Book Title: Heart of the Highlands: The Beast (Protectors of the Crown Book 1)
Author: April Holthaus
Category: Adult Fiction, 326 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Grey Eagle Publishing, LLC
Release date: July 2015
Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017
Content Rating: R (for graphic sex scenes, and mild language)
For hundreds of years, Scotland has battled the English for their freedom. Now, they face a new enemy. In a divided world between politics and religion, the young King James V faces the threat of his own people rebelling against him. As civil war breaks out among the Highland clans, James recruits a secret group of warriors for protection. He calls them the Protectors of the Crown.
Ian MacKay has one mission; to defend the crown no matter the cost. Along with his men, Ian’s mission is to hunt down one of the most dangerous men in the Highlands. But when the daughter of an enemy enters his life, his heart becomes captured instead.
Keira Sinclair has lived a life of peace and simplicity until now. With her clan on the verge of losing everything, she is forced to wed a Laird from a neighboring clan to ensure that hers survives. During her travels to her new home, her carriage is attacked and Keira is taken hostage by a ruthless man.
Caught in the middle of a war that she does not understand, will Keira’s secrets be safe, or will she succumb to the Highland warrior who now threatens to capture her heart?
Praise for Heart of the Highlands:
“The Beast was a highly enjoyable romance.” – Readers Favorite Book Reviews
“Heart of the Highlands: The Beast reminded me why I love historical romances and need to read more of them!”- NightOwl reviews
“The romance was sigh-worthy.” – Kilts and Swords
“A new and exciting series.” – My Book Addiction and More
“Rich, Rich, Rich in detail. Well written and researched.” – World’s Best Story Judge
2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award Honorable Mention
2016 World’s Best Story Award 2nd Place Winner
2015 RONE Award Nominee
Heart of the Highlands: The Beast is the first installment of the Protectors of the Crown Series. Here are the other books to follow:
Protectors of the Crown Series
Book Two- Heart of the Highlands: The Wolf; published
Book Three- Heart of the Highlands: The Dragon; 2018
Book Four- Heart of the Highlands: The Lion; TBA
Book Five- Heart of the Highlands: The Stag; TBA
This series follows a group of five warriors who live their life protecting their king and country. The historical setting is Scotland 1537-1538 during the reign of James V of Scotland.
Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kiera Sinclair’s father has nefarious plans for his daughter. He’s determined to marry her off to the Chisholm Clan. His carefully laid out plans are thwarted when Kiera’s carriage is hijacked by highland warrior Ian MacKay an enemy of her clan, lucky girl!
Who doesn’t love a Highlander? Ian is honorable and determined to protect the Crown and Kiera who is a naive spitfire who slowly captures his heart. This story is well told and detailed. It’s romance and intrigue wrapped into one. The sizzle factor in this romance falls somewhere in the middle. I found the conflict between Kiera and her father heartbreaking, especially when she finally must accept the fact that he’s not the honorable man she thought he was.
This is the first book that I’ve read from author April Holthaus and she has a couple in audiobook form. I truly hope she considers adding this book to that collection. I think it would do well.
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!