I received this book for free from Netgalley in order to prepare an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands, #6) by Amy Jarecki
Series: Lords of the HIghlands #6
Published by Forever on June 25, 2019
FINAL DECISION: This was a good book with good tension between John and Evelyn. I liked Evelyn’s dual purposes and how she is challenged in this book.
THE STORY: John Erskine, the Scottish Earl of Mar, is a widower who needs to find the appropriate woman to marry to help care for his children. After the death of the woman he loved, he just wants to find the right woman for a marriage that will be respectful even if he cannot love her. Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, an Englishwoman, seems to meet John’s requirements. Evelyn doesn’t wish to marry but it will allow her to continue her work as a spy. But her growing emotions for her new husband and his children disrupt her plans and make her question whether it is right to put her new family in danger.
OPINION: I thought the premise of this book was interesting and I liked the relationship between John and Evelyn. There were details that bothered me. I understand why John would need to remarry considering his financial condition and his need for a caretaker for his children, but considering his wife had died not long before this book begins, I really couldn’t get into his lust for Evelyn after losing the “love of his life”. It just felt off to me. I don’t mind lust to love stories, but I couldn’t quite believe the supposed intense love of John for his dead wife when he was lusting for a new woman so quickly. I guess I wanted some assurance that he actually loved his first wife by seeing the effects of her death.
John and Evelyn’s relationship is complicated and it takes time to work out their feelings for one another. That I really enjoyed as well.
What I really enjoyed beyond the romance was Evelyn’s work and the complicated political picture of the time. This is a period of time that I enjoy reading about and this book packs a lot of historical information and political intrigue into its pages.
WORTH MENTIONING: I enjoyed that the author placed this book in real historical context with real historical figures.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE HIGHLAND EARL is book six of the Lords of the Highlands series. This book can be read as a standalone another there are overlapping characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in order to prepare this review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.