Book Review – The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal

The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal
by Heather McCollum

Her Accidental Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson

The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal
by Heather McCollum

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Book Description:

A lass begging to marry him might top the list of “oddest things to happen,” but Chief Adam Macquarie is desperate. And no matter how much he hates to do it, he’s not above lying to get what he wants. Starting with the fact that he just omitted the truth about the situation back at his home—where there are no women and only a handful of other people. Because he has a secret need for a wife himself, one she won’t be too happy about when she finds out.

Lark Montgomerie is thrilled the brawny chief agrees to save her from her drunken father’s machinations of wedding her off to the first fool that agrees. He’s easy on the eyes and no one can be worse than her current options. Now a new life awaits her, on an exciting Scottish isle no less, and nothing will dampen her spirits. That is, until she arrives in her new homeland and realizes more than a few things are amiss…

My Take:

I received a digital copy of this book from Entangled Publishing and NetGalley.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A short way into this book, I found myself thinking, “Wow, this plot seems familiar.”

Oh, it is – it’s VERY much like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, right down to the alphabetical naming of the brothers. Instead of Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank, and Gideon, we have Adam, Beck, Callum, Drostan, and Eagan. Now, I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but it made the first 2/3 of the book fairly predictable, with the last third cramming a secondary, eye-roll-inducing plot into too little space.

Excusing the predictability of the plot and chocking it up to “romance novel formulation,” the final reason I am giving the rating I am, is due to the apparent need for euphemisms for body parts. C’mon – you are writing about steamy sex up against a wall, we don’t need you to be prudish in your descriptions.

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The Final Verdict

SK Book Rating Scale

My rating: 2.5 stars

Would I recommend? Ehh…


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Rage and Injustice


It will hit you like a ton of bricks.

Like a hundred tons of bricks.

Not irritation. Not anger.

Rage. Madness. Fury.

I love that word – fury.

In Greek Mythology the Furies were goddesses of vengeance and justice, daughters of Gaea (aka Mother Earth), who punished crimes at the instigation of the victim.

Did you catch that?
These deities would demand justice and

vengeance on the behalf of the victim.
Punishers of moral crimes including anger,

infidelity, broken oaths, theft, and murder,
the furies would torment the offender with or into madness.

You’ll want to scream. You’ll want to cry. You’ll want to smash things.

Do it.

Let it out.

You have to.

Try to make sure it’s not something you actually want or care about,
like your phone, that heirloom, a memory you want to keep.
Find a safe place and let it out

When you’ve calmed yourself back down, maybe it’s time to look at what is really going on here.

Start with the small inconvenience that triggered this blind rage. What was it? The light turned red too quickly and you had to wait? You forgot to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer. Again. And you still need those clothes clean? The dog chewed up your favorite pair of underwear?

It’s dumb and you know it, but this small injustice reminds you of the huge injustice you are dealing with. And that’s what it is.

Who do you battle to fix this? How can you battle to fix this? Where can you hide? Why can’t you hide? Why did this happen to you? Why did this happen at all? Why can’t it all just go away?

It’s just not fair.

Why can’t the world just be fair?

This. Sucks.

If you look back on your life, how many places do you see something you do and realize “we do that because one night that was how it worked best.” It wasn’t necessarily the best way to do it, but at the time it was the only thing that worked. Knowing what you know now, would you do it a different way? Establish a different routine? Set up a different boundary?

Think through some of those things.

Certain ones will be so glaringly obvious, you will cringe thinking how things might have been different if you had spoken up from the beginning.

Others will be much more obscure and you will think, “THAT was how this thing started?” or “THIS is what caused this other thing?”

Either way, if you are looking to make changes and make your life better, it’s time to do a full house-cleaning. Do YOU want to change?

Changing your mind should be something admirable, not embarrassing. It is a success and not a failure. It should be celebrated, not ridiculed.


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