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I received these from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a pretty good highlander story but I have to say I was not in love with it. It drove me crazy that the characters just did not talk to each other it would have solved a bunch of problems. Then I did not like how everything came down to the guy being the bad guy I think she needed to take some of the blame. Otherwise it was a fairly decent read.

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3.5 ⭐️

Shane and Lindsay are fated to marry as Shane comes back to be the laird of his clan and Lindsay’s dad has married her off to him. By sheer chance, they end up meeting, falling in love, and marrying without realizing they were supposed to marry anyways. Shane was an emotionally wounded, protective man and Lindsay was a fierce, independent woman, and together they help each other heal from past traumas.

I don’t love the keeping a huge secret trope, but I do love a good falling in love before you know you’re fated trope. The big battle toward the end was very anticlimactic - I think the whole thing lasted 3 pages despite the worry and prep taking a solid 30. But it did get them to the bigger climax of finding where their stolen money had gone, so I understand downplaying it a little.

Overall, it was a cute story, but my favorite character was the dog Tre, not one of the humans. Except maybe Tori, she was a spitfire and I’d love to see how she makes her own life turn out.

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing/Amara for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!

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Shane has returned home after being out of the country for years. He's back to takeover as laird after the death of his father. But he's not quite ready for them to all know he's back yet, so he stays in his stepbrother's cottage in the woods and enjoys his peace for as long as he can. While there, he happens across a young woman who peaks his interest. Lindsay is in the country to marry the laird. The arrangement has been made with her father. But she isn't happy in the area and wants to find a way to get sent home.

Shane and Lindsay meet and are quickly drawn to one another. But they know they have other obligations - - they just don't realize that it's to each other. If only they really talked to one another, it sure would help. But it does keep things interesting in the book as they fall in love with one another and are dreading the day that their real lives catch up to them.

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.

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I liked this book. The story was engaging, and it held my interest and kept me entertained. Lindsay and Shane had good chemistry, and I thought their romance was quite swoony and very romantic.

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I really enjoyed this story! Following Shane and Lindsay's love story as they slowly fell in love while keeping secrets from each other. Watching how they worded their conversations so that they never "actually" lied to each other, they just withheld pertinent information! My only regret, not seeing someone get their final come-uppance in this story. Now I can't wait to see what Shane did to Alex and how Ronan is going to get his ending! Thank you for the advanced copy! It was a joy to read!

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3.5/5 Overall quite enjoyed this book! I would almost say I wanted more (length wise) simply because the pacing was so good that I was done before I even realized. Although I feel the MMC was a little too hung up on previous relationship and overly morbid, I still absolutely loved Shane as a character and all that he stood for. Lindsey was very relatable and I loved the small twists in the story. I’m always down for anything Highlander and will make me giggle with glee at their flirting. Loved!

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POV: 3rd person, dual pov

This is what you would expect from a romance Highlander novel. It was cute but I got to about 60% and felt like I had read this story before……

It was a good read and a good story. But it wasn’t extraordinary. It felt like just another book to tick off the TBR.

Thank you to Net Galley for being selected to read this book as an arc! Happy Reading!

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Delightful and heartwarming romance!

This one line sums up the entire storyline better than anything I can say:

"They’d married each other to avoid marriage to… each other."

If you want to know how that's even possible, then buckle up and hang on for an emotional, action-packed love story of feuding clans and broken hearts and duty vs. the heart.

Shane and Lindsay meet while they're both avoiding their familial responsibilities, the chemistry between them strong enough to keep them avoiding the inevitable as long as possible. Shane is honorable but still tortured by his past; Lindsay is resourceful and strong despite the trauma she's endured.

I really enjoyed the plot structure - the reader knows everything that Shane and Lindsay don't yet know about each other, and that suspense adds so much depth to their actions and assumptions. Once the secrets are out, though, things get even more complicated as the rest of their families discover what's been going on right under their noses. The author gave us a strong cast of secondary characters with a few set up for their own upcoming romances, and I am looking forward to reading each one.

Everything I've read by this author has been outstanding, and I highly recommend this stellar start to a new series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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What happens when 2 people who were betrothed in marriage by their parents do when they meet each other incidentally without benefit of introduction? Shane McPherson, new Laird to the McPherson clan pretends to be merely a soldier returning to his clan and she Lindsay Wallace, pretends to be a member of an opposite, enemy clan just visiting to care for an ailing aunt. When Shane marries Lindsay to protect her from her relative's abuse, they have no knowledge that they are the person the other has been avoiding meeting. At first I didn't think I would like the premise of this storyline but as I kept reading I was able to appreciate the notion of two strangers who were determined to avoid marrying the person they were contractually bound to. Shane needed Lindsay to show him that he could find and love someone else despite his wanting to punish himself for the death of his first beloved wife. Lindsay needed Shane to be the love she was searching for so she no longer had to be a pawn used by her father to make an alliance with another clan. I think the ruse went on too long but it was a satisfying read

I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review

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I received this book as an eARC and would like to thank Entangled Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity. I really enjoyed this book. It was slower than my typical read but really well paced. This is a book for you if you love historical romances, second chance love, learning how to trust yourself, slow burns with a touch of heartbreak, healing, and secrets.

Shane and Lindsey are supposed to be married, they just don’t know it’s to each other yet. They build a great friendship and keep lots of secrets especially about their true identities from each other even after they sneak away to get married.

Make sure you read this book to find out the answers to the secrets and what all happens.

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First, I had a bit of trouble with the book, but nothing I can pinpoint.
Overall I enjoyed this book, I liked Lindsay and Shane. The villains were villaining, And there was plenty of action happening to move the story forward.

Shane MacPherson has been away from his home and clan for about five years. Still haunted by years of war and the loss of wife, he must step into his place as the new laird of Clan MacPherson,

Before he can make his way to the castle, he encounters a woman in the forest in need of a little help.

Lindsay Wallace does not want to call MacPherson's land home. She first needs to survive the month with her horrible uncle before she is to wed the newest laird of Clan MacPherson. It's a peace offering between clans Wallace and MacPherson.

She has no interest in marrying her betrothed. And when the soldier who came to her rescue offers marriage to protect her, she chooses to say yes.

Will they be able to survive when their secrets are revealed?

Thanks so much to the author, Entangled and NetGalley for this ARC to review.

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Ugh historical romances are so hit or miss bjt HIGHLAND romances are never miss, no matter the author.

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Broody/Loveable Highlander ✅
Arranged Marriage ✅
Secret Identities ✅

I loved the way these two loved each other and the highs and lows that they had to go through!

This is a great romance story!! Loved it!! 😍

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Enjoyed everything about this one! They both had secrets and didn’t want the marriage forced on them. There were lots of barriers in their way and a lot of villains trying to disrupt their future. Like the stepmom who was basically a scam artist she was a fun one. Loved their secret little romance before they realized who they were to each other. I love this time era too in the scottish highlands and the weeks away just to send a message to the neighboring clans. It seems so simple and rugged.

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Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for this arc. I didn't really like this book as much as I hoped I would.

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Pros: likeable characters, good setting, easy to read, HEA

Cons: entire book is miscommunication trope, which is so frustrating to me (I understand this is a personal preference, but I do not enjoy it), somewhat predictable

Overall, I did like Lindsay and Shane's story, but I felt the book could have been much shorter. It seemed much of the story was added just to have more conflict to lengthen the book. The writing itself was well done and it was a good palette cleanser for books with darker themes.

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This was a very cute story with a pretty predictable outcome. I liked the characters and I loved how strong willed the main woman was. She didn't back down and was willing to do things to make changes in her life.

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Scottish historical romances are some of my favorite and this one was right up there. Shane and Lindsey make a lovely couple, they are both running from planned marriages that happen to be with each other without them being aware they are supposed to marry each other. Of course, the truth comes out after they've already fallen and married each other leading to a whole different set of issues.
I really enjoyed their romance and how they interact with each other. Shane is a great guy who goes out of his way to help Lindsey and her cousins. The setting was beautiful, the pacing was great, and the characters made the perfect couple. I can't wait to see where the series is going to go next.

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What a fun read! I thought the characters were relatable and written well. They both had problems that they had to work through on their own, but complimented each other well. I probably will reread this over and over again.

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This is the first time I have read anything by this author or historical romance that isn't an regency. It was a solid first read. I will say that it was a bit of a slow start/burn but once the storyline gets going, it's a quick read.

Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this eARC

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