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Highland Wolf

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I have yet to read a book from this author that disappointed me. I love all her books and this is no different! So action packed! I love the kidnapped bride/rescued bride trope lol 4⭐
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I absolutely loved, loved, loved this smart and sexy read!  Highland Wolf delivered a sensual romance and intriguing mystery sprinkled with just enough humor to make me smile.  Conall and Claray’s story was the perfect fusion of passion and fun to keep me turning the page.

Conall rescues Claray from an unwanted, forced engagement on her wedding day.  Claray is instantly intrigued and attracted to Conall.  I loved Claray!  I loved her propensity to attract wounded animals, and Conall’s reaction to her growing menagerie was priceless.  Although exasperated, instead of being angry, Conall was patient and understanding to the sensitive, big-hearted Claray.  Conall is a fierce soldier for hire yet tender-hearted to the lass who unbelievingly falls asleep while he rescues her.  I enjoyed Claray’s spirit; she was caring, compassionate, and open-minded.  It was so sweet to read about Conall’s gentle coaxing of Claray to introduce her to sensuality and love.  

The unfolding of Conall and Claray’s love story was paced perfectly.  Once his mind is decided, Conall doesn’t hesitate to claim Claray and won’t let her go.  Their burgeoning passion is cute and sensual at the same time.  The mystery kept me guessing.  I enoyed how the couple became this loving, hard-working unit that worked together to bring Conall’s home back to its former glory.

The plot flowed and was fast-paced.  The dialogue was intelligent and humorous.  The characters were believable and lovable.  I adored everything about this novel.  Highland Wolf is the tenth book in the Highland Brides series.  Lynsay Sands has delivered an intelligent plot filled with passion and romance that still left enough room to make me laugh.  This was a sunny, effervescent, action-packed story.  There was a perfect balance between the elements of the novel.  Highland Wolf is a fascinating story full of intensity, power, and sensuality.  Lynsay Sands never disappoints, and Highland Wolf is a shining star in her Highland Brides series.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I am a huge Lynsay Sands fan - but I just didn't love this one.  In some ways - it maybe felt too historically accurate? Is that even a thing? Claray was betrothed since birth to the son of a family ally.  Tragically, that son (and his entire family) was murdered.  As a result -  Claray has been left without a path forward.  No one wanted to marry her - and marriage was all she had ever wanted.  When a pretty nasty guy tried to force her into marriage - a mercenary appears and steals her away.  That man, the Wolf, is the betrothed everyone has thought dead for all those years.

The storyline of the book is interesting and well written - but hearing about how terrified Claray was of going to hell because she liked the sex she and her husband were having - was...hard.  I know that is accurate for the time - and is a big plot point in the book - but it felt pretty awful to read about.  

Overall - the book is well written sand keeps the pages turning - but I just didn't love a lot of the plot.

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, but these opinions are all my own.
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A classic bodice highway robbery bride story. I love this trope, and I loved these characters. I had a great time getting to know Cleary and her Scottish Laird fiancee.
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The book opens with Claray MacFarlane being dragged to the chapel to marry. She was visiting her cousin when her uncle proceeded to force her to marry her father’s neighbor Laird MacNaughton, in a plan to obtain her father’s estate.    But thankfully she is saved from that fate when she is rescued by the warrior known as the Wolf – Conall MacDonald.  He tells her he has been sent by her father to bring her home.  And they set out immediately to avoid a confrontation with the MacNaughton.  What Claray doesn’t know is  Conall is actually Bryson MacDonald – her betrothed, whom she has been led to believe died 22 years ago.  Something that is a bit a tender subject, since her father has refused to consider any other suitors for her.  

When his entire family and most of his clan were murdered, he escaped and made his way to his uncle Ross MacKay who changed his name and sent him to be raised by the Sinclairs.  For years he has been working as a mercenary, intending to return to his family home Deagh Fhortan.   Only a handful of people know he didn’t die with his family, Claray’s father among them.  For years he has been asking Conall to marry Claray, and for years Conall has put him off.  But now that she is in danger, he knows the time has come.  During their travels back to her father’s house, he has come to know her and is very attracted to her, which is evidenced by the heated kisses they share.  But he also admires her and is amused by her and her proclivity to find wounded/abandoned animals.  

They reach her father’s home and they are met by the MacKay and two of her Buchanan cousins.  They marry and set off to reclaim Deagh Fhortan.  They arrive and have their work cut out for them, but things are going well between them and it seems like they will have their HEA.  But it is soon clear that someone is still trying to kill them – but is it the MacNaughton or the person who killed Conall’s family?

This was a fun addition to the series and the book was classic Lynsay Sands.  The book is chock full of humor, steamy love scenes, wonderful characters, more than one deranged lunatic, a great supporting cast, several rescued animals, a couple of surprising twists, and finally a well-deserved HEA.  I will admit that book did have a bit of a “Disney Princess” feel to it, but with steamy love scenes instead of bursts of spontaneous song.  But it was fun and I enjoyed it.  It is the tenth book in the series, but this book is very loosely connected and can easily be read as a standalone title.  

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*
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This is the 10th book in the Highland Brides series.  This is the story of Bryce “Wolf” MacDonald and Claray MacFarlane.  Wolf is the nephew of Ross and Annabel MacKay (Highland Brides #1) and also Claray’s betrothed that she thought was dead all these years but has been in hiding.  After saving her from a forced marriage by her uncle, Wolf has fallen for her and now will do anything to protect her.   
The heroin was fun, innocent and quirky while the hero was dark and serious.  They balanced each other.  This was an exciting, laugh-out adventure romance and steamy love scenes.  I am never disappointed with this author.  I love this series and hope it never ends 😊.  
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
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This latest historical from Lynsay Sands while not directly featuring the Buchanans, does still feature some familiar characters from the Highland Bride series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone romance, I do recommend reading the series, simply because they are all highly enjoyable! When a novel opens with a forced marriage and is followed by a kidnapping, you know you're in for quite a ride. Overall, a very enjoyable story featuring an unsolved mystery, more than a few murders and plenty of romance, Essentially, the perfect escape from reality that we're all looking for these days.
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Lynsay Sands has added another great chapter to her amazing Highland Brides series. Highland Wolf is a wonderful story reuniting readers to beloved characters while introducing a new couple and their entertaining journey to happily ever after. Highland Wolf provides the usual twists, mayhem and murder we’ve come to expect and enjoy from Lynsay Sands. Highland Wolf is a pleasurable read, and only whets the appetite for more Highland Brides books in the future.
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Book:Highland Wolf
By Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides, Book #10
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 25, 2022
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Blog Rating: 5 Saltire Flags


Scotland 

Lady Claray MacFarlane’s Uncle who is also Laird Gilchrist Kerr, has abducted his own niece! Kerr is now forcing his niece to marry a man that her father, Laird MacFarlane, has refused on several occasions! As they all know this man Maldouen MacNaughton, is a vile and malicious man with a violent streak! In addition he is only interested in filling his pockets with gold and financial gain. Yet her greedy Uncle does not care about her feelings or welfare at all and is threatening her entire family to get his way. Except as he is dragging her to the alter they get blocked by the handsome Laird Wolf and his three men who grab Claray and takes off meeting his three hundred mercenary warriors in a secluded area. What surprises him the most she isn’t frightened but falls asleep like a kitten in his lap. 

This Wolf is a man who was a mercenary who belonged to no clan but an honorable one who always was on the right side of the law and would win. Even the local bards and troubadour’s would tell stories or sing songs about his winnings in highly romantic light. Something he did not enjoy of his overnight popularity since getting his spurs so young. This Laird Wolf had gotten a message from Claray’s father to rescue his daughter plus this was also the Wolf’s betrothed! Except Claray thinks he’s been dead since he was six years old as they havre been betrothed since infancy. Except Claray think is he is dead as his real name is Bryson MacDonald whose parents were the Laird Bean and Lady Giorsal MacDonald of castle Deagh Fhortan. As they were all murdered through poison when he was six years old. Bryson who they renamed Conall to hide his identity from the true killers who murdered his clan and the few survivors were hidden by the his Aunt Annabel and Uncle Ross MacKays ( An English Bride in Scotland, book #1). Claray’s parents also knew his real identity as they all were protecting and hiding him.

 As Conall got older he felt most of the MacDonald’s that survived knew his real name due that he looked so much like his father. His friends still called him Conall, even knowing his real name and os Laird Wolf was his mercenary name. Of course more followed him knowing his real identity too and became mercenaries with him as they knew he had been saving money to rebuild his clan and his people. Many of the survivors are with him and he knows the only way to save this Claray is to marry her. Before he never knew her and knew her father was going to break their betrothal arrangement if he didn’t marry Claray. Well he didn’t even know who she was and would of agreed, but now that he knows this beautiful wee woman he wasn’t going to let anyone else have her. He was jealous when his cousin flirted with her. So he does exactly which happens early on in this adventure. He finds this woman who is also a vengitarian and the savior of orphaned and abused and defenseless animals she finds in the forest. A habit he knows he must stop but doesn’t have the heart to, yet soon this attraction turns to love. Except both of them have targets on their backs, as their lives are in danger from the man she never married who is obsessed with her inheritance and also the muderer of his parents and clan has never been found and they have had a couple close calls. For Conall/ Bryson his biggest surprise was this woman who he craves had found a soft spot in the center of his heart. 

Get swept aways in Conall and Claray’s adventure and read another magnificent Lynsay Sands novel from start to finish. A book I couldn’t put down and highly recommend. You can read this as stand alone book even if you haven’t read the other books in the series. Of course I love connecting the character dots myself like seeing an older version of ee'Annabel and Ross MacKay who was the very first book in this series 

This is the tenth Lynsay Sands book I have read in her wonderful Highland Brides series, it absolutely blew me aways and touched my heart. Me being a. Big animal love and a collector of strays I understood exactly how Claray felt and she made me laugh and smile a lot too, I loved that she her the strong silent hero wrapped around her finger too. This perfect was written in a unique and special way that just draws readers in and o can’t recommend this beautiful enough .

Highland Bride Series by Lynsay Sands
An English Bride In Scotland-Book #1
To Marry A Scottish Laird-Book #2
The Highlander Takes A Bride-Book #3
Falling For The Highlander-Book #4
Surrender to the Highlander-Book #5
The Highlander’s Promise-Book #6
The Wrong Highlander-Book #7
Hunting For The Highlander-Book #8
Highland Treasure-Book #9
Highland Wolf-Book #10

Disclaimer: I received an advance readers copy of this book from Avon/ HarperCollins Publishers and I voluntarily agreed to do an honest , fair, review and blog through netgalley, All thoughts, ideals and words are my own,

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I usually like Lynsay Sands highland books but I just couldn't get into this one. I like a little more tension between the main characters to start with. The lady is so a super animal person and I just am not so it was hard to relate.
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This one didn’t work as well for me as previous installments of Sands’ Highlander series. It might be because I tend to be a mood reader and I just wasn’t in the right headspace, but this one felt off to me. 

Claray is to be wed to her archenemy, who will surely murder her for access to her clan and lands. She’s kidnapped the day of her wedding by Conall, also known as The Wolf, a mercenary known for his bravery and cunning. 

Turns out that he is her former betrothed, thought to be dead for many years after everyone is his clan was murdered. 

Look, there’s gonna be a lot of murderers in this book to mull over. And a lot of animals because apparently Claray is a red headed, pescatarian one-woman animal rescue. 

The couple will have to figure out if the attacks on them are coming for Conall, Claray, or them both, all while restoring Conall’s abandoned home to its former glory. 

This was a potato chip read: light, not particularly filling, but it was enough to entertain. 3.5 stars out of 5.
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After looking at the various reviews for this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that you just need to read the book to decide what you think about it. Personally, I enjoyed this book and all of the previous books in the series. I always enjoy this author’s books because there is always a witty side to the story along with a serious fight-for-your-life side. In this book, the witty (lighthearted) side is the female lead’s affinity for finding, rescuing, and healing animals – while the male lead growls, but helps care for them. Picture the old Walt Disney version of Cinderella – only with Cinderella helping the animals instead of them helping her.

Bryson MacDonald was betrothed when he was but a babe (as was the custom in that time period). However, at the age of six, his parents and most of his clan were poisoned and died a horrible death. Bryson was meant to have consumed that poison as well, but he didn’t. He’d snuck downstairs to observe the adults and witnessed the deaths. He managed to escape to his uncle’s home where the rescue included them convincing the rest of the world that he had also died. Otherwise, the villain would keep trying until they succeeded in finishing Bryson off. So, his uncle changed his name to Conall, and fostered him out to The Sinclair. Bryson/Conall grew to be a fearsome warrior and earned his spurs at the very early age of sixteen. He has been hiring himself and his warriors out as mercenaries for the past twelve years. His only goal has been to earn enough money to return to his home, Castle Deagh Fhortan, and restore it – turning it into the happy home it once was.

Claray MacFarlane’s uncle has absconded with her and is forcing her to marry Maldouen MacNaughton. She has no choice because there is no way to escape. Just as her uncle is dragging her to the chapel for the wedding, three riders approach. She recognizes one of them as The Wolf who is one of the most fearsome warriors in Scotland. What is he doing here? He approaches her uncle and hands him a scroll – while reaching down and scooping her up onto his horse with him. RESCUED! The Wolf had rescued her – and for some reason – she isn’t fearful of him – just grateful. Her father had sent him and they were on their way back to her home.

Claray had always wondered why her father hadn’t arranged another marriage for her after her betrothed had died. Yet, every time she brought it up, he got angry with her and stopped the conversation. She’d given up on her dreams of a husband and family long ago and accepted that she’d live in her father’s keep and be its mistress for the rest of her days.

Claray and Conall spend days and days together during the long trek to her father’s home and they become close. When he tells her who he really is, she has little time to digest the information before he and her father have her standing before the priest and then whisk her off to Castle Deagh Fhortan. The haste is to keep her free from MacNaughton who isn’t one to give up easily. The danger is two-fold – MacNaughton giving chase AND the murderer who killed his entire clan twenty-two years ago.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and admired both Claray and Conall. I would have rated it 5-stars except I thought one of the antagonists was dealt with far too easily. The other, however, kept you guessing to the end and parts of it were more than surprising. I would have liked seeing Conall and his warriors taking a more proactive approach to finding out who the murderer was rather than just sitting back and waiting for things to happen. Yes, I know it had been twenty-two years, but most of the surviving members of the clan were right there – it would have been easy enough to at least question them about what they remember.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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4.5⭐ 

This was my first Lynsay Sands book, and even though it was the 10th book in a series I've never read, I was able to read this without feeling like I was missing something. 

Pros:
- Characters were likable 
- I felt like I was in the Scottish Highlands with them
- Good plot and slow burn romance

Cons:
- Female leads actions sometimes were a bit childish for a 22 yr old (which in those times was pretty much middle aged)

Now that I'm aware that there is 10 other books and one of the stories is of the Aunt, who was almost a nun... I will be reading another Lynsay Sands book 😄
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Thank you Net Galley in exchange of this book for an honest review.


𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 (𝗶𝗻 𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀):⁣

They call him the Wolf. The mercenary's courage and prowess in battle are known throughout the Highlands, and with his handsome face and black-as-sin hair, he was as intelligent and deadly as the wolf he was named for...

But the Wolf is also Claray's betrothed. Thought to have been killed as a child, he'd been in hiding all these years. Now, he's determined to earn enough coin to rebuild his home, reclaim his birthright, and honor his marriage contract to Claray. For he's fallen for the tender-hearted lass...and he will do anything to protect her and their future together.

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗜 𝘃𝗶𝗯𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵:⁣

•Claray and her ability to find and rescue all sorts of helpless and adorable animals.

•Squeak, Lovey, and Stubborn Bastard.

•The first half of the story, including Clarays rescue and subsequent adventure.

•The smexy stuff. 


𝗜 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻… 𝗼𝗸𝗮𝘆 𝗜 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘀:⁣

•The dialogue. Did it drag for me in some parts? Yes. Am I mad about it? Not particularly. The truth is that it's not my favorite style to read but it's true to the country and the dialect of the time and area. So I can't be mad, I just found I was focusing on that more than what they were saying. 


𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗺𝗲, 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂: ⁣

•The end felt choppy in parts. Specifically, where we figure out the who done it and the why. It made sense.... sure. But didnt feel diabolical enough to justify killing an entire clan. It just lost me.


𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝗲𝘁?⁣

•3.5 high fives. 

Lost 1 for the choppy ending 

Lost .5 foe the dialogue


Final thoughts:

I love Lynsay Sands. Her Highland romances always tickle me and make me feel good. They're easy, enjoyable escapes.
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From my understanding this is part of a series. I have not read the rest of this series. I had no trouble with jumping in with this book. There was no feeling of being lost or confused of what was going on. The book was enjoyable and explained much with out going in info dump area. It was a nice flow. Once I was a few pages in and knew who was who and what was what, the story picked up. There was some nail biting moments for sure. A few unanswered questions about the ending. I was hoping for a sweet epilogue, but sadly it wasn’t there. Maybe another installment for this couple, as I fear their journey is just begun. Overall I really enjoyed this read and can’t wait to read more.
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I was really looking forward to a highlander romance, but this one didn't work.  I don't know if it was the complicated story line or all of the characters or how the accents were written, but it was very hard to follow and stay engaged in.  Thanks for letting me give it a try.
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I am coming to leave that I like Lynsay Sands historical romances. I am not a fan of her paranormal stuff. I loved this. I love how this series all interconnects at some point. I loved the story behind Conall and how Claray understood his reasons behind what he did. There was no fighting or miscommunication which I have to admit I do kind of enjoy in historicals. I think that’s the only problem I had with this story. There was no drama between the main characters and at times that got a little boring. Other than that I did like this story.
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We start out the book with Claray, who is about to be forced to marry a man while she stays with her uncle. On their way across the courtyard, a group of mercenary men led by a man called “The Wolf” show up to rescue Claray. Unbeknownst to her, the leader is her betrothed whom she thought died as a child. 

Claray’s betrothed had many names, but for the purpose of this review we’ll use Conall. Conall is pretty instantly attracted to Claray, but doesn’t tell her that he’s her childhood betrothed and obvi, not dead. He’s been in hiding since he was a child and someone murdered his whole clan and family. But now that he’s a grown man, he wants to return to his lands and reclaim his title of Laird with Claray. They marry and immediately go about fixing up his keep and surrounding lands that haven’t been attended to in 12ish years. 

It doesn’t seem like Claray and Conall really interact much in this story. They get married because they were betrothed as children and work together to improve Conall’s keep and land. They seem to admire each other as they work hard to achieve their goals, but outside of sex, they don’t really seem to interact a lot. 

Along the way, the subject of physical intimacy and enjoyment comes up frequently. Claray feels like it’s a sin to enjoy having sex with her husband and that she’ll go to hell for it. Eventually she gets over it, but then it comes up strongly with the villainous character. I don’t want to give it away but it goes something like, “evil, lustful ways. I’m doing God’s work to get rid of these evil people who enjoy having sex with their spouse or significant other.” It got to the villainous reveal and I think I laughed out loud at how ridiculous it was. 

I felt like there were other ways that the book could’ve gone, especially in terms of a villain and their reasoning. It seems like Sands really wanted to do something out of the ordinary - which I appreciate, but didn’t necessarily like in this context. It's disappointing, as I’ve really enjoyed her previous Highlander books. Overall, 2.5 stars - enjoyable but had many moments of high improbability, especially in terms of the villain.
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I love Lynsay Sands highland romances, and this one is another winner. 

I enjoyed this story with Clarary MacFarlance and the Wolf, who it turns out is really the man she was suppose to marry but everyone thought was killed with the rest of his family. I liked how she collected animals and how Conall just went with it and helped take care of them on the trip. This book has a couple of really good twist and I did not see it coming who was trying to murder the family.
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This book and series is a delight. Claray is being forced into marriage by her uncle, when mercenary "The Wolf:" rescues her. Little does she know he is actual her betrothed, Conall, who everyone thought died years ago. 

If you looking for a fun, light read with a twist of murder & mystery then this book is for you. Yes, Claray is like your favorite Disney character, but what's wrong with that. Sometimes you just need something sweet to read & this is it. Conall is your typical protective hero. I did not see the culprit behind the murder of Conall's family, so that was a big plus. .

I received this advance review copy from from NetGalley & this is my honest review.
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