3 out of 5 stars
Although it’s the third in a series, The Lady and the Highlander was my first experience with Lecia Cornwall and her work, and I was quite pleasantly surprised. I’ve never been a massive fan of historical romances, as they tend to get very cheesy very quickly. And while there were a few moments of cheese, they weren’t enough to put me off of the story.
Laire and her eleven sisters are shocked when their father returns from a trip with a new bride, despite him being married eight times prior. With their father comes Bibiana (if you couldn’t already tell from that name, she’s the evil one), her two servants (who were also fucking creepy ngl) and her ~dark and broody~ hunter. Laire quickly realises that something is amiss with her new step mother, when her sisters and father all fall into a craze, becoming obsessed by the ‘wine’ that one of Bibiana’s servants concocts. Laire decides to take matters into her own hands, and leaves her village to get help for her family.
Laire is a brilliant heroine. I loved her fierce loyalty to her family. She never gave up hoping for a solution to her problem, even when she was being written off as a jealous little girl, or when she was being told to save herself and flee the country. She might be a damsel, she might be in distress, but she does NOT sit around and wait for somebody else to save her and her family. Her father taught her how to defend herself, and she puts those skills to good use.
And what would a historical fiction novel be if there was no sex?! Iain was a decent love interest, all broody and tortured. I didn’t fall, like, head over heels in love with him, but I liked him enough. I was pleased that his decision to save Laire didn’t come out of the blue; his heart was never really in it to begin with.
(Get it? Heart? He was sent to get Laire’s… never mind)
This was a pretty entertaining book, and I really liked the Snow White inspiration. I’m a total sucker for retellings.
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book*