Beloved Highlander
Sara Bennett
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Beloved Highlander
Sara Bennett
384 pages
September 2003
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Meg is a flame-headed (and strongheaded) lass who goes on a mission by her father to find Gregor, the man who used to be laird of Glen Dhui, so that he can save the land and Meg herself from being overtaken by marriage to a demented duke. The plot thickens when Megís father thinks he has solved all the problems by suggesting that Meg and Gregor marry. The fun really starts when each party really wants to marry the other but is assailed by worries that the other only wants to marry them for what they can get (Gregorís case) or what they can avoid (Megís case).

Curled Up With a Good BookFrom the moment each character makes an entrance, Sara Bennett does an excellent job of letting the reader into the mind of each character. It is amusing to see in print that some of the same doubts and fears apparently besiege men as much as they do besiege women.

With a skillful touch at inserting speech tags (Och and dinna, to name a few) to indicate the Highlander dialect, Bennett impresses the fact that there are accents involved without letting the dialogue descend into illegible gibberish. She has an ability to describe both the characters and settings quite well so that the reader feels she/he knows what everything and everyone looks like. The plot is believable and moves at a comfortable pace. The secondary characters are as convincing as the main ones and their subplots wrap up in satisfying if brief endings. The sex scenes are adeptly written and are at once tender and passionate and wholly believable.

In short, Beloved Highlander is a very good read for those who like romance novels.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Camden Alexander, 2004

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