Title: The Highlander’s Promise
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #6
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Scottish romance
Dates read: 15th – 23rd April 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: Aulay spent all of his time with her once Mavis had helped her with her ablutions and such and left the room.
In a spellbinding new Highlands story from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, the laird of the Buchanans finds the one womann who is his equal in passion and courage
Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife…
Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?
I’ve been waiting for the story about Aulay since he was first mentioned. After all, he’s probably the most unique of all the Buchanan brothers – he has a whopping great scar cleaving down his face. I didn’t realise that I would enjoy meeting him just this much though. He’s so dark and broody compared to the rest of the brothers, and I definitely much prefer that persona to the happy go lucky versions… although I do love them too…
Memory loss does seem to be a bit of a common trope in storylines – after all, if someone doesn’t remember who and what they are, then they can be anything. It’s actually kind of liberating in some ways. Yet, Jetta’s memory loss feels like the most genuine version I’ve so far had the pleasure of reading. Parts and fragments return to her as time passes, but nothing intense and lightning bolt-like. Well, that is until someone from her past comes to visit. But you’ll have to read the book to find that moment for yourself. The little parts of a person that are left even when the memory is gone work really well in this story and, honestly, I found Jetta’s memory loss to be the most believable version I have thus far come across.
This is a great story on what it actually means to love someone. On what you really need in a relationship – love, acceptance and a lot of laughter. I absolutely adored how Jetta fell for Aulay (and Aulay her, but men falling in love don’t enthral me so much). I love that it’s her continuous acceptance of him and her need to make him happy that highlights her feelings. I also love the very many funny moments in which she attempts to act like a wife… whilst Aulay tries to keep her at bay and be a gentleman… I was definitely laughing out loud at those moments. This is yet another great, easy and intriguing read. Another one of Sands’ books that I find beautiful and unforgettable. I absolutely adored this story and didn’t want to put it down. But, once I finished it. I managed to feel like it had completed and everything had ended beautifully well. It always makes me so excited to pick up her next book…
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