The Highlander's Bride (Highland Trouble #1)
by Amanda Forester
Coming September 1, 2015
After years of fighting in France, Sir Gavin Patrick longs for his Scottish home and for an easier life off the battlefield. However, laden with a shipment of orphans, a massive treasure to transport, and Lady Marie Colette—a sharp-tongued French heiress—Gavin realizes that the real battle is only beginning. Colette expects a painless trip as Gavin transports her to her Highland fiancé, but their relationship takes an unexpected turn…
Forced to pose as a married couple in order to sneak out of France, Gavin and Colette fight against their developing, forbidden attraction…all the while yearning to fulfill their pent-up desire.
Confession time... The Highlander's Bride was my first experience with historical romance (unless you count paranormal with centuries old vampires). Quite honestly, I'm not sure what was holding me back from giving historical a try but I'm so glad I did!
Obviously I have nothing to compare The Highlander's Bride to when it comes to the historical factor but it definitely sucked me in and I couldn't put it down until Gavin and Colette got their HEA. The writing did take a little while to get used to and some of the words had me breaking out the dictionary but once I got past my initial awkwardness I absolutely loved this one.
While Gavin is fighting on the battlefield he rescues a man who then invites him to dinner as a thank you to Gavin for saving his life. It is at this dinner that he meets Colette and is instantly enamored by her beauty. After dinner, Colette's father presents her to Gavin and they both assume that he's offering her as Gavin's bride as a thank you for saving his life... Only that's not exactly what her father had in mind.
Colette doesn't want to leave her home and people in France but as the only daughter of the duc de Bergerac it's her duty to marry off to help her father. Their journey to the Highland's to Colette's fiancee (who isn't Gavin) definitely starts off rocky and leaves Gavin and Colette thinking the worst of each other but when push comes to shove they realize that they underestimated each other.
I absolutely loved both Colette and Gavin. Colette was raised to present herself a certain way but Gavin manages to push past all her defenses and see the real Colette behind the perfect facade. Oh Gavin... If I found a Highlander like Gavin I would never let him go. He's protective with a huge heart and isn't afraid to fight for what he wants... Absolutely perfect!
These two, along with their traveling companions, definitely face some obstacles along the way and for a while there I didn't know how they were going to make it. Between thieves trying to steal Colette's dowry, picking up a few orphans along the way, the English invading towns and trying to find Colette in the process, and the storm that nobody thought they'd survive, I was definitely on the edge of my seat wondering how everything was going to work out.
The Highlander's Bride was a great read with a perfect, slow-building forbidden romance and I couldn't be happier with my intro in historical romance. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of The Highlander's Bride through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.