Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Series) by Mary Wine
Overview by Publisher:
Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He’s used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he’ll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant… Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.
This was a great Highland story! I have just booked a trip to London and Scotland in the spring and reading this book made me so excited to go! Not because I expect to be transported back to the time of James Stewart, but because of the culture and history that is abundant in the Highlands.
Marcus is the war chief for the MacPherson clan. After Outlander, many people understand what the war chief position entails. Marcus is a tough man and works to protect his clan. Part of that was actions that happened in the first book of the series. He kidnapped Helen Grant from her home in the Highlands in retaliation for her families actions and brings her to the MacPherson keep. There is history between these two when the story starts, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this book without reading the first.
Helen is repeatedly called a vixen in the story. She is a very strong willed woman who leads men in the Highlands (and lowlands) on a chase. She demands respect and is smart. It was easy to respect Helen and her battles with Marcus. She is not from a wealthy clan and doesn’t have a lot of monetary assets, but she has pride.
Marcus wants Helen. He chases after her when she escapes the MacPherson hold. He follows her to court and finds himself entangled in royal affairs. What is so interesting about this story is the machinations of the royal court and how women were used like trading cards. While it was grotesque how women were treated, it was interesting and an effective plot point to highlight how important it was that Helen stood her ground with men.
Back at MacPherson land, the danger to Helen and Marcus doesn’t abate. Between the burgeoning romance there is many plots to undermine the clan and the politics of the Highlands. This is the best kind of historical romance story – one that blends a romance and political intrigue. Marcus and Helen share some very intense sexual moments and it was the perfect blend of story and action.
This story has it all. An alpha male, a saucy lady, danger and the beautiful Highlands as a backdrop. If you like historical romance set in Scotland, definitely give this book a try!