The MacDonell Brides Trilogy
Blurb From Amazon -
With Scotland in the grip of a nationwide witch hunt, Isobel MacDonell is hiding in England. But when Sir Philip Kilpatrick arrives to escort her to her betrothed in the Highlands, Isobel must face a harrowing journey through a land of fear and suspicion. Soon, however, Philip grows reluctant to deliver Isobel to the noble intended she has never met. Isobel has charmed her way into his heart...and yet her determination to use her magic to solve the dark mystery of Philip's tortured past could destroy them both.
My Thoughts -
Isobel MacDonell has been with her foster family for twelve years. Sent away from her Highland home for her own protection, Isobel joyfully anticipates the day she will be re-united with her father and sisters. But when Sir Phillip Kilpatrick of Clan Colquhoun arrives to escort her home - Isobel experiences a deep sense of foreboding. Learning of her arranged betrothal to a Highland Earl, Isobel begins to despair. Not only does she begin to fall hopelessly in love with her protector, Isobel has another, more terrible problem. She's a witch.
My Wicked Highlander is a wonderful story. Well written, balanced between romance and solid story, Holling's novel had me staying up way past my bedtime to read 'just one more chapter'. Holling's heroine, Isobel was fine - as far as heroines go. What made her stand out was the excellent storyline surrounding her. At times, she is bright, engaging, and quick witted, at others, disappointing in her foolish disregard for the all-too-obvious danger around them.
It is the hero, Phillip, stealing my praise. It's a well known fact that I've a wee bit of a thing for a strapping Highlander, but I'd like Phillip in any story. Holling writes a man sufficiently tortured, but one of principle. Phillip truly does battle to remain a man of honor as he falls in love with Isobel. What won my heart irrevocably was his response after surrendering to that love. If Holling continues to write heroes of this calibre, I foresee a long and successful writing career.
Another great facet of My Wicked Highlander was the dramatic ending. It struck me that the story seemed to naturally demand the reunion of Isobel and Phillip, negating the need for an absurd and forced reunion. Jen Holling is an author I will search out on Amazon's Kindle store.
Overall Story - ♣♣♣♣♣
Plot - ♣♣♣♣♣
Hero - ♣♣♣♣♣
Heroine - ♣♣♣♣
Setting - ♣♣♣♣
Romance Heat - ♣♣♣♣