Book Review: A Highlander for the Holidays by Dawn Halliday


What’s the story- From Goodreads:

In the wintery Highland mountains, Aileen and Niall unleash their forbidden passion. But Aileen is promised to another this Christmas, and the wicked Lowlander will stop at nothing to have her.

Aileen Munro doesn’t want another cruel husband. But just as the laird of the Mackenzies pledges her to a man much worse than the last, her old friend Niall MacRae bursts back into her life. Niall is a full-fledged Highland warrior now, and his quiet strength sparks a burning desire within her.

Niall has come to accompany Aileen to her brother’s castle, where her holiday betrothal will secure an alliance between the bordering clans. Niall has always had strong feelings for Aileen, but to touch her will be a betrayal of the oath of fealty he has made to his laird. 

Torn between loyalty, duty, honor and love, Aileen and Niall have denied their forbidden attraction for too long. As soon as they unleash their passion, they are torn apart. But Aileen and Niall have only one wish this Christmas: to be together…even at risk to their honor…and their lives. 

Note: This book was previously published under the title Sins of the Highlander. It has been revised from its original version.

Warning: Highlander: (n) [hahy-luhn-der] A warrior who inhabits the untamed and sometimes violent Highlands of Scotland. Tall, handsome and built powerfully enough to wield a Claymore. Possesses strong senses of honor, duty, loyalty and passion, and will defend those with his life. Able to bring his woman to the heights of pleasure…and keep her there. This story contains sizzling scenes that will make you long for a Highlander of your own to keep you warm at night. 

Favorite Words: “I love you. I think I’ve loved you forever. When we were children I couldna define it, couldna understand my feelings, but I understand them now.”

I did enjoy it. I was looking to read a fun holiday (adult) book because I don’t think How The Grinch Stole Christmas counts. I’m glad I read this one. A Highlander for the Holidays was like a sexy Hallmark Christmas movie. There was snow, a Yule log, and plenty of kilt lifting.

I think for me the only let down was the actual building up of the relationship between the two characters. I know that character development isn’t always important if you just want to “get to the good stuff.” I think this book could have been so much better if there was a bit more plot between steamy scenes.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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