Sins of the Highlander Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2012
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What Rob had not realised when making his plan, is that Elspeth is a living breathing person, and her distress is his near undoing. As they journey together they start to become closer.
This started with real promise, but that did not last. I soon started to find that this story lacked any real substance. It didn't help that it contained one of my pet peeves, where either the H or h, are still in love with a dead partner. Here it was Rob's dead wife, and true to form the subject of "Rob's Fiona",reared to life constantly throughout the book. Even in the numerous sex scenes Rob's dead wife was brought up. This resulted in me never really being convinced of true love, certainly not from Rob. That being said there were some of the usual hallmarks of this authors hand in the very plentiful sex scenes. Although the story in general lacked her usual passion. All in all I was a little disapointed with this, it was only okay. I think I prefer her earlier work. The book is a collaboration between CM and another author and it shows IMO. Maybe for readers who have never read CM before this might not matter, but for those of us who are regular readers it was noticeable.
It felt as if the romance in this tale just happened as it's a romance novel, but I didn't feel the love, and I thought that the declarations came too soon. I didn't count the love scenes, but I did think that they were lukewarm and fewer than usual - and I did also think that they needed a few more baths before sex, after days and days on the road! Oh, and Mad Rob? Not mad enough, should have been Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know...
Overall, she's no longer an author I will buy, though I have pretty much all of her books on my Keeper shelf, but she seems to be available in my library, so I may just try out her next, due in Jul 2012, Lord Of Fire And Ice, a viking saga.
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Historical Romance - Jan. 1st, 2012
Mad Rob MacLaren's wife was kidnapped, tortured, and eventually died at the hands of the evil Lachlan Drummond. To exact revenge, Rob decided to kidnap Lachlan's bride straight from the altar. To his surprise, Elspeth Stewart is far more bewitching and dangerous than Rob expected. Can he resist the spirited and beautiful Elspeth?
This was a hot read! Elspeth and Rob's constant clashing barely hides their passionate longing for each other despite the bad start to the romance. Rob isn't mad. He's just angry and bitter. He can't let go of his wife's death. Elspeth is courageous and refuses to give into Rob. I like how she keeps plotting her escape until she learns of Rob's wife and decides to throw in her lot with Rob. The other part of this story that I liked is the unashamedly evil and villainous Lachlan. He's so cruel and vicious that it makes me really root for Rob. I wanted Rob to keep Elspeth far, far away from the evil guy!
Suspenseful and full of steamy love scenes, this Highlander romance will keep you up!
Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
Ms. Mason has written several books based on the Victorian and Medieval eras and she never accented her dialogue. This book takes place in Scotland and the dialogue is all spoken with a Scottish accent, which for me, was very hard to understand. Also, I found the book very hard to get into at first. The plot was different from Connie Mason's other works. The romantic parts were not Ms. Mason's usual writing style either. That's when I suspected the book was written by her writing partner, Mia Marlowe.
If Ms. Mason continues to collaborate with Ms. Marlowe, I hope the stories improve. It would be nice for the books to start being the ones Ms. Mason used to write by herself.
Elspeth Stewart wasn't terribly excited for her wedding day since she was meeting her groom for the first time at the alter. Yet she was resign to follow through with the marriage arranged by her father. In the middle of the ceremony, "Mad Rob" MacLaren swoops in to abduct the future bride as part of his plan for revenge against the groom. At first Elspeth fights with everything she has, but as the she learns the truth behind MacLaren's motives, she begins to see the goodness and honesty behind his frightening facade. Rob wanted nothing but revenge on Elspeth's groom, but after the time they've spent together, he realizes he may have abducted the greatest prize. With Elspeth's father and bridegroom fast on their trail, they may never have a chance to express their hearts' desire.
This novel takes off right at the gate. SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER does not take long at all to step into the drama, which I absolutely loved. There was never a dull moment and never a moment that will not truly enthrall you. It is a great cabin romance with most of drama focused on these two characters constantly on the run. It was dramatic, but the novel was also charmingly funny. Elspeth's abduction forces these two into humorous situations that are terribly entertaining to read about. Yet you can't be fooled that easily by the light-hearted aspects of this novel. SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER still provides a very compelling and emotional tale about redemption and forgiveness. It has all the classic aspects of the perfect historical romance.
Rob MacLaren is the ultimate highlander. Admittedly he is a bit of a sensitive highlander, but I loved that about him. He wasn't the typical brute, yet he was still fierce and courageous. His motives were always backed with good intentions, so it truly was hard to find a fault in his character. Elspeth was the perfect match for the mad highlander. She was the bright-eyed innocent, but she was fiercely intelligent. What I loved best about her character was the way she viewed those around her. She was a great judge of character and always kept her eyes open to what was transpiring around her, searching for the truth. With that, she exposed great amounts of courage.
Emotionally passionate is really the only way to describe the scenes between Elspeth and Rob. With the desperate situation unfolding around them, these two characters are treating their time together as if it may be the last and you would be hard pressed to find anything that isn't romantic about that. The transformation of their love is really quite a beautiful thing since Rob is coming to terms with his grief from the death of his wife and Elspeth contemplating losing her innocence. Elspeth truly becomes a remarkable character when you read her inner dialogue as she convinces herself Rob is something more to her. It was fascinating to read about her inner struggles to remain pure, yet struggling with her desires to consummate her love for Rob. That's when the underlying beauty of SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER really starts to stand out and what makes the characters so immensely important.
SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER is a great compilation by Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe. Their combined efforts are truly flawless with a prose that is practically perfect. It isn't overtly descriptive, but still charming and delightful. The dialogue is perhaps the one element that stands out the most. Ms Mason and Ms Marlowe give voice to their characters with an authentic flare of a highlander dialect. It was entertaining to read especially since it gave such depth to these witty personalities yet still invoked plenty of charm.
There is a very simple beauty to SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, one that historical romance fans should not miss out on. You have the dashing highlander, the sassy lady and a grand highland adventure. There is really nothing to complain about and everything to praise. Readers will love the compelling characters, with plenty of depth, whose dialogue is witty and constantly authentic. Of course, you will find it hard not to enjoy the enticing drama that never lets up for a moment. On top of all that is a sexy and passionate romance between two characters you will certainly grow to love. SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER is a classic example of why people like me still love to read historical romance.
Originally posted at The Romance Reviews
Sins of the Highlander was a touching story and an enjoyable read. `Mad' Rob makes for an emotionally moving character that tugged at my heartstrings, though his actual feelings weren't expressed as well as I hoped his journey was poignant. Rob was pretty darn hot too tenting that kilt of his all too often and his humor was wonderful. Elspeth was a strong and brave heroine with a deep rooted loyalty to those she cares for. Her gift of Sight adds a touch of the supernatural to the story though the author doesn't get too into detail with it. Rob and Elspeth relationship with each other built steadily with a few searing passionate moments between them and a collection of emotionally evoking scenes. What really captivated me was the quick and witty banter between Rob and Elspeth from the beginning, even during Elspeth's kidnapping.
Many secondary characters, some good and some bad, and a deplorable villain kept the plot moving along while the author masterfully builds and brings to life the world around them.