I wish I had started this series a long time ago!
(Monday, March 2, 2015)
Reviewer: Kendra @ Reader's Edyn
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I have been sitting on this ARC for a while and I could just spit, I am so upset that I didn’t read it any sooner. I had no idea that this was the 19th book in the Murray series. Yes. I said 19th! Nor did I realize that I actually have the 18th book on my shelf, waiting to be read. And let me tell you, that thing is darn near calling to me now to get it read. This is my first Hannah Howell novel and I can honestly call myself a new fan! I have a couple of other books by her that I picked up at yard sales, but never read. Let me assure you that I will be rectifying that tragedy right quick!
Let me start by saying how much I love reading Scottish HR. Love. It. But sometimes the brogue can lose the reader. As you read, you end up getting stuck on the thick accent and trying to decipher exactly what is being said. I was beyond thrilled to quickly discover the masterful balance between the internal monologues and spoken dialect within the novel. Not once did I misstep in my reading adventure. In fact, I polished this puppy off in one night. And really, what is not to enjoy about the Scottish Highlands and the romanticized past anyway? Nothing! That is what.
While this is book 19, I had no problem reading it first and didn’t become lost without the background provided from previous installments. However, I did glean from the secondary characters that it would have been fun to have been previously introduced. I enjoyed the seriousness of the story, but also found myself laughing at the playfulness that lightened the mood on several occasions. My only complaint was when Brian referred to Triona as Brett’s “lass” and they just glide right by the statement. I though a bit of insight would have been addressed on that terminology. However, she is again referred to as the same several pages later and that is when he casually mentions that she is not really “his”. Thought that was a bit odd but given that it is in fact my only complaint, I would say it isn’t really much of anything and wouldn’t interfere with the enjoyment of the book at all.
If you have any of Ms. Howell’s books and haven’t read them yet, don’t be a moron like myself. Read them. And if you don’t have any of her books yet, you really should give her a try. I can attest that The Murray series is a set to be enjoyed and quite possibly read several times again; especially those who enjoy Scottish HR.
Paperback ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
HIGHLAND MASTER by Hannah Howell
(Thursday, December 19, 2013)
Reviewer: AprilR, My Book Addiction a nd More
HIGHLAND MASTER by Hannah Howell is another intriguing Medival Scottish Historical Romance. *First time in print* This is the story of Lady Triona McKee,Laird of the Clan McKee and her Knight in Shining armor, although, she doesn't know it yet, Sir Brett Murray. Lady Triona is being plagued by disasters,one after the other. First, a plague/illness carries off half her clan,including her husband, the Laird,leaving her the new Laird. Then the fighting men hire out to France,to send much needed money back to help their kinsmen. Or did they? Than you have the neighbor who believes he should be Laird, therefore, he is stealing her livestock, burning her fields, and other things, all in the name of trying to force her to marry him, so he can get his grubby hands on her land. Oh, I forget to mention, he is a little crazy and believes the land should be his,although, his ancestors where traitors to the King and forfeited the land. Oh, I also, forgot to mention,that some do not believe a woman can be Laird over a clan, although, she has managed the clan for years.
Arianna, Triona's cousin appears on her doorstep with several highland warriors in tow, running from her beloved husband. One of her kinsman is Sir Brett, who has sworn never to love, but he is deeply attracted to Triona and her mischievous little daughter, Ella,steals his heart. He and his fellow warriors have sworn to protect her and her clan, find out who is doing what and why.
Fast paced, action packed story of love, grief, guilt, treason, treachery, danger, passion and love. A must read! Once again, Ms. Howell has written a story full of Highland tradition, strong heroes, and strong-willed heroines. If you enjoy Scotland, Highlanders, and of course the Murrays, than "Highland Master" is a story not to be missed. I would strongly suggest reading this fast paced story of love, a mother's sacrifice for her child,healing, forgiving oneself, and the power of true love. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: HOT
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More