Listening to The Highlander just made me happy. I read a lot of erotica, however every once in a while I love to read a historical romance that is heavier on the actual romance than the physical act of love. The Highlander definitely fits the bill for a cleaner, sweeter yet still entertaining romance. The narration by Rosalind Ashford was wonderfully done with realistic accents and inflection that definitely aided in drawing the listener into the story. If you are a fan of sweetly sensual historical romance The Highlander is great story to dive into. Niall and Anna meet in an unusual manner after Niall stumbles upon her cottage badly injured and in need of shelter and rest. Anna, being alone and taken off guard wields a pitchfork in self defense and unwittingly impressed Niall even under duress.
Anna is an independent shepherdess with a secret past. While Niall is a highland warrior on a mission to return a missing noble Frenchwoman to the Highlands where she can be protected until her uncle can come for her. There aren't any secondary stories or subplots to distract from Anna and Niall's story; however I do hope Gunnolf gets his own story. Anytime I'm presented with a rough and tough Viking who has a hidden soft spot for dogs and puppies my interest is piqued. If you are a fan of historical romances The Highlander will surely please and leave you with a smile and a sigh.
**I received an audio copy in exchange for an honest review.**
Anna, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what’s a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest—but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!
Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his brother’s castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder—English or French—it does not matter.
Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder’s cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his brother requests of him—ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle—but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.
About Terry Spear
USA Today Bestseller, TERRY SPEAR writes urban fantasy and Highland medieval romance: hot wolves, jaguar shifters, medieval Highlanders and lots more. She also pens young adult paranormal romance. She has over fifty paranormal books to her name, earned Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of the Year, and has been featured in The International Wolf Magazine, Woman’s World and BGS Book Review Magazine. She creates award-winning teddy bears in the heart of Texas and gardens. She retired from USAR after rappelling, mountain climbing, learning water survival, qualifying with a number of firearms, survived the obstacle courses, leadership reaction courses and confidences courses – and knows if she can do it, her characters can overcome any obstacle she puts in their path.