I adored this richly emotional love story! The theme of this series sets up honorable Highlander heroes rescuing their damsels in distress through the strategic use of marriage. This third book is different than the earlier two in that Liam has fancied himself in love with Evelyn ever since he took part in rescuing her from a horrifyingly traumatic attack four years ago. He's asked her father for her hand several times, being rebuffed each time. Now as his clan's war chief, he thinks he's proven himself worthy of her and sets off to try again. Once Evelyn finds out why Liam is there, and why he's suddenly leaving, she takes matters into her own hands and proposes that they elope. Even though the last thing in the world she wants is a husband, she realizes that marrying Liam is the only way she can escape her current predicament. Liam doesn't much care why, he's just thrilled to finally marry the girl of his dreams. And this is where the story really starts, as these two figure out how to make the best of their marriage, especially once all the secrets are out and Liam understands the extent - and limitations - of Evelyn's marital expectations. This is a gentle, compassionate story that employs the earlier couples and saves the best secrets for last. I really enjoyed reading this romance. As much as I adored the earlier two, I loved this one the most. Liam's heart was so tender, so open for Evelyn that we couldn't help but fall in love with him. I especially loved how the life-changing secret revealed at the end didn't really change who they were in their hearts. Sometimes I wished that Evelyn could have been a little more brave, but she was balanced by Liam, who was brave enough for an entire army. After a terrifying and devastating original meeting, these two enjoy one of the sweetest HEAs ever. I couldn't have loved this more. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Her Forbidden Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson Clan MacKinley #3 Evelyn and Liam both had difficult pasts but became strong and resilient over time. This book is a slower building romance that is worth waiting for when the two finally find their way. A nice addition to the series. What I liked: * Evelyn: paid a high price when she ran away when younger, kidnapped by rough men, abused, eventually returned home, considered damaged goods, but also a bargaining chip to her father. * Liam: war chief of the MacKinlay Clan, orphan, has fleeting memories of his past, has always wanted a family to belong to, dreams of having Evelyn as his wife, a wonderful man that deserved the best. * That the chemistry was not instant…at least on Evelyn’s part. * That Liam was willing to wait for Evelyn and take it slow * Gwennie: a sweet child born of rape but loved all the same * The way Liam was willing to take in children and create a family * Getting to see the characters from the previous two books in the series * The way the women talked together, shared responsibilities, and were friends in the castle * The relationship between the husbands and wives * That the clan stood together * The swift judgement of those that infringed on the clan * The way Liam eventually found out who his sire was * That it seemed true to the times * It made me think about what happened to orphaned children left from parents killed in battles * It made me glad to be me and living in this era even though times can sometimes still be tough What I didn’t like: * The way Evelyn’s father treated her * Knowing that women were considered chattel and the possession of their father then their spouse * What Liam and Evelyn suffered in the past Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled-Amara for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
This story is really an emotional heart string tugger. Honestly, Liam and Evelyn's story gave me some complicated feelings. Liked it I did but there were just certain things that kind of didn't set right for me. Not big things and nothin make or break but pet peevish things I guess. I found it super easy to feel for these characters, in fact my heart ached for each of them. This is definitely and engaging read but not always an easy one on your heart. This book does include some content that may be triggers for some readers. None of it is graphic but many things are mentioned, so please be aware and take care of you. This is my candid, volitional review.