Ach. When will authors learn th’ a wee bit o’ dialect goes a lang, lang wee? Ta try ta read a bluidy book where awl te dialogue is in brogue is nay ‘n easy task, ye ken. And after a wee while, ya jest want ta poot ta book dun and give’t up entirely. Ya ken. If ye like t’read t’same olde plot ye read b’fore, except w’th a handicap of decipherin’ th’ dialogue, you’ll luv Highland Lovesong. Ye ken?
When they were children, Skyla MacLeod and Graham MacKenzie met and made a blood vow to remain fast friends forever. Ten years later, Skyla and Gray realize they are in love and Gray, as laird of his clan, will have none other as his bonny bride, despite familial objections (their two clans are involved in a feud, of course). As laird, it is within Graham’s power to end the feud and take Skyla as his bride, but a jealous lass who has always coveted Graham’s affections for herself, plunges a dirk (Graham’s dirk) into Skyla’s uncle, making it appear the hero is guilty of murder.
True blue, she’ll-love-Gray-forever Skyla believes him a murderer and vows never to marry Gray. What a gal. Yet, Gray will have his Skyla, so he kidnaps her and takes her home with him in the hopes of convincing her of his innocence. Skyla behaves like a spoiled brat who can’t decide whether to love or hate Gray, and Gray seems only to love the irritating whelp because she’s so beautiful and he can’t get his hands on her virginal bod unless they are wed.
Skyla and Graham’s “love” story takes place against a background of coming war with Edward Longshanks, with William Wallace cast as a close friend of Graham’s. Between references to these characters and Skyla’s emotional roller-coaster throughout most of the book, I gave up. I thumbed to the love scene, which was pretty hot.
Overall, a simple story was stretched to the limit with cliches and lackluster characters. The middle of the book seemed to go on and on but got nowhere, thanks to Skyla’s immature view of life. None of these characters came alive for me; they were all flat and existed only on the page, never in my mind or heart. I didn’t care about them.
AAR‘s grading scale indicates that a grade of D basically means: Never mind. Well, when it comes to Highland Lovesong, the grade says it all: never mind. Ye ken?