Thursday, May 6, 2010

Highland Knight by Hannah Howell

This book was read by me in March of 2009 and I wrote the review but never posted it to my blog. Better late then never.

The first thing I need to say about this book is that I was an unfortunate victim in the republish with new cover conspiracy. I don't buy many of my books new but finding myself without a book (forbid!) and a possible lengthy wait at a doctors office had me skipping into the local Walgreens for a new release. I really should have checked the copywrite date. It says 2001, 2009. So yes, I bought a rerelease and yes I have the original also. UGH. (which is why there are two covers here....I own both. The top on is the newest from 2009. The bottom is from 2001)

Ok enough of my complaining. This book was a book that for me started out slow despite the interesting theme. It has Avery and her young cousin given to a man for a payment of a past debt. He thinks to use her the same way her brother used his sister.
So the theme of this book was for Cameron to seduce Avery into his bed. Got it. I was pretty concerned when 1/3 of the way through the book it looked like it would happen. I was worried as to what would be the point of the rest of the book. I really shouldn't have worried. It does take this book a little bit to heat up. Kind of like a slow spark that takes awhile to develope into a burning fire. But don't worry this book did become a burning fire.

Avery is a great heroine. She is kind, smart, funny and completely understanding as to the way things work despite her being a virgin. Cameron is a dark brooding kind of man who doesn't want a woman in his life but finds he really doesn't want Avery out of his life either.

The secondary characters are terrific and I hope Howell will write or already wrote their stories also. I do know that this is part of a trilogy but this is the only book I have read out of it and I believe it is number 2. It reads wonderfully as a stand alone but now I really need to get my hands on the others to find out who's stories have been told. Who knows, I probably have them and don't even know it.

I originally was going to give this book a 3.5 star rating but since I found myself staying up all night to finish it, I think it really does deserve a solid 4 stars


Gina said...

The re-publish is a real pet peeve of mine. Especially when they change the title! That just irks me to no end!
I'm in the process of adding a page to my blog called Author's Series where I'll be keeping track of books by author and noting when they have re-publishes and name changes. Please, leave a comment there if you find one.

Christina said...

Will do Gina. It seems that almost every popular author (like Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood, Linda Howard etc) are all re-release their older books. It gets frustrating when you aren't sure if you read a book because the cover looks so new.