Highland Renegade by Cynthia Breeding
Publication Date: September 21, 2020
Series: Children of the Mist, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance
Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start…without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be?
When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life without her servants…and if he happens to give her the coldest and most remote rooms, all the better.
Despite his best efforts to freeze her out, things between them heat up. But Highlanders hate the Sassenach, so Ian faces a dire choice—his clan or the irresistible English aristocrat who seems to have taken not only his lands, but also his heart.
“Lush, evocative, and sizzling-hot.” -Ann Major, USA Today bestselling author
Oh my holy stars, I had the best time ever with this book! (I should probably enter a more appropriate Scottish slang here. Yer bum’s oot the windae? Awa’ an bile yer heid? In the name of the wee man! There, I think that one might work.)
This book was just so much fun to read, Friends. I tend to spend my time in some of the more intense historical fictions; making my way through various palaces in the Tudor Era, listening in on Revolutionary War strategy, or more recently walking down cobblestone drives while trying to solve a whodunnit. So jumping into an historical romance with an intriguing plot was just what my bookworm heart needed.
First of all, can we just talk about Ian for a second? I literally spent the whole book resenting Emily for catching Ian’s eye. I’m sorry, but the man is literally strength with legs. And a kilt. And a sense of a humor. And a wicked accent. You can’t help but love the human that he is and his fierce loyalty to his clan, his lands and his way of life.
Emily, despite the fact that she stole my man (sorry, real-life Husband! I’ll make your favorite dinner tonight) was so incredibly easy to love. She survived a difficult past, was navigating a scary present, and had to somehow conquer an unknown future. The MacGregors’ attempts at chasing her off of their land (hers, but theirs. Read the book, you’ll see what I mean) would quite possibly have succeeded in deterring me, were I in Emily’s shoes. But the more that Emily had to endure, the deeper her resolve became. And while the growing relationship between she and Ian was obviously a central theme to the plot, the storyline itself moved seamlessly around their romance, giving the novel a fuller, wider feel. I enjoyed it immensely.
Bottom Line: You’re going to need to start a “Cynthia Breeding Books” change jar, as Highland Renegade will be the first of many in your library.
About the Author
An avid reader of anything medieval, Cynthia Breeding has taught the traditional Arthurian legends to high school sophomores for fifteen years. She owns more than three hundred books, fictional and non-fictional, on the subject. More information on Arthur, Gwenhwyfar and Lancelot can be found on the Historical Account link.
In addition, she has won numerous awards including the Holt Medallion, Beacon Contest, Barclay Gold, More Than Magic and Ancient City Romance Authors.
Cynthia lives on the bay with her Bichon Frise and enjoys sailing and riding on the beach.
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