The Book Worm: Review: Her Highland Rogue

Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Her Highland Rogue


Errol MacRae’s days of gallivanting across the Highlands are nearing an end. His father’s health has taken a turn for the worse, and rumors are swirling that the crown intends to transfer ancient lands into the hands of the MacKenzies, the clan the MacRaes are sworn to defend. Errol expects to lead his men into battle soon. So he isn’t pleased when his father instead sends him to retrieve a beautiful flame-haired lass who has fled into the mountains.
Orphaned as a young girl, Aileana vividly remembers how the MacRaes rescued her and welcomed her into their clan. For ten years, she has served them loyally—until the night she’s nearly despoiled by one of the laird’s captains. Aileana risks her life and her reputation to seek refuge in the snowcapped peaks of the Five Sisters, the one place that has always felt like home. But after the strong-armed, strong-willed Errol tracks her down in a blizzard, she finds herself tempted to risk something even more dangerous: her heart.

Genre: historical romance

Publication date: June 2016

Mature content: yes

Review: I came across Her Highland Rogue purely by chance, but as it came recommended by Amazon as suitable for Monica McCarty fans, I decided I had to read it. Sadly, I was disappointed. Her Highland Rogue is nothing like McCarty's Highland Guard series.

The concept of the story is Ok, as is the writing, but the plot is muddled and repetitive. The same things happen over and over again - Broc attacks Aileana and she runs, then Errol needs to go after her. The first time she runs, I thought she was absolutely foolish for doing so without a backup plan, but the second time just didn't make sense at all. And Errol just roams the mountains looking for her without any clue of where she could be. I have no idea how he manages to find her. I would have thought it would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack but no, he finds her on his first try, and in the middle of a blizzard no less. Then she sees him and she asks "Errol? What are ye doing here?" - Am I supposed to believe that a kitchen maid would address the laird's son like that in the early 16th century? Later the author corrects it and has her calling him my lord and the such, but that first moment just didn't make any sense for me, especially given the time and place of the story. 

I could go on and on, but there were lots of small details that didn't add up. The characters deserved a bit more depth and consistency and the whole issue of Aileana's parents could be more developed and better explained. 

Her Highland Rogue is a quick read, but it's not one I would actively recommend. 

Happy readings, 

the book worm, book blog

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