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*** (3 out of 5)
Highland Redemption by Lori Ann Bailey
Before I get into my review I just want to say how stoked I was to get an advanced reader copy (ARC) of a book! I used Net Galley and this was one of the suggested books to request. I got a kindle version and I am pretty sure I was auto accepted, but I don’t care. This was super exciting for me. Yay!
The usual issue I have with romance novels is that they focus too much on the romance and not enough on the plot line. This book had the opposite problem. A good romance has a nice balance between a steamy romance and an engaging story.
I really liked the two main characters and loved the romance between them. The issue that I had was with how the intimate scenes were written. The writing style changed completely during these sections. It was almost as if they were written by a different person. The intimate scenes were boring to read and I kept getting distracted by the change in language. The words became flowery and all of a sudden there were a shit ton of unnecessary descriptive words. Here are a couple examples:
“His lips covered hers, scattering the wayward thoughts like swirling leaves on a brisk fall day.”
“Her fingers wove in and out of his thick hair, the silky strands tickling the place where her fingers met.”
Usually I look forward to the intimate scenes but this time I couldn’t get through them fast enough to get back to the main plot.
I really liked the main story line. It has a strong plot that is fairly believable. Its got action, adventure, and love. I also have a soft spot for romances set in the highlands. I don’t know what it is, but it just makes such a great location. Plus the men are always so amazing!
P.S. I really wanted a GIF of a Scottish man in a kilt with his hair blowing in the wind but I couldn’t find one 😦
Overall I liked the book, despite the overdone intimate scenes. I would recommend it if you like Scottish romances.