Series: Highland Weddings #2
Published by Avon Release date : February 23rd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Falling in love means tempting fate in this passionate new novel in USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen’s Highland Wedding series.
Maggie McCallum’s dreams about her new fiancé aren’t the romantic sort. It’s not just that she was bartered to Owen Duff like a piece of property to end a clan feud. She’s also haunted by premonitions of his death on their upcoming wedding day. Yet the exasperating Highlander won’t let her call it off, even though his life and his clan are both in jeopardy.
Owen has wanted Maggie in his bed since he first glimpsed her years ago. If their union restores peace between their clans, so much the better. But while lusting after another chief’s sister had its risks, growing to trust Maggie is far more dangerous. Owen is falling deeply in love with the one woman he cannot hope to claim…and survive.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have been in need of a historical romance fix for quite some time and I am beyond happy The Groom Wore Plaid was the one to sate it.
The Groom Wore Plaid is the second book in the Highland Weddings series, but can be read as a stand alone. The story focuses on Maggie and Owen, two people from rival clans arranged to be married to bring peace to the clans. It’s sweet, hilarious, engaging and fun, quick read!
I adored Maggie! She is strong, witty and very independent. She has the spunk I like in my heroines, and I laughed at loud at her quips! Her history with Owen, and his brazen indifference to her dreams which tell the future, has put a lasting mark on her – so I understood her anger and grudge that she kept. She desires him and wants to be with him, even though she feels as if the feelings are reciprocated. But there’s more. The night of her arrival to his castle, she dreams of Owen’s death on their wedding night. Of course, Owen doesn’t believe it which sets Maggie on a mission to find another way for them fulfill the contract.
Owen was an easy male hero to like. He feels like he has a lot to prove to his clan, and often participates in events and mingles with them to earn their trust. Especially after bringing a McCallum into the mix. His desire for Maggie is just as strong has her desire for him, but he fears attachments. He doesn’t want to love her, and often tells himself that throughout but it’s just as apparent to us that he does. His conflicted thoughts on whether to believe Maggie often drove ME mad, simply because she had no reason to lie.
In addition to their hot sexual tension and slow burning romance, there is the added suspense on who is trying to sabotage the peace bargain by fires on the land and tormenting Maggie. It was woven beautifully into the story and the mystery of it was well done. I couldn’t figure out WHO would want to do such things, but in the end it all made sense!
To sum up – I loved The Groom Wore Plaid! This is my first Gayle Callen book but definitely will not be my last. If you are looking for well written, entertaining and fun historical romance, I highly recommend it!
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