Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: "The Runaway Highlander" by R.L. Syme

Synopsis:  Anne de Cheyne has a choice. She can play the dutiful daughter and allow her mother to sell her to a greasy English sheriff, or she can take control of her own life and find her own match. After a frightening run-in with her promised husband reveals a dark secret, she makes a desperate choice. Flight.

Aedan Donne needs easy money and no-questions-asked. When Milene de Cheyne offers him enough to pay all debts, requests complete silence, and pays half up front, just for a simple recovery, he can't believe his luck… until he meets his mark. Anne’s beauty and passion ignite something Aedan can’t ignore, even as she leaves him in the dust. Suddenly, he finds himself wanting to capture the runaway Highland lady for himself.

My Thoughts:  

Likes:  This was a no nonense, suck you in immediately kind of read.  There was action and adventure that began in the first few pages and followed through to the very end; I definitely could not stop reading.  The characters were great and I like that the story wasn't predictable.  There were a lot of twists and turns that made for an exciting read.  I also liked how the romantic aspect of the story didn't overpower everything else that was going on.  It had the best of both worlds (good romance and good action).

Characters:  Aedan was a cool hero.  He was a good guy who had to engage in questionable activities in order to help his sister.  I didn't always agree with his actions but he was incredibly likable.  I do think I have been watching too much Game of Thrones though, Aedan has a scarred face and I had a hard time not picturing the Hound as Aedan in my mind.  Whoops.  Anne is a tough little cookie though at times she made rash decisions that got her into trouble.  I think that added to her appeal in my mind.

Milene and the sheriff were excellent villains.  The sheriff was so freaking awful and Milene was such a heartless word I won't put in my review.  They were so bad that they were 'good'.  I love when a writer can make you feel a strong sense of hatred toward the villains in the story!

Overall: This was a really fun read that would be a perfect addition to your summer reading list.  3 stars.

I received this book from HFVBT in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

R.L. Syme works at a youth theatre, teaching kids performing arts and musical performance classes/camps when she’s not writing. Otherwise, she’s putting her Seminary degree to good use writing romance novels. Let not all those systematic theology classes go to waste…

For more information please visit R.L. Syme’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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