Book Review: The Highland Renegade by Amy Jarecki

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What a fun, enjoyable read! I loved the different personalities among all the characters, and the author did a wonderful job showing how polarizing politics was during that time period. It was interesting to see the interactions between the English soldiers and the Scottish highlanders, in particular. The other great thing about this book is that is entirely understandable even if you haven't read the previous books in the series, and, as the fifth book, that means if you like it, you have four other books you can dive into immediately. For seven generations Clan Cameron and Clan Grant have been at odds. And during that time, they have stolen each other's cattle, challenged each other to duels, and at the very least, caused a great ruckus each time they came near each other. When Janet Cameron comes to Inverlochy to celebrate Samhain, her hope is to find herself a man she could love and marry. Who she finds is a lecherous English soldier who won't take no for an answer and an arrogant, beautiful Scottish laird who won't believe her when she says her family didn't steal his cattle. Robert Grant has no reason to believe her, and he has every reason to hate her family, but when he sees an English soldier abuse her, he sets family rivalry aside to assist. What results is a race through the Scottish highlands, forced proximity in the elements, and an undeniable attraction that must be fought if peace is to be kept. Janet and Robert were perfectly matched in personality, and though they each misunderstood each other from the start, they weren't so arrogant as to be blind when circumstances change. I loved how Janet stood up for herself, not only to Robert but also to her brother and to her father. She refused to be managed, and she made sure everyone understood that. Robert obviously admired Janet quickly once they spent more time together. He had a good heart and recognized the same in Janet, particularly when she befriended her sister and didn't look down on her for her disability. The only downside to this relationship was, to be entirely honest, the sole sex scene. Just one. And it was a little corny - for example, the line "Ride me like a stallion colt" was mentioned, and I just couldn't help but laugh. However, besides that scene, I felt very moved by the story and became very excited at the prospect of another book in the series. Hopefully Janet's friend Ciar will get the next book! I highly recommend this book to those who love a strong heroine, an honorable hero, and a slow burn romance. **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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