ARC Review: The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal by Heather McCollum

Title: The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal

Author: Heather McCollum

Series: The Brothers of Wolf Isle (Book 1)

Page Length: 150

Publication Date: Oct. 19, 2020

Publisher: Entangled

Synopsis: A lass begging to marry him might top the list of “oddest things to happen,” but Chief Adam Macquarie is desperate. And no matter how much he hates to do it, he’s not above lying to get what he wants. Starting with the fact that he just omitted the truth about the situation back at his home—where there are no women and only a handful of other people. Because he has a secret need for a wife himself, one she won’t be too happy about when she finds out.

Lark Montgomerie is thrilled the brawny chief agrees to save her from her drunken father’s machinations of wedding her off to the first fool that agrees. He’s easy on the eyes and no one can be worse than her current options. Now a new life awaits her, on an exciting Scottish isle no less, and nothing will dampen her spirits. That is, until she arrives in her new homeland and realizes more than a few things are amiss…

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My Review:

An engrossing read with dynamic characters, The Highlander’s Unexpected Proposal is a wonderful historical romance that follows Lark and Adam as they find love and learn the true meaning of home and family. When Lark’s father tries to marry her off to the highest bidder, Lark takes matters into her own hands and asks Adam to marry her. Desperate to get away from her drunk father, she sees a future with the strong, serious clan leader.

Adam is drawn to the beautiful Lark and is sickened by the thought of her married to another man. So when she begs him to marry her, he quickly agrees. He should have told her the truth about Wolf Isle, but how do you tell your wife about a long-time curse?

The marriage between Lark and Adam is unconventional, and both have secrets that they are afraid to reveal for fear of rejection. Adam doesn’t tell Lark the truth about Wolf Isle until they arrive there, and Lark withholds information about her parents and past abuses. They both have so much to hide, but they also have so much to gain. They just have to learn to trust each other. They are strong and independent, but both are also vulnerable. I loved watching Lark and Adam grow closer and learn more about each other. They have a lot of chemistry, and they complement each other well.

Other characters in the story are interesting as well, and I’m hoping they will be further developed in future books. We are introduced to Adam’s brothers, Lark’s sisters, and many of Adam’s friends and allies. They are dynamic and interesting characters who influence Lark and Adam’s budding relationship. Adam’s brothers are so different, and yet they are united in their loyalty to each other and their quest to bring Wolf Isle back to it’s former, pre-curse glory. I can’t wait to read each of their stories!

This is a wonderful story for readers who enjoy historical romance with great characters, some action, a bit of the supernatural, and an epic romance! Thanks so much to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Parts:

  • The romance, of course! 😉 Lark and Adam have a lovely love story!
  • The mystery of the cursed island. Is it cursed? Can it be broken?
  • The characters. Even the minor characters are dynamically developed and interesting.


This is the perfect book for readers who like historical romance with a little bit of intrigue!

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