ROMANCE

The Highland Rogue

Forever: Grand Central. (Lords of the Highlands). Apr. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781538750940. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Divana Campbell and her family, all suffering from smallpox, were dumped on the tiny isle of Hyskeir off the Scottish coast. Surviving by her wits and a slingshot, Divana one day discovers Sir Kennan Cameron, who has washed ashore, is close to death, and is in need of her care. Kennan narrowly escaped an attack on his life by the pirate Jackson Vane, and he’s puzzled and amused by feisty, fearless Divana, who nurses him back to health while he plots his revenge against Vane. Their escape from the island is not without peril, and the action soon shifts from a lonely prison to Kennan’s highlands home to the treacherous pirating world of the Caribbean islands. Kennan is a swoon-worthy Scottish hero, brawny and protective of his people, while Divana proves she can more than hold her own with bravery and courage.
VERDICT Highlanders, high seas, and brigands ahoy! There’s never a dull moment in Jarecki’s (The Highland Earl) swashbuckling adventure, which feels like a wonderful blend of Outlander and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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