**advance reader copy received via NetGalley**
Publish Date: 27 September 2017
“Sometimes it cannae be done. The dreams are so much better they cannae leave them to face what life really is. I have seen it happen. Sometimes what is broken stays broken.” – Highland Chieftain by Hannah Howell
The Murrays are back in this thrilling new tale from New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell . . .
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 clansman, 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 . . .
I have enjoyed this author’s work in the past, many years ago when I picked up my first read from the Murray series. I enjoy her Wherlocke series as well. Both of these historical romance series have flavors of the paranormal/supernatural which run down the respective family lines. Highland Chieftain was a strange read as the heroine is living in an abusive household but manages to rescue the hero who is himself a lord. Despite the horrors of Bethoc’s life, she has managed to survive as best she could and appears adjusted.
Callum is surprisingly laid back for a guy who has had his butt kicked, and he is more than happy with the little lady helping keep him alive, until he realizes she is in a bad situation too. Things work out very favorably for the two main characters as they dodge one catastrophe after another; there is a lot happening in the book overall. I did not find Bethoc’s inherited power terribly impressive, and I thought that she lingered overly long when action was needed. Callum, on the other hand, lacked commitment in the end. A bit of the book was burned up with Callum asking for advice or taking Bethoc to visit people that she did not necessarily need to visit. Overall the story was pleasing, but there seemed to be something lacking in this 21nd story in this series.
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