Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review: Legacy of the Highlands by Harriet Schultz

Legacy of the Highlands by Harriet Schultz
(a full length contemporary romantic suspense published by Cottage Park Press)

What does a vow made 700 years ago in Scotland have to do with a murder in twenty-first century Boston?

When Will Cameron’s body is discovered in a Boston alley, the only clue to the thirty-four-year-old man’s murder is a pristine Scottish sgian dubh dagger left beside it. His devastated widow, Alexandra, flees Boston to find refuge in the Miami villa of Will’s best friend, Diego Navarro, who has the means, power and temperament to solve the puzzle and to avenge the senseless killing.

Diego, a handsome and wealthy Argentine, is equally determined to win the grieving widow’s heart. The growing attraction to each other becomes hard to resist as Alex and Diego follow leads that take them from Miami to Buenos Aires and Scotland, unraveling the Cameron family’s secrets and the Legacy of the Highlands.

I want you to know that after the first few pages, this story jumped into high gear, and I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going on. Why had this murder happened? And even when it was explained, I wanted to know more.

This story is absolutely heart stopping and has a lot of twists and turns. I wanted to hurry and finish it so I would know how it ended, but I also wanted to savor it along the way. This is not just another mystery. It is a wonderful example of how a suspense novel should be written. It kept me on my toes the entire time I was reading it.

Mixed in was a love story that was touching, warm and honest. It had plenty of heat, but the emotions were primary to the relationship. And the love story fit in so well that you could see that it was a very important portion of the whole plot in this tale. Without it, the story wouldn't have worked. Even the hero in this story had secrets that were part of the things that were going on.

I couldn’t help but feel some sympathy for some of the Scots, but not for all of them. It was fascinating the way past history was woven into the story and the author's imagination was just amazing.

Watch out Tom Clancy. This is one of the most exciting, hold-your-breath stories I’ve read in a long, long time. Except, unlike Clancy, there’s a bit of sexy romance involved.

Legacy of the Highlands was a fantastic book that I devoured with pleasure. I can't wait to see what this author does next. She's got amazing talent and I'll be first in line for whatever she releases.

FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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