time in Scottish history with characters that are breathtaking make this one a keeper.