Highland Fire (Guardians of the Stone #2) by Tanya Anne Crosby
Rating: 2.5 stars
Scotland, 1125, the Legend Begins … For two centuries, Aidan dun Scoti’s kinsmen have guarded Scotland’s greatest secret, the real Stone of Destiny. Now King David seeks an alliance with the mountain Scot. But only one woman will tempt him–the accursed beauty whose father once betrayed his clan … Tempted by Revenge Cursed by Aidan’s people for the sins of her father, Lileas MacLaren is the one woman Aidan believes he is immune to … she is also the one woman who may bring the fierce chieftain to his knees. Rich with history and lore, HIGHLAND FIRE brings back favorite characters from The Highland Brides and introduces you to new ones.
First Impressions: I’m guessing that I’ll give this 3 stars. I’m about 80 pages into it and so far it’s the same story line as just about every other Highland Romance book. Proper young lady is forced to marry the scary savage Scot.
In all honesty, I kind of assumed it would be “just another Highlander book” but sometimes you need a light read in between more intense books.
Review: This is a good “Poolside Read”. It was fun and quick and I enjoyed reading it. The writing was well done and while the story line was as expected, I wasn’t looking for something new & unique.
The entire way through the story I thought I would give it 3-3.5 stars as it was a fun read. It’s rating dropped to 2.5 stars for 2 reasons.
1) I seriously read this book thinking it was the 2nd book in a series. Tanya Anne Crosby must have written an earlier series about Aidan’s sister because her story was referenced throughout this book but it was never really recapped enough to make me feel like I knew what happened.
2) The ENTIRE story is about Lileas trying to figure out how to save her son while not harming Aidan. Every chapter is building up to the climax of seeing how she will make everything right but then it never happens. You seriously go from her struggling to figure out what to do, to everything being resolved, and then a recap tells you how she accomplished it. It was a huge letdown and completely removed the reader from feeling a part of the story.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for something quick and easy to read, this isn’t a bad choice but I would read some of the other dozens of Highlander books first. It’s cute but the ending spoils it and you never feel that buildup of love that you come to expect from these types of books.