Jumping into a series on book seven is always a risk. Luckily, THE WRONG HIGHLANDER stands alone well and I enjoyed this book about Evina and Conran. Evi is desperate to save her ailing father, so she goes to request (force) Rory Buchanan, a famed healer, to cure him. Through a series of classic Sands hijinks, Evi ends up kidnapping Rory’s brother Conran.
The Pros: This book is fun and lighthearted. Evi is honest and blunt to a fault which leads to some interesting group conversations that had me both gasping in second-hand embarrassment and laughing out loud. The steam factor is on point, which is super satisfying considering the sexy cover! I think Evi and Conran are good matches for each other overall. She is stubborn and headstrong and he is almost a beta hero.
Ms. Sands is a skilled writer so the plot moves quickly and I never wanted to put the book aside. I also enjoyed the mystery. I was guessing about whodunit the entire book which is a refreshing change.
The Cons: As I mentioned this is the seventh book in a series. I always enjoy hearing about secondary characters, and I am sure fans of the series will enjoy the glimpses into the lives of characters who have had their own books. Unfortunately for me, by a certain point, it just felt like Ms. Sands was trying to sell her previous books to me. I didn’t need plot hints for literally every single couple who showed up to Evi and Conran’s wedding. It was fun at first but quickly took away from my enjoyment.
I also think this book was trying to do a bit too much. There were lots of characters that were mentioned more than once or twice then forgotten forever. Because there was a mystery element, I thought they would be reintroduced in some way, but there was no mention of them again. Also, a few emotional plotlines were confusingly added in the last few chapters. I don’t mind adding layers of depth to a character, but by the end of the book, Evi and Conran’s inner thoughts seemingly came out of nowhere.
Overall, I did like this book. It was a nice way to escape a few hours. Fans of the series and the Buchanan family will enjoy it. However, I don’t think it’s Ms. Sands best. I really hope Rory actually gets a book next!
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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