Author: Jennifer Haymore
Original Title: Highland Heat
Release Year: November 2015
Literary Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: England and Waterloo, Regency
Series: 2nd of Highlands Knights
THIS NOVEL WILL BE RELEASED THE 24th OF NOVEMBER 2015
What it utterly charmed me is the first half of the novel, but don't get me wrong, the whole romance is marvellous. I adored the opening setting, the fact the protagonists met right after the conclusion of Waterloo battle on the field, how they met, how the heroine took care of the hero, the hero ways towards the heroine, their instant connection, their interactions, the longing...I mean, while I was reading, the words were so perfectly framed that they managed to arise in me very vivid images, I was completely dragged into the story.
I did appreciate the choice Jennifer Haymore made in regards of the hero's station, and I believe it's one of the several strong points in the romance; she didn't magically elevate him from a normal, modest social position (way lower than the heroine's) to a little credible highly ranked station, just to make him good enough to be at the heroine's side. He was a scottish farmer's son at the beginning and he kept being so throughout the romance; yes, he subsequently gets a "promotion" because of his military merits (which I believe is not that out of character) but he's not coronated King of the realm just to fit the storyline and satisfy an extremely improbable fairytale dream.
Duncan, the hero, is very sweet, very charming, he's not irremediably broken by the war horrors, there's not too much drama, he and Lady Grace, the heroine, are instantly drawn together, they are young but not shallow.
To be clear, I'm a huge fan of tormented hero's, tragedies, difficult backgrounds and heartbreaking and suffered happy endings but I'm also a great admirer of those who can skilfully picture a love story free of pindaric flights, free of major incomprehensions and rancour; the protagonists like each other, want to be together (clearly there must be some impediments but nothing too problematic), they fall in love and they are open and honest about their feelings. That's it. How adorable and heartwarming can be that?! It feels kind of relieving and peaceful. Moreover here there is a very dragging steamy tension and attraction which flows out from the romance and keeps the reader quite warmed up.
Every tile falls in the right place in this novel and the result is a lovely, sweet and incredibly catching romance, "simple" but not plain, the kind of romance which makes you fantasise on the vivid side of the dreams.
**I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review**