I received this book for free from eStories in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch
Narrator: Flora MacDonald
Series: No Ordinary Hero #1
Published by Blackstone Audio on October 4, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes
Narrator Rating: A
I picked Hero in the Highlands up for book club and I was excited to finally pick up a Suzanne Enoch book after planning to read her for so long. It took a while for me to start loving it though… by the end I couldn’t put it down, but at first not so much. Rounded out to 3.5 stars!
Scotland, 1812. He's ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he has inherited the massive Scottish highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English―and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona's peace of mind. Secondly, his right to "her" castle is a travesty, since it's been clan Maxwell property for ages.As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy's advances―or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?
- I really liked the hero – Major Gabriel Forester. I felt like he was exactly who he said he was from beginning to end. I loved that because he started as someone who never thought he’d never rise above the army he had a sort of unassuming nature. From the very start, you can tell he doesn’t put on airs. And he never does, even when he unexpectedly inherits a title.
- The plot. I loved the concept of the outisder coming into the highlands and not exactly being welcome because he represents oppression – especially in his red coat. And yet, he’s so far removed from typical Lordly behavior that he’s uniquely equipped to overcome that mindset.
- I loved that the Fiona is in this uniquely male role and, despite having to fight for it and being perceived negatively by many who owe so much to her, she’s rocking it. That a woman is running the estate and clearly know how better than the men around her was great.
- The narration was really good. Flora MacDonald did the accents well – I don’t want to assume, but based on her name, maybe it’s her first accent? I thought she did well with both the male and female characters though… not to mention the pacing was so even that speeding it up to 2x worked perfectly.
What Could Have Worked Better:
- At first I just wasn’t that pulled into the plot. I think things really picked up once he got involved at the highlands, but it took a while for that to happen.
- I was frustrated by Fiona’s open “loose sexuality.” I put that in quotations because, in reality, she’s not that loose. But for the time period, her openness about it was a bit off-putting. Especially because it was one of the things the villagers used against her. And I didn’t like seeing her strength undermined that way – as if a woman couldn’t be strong without being promiscuous. When I brought it up in book club, there was a heated debate, because yeah, it’s nice seeing a woman owning her sexuality. I don’t disagree, but I hated that it was able to make her weaker. I wish she were smarter in her handling of her sexuality so it couldn’t be used against her.
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