Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Highlander for the Holidays (Pine Creek Highlanders #8) by Janet Chapman

Jessie Pringle moved to the small mountain town of Pine Creek, Maine, to start her life again—and to try to put behind her brutal attack that left both her mind and body scarred. But she never expected to meeet someone like Ian MacKeage. Brawny and quick-witted, the green-eyed giant of a man seems to have stepped right out the Scottish Highlands.

As irresistibly drawn to Ian as he is to her, Jessie finds it more and more difficult to deny her own desires. But how long can she keep Ian content with only kisses?

Then, on on of her long walks through the wilderness, she meets a strang, kindly hermit who sells her a walking stick—one imbued with a magic that may allow Jessie to finally be rid of the pain of her past, and to build a future with Ian...

Type: Contemporary Romance, Light Paranormal, Magic
Heat:2 out of 4
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I love books like Highlander for the Holidays. Easy, no pressure, and just fun to read. Ones that might not blow you away but still leave you smiling and in a better mood than when you started them. And really you can't go wrong with a slew of fiercely protective and sexy Highlanders. Add in a touch of magic, unique characters and the holiday season and it's just a damn good time.

Jessie and Ian were great individually and as a couple. Jessie's one of those heroines that lacks physical strength but is incredibly strong and courageous none the less. She has a lot of scars both physical and mental from a brutal attack years earlier but with the help of her service dog, Toby, is moving on with her life. Pretty damn amazing. Jessie can be a little...prickly and the girl's got sass but in a totally endearing way. Ian lovingly calls her his hedgehog which I thought was too damn cute. Now, Ian? He's so rocking the old world alpha male thing and is just a delicious hero. He's completely passionate and into his woman. Just a touch controlling and in command. Mmmhmm. Plus he has a way with animals. Yeah I'm so a goner over him. Together they're pretty perfect. Ian was just the right man to help her overcome her body issues. I'd say this one leans more towards sweet than hot but I loved it and there were still some shiver worth moments. 
Oh yeah; his chest still hurt from the blow she'd given him earlier, and was now throbbing quite painfully with wanting her. Keeping her lips occupied while being mindful she wasn't very limber, Ian maneuvered Jessie onto his lap and tucked her head into the crook of his arm to get serious about loving her mouth.
Chapman created a fun group of characters with some interesting twists I thoroughly enjoyed. I do wish more of the action scenes had taken place on page instead of just being recapped after the fact. But still a great read that has me looking forward to going back now and checking out the rest of the books in the series. If you love Highlanders and are looking for a fun/easy read you should definitely check this one out. 

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Who's your favorite Highlander hunk? Silly? Serious? How do you like em?


  1. Sounds like a fun read, and YES, I'm going to try it! Thanks for the review. BTW, I'm loving this whole Christmas in July theme!

    1. Aw thanks :) I'm having fun with the whole Christmas thing. The dogs even wearing a jingle bell collar. He's not so thrilled with his mom ;)

      Hope you enjoy this one. It was pretty entertaining. Just got my hands on book one and am gonna dig into that one soon!

  2. my favorite highlander is serious, strong body, and thanks to make the review. i have the book but already not read yet, i must looking in my cabinet..

    1. Have you read Karen Marie Monings Highlanders? I love them! Nice and broody but still a lot of humor.

      I've had this one for a while too just sitting. Glad I finally picked it up :)


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