Review by Veronica

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Series Name: Highland Alliances, # 3

 “With careful fingers, he brushed the hair from her face, smoothing it back. He gazed down at her with eyes that were a warm hazel, filled with concern and a hint of kindness that did not belong to the type of man who slew children while they slept in their cradles. 

Her head spun, not only with the hurt of her injury but with confusion at her own thoughts. He was her enemy, a man who had abducted her to use her brother’s only vulnerable spot. And she was gazing into his eyes, thinking them fine?”

The Highlander’s Stolen Bride is a rich and captivating romance that will take your breath away.

Kidnapping Elspeth MacMillan on her way to an arranged marriage is the only way for new laird Calum Campbell to avoid more bloodshed and bargain peace for his people. Calum expects her fury but doesn’t expect the feisty lass to break through his defenses into his heart. With war waging between their families, will they ever be able to yield to love?

This was my first Madeline Martin book, but I will tell you it won’t be my last. I loved her writing so much that after I finished this book, I  ordered The Last Bookshop in London and The Librarian Spy. 

Highlander’s Stolen Bride took my breath away. I hadn’t expected so much depth and richness to the story and writing. Madeline did an excellent job taking her readers on this historical romance with action, emotional depth, and just the right amount of spice. The writing was very polished and flowed nicely. Madeline did a fantastic job incorporating all those period details while creating a story that engages her readers.  

Elspeth is a romance heroine you will fall in love with. She is fierce, loyal, and kind. Elspeth is tired of being protected by men and wants to learn how to fight to defend herself. She does not want to rely on others for protection anymore. She was the perfect heroine for this story, and I loved following her journey. Calum was a surprise to me. I thought he would fill that typical Scottish hunky warrior role in the story. And he did, but his character ended up having more depth than what I expected. He is struggling to fulfil his role as Laird; his father’s aggressive behaviour left the clan in an unfavourable situation. Calum is determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps.

I just loved the captive/ forced proximity love story in this book. The captive situation was a nice change for me, and I enjoyed watching these two interact with each other. They have misconceptions about each other and realize that there is a definite attraction between them even though they are enemies. Madeline did a great job creating this wonderful slow-burn attraction between them. 

Highlander’s Stolen Bride is a breathtaking romance that will leave you feeling delighted.

Thank you, Harlequin and Harlequin Historical for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.