To claim her inheritance, Fiona MacCarran must marry a wealthy Highlander, and soon. Arriving in the misty Highlands as a schoolteacher, she despairs of finding an acceptable groom . . . until she meets Dougal MacGregor. She knows he's just a smuggler, and yet when the handsome laird pulls her into his arms, she forgets about obligations, the law, and finding that perfect Highland groom.
He must save his clan . . .
Moving his finest whiskey—and fast—is the only way Dougal can protect his people. It should be simple, but nothing is easy with Fiona MacCarran around. He cannot allow himself to be distracted by the sensual schoolmistress. After all, a Highland rebel and a law-abiding lass could never have a future together . . . or could they? Soon they are caught in a battle between honor and desire, with the only victory lying in sweet, sweet surrender.
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Jan09Ah, magic in the highlands! Yes, I was happy to read Sarah Gabriel’s “The Highland Groom” as soon as I realized it combined two things I love to read about…magic and men in kilts! Who knows why the thought of men in skirts (yes, I KNOW they aren’t skirts but rather verra manly garb!) is such a turn-on. And when he’s a rogue with a hint of fae blood…well, how can you go wrong?Fiona is in a fix. In order for Fiona and her brothers to claim their inheritance, she must fulfill her portion of her grandmother’s will. She must marry a wealthy highland lord and find real fairies to draw for a brother’s book. Well, she can’t do either of these things without actually being IN the highlands, so Fiona gladly volunteers to be a schoolteacher for a remote Highland glen. It only takes a few days for Fiona to fall in love with the beauty of her temporary home, even if she does have to keep an eye out for all those whiskey smugglers her brother keeps warning her about. And of course the most handsome, compelling man she meets in her new home just happens to be the local Laird…and a smuggler!Dougal is many things—Laird, smuggler, uncle, brewer. He’s also determined to regain the clan lands his father was forced to mortgage to keep his people fed during the bad times. The quickest way to do this? Smuggle the fine Highland whiskey his clan has been making and aging for years! So the absolute last thing he should be thinking about is the new schoolteacher…especially since her brother is currently working as a local customs officer!What began as a promising plot for a delightful historical romance began to lose coherence about one third of the way through the book. The further I read, the more confused I became. The hero and heroine acted in ways that (for me) defied logic and made absolutely no sense. I can handle instant attraction…but for a woman of that time to allow those kinds of ‘liberties’ so quickly would have been ‘beyond the pale’. Additionally, the whole fairy magic piece of the puzzle was never (one again, in my opinion) fully fleshed out. It felt more like something that was forced into the plot and could have been totally left out without too much of an impact. Again and again, there were conversations and actions by main and secondary characters that I just didn’t see the reasons for…and that always bugs me.For the preceding reasons, “The Highland Groom” just wasn’t a good read for me. While I have no problems overlooking an occasional plot stutter, repeat offenses begin to irritate me exponentially. So I’ll just have to consider this particular Sarah Gabriel story one I won’t be sorry to finish.read more
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