Friday, June 16, 2017

Highland Hellion by Mary Wine


Illegitimate daughter of an English earl... Abducted to Scotland at age 14... No family, no reputation... No rules


Heir to an honorable Highland laird... Can't believe how well tomboy Kate can fight... About to learn how much of a woman she really is

Scotland is seething with plots, the vengeful Gordons are spoiling for a fight, and the neighboring clans are at each other's throats. All it takes is a passionate hellion with a penchant for reckless adventure to ignite the Highlands once more.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Kilt-clad Stars

Mary Wine is a new-to-me author, and Highland Hellion is the third installment of the Highland Weddings, which I had no issue reading as a standalone. Wine's writing style was fast-paced, easy to read, and quickly drew the reader into the story. Real emotions were felt by both the reader and the fully developed characters.

Katherine was a unique heroine, and her predicament was just as unique. Judging by the fact that this is the third book in the series, Katherine's backstory is more likely prevalent throughout previous books. She's strong, bullheaded, and determined, but flawed enough to create a realistic character who will admit when they are wrong and grow from their errors. Katherine was a good role model, a heroine that was easy to root for.

Rolfe was a gruff highlander – the son of the laird. Strong-willed, Rolfe also knew when to give in and not only listen to advice, but take it.

Katherine and Rolfe were complementary in disposition, playing off each other's strengths and weaknesses. But the real moral of the story was the lack of autonomy for everyone, especially women. Katherine’s hellion-ness was due in part that she refused to be a prop in other's lives, a possession without a voice, and to just go with the flow and submit. This was achieved through action/reaction, not endless inner monologuing while behaving in a vapid childish way – it felt real instead of manufactured.

A very thick thread of equal rights was woven into the story, in a way that made it beyond accurate of the times, for all readers to see how far we've come and how far we've yet to go further. Not just the women, but all people were born with an agenda fulfilled by those in power over them. There were scenes where it was harrowing to read, and I give mad props to Mary Wine for hitting all the notes. Our autonomy and freedom shouldn't be taken for granted – added to that, we should never press our will upon others.

Highland Hellion features a strong heroine who does what she felt was right, whether selfless or selfish at the time, and an alpha male who did know to bend a bit, creating equals who were compassionate, empathetic, and strong enough to help solidify the highland clans.

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy highland romances, and I look forward to checking out the author's backlist and more so of what's to come.

Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written nearly 20 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Highland Hellion (Highland Weddings #3) by Mary Wine to read and review.

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