Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review & Giveaway - - Highlanders Never Forget

Highlanders Never Forget
by Julie Johnstone
Wicked Willful Highlanders - Book 3
Publisher: Darbyshire Publishing
Release Date: November 30, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

In the game of love, the only way to win is to risk it all.

Fiercely focused Highland warrior Alexander Gordon has one goal—secure a coveted spot on the King’s Night Guard. Being born illegitimate and raised with the constant scorn of his father’s wife, he wants nothing more than a home of his own where he feels like he belongs, and the king’s elite warrior group is the only chance to achieve his dream. He doesn’t intend to let anything or anyone derail him, but then the brave beautiful Adeline Brodie strolls into his life, and the harder he tries to push her away to preserve his honor and dreams, the more it makes him want her.

Sweet smart Adeline Brodie is used to being overlooked by men, but she’s never cared much until the day her world collides with Alexander Gordon’s. Not only is the Scot sinfully handsome, but his intense allegiance to his undeserving brother and his noble heart intrigues her in a way no man ever has. When he appears to return her admiration, things seem perfect for the promise of a wonderful future, until betrayal strikes from the most unexpected places.
Desperate to save her chance at love, Adeline creates a plan to save it, but the qualities she admires most in Alex—loyalty and determination—may be the very things to tear them apart forever.

To secure a future together, Adeline and Alex must face painful truths and make dangerous choices to champion themselves, each other, and the forbidden love that’s grown between them that’s worth any price—even that of old dreams.

PJ's Thoughts:

She's done it again. When I want to immerse myself in the adventure, danger, and atmospheric authenticity of Medieval romance, Julie Johnstone is the first author writing today to whom I turn. She has a knack for bringing it all to life, making me feel like I'm right there, in the midst of the action, from start to finish.

In Highlanders Never Forget, Johnstone has created a star-crossed couple for whom I felt an immediate affinity. Alex and Adeline are good, honest, loyal, likeable characters you just can't help but cheer for. They have an immediate connection but, of course, there are complications. Complications, betrayals, complex family dynamics, and obstacles aplenty. Alex's honor is tested to its limit. Adeline's eyes are opened to unpleasant truths. Danger comes from an unexpected corner and salvation from yet another. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions, with a well-developed cast of characters, that had me turning pages well into the night, eager to discover what would happen next.  

Highlanders Never Forget is a standalone story that you can jump right into and enjoy without having read any of Johnstone's other books. Fair warning though, this author's writing has a tendency to be addictive. Don't be surprised if once you finish this book, you immediately start exploring her backlist. Lucky you, there are so many wonderful books to find there! 

Have you read any of Julie Johnstone's books yet?

Do you read Medieval Romance? What do you enjoy about it?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment by 11:00 PM, December 1 will receive an e-book copy of Highlanders Never Forget

*U.S. only
*Must be 18


  1. Medieval is not my favorite time frame for a story. Not sure why. I have at least one of Ms Johnstone's books on my Kindle. And I know from comments and reviews, she is a talented author who writes lovely stories. Thanks for the review.

  2. I love Julie Johnstone's books! I do enjoy reading in Medieval time period as well especially with authors who manage to teach me a thing or two about the time. I am a bit of a history geek and enjoy visiting different time periods from the comfort of my home.

  3. I have read her books and the attention to even the small details is something I appreciate. The story and characters are true to the period they are set.Highland medieval stories were the first romances I read and are still favorites. It is the difficulty of life in the time period that attracts me. There is honor and sacrifice as well as evil and duplicity.

  4. I do enjoy medieval romances. In fact, I have enjoyed reading several of Julie Johnstone's books.

  5. Yes I love medieval romance. I like learning about the customs and how different view of the people were.

  6. I have one of her titles on the TBR! I do enjoy medieval romance!