Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Review: Highland Storms - Christina Courtenay

Genre: Historical romantic fiction
Pages: 416
Published: Nov 1, 2011
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source. For review

Brice Kinross thinks he’s very different from his flamboyant father and younger brother Jamie, and the only thing he wants out of life is to settle down with the girl he loves. When she jilts him in favour of his brother, however, he is forced to rethink. Taking over his father’s Scottish estate and becoming the next chief of the clan suddenly seems very appealing, but the Scottish Highlands in 1754 is not the hospitable and welcoming place Brice remembers from childhood. In order to successfully take over his inheritance, he’ll need to discover qualities he never knew he possessed. And when he meets a woman who is more than his match and a villain hell-bent on taking what belongs to Brice, life begins to get interesting again .

My thoughts:
I had missed it when I started but soon realized it (yes I do not always pay attention), this is actually a sequel to Trade Winds that was released last years. But you do not need to read that book to read this one. This book is about Brice Kinross, the son of the main couple of Trade Winds.

Brice goes from Sweden to Scotland to take over as Laird. He is nice, a bit heartbroken, and looking for something. Our heroine, Marsaili, is trying her best to be good at her job, and not end up like her mother. Used and abused by men she could not say no to. The attraction is there when they meet, but it takes a while for them to realize it. Because nothing is never easy now is it.

The book is then about him taking over as Laird and dealing with that. Because the man who took care of the land embezzled the money, and Brice is trying to catch him in the act. The bad guy is such a gross creepy man who I just want to knee in the groin, well done on the bad guy. Seton, that bastard! He is going to make things hard for both of them.

The book has its share of danger, excitement, romance and the last 100 pages are truly the best in the book because the danger is always near. My heart is in my throat and I speed my way through them to see if there can be a happy ending for these too. 

I would not call this historical romance, and neither fiction, it's a middle thing and it fits it well.

I have read two books by her before and I must say that this one was my favorite because of those last pages, she sure kept it interesting and it sure was dark there for a while.

Swirly things! :D


  1. Glad to know it's a stand-alone book. I love the cover!

  2. I am glad you can read this one on its own. So many series around at the moment.
    I do love the cover. Very wintery.

  3. The cover screams "winter is coming"! I might try it when the snow falls and the evenings become even longer and darker. A great review!

  4. Very interesting review, I want to read this one!

  5. Don't you just love a really great villain? The ones that make my knee itch to ram into their nether regions are always the ones I enjoy hating the most:)

  6. maaaaan, I hate putting all that energy into reading a book then realizing that it's a part of a series. *sighs* They need to announce it more clearly. And grrrrrr. Winter makes me sad. lol

  7. What a pretty cover! Great review.

  8. Anna
    The cover is so pretty and much prettier when you see it for real.

    Very wintery indeed, and nice to look at since there is no snow here yet

    Winter is coming? Oh no, warn the Starks! Has the wall fallen too?

    * obviously someone who likes fantasy too much , points at self*

    Yay :)

    Yes we should call them knee in groin Villains, or KIGV for short ;)

  9. @ Winter is coming? Oh no, warn the Starks! Has the wall fallen too?

    LOL! Yes, I wanted to warn them but imagine, when I arrived to Winterfell nobody was home...strange...I've heard Lord Eddard Stark lost his head somehow...and his wife is undead...

  10. Carole
    It does say on the cover sequel to Trade Winds *blush* it was just I who had too much on my mind. Trust me it is very obvious

    So lovely :)

    I heard that too, strange times ahead when the undead walk among us. I also heard young Snow is in trouble

  11. oooohhh! A knee to the groin isn't the best feeling in the world, so guy must be pretty nasty.

  12. Oh this one sounds interesting. I like swirly things too! LOL I'm also happy you didn't know it was book #2. Now I know you understand when I do it! ;D

  13. I do like the cover! I'm glad you liked the book. It sounds pretty good!

  14. I like that the book still had you in its grip with 100 pages left. I think the cover is great!

  15. I'm glad it's not just me who misses things like that when starting a book!

  16. Sounds like a great book- especially if you didn't realize it was a sequel. :) I am interested in reading this book.


  17. This sounds right up my alley. Anything Scottish grabs my attention.
    Nice review!

  18. This one sounds brilliant, and the cover is lovely! Great review :)

  19. oooh sounds like a gothic historical! nice!

  20. Thank you for the lovely review, Blodeuedd, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, especially the villain! And thanks to everyone else for your comments, great that you all like the cover (I have to confess it's my favourite) :)

  21. Missie
    So nasty, he deserves more, several knees to the groin in fact

    Well at least I had read book 1 ;) My brain is just very very empty, lol

    Swirly things rock

    It was :)

    And it says so on the cover, omg, by brain!

  22. Fairday
    I am just Miss Scatter Brain :) I am sure I knew it when I got it..but when I started it, lol, all forgotten

    Anything Scottish is lovely, just lovely

    It was very nice :D And the bad guy, omg, so evil and he made it so good

    That would work

  23. Christina
    I am not just saying I love it cos of the castle...ok maybe it is that, lol, all your covers are so lovely but this one is amazing

  24. This one looks like a lot of fun!

  25. lol its ok. I miss obvious things and get mad because I missed it to. =)

  26. Amused
    It was :)

    Then we are two :)

  27. OOh I like the sound of this one, I haven't read anything by this author but I do still think I'd have to read the first one. I know you said it's a good stand-alone but I'm just a bit obsessed about reading a series in order lol

  28. Teddyree
    Lol, I know about that ;) So yes that book OCD can be evil so you better read in order

  29. oh this really excites me for some reason. Loves it!



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