Highland Solution by Ceci Giltenan

Duncurra, #1

Source: Purchased

Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be “unmarriageable” and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine’s hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.
Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?

I never read Highlander romance, but I was in a reading challenge where I needed an easy read with someone wearing a kilt on the cover. Enter: Highlander romance

Better than I figured, Giltenan's writing style was smooth and natural. Dialogue didn't annoy, even including the "ye". Kilts were mentioned once or twice but nothing newsworthy. The storyline was strong for a romance as well - Katherine as the headstrong but loyal girl is sent off by a demented Uncle that beat her and used for money, traded to an impoverished Highlander in a twist I didn't fully understand that involved a king. He had a hardened heart by experience, but that changed of course.

The romance part wasn't the best part - I enjoyed the brother Fingal, the adorable child Tomas, the faithful household staff with spirit, Katherine (while not unusual, she was a good heroine), and the plot of treachery. It wasn't unpredictable but it was a nicely layered betrayal that wasn't ended simply.

It may have rated four stars except I didn't like the male lead and the author overdid some of the boring bedroom stuff. He was headstrong and changing but still overall not a winning personality by any means. Yech.

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