The Highlander's Substitute Wife (Highland Alliances #1) - Terri Brisbin

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Genre: Historical Fiction | Historical Romance

Pages: 288

Rating: ☆☆☆/5

Synopsis: She’s the best wife...

...he never wanted!

Ross MacMillan lifts his bride’s veil…and discovers it’s not the woman he’d agreed to marry but her beautiful younger sister, Ilysa MacDonnell! The new MacMillan chieftain must accept Ilysa as his wife, for retaining his clan’s lands depends on her father’s support. But why is she there? Are her aims to help him or her father? Drawing out Ilysa’s secrets will kindle an alliance more powerful—and passionate!—than Ross ever imagined…

My Thoughts: A SCOTTISH MEDIEVAL HISTORICAL ROMANCE!!!!! This was the first historical fiction novel that I've read that's been based in the 14th century (1360) and it didn't disappoint! Ross is shocked when he lifts his bride’s veil and realises she is not the woman he agreed to marry - instead he is marrying the sister of his intended bride, Ilysa.

Although Ilysa isn't the bride that Ross originally thought he was marrying, she really did turn out to be the woman he needed in his life. They truly do complete one another. It turned out to be a brilliant enemies-to-lovers type of romance. The development of their romance is a slow burner, but worth it in the end.

My biggest issue with this book, and the reason it lost some stars overall, were that there were moments where the book fell a bit flat - like certain aspects of the storyline hadn't been properly thought through when Terri Brisbin was writing them. That being said, for the most part, it was a brilliant storyline and it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. The Medieval period of history is something that I've always been really interested in, but I've never found a book that piqued my interest. This book has set the perfect foundation stone for what I'm sure is going to be more reading into the Medieval period - both fiction and non-fiction.


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