A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss, by Paula Quinn

5 enjoying the highlander spirit stars!!



There is something about highlander romances that just sweeps you off your feet.  I don’t know if it’s the language in them or the thought of those tough men in kilts…Oh wait I’m getting ahead of myself you might actually want to hear about the book haha.



Onto the characters… have I ever mentioned that I love strong heroines??? No what? You haven’t been following my blog long then.  I LOVE strong female characters.  Temperance was definitely that and more.  The fact that most of the men in town are afraid to even court her because she is so strong willed lead me to believe that she is going to be the perfect heroine.  Temperance is betrothed to her best friend William.  While she doesn’t love William she realizes that if her father dies she will need to marry him to protect the town. Her father promises to give her 20 years to think it over.. which goes to show just how sweet her father is.  When the black rider’s come to town to avenge a fallen rider shot by her father, or so they think.  Then things spiral out of control from there.  I really enjoyed how Temperance immediately said she was going to avenge her father and no one could hold her back. Her spitfire is something I personally lack so it was really enjoyable to connect with her and have that passion even though it was only in a book.

Cailean oh my… that poor… poor man.  He seriously just needed a big cuddle or something he was so tortured.  Cailean is a black rider he has a frozen heart from losing loved ones.  I loved the fact that one of the loved ones that broke his heart to loose was not a human.  I hope that wasn’t a spoiler but honestly that one broke my heart more than the human one.  He doesn’t want to love anyone again because of these past hurts, but once he sees Temperance he can’t help but be drawn to her. Not only is she gorgeous but she has a spit fire temper to match his own.  I loved how he basically put her on a pedestal even though he was trying to repent for actions she didn’t know he had a hand in.

While I will say that this plot was kind of obvious I didn’t really care because I enjoyed the characters so much.  Even the side characters had me falling in love with them. I had never read anything by this author before so the fact that I enjoyed the side characters goes to show how well written her characters are.  This is a connected series but I don’t think reading in order matters since it didn’t mess me up at all for this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Forever for the advanced copy in lieu of my honest review.

goodreads link here


book blurb…

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2016 by Forever
ISBN 1455535303 (ISBN13: 9781455535309)


Christmas may be coming to Linavar, but Temperance Menzie is far from joyful. Grief-stricken over the death of her father at the hands of the Black Riders, she almost didn’t see the wounded stranger in the woods. And now she’s determined to give this braw, brooding Highlander the help she couldn’t give her father. But there’s a secret lurking in the depths of his blue-gray eyes. And Temperance won’t rest until she uncovers it . . .


A killer for hire. It’s the last thing Cailean Grant ever thought he’d become, but being part of the Black Riders was his only way to survive. Now, his guilt grows day by day, along with his desire for the beautiful, brave lass nursing him back to health. As Christmas, the season of miracles, draws near and the truth of his identity threatens to come out, Cailean must risk the only thing he has left to lose-his heart.

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