Thursday, September 29, 2011

Giveaway & Review of My Fair Highlander by Mary Wine

My Fair HighlanderMy Fair Highlander by Mary Wine

My rating: 4 of 5 flames



***Kensington has approved a giveaway with this one! Hooray! Kensington has offered a copy of this book to a random winner-So just answer the question:
Does it matter if he’s a Lowlander or a Highlander to you? As long as he’s Scottish, IMHO ;) ***

Winner will be picked after the end of the weekend


After the first few pages I wasn’t sure I’d like the heroine. Jemma is a shrew. She’s selfish, and impetuous...



But what I liked was that her impetuousness got her into trouble and she grew from it. So often the heroine is described as “impetuous” but is in reality selfish and just does as she pleases. Here, Jemma has spent the last few years caring for her ill father. After his death she took to riding every day---any time she pleases. In the opening scene, her brother calls her on it.



“...you spend your days doing nothing save pleasing your whims.”



He tells her she’s shirking her duties, she is in her early twenties-waay past marriageable age back then (14th c). And he’s done allowing her those freedoms. Laird Barras has asked to court her and all her brother wants is for her to give Barras a chance. Jemma takes it poorly and runs off. As she runs off, she sees the estate and people through her newly opened eyes, and instead of riding, she helps. Loved it. LOVED it!



But, she went riding at night. Not her brightest idea. Some English knights found her and tried to rape her. They came pretty close to succeeding but out of the blue some braw Scottish lads saved her. Le swoon.



Gordon’s men found Jemma’s mare running on Barras lands, so they knew she was in trouble. Gordon had taken to watching Jemma ride every morning and had gained permission to court her. After rescuing her, he can’t let her leave. She keeps finding excuses to leave whenever he’s visiting her brother, so this is his new plan of action: keep her so she gets a chance to know him. Pretty intelligent plan, I think. (his reasoning is that his first wife had been unbalanced from her parents instilling in her that “relations” with her husband was a sin. But as a wife she had to lay with him anyways. She went mad, and became a nun. The Church dissolved their marriage).



Unfortunately, once Jemma is saved, she is pretty much behaving like an ungrateful brat. At one point she is frustrated with him telling her what to do. She is spoiled enough that she has always said what she wants, and sees no need why she shouldn’t continue on that way:



"Making an offer for me does not grant you the right to dictate to me, sir."

"No lass, pulling ye off the ground before ye were raped does." His voice cut through the air like a hot knife. There was nothing friendly in his expression, only harsh judgment. "I asked yer brother for the right to court ye only, I never offered for ye and I'm thinking that a wise thing at the moment. I do nae need a wife that has nae got the sense of a child."




I was so glad he said that to her, she soo needed to hear it. And you know what? She grew up. I liked her a lot.



The only thing I didn't like, in fact I hated, HATED! the plot twist at the end. It came out of left-field and added nothing to the story. Making the plot twist the attempted killer was pretty far-fetched. There had been no allusion, no foreshadowing, nothing to hint at it, so it felt…wrong and awkward. The person of interest we all think it is, should have been it. It made sense, and it worked well. It’s hard to have a villain the whole book, and then only be told this random person is the villain. Sometimes the simplest direction works best. Luckily, that was only the last couple of pages, so it didn’t ruin the book, but it did pull me out of the story.



Mary Wine has a beautiful sense of the era and the location. She has a way of giving you a fantastic visual of a castle and its working day-to-day life. You can’t NOT enjoy her writing style.





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Thank you to Kensington for the Review Copy

25 comments:

Bethie said...

It doesn't matter to me, low or highlander.

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chandragay said...

I like em' "touching" LOW (if ya' know what I mean but I like to read em' HIGH sooooo Highlanders are in for me.

samantha35 said...

Lovew Mary Wine and Highlanders!

great giveaway
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Bona Fide Reflections said...

Very descriptive review. Great job! Thanks for the opportunity to win My Fair Highlander.

Happy Reading and Blogging,
Laurielu
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kissablysweet1/Melanie said...

I don't mine if he's lowlander or Highlander...they're all rugged and handsome and OOOOO so manly!!

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Lisa said...

Wow, this one sounds good :) added to tbr pile...
I also don't have an opinion on highlander vs lowlander. I've only read about two highlander books and really, no book focusing on lowlanders. Got any recommendations? trying to slowly filter in some Scottish love :)
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Barbara E. said...

I'm a bit more partial to Highlanders, but as long as he's Scottish I'm good.

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Na said...

A lowlander is a first for me but I don't mind whether he is a highlander or not because it's his character that matters to me. Actions speak louder than rank or title. Of course it doesn't hurt if he's Scottish :)

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Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

Scottish in general is awesome to me! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

*yadkny* said...

I have to agree... "As long as he’s Scottish"! So no it doesn't matter to me.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jennifer Mathis said...

I love the accents so in my mind They are all hot so I love them all
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Temprance said...

I love them both,But Highlander frist.They are just more down to earth:)
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Jules@OneBookShy said...

As long as he is heroic and hunky, it doesn't matter to me!

Jules
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Mariee said...

I doesn't matter for me as long as he's hot and have that yummy Scottish accent!

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Anonymous said...

Tough choice, I would have to say Highlander, but if he's hot in a kilt I may choose otherwise.

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Carol L. said...

I'll take the Highlander first. They have a bit more Brawn to them. Love the Scots brogue and it's definitely the kilts. :) Thanks for this chance at winning. Mary writes some wickedly good Highlanders.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Julie said...

Are you kidding? I'll take my Scotsmen low, high, or anywhere in between! As long as they are sexy and have a brogue, I'm in :D
jwitt33 at live dot com

TinaBuriedUnderBooks said...

It's the Scottish accent that I go for so... no it does not matter whether he is low or hig-lander.

kamwh1207(at)att(dot)net

Charla85 said...

Great review! Totally loved it and that's why I am now a follower! LOL!
Charla
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http://myopinonmightnotbeyours.blogspot.com/

P.S. Did I miss the giveaway? I don't see it! Wahhhh!

Alexis said...

What a great title! Can't say I have a preference for low vs high. Is there an accent? A kilt? I'm not picky.

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HighlandHussy said...

I think we all love the same things-kilt, accent, and the mystery of what they wear (or don't wear) beneath the kilt :D

thank you everyone for commenting. I'm announcing the winner in a separate post, but I'll put it here too.

Winner is:
Charla85

Read Phoenix said...

Just and long as he is Scottish! OH! He must wear a kilt! He can fake the accent as long as I cant tell...

CrystalGB said...

I don't mind if he is either as long as he is strong, sexy alpha hero. Love the cover to Mary's book.
Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

HurderGurl said...

Highlanders are the BIG tough sexy of Ilse Highlanders all the way

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