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….
Another Highland Brides novel! Can’t stop, won’t stop! FINALLY. Rory gets his HEA! Only after wistfully wishing for someone to love about six books ago.
In Highland Treasure Rory Buchanan has been in England dealing with various healer-y tasks. When he receives instructions to escort an old family friend’s “treasure” to Scotland he agrees…only to find that this treasure is a Lady, one Lady Elysande de Valance. Rory soon also discovers that Elysande has been badly beaten, almost tortured, by a man her father considered a friend. Elysande has no idea why this horrible man killed her father and tortured her mother but she agrees to go with a man her mother trusted to keep her safe. But their trip to the Highlands isn’t without it’s dangers – Elysande is being chased. When their traveling party is trapped in an English border town, it becomes very clear that someone with them is set on harming Elysande.
*dum, dum, dummmmmmm….* (Traditional murder twist in a Sands novel.)
This installment in the series feels very….short? The premise is bonkers, like all the Highland Brides books. I can’t quit this series since I really want to know how every, single one of these eight Buchanan siblings wind up lairding and ladying it up all over Scotland. (There’s still like one sibling left…and maybe a cousin?) It seems Sands took out at least two of the more bonkers murder attempts and the heroine actually doesn’t try to escape the guards set to keep her safe and Rory and Elysande actually talk about who they suspect is the bad guy (and that isn’t even the Big Bad, that guy is 100% off page) and…there isn’t much left to do in the book? So it’s fine. The scenes where they’re essentially hiding out in the border town inn that’s hostile to Scots and Elysande charms every inhabitant around are so sweet. Around the edges of Rory and Elysande’s love story is some really interesting stuff about the politics of King David of Scotland versus King Edward III of England. Sands really could have leaned into that divide, it would have been interesting to see play out.
Highland Treasure is out today!
Dear FTC: I read a digital galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss.