Author: Julie Coulter Bellon
Series: Veterans Club #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: August 20, 2020
Publisher: Stone Hall Books
A duke’s daughter. A Highland warrior. And a love worth fighting for.
Lady Elizabeth, daughter of the Duke of Barrington, has done her best to secure an advantageous match, but a shy nature, combined with a stutter, hasn’t helped her cause. After two Seasons, her father won’t wait any longer and promises her to a man she despises. There doesn’t seem to be anything Elizabeth can do beyond wish for a freedom she’ll never have—until a charming Highlander appears and makes all her dreams of a love match seem within her reach.
Alec Ramsay unexpectedly inherits an earldom and must leave his beloved Scottish Highlands to present himself in London and settle the estate affairs. After meeting his new neighbor, Lady Elizabeth, he feels a connection to her that he’s never felt with any other woman. Alec makes every effort to further their acquaintance, but soon finds out that Elizabeth could be swept out of his reach before they have a chance to explore the feelings between them. With everything at stake, can he risk all for a chance at love−−before it’s too late?
**Originally a novella in the Timeless Romance collection, now a full-length novel with new twists, turns, and romance!
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
So not only is the third book in the Veterans Club is is also the full length version of a novella, A Highland’s Hidden Heart. Just the slight difference in title. And a lot different in length and a much rounder, fuller story. There was high drama in this version and the ending is all different than the novella. ( Different and better ending).
The meet-cute in the story is fun. Miss Kitty is pretty adorable. Alec is a bold hero who physically does what has to be done to save his lass. Words were not enough. Elizabeth tries to be a bold heroine but her father runs her over every time. In the end, she is bold in the only way she knows how.
Lindley is an awful person but really Elizabeth’s father is the real villain of this book and her mother is a wet noodle in her life. She does nothing to protect her in all her growing up years. The contrast between this group of people and Alec is astounding. He is wonderful. They are not even close.
I loved the support Alec’s mother is to him and to Elizabeth both. And Christian and Alice (from the first book in the series) come through in the end as well though their role in this book is small.
If you enjoy clean Highlander books, this is a good one to read. There is a good deal of angst and a bit of intrigue. I kept wondering how this happily ever after could ever happen, but it did.
*I won this book in a giveaway and voluntarily chose to review it.