Highland Heat by Jennifer Haymore
Description: Perfect for readers of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Jennifer Haymore’s seductive new Highland Knights series begins with an electrifying tale of class warfare, fierce loyalties, and forbidden love.
With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more.
As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.
Review: I’ve been reading Jennifer Haymore’s books for a few years now. However, I did not know she released a new series. Honestly, I thought there were still books left in the Duchess of Trent series. It looks as though that series will intersect with this one. The premise of this book is an attraction of unequals. Grace is the daughter of a duke while Duncan is the son of Scottish farmer. They met on the battlefield at Waterloo. Grace has traveled there with her sister, whose story is told in the first book, and is tending to soldiers after the battle. There is an almost instant attraction between Grace and Duncan but both believe they will never see each other again. Fate intervenes when Duncan is chosen to join a secret group of soldiers whose job is to safeguard Britain from internal revolution. Since Grace’s brother-in-law is also chosen, Duncan and Grace are brought together and their relationship is given a chance to grow.
This book was an interesting look at class relations in Regency England. Grace is of a higher class than Duncan but they, for the most part, do not let that hinder their relationship. There is the usual angst on Duncan’s part that he doesn’t want Grace to give up the life she is familiar with for him. However, they soon realize that life apart is worse than the trials they would have face to be together. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book and I need to go back and read the first in the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.