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Highland Brides #8

Hunting for a Highlander

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Four Buchanan brothers have found their brides…only three more to go in this scintillating romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Lady Dwyn Innes feels utterly out of place among the eligible women who've descended on Buchanan Keep, vying for the attention of the last unmarried brothers. She isn't long-legged and slender like her sisters, or flirtatious and wily like other lasses. Since her betrothed died, Dwyn has resigned herself to becoming an old maid. Yet a chance encounter with a stranger in the orchard awakens her to a new world of sensation and possibility...

After weeks away, Geordie Buchanan returns to find his home swarming with potential brides, thanks to his loving but interfering family. But one lass in particular draws his attention from the moment he spies her climbing a tree. Lady Dwyn is not nearly as plain as she thinks. Her lush figure and eager kisses delight him, as does her honesty. But the real test lies ahead: eliminating a hidden enemy, so that he and Dwyn can seal their Highland passion with a vow.

384 pages, ebook

First published January 28, 2020

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Lynsay Sands

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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Visit her official website at www.lynsaysands.net.

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Profile Image for Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin.
3,403 reviews9,536 followers
May 5, 2020

Y’all know I don’t usually read smut sexy time books. But I was innocently scrolling the library audio and saw this hot dude and thought what the hell. Omg! The Scottish narrator had me in stitches!! It was funny, corny, sweet, smackable and I’ve never heard more talk of boobas in my life!

So... yeah, I loved it 🤣😂

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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1,654 reviews984 followers
February 2, 2020
I love this series! I have a huge weakness for Lyndsay Sands historical romances! They are filled with adventure, family, romance, humour, and of course sexy times!! This book in particular was filled with a lot of sex! It seemed between Dwyn and Geordie they were horndogs!! Lol! I loved their chemistry! I found that Dwyn’s breasts had a life of their own!!!😆 It was hilarious and added even more humour to the whole story!

I don’t have a ton of time for a large review, but I will say this series is one of my absolute favourite in the historical romance genre! It’s also one I would totally love to reread! I highly recommend it!😬
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2,755 reviews795 followers
December 28, 2020
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hunting For A Highlander is the most recent installment in her "Highland Brides" series which is number eight in the series ---highly impressive in how she has built this family and this whole series. I have had a blast with many of these books and I was delighted to read Geordie's book. Just some background information, this series the  " Highland Brides" is a series that focuses on the Buchannan family, a set of brothers and their own journey in finding love, some mystery, danger, intrigue and plenty more. Now I would like to point out you really shouldn't take these stories so seriously. I know some readers have struggled with some of the books, the key is to ENJOY these books because the way this author writes is to entertain and have fun and that is what I really get out of these stories.

Our story starts off with our hero Geordie, who spots our lovely heroine (Dwyn Innes) who is hiding from her exasperating yet loving sisters and climbs a tree. Thinking she won't be able to get down he climbs up after her and some fun bantering goes back and forth, some kissing and instant attraction between the two. Dwyn. After some interactions with each other, Geordie is sure that he wants Dwyn for his wife but when it becomes apparent that someone is trying to harm her, he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and his. But there is an enemy of theirs who seeks Dwyn family's land and will do whatever it takes to get them. Geordie and Dwyn will have to rely on their own intellect and capabilities to overcome the danger and find the future together...

What a fabulous story we have here, I simply loved so many things. Now I wouldn't say its my favorite of the series because the first few books still hold the trophies on that, however, I had such a fun time with this book and these endearing characters. One of the strongest traits in Lynsay Sand's writing is how she writes such compelling characters that you just find so drawn to and I found myself falling in love with Geordie and Dwyn and honestly didn't want to see their story end. They capture the heart so easily and even though I wished there could have been more plot built up (not as strong as some of the previous books) it was still a solid read and quite an entertaining ride.

Overall I found Hunting For A Highlander to be a sweet yet lively romance set in the highlands that captivates the reader with wit, crazy family machinations, a villain here and there and a romance which captures the heart!!

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1,507 reviews3,668 followers
March 9, 2020
3.5 stars -- This was a good entry in a series I am a sucker for! Dwynn was one of the better/more memorable heroines to date (whose bosoms apparently are magically enticing to all Buchanan men), and I liked that the story progressed differently than the last couple have while maintaining the same key elements that I've come to expect. A nice variant on an enjoyable formula
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758 reviews1,287 followers
February 23, 2021
This is my first Lynsay Sands book and I really wanted to love it. I know she's very well beloved by many but this was definitely not for me. There were sone sweet times between the couple, but it was just so silly and surface level. Lots of sexy times, some attempts at comedic relief which did have me chuckling a few times but mostly were just really ridiculous.

I think if you want something super low angst, steamy, and a bit silly this could be fun. But it's not what I love to read at all.
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1,482 reviews137 followers
January 15, 2020
Series: Highland Brides #8
Publication Date: 1/28/20
Number of Pages: 384
** 4.25 Stars **

I had such fun reading this book! It was witty and steamy and the characters were a delight. Yes, some serious things happened, but the humor made it all tolerable. Picture a castle full of randy males with Dolly Parton in their midst. This book is much, much steamier than the other books in the series – some of it was gratuitous, but that was okay with me. This is classic Lynsay Sands and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

The Buchanan family consists of eight – yes, eight – children – seven brothers and one sister. The sister, Saidh, and four of the brothers, Dougall, Niels, Aulay, and, Conran have already found their HEAs. Now, Saidh and her sisters-in-law have decided that it is time for the remaining three brothers, Geordie, Rory, and, Alick, to find wives as well. In furtherance of that goal, the ladies have invited a number of eligible young ladies to Buchanan Castle. However, they aren’t just any young ladies – there are certain criteria they – and their fathers – must meet before receiving an invitation. Luckily for the ladies' plan, Geordie, Rory, and Alick have been away for several months and are due home any day. Won’t they be surprised?

Geordie returned home late in the night to find the castle filled to overflowing. He couldn’t even walk across the floor to get to his room without stumbling over bodies. Rather than run an obstacle course, he decides he’ll just sleep in the orchard. That was a good plan until he was awakened early the next morning – after only a few hours of sleep – by the strange sound of someone making noises to sound like a horse. Then, he sees a woman reach down and grab the back of her skirt, pull it through her legs and tuck it into her waistband. Next, she grabs onto a branch and disappears up into the tree – she doesn’t fall out, but she doesn’t come back down either. Geordie assumes he’ll just have to rescue her and proceeds to climb the tree after her. Only, she doesn’t need rescuing – she’s perfectly happy there and intends to stay. They chat and enjoy each other’s company for a while, but goodness, she is distracting. She has a very generous bosom and it is scarcely contained within her gown.

Lady Dwyn Innes is one of the ladies invited to Buchanan Castle to vie for the hand of one of the remaining unmarried brothers. Dwyn has basically raised her two sisters and managed their holdings all by herself since she was about six years old. Yes, she has a father who is officially the Laird, but he is distracted and vague – much more interested in cataloging the plants on his estate than he is in raising his daughters and managing his clan. Since her father has no sons, as the oldest daughter she is his heir and will inherit Innes upon his death. Since the death of her betrothed, Dwyn has attracted the unwanted and unwelcome attentions of the neighboring Laird. For her, the invitation to Buchanan Castle is very welcome.

Lady Dwyn has led a sheltered life at Innes. She’s never met anyone she didn’t like – or who didn’t like her – and she never really gave her looks any thought. However, her sisters, in an effort to help her, have adjusted all of her clothing so that her ample bosom is definitely on display. She knows she’s not as beautiful as her sisters, but that hasn’t ever bothered her before. Now, she feels more like a brown wren – not attractive and with no chance at attracting one of the Buchanan’s. When she meets a handsome man in a tree in the orchard, she enjoys his company and doesn’t realize – until he’s already gone – that she never learned his name.

I know there are readers who will think this book has too much steam and that the word boob (or a derivative of it) is used too many times, but I thought that it was the lightness that made the very serious things that happened more bearable. Geordie was a randy fellow – but – Lady Dwyn was just as randy, so they were perfect for each other.

I hope you’ll enjoy this well-written, witty, randy, and romantic read. I surely did.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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1,332 reviews243 followers
December 31, 2019
I liked Hunting for a Highlander for the most part. It was sexy and I’m a sucker for a romance where the woman most people would overlook gets the guy. While it wasn't perfect, it had some good moments.

I liked Dwyn and Geordie together. While they had chemistry we got scenes of them getting to know each other and really form feelings for each other. I have to admit that once they started getting physical it felt like it A LOT. I know the author said that this book would be sexier than the others but goodness! Also, I am sick of hearing about her breasts! Did women not have bigger breasts back then? Enough for it to be all the women AND men talked about?

As most of the books in the series, someone is trying to sabotage our couple. While I am all for suspense in my books, I did feel like this one dragged on for a bit. It’s like that part in a horror movie when you realize the villain just won’t die. Terrible comparison, but you know what I mean. I felt like the author kept throwing in situations just to keep the drama going, but I was ready for it to be over.

Overall, I liked it. I did have some issues with it but, we know that I love highlanders and this family is a favorite so I will read the next one and I hope that it’s Rory’s story.

TW: talk of and attempted rape

I received an ARC via Edelweiss for an honest review.

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390 reviews80 followers
September 14, 2019
Lady Dwyn Innes goes to the Buchanan Keep with her sisters and father when there is an opportunity for girls to marry one of the three remaining Buchanan brothers, but she don't think she has enough chances to captivate one of them, she sees herself as being plain and not slender enough and not beautiful like the other lasses. She is prepared to become a old maid when one day she encounters Geordie Buchanan in the orchard and both become instantly smitten with each other.
Later he asks for her hand in marriage and she accepts and they are both so happy and crazy in love with each other for a time, until a perilous enemy ressurges wanting revenge against Dwyn and they have to end his threats so they can live happily and in peace again.
I loved the book, Geordie and Dwynn were perfect together. The suspense around the story also kept me intrigued to know who was behind it.
I received an free arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review, all opinions here are my own.
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435 reviews307 followers
February 11, 2020
Dwyn Innes is the oldest of three sisters. She came, along with her sisters and father to the Buchanan Keep in hopes of catching eye of one of the remaining three unmarried Buchanan brothers. Dwyn is remarkable of heart but on looks she tends to shy away from pampering prefering to read books. Eldest amongst three sisters, she still has to get engaged while her younger sisters are already engaged. To catch eye of one of the remaining brothers her sisters force her to dress in too smaller size that threatens to 'pop' her breasts from her corset. While running away from the bully competitors she climbs up a tree to escape them when she meets Geordie.

Geordie Buchanan is described as huge. He comes back to his keep to find guests in the Keep so he decides to sleep in the orchard and figure out in the morning what's happening. At morning he wakes up to see Dwyn climb the tree then goes after her thinking she needs help. Both of them are instantly attracted to each other. While Dwyn didn't know Geordie was one of the Buchanan brothers she reveals that she and other females are contendors to catch the eye of one of the unmarried brothers.

The enjoyed the antics of the historical era. The 'accidents' that happen to hurt Dwyn. The plot changes when Dwyn is threatened everywhere and Geordie coming to her rescue. The humour and the dress situation is all the time fun to read.

This books continues in a series. I just walked into this book in the middle of the series. This book can be read as a standalone since I didn't find anything un-informative. Each Buchanan brothers have a story. It's a sensual read with humour. Enjoyed it.
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81 reviews38 followers
October 2, 2019
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☆ ☆ 1/2 STARS
Let me just start this by saying I should have known how steamy this book was from its cover! I usually ignore this as books with some steamy times generally have half-naked men on the cover and they’re only moderately steamy. This book was definitely an exception to the rule. Not always in a bad way but occasionally it was like WOW. That’s some stamina right there, haha! So besides from that…

Book Blurb:
Four Buchanan brothers have found their brides…only three more to go in this scintillating romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Lady Dwyn Innes feels utterly out of place among the eligible women who’ve descended on Buchanan Keep, vying for the attention of the last unmarried brothers. She isn’t long-legged and slender like her sisters, or flirtatious and wily like other lasses. Since her betrothed died, Dwyn has resigned herself to becoming an old maid. Yet a chance encounter with a stranger in the orchard awakens her to a new world of sensation and possibility…

After weeks away, Geordie Buchanan returns to find his home swarming with potential brides, thanks to his loving but interfering family. But one lass in particular draws his attention from the moment he spies her climbing a tree. Lady Dwyn is not nearly as plain as she thinks. Her lush figure and eager kisses delight him, as does her honesty. But the real test lies ahead: eliminating a hidden enemy, so that he and Dwyn can seal their Highland passion with a vow.

Dwyn – I actually quite liked Dwyn. She was smart, brave and genuine. I really liked the way she didn’t let the competition to win a suitor make her turn vain. I felt like she held her role as broodmare and bargaining chip for her father’s land quite well… all things considering. She was just making the best of a shitty situation and happened to get lucky that Geordie was a decent guy, if only a bit virile…

Geordie – Honestly the man was a beast. In a good way? Depending on how much stamina you have. I felt like he played one role in this though – overprotective and amorous. He did show some progressive thought when he insisted on ‘asking’ for Dwyn’s hand in marriage rather than just taking her father’s permission as a done deal. This was mostly accurate to the events of time period though so I couldn’t hate him completely for this. Plots like this will still never sit quite right with me though!

Side Characters – The other Buchanan brothers were HILARIOUS. I loved them and honestly the family dynamic kept me interested when I got bored of all the smexy times and ended up skim reading a few pages. Yes… they’re explicitly descriptive. If this is your cup of tea then you’d probably like this book. For me it was all just a bit too much.

This book had great pacing and was a relatively easy read. There were only a few instances were the ‘ye’ and ‘ere’ phonetic-type writing got me caught up. I generally enjoy the Highland Historical Romance genre so most of these are familiar to me. It added a charming element to the story but not everyone is a fan of that, so it’s something to bear in mind I suppose. Similarly, this story also had multiple POV from Dwyn and Geordie’s perspectives. It wasn’t always outlined or made clear but considering this was an un-proofed draft that might change with publishing.

My only other concern with this book were the endless amounts of dramatic, semi-violent events that plagued Dwyn and Geordie’s HEA. They were quickly resolved though and with the inclusion of ANOTHER passionate moment, the HEA got back on track. It felt like this cycle repeated itself three or so times during the book. This was a bit like whiplash as I read it all in one sitting but would be better suited for those who read books in multiple sessions. Then perhaps each sitting would have an interesting mini adventurous story arc to get through.
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562 reviews55 followers
April 4, 2020
4 Stars!! 💕❤️ Loved it despite the similar storyline.. damsel-in-distress rescued by the handsome Highlander who eventually falls for her.. hot steamy chemistry.. more trouble for damsel and the highlander from an unknown enemy.. a little angst before everyone is rescued and saved.. and finally a sweet HEA.. 😍💞 Highly recommended to all fans of Lynsay Sands!! 👍👍
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867 reviews
April 21, 2020
I gobbled this book up. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters Geordie and Dwyn. They felt real, pulling on the reader's emotions and pointing toward the characters' motivations. The plot and subplots were simple. I guessed who the villain was, but not his helper until I was in the last three chapters. I liked the sense of family and the loyalty they have for each other. The beginning of the story reminded me of Cinderella, where all the maidens gather for the prince to chose one of them for a bride. In this book, however, Dwyn is a resourceful, take-charge kind of character. Geordie is there to sooth and support her during the poisoning. He rescues Dwyn twice, eventhough she fought smartly and with all her strength. All In all, a delightful, easy read. I look forward to the next book and will back track to read the ones I missed.
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261 reviews35 followers
September 20, 2021
I have never read a romance novel before. It's not really my wheelhouse in literature (in real life though 🔥). Maybe Outlander counts as a bit of romance, and Diana Gabaldon can surely write a gorgeous love scene, but I've never read a blatant romance novel - a straight up nothing-under-the-kilt bodice ripper.
Maybe I just need a change of pace, maybe life looks different now, but somehow this girl thoroughly enjoyed every cheesy scene and dialogue, every trope-y moment of this book. I rolled my eyes hard, I blushed with embarrassment over some of the ridiculousness, and I had a lot of fun playing some of the scenes on audio for my husband who also laughed and rolled his eyes hardcore. Is the writing incredibly talented? Doesn't really matter. Is the historical aspect completely accurate? Nope, and it doesn't even matter. It was a fun romp in the highlands with an innocent girl who can't seem to keep her bountiful bosom from tumbling from the top of her dress and the man who falls in love with her. It was just the right amount of fluff and cheesy humor, but also sweetness, that I didn't know I needed in my reading life.
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7,633 reviews16 followers
January 29, 2020
Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands is book 8 in the Highland Brides Series. This is the story of Dwyn Innes and Geordie Buchanan. I have read (and Loved!!) the other books in this series which of course added to my enjoyment of this one. But I did feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Dwyn, her sisters and some other ladies have been invited to the Buchanan house to try to win other the remaining Buchanan family members that are single. Dwyn doesn't feel that she has what is needed to catch a husband nor does she want to put on the attitude that the other ladies are doing to catch husbands. So, she has settled into the mind set that she will be a spinster. Dwyn ends up climbing up a tree at one time to escape from everything. This is where Geordie happens upon her when he is returning home and thinks she needs his help. Of course words and kissing might have been exchanged between them. Now feelings are engaged but danger is lurking near by... This was a must read for me because I am a big fan of this author's writing.
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2,445 reviews110 followers
November 15, 2019
Hunting for a Highlander
Highland Brides series #8
Lynsay Sands
Release date 01/28/2020
Publisher Avon

Blurb :

Four Buchanan brothers have found their brides…only three more to go in this scintillating romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…
Lady Dwyn Innes feels utterly out of place among the eligible women who’ve descended on Buchanan Keep, vying for the attention of the last unmarried brothers. She isn’t long-legged and slender like her sisters, or flirtatious and wily like other lasses. Since her betrothed died, Dwyn has resigned herself to becoming an old maid. Yet a chance encounter with a stranger in the orchard awakens her to a new world of sensation and possibility...
After weeks away, Geordie Buchanan returns to find his home swarming with potential brides, thanks to his loving but interfering family. But one lass in particular draws his attention from the moment he spies her climbing a tree. Lady Dwyn is not nearly as plain as she thinks. Her lush figure and eager kisses delight him, as does her honesty. But the real test lies ahead: eliminating a hidden enemy, so that he and Dwyn can seal their Highland passion with a vow.

My review :

When plain said Dwyn meets a man who awaken her passion, will she be enough for him ...

When I read the blurb, I immediately preordered this book, I am a sucker for wallflower finding their voice. But it is some much more than this classical trope.
It is only later I realized this book is the eighth in a series, but never I felt lost, the many characters are introduced with right amount of details to get to know them and appreciate their strength.
So much I need now to read Aulay and Conran stories.
Be warned you are in for one steamy and scorching hot ride, as the main couple can hardly keep their hands from the other.

Dwyn is so much more than most people sees in her, she might not meet some beauty standard, yet her kindness and resourcefulness enhance her natural and inner loveliness.
She is sure a quiet young woman, but she is not demure nor weak. She just needs the right incentive or person to enlighten what already lies on the surface but is not always seen among other prettier declared women.
I loved she is no woman to drop and weep when hardships fall on her steps, she does not run in circle, arms up, she considers her options and acts.
She is also genuine and straightforward, she knows who she is and what are seen as her shortcomings, she speaks her mind.
Still when she meets Geordie, she knows he is well out of her reach as she is more ordinary than a renowned beauty.
Geordie, in fact now I realize I learned few about him albeit he is a honorable and fierce man, he was raised along his siblings in what seems a close knitted tribe, so despite the loss of his parents, he never lacked of care and love. The Buchanan siblings are a cohesive bunch.
Yet, when in intimate contact with Dwyn, she stirs feelings he never felt, he can’t shake her out his system, and when misfortune befalls on her, he is unable to rely on other for her safety, he must be the one on the front line to protect her.
And he will face a lot of trouble as many twits and turns await them as danger is lurking in the shadows.

4.5 stars for this fast-paced, full of actions, steamy and entertaining read of a man and his clan banding together to protect the woman he came to value more than life.

I was granted an advance copy through Edelweiss by the publisher Avon, prior to it, I preordered my own.
Here is my true and unbiased opinion.

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1,579 reviews19 followers
January 13, 2020
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Those of you who follow me know that I just love Sands' historicals. She's one of the only writers I still read in historicals.

She writes about wonderful characters that you really want to get to know. They are the type of people you'd like to know yourself. She also adds enough humor and mystery into her books to keep you coming back again.

Up this time we are now closing in of the last of the Buchanan brothers. After this only two more to go. I hope that we get introduced to a great family/group of friends soon for her next series. Hint to the publisher, I want a ton more of Sands.

It's really hard to say which of the Buchanan brothers I liked the best. Before their books, you get to know them but only on one level. It's not till their books that you really get to know them and what they are about.

I really loved how Geordie fell in love. He really liked her before falling for her. It felt very natural. These two work and one of the reasons is that they cared about each other right away without thinking the other in any way but that they are a person.

I loved how the sister and sisters-in-law are trying to find forever loves for the single brothers if they want it or not. How Geordie is introduced to the ladies was good too. You got to see just how people are. No hiding behind public niceties.

I truly enjoyed Dwyn. She is funny and loyal to her family. She doesn't have enough confidence in herself about herself but I think Geordie helped with that. I also enjoyed her younger sisters. They loved her and only wanted what was best for her.

At times they seemed to bully her, then you saw how they reacted to anyone who treated Dwyn badly. They bully like only family that loves you can.

As a whole, this is a wonderful story. You'll love the characters and how the story is written. I loved that past characters showed up. With so many characters now in the series it hard to get them all in but she got enough that it felt like the whole family was together. I am looking forward to the next two books in the series.

As much as I loved this book I'd say you might want to read the series in order. Partly because I think it rocks but also because it's better getting to know the characters in their own books. With winter here this series is the perfect lay around and read series. I would also think about picking up the series that's right before this one. Kinda ties in. Plus, it's good too!

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499 reviews46 followers
February 26, 2020
I love this series. I loved this couple. I especially loved the heroine. She was so adorable and awkward. My favorite ❤️
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4,271 reviews92 followers
December 9, 2020
Fun book. With four of the seven Buchanan brothers married off, their sister and sister-in-law feel that it's time Geordie, Rory, and Alick, also settle down. To aid in this endeavor, they invite a selection of unmarried women to visit, hoping to tempt the men into matrimony.

Geordie was away for several months, helping various members of his family settle into their new homes. He returned late one night to discover his home stuffed with people, so he slept in the orchard. He awoke the next morning to the sounds of several women making horse noises and the sight of another woman climbing a tree.

Dwyn is one of the women invited to Buchanan Keep, but she holds out no hope to attract one of the men. She is neither thin nor beautiful, a fact that several of the other women do not hesitate to remind her. Tired of their constant tormenting, Dwyn escapes to the orchard and climbs a tree, knowing her pursuers wouldn't think to look up.

I loved the first meeting between Geordie and Dwyn. Geordie's protective instincts are aroused when he sees Dwyn climb the tree and thinks she won't be able to get down. Dwyn is startled to have a strange man suddenly appear in her tree and isn't quite sure how to deal with him at first. Her embarrassment is compounded by the fact that the dress her sisters altered cause her bosom to escape its confines. I loved how quickly Geordie and Dwyn became comfortable with each other. Geordie got an earful of why the keep was so crowded, giving him advance warning of what to expect when he finally goes inside. He is intrigued by Dwyn's straightforward attitude and very attracted to her lush figure. He also has no intention of marrying any time soon, feeling that he still has wild oats to sow. Dwyn is upfront in her opinion of her attributes and chances and her frustration with the position she is in. She is stunned when Geordie suddenly kisses her and can't help responding. She's equally stunned when he suddenly stops, drops from the tree, and disappears.

Thus begins an unusual courtship. Though Geordie insists to his brothers that he is not ready to marry, he also inadvertently gives away that he has already met Dwyn and is attracted to her. It was fun to watch his uncle pay attention to Dwyn solely to stir up Geordie's jealousy and make him realize that he wants Dwyn for himself. When Dwyn is injured after being the subject of his attention, Geordie makes it his mission to care for her. I loved seeing them get to know each other. It's clear that Geordie is falling hard for Dwyn, though he resists admitting his feelings to himself. Dwyn is oblivious to Geordie's feelings, believing that he's just being nice. When Geordie finally realizes that he wants Dwyn as his wife, he wastes no time in going to her father. I had to laugh at the meeting with her father and his brother and his impatience to get the marriage accomplished.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone doesn't want the marriage to take place. Geordie is determined to do whatever he must to keep Dwyn safe. But there is another enemy who is bent on revenge against Dwyn. He wants her family's land and didn't take kindly to her refusal of his advances. The story gets intense very quickly when Geordie is injured foiling one kidnapping attempt. When a second attempt is successful, Dwyn must rely on her own wits to stay alive until Geordie can come to her rescue. I was glued to the pages as Dwyn faced off against her enemy, and Geordie rallied his family. I loved the final confrontation and seeing the bad guy get what was coming to him. It was intense, but with a few lighter moments popping up.

We are now down to two brothers left unmarried. Will it be Rory or Alick who falls next? I can't wait to find out.
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1,540 reviews120 followers
December 5, 2020
Breasts. Large breasts, globular breasts, peach-colored nipples, breasts bouncing, and breasts that are spilling out all over the place. Yes, this book is heavy on the ample bosom of Dwyn, our female protagonist. Think Dolly Parton in a kilt!

This book also follows the plot devices that all of Ms. Sands's books use in this series. That makes this a very comfortable read if a little boring.

The mystery was a good one because I couldn't figure out who was doing it. I did not go with the most obvious, but I didn't figure out who was causing all Dwyn's difficulties and someone else's death, and her eventual kidnapping.

One thing I did get from this book that I don't usually think about while reading is the state of the moat, what exactly goes in there, and how things must have smelled in this age. I have since sterilized my toilet and kissed my plumber--I would have kissed my plumbing too, but let's not get too crazy here!!!

An excellent read for total escapism.

*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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2,694 reviews702 followers
December 27, 2019
I’ve read several of the books in this series and I will always continue because this family is so much fun.

I really liked Dwyn and Geordie. She’s stronger than she thinks and always speaks her mind. He’s loyal and protective. Together there’s loads of chemistry and non-stop commentary from his brothers.

Plot wise, it was okay. The scenes went in a circle of sexy times to attempted murder to beatings and threats of rape. Literally, that was the entire story. Oh, and constant mentions of Dwyn’s breasts and nipples that constantly pop free from her neckline. There were small steps of them getting to know each other with words, but it felt few and far between. When she would try to explain the danger, he would kiss her...eventually I just started rolling my eyes.

Overall, it was the characters that kept me reading as I really did want them to have their HEA. I think there’s two brothers left and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them.

**Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**
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23 reviews2,371 followers
June 2, 2021
Lynsay Sands should be your go-to when you want unashamed spice & fun adventure. These books are not pretentious about it whatsoever.

They are fast-paced, delicious, & completely entertaining. Are they all pretty similar? Yes. But who cares, they’re pure fun.
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1,755 reviews44 followers
January 15, 2020
Dwyn Innes was invited to Buchanan Castle to meet the remaining unwed Buchanan brothers and possibly make a match. She meets Geordie Buchanan by accident when she climbs a tree to escape the taunts of the other “Brides”. Dwyn is no beauty, but she knows she is not ugly and her bosom certainly entices men, however, she knows she can’t compare to the other lovely ladies at the castle, so she is surprised when the handsome man joins her in the tree and even more surprised when he steals a kiss.

Geordie was not aware of Jetta’s plan to find brides for himself, Alick & Rory and he tells his eldest brother Aulay that he is not ready to marry. But the more time he spends with Dwyn, the more he likes her and begins to think that marriage to the buxom beauty might be exactly what he needs.
As they spend more time together and grow closer, a series of “accidents” befall Dwyn, first her feet are cut, which results in Geordie carrying her around, he decides that he must marry her, but while he is meeting with her father she is poisoned, thankfully the poison was not meant to kill her, but she is violently ill, but that doesn’t keep Geordie from her side and makes him more determined than ever to wed her. They handfast and share an amazing night together, they both know they have deeper feelings and it seems like HEA is a given, but when a trip to Geordie’s favorite spot turns deadly, “until death do us part” seems a lot closer than it did just a day ago!!

This was a well written, fast paced, fun story with a lot of steamy love scenes, laugh out loud moments, quite a bit of tongue in cheek humor and a lot of focus on the heroine’s ample bosom  - it was just an amusing, easy read that didn’t devolve into outright silliness, but at the same time was not weighted down by too much drama. I loved Geordie and Dwyn as a couple, they are so well suited for each other, Dwyn is no wilting flower, she is smart, brave and adventurous – exactly the type of woman Geordie never knew he always wanted! I felt that their relationship progressed at a believable pace and they are complemented by a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Additionally, the story features a very well-executed “who dunnit” as well as a pretty nasty villain whose punishment certainly fits the crime. On the downside, there is a lot of modern verbiage as well as a ton of title/address errors, but it for the sake of the story, I was willing to ignore these things and just enjoy the story for what it was: a fun, steamy, entertaining read. This is the eighth (yes, the 8th) book in the series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone title and I am very happy to recommend this title.

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*
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3,503 reviews87 followers
February 2, 2020
It started in a tree. Yes, Dwyn had escaped to get away from the taunting ladies all vying for the hand of the last three Buchanan brothers that were unmarried. She knew she would not have a chance because she was not beautiful and slender like all the other ladies. So she went to the orchard and climbed a tree. Little did she know that Geordie Buchanan had been asleep under a nearby tree and saw her. He decided to climb up after her and help her down. Oh my, and it ended with a kiss. Of course she did not know who he was so...
A delightful story full of humor and an instant attraction that sizzles, but it is soon apparent someone is trying to harm Dwyn. Accidents start happening and she get violently ill. So as they spend more time together, Geordie wants to marry her and asks for her hand. But who knows if she will make it alive!
Lynsay Sands always writes stories that draw me in and this was no exception. Wonderful characters and I loved these two!! A great addition to this great series!
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428 reviews7 followers
March 18, 2022
I love Geordie and Dwyn together. They sound like the perfect pair. I also am just more and more obsessed with the Buchanan family. Basically no one speak to me before I finish this series and when I do finish it, leave me alone to cry that there aren’t more books.
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39 reviews
November 2, 2022
Lynsay Sands 🤝 Stephen King

Never shutting up about boobs
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