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373 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published October 27, 2015
Hugh McCallum has kidnapped the wrong bride. When Lady Riona is awaken in the middle of the night by a Scot that has found his way into the room, the last thing she expected was to be swept away out of her home and into the highlands. Hugh claims that she is his promised wife, due to a contract between their families to ensure peace among their clans, a contract her "father" was refusing to honor. Riona is lived with the highlander that doesn't seem to get it, or refuse to acknowledge the fact that this is all just a case of mistaken identity, but as she grows to understand Hugh - the contract is not the only thing that ends up in jeopardy.
Thoroughly enjoyed Callen's step into the Scottish world. Hugh and Riona were such a wonderful pair to follow through the book and as I watched the two fall in love, something wonderful settled within my heart. It wasn't easy for Hugh and he had some persuading to do, but their interaction was fun and amusing at times. I liked the little twist and a sort of mystery that Callen throws into the book about Hugh, the little boy and Hugh's father. I found Hugh admirable and not at all the brute Riona thought him to be at first. He took the fact that he had an arranged marriage in stride, even if it took him years to get used to the idea. Riona on the other hand, needed some convincing, but watching the attachment towards Hugh grow, gave me all sorts of warm butterflies.
Hugh had never told a woman he loved her before, but he didn't think abject sobbing was the right response. "Riona?"
The story was well done and I found myself enjoying it. I loved Maggie, Hugh's sister and can't wait to see what is in store for her in the next book, especially with the kind of curve ball Callen had tossed at us, setting up book 2 perfectly.
"So ye have to work that hard to win her?" Maggie prodded. "She didn't swoon at the sight of your fine face?"
The only thing I wished was that the part of Hugh and Riona travelling to the Highlands were cut shorter, it took up a good part of the book.
I also wished a bit that Hugh would have stood up for himself instead of living in the shadow of the events his father had created. Since the man was long dead, I didn't see a reason for him to continue living with the lie.
I kept waiting for something to transpire between Hugh and Dermot, the book felt like it was setting up for that, but in the end it never went anywhere and was a bit disappointing.
Overall, for her first Highlander book I thought Callen did a great job. I really liked Maggie and so looking forward to her own book.
This review was originally posted on Night Owl Book Café