This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands
Series: Highlanders #5
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Length: 9 hours, 46 minutes
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Edith Drummond owes her life to Niels Buchanan and his brothers. Waking after an illness to a castle overrun by rugged Highlanders is disconcerting, but so is learning that she’s slowly being poisoned. Niels insists on staying by her side, and Edith soon discovers that even more dangerous is her wild attraction to the fierce warrior.
Niels has never met a more courageous—or enticing—woman than Lady Edith. The idea of such a bonny lass being forced to enter a nunnery is more than any red-blooded Scotsman could bear. He’ll gladly marry her himself. But while sweeping her off her feet is easy, it’ll take all his skill to defeat her family’s relentless enemies, and convince her to surrender to his sweet embrace.
I do so love the Highlander series by author Lynsay Sands! There is something about the Buchanan family that is quite enjoyable. All the brothers are powerful and have a code of honor that would any woman swoon with delight. Their sister, Saidh, is also quite the feisty little hellcat. In Surrender to the Highlander, Saidh was concerned for her friend Edith Drummond. Saidh had tried repeatedly to get in contact with her friend to no avail. Fed up with no answers, Saidh was ready to get on her horse and go to Drummond herself to check on her friend. Her husband Greer MacDonnell though, was extremely against that idea given that his wife was four months pregnant with possible twins.
Not only was her husband against Saidh going, so too were her brothers. Though they all tried to talk her out of it, she was too concerned about her friend to listen to reason. As a compromise Saidh’s brothers, Rory, Alick, Niels, and Geordie, promised to go check on Edith and make sure she was okay in place of Saidh. That way they could see how Edith fared but that their sister would stay put and not risk herself or her unborn. The brothers weren’t thrilled about this task, especially Niels, but they knew that their stubborn sister would not rest until she knew what has been keeping her friend from sending word as to her welfare.
When the brothers got to Drummond they quickly realized that the situation was dire. They learned that Edith was barely alive and no one knew what the cause of her illness was, just that it had affected others in her family and that she has been battling the illness for several weeks and they did not expect her to be alive much longer. Despite not wanting to be there the brothers knew that they needed to be there. Rory was a great healer and had to at least try and see if there was anything he could do to help Edith. To do anything less would not be the Buchanan way, not to mention that their sister would never forgive them if they did not at least try.
Luckily Rory was able to help Edith from passing away and she grew stronger with each passing day. Also with each passing day Niels attraction to Edith grew. Niels knew that this fiery woman was compassionate, resourceful, and everything he never knew that he wanted in a woman. Now all he had to do was convince Edith that she wanted him too. What Niels did not realize though was that Edith was going to need little convincing. All the Buchanan men were incredibly attractive but there were many things about Niels that attracted Edith beyond his amazing good looks. Together Edith and Niels would explore their growing attraction but they would also follow the clues to determine who was responsible for making Edith and her family sick in the first place.
Surrender to the Highlander is the fifth book in the Highlander series and it was just as an enjoyable read as the previous four! I love the positive sibling relationships as well as at the banter that occurs between the brothers. They may joke and squabble at each other, as well as use the foulest language, but they are also very honorable men and they will always do what is right. Love these characters! Edith was also a memorable character and the romance that develops between her and Niels was very swoon worthy. There is mystery, danger, seduction, and action in Surrender to the Highlander and it is also a book I highly recommend!
*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & HarperCollins for this eARC of Surrender to the Highlander*