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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Julie Johnstone's When a Highlander Loses His Heart ✦Review✨


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Synopsis
She was nothing more than retaliation against his enemies…until she became the woman he could not live without.

Set on revenge, Highland warrior Graham MacLeod abducts Isobel Campbell never anticipating his enemy’s daughter would awaken an irresistible hunger in him. But when his beautiful, headstrong captive challenges his will and proves her courage and honor by willingly risking her life for his, he cannot deny the dangerous passion she stirs in him. Suddenly, his agreement to deliver Isobel to the king who wishes to use her holds little appeal. Yet, with a battle for the Scottish throne brewing, he knows the king will not relinquish the pilfered prize. To everyone else, Isobel is a pawn to be manipulated, but the more time Graham spends with her, the less he sees her as an adversary and the more she becomes the forbidden temptation he must resist.

Isobel Campbell is a wanted woman, but not for who she is, only as the heiress of a castle that holds the key to power over the Scottish isles. And when she is kidnapped by her family’s bitter enemy, all she wants is to return to the father she idolizes. But she soon discovers that those she considers her protectors may in fact be her biggest threats, and the brave, fierce warrior she fears may actually be the one person she can rely on.

A chasm of distrust and an undeniable yearning flare between Isobel and Graham, along with the promise of unexpected love. However, in order to triumph, they must find a way to vanquish their doubts and build an alliance that can withstand the devastation of war and a king determined to sacrifice anything—and anyone—to keep his throne.

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This has been my favorite Julie Johnstone book to date. I have read the three previous books in her Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series and they were all great books, but this one had that something more that I don't know if I can put my finger on it. It was engaging from the very beginning. I haven't enjoyed a book so much as I have with this one. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. The story itself was completely engrossing. I was a full participant in the happenings of her world. And the character growth for Graham from one book to this one and then to the end of the book was fantastic. The plot was engageing and had me tense quite a few times. She created a perfect blend of broken, strong, confident, innocent, and brave for her characters. The complexity she has given us in her characters is what made the book so amazing. I am very much looking forward to book 5 and I highly recommend this book. 



Meet the author
Author Julie Johnstone first fell in love with romance fifteen years ago when she picked up her first romance novel in an airport gift shop on the way to Conroe, Texas for a family reunion and spent her whole weekend reading rather than water skiing, which up until then was one of her favorite things to do.
Julie is staying up way too late and typing furiously on her keyboard to finish her next book or blog with her fellow authors at Ladyscribes. Julie is married to an amazing lawyer and when she is not running her two precocious children to one activity or another she is trying to seek out some time to stay in shape and see her dearest friends.

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