Title: The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal
Author: Heather McCollum
Release Date: October 19, 2020
Length: 250 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
A lass begging to marry him might top the list of “oddest things to happen,” but Chief Adam Macquarie is desperate. And no matter how much he hates to do it, he’s not above lying to get what he wants. Starting with the fact that he just omitted the truth about the situation back at his home—where there are no women and only a handful of other people. Because he has a secret need for a wife himself, one she won’t be too happy about when she finds out.
Lark Montgomerie is thrilled the brawny chief agrees to save her from her drunken father’s machinations of wedding her off to the first fool that agrees. He’s easy on the eyes and no one can be worse than her current options. Now a new life awaits her, on an exciting Scottish isle no less, and nothing will dampen her spirits. That is, until she arrives in her new homeland and realizes more than a few things are amiss…
**** My Review ****
Sometimes the most beautiful things in life come from the most unexpected things we find somewhere along the way. Things that we do not even know we need, that we miss in our lives, in our life story. One such story is told by Heather McCollum in her novel The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal, as the first instalment of what looks to be a really nice series.
Quite by chance they meet each other, that lady in trouble, and her brave savior – the powerful Highlander. Unbeknownst to them, both are the perfect solution to the other’s problems, a blessed answer to their prayers. They move away from each other just to look for each other and find solace in each other. She, pressed by the difficult fate and the drunken father, he, pressed by the weight of the great responsibility towards the oath, stand next to each other and pledge themselves to each other, bonded by a holy union. Both of them with their secrets, in search of a peaceful life and a better tomorrow … And will there be a happy ending for them, once all the secrets are revealed and all the masks fall off? Will the feelings that awaken be enough to overcome the curse or will it be their end? Will fear succeed in quenching that passion that burns their bodies?
The story does not focus only on the romantic part, but has traces of betrayal, honor, the price of true friendship, the status of women …. many elements intertwined in this story is what makes it very interesting and attractive. It has a very well thought-out idea and premise, maybe not quite historically accurate, but definitely interesting enough to hold the readers’ attention until the very end. The narration is not bad, although parts of the story are somehow too messy and not given enough emphasis. The start was really excellent and captivating. On the other hand, I really would have liked a more detailed and elaborated explanation of the end chapters, they felt somehow rushed and abrupt. I would also love to have an epilogue, and maybe there will be glimpses of their story in the next installments of the series.
Lark and Adam are two characters who are simply so cute, brave and strong enough to overcome all obstacles and all prejudices. He is well portrayed as a worthy and noble man, with views that go beyond stereotypes and prejudices. Cruel and powerful, but gentle enough to be able to arouse the most tender feelings in your loved one. And the connection and the chemistry between them is absolutely sizzling. The supporting characters are well presented and contribute to the overall story to a great extent
Definitely, the stories of the powerful chiefs of the Scottish Highlands are my weakness. And no matter how much time passes, no matter how long and overloaded my TBR list is, I always find time for a story that brings the romance of the Highlands. If you are also interested in spending some time, reading about a sexy Highlanders, pirates, brave heroines, curses, betrayals….then you should definitely read this one.
****About the Author****
Heather McCollum is an award-winning, historical romance writer. With over twenty books published, she is an Amazon Best Seller and a Readers’ Choice winner.
The rugged beauty and rich history of Great Britain captivates Ms. McCollum each time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her stories since her very first book.
When she is not creating vivid characters and settings, she spends her time educating women on the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. She is a survivor and resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.