Book Review: The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki

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Title: The Highland Commander
Author: Amy Jarecki
Publication: June 27th 2017
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

She cannot resist the man behind the mask…
As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father’s urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year’s holiday masquerade. It’s practically her civic duty! But when one such officer-whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask-sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can’t help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.But will he betray his country for a kiss?
Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie’s true identity-and learns that her father is accused of treason-will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?

Lords of the Highlands series: The Highland DukeThe Highland CommanderThe Highland Guardian

MY RATING: 2/5 STARS

REVIEW:

I received an advanced reader copy from forever romance books for an honest review.

I’m a big fan of historical romance. I love the forbidden kisses, the tension between characters, the innocence, the smooth and intoxicating writing style. However, Amy Jarecki doesn’t deliver the traditional historical romance you may love. The writing style is a tad bit more modern, throwing away the classic writing style you may be familiar with from Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, etc.

The characters are more pronounced as well. There are plots under plots of the main one. Our main heroine, Maddie, is fierce and a temptress to our hero, Aiden. Aiden, an inexperienced lover, is taught the intricacies of sex by Maddie who is more experienced, and it sounds great but I don’t feel like that’s my thing. I kind of just want Aiden to know exactly what he’s doing, how he does it, and not fumble around. But that’s just my personal preference.

As for the story…it moved a bit too slow. Added with no sexual tension and longing, it was just…lame in a way? It was still an enjoyable read but it’s definitely not my favourites.

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