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Friday, July 27, 2012

Historical Romance Review: Highland Avenger by Hannah Howell

I'm a huge fan of Hannah Howell's Highlanders, and with her latest novel, Highland Avenger, she doesn't disappoint!


Once, Arianna Murray Lucette believed she'd met the man she could always rely on. She was wrong. Now she is fleeing for her life, and when her enemies attack a ship bound for her only refuge, she believes all hope is lost. Until she awakens on Scotland's shore to a pair of the most entrancing blue eyes she has ever seen.
When Sir Brian MacFingal first spots the sun-streaked beauty on the beach, he mistakes her for dead. Soon, however, he discovers a woman more full of life and vitality than he ever dreamed possible. But though he knows he is fit to defend her life—even at risk of losing his own—can such a raw warrior as he ever be worthy of her love?

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ISBN: 978-1-4201-1879-7, Kensington Zebra Books

From the opening pages, Ms. Howell takes the reader on an adventure to remember. I first opened this book during one of my princesses gymnastics class, and gasped several times before I had to put it away because parents thought something was happening in the class... It was soooo good! 
Arianna is the type of heroine I truly admire. She's been through so much pain, humiliation and still she comes out on top, fighting for those she loves and for herself. 
Sir Brian is totally worthy of Arianna as well. Finding her injured on the beach, he doesn't ask any questions or second guess himself, he whisks her to safety. The man fights for a woman he barely knows because of honor and in doing so, slowly finds himself falling in love.
I loved the setting--the Highlands and era are given in vivid detail. I admit to being frustrated when the two just couldn't figure out how to be together, I wanted to jump into the book and shake some sense into them both--but who wouldn't when two characters are so obviously perfect for each other!? And yet another reason why Ms. Howell is a master at her craft.
The end was thoroughly satisfying and I highly recommend this book!

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