Highland Lion by Celeste Barclay


Highland Lion is full of passion and heart.  This book takes place in 1300’s Scotland.  Liam Mackay wants to prove himself to his family and journeys to Orkney to oversee some political matters for his grandfather.  Elene Isbister is a desperate young woman yearning to flee a horrible fate.  The two meet, and sparks fly.

What I love about this story is how it is a character-driven plot.  We are focused on developing the connection between Liam and Elene from their first scene together.  There is an instant attraction, but what makes this book unique from many is the couple is cautious with the attraction.  Liam and Elene do not jump into the deep end of a complex romance; they make intelligent decisions based on their situations, including infatuation.  The couple is cautious, and I like that about them.  

I felt the romance stood out when trepidation turned into a passion and burgeoning love.  The fight and reasoning the couple experience makes the bond stronger.  Liam and Elene recognized the lust between them; however, they didn’t allow it to force life-altering decisions.  Bravo for not making this an instant love at first sight romance when there are so many.

The plot was bursting with content.  I enjoyed that not all the action was saved until the end.  The entire story was fraught with danger and struggle.  The last twenty-five percent of the book had me at the edge of my seat!  The ending was a fantastic culmination of an engaging, memorable book.

Highland Lion is the first book in the new Clan Sinclair Legacy series.  There is a back story and history; however, it didn’t strangle the plot.  The backstory was handled so if you had read previous books, you’d discern past characters; however, if you are new to this writer, you were never lost.  I appreciated the preface where the author covered some of the histories of this era.  I felt it enriched the plot.  

Fantastic job, Celeste Barclay, in creating yet another intriguing, action-packed, passionate story that introduces us to another generation of intrepid characters.  If you are new to medieval romance, this is an excellent jumping-off point; give Highland Lion a chance, you won’t regret it!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through BookSprout.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Release Date: February 8, 2022

Published by jelee1976

I love to review historical romance books! I discuss book reviews, thoughts on authors and series, and just general stuff about me!

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