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Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start...without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be? When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was ac Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start...without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be? When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life without her servants…and if he happens to give her the coldest and most remote rooms, all the better. Despite his best efforts to freeze her out, things between them heat up. But Highlanders hate the Sassenach, so Ian faces a dire choice—his clan or the irresistible English aristocrat who seems to have taken not only his lands, but also his heart.


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Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start...without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be? When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was ac Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start...without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be? When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life without her servants…and if he happens to give her the coldest and most remote rooms, all the better. Despite his best efforts to freeze her out, things between them heat up. But Highlanders hate the Sassenach, so Ian faces a dire choice—his clan or the irresistible English aristocrat who seems to have taken not only his lands, but also his heart.

30 review for Highland Renegade

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    HISTORICAL ROMANCE THAT DIDN'T SIZZLE Writing this review is actually kind of hard, because I was neither blown away nor sorely disappointed by this book. It was just fine, no major highs and no major lows. Just fine. 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Juliana and Rory: My favourite part of this book was actually not the main characters, Emily and Ian (though I did like Emily). What I enjoyed the most was their siblings, Emily's sister Juliana and Ian's brother Rory. Those two had such a fun chemistry filled with ba HISTORICAL ROMANCE THAT DIDN'T SIZZLE Writing this review is actually kind of hard, because I was neither blown away nor sorely disappointed by this book. It was just fine, no major highs and no major lows. Just fine. 👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍 Juliana and Rory: My favourite part of this book was actually not the main characters, Emily and Ian (though I did like Emily). What I enjoyed the most was their siblings, Emily's sister Juliana and Ian's brother Rory. Those two had such a fun chemistry filled with banter. I am looking forward to seeing how that relationship progresses. Emily: Emily was a nice character. She was determined to make something of herself and to prove that she could do it on her own without a man. She was tenacious and it endeared her to me. 👎 WHAT I DISLIKED 👎 Mary, Queen of Scots: This takes place in the highlands in the late 18th century. Many of the characters are Scotsmen. Yet they still refer to Mary, Queen of Scots as Mary, Queen of Scots! Every time I read that it rankled with me. Now, I can't prove that Scotsmen would not have called her that at this point in time - it is, after all, 200 years after her death. But I just feel like it would be more realistic if they referred to her as Mary I (which she was, in Scotland) or Mary Stuart. Chemistry: Ian and Emily is the central couple of this story, but I didn't buy their relationship. I didn't feel any chemistry between them. It was just... nice. Nothing more, nothing less. ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 49 Relatable, Bookish Quotes

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💋💋 I could easily become addicted to Cynthia’s wonderful characters and Children of the Mist’s beautiful and adventurous world. This book was so good to read , sometimes you just need a really great Highland adventure to hit the right spot and this was perfect. Excellent characters, that I can’t wait to read more about . A wonderful world of danger, passion and intrigue. A family that has so many different people, all who will have their own stories to tell. All this set in one of the most ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💋💋 I could easily become addicted to Cynthia’s wonderful characters and Children of the Mist’s beautiful and adventurous world. This book was so good to read , sometimes you just need a really great Highland adventure to hit the right spot and this was perfect. Excellent characters, that I can’t wait to read more about . A wonderful world of danger, passion and intrigue. A family that has so many different people, all who will have their own stories to tell. All this set in one of the most stunning backdrops on this planet. What’s not to love? This is definitely a series I will be looking out for in the future. I received an Arc copy of this book and chose to post this review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was a most entertaining read that moved along at a good pace. I enjoyed the banter between both sets of siblings. There was so much to love about this story, the attraction between Emily and Ian, the dispute about regaining their name and possibly their lands and how this would affect Emily and her sisters and to discover who is trying to kill Emily. The latter will keep you guessing. There is also the back ground story as to why Emily and her sisters have ventured North and Ian and his bro This was a most entertaining read that moved along at a good pace. I enjoyed the banter between both sets of siblings. There was so much to love about this story, the attraction between Emily and Ian, the dispute about regaining their name and possibly their lands and how this would affect Emily and her sisters and to discover who is trying to kill Emily. The latter will keep you guessing. There is also the back ground story as to why Emily and her sisters have ventured North and Ian and his brother’s background. I’m looking forward to reading more about their families. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jazz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you Entangled Publishing , LLC for providing me with an ARC in return of an honest review. After the death of her husband, Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, receives title to lands owned by the MacGregors for centuries in the Highlands of Scotland. So, she decides to move along with her sisters, Lorelei and Juliana, to the MacGregor castle in the Highlands. Ian MacGregor, the laird of the MacGregor clan is less than pleased to learn that the English countess is coming for a visit. Thank you Entangled Publishing , LLC for providing me with an ARC in return of an honest review. After the death of her husband, Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, receives title to lands owned by the MacGregors for centuries in the Highlands of Scotland. So, she decides to move along with her sisters, Lorelei and Juliana, to the MacGregor castle in the Highlands. Ian MacGregor, the laird of the MacGregor clan is less than pleased to learn that the English countess is coming for a visit. Set in 1774, when the Scotts and the English were not in the best of terms, Ian and his brothers do not welcome the idea of the visit of the Countess. They decide to scare the old widow away by not providing her with enough aristocracy. On the arrival of the Sassenachs, the MacGregors are surprised to find a young widow with two younger sisters and become even more displeased to learn that their castle and lands are now owned by the English Countess. Ian along with his brothers is determined to reclaim their lands and restore their name as the clan’s protection and well being is his responsibility. But when Emily starts to take matters of the castle into her hands, Ian finds that she is not a regular English Countess, rather an independent, skilled and clever woman. Even though Ian has the best interest of his clan, he finds himself attracted towards Emily and soon learns, like him, Emily is also trying to protect her sisters. While Emily firmly resolves to make a place for her and her sisters in the castle among the MacGregors by trying to help them restore their name and property, Ian tries to balance out the quarrels between both the families. The plot takes a turn when someone attempts to kill Emily multiple times. By helping to restore the MacGregors properties, will Emily be able to provide shelter to her sisters or will she return to London homeless? Overall, I loved Highland Renegade for its plot setup, characters, mystery, romance and the silly quarrels between the MacGregors and the Sassenachs. It is a highly engrossing and captivating story. I loved the characters of Ian and Emily for their family values and responsibilities. The story being set over 200 years back, Emily being a woman earned my respect for her ardent will to support her family. Also, Ian greatly managed his responsibilities as a laird and understood Emily for her decisions. But the only reason I am rating this book 3 stars is because when Emily falls down the stairs and hit her head hard enough to be almost out of sense, Ian takes advantage of the situation to kiss her, which is unlikely of the character he evolves into in the book and this was quite unsettling for me. But I definitely am looking forward to reading more works of Cynthia Breeding.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands, MacGregor lands,and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start with her two younger sisters. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands, MacGregor lands,and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start with her two younger sisters. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life in the Highlands. This is the first in a new series & it certainly got off to an engaging, captivating start. I loved everything about it, strong characters, a romance to warm your heart & someone out to murder the interloper. I loved the MacGregor siblings & hope they all have their HEAs, each one was very different & unique in their own way. Emily was feisty, straight talking & had certainly done her homework so often blindsided Ian. The chemistry between the pair was there from their first meeting & only grew with time. A well written engrossing read that ticked all the boxes for me My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    This was a very enjoyable story to read and it had my interest from start to end. If you like sexy Highlanders, mystery and romance, you'll enjoy this one as well:) Emily and her two sisters arrive in Scotland to take over the lands she has received title to. They are certainly not well received by Ian MacGregor and his brothers who are in the process of having their clan name and lands reinstated!! There's also the fact that someone is trying to murder Emily and the search is on to find out who This was a very enjoyable story to read and it had my interest from start to end. If you like sexy Highlanders, mystery and romance, you'll enjoy this one as well:) Emily and her two sisters arrive in Scotland to take over the lands she has received title to. They are certainly not well received by Ian MacGregor and his brothers who are in the process of having their clan name and lands reinstated!! There's also the fact that someone is trying to murder Emily and the search is on to find out who is the culprit! While not completely trusting anyone, Emily and Ian find themselves attracted to each other but all seems doomed when Ian knows he must choose his clan over his feelings for Emily. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dorissa

    Rating: 🍷🍷/5 🥂 Pairs perfectly with Scotch, however, the booze is waaaaay better than this book 🥂 Worth the Hangover: Nope, not even a little 🥂 Tasting Notes: Where to even begin? Highland Renegade is not a great book, it’s not even really a good book. This is the story of Emily Woodhaven, a young English widow who, because of her financial circumstance, is forced to move to the Scottish Highlands. Of course, she is not well received but she has nowhere else to go so she must stick it out in Scotland Rating: 🍷🍷/5 🥂 Pairs perfectly with Scotch, however, the booze is waaaaay better than this book 🥂 Worth the Hangover: Nope, not even a little 🥂 Tasting Notes: Where to even begin? Highland Renegade is not a great book, it’s not even really a good book. This is the story of Emily Woodhaven, a young English widow who, because of her financial circumstance, is forced to move to the Scottish Highlands. Of course, she is not well received but she has nowhere else to go so she must stick it out in Scotland or return to London destitute. It should come as no surprise that she meets and falls in love with the laird of the land that she’s received from the crown. All of this would be fine if there was more to the story, but that is literally it. In fact, I was 84% into the book when it was finally revealed that she had some sort of feelings for this man, Ian MacGregor, but that’s not even acted on until almost the end of the book--which is all fine except that nothing else even goes on in this book. I figured, well maybe what it lacks in substance it will make up for in romance...I was so wrong--this book lacked both. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Good thing it was a quick read because if it wasn’t I wouldn’t have finished. So glad I got to read this for free and didn’t have to pay for it. Advance Reader Copy provided by @netgalley in return for an honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    When Emily, the Countess of Woodhaven, arrives with two younger sisters in tow to take over the lands she received titles to, Ian MacGregor and his kin determine to convince the Countess to return to the niceties of London. Showing her the hardships of living in Scotland doesn’t deter Emily, a widow who wants nothing more than to start over after an abusive and difficult marriage. Emily and Ian grow closer, but the MacGregor’s don’t take kindly to a Sessenach in charge. Ian fears he’ll have to ch When Emily, the Countess of Woodhaven, arrives with two younger sisters in tow to take over the lands she received titles to, Ian MacGregor and his kin determine to convince the Countess to return to the niceties of London. Showing her the hardships of living in Scotland doesn’t deter Emily, a widow who wants nothing more than to start over after an abusive and difficult marriage. Emily and Ian grow closer, but the MacGregor’s don’t take kindly to a Sessenach in charge. Ian fears he’ll have to choose between his clan and his heart, but when strange things start happening to Emily, her life takes a dangerous turn. Emily’s life is at stake, and Ian will do whatever it takes to protect her. Highland Renegade is a wonderful historical romance filled with interesting characters and a well-paced story-line. Emily is strong-willed and determined, and I admire her bravery and willingness to sacrifice for those she loves. Her kindness and sincerity are obvious to everyone she encounters. I also like that she is intelligent and that she challenges the gender norms of the time. Ian is fiercely protective and loyal, and he has a deep love for his people and lands. He feels torn between a sense of duty to his people and his feelings for Emily. His conflicting emotions prove to be an interesting dynamic throughout the story. The romance between Emily and Ian is fantastic! Their relationship began under awkward circumstances and with reluctance. However, as Ian and Emily learn more about each other, the respect, admiration, and (of course) attraction they have for each other are evident. Neither are looking for a romantic entanglement, and their growing feelings prove complicated. However, Emily and Ian both have to decide if they are willing to risk their hearts and futures for love. A great story with well-developed characters, a chemistry-laden romance, and an intriguing mystery, Highland Renegade is the perfect story for lovers of historical romance. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    Emily, Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, survived marriage to her abusive husband to be left with nothing when he died. She was given some land in the Highlands and since she and her sisters had nowhere else to go, they decided to move to the Highlands. The land had belonged to the MacGregor clan and they were trying to petition the king to have it returned. Laird Ian MacGregor was not expecting the countess to move to the Highlands or be so young. His plan was to show her how rough life in the Hig Emily, Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, survived marriage to her abusive husband to be left with nothing when he died. She was given some land in the Highlands and since she and her sisters had nowhere else to go, they decided to move to the Highlands. The land had belonged to the MacGregor clan and they were trying to petition the king to have it returned. Laird Ian MacGregor was not expecting the countess to move to the Highlands or be so young. His plan was to show her how rough life in the Highlands was so she would return to London, but Emily was stronger willed than he thought. When Emily’s life is in danger, Ian must face that he has fallen for Emily and he needed to keep her safe. Highland Renegade is the first book in the new Children of the Mist series. It was full of intrigue, mystery, humor, and Highlanders. It was well written, fast-paced, and a great way to start the series. The characters were interesting, and the future books should be just as exciting if these characters are in them. I received an ARC from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Highland Renegade by Cynthia Breeding is the First book in the Children of the Mist Series. This is the story of Lair Ian MacGregor and Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven. Emily is a strong women who has survived a lot including a very abusive marriage that has left her wanting to never marry again. Emily has acquired lands and is head there to claim them but first she must overcome the Lair. So Emily and her siblings head off to Scotland to do just that. Ian and his clan members are no fa Highland Renegade by Cynthia Breeding is the First book in the Children of the Mist Series. This is the story of Lair Ian MacGregor and Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven. Emily is a strong women who has survived a lot including a very abusive marriage that has left her wanting to never marry again. Emily has acquired lands and is head there to claim them but first she must overcome the Lair. So Emily and her siblings head off to Scotland to do just that. Ian and his clan members are no fans of the English so Ian sets in motion a way to get the English women to leave but treating her to the very hardships of their lives. But what he doesn't know is how strong a women she is and how much he would be drawn to her. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more from this series and this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Claypot_Reads

    This was a fun light hearted read. Plenty of great banter, some heat and a dash of action. The fantastic group of supporting characters made this an enjoyable story. Emily & Ian definitely don’t get off in the right foot and I was happy to see them get their HEA. I received an arc of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    Highland Renegade is sensual, romantic story steeped in Scottish history. An interesting plot situation creates natural conflict. The author clearly did a great deal historical research about the conflict between England and Scotland in 1774, nearly 30 years after the Jacobite Rebellion. It is the first book in a new series, Children of the Mist. Emily, Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, was a young widow that married to provide for her two younger sisters. After paying off her husband’s debts she re Highland Renegade is sensual, romantic story steeped in Scottish history. An interesting plot situation creates natural conflict. The author clearly did a great deal historical research about the conflict between England and Scotland in 1774, nearly 30 years after the Jacobite Rebellion. It is the first book in a new series, Children of the Mist. Emily, Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, was a young widow that married to provide for her two younger sisters. After paying off her husband’s debts she received title to a castle and lands in the Scottish Highlands and set off to form a new life. Upon arrival she encountered the large MacGregor clan who had lost rights through English politics and were struggling to re-establish their clan and lands. Emily was determined to live amicably with the clan (she and her sisters had no where else to go), but the MacGregors, led by Ian, were suspicious and hostile. I enjoyed both the hero and heroine. The conflict was genuine and there was a mystery about someone trying to kill Emily. The secondary characters were less satisfying. Ian had so many brothers it was difficult keep them and straight, especially in conversations. Emily’s sisters were somewhat annoying, but they will probably improve in subsequent books in the series. The overall pacing was slow and contained some unnecessary information and descriptions, however, Highland Renegade was a pleasant read and I enjoyed the historical detail. ARC provided by the publisher.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Every now and then it is nice to enjoy a lovely historical fiction novel filled with suspense and a bit of sass. When The Dowager Countess of Woodhaven (Emily) shows up to claim her title and home, there are plenty of people who notice and don't like that an English lady is taking over their Scottish Highlands. There are sparks between Emily and Ian McGregor, the head of his family and protector over the people and the land. A very enjoyable read that I did not want to put down and did not want Every now and then it is nice to enjoy a lovely historical fiction novel filled with suspense and a bit of sass. When The Dowager Countess of Woodhaven (Emily) shows up to claim her title and home, there are plenty of people who notice and don't like that an English lady is taking over their Scottish Highlands. There are sparks between Emily and Ian McGregor, the head of his family and protector over the people and the land. A very enjoyable read that I did not want to put down and did not want to see come to an end. This is Book One of the new Children of the Mist series so that means more stories to come!!!! Definitely recommend for historical fiction fans, for those who like sass and fire in their enemies to lovers romances!!! Will definitely be reading more from Cynthia Breeding!! Thank you to NetGalley, author Cynthia Breeding, and Entangled Publishing LLC for this temporary, digital advance review copy for me to read and enjoy. As always, my review is voluntary and my opinion is my own. #HighlandRenegade #NetGalley #DebutAuthor

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fly Girl Wickedcoolflight blogger

    This was a fabulous quick, suspenseful, angsty romance set in the Scottish Highlands. I do love a historical romance and if you've read a few of my last reviews I was highly disappointed in my last one because I felt it was too over the top on behavior. This one however was more to my liking. It was very specific in the decorum and etiquette of the time period. Even the lack of faith the men had in the heroine's business dealings and accuem was true to form.  We get two people who are fighting fo This was a fabulous quick, suspenseful, angsty romance set in the Scottish Highlands. I do love a historical romance and if you've read a few of my last reviews I was highly disappointed in my last one because I felt it was too over the top on behavior. This one however was more to my liking. It was very specific in the decorum and etiquette of the time period. Even the lack of faith the men had in the heroine's business dealings and accuem was true to form.  We get two people who are fighting for their families survival and have competing agendas. Ian is working on political survival of his family and hoping to get their name restored in England so they don't have to disappear "into the mist" again. Emily on the other hand just needs to provide for herself and her two sisters. Emily is super down to earth and somehow still fits in a lady of the times mold. She dresses appropriately, even if a season out of fashion, acts accordingly, and is super aware of how her actions reflect on the others around her. She is stubborn and willing to fight for what she wants and needs, but is also aware that men are used to controlling the situation. She handily inserts herself into Ian's family business in a way everyone, except one, accepts that she has a knack for business and good decision making skills. Ian on the other hand is the social butterfly and constantly running around trying to smooth things over where Emily and her sisters are concerned. Don't get me wrong he acts a man of the time, but his duties as the head of household seem to be more important than the day to day issues of the estate. He is constantly working on getting his uncles, brothers, and tenants to not uprise against the English lady and her sisters. He's trying to keep quiet that fact that she really owns them and could evict them at anytime. This is rather hilarious since everyone knows how fickle the King of England can be and the family finds out anyway. Once the anger has died down, it's all about getting things prepared for the winter and saving Emily from a killer they don't know.  Turns out the castle may be haunted, but no one wants to say it's really those hidden passages they use to escape troops and other clans from, that is really causing the problems in the house. Emily takes everything like a champ and believes she can just outlast the killer by making the family love her. In part it is true, but in whole it goes back farther than Emily...she just doesn't realize it.  After much ado about kissing, a setup, a stint getting sucked into the peat bog, they set the killer up and make a Happily Ever After for us. Emily and Ian finally give in to the fact they need and want each other and that even at their age, they can find love and it's alright to go against family traditions.  As you can see I enjoyed this story with the witt of Emily and the brute strength of Ian. Just as I like my historicals. I'm only giving this one a 4 of 5 because there just wasn't something that really stood out for me except the Scotch and I'm not sure that is enough to carry a 5 rating. Does that mean I don't recommend this book?...No I'd recommend this one if you want a fun easy read that leaves you happy and satisfied in the end. I know the rest of the series is going to be about some of the rougher brothers and/or Emily's sisters so I can't wait to read those as they come out. Please give it a read and let me know what you thought.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Georgianna Simpson

    Highland Renegade is a historical romance (and a novel in the series Children of the Mist) by author Cynthia Breeding. It’s set in Scotland in the year 1774. I found this novel to be both professionally written and entertaining. Its characters are distinct in their personalities and very well done. While I don’t do spoilers, I can give you the setup of the beginning and tell you what I found so entertaining. Emily Caldwell’s father and mother died, leaving her nothing but debts and two sisters. Th Highland Renegade is a historical romance (and a novel in the series Children of the Mist) by author Cynthia Breeding. It’s set in Scotland in the year 1774. I found this novel to be both professionally written and entertaining. Its characters are distinct in their personalities and very well done. While I don’t do spoilers, I can give you the setup of the beginning and tell you what I found so entertaining. Emily Caldwell’s father and mother died, leaving her nothing but debts and two sisters. The elderly Lord Woodhaven (Albert) offered for her hand in marriage and would allow her to bring her sisters. He was aged and not a particularly a good man. In fact, he was a drug addict and womanizer as well as a man who hit his wife often. Her husband died and left her only debts, which she had to sell her only house to pay. His cousin who inherited his title and entailed property will not let the ladies live with him and his wife (all three are young and lovely). However, King George had been a friend of her father’s and gave her ownership and title to a property in Scotland that her husband had leased. In July 1774, Emily (Dowager Lady Woodhaven) is taking her sisters to Scotland to live. It was formerly the property of the MacGregor clan, but due to political issues they were not allowed to own property anymore. Although those who did not take up arms in last issue were allowed to live there. She had been running her husband’s estate and businesses, because he wouldn’t be bothered, and had become quite good at managing and improving property. She’d studied the reports of the Scotland property and had many questions and plans to improve it so they could earn a living there. However, she fully intended to cooperate with those already there. Ian MacGregor and his brothers and uncles currently lived in Strae Castle, taking care of the clan and managing the property and distillery. Because the late Lord Woodhaven was in his mid-sixties, they assume the lady coming to see the property is aged. They intend to show her they are managing the property well, make her a bit uncomfortable in hopes she’ll quickly return to London and leave them to their business. Ian had filed reports with the late Lord Woodhaven that undervalued the property a bit, while the true profits were used to improve the property and take care of the clan. They were quite surprised to see three beautiful and young women arrive with five wagons of their things. That is the considerably basic setup. There is much more detail that I will leave you to discover for yourself. Let me give you the reasons I found this story so very entertaining and why I am looking forward to more from this talented author. I loved the characters. They are very well described, and each has a unique personality. The conversations are realistic, and the various personalities often clash with interesting results. The romance is at first slow to build, but the interest is immediate. I loved that. The plot is well done with lots of twists and intrigue. I found the pace to be perfect, allowing for the characters to grow to know each other and fast enough to make it a page turner. If you haven’t read this series, I urge you to give it a try. My regards to author Cynthia Breeding, thank you for a thrilling and heartfelt novel. I look forward to much more from your talented imagination.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    Firstly, can we just take a moment have a little swoon over the cover? My goodness, isn’t it amazing? It’s super pretty and with the burst of purple, it very striking, I love it! This is not only a brilliant introduction to a new-to-me author’s work, but also a fabulous start to what I’m sure is going to an exciting, intriguing and very sexy series, I’m looking forward to what’s to come next, reading this you get glimpses of up what I hope are up and coming stories. I really liked the relationship Firstly, can we just take a moment have a little swoon over the cover? My goodness, isn’t it amazing? It’s super pretty and with the burst of purple, it very striking, I love it! This is not only a brilliant introduction to a new-to-me author’s work, but also a fabulous start to what I’m sure is going to an exciting, intriguing and very sexy series, I’m looking forward to what’s to come next, reading this you get glimpses of up what I hope are up and coming stories. I really liked the relationship between determined Emily and proud Ian, they don’t exactly see eye, to eye to begin with, but you instantly see that there is a crackling chemistry between them, but as Emily was in an abusive marriage before she has definitely put up her guard towards other sex. Emily is a tough cookie, she is strong-willed, inspiring and brave, she has a fragility that has come from what she had to endure and it takes time for her to trust she has spades of courage that has made her determined to live her best life alone without a man in it…that is until the oh, so handsome Ian comes stomping into her life….Oh, good golly I don’t think I can take all those swoon-some brooding glares. When Ian finds out that his ancestral lands are to be claimed by a no-good Sassenach, he is fuming and decided to show her exactly what the highlands are made of and scare the young widow off back to London with her tail between her legs. Yet, the plan doesn’t exactly go as expected because she isn’t afraid of his glowers and sterns looks as others are and soon those glares and brooding silences turn to lust and want. He is confused by his feelings for her and even more as those feelings are in stark contrast to his duty Oh, poor Ian, what a complex loyal man you are! Cynthia Breeding has a way of capturing the reader imagination with her airy and atmospheric words, romance and intrigue swirl around you like a magical mist luring in and making keep turning the pages. Plus let us not forget the beautiful, stunning and most mesmerizing setting, each scene is crisp in historical detail, I can see those swirling rolling glens and in my mind’s eye. Highland Renegade has everything that a fan of a historical romance fan looks for in a book; wonderfully developed character’s, steamy and sizzling chemistry, beautiful scenery, intriguing plot with a hint of mystery, plus sexy, brooding, ravishing men in kilts…..oh, be still my Highlander loving beating heart!! Overall, it’s a wonderful story, great escapism. If you love historical romance and too-hot-for-their-own-good, sexy highlanders then this is a must read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    A Klue

    Rating: 3.5 stars Sacrifice and compromise is what made this gracious, but strong willed, lovely, determined leading lady stand out, my fellow romance book loving friends. It seemed Emily was always willing to see the world through other’s eyes and tried to juggle what would work out best for all parties, whenever possible. However, her biggest priority was seeing to the care and future of her younger siblings, the main reason she was the Dowager Countess of Windhaven to begin with, which in and Rating: 3.5 stars Sacrifice and compromise is what made this gracious, but strong willed, lovely, determined leading lady stand out, my fellow romance book loving friends. It seemed Emily was always willing to see the world through other’s eyes and tried to juggle what would work out best for all parties, whenever possible. However, her biggest priority was seeing to the care and future of her younger siblings, the main reason she was the Dowager Countess of Windhaven to begin with, which in and of itself was more nightmare than marriage. Ian, the hero, and his family seemed to play the role of mean girls at first. Except for his younger sister, they were slow to trust and care about finding any common ground. Ian was also slow to grow a backbone and take a stand against his uncles, even when he started to realize Emily was it for him. This leading lady put up with a lot, folks, including numerous attempts on her life. It was her patience and strength that overall had me giving this book a thumbs up. She deserved a HEA, and I’m glad this English lass got the man she wanted, despite Ian’s knuckleheaded relatives. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ One mental reference where Ian thinks maybe he should seek out a tavern wrench to work out his lusty frustrations/attraction for Emily. (eyeroll). One other man shows interest in her, but it doesn’t go anywhere. Former girlfriend of Ian’s makes a brief appearance. Neither are interested. (hide spoiler)] Title: Highland Renegade, Series: Children of the Mist (Book 1), Author: Cynthia Breeding, Pages: 400, stand-alone, HEA, clan leader hero, young guardian widow in need of funds, past spousal abuse references, get to know each other first, not steamy until near the end. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review. There is no affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fizza

    This book is very hard to put down. It's so well-written and has so many interesting characters that you simply don't wish it to end. Such an interesting story, which is not a simple romance novel, but also has a hint of mystery, intrigue, and family drama set in the Highlands. In any case, I absolutely loved it! The MacGregor clan wants to restore their name and reclaim their lands. So it comes as a shock when three English women show up out of the blue with the deed to their lands. Now they mus This book is very hard to put down. It's so well-written and has so many interesting characters that you simply don't wish it to end. Such an interesting story, which is not a simple romance novel, but also has a hint of mystery, intrigue, and family drama set in the Highlands. In any case, I absolutely loved it! The MacGregor clan wants to restore their name and reclaim their lands. So it comes as a shock when three English women show up out of the blue with the deed to their lands. Now they must tolerate these women and find a way to make them leave. Ian is in the middle of everything since he is the laird and he must ensure his clan's protection and well-being. The only problem is that Emily isn't someone he can resist. She isn't the usual English lady. She is capable, independent, and fiercely loyal. He is having a hard time keeping his clan first. The real problem starts when someone tries to kill Emily. She had to leave England. Now, she is determined to make her home in the Highlands. However, it seems that the Scots are not ready to give her and her sisters a chance. They are prejudiced and to them, they will always be the outsiders. At least, one of the MacGregor brothers isn't that bad. Ian is trying everything he can to ensure her safety. Maybe that's why her feelings for him are changing. Will she ever be able to start a new life here or will she be forced to return to London once again? Overall, an interesting historical fiction that kept me thoroughly entertained. I loved every character and the story is very well-written. I'd definitely recommend it to all historical fiction fans. This book is not to be missed. ;) P.S. I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I received a complimentary copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This is a wonderful story to just get lost in. To venture back in time when things were simpler but harsh at the same time. Dowager Countess Woodhaven travels to Scotland with her two younger sisters. Emily was given a Scottish castle and land by the King of England. She was forced to sell their London townhouse to pay off her late husband's debts. The newly minted Earl of Woodhaven (actual I received a complimentary copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This is a wonderful story to just get lost in. To venture back in time when things were simpler but harsh at the same time. Dowager Countess Woodhaven travels to Scotland with her two younger sisters. Emily was given a Scottish castle and land by the King of England. She was forced to sell their London townhouse to pay off her late husband's debts. The newly minted Earl of Woodhaven (actually his wife) was not accepting of keeping the three women on. Emily was in her mid-twenties to her late husband who was in his 60's. The Laird of Clan MacGregor, Ian, is given little warning that Emily is coming. Their name is not in good standing with the English and the MacGregors do not want them there. They plan to make their visit as unpleasant as possible so they will cut short their visit. There is mystery and mayhem afoot in the castle and with the MacGregor's neighbors. Someone is trying to harm and/or kill Emily; but who? I adored the secondary characters as much as the two leading ones. I look forward to read more of the Clan MacGregor. The author did a fabulous job in writing the story. There was so much detail to help understand the turmoil of the times. Having a dual POV format also helped to making Emily and Ian more human. This is a slightly sexy novel in the fact that the "bedroom" scene comes very late in the book. Also the author does not go into graphic detail so to offend many. If you want an absolutely clean novel, then you may not want to read or again it comes late in the book and not much to it so you could skip it. I would not recommend this to anyone under the age of 18 though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    This was a 5 star read. This was a book, maybe part of a series, I don't know because I read it out of order, I don't care, it was so good. A widow who has survived an abusive marriage, but is now penniless because her old husband smoked up enough opium to bankrupt them, has a property that was bestowed upon her father for services to the crown. So the widow has a place to take her young sisters to after her husband's death. They have to sell the London house to pay off her husband's debts and hi This was a 5 star read. This was a book, maybe part of a series, I don't know because I read it out of order, I don't care, it was so good. A widow who has survived an abusive marriage, but is now penniless because her old husband smoked up enough opium to bankrupt them, has a property that was bestowed upon her father for services to the crown. So the widow has a place to take her young sisters to after her husband's death. They have to sell the London house to pay off her husband's debts and his heir refuses to house or feed them. So, she moves to Scotland to take possession of her castle. The hero has no idea that his castle and holdings have been gifted away. Three Royal leaders ago, their family was punished for siding with the losing side of an uprising and they have had to give up their name, but allowed to live in the castle. It is a hard blow to the Laird and clan that an English woman now owns their properties. And the Laird has been giving her a lower-than-honest accounting of what the property has been producing. Well, you will have to read the find out about the rest. I read this book until the wee hours of the morning. It was a mystery, a suspense, a romance and it was good. The story is continuous and makes sense. It has likeable characters that develop a relationship, and their ages are appropriate. The spelling and grammar have few errors. The title kinda matches up to the story, but the book all makes sense. It was like stepping into a movie. I heartily recommend with 5 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒚 — Beautiful young widow and her two snarky sisters set off to Scotland but find themselves ostracized by a clan who hates Sassenachs. See more on my Instagram & blog — I love books about Scotland. The scenery, the clans/lairds, the descriptions... If a book is set in Scotland or has a Scottish character I definitely want to read it. So I was excited for this book but... couldn't get into it. I think the author tried to do something ambitious by setting up so many characters. Em 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒎𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒚 — Beautiful young widow and her two snarky sisters set off to Scotland but find themselves ostracized by a clan who hates Sassenachs. See more on my Instagram & blog — I love books about Scotland. The scenery, the clans/lairds, the descriptions... If a book is set in Scotland or has a Scottish character I definitely want to read it. So I was excited for this book but... couldn't get into it. I think the author tried to do something ambitious by setting up so many characters. Emily and her two sisters (Juliana, who was so annoying, and Lorelai), Ian and his many siblings, uncles, the Campbell's... Unfortunately, the huge amounts of characters meant that I didn't feel particularly close to Emily or Ian. I don't think their relationship got enough time or pages to develop. Dialogue between groups is also something difficult to do right, because it has to match wit and language to feel natural. There were several parts of dialogue that felt like long monologues to me. I think the mystery element was so unnecessary. This could have been a great book about Scottish/English prejudices (which the book was ripe with!). The clan had a lot to be upset about, that is historically accurate... their land being given away by the King of England, who they don't recognize. I think Emily being forced to prove herself would have been sufficient. More personal conflict over "attempted murder".

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelagh

    I’d never heard of Cynthia Breeding before receiving an ARC of Highland Renegade but I’ll certainly be looking out for her books from now on. Set in Scotland in 1774, the story is planted firmly in a time and place where the English and the Scots were not on the best of terms and where the arrival of Emily, Countess Woodhaven and her two younger sisters was not welcomed. Laird Ian MacGregor and his brothers are less than impressed to learn that Emily has been given their castle and lands by King I’d never heard of Cynthia Breeding before receiving an ARC of Highland Renegade but I’ll certainly be looking out for her books from now on. Set in Scotland in 1774, the story is planted firmly in a time and place where the English and the Scots were not on the best of terms and where the arrival of Emily, Countess Woodhaven and her two younger sisters was not welcomed. Laird Ian MacGregor and his brothers are less than impressed to learn that Emily has been given their castle and lands by King George and it is fair to say that resentment is rife. This book felt authentic to me. There is just enough highland brogue to keep you in the moment and just enough missish behaviour from Emily’s youngest sister Lorelei to remind readers of the family’s aristocratic upbringing. These three are most definitely fish out of water yet Emily’s no nonsense approach to dealing with Ian and his clan earned my respect. While Ian is clearly unsure how to cope with these three English ladies, he was also a character to like and respect. He obviously cares for his family and his clan and I liked the way he managed affairs. The romance that developed between Ian and Emily was also a nice touch, offering enough sexual tension to keep readers interested but with physical passion reigned back to a level appropriate to that era. Overall I loved this story, not just for the romance or the setting but also for the strong family values that are evident throughout. Well that and Emily’s smart dialogue as she flummoxes Ian. Again and again I smiled and cheered for her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    zhane

    4/5 stars! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A very engaging read. I loved the mystery element in this book and how it is incorporated into the plot. The plot of this book delivered what I expected and the author did a great job in writing from the third person limited point of view for Emily and Ian, making me sympathize to both of their predicaments. The only thing I found lacking is the character 4/5 stars! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A very engaging read. I loved the mystery element in this book and how it is incorporated into the plot. The plot of this book delivered what I expected and the author did a great job in writing from the third person limited point of view for Emily and Ian, making me sympathize to both of their predicaments. The only thing I found lacking is the character depth for both main characters. I feel like I don't know them enough for me to root for anyone's success. Emily is a smart woman, until she's not. Sometimes her actions doesn't reflect on what we've known about her, and it's a little bit frustrating to read. I felt like the ending was rushed as well. Solving the mystery, getting back the lands, and proposal for marriage all happened in one chapter and I felt robbed of good resolutions from all those three. I wished the author separated the resolutions for the three situations I've mentioned and focused solely on individual matters, not the conveniently-everything-great-happened-for-a-short-period-of-time trend as the book approaches the end. Overall, this is definitely worth a read for me and despite my critique, the book still gave me what I wanted and expected from it. And I actually enjoyed reading this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah 🌺 Books in Their Natural Habitat

    Emily and her sisters are starting over in the Highlands after her husband dies and she is given the title to the land. She hopes it will be a fresh start for them, but Ian MacGregor, who believes these are his and his family’s lands, has another idea. Will Emily be accepted or will the MacGregors drive her out? Or maybe something far more unexpected will happen. One of my favorite parts of this book was the tension between Emily and her sisters and the MacGregor family. It’s that enemies-to-love Emily and her sisters are starting over in the Highlands after her husband dies and she is given the title to the land. She hopes it will be a fresh start for them, but Ian MacGregor, who believes these are his and his family’s lands, has another idea. Will Emily be accepted or will the MacGregors drive her out? Or maybe something far more unexpected will happen. One of my favorite parts of this book was the tension between Emily and her sisters and the MacGregor family. It’s that enemies-to-lovers feel and you’re just waiting for a crack in the hard exterior to break through. I found myself saying, “Come on!!” at the tension and conversations. Get together already! I also really enjoyed reading about the historical background of the MacGregor lands and how far back some of the battles and distrust went. It’s amazing that deep-rooted anger can carry through centuries having a big impact on history. If you’re looking for a book with strong-willed characters, some steam and history, Highland Renegades is a great fit! Thank you to HFVBT, Cynthia Breeding and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. The review expresses my own personal opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea

    I've previously really enjoyed Cynthia Breeding's romances, but this one fell a little short for me. Sadly, I struggled to connect to either the hero or the heroine, partly because we got so little time with them! There's a huge cast of characters, so a lot of group dialogue, and a lot of action, so we rarely got to see the actual couple by themselves - they barely talked to one another except about specific events. Their thoughts were secondary to the plot in the narration, so I never really go I've previously really enjoyed Cynthia Breeding's romances, but this one fell a little short for me. Sadly, I struggled to connect to either the hero or the heroine, partly because we got so little time with them! There's a huge cast of characters, so a lot of group dialogue, and a lot of action, so we rarely got to see the actual couple by themselves - they barely talked to one another except about specific events. Their thoughts were secondary to the plot in the narration, so I never really got a good picture of their feelings or saw them falling in love. Their chemistry seemed to just sort of happen off page - I didn't end up invested in them as a couple, which is the main thing you need in a romance! I also found the phonetic Scottish accents rather cringeworthy, and noticed inaccuracies in the writing (several modern Americanisms as well as a couple of grammatical and historical inaccuracies.) Unfortunately, I just didn't connect with this one; it was sweet, but not memorable. Two and a half stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, is glad her abusive husband is gone. After his death, she was given a title to some lands in the Highlands. Emily takes her younger sisters there meaning to embark on a whole new life. Unfortunately, the MacGregors aren't happy with them laying claim to their lands. Ian MacGregor isn't letting what rightfully belongs to his family be taken away by a Sassenach woman. He and his family come up with a plan to get rid of the aging widow quick, or so they thi Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, is glad her abusive husband is gone. After his death, she was given a title to some lands in the Highlands. Emily takes her younger sisters there meaning to embark on a whole new life. Unfortunately, the MacGregors aren't happy with them laying claim to their lands. Ian MacGregor isn't letting what rightfully belongs to his family be taken away by a Sassenach woman. He and his family come up with a plan to get rid of the aging widow quick, or so they think. Imagine Ian's shock when he sees Emily for the first time. Turns out that she isn't an aging widow, she's a young beauty as are her two younger sisters who have accompanied her there. Suddenly, his world is flipped upside down. HIGHLAND RENEGADE is phenomenal. I couldn't put it down. Emily and her sisters are about to make a huge difference in the MacGregor household. Emily and Ian are perfect together. He helps her grow and heal, and she changes his views on a lot of things. I really enjoyed their story and look forward to reading more about their family members.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (AndKellyReads)

    This book was fun, and a delightful first book for me from Cynthia Breeding. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers aspect, and that both Emily and Ian had to uncover secrets about the other along the way. I don't read too many books involving Highlanders because the language tends to trip me up, but I did enjoy this one and found it easy to follow along. I don't know if this book will be particularly memorable to me, and I will say at times this book felt more like a suspenseful historical fiction nov This book was fun, and a delightful first book for me from Cynthia Breeding. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers aspect, and that both Emily and Ian had to uncover secrets about the other along the way. I don't read too many books involving Highlanders because the language tends to trip me up, but I did enjoy this one and found it easy to follow along. I don't know if this book will be particularly memorable to me, and I will say at times this book felt more like a suspenseful historical fiction novel, but I did enjoy it. I think the romance could have been cultivated a little more, because it came on it was abrupt and fast and it caught me off guard, but still steamy. I didn't quite believe that the two had fallen in love with each other, but honestly I've read stranger timelines so I can let it slide. All in all, it was a good historical romance and I enjoyed my time with the MacGregor clan. I absolutely would read another book by this author. Many thanks to the publisher and netgalley for my review copy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Filopanti

    I was sent an advanced copy of this via Netgalley. I have to preface this with the fact that I am obsessed with Highlander romances. I just love everything about them. I love how the male lead tends to love with his whole heart and just wants to worship the woman main lead. This book did not disappoint when it came to that. Emily was an outsider and she showed up with her sisters and the MacGregor clan didn’t really know what to do. I loved that this wasn’t insta love and that the characters got I was sent an advanced copy of this via Netgalley. I have to preface this with the fact that I am obsessed with Highlander romances. I just love everything about them. I love how the male lead tends to love with his whole heart and just wants to worship the woman main lead. This book did not disappoint when it came to that. Emily was an outsider and she showed up with her sisters and the MacGregor clan didn’t really know what to do. I loved that this wasn’t insta love and that the characters got to know each other. There was an admitted attraction from the beginning, but Ian didn’t know that Emily was attracted to him and vice versa. I loved both families and their dynamics. I had a hard time with how much Emily’s sisters complained, but I needed to remember they were 14 and 16 so that was to be expected. The only complaint I really have is I wish Emily would have let everyone know her past and what her deceased husband did to her and how she was treated.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    I love myself some highlanders so if a book comes out I try to get it, not always but as much as I can. So we meet Emily who is finally out of an abusive marriage, my heart went out to her I hate that. Emily has earned my admiration for surviving and now trying to make a better life for herself and her sisters and without a man. She is determined to make a better life and will do this in Scotland since that land is now hers. Ian MacGregor is set on making this old widows want to leave Scotland a I love myself some highlanders so if a book comes out I try to get it, not always but as much as I can. So we meet Emily who is finally out of an abusive marriage, my heart went out to her I hate that. Emily has earned my admiration for surviving and now trying to make a better life for herself and her sisters and without a man. She is determined to make a better life and will do this in Scotland since that land is now hers. Ian MacGregor is set on making this old widows want to leave Scotland and sets out to maker her life impossible, but then he sees this widow and she is not old. He still needs to get the land and castle and he intends on doing that his people depend on him, if it wasn't for that pesky attraction. I enjoyed the book, not as much as I hoped to because this was a romance book and so I was expecting well romance, or more of it. Loved the brothers and sisters and will continue to read the rest.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Szabo

    The premise for Emily and Ian's romance has all the ingredients for a great rivals-to-lovers romance, but somehow, their chemistry ended up falling short of my expectations. Perhaps in part because Ian came across as immature in his approach to the situation, especially as the reader becomes increasingly aware of Emily's background, rendering Ian's approach at best callous and at worst cruel. There were a lot of pieces introduced in this book, with siblings and side characters and a whole myster The premise for Emily and Ian's romance has all the ingredients for a great rivals-to-lovers romance, but somehow, their chemistry ended up falling short of my expectations. Perhaps in part because Ian came across as immature in his approach to the situation, especially as the reader becomes increasingly aware of Emily's background, rendering Ian's approach at best callous and at worst cruel. There were a lot of pieces introduced in this book, with siblings and side characters and a whole mystery of attempted murder, but unfortunately, these pieces didn't click together particularly well, and also took focus away from the romantic arc of the main characters, who could've used more room on the page to develop their relationship. Still, I'll check out future books to see if they may be more my jam. I received a digital advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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