Review: Surrender To The Highlander by Lynsay Sands

Reviewed by Sara

Lynsay Sands was one of the first Historical Romance authors I ever read and she is the first author to introduce me to the delight of Highlander Romances. So, you can be sure that when one of her books is up for grabs, I’m taking it.

Surrender to the Highlander is book 5 of Sands’ Scottish Highlander series. In it, the Buchanan brothers pay a visit to their very pregnant sister, Saidh, only to find out she needs their help. Saidh hasn’t been able to reach her friend Edith in several weeks and she’s worried. The brothers take on the task of looking in on Edith, but when they arrive at Drummond castle they find the castle closed up due to an illness that has overtaken the Laird and several of the brothers and has left Lady Edith on death’s door. The brothers make their way into the castle only to discover it’s no illness that has plagued the castle, but rather poison. This leads to the brothers protecting Lady Edith and bringing her back to health.

Lady Edith awakens to Buchanan brother Niels in her bed, her only surviving brother and his new wife gone and a mystery of poison and murder that keeps getting larger as time goes on. Luckily Niels is intent on staying to see justice done and Lady Edith cared for.

Surrender To The Highlander is really carried by its fantastic characters. Other than a superfluous bit that involves jam and blowjobs (seriously), Edith is a strong and competent character. While Niels is a hardworking and intelligent man who compliments Edith with his straightforward and caring nature. As a couple, their chemistry isn’t explosive as much as it’s a slow burn that burns hotter because of mutual respect, shared experiences and genuine affection. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there’s any lack of heat when it comes to their physical attraction to one another.

Solid characters like Edith and Niels are the perfect fit for the complex plot Lynsay Sands creates. Surrender to the Highlander combines the classic, whodunit mystery with a slow burn romance. I spent almost the entire book guessing between the many potential suspects before the villain was dramatically revealed and rooting for Niels and Edith to get their happily ever after.

If you’re looking for complete historical accuracy, this probably isn’t the book for you. I found a couple anachronisms. Of course, if you’re looking for a fun book that combines a great mystery with Lynsay Sands’ flare for the romantic and will likely leave you speaking with a brogue for at least 8 hours, Surrender to the Highlander certainly fits the bill.

Rating: B

Surrender to the Highlander can be read as a stand-alone.

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Surrender to the Highlander
by Lynsay Sands
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon

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