Series: Highland Pride #1
Published by Loveswept on January 19th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
If you love Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, don’t miss Sharon Cullen’s captivating Highland Pride novels! Sutherland’s Secret kicks off a series that’s overflowing with mouthwatering Scottish warriors, captivating history, and forbidden desire.
Terror reigns in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. As British troops obliterate the last traces of the Jacobite cause, Brice Sutherland, the Earl of Dornach, risks everything to arrange a covert escape route to Canada for his fellow Scots. But when he encounters a dying Englishwoman, hauntingly beautiful though scarred by manacles and unable to speak, Brice’s true courage is put to the test. Nothing but ruin could result from helping her, or worse: falling in love.
The pampered daughter of a marquess, Eleanor Hirst was the talk of the London season when she wed the Earl of Glendale. Little did she know that his posting as an officer in Scotland would be their undoing. Now her husband is dead and Eleanor is a fugitive in a hostile country. Desperate for help, she throws herself on the mercy of Brice Sutherland, a handsome Scottish warrior who should be her enemy. Instead, he cares for her tenderly, reviving her shattered spirit—and awakening urges unlike any she’s ever known.
I do not read a lot of romance. I enjoy it just as much as the next reader (well, maybe not) but I have enjoyed it from time to time. I started reading this as a way to get away from all of my horror lately. I love horror but even I can only take so much! It was an insta love affair with Sharon Cullen. Well, love affair after the chief’s meeting cause that part can fall off of a cliff, but it sets up the book, so I get it. Besides, lots of cute Scottish guys in one place? Okay! I’m there.
This starts and there are chiefs of Scotland gathering together to talk about the protection of their land. I almost wanted to cry. I just knew I was not going to like this at all. The chiefs talk briefly, then break away to their own lands, and it is this part where the book really gets going! Brice is heading home when he sees a sack of cloth on the ground. His men ride past without looking back but something has Brice wanting to check again.
He finds a small, frail, and nearly dead woman! He looks briefly at her clothing and realizes she is English. Nothing good will come from saving her but he cannot imagine leaving her to die. He orders his men home and decides to try to bring her back to life.
When finally Eleanor wakes, they are both shocked. She has been through so much and is not willing or able to trust anyone, even if he says he saved her.
There is quite the character arc in this! I could not put it down. The characters are fantastic and the way these two actually begin to get to know each other is wonderful. It is not an easy relationship and takes courage, from both of them, to remain friends.
There is so much in this story. Plot lines divide and converge later on and there are so many questions! All of them are answered by the end of the story. The ending is so well done that I re-read it while I cheered!
So, although I was thrown at first, that chieftan meeting is needed to set up the rest of the book. I dealt with it and moved on and I am SO glad that I did.
Best book so far this year! My favorite romance of Jan!
|Overall:||5 / 5|