The Hellion and the Highlander
Lynsay Sands
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The Hellion and the Highlander
Lynsay Sands
384 pages
February 2010
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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The problem with The Hellion and the Highlander: it isn't very interesting. Feisty, red-haired heroine (there's a surprise) meets manly Scottish warrior, marries him, falls in love, and helps to solve a not-very-mysterious mystery. That's it, really. There are 373 pages of story, but the actual content is fairly meager.

Lynsay Sands can write books pretty quickly - you only have to see how many she publishes in a year to realize this. This book really reveals the flaws in this method of writing; it seems that the author didn't have time to put together a real story. There's little character development, the hero speaks in monosyllables most of the time (and doesn't seem that arresting, apart from being rather a New Man for the times) and the heroine's undertakes some questionable actions. I'd think it would be considered slightly bad form to partially poison your new in-laws, but this seems to be considered okay.

Sands's Argeneau series has become tired, and it seems that this Highland offshoot group of books is the same. There's nothing particularly wrong with this book - it just doesn't have enough in it to keep a reader's attention.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2010

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