Series: Highland Brides #6
Published by Avon on June 26, 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Narrator: Joel Froomkin
In a spellbinding new Highlands story from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, the laird of the Buchanans finds the one woman who is his equal in passion and courage...
Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife.
Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?
It’s kind of amazing to me that I only discovered Lynsay Sands a few years ago. I’ve read quite a few of her historical romances since then, and I almost always find them to be enjoyable, if a bit silly. Although her books rarely amaze me, I almost always have fun reading them. The Highlander’s Promise was no different.
In The Highlander’s Promise, eldest Buchanan brother Aulay discovers a woman floating in the sea. He and his brother rescue her of course, but when she wakes up, she can’t remember anything, including what happened to her, or even her name. She adopts the name Jetta because of her long dark hair. While she’s nursed back to health at Aulay’s hunting lodge, her and Aulay start develop strong feelings for each other. However Aulay has some hang ups, and isn’t sure he’s good enough for Jetta. When it becomes clear that someone might be out to hurt Jetta, however, they have to figure out who she is, and what’s going on.
Aulay and Jetta were great main characters. Aulay is the Laird, but has some major hangups because he has a scarred face. He was betrothed, but after his injury, she refused to marry him because of his scars. Aulay feels like everyone cannot look at him without being bothered by his scars. Honestly, at times I did get frustrated with Aulay’s insecurities regarding his face. I did sympathize with him, but I also wanted to tell him to get over himself, especially when he was feeling like Jetta wouldn’t want him. But, besides that, I did like Aulay a lot. He is a good leader, and willing to help people. It was so sweet how he was taking care of Jetta while she was recovering.
Jetta was a fun heroine and she was very easy to like. Even though she’s scared and doesn’t remember anything about her life, she’s able to befriend Aulay’s family and clan so easily. Jetta is very kind hearted and easy to love. She is not at all phased by Aulay’s scars, which I loved (although the whole idea that every one else can’t even look at him was silly). If you’ve read Lynsay Sands before, I think you’d agree that Jetta is a very typical Sands’ heroine.
Aulay and Jetta together were so easy to ship! I loved Aulay’s sometimes bashful and sometimes arrogant-leader ways and how Jetta dealt with him. It was clear that they were a great match. The suspense aspect was a bit silly, and sometimes the characters seemed to take an awfully long time to figure out what was going on, but it did provide some exciting parts to the story.
I definitely prefer Lynsay Sands’ Highlander romances on audio, because she uses a lot of Scottish dialect. It can take me out of the story when I read the printed novels, but as an audio, it’s great. Especially with a good narrator like Joel Froomkin – I do love a good Scottish accent.
I am a sucker for an amnesia plot – throw in a highlander or two, and it’s a book I cannot resist. The Highlander’s Promise by Lynsay Sands was a cute, very lighthearted historical romance.