Friday 2 November 2018

Audio: The Highlander who Protected Me - Vanessa Kelly

Book 1 in the Clan Kendrick series
Author Vanessa Kelly
Narrated by Ruth Urquhart
Publication date Oct 30, 2018
Running time 13 hrs 3 min
Historical romance
For review

My Thoughts:
Royal is one of those wounded heroes. And with that I mean his leg aches from a war injury, a bad one. Who wants a second son with a limp?

Ainsley was, oh my, she was the sassy one. But she was also a spoiled darling of the ton. Still, she was a good clever woman with some tongue on her.

These two met in a previous series, where he tries to elope with her and she is all in your dreams! Which I never understood, but now I do.

Instead we get to see their first meeting and how he could never forget her. Then they meet again in Glasgow in that other series I mentioned. But this one really begins after that. He pining for her and she hiding a pregnancy! Whaat I thought? What happened? Because her family does not even know, so something must have happened and obviously nothing good. I did feel for her, poor woman. And she would have been blamed every time. It is always the woman's fault.

The book does take some time to get going. She gives him her baby because no one can know. The secret she is hiding is easy to know, but there is some other big secret too, but honestly that secret was not big and could have been dealt with. I also did not get why the father would have had any say. It was his words against hers, and Royal who said it was his kid. Oh well, drama and a baddie is always needed.

It could have been shorter. Maybe take away some of the dialogue. Shorter is always nice.

A good book. A good baddie that you want to kick in the nuts. Two people that love each other, but take ages getting together. And one cute baby. I also liked that she was pregnant, you do not see that around a lot in regency books. It dealt with harsher things in life.

I really like Ruth Urqhart. Her accent is wonderful. I have listened to a few of her books and they are a joy.

Full Synopsis
Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she's hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .

Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can't stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there's only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that's simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be . . .


  1. Royal - what kind of name is it? And just look at that ridiculous cover art... ;p

  2. If the way I think she got pregnant I would want to kick the guy in the nuts, too! This sounds like my kind of romance! Fab review! :)

    1. You read that right, so let the nut kicking commence

  3. Not a fan of long-winded books. Meh.

  4. A villain I will want to kick in the nuts. What more do I need to know? Ha Ha. That is a bodice ripping cover. Do you think anyone is really strong enough to rip a bodice with their bare hands?

    1. You know me, smacking heroes over the head and kicking villains in the nuts.

      Romance heroes can always rip them apart, for some reason they always have big hands, like the book I am reading now

  5. Oooh nice, a secret pregnancy plot in a regency novel. So scandalous, I love it!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Usually the scandals are so tame, but to hide she is preggers, that is one big secret

  6. I love wounded heroes too Blodeuedd and you're right you don't often see pregnant heroines in these tales. but then in a lot of them the heroine is like 17 so LOL
    Great review it sounds like a good one but a little too wordy

    1. That was more in the old days, now they all seem to be almost shelf ready

  7. Did I comment? Maybe this was the one you posted on mine...but I swear I read this already. Hahahaha.

    But yes, I love the wounded ones. ;)

  8. This sounds great! But the cover... is it just me or is it really awkward looking? Is that his arm? Is it a leg?

    1. Omg now I can not unsee it! It looks like his leg!

    2. My work here is done! haha!!

  9. This sounds complicated but in a good way. I like that she is pregnant since it adds an element not often seen.



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