ARC REVIEW: MacLean's Passion by Sharon Cullen

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Perfect for fans of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Sharon Cullen’s Highland Pride series continues as Scotland’s most reckless smuggler meets his match in a beautiful spitfire who arouses a renewed sense of duty, camaraderie, and passion.

Colin MacLean has always felt like a black sheep—especially after his brothers are slain before his eyes in the Battle of Culloden. A smuggler by trade, Colin makes for an embarrassing chieftain.
He can’t even save his friends from their British pursuers without getting himself captured. But before he is martyred by the hangman’s noose, Colin escapes with his cellmate, a brave lad he’s come to admire. It’s only in the depths of the Highlands that Colin discovers the lad is a lass—and a bonnie one at that.

Raised by her older brothers, Maggie Sinclair can drink a pint in no time flat and wield a dagger with the best of ’em. Still, men have always excluded her and women have always shunned her. Colin makes her feel different. His wild spirit and rugged good looks have Maggie reconsidering her less than ladylike ways. For the first time, she’s tempted to put on a gown, just to see how Colin would react. She can only imagine what might happen next: a kiss . . . a touch . . . and perhaps enough sultry heat to melt a cold Highland night.

Praise for the novels of Sharon Cullen
“This Regency romance has it all—danger, blackmail, passion, love, and characters that draw you in and leave you wanting more.”—Fresh Fiction, on Sebastian’s Lady Spy
“Heart-wrenching and full of real emotion, proving that love is always the answer, His Saving Grace is the best book I’ve read this year!”—USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans
“A sizzling, smart relationship that evolves beautifully to capture readers’ hearts as well as their imaginations.”—RT Book Reviews, on Pleasing the Pirate
“Loving the Earl is charming and fast-paced. It’s filled with passion, intrigue, a resourceful heroine you’ll love, and a delicious hero you’ll fall in love with.”—New York Times bestselling author Jacquie D’Alessandro
“The Notorious Lady Anne has everything I look for in a romance. Cullen’s debut is a sexy, fun, and thrilling read.”—Bestselling author Shana Galen
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title. 

2 Hesitant Stars

MacLean's Passion is story that for all intents and purposes, should have been a stellar read but because of a few simple errors turned into a mediocre one. I really don't like 2 star reads, which is probably why I have such a high rating average. A 2 star book means I probably liked the book but it didn't really force any deep or complex emotions from me, so let me say that again. It was an okay read, I just don't think it was anything to write home about. The premise seemed awesome to me, but after a couple of chapters I realised that really wasn't the case.

One of the easiest ways to put me off when reading a book is to write in accents. Look, the hero is a highlander, a Scot I know what a Scot accent is and sounds like. I don't need to read it like that ye know. Secondly what should be a strong and confident heroine comes off as stubborn and annoying, the entire time I read this book I felt like Maggie was a teenager. Two strikes but I was still liking the book enough to carry on. Lastly character developed, you'd think that with a dual POV the characters would be well developed which should by default enhance the entire plot. But no. The character's came off as one dimensional, I felt like I was being told everything but where was the proof of these characters emotional connection to each other. I wasn't convinced that they did love each other.

I'll go back to the plot, I'm convinced that this book could have been half its actual length and I would've still had the same story. But it was filled with detailed accounts of useless information that I felt did not enrich the story. I love reading long books trust me, but everything in the book should enhance the plot but instead I was bored quite often while reading this book. Like I said I was never convinced of the characters feelings for one another, something was missing throughout this book.

Lastly, this is just my opinion. A decent amount of readers loved this book so please don't write it off because I didn't enjoy it. You'll probably enjoy it much more than I did.

ARC kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

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