I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Suzanne Enoch was one of my favorite authors when I first started reading historical romance novels, so I was very excited when I received the opportunity to read her latest book.
My One True Highlander is the second book in the No Ordinary Hero series. As the story begins, we are introduced to Lady Marjorie Forrester who is the sister of the Duke of Lattimer (and the hero of the first book in the series). The Forrester siblings did not grow up as members of the aristocracy; Lattimer inherited the title unexpectedly, changing both of their lives forever. Lady Marjorie spends her days fruitlessly trying to fit into proper society, so when she receives a letter from her brother declaring his intentions to marry, she decides to take a trip to Scotland to visit him and meet his new bride.
Graeme Maxton is a Scottish viscount who has been raising his three younger brothers for eight years. These three scamps (the youngest of whom is only eight years old) take it upon themselves to be helpful and kidnap Lady Marjorie from a nearby inn. Their intention is for Graeme to use Marjorie as leverage in their clan chief’s conflict with Lattimer.
Needless to say, Graeme didn’t ask them to do that, and he does not approve of their plan; he knows that the ramifications for the boys’ actions are much more complex than they anticipated. Needless to say, Lady Marjorie is less than thrilled with being kidnapped by savage children and held captive in a crumbling Highland manse.
This was a wonderful book. Marjorie and Graeme start off as enemies, but Enoch delves deeper than the typical “prissy English Miss vs. wild Scottish Highlander” trope. They both have baggage from the past that has shaped their personalities. Their transition from bitter enemies to falling in love is perhaps a bit too subtle, but they do make a nice pair, and it’s clear that they care for each other.
I would absolutely recommend My One True Highlander. This was a fun read, with some great secondary characters. Graeme’s youngest brother Connell steals every scene with his sweet personality and menagerie of stray animals. I have already picked up the first book in this series and added it to my reading queue, and I hope that there will be more books in the series in the future.