Friday, August 30, 2019

Highland Captive by Alyson McLayne

She wasn't just his son's savior.
She may be his as well...

Laird Gavin MacKinnon is a changed man―and not for the better. Ever since his young son, Ewan, disappeared two years ago, Gavin has grown callous and bitter. Scouring the countryside, his search leads him to a mysterious woman who maintains the boy is hers. He decides to take them both and ask questions later.

Deidre MacIntyre will go with the brooding laird if it will keep her son safe. Gavin has to admit that the beautiful lass has a bond with Ewan, and things aren't adding up. When Deidre's clan comes to claim her under threat of war, Gavin has a choice to make: fight for her or let her go.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Highland Captive is the fourth installment in The Sons of Gregor MacLeod series. Alyson McLayne is a new-to-me author, so I can attest to the fact that this novel can be read out of series order and as a standalone with little to no confusion. That being said, since I absolutely adored the novel, I can't wait to go back to the beginning to read the series from the start, where I'll be able to accurately express whether or not the emotional payoff would have been better, the connection to the characters deeper, had the series been read in order.

Gut-punch after gut-punch, the author delivered a plethora of emotions throughout the novel, from the lighthearted to the darkest of emotions, and all the levity and banter in between, thanks to a ragtag side cast of characters, who previously had novels of their own and future novels to come.

Original and intriguing, the premise had me hooked from the first paragraph. Deidre is raising a child she herself didn't birth, under the assumption that the child is her husband's bastard... until she comes face-to-face with a man who is the spirit and image of her son. Terrified to lose the only person who has truly loved her for who she is, Deidre makes a run for home, back to her son.

Gavin didn't make the best of impressions on Deidre, not realizing she would see the anger and frustration as perhaps his son was taken from him to save Ewan from abuse. Once the connections are made, Gavin attempts to rescue his son, not realizing the attachment the boy has on his new mother.

Thrust into close quarters, Deidre and Gavin bond over the love of their son, with a love-hate, enemies-to-lovers, captive and captor vibe that is insanely delicious to devour. Page after page, I couldn't get enough of the intensity and connection between Deidre and Gavin, as the mystery as to why Ewan was stolen from him unravels... along with the mystery as to why Deidre's husband is the way that he is.

The emotions were raw, the actions and reactions of the characters were real, and the pacing and flow was pure perfection, taking the reader on a Highland adventure. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into Alyson McLayne's backlist.

Highly recommend to fans of the author and Highland historical romance, all the primitive growls and pure masculinity and fiery lasses.

Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the west coast of Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her prop master husband.

Alyson has been nominated for several Romance Writers of America contests, including The Golden Heart, The Golden Pen, The Orange Rose, Great Expectations, The Molly, and The Winter Rose.

Her self-published works in contemporary romance include her Sizzling, Sexy, Santa Barbara series—The Fabrizio Bride, The D’amici Mistake, and The Berrucci Rules. The Fabrizio Bride was nominated for the RONE awards.

Alyson and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but troublesome chocolate lab named Jasper.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Highland Captive (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #4) by Alyson McLayne to read and review.

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