Friday, July 22, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Seduced By Her Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham
Harlequin Historical July 26, 2011
286 pages by Michelle Willingham
BLURB ON BACK OF BOOK:
BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED
Alex MacKinloch is chief of his clan and, in these dark times of unrest, he has united his people. The void between him and his wife is proving a much harder challenge. When Alex discovers Laren has been keeping secrets from him, his thinly veiled frustration can no longer be contained.
The pleasures of the marital bed seem long forgotten to Laren. Yet her warrior husband is looking at her with increasingly hungry eyes... This powerful highlander has seduction on his mind and his wife in his sights!
Well, Can't say I enjoyed this book as much as the previous one in this series. The hero and heroine are married in this story, their distant cool marriage was touched on in the previous book. It didn't grab me then, it really didn't grab me much here.
Alex MacKinloch is the brother who was left behind during a war raid, and he assumed the mantle of chief, and all the responsibilities that come with it. Alex is certainly the embodiment of the Highland Warrior. Ruling over his clan yet he can't seem to communicate with his wife.
It is one of those stories that if the couple would just talk to each other, everything would be smoothed out. But misunderstandings abide. I can go with that if the characters and plot are riveting enough to keep interest going. But I found the heroine Laren not at all likeable. She never wanted to be the Chief's wife, but fate had other plans when Alex father was killed and his brothers taken captive.
Alex and Laren suffer a tragedy of their own, which I am sure is the reason Laren withdraws from life and the comfort of her husband. Instead, she hides in a cave and takes up a trade of glass blowing, which seems to take up all her time and passion to the exclusion of everything else.
It was refreshing to read a romance about a married couple and Alex is a fine hero indeed, it was the heroine who dragged the book down a bit for me. I didn't connect with her at all. She was lackluster and mired in grief. She wouldn't even look Alex in the eye when they spoke. It became tedious.
However, once the couple began to communicate verbally and physically, the book picked up a bit. Michelle has a real feel for Irish and Scottish clan life. The book open and closes with some rousing action scenes, which I do love in my Highland reads.
All in all, an okay read. Guess I was expecting more.
Looking forward to Cullen's story~
2.75 stars out of 4 for the book