ARC REVIEW: Highland Chieftain by Hannah Howell

Monday, October 10, 2016

Responsible for protecting her younger siblings from their abusive father, Bethoc Matheson is in no position to rescue another soul in Scotland. Yet when she sees a bleeding man on the verge of drowning, that’s exactly what she does, securing him safely in a cave where she can return day after day to tend to his wounds.
Sir Callum MacMillan can scarcely believe such a slight lass as Bethoc could save him from the grasp of death. But he knows the telltale marks of an angry fist on her skin, and he knows she has the soul of a fighter within her feminine frame. Raised to be a protector of the weak by his Murray clansmen, Callum would prefer to be the one saving her—and save her, he will. If he can first survive the treacherous attack that led him into her irresistible arms . . .

The first thing I said when I finished this book was, "Wow, a lot happened!" And that's the truth of it, there was never a dull moment and at times I wondered if there would ever be a moment of calm.

The story starts of with Callum being beaten, and thrown overboard a boat. He manages to drag himself to sure which is how Bethoc finds him. Being injured and with the men who attacked him still out there Callum goes into hiding while Bethoc nurses him back to health. Bethoc also faced a lot of danger by helping Callum, she helped him even though she had a lot to lose. With 4 younger brothers and a 3 year old sister to take care of, all while trying to calm an abusive and insane father it took its toll on her.

I can't help but feel too little time was spent on the couples relationship, I think to much happened in this story and it didn't leave enough room for Callum and Bethoc. Now that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it just I would have liked more detail. So according to Goodreads this is the 21 book in the series but I honestly didn't feel like I had to read the previous books and I could honestly see the author writing the children's story when they're older. Especially Margaret.

All in all this book was quite enjoyable, a strong but broken hero, a virginal heroine (but not stupid) and a host of other characters to keep the reader interested.

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