No Ordinary Hero #2
by Suzanne Enoch
Published on April 4, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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Rugged highlander Graeme has one thing on his mind—take a stand against the horrible Englishman Lattimer and he will be rewarded with enough money to be set for life. But when his reckless younger brothers take it one step too far and kidnaps a young woman on her way to see Lattimer, Graeme has to intervene. He cannot send the lady back without his kin getting in trouble. And when a damsel this beautiful is dropped into your lap, it’s hard to let her go...
Marjorie should be terrified she’s been captured by highland scoundrels, but it’s hard to live in terror when your captor is a devilishly handsome and sinfully tempting as Graeme is. She cannot stay by his side forever—no matter how her heart may pound at the thought—but Graeme seems to have other plans. This wicked highlander is out to seduce her and doesn’t plan to stop until she’s in his arms...forever...
I have mixed feelings about this book. My One True Highlander follows the tale of Lady Marjorie, who is kidnapped by young highlanders and ends up in the hosue of Graeme and his brothers who doesn’t know what to make of an English woman living with him against her will. On the surface, the story had plenty of tension and opportunity for action but, for me, it fell a bit short.
Marjorie was a fun character to read because she’s trying so hard to be something she’s not to fit into a world she thinks she needs to be a part of, which is really relatable. Of course, she realizes that maybe London society isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and comes into her own person by the end of the story. In contrast, Graeme is the gruff Scotsman who loves his brothers dearly and will do whatever he has to do to protect them. I think his character was a bit stereotypical, especially for the genre, but I didn’t dislike his character.
Plus his brothers were adorable. I like that the story gave them a decent amount of page time and each had a distinct personality. Connell was the youngest and absolutely adorable, Duglas was the middle child trying to keep the peace, and Brendan was the older teen who thinks he knows what’s best. What I think Enoch excelled at here was that these three characters, as well as Mrs. Griswell and Rob the blacksmith, all showed character growth within the story.
I will stay that the way the Scottish accents were written got annoying after a while. I don’t think it was needed to the degree it appeared in the dialogue because I read it like that pretty immediately and found having to constantly decipher the writing slowed me down further.
Now while the characters were well written and developed, the story itself fell flat. Plenty happened throughout the story and yet I was pretty bored. It was the same scene over and over, the same argument, the same sexual tension, and after the first time the repetition grew dull. Add in the filler scenes of info dumps of the characters’ backgrounds, it slowed my reading down.
My One True Highlander actually reminded me a lot of Outlander in terms of the romance. More “refined” English woman gets dumped in the Scottish Highlands and “saved” by an attractive Scotsman and despite their arguing and her imprisonment in his household, they fall in love. I think that’s why I kept reading because I was waiting for that same style romance because I enjoyed Outlander (which is also a bit dry at times) but this one didn’t quite live up to it.
By the end I got back into this book and enjoyed the last chunk but getting there was a long process. I’d say if you like Outlander and enjoy historical romances, then you may enjoy it. There wasn’t enough action for me but it wasn’t a bad read by any means.