Book Review: Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

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Title: Hero in the Highlands (No Ordinary Hero #1)
Author: Suzanne Enoch @SuzieEnoch
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis

WILD AT HEART

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?
Ivy's review

The Good

-Suzanne Enoch’s historicals are among my favorites. Every once in awhile I need a good historical to remind me of what started me on this romance journey in the first place. The first romance books I ever read were historicals, and even as my tastes have shifted as I’ve gotten older, I need a bit of a throwback to keep things interesting. Ms. Enoch certainly has a talent for setting a scene and I could easily picture the characters and surroundings.

-Good chemistry between Fiona and Gabriel. These two do not spend their time in a ballroom, but instead have lived working for their keep. They’re well matched and the tension between them is displayed well through their banter and builds slowly and dependably, as I would expect.
-Pacing issues. If I have any quibble, it’s that the story is little slow going at first. After that, there were other moments where the story dragged a bit and Fiona’s feistiness rode the line between entertaining and slightly irksome. Also, the one thing that distracted me and took a bit of getting used to is the Scottish brogue. It had been a while since I read a historical, so reading all the ‘ya kens” and “dinnaes” took a bit to get into. Finally, the first part is all setting up Gabriel’s sudden dukedom, which was interesting, but as a result I was more invested in him than in Fiona.

The Bottom Line

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to more in this series by Ms. Enoch.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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