I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Her Legendary Highlander by Nicole Locke. I love this book, I am torn between wailing as this is the last in the Lovers and Legends series and swooning over that cover alone. With that in mind, you probably have a fair idea of how this review will be, proceed with warning 😉 but I can’t wait to share this captivating book with you all.

about the book

Her Legendary Highlander by Nicole Locke.

Series: Lovers and Legends #13

Genre: Medieval, Historical Romance

Her rugged prisoner

…becomes her fiercest protector

Capturing legendary Highlander Malcolm of Clan Colquhoun was Andreona’s last chance to win her tyrannical father’s respect. Instead he orders them both to be killed!

Resigned to her devastating role as the family outcast, she and her prisoner escape and continue on his quest to return a treasured heirloom. They find solace in their unexpected passion, but haunted by a lifetime of betrayals, will either dare to hope it could last beyond their journey?

Review

So here we are, the end is here **sobs** I feel like blubbering!!😭

The final ever Lovers and Legends book, how can that be I am not ready for it to be over. I need more time to prepare myself for what will be months – if not years of mourning. I have already started to read the earlier books, the one’s I missed just so I can have my Lovers to Legends fix.

But as sad as the end of a series is, I am looking forward to what the future holds for Nicole Locke, after all, she is one of my all-time favourite authors and just between myself and whoever reads this review, she is one of the first Mills and Boon authors I read, so this series feels pretty special to me. 

So, Her Legendary Highlander…well what can I say but…I am a mess!! I have been pulled through so many emotions while reading this, and have got myself all tangled up in the compelling and entwining plot. What an absolute blast this is!! It answers so many questions which have been occurring through the series, the story behind this infamous much sought after dagger and why it is so important is finally revealed and it was well worth the wait!

Andreona is a great character, she has so many layers which are stripped away throughout the course of the book. I like how she developed throughout the story, she starts off as this hard, strong, determined, loyal, resilient and intelligent young woman who thinks she has been banished from her father’s court and is determined to get back into the fold. Only for her to find out the truth, a heart-breaking truth which blows all that she knew and what she thought she knew out of the water. Her trust in people has been broken, those she thought she could rely on have been hiding things from her and those she thought hated her were only trying to protect her. There is a moment very early on where she is broken from what she learns, she seeks comfort in the man she thought she would use as a bargaining chip only to end up teaming up with him.

I did think that she has been living with blinkers on her entire life, she has chosen to close her eyes to her father’s behaviour. She knows what a nasty bugger he is and yet because she is loyal and blindered by family loyalty she turns a blind eye to what he does, that is until she is faced with the difficult truth of what he really thinks of her.

I can’t say I loved her, she isn’t one of my favourite heroines from the series, that position is held by the likes of Helissant and Cressida but I did like her and by the end. She did warm on me and yet there was something about her in the first half of the book where I couldn’t connect with her. Which believe me is a little odd, I usually love a tough yet fragile leading lady who likes to head-butt with the leading man. I found that once her hardened shell had been stripped away and she showed her vulnerability I thought her endearing. I think for me it was that she was so determined to be welcomed back into her father’s favour even after she had been banished, he had been awful to her and yet she will happily grovel not a thought to her own self-respect at all which I found not only tiresome but a little uncomfortable.

Whereas I LOVE LOVE LOVE Malcolm!!😍🔥

Gawd, I have so many heart eyes for this gorgeous Scotsman – did I mention how much I love a rugged Highlander?

He’s captivating, he’s like a mesmerising predator on the hunt for his prey. Beautiful and graceful, lethal, seductive, gloriously swoon-worthy. Passionate, oh-so-sexy, kind and brave, fierce and charismatic. Powerful and caring with some seriously wonderful arms and green eyes!!! Oh green eyes, be still my rapidly pounding heart!!

green eyes locked with her…”

They locked with me too, oh Gawd how much do I love a green-eyed rough and ready rogue with a scarred past and glorious arms? That is a rhetorical question 😉 I am in absolute love (or should that be lust) with this man!! He has just found himself side by side with my gorgeous Rhain as my favourite!! Now I am torn between my two loves!!

What I love about these two is that they really go through the mill in the course of the story, they have so much to overcome not just the hurdles they face once the blossom of attraction start unfurling between them, but as individuals, they have a lot of baggage to pack away and overcome before they can even think of a romance. Nicole Locke doesn’t make it easy for her characters does she? This book throws everything at them; not just being put in mortal turmoil but they must fight their way through their own mental and emotional dramas too.

My only niggle with this book is the names, there is nothing wrong with them but being a bit thick I did have an issue with pronouncing some of the longer/older names. I am terrible with pronunciation with names anyway but a little note at the beginning on how to actually pronounce them properly would have been handy because I have a feeling how I said certain names in my head was completely wrong (no wonder they didn’t listen to me 😉 ) I have a feeling that I am the only one to have had an issue with this, but hey that’s me, isn’t it!

I love the epilogue, it’s incredibly sweet and lovely, if borderline cheesy, but oddly very fitting for the series. It was great to see the gang together and to see how some of my favourite couples are doing, some of them were quite unexpected how they ended. And by Jove, they must have been romping like rabbits with the number of kiddo’s flying about – I suppose their Netflix subscription was cancelled and they had nothing else to do 😉

This book has it all, it’s very character-driven I love how Nicole Locke plays on words and how she describes every thought and emotion which infiltrates through the minds of the characters. You become lost in the moment, you have a sense of everything else blurring away so it is just the characters and you (the reader) nothing else matters in that moment. It’s captivating and astonishingly beautiful every scene is a master class of human emotion.

he  was…..breathtaking. His eyes were the colour of grass in the summer sun and spring foliage on trees. But nothing so still and tranquill. Certainly, nothing of celebration or renewal. Unrest roiled and retribution turned. That colour was never meant for such wrath and determination but it was that was there and none of it felt new…”

This quote is easily one of my favourites I adore how Locke has described Malcolm’s eyes (again with the green eye thing) you see what I mean by being pulled into the moment?

I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about this, true I had my own issues with certain aspects which I have explained, but my overall feelings of this book are one of love and joy. It’s a chuffing great read full of drama and huge amounts of emotion and absolute forever and ever love, what more could you want?

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