The Highland Rogue
Lords of the Highlands, Book #7
By Amy Jarecki
Author’s Website: amyjarecki.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
Fans of Diana Gabaldon and Hannah Howell will devour this Scottish romance about a courageous Highlander who falls for a strong-willed lass on the treacherous high seas.
THE DANGER TO HIS LIFE…
After a vicious attack on his ship, Sir Kennan Cameron washes ashore on a deserted Scottish island, nearly dead. But he soon finds he’s not as alone as he thought. Kennan knows he can’t stay on the island, but neither can he leave the brave and bonny lass who has nursed him back to health—even if she is from a rival clan.
IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE DANGER TO HIS HEART
Abandoned by her family, Divana Campbell is both terrified and relieved when a rugged Highlander drags himself from the surf. Trusting Kennan is her only chance for survival—and by the time they arrive at his castle, she can barely imagine life without him. But as the heir to a powerful chieftain, Kennan could never marry the likes of her.
Together, they’ll brave tempests, pirates, betrayal, and ruin. But soon Kennan must decide what matters most: his thirst for vengeance or the woman who’s won his heart.
I liked the start of the story, the idea of the main character washing up on a deserted island and meeting the other protagonist was a very unique plot. It is not always that we read about castaways or stranded characters in romance stories, and the first meeting of Kennan and Divana created an interesting story to get the readers’ attention.
I liked the story about pirates and sea travels and most of all trying to get out of the island, but I felt the story became somewhat slow during the time they were at the Cameron Keep. I liked the Cameron family and the people that worked at the keep.
Another part of the story that I liked was reading Kennan and Divana during their time at sea looking for the Highland Reel, Kennan’s ship, which was stolen at the beginning of the book. Having Divana hide her gender from the crew members was fun.
I liked Kennan’s character, he had principles, he followed his own ideas and was courageous, and loyal to his crew. It was fun seeing him try to get out of the island and not fall in love with Divana because he felt he needed to protect her. In the case of Divana, I liked some aspects of her, but I also felt she was a little clingy. I liked that she was a hard worker and saw the blessing in things, that she saw the beauty in new things and loved to learn. While I know the clinginess was meant to be somewhat romantic, it felt more like a Stockholm Syndrome because she was scared just imagining not seeing Kennan and being near him. She was still a good character, but I think the narrative got a little bit lost.
If you are a fan of the Lords of the Highlands or other works of Amy Jarecki, then I invite you to read Highland Rouge. In this new story, surviving on a deserted island is just the beginning of a couple’s next grand adventure.