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How to Lose a Highlander by Michelle McLean
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Apr 26, 2017

it was amazing

Generations of clan raids, political intrigue, and a marriage ordered by the king...what could possibly go right??

The story is one that we have all read before: feuding clans are brought together by a forced marriage that is supposed to bring peace. However, this isn't the typical telling of the story. He doesn't sleep around with all the women except his wife, and she isn't naturally a virginal churlish shrew in the face of her new life. Malcolm and Sorcha are both intelligent, fiery, and real...you can imagine yourself easily being friends with both of them. Surrounding the budding romance the story explores the ideas of loyalty, friendship, home, and family. All of this is woven together in a well-written, thoroughly enjoyable read.

Malcolm and Sorcha are the central characters in the story. You wonder if the attraction of their initial chance encounter will survive the uniting of their feuding clans that had been forced upon them by the king. Malcolm has proven himself a warrior as he has led his clan, protecting them as much as possible against Sorcha's clan. But he is different from the typical "warrior" characters...his fierce strength and honor isn't only seen in battle. He is also a caregiver to his people and keeps his word with his new wife, despite her best efforts to drive him mad. And Sorcha is a spit-fire, not a mewling whiny weakling as you would expect in this type of story. She is smart, sassy, and not wanting this marriage any more than her new husband. But once she arrives at her new "home" you see a different side to her. She is resourceful, kind, and not one to stand idly by the wayside. Both Malcolm and Sorcha are characters that you can admire.

There are also distinct differences in the two locations that the story takes place. At court you get the impression of many people being there for the show, each out for their own gain. Everything is superficial and it is not a place where close relationships are valued beyond what a person can get out of it. In contrast, the keep at Glenlyon is warm and inviting. Even the words used to describe it are earthy and bring to mind life, growth, and comfort. The people there are wholly different from the attitudes that abound at court. You can truly understand how that atmosphere fosters the new romance between Malcolm and Sorcha.

I don't want to spoil anything so I won't give you a synopsis and key plot details...but it's definitely worth the read. You will shake your head at their individual scheming to get the marriage annulled and laugh out loud at the witty banter between the two. So grab a drink and get comfortable because you won't want to put it down until you find out how it ends!
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