Title: The Highlander’s Reward (The Stolen Bride Series, #1)
Author: Eliza Knight
Publisher: Eliza Knight
Release Date: July 11, 2012
Category: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Received from author via Magical Musings
She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…
Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she’s more in danger of losing herself.
The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.
Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?
This was my first Eliza Knight book and my first Highlander story. I have found a new author and new series I will be reading in the future! Eliza’s writing is so easy to read and the plot moves along at a great pace. I was hooked from the beginning. I loved Magnus and Arbella from the first scene in which I met them. Such honesty and honor in both of them.
Magnus is a Scotland warrior. Abella is an Englishwoman. Their countries are at war with one another. From the moment Magnus rode in and snatched Arbella away from harm you could see that there was going to be some problems. Magnus did it to protect Arbella, but had some work cut out for him to convince her of it. Both Magnus and Arbella are strong people who did not plan on meeting the way they had. Arbella is thrust into a lifestyle she never imagined or wanted. Some days she loves it and other days she wants to flee back to England. Not only does she have to make a good impression on Magnus’ clan (they never expected him to marry and especially not to an Englishwoman) but she also fears for her family and misses them.
Eliza writes the romance in the story very well. This story has more romance than fighting in it and includes several intimate scenes. I think they were all different, appropriate for the story, characters, and written very well. I enjoyed “growing” with Magnus and Eliza as they developed trust in each other and then love. If you enjoy historical romance with strong, honorable characters, I recommend you try The Highlander’s Reward.
Reviewed by: Amy R.