Monday, July 8, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: How to Forgive A Highlander by Michelle McLean

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How To Forgive A Highlander
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous 
Release Date: July 8th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
William MacGregor will lie, spy, and happily die to protect his clan from their greatest enemy. But when he kidnaps the wrong woman, he triggers the very events he’d been working so hard to prevent. And puts everyone in danger.
Rose Thatcher will do anything to protect her lady and return them both safely to English soil. But the damn Highlander who snatched her off the docks has done nothing but get in her way. She’d love to ditch the bastard, but if they want to save their respective loved ones, they are going to have to stay together.
Somewhere along the grueling journey to Scotland, their constant bickering turns into something more. Something worth fighting for. But how can an English lady’s maid, who longs for the safe, comfortable life she had in London, find love with a Highlander who can’t wait to wipe England’s dust off his feet? If they can’t defeat the enemy they accidentally led home, they might not live long enough to find out. 

Historical romances are not using my thing. I definitely prefer sports or contemporary romances; however, I am Outlander Trash, so whenever I see something about Highlanders it peeks my interest. This book wasn't bad, but I felt like I definitely did myself a disservice by starting on book four and not reading the other ones. You definitely can read this as a standalone, but I felt like I was missing some key details on things. I also felt like something was just missing in this book, and I couldn't figure out what that was.
The plot of this is what grabbed me, a Highlander kidnapping an English Maid because of a case of mistaken identity and they have to work together to defeat their common enemy? LOVE IT! Especially since you could feel the slow burning of attraction between them while they are pretending to be lovers while William is a spy. I loved this part, but I felt like we didn't get enough of that tension between them. It felt like there wasn't enough time to pass for them to really feel that connection. The pacing here just felt a little too fast.

Despite the look of this cover, this book really doesn't have that many steamy scenes. There is really only one sex scene in it towards the end of the book. It's not really that explicit either. At least to me it wasn't. Just a lot of tension and kisses between the two lovers. Which I did really love. I did love the kind of hate-to-love thing they had going on and how they just argue half the time. It made me laugh, because I love characters that can just infuriate each other. 

The subplot of Ramsay and the Highlanders fighting was interesting, but I felt like I didn't know what the heck was going on. It's explained somewhat, but I had to get the feeling that if I read the other books I might have understood the conflict a little better. I know book three is supposed to take place at the same time as this one, so there were some offhand comments that had me scratching my head because I didn't remember certain things being talked about. 

If you are looking for a HEA book and you like historical romance, I would recommend this one, but maybe read the other books first. 

*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley and the publisher Entangled publishing. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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