About the Book:
Title: In Her Highlander’s Bed
Author: Lynsay Sands
Series: Highland Brides #11
Page Length: 368
Publication Date: Jan. 24, 2023
Publisher: Avon Books
Synopsis: An invigorating swim in the loch was exactly what Calan Campbell, Laird of Kilcairn, needed after defeating his enemies in battle. What he didn’t need was a thief running away with his plaid while he swam. Calan gave chase and managed to catch the lad, only the lad turned out to be a lass, and obviously a lady. Having hit her head when he’d tackled her to the ground, the woman was now unconscious and couldn’t explain how she had ended up bruised and naked in his woods. He’d have to take her back to his castle and tend her wounds to learn that.
Kidnapped and forced to wed her clan’s enemy, Allissaid MacFarlane had risked death to escape. But after a struggle over a plaid she tried to “borrow,” she awakens in a strange bed with a strange man seated in a chair beside her. Unsure if he is friend or foe, she claims not to remember her own name or how she’d come to be in the clearing. However, the more time she spends with Calan, the more she falls for this strong, honorable laird. She soon decides she can trust him with her life. . . but can she trust him with her heart?
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In Her Highlander’s Bed is another great addition to Lynsay Sands’s Highland Brides series. It has intrigue, danger, a great family, dynamic protagonists, and a super swoon-worthy love story. The story begins when Calan Campbell swims in his loch, and a boy steals his plaid and runs off. Calan gives chase and accidentally knocks the thief unconscious. Much to Calan’s surprise, the thief isn’t a boy. It’s a young woman, and the woman has been severely injured. So, Calan takes the unconscious woman back to his castle until he can figure out who she is and how she wound up naked and roaming his lands.
Allissaid escaped the villainous clutches of her family’s enemy after being kidnapped but finds herself in trouble again when she attempts to steal a plaid to cover her naked body. She wakes up brutally beaten and in a stranger’s bed, and she has no idea if he is friend or foe. Allissaid pretends she lost her memory until she can learn more about the man who rescued her.
I love Calan! He is so kind and caring, and the way he takes care of Allissaid and protects her is wonderful. At first, Allissaid doesn’t trust him, which makes sense, considering how brutalized she was. She knows her life is in danger, and it would be foolish to blindly trust anyone. However, Calan proves quite quickly he is honorable and only has good intentions.
I also love the people in Calan’s life. His mother and sister are great. They’re both strong and intelligent women, and their devotion to their family, clan, and allies is admirable. I love their roles in the story and how influential they were in Calan and Allissaid’s lives. I’m hoping that Calan’s sister and his best friend (OMG Calan’s best friend is fantastic!) have their own books. They both have such compelling stories, and a romance was hinted at in regard to Calan’s sister and Allissaid’s cousin. Fingers crossed! They seemed so drawn to each other, and they already have such great chemistry! Calan’s best friend’s back story was also introduced, and I’m eager to learn more about him and whether he’ll return to his home.
The most admirable character of all is Annalise. She goes through hell, and she never gives up. She is a fighter and so brave considering what she faced and what could be in her future. Through much of the story, she is recovering from the horrible injuries she obtained during a brutal kidnapping and attempted sexual assault. She is not mobile, must hide to ensure her safety, and she’s in terrible pain from the attack. However, she proves how strong she is as she recovers and helps to bring her kidnapper to justice.
Calan and Allissaid fall for each other fast and under distressing circumstances, but their feelings are deep and true. Calan guards her and hides her in his rooms, and the pair spends a lot of time together. I think this is why they fall so fast. They don’t have quick, light encounters. They have deep conversations and are together more than they’re apart. I can see why their bond was formed so quickly and deeply. They have amazing chemistry, and they’re the kind of couple that is easy to root for. They’re both good, kind, and honorable, and they connect on such an intimate level. I love how Calan remembers little things about Allissaid like her favorite fruits and drinks and stories about herself and her family. It’s clear he is as interested in her as she is in him.
Lynsay Sands is an auto-buy author for me. Her storytelling brings the stories and characters to life, and I always become so invested in the characters and love stories. In Her Highlander’s Bed is no exception. Special thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The romance.
- Calan’s family.
I would definitely suggest checking out the content warnings before starting the book. There are parts that could trigger readers.