They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent… in the game of love.
Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena—and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart… without surrendering his own?
So far, I have really enjoyed this series and the characters, but I will have to say The Highlander is my absolute favorite. I loved everything about it from the setting in the Northern Highlands, the plot and the awesome characters. Truth be told, I wanted to read this one first – I love Scottish themes stories and Highlanders, who doesn’t? – but I decided to remain faithful to the series and go in order.
I really loved Mena. She was a beautiful character who learned how to find herself, with the help of Liam, Rhianna, Andrew, and other amazing characters, and to finally stand up and speak her mind. She was treated poorly by her husband’s family and eventually locked away in an asylum when he grew tired of her and to hide his secrets. On the verge of being raped by an orderly, she is rescued by Dorian and Argent, then later they arrange for her to to be a governess for Liam Mackenzie’s – Dorian’s half brother – two children, Rhianna and Andrew.
Liam is known to others as the Demon Highlander as her can step on the most vicious battlefield and escape unscathed. He is notorious for his wicked temper and showing his enemies no mercy. When Mena catches on to where she is going and who’s residence she will be occupying while she is in hiding, she is anything but excited, so much so that she locks the carriage door on Liam when he and his men go to retrieve her. At first sight, Liam is quite taken with her, not expecting a young, curvy, vivacious governess, which Mena thought he was gonna be an old stodgy man.
Liam has never met a woman like Mena. She may be meek and intimidated by him, but she doesn’t let me pull anything on her or boss her around like she is one of his men. She learns to stand up for him and tells him whats what when she thinks he’s wrong – no one has ever attempted to put him in his place before so this amuses him. He is a very dark and harden man due to his past and cruel up bringing he hand to endure by the hands of his father. As a young boy he was lashed, beaten, and anything dear to him was taken away, all in order to make him a man, a monster like his sire. With having Mena near, she somehow keeps Liam’s demons at bay and keeps him calm. She brings peach and lightness into his life, something that you can see he craves. Even though he may be a hard, gruff man whom a lot of people fear, you can see he has a tender, gentle side when it comes to Mena. he vows to keep her safe, to protect her, and tells her that Ravencroft keep can be her sanctuary after he realizes that someone hurt and mistreated her.
I also liked the interactions between Mena and Liam’s children, Rhianna and Andrew. At first they weren’t too excited about having another governess, but with Mena’s sweet heart worming personality, she soon won them over. Plus they were a bit mischievous with their matchmaking skills – Rhianna asking Mena if she finds her father handsome and the apple peeling scene where it tells you the first initial of the man you’ll marry.
Another character I liked and found quite charming and cheeky was Gavin St James, Lord Thorne, and Liam’s younger brother. He flirted with Mena from the first moment they met and that just burned Liam up, so much so that he called his brother out on it.
I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much more was due to Liam and Mena. Both characters were broken and somewhat lost, looking for that second chance, for Mena a chance to live her life without being under the thumb of a cruel man, and Liam looking for redemption. I love how they both find what they are seeking in each other, Liam seeking lightness and peace and Mena finding the love she always sought and felt like she deserved. I don’t know how else to describe how much I love and enjoyed this book. It was just one of those books that was great all around, nothing that I would add – perhaps a child between Mena and Liam, but it was stated that she thinks she is barren – or take away, it was just perfect for me, which I am looking forward to reading the next books of this series when they’re released.