Book Review: The Highlander’s Secret Avenger by Heather McCollum

About the Book:

Title: The Highlander’s Secret Avenger

Author: Heather McCollum

Series: The Brothers of Wolf Isle #4

Page Length: 287

Publication Date: Aug. 21, 2023

Publisher: Entangled

Synopsis: Drostan Macquarie, the fierce battle-hardened Highlander, was still a young lad when his father first warned him of the ancient curse on the Macquarie clan. Should any of our kin sire a bastard, the entire clan will be cursed to die out. Drostan vowed then to live his life alone, far from the reach of the curse. But on the eve of Beltane, a sizzling kiss with a mysterious lass ignites Drostan’s blood…and threatens his vow.

Amelia MacLeod is on the run, desperate to escape her past, and an abusive family. But Wolf Isle isn’t just a place to hide, it may be her only hope of redemption—if she can doom her clan’s enemy, the Macquaries. Only, she imagined her enemy would be a hideous brute, not a big, brawny, and kind-hearted Highlander like Drostan.

Because now Amelia’s discovered a way to destroy the Macquarie Clan for good—if she can bring herself to infiltrate the clan, seduce Drostan, and bring about the Macquarie curse. Of course, she hasn’t accounted for the far-reaching consequences of her own dark past…or her traitorous desire for the Highlander she came to destroy.

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My Review:

This was such a fun and entertaining historical romance and a great addition to The Brothers of Wolf Isle series. I’ve really enjoyed this series and was excited to revisit Wolf Isle and its inhabitants. The Macquerie brothers are all such hunky highlanders, and Drostan, the MMC in this book is no exception.

Because of the curse put on his family, Drostan has decided never to marry or have children. Of course, as soon as he meets Lia, his feelings toward marriage and his future change. Lia has run away from her abusive brother, who has always said the Macquarie brothers were terrible men. Intent on vengeance, Lia travels to Wolf Isle to kill one of the brothers, but Lia quickly realizes what she’s been told might not be the truth. The Macquarie brothers are the opposite of what she expected. Kind, welcoming, and helpful, they welcome Lia and treat her well, much to her surprise, and she begins to change her perception of the brothers, especially Drostan.

Lia and Drostan have a great enemies-to-lovers romance, and I like how they come together. Both are strong characters intent on taking charge of their lives. Lia refuses to be a political pawn and be married off to an older man for her brother’s gain. Drostan will do whatever he must to protect his family and those he loves. I think both learn a lot about themselves and life as they grow closer together. However, coming from enemy clans, the pair has to decide if their love is worth fighting and changing for.

With secrets, intrigue, danger, pirates, a swoon-worthy Highlander, and a woman bent on revenge, The Highlander’s Secret Avenger is an engaging and romantic story, and though it’s part of a series, it can be read on its own. Special thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The romance.
  • The secondary characters.
  • The setting.


  • enemies to lovers

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