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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Historical Romance Review: Highland Hellcat, by Mary Wine

Mary Wine has done it again!  I was thrilled to read the second book in her Highlander series, Highland Hellcat.  If you'll recall, I did a review on To Conquer a Highlander in July this year and was very pleased with the book. 

Back Cover Blurb:

He wants a wife he can control…

Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan’s loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He’ll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her…
She has a spirit that can’t be tamed…

Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she’s been captured by a powerful laird and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands, far from her home.

When a rival laird’s interference nearly tears them apart, Connor discovers that a woman with a wild streak suits him much better than he’d ever imagined…

Product ISBN: 9781402237386

Price: $6.99
Publication Date: October 2010
My Review:

We first met Connor Lindsey in Ms. Wine's first book, TO CONQUER A HIGHLANDER, and from that moment, I was hoping he would have his own story!  Ms. Wine, did not disappoint!  As I found with the author's previous works, she has an amazing eye for detail.  Readers will find themselves completely immersed within the story, and fully able to visualize the characters, their clothes, their surroundings and what they are doing.  The historical facts she puts into the book are fascinating! 
Our heroine, Brina Chattan, is a bride of Christ.  And a feisty one too! Brina is FULL of personality, strength and spunk.  I liked her from the beginning.  She is passionate, but caring too.  I was unaware of how bride's of Christ work.  I just thought that the young girl would go to the abbey one day.  I had no idea how much went into her training, and how even the simple touch of a man on her hand---naughty Connor!---could garner such a reaction since she would be so unused to such things.

When we got to the bath section as well, I went into it thinking I already knew all about it from the first books vivid description of water flowing and heating through the castle, but I was wrong!  Ms. Wine, brought in ANOTHER way they heated their water and prepared baths.  I was mesmerized by this, as I often am when learning knew historical contraptions and machinations.

Now you may be wondering how Connor Lindsey, Laird of Clan Lindsey, is going to be romantically involved with a bride of Christ... Well, as any good Highlander does, he steals his bride!  But the difference between Connor and just any old Highlander, is not just that he's hot, and muscular and wears a kilt (sigh) but that he's got a way with words and a kind heart.  You'll have to read to find out!

As I said at the beginning of this post, well done Ms. Wine!  I enjoyed the characters, the story, the history, the romance.

I very much look forward to reading the next book in this series, HIGHLAND HEAT.

About the Author:

Mary Wine is a multipublished author in romantic suspense, fantasy, and Western romance; now her interest in historical reenactment and costuming has inspired her to turn her pen to historical romance.  She lives with her husband and sons in Southern California, where the whole family enjoys participating in historical reenactments.

Visit Mary Wine at http://www.marywine.com/

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