Monday, April 10, 2017

Review - - My One True Highlander

My One True Highlander
By Suzanne Enoch
A No Ordinary Hero Novel - Book 2
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Reviewed by PJ

Scotland, 1812―Rugged Highlander Graeme’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own―even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…
Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath―and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart?

It's been awhile since I've read a book by Suzanne Enoch but My One True Highlander reminded me of why I've always enjoyed her novels. This is a fast-paced story with adventure, sizzle, family dynamics, clan feuds, a battle of wills, and plenty of humor. But while all that is appealing, it's the characters Enoch creates that are the heart of this book. She brings them to life, not in the way she describes them but by allowing them to show us who they are through their actions and interactions.

Graeme is my favorite kind of hero. He's rugged and untamed, willing to fight to protect his family, tenants, and land. He doesn't back away from responsibility. In fact, he's been responsible for raising his younger brothers since their parents died when Graeme was twenty. Yet, for all that he's a warrior, scenes with his youngest brother show he has a soft side as well. But his is a bachelor household and the introduction of Marjorie, first as an unplanned prisoner and eventually as more, brings about wonderful banter and a rousing battle of wills as the rough edges of the Maxton men (and boys) are slowly refined (but not too much) by a feminine touch.

Unexpectedly thrust from paid lady's companion to Duke's sister, Marjorie has spent the past few months living her dream though the reality isn't living up to her expectations. London, it seems, isn't quite ready to accept the fact that her former soldier brother is now a duke and Marjorie is now a lady, no matter how much money she now has nor how proper or perfect she is determined to be. When Graeme's younger brothers kidnap her from an inn near their home while she's enroute to her brother's wedding, they have no idea of the havoc one ticked off woman can cause. Marjorie is not about to let some uncivilized Scots derail her long-held dream of being accepted by the ton, even if the youngest one is capturing her heart with his sweet nature and the oldest is capturing the interest of her other body parts. I admired Marjorie's determination, sympathized with her confusion over where her happiness lay, and cheered her on every step of the way.  

Enoch has surrounded Graeme and Marjorie with a rich and colorful cast of secondary characters, including a lovesick blacksmith, starchy lady's companion, nasty villain, and three younger brothers who are all vividly realistic, adding texture, humor, and poignancy to the overall story. 

My One True Highlander is the second book in Enoch's No Ordinary Hero duet but stands well on its own. However, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately downloaded the first book, Hero in the Highlands and am looking forward to reading the story of Marjorie's brother, Gabriel and his English-despising, Scottish heroine, Fiona. 


  1. Gosh PJ - you're turning my TBR pile into a towering mountain. This book sounds like such fun. Can't wait to dive in.

    1. It was a lot of fun, Maria. I read the whole thing in one day!

      Hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. Oh, this sounds really good. I have read "Hero in the Highlands" and enjoyed that immensely. Now, I've added this one to my wish list.

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed Hero in the Highlands, Diane. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  3. I was fortunate enough to read this book and it is terrific. I am glad your review did it justice, so others will be able to fall in love with it too.

  4. My kind of read and sounds like others enjoyed it!

  5. I just recently found Suzanne Enoch, love highlander stories, and I'm looking forward to glom reading one of her recent series. Thanks for the review.

  6. I've been catching up with her scoundrels and rogues: Always a Scoundrel, Taming An Impossible Rake, A Beginner's Guide To Rakes and The Care and Taming of a Rogue.

    I'm definitely going to look for her Highlanders!

    Exccellent review.

  7. Always I enjoy Suzanne Enoch and this new book is no exception to that rule. I will encourage you to read all her books. I have each of them. I reread with true enjoyment.