Sunday, December 11, 2011

Seduced by the Highlander by Julianne MacLean

I'm on the fence about this book. I really enjoyed MacLean's previous series (Pembroke) and MacLean wrote one of my favorite romance novels of all time (The Mistress Diaries) -- but this book confused me.

The premise seemed a bit implausible -- Lachlan believes the curse that Raonaid placed on him and seeks her out to have the curse removed. It takes him 3 years to find her.

Catherine has no memories of the last 5 years of her life. She believes Lachlan would be able to help her regain them and asks him to bring her back to the Highlands.

Then they discover she's a twin. And they apparently know Raonaid's whereabouts (she's the lover of the Macdonald's mortal enemy -- and Lachlan's cousin's brother-in-law.) O_o

When Raonaid and Catherine first meet, there is no doubt that they are twins -- and they decide to travel back to the Montgomery estates to confront their family and to find answers.

And Lachlan finds out from Raonaid that the curse isn't real. (There's a bit of inconsistency in Lachlan -- he knows Raonaid is a seer and even once mentioned that she wasn't a witch -- didn't it occur to him that curses were not something Raonaid could do in the first place?)

There's a lot of traveling and a lot of wanting but not having in this book -- Maclean is very good at moving the story forward but there was very little substance in between the major moments of the story.

Lachlan and Catherine didn't have much chemistry -- and their back stories are not that compelling.

Julianne MacLean is publishing a Regency (?) romance next -- I'm really looking forward to that one.



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