Title: Sadie’s Highlander
Author: Maeve Greyson
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Date of Publication: September 12th, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Number of pages: Unknown
Series: Highland Protector
Sadie’s Highlander – Book 1
POV: 3rd person
Where you can find Sadie’s Highlander: Amazon
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
The Highland Protector series brings to life four mouth-watering Celtic brothers in twenty-first-century North Carolina—where the lasses are anything but tamed.
Highland warrior Alec MacDara and his brothers traveled forward in time to protect the sacred Heartsone. Their cover? Owners and operators of a theme park called Highland Life and Legends. As the chairman, Alec has been fending off requests to film at the breathtaking property. It’s only because of the charming correspondence from an enterprising production assistant that he agrees to a meeting at all. That’s when Alec meets a woman whose lush curves make him forget, for the first time, all about tenth-century Scotland.
A lowly assistant for her sister’s motion picture company, wannabe screenwriter Sadie Williams is shocked when Alec agrees to let them film at the park upon one condition: that she report to him daily. Sadie’s sister always told her that their parents only adopted her because they felt sorry for the ugly little stray. But Alec looks at Sadie like she’s the most tempting creature in the world. And with his gleaming, musclebound body stripped down to nothing but a hip-hugging kilt and boots, Alec clearly knows a little something about temptation.
Let’s take a minute to drool over the cover of this book. It totally fits with the book. My mental image of Alec is definitely personified by the male model (the braid in his hair is a plus). The female model used for Sadie is dead on with my mental image of her. The cover shows the love Alec has for Sadie and vice versa. Kudos to whoever designed it because they obviously read the book and got a cover that matches the book. Not very often that it happens
I really was expecting Sadie’s Highlander to be one of those bodice-ripper romance novels. And in a way, it was. But what I wasn’t expecting was the feels I got from reading the book and the direction that the plot took. It was something that took me by surprise.
Sadie had an awful life. She had been abused her entire life by her older sister, Delia and she didn’t feel that she had any worth. It was awful to read how Delia treated Sadie and set the standard for how other people treated her. Sadie was at the bottom of the totem pole, the low woman in the pecking order at her job and in her personal relationship with Delia. It made me so mad to read those scenes because Sadie was so sweet. While I knew why Sadie didn’t want to tell Delia off, all about the money, I really wish that she did sooner….for my peace of mind.
Alec was one of the last druid Highlanders who had been magically transported to North Carolina to help protect the Heartstone from those that would use it for evil. He had fallen for Sadie while they were exchanging emails and seeing her in person sealed the deal for him. I liked him because he saw through Delia’s BS and saw the fake, evil person that she was. When Delia did something truly unforgivable (read the book), I really thought (and hoped) that he was going to kill her. Which disappointed me because he didn’t and he had to deal with Sadie’s emotional fallout.
Now, I wasn’t a fan of the Instalove but in this book, it actually worked. Which surprised me because I am firmly anti-Instalove. Go figure.
The sex scenes were super hot but I am not a fan of sex with food. Alec and Sadie’s first sex scene involved whipped cream (and I had a mental image of the whipped cream bikini from Varsity Blues running through my mind even though they didn’t use it like that) and strawberries. The whipped cream was fine but the strawberries were….interesting. Now they did get eaten but my main line of thought during that sex scene was “What if they get stuck? How would you explain that to the ER Doctor“. I had the same thought with the pecan pie scene….lol.
The end had to have been my favorite part of the book. Alec was doing everything and anything to show Sadie that she mattered. I ugly cried the end of the book. I can’t wait to read book 2!!
How many stars will I give Sadie’s Highlander: 4
Why: Great 1st book in a series. I can’t wait to see where this series is going to go!!
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Sex, language, and violence.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**