Series: Highland Adventures #5
Published by Self Pub on October 30, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy, author, Courtesy review copy
Chief Torrin MacLeod vows to possess and wed the spirited lady who stole his heart the previous winter. But Lady Jessie MacKay wants naught to do with the dangerous warrior, no matter how devilishly handsome and charming he is. When Torrin arrives unexpectedly at Jessie's home, along with Gregor MacBain, a man Jessie was formerly handfasted to, she is thrown off-kilter. She never wanted to see either man again, but now they are vying for her hand. Torrin promises to protect her from the devious MacBain, but how can she trust Torrin when she has witnessed how lethal he is?
The more time Torrin spends with the strong and independent Jessie, the more determined he is to win her heart. Once she allows him a kiss, he feels her passion flame as hot as his own. After she knows Torrin better, Jessie finds herself falling for the fearsome Highlander. But the odds are stacked against them. The sinister MacBain is bent on kidnapping Jessie, making her his bride and killing Torrin, while Jessie's conniving younger brother, Haldane, is determined to use Jessie to take over the castle in his older brother's absence. Jessie fears she can never be with the man she loves, while Torrin will do everything in his power to ensure they are together forever. In his heart, she is the only lady for him.
In this installment of Vonda Sinclair’s Highland Adventures series, we see Torrin and Jessie’s story.
Torrin MacLeod is on his way to see Lady Jessie, to propose. Again. He met her 7 months ago and fell in love. But Jessie is having none of it. She’d been handfasted to Gregor MacBain in a trial marriage and it didn’t end well. She was returned. So she’s pretty much over men.
But when Torrin meets her first husband on the way to see her, he’s instantly suspicious. MacGregor wants Jessie back, and he won’t let Torrin, or Jessie, get in his way.
Jessie has her own reasons for saying no to Torrin, and it’s not just because she had been in a bad marriage. She believes she saw Torrin kill her foster brother when she was a teen. She has heard rumors of this man, and she sees how he carries himself. He’s dangerous, he’s a warrior, and she has seen firsthand just how deadly he can be.
Torrin knows Jessie is leery of him, but what he doesn’t know is why. He can’t get her out of his head. Unfortunately MacBain, the man who used her and returned her, is constantly getting in his way. Torrin sets himself up as her protector until her brother returns, because not only is MacBain a threat, but there is another storm brewing. McMurdo, a mercenary who we’ve seen from other stories, is still stalking the woods, and some threats are closer to home than they think.
I like how hard Torrin worked to win Jessie’s heart, he quickly learned not to take anything for granted, and he tried his hardest to show Jessie that he was in it for the long haul. I totally understand why Jessie couldn’t put her faith in Torrin at first, but oh I just wanted to shake her at one point and tell her to wake up! He really loves you and doesn’t care about the big thing I can’t say for fear of spoiling ; )
I love how this series has been going. This author bravely pits brother against brother, and sometimes brother against sister.Starting off with a bang, My Notorious Highlander delivers a seductive and suspenseful story packed with vivid description and likeable characters. I highly recommend this series for all Scottish Romance lovers, and all Historical Romance lovers.
***ARC courtesy of the author