I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Highland Treasure by Lynsay Sands
Also in this series: To Marry a Scottish Laird, The Highlander Takes a Bride, Falling for the Highlander, Surrender to the Highlander, The Highlander’s Promise, The Wrong Highlander, Hunting for a Highlander
Series: Highland Brides #9
Published by Avon on January 26, 2021
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
A Buchanan brother finds a love to treasure in this scintillating historical romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands…
After escaping from the English soldiers who attacked her home and imprisoned her in a dungeon, Lady Elysande de Valance is grateful for the rugged Scots who are escorting her to safety in the Highlands. Even with danger dogging their every step, she hadn’t expected to welcome the strong comforting embrace of their leader, Rory Buchanan. They say he’s a healer, but she finds the heat of his touch does so much more…
Let his brothers get married—Rory is too busy tending to the sick to be bothered with wooing a bride. But when he is tasked with accompanying a family friend’s “treasure” to the Highlands, he is surprised to learn the treasure is a beautiful woman on the run—and even more surprised to discover bruises hidden by her veil. Rory makes it his mission to tend to her injuries and protect her, but the thought of losing her makes him realize that perhaps it is his heart that is most in need of healing…
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
Highland Treasure is the latest release of the Highlander series by Lynsay Sands or the series also known as the “Highland Brides” and I always seem to get a kick out of these books, there is a humor in these books that you don’t always find in historical romances and most especially highlander romances. I read this one its a ARC from the publisher so I give thanks to Avon but also I put it in as a book to read as part of the #historicalromancereadathon and I have to say that I have read more historical’s in a row than I normally do and I am thrilled to be immersing myself in these historical periods once again. I really had no mood for them last year so I am hoping I can fully get into them again.
Highland Treasure starts off with a kick, with our heroine who is being abused by her tormentor. Her family, trusted by the King, are attacked by a friend and traitor who plots against the king. When he suspects that her parents have information he murders her father, and brutally damages her mother and abuses Elysande to the point where she can barely move. But her mother who is barely alive, manages with the trust of her guards and servants to smuggle Elysande out of the keep and on the road to safety towards a clan that she knows will protect her no matter what. Elysande with her body bruised to the point where her skin is black and blue, is determined to survive despite seeing her life crumble around her. But then she meets her rescuer and healer of his clan…Rory. Rory is shocked when he learns of what Elysande has gone through and is determined to get her to safety to his family’s land but along their journey a beautiful love and passion beckons between them…
Highland Treasure is a story that I was completely on board with and I fell so hard for it. Now is it my favorite of the series? No I wouldn’t say that…the earlier books still are gold in my eyes, but don’t disregard this book because I had so much fun with it and quite frankly I was in the mood for a road trip adventure and this gave me everything that I wanted in that concept of a trope. This book definitely starts off strong so this author doesn’t ease you into it LOL nope she goes full steam ahead and that is what will pull you into the story. I did feel like the flow of the story wasn’t quite as smooth as I wanted but I was drawn to this couple and their troop always being in danger from these traitors.
My heart broke for this heroine, her story was so sad in the beginning, because she has lost everything and is on the run for her life now. Knowing her parents are dead and everything she had has been taken brutally from her. I admired her strength and resilience to what has happened to her. She doesn’t let it break her, but keeps moving forward to what she needs to do. She has a open trust with others that I liked, some may view it as her being naive, and in some aspects she can be perceived in that fashion, but I felt her character was so relatable. Now the hero…Rory. is a lead in the story I had so much fun with. He is a character we have seen in so many books so I was so happy to see him finally get his book. And we even see his vulnerabilities at times and I like seeing him have some flaws and seeing the way he vows to protect Elysande but also support her in any way he can.
“You are a man worthy of love.” Tilting her head, she added, “People may need a healer, but they do not love them. They love the man.”
The plot of the story is the style of “on the edge of your seat” and I adored that feel in every way. I didn’t know what to expect from this book and heck this is such a auto read author for me that I didn’t even look for the blurb at all, I just knew I wanted to be part of this fun filled family and it was a wonderful adventure that Lynsay Sands takes us on. I really found the traitor plot against the king to be so intriguing and the ending had me laughing (and those who have read this know exactly what I am talking about) But definitely this one kept me entertained.
Elysande’s mother might have called her a treasure in the letter she’d sent to Rory, but the truth was her brave handsome Highlander husband was the treasure, and he was all hers.
Overall I found Highland Treasure to be a stunning addition to this lovely series that has captured my heart over the years. Its a story of adventure, intrigue, danger and fighting for the one you love.