Wednesday, March 6, 2013

You Don’t Even Know Him!

Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel (Highland Warriors #2) by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Summary: The second book in the Highland Warriors trilogy, in which three heroes make a pact to insure that a rival clan doesn't take over their glen and cause destruction. At the same time, three women will plot to marry these heroes to help insure peace. 

In TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL, Kendrew Macintosh's reputation precedes him: he wields an ax with deathly precision, strikes fear into his enemies, and lusts after beautiful women. But Kendrew has never met someone whose passion rivals his own-until an unexpected encounter with a mysterious woman. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that the vixen is Isobel Cameron, daughter of an enemy clansman. Their relationship is forbidden and Kendrew breaks away immediately. Isobel has her own scheme. She has lusted after Kendrew for some time and plans to draw the fierce warrior back into her arms. But in the darkness, villainous forces are at play--an enemy is determined to keep the two lovers apart, even if it means death.

Review: A decent Highlander romance marred by the heroine’s insistence that the hero was perfect for her.

How in the hell can you decide that a man is perfect for you when you’ve only interacted with him a few times? I don’t get Isobel’s obsession with Kendrew. I get that he symbolizes her obsession with her Viking blood and the old gods, but what else? Why not just admire him instead of deciding you want to marry him. I understand that she wants to marry a man from one of the other two clans in the glen, but why not get to know Kendrew before deciding you want to marry him?

She goes to see Kendrew all alone at night, which is dangerous since I don’t think she could defend herself very well. Her brilliant plan fails when Kendrew finds out who she is. Then she manages to get him to attend every possible event so she can run into him. And she does. Their relationship is only physical. Kendrew just wishes Isobel would leave him alone, which I think is a smart thing to wish for. Isobel tricks Kendrew into becoming engaged to her, which is disgusting. He’s miserable, but magically changes her mind after seeing one small thing. It makes no sense.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that really enjoy Highlander romance with a bit of magic and mysticism. 

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