Saturday, September 5, 2015

Early Review of The Wrong Bride (Highland Weddings #1) by Gayle Callen

Title: The Wrong Bride: Highland Weddings
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Highland Weddings
Format: Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (October 27, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0062267981
ISBN-13: 978-0062267986
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher for review purposes.

Once upon a time two fathers came to an agreement and constructed a marriage contract. The Laird's eldest son would wed the Earl's oldest daughter. The alliance would serve two purposes-- first, the feud between two families would finally be over and each would receive something the other had--one a hefty dowry and the other use of the land and water that produced some of the finest whiskey Scotland had ever produced. When the time came for the groom to collect his bride, however, the Earl refused to uphold his end of the bargain by handing over his daughter. Hugh, the bridegroom, feeling obligated to force the Earl's hand, snatched up his promised bride and escaped in the night or so he thought...

Catriona 'Riona' Duff was awakened in the night by a madman insisting she was his betrothed. When she finally gains her wits after such a rude awakening, she realizes why her uncle had acted in such an odd manner that very day--spiriting her cousin away to the country and insisting she stay in her cousin's room. When attempts to explain her predicament fail, she wonders how can she convince this determined young man he's making a huge mistake? More importantly, how will she be able to resist the temptation that he presents in the form of a very sexy, determined, handsome, attentive male highlander bent on seducing her?
This was a fun, lighthearted read that made me grin from ear to ear. Hugh was everything you'd want a romance hero to be and then some. He's trying, after years of separation, to prove himself worthy of the title Laird and gain the trust of his clan. By kidnapping Riona, he's taking a huge risk which may or may not work in his favor.

Riona, despite her beauty, has never been the center of anyone's attention, and she finds she rather likes it. She was already betrothed to someone else, not of her choosing, but is afraid that things will end badly when Hugh finds she was telling the truth about her parentage. Plus, there's an undeniable attraction between the two that keeps growing stronger with time. She's between a rock and a hard place. Either choice has repercussions which makes for a delightfully fun read.

Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. It was funny, charming, grin-worthy, and scandalously delicious, I definitely recommend this one. It put me in a good mood for the rest of my day. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM (too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.) bordering on a SHOWER (a cold shower is necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning - make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order.)  rating.

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