Wednesday, October 19, 2016

REVIEW Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Sportochick's Musings ~ Unique historical romance with an uncommon hero that the reader will fall in love with.


Hero in the Highlands 

(No Ordinary Hero #1)

by Suzanne Enoch

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Publisher ~ st. martin's press romance
Categories ~ historical romance


WILD AT HEART

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?


This is a unique historical romance with an uncommon hero that the reader will fall in love with. When I read the prologue I wasn't sure that I would like the book because it felt like it would be about military life more than a romance but boy was I surprised. I actually loved how the author took Major Gabriel Forrester from a lifetime military man to becoming a resistant Duke who was hated by clan Maxwell. 

The story was superbly written showing how hard it is to make adjustments from a military life you love and how many changes need to be made to open your mind and heart to another way of living your life that can be just as fulfilling. The reader is walked through the changes Gabriel goes through and how these changes effect Fiona and the clan.

Fiona gives Gabriel a run for his money and eventually she learns to also open up and understand that things aren't always black and white in life. She goes about showing Gabriel how bad he is as a duke and then....well you will have to read the book. Let's just say it is exciting the merry chase they have with each other.

This story introduces Gabriel's sister, Marjorie, who is a primary character in the next book to this series, My One True Highlander.

  Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy via Netgalley

My Reviews of the No Ordinary Hero series ~
Hero in the Highlands (Book #1) ~ My Review
My One True Highlander (book #2) My Review



Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most poisonous snakes; she did NOT want to write about how she’d been bitten and lost a limb to a cobra. Thankfully at the same time the movie “Star Wars” premiered, and she realized that she could make up adventures and write about them, and not be eaten by deadly predators while doing research.

She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun. After several encouraging rejections from publishers, she snared the interest of the world’s best and most patient literary agent, who advised her to revise the manuscript. This ultimately led to the publication of her first book, The Black Duke’s Prize, from Avon Books in the Spring of 1995. A second Regency, Angel’s Devil, followed that Fall.

When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance. As she remained keenly interested in England’s Regency period, she decided to attempt another manuscript set in that time. Lady Rogue hit the shelves in March of 1997. She wrote a total of 29 books for Avon, including two anthologies and a five-part contemporary series which received a pair of starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. One of those books, Twice the Temptation, was named one of the five best romances of the year by PW in 2007.

In 2002 her well-known love of all things “Star Wars” led to an invitation to appear on the E! channel in the television special “Star Wars: The Force Is Back”, where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with more air time than George Lucas.

In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St. Martin’s Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels. Her 31st book, Taming an Impossible Rogue, is set to arrive in March 2012.

Suzanne is known for her humorous characters, sexy bad boys, and whip-sharp, witty dialogue. She currently resides in Placentia, California with several hundred guppies and various other tropical fish, and handful of very loud, spinach-loving finches. And her collection of action figures and statues from “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings”, “X-Men”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Everybody needs some inspiration, after all.

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