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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: The Highlander's Woman by Monica Burns

The Highlander's Woman
(The Reckless Rockwoods #3)
by Monica Burns


WARNING: Book contains a proud Highlander unwilling to surrender his heart a second time, and a half-Scottish heroine who, like most Rockwoods, is up to the challenge of making her man realize she's The Highlander's Woman.

Julian MacTavish’s honor made him guard a friend’s secret. But his lies to keep that vow make it difficult to prove his faithfulness as a husband. When a terrible inferno scars Patience’s body and mind, she becomes a recluse, widening the divide between them. But it’s her lack of trust, not her disfigurement, which sends Julian home alone to Scotland convinced he’s lost her forever.

Forgiveness in the face of death comes easily to Patience MacTavish, but the thought of being a burden to her husband does not. When a twist of fate takes Julian’s sight from him, Patience returns home hoping to make amends for not having faith in him. Pity is the last thing Julian wants from anyone, especially his wife, and it’s his turn to question her sincerity. Now, Patience must convince her husband that she’s come home for no other reason than love, even if it means arranging a highlander’s seduction.

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Viviana's Review:

While this is book 3 in the “The Reckless Rockwoods” Series, it can be read as a standalone book. In fact, this is the first book in the series I’ve read… gasp, I know! I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about this series and after reading THE HIGHLANDER’S WOMAN, I want to go back and read book 1 & book 2!

I read this in one seating! I started at 11pm and finished at almost 3am! I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know how things would end! The hero, Julian, is this strong, passionate and loyal man who loves his wife dearly. The heroine, Patience is sassy, smart and loves her husband immensely. She also has a gift that some may find a bit daunting and may not know how to handle. Their love story is one that seems like a fairy tale and she knows it. They met and almost instantly, they both knew… they were meant for each other and things between them moved fast. So they are still learning one another! However, as the blurb says, due to keeping a vow to a friend, he can’t tell his wife the truth and he’s caught in lies! Basically, someone planted the seed of doubt in Patience and it was enough to drive a wedge between them. While Patience asks for time to figure things out, two separate, terrible accidents occur that leave both Julian and Patience damaged and needing to figure out how they will go on with their own lives and if they have room for the other.

Monica does a fantastic job of showing the reader the loving and caring relationship Julian and Patience have prior to circumstances driving them apart, the tragedies that further increases their separation and the journey they both take to try to find their way back to each other. There are a lot of emotions in this book; from laughter to tears of utter sadness. Some moments that were heartbreaking and others were you smiled because the bantering between husband and wife was endearing and pure enjoyment! While there may have been a moment of “please don’t let this be a predicable ‘if he would have just told her’” type of book, Monica proves to the reader that Julian is much too man of his word and circumstances are not as simple as they seem. There are a few twists that readers will not expect! This becomes a breath of fresh air and one that readers will thoroughly enjoy.

If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, after reading THE HIGHLANDER’S WOMAN, you’ll want to! And if you have read the previous books and need to catch up on the series before the next book is release, what are you waiting for? THE HIGHLANDER’S WOMAN is a beautifully written love story filled with characters you’ll fall for, beautifully written scenes and enough steaminess that perfectly heat up the pages!

Rating: 4.5 Stars - I Really Loved It!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Monica Burns in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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