MacLean’s Passion by Sharon Cullen (Highland Pride #2)

MacLean's Passion by Sharon CullenAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Loveswept

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Pam

Colin MacLean has always felt like a black sheep—especially after his brothers are slain before his eyes in the Battle of Culloden. A smuggler by trade, Colin makes for an embarrassing chieftain. He can’t even save his friends from their British pursuers without getting himself captured. But before he is martyred by the hangman’s noose, Colin escapes with his cellmate, a brave lad he’s come to admire. It’s only in the depths of the Highlands that Colin discovers the lad is a lass—and a bonnie one at that.

Raised by her older brothers, Maggie Sinclair can drink a pint in no time flat and wield a dagger with the best of ’em. Still, men have always excluded her and women have always shunned her. Colin makes her feel different. His wild spirit and rugged good looks have Maggie reconsidering her less than ladylike ways. For the first time, she’s tempted to put on a gown, just to see how Colin would react. She can only imagine what might happen next: a kiss . . . a touch . . . and perhaps enough sultry heat to melt a cold Highland night..

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is the second in a series that is set in the Highlands of Scotland during a tumultuous time when England fought to rule the land.

Colin MacLean has never felt like he belonged, he is now the head of his family but has not acted like it, preferring to smuggle for Scotland and fight for what he thinks it right, and now he is stuck in a jail cell awaiting death. His cellmate is a young lad who never talks but watches everything. When an unlikely person lets him escape, he takes advantage and offers the same to the young lad. The two make their way through the wilds of Scotland and when he succumbs to sickness the lad helps to save him.

Margaret Sinclair was raised by her brother to be more like him than a girl, she is use to wearing britches, using a knife and fighting alongside other men. When she balks at the thought of marriage, something her brother all the sudden wants from her, she runs off to fight the English, only to be caught and thrown in jail. She kept her disguise while in jail because she knew what would happen to her if they knew she was a woman. When given the opportunity to escape with her cellmate, she jumps at the chance, not realizing it will change her life.

An enjoyable story that is fast pace right from the beginning, starting off while the two are in dire straits before they are escaping and running through the wilderness while the English chase them.

Colin is a smuggler by trade but is unsure how his people will accept him now that he is the head of his clan; he does not have a high opinion of himself, many times putting himself down. His father never saw the good person he is.

Maggie is a delight, I love her attitude, she ran from her brother because although he raised her like a boy, he is now ready for her to act like a lady and marry a man who is questionable at best. She is feisty, unapologetic about how she acts and I truly enjoyed her spunk. The two of them together are fun and entertaining and their witty banter had me smiling several times, yet with the many things going on around them, the romance is slow to burn as it is hard for them to be together. Although he is surprised when he finds out who she really is he is equally surprised by her strength, attitude and intelligence. She is defiant and willing to fight anyone who does not let her be the person she wants.

This is a thriller until the end, as Colin and Maggie travel with the others to retake his home from the Englishman who had originally captured him and threw him in jail. There is something that Colin needs to prove, to his people, to Maggie and the man who had him imprisoned. This is the second book in the series but you could easily read it as a standalone as the author keeps the reader up to date explaining previous characters. I enjoyed the author’s voice and although the subject shows a dark place in history, the story is entertaining and engaging. I am looking forward to the next book, a man who is known by many but whose side of the war is he really on?

I give MacLean’s Passion by Sharon Cullen 4 stars!

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