Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Claimed by the Highlander (Highlander Trilogy #2)

Author: Julianne MacLean
Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Pages: 319
Reviewed By: Amy

From bestselling storyteller Julianne MacLean comes the passionate saga of three Highland warriors sworn to fight for freedom, honor—and the women they love...

Night of Conquest

With his tawny mane, battle-hewn brawn, and ferocious roar, Angus "The Lion" MacDonald is the most fearsome warrior Lady Gwendolen has ever seen—and she is his most glorious conquest. Captured in a surprise attack on her father's castle, Gwendolen is now forced to share her bed with the man who defeated her clan. But, in spite of Angus's overpowering charms, she refuses to surrender her innocence without a fight.

Prisoner of Passion

With her stunning beauty, bold defiance, and brazen smile, Gwendolen is the most infuriating woman Angus has ever known—and the most intoxicating. Forcing her to become his bride will unite their two clans. But conquering Gwendolen's heart will take all his skills as a lover. Night after night, his touch sets her on fire. Kiss after kiss, his hunger fuels her passion. But, as Gwendolen's body betrays her growing love for Angus, a secret enemy plots to betray them both.

This book was much like the first book in that it was kind of a dull read but it kept just enough interest to make me want to read the ending. This book had the additional downfall in that the I didn't like the heroine as much as the first book. She was kind of ignorant and "weak" for lack of a better word. She wasn't the kick butt main female like the other book. She had one particular "derp" moment that stuck with me through the whole book: She states that she will do anything Angus asks as long as her mother is safe and is then shocked and amazed that he was "smart enough" to see her "weakness" by using her mother's safety to get her to comply to things... Well DUH! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see through your weaknesses...

As I stated before, this book kept up just enough interest to make me want to see the ending, but it was difficult to get there at most parts. There were some parts that were mildly interesting that made reading a little more exciting, but that wasn't often. The thought of how Gwendolyn will melt the Lion's cold heart and how two people can go from hating each other to loving each other (which is often over played but is one of my favorite romantic scenarios) kept me going. But, as in the other book, this sounded interesting and failed to totally impress.

The ending also, was slightly disappointing (cute, but overall disappointing). Things also got really repetitive toward the end which really bothered me. Yes, we know Gwen is feeling conflicted with her choices. Yes, we know Angus doesn't know whether to trust Gwen or not... For goodness sake, we know!! It doesn't need to be repeated five times over! Make your point, and move on.

There were some good parts, however. Angus and Gwendolyn are a very cute couple and they do have a cute story based on building trust. They relate back to the first book very nicely as well and sets up for the third book well enough.

Overall, the book was cute but failed to totally impress. It gets a 2.5/5 stars from me because of this and the lacking female character (that one moment just stuck with me and really kept me from seeing her as a strong female character like I believe she was supposed to be). There was just enough interest to get through the book through all the bad parts, but just barely. I'd suggest giving this book a try, but if you like a unique plot that keeps you wondering what will happen and strong-willed female characters, you may be slightly disappointed in this book. 

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