Never Cross A Highlander by Lisa Rayne is the first book in the Shadow Laird series. Full of intrigue, action, and passion, this is a fantastic start to a new series. This is my first book by Lisa Rayne, and I was impressed with the quality of writing and depth of characters. Ailsa was enslaved to the King’s castle three years ago and finally devised an escape plan. Kallum MacNeill is an adopted son to the brother of the laird of the MacNeill clan. Feared and respected, MacNeill has a secret double life rescuing enslaved servants. Ailsa accidentally becomes embroiled in Kallum’s plan to save enslaved people in her castle. The two personalities clash, and the couple must face their fiery connection and deceit around every corner to survive.
Kallum and Ailsa both have enormous personalities. Kallum is a warrior dedicated to his laird and his secret alter-ego, who helps escape enslaved people. Ailsa is all fire and grit. She has survived three years of enslavement. I loved Kallum and Ailsa’s dynamic. Kallum is brute force, and Ailsa is fierce and spunky. The couple has an electric connection from their first meeting.
This was an entertaining page-turner. The plot was medium-paced. The sensuality between Kallum and Ailsa was palpable. There were plenty of secrets and intrigue to keep the story interesting. This was an excellent way to start a new series. Lisa Rayne captured my attention on the first page. Kallum and Ailsa’s adventurous romance is own I won’t soon forget. If you’re looking for a new highlander romance, I advise picking up this book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: December 27, 2022