A STRANGER'S SMILE Christmas may be coming to Linavar, but Temperance Menzie is far from joyful. Grief-stricken over the death of her father at the hands of the Black Riders, she almost didn't see the wounded stranger in the woods. And now she's determined to give this braw, brooding Highlander the help she couldn't give her father. But there's a secret lurking in the depths of his blue-gray eyes. And Temperance won't rest until she uncovers it . . . A LOVER'S KISS A killer for hire. It's the last thing Cailean Grant ever thought he'd become, but being part of the Black Riders was his only way to survive. Now, his guilt grows day by day, along with his desire for the beautiful, brave lass nursing him back to health. As Christmas, the season of miracles, draws near and the truth of his identity threatens to come out, Cailean must risk the only thing he has left to lose-his heart.
Series: Highland Heirs
Publish Date: September 27, 2016
A READER'S OPINION
A Highlander's Christmas Kiss is a true gem, and one of the most enjoyable Highland romances I've read since Julie Garwood's Ransom. Paula Quinn pulled me into her meticulously woven story of intrigue and passion, laced with battle scars and a delectable supporting cast of characters.
Cailean was an unexpected delight, atypical of many Highland romances where the man is roving about as he pleases with every pretty face he fancies. Not so Cailean, and I'll admit this particular trait endeared him to me all the more. Temperance is as unique as her name, strong and worthy of a man like Cailean. Neither is without blame or heartache, but when two grief-stricken and wounded souls find each other, the magic is indescribable. Their passion made my skin tingle and their tender love rose beyond a tumble in the sheets or a few spoken words.
The Scottish Highlands are indeed a magical place, and one close to my own heart and soul, so I appreciated the author's respect for and description of the setting (though I would have loved a bit more). Her use of the dialect was just enough to bring the accents to life in my mind, but not so much that I was pulled from the story. A perfect balance.
Poignant, sensual, adventurous, and with a keen attention to rich detail and compelling characters, Paula Quinn appears to have mastered the art of Highland romance.
This is the first book I've read by the author, and now please excuse me while I go and buy more.
Format Read: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Provided by the publisher
Reviewed by: MK McClintock
This book has already been reviewed and rated by Books & Benches reviewer, Nicole Laverdure, and received our Reviewer's Top Pick Seal of Distinction.