3.5 stars out of 5
Although Amanda Scott is one of the most prolific highland romance writers around, this was the first book of hers that I have read. Besides, the cover is just plain gorgeous and there is something hypnotic about the guys eyes that I just”had” to read this one.
Highland Master is based on Amanda Scott’s interpretation of a real highland legend that occurred between these clans in the 1400’s. The book is heavier on the historical history of the times compared with some historical romance novels and I found it very interesting. There is a lot of political maneuverings going on between the characters and often I found the intricacies of those maneuverings confusion.
The brightest part of the book for me is Catriona Mackintosh. She is free spirited, outgoing and full of life. She is the exact opposite of Finlagh Cameron, the hero of the story. He is reticent, secretive and withdrawn for life. The dynamics of these two characters was intriguing and I wanted more depth to their story. At times, it felt that the characters took a backseat to the political intrigue.
Overall, Highland Master is a good book. The next book in the series, Highland Hero, features Catriona’s brother Ivor and is due out in October 2011. I will be checking it out for sure.