Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): The Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme

Title: The Runaway Highlander (Highland Renegades #2)
R.L. Syme
Acquired Via: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Anne de Cheyne has a choice. She can play the dutiful daughter and allow her mother to sell her to a greasy English sheriff, or she can take control of her own life and find her own match. After a frightening run-in with her promised husband reveals a dark secret, she makes a desperate choice. Flight.

Aedan Donne needs easy money and no-questions-asked. When Milene de Cheyne offers him enough to pay all debts, requests complete silence, and pays half up front, just for a simple recovery, he can't believe his luck… until he meets his mark. Anne’s beauty and passion ignite something Aedan can’t ignore, even as she leaves him in the dust. Suddenly, he finds himself wanting to capture the runaway Highland lady for himself.

My Review

The Runaway Highlander is R.L. Syme's second book in her The Highland Renegades series, though the first that I've read. Even so, I don't feel like I missed too much, and I enjoyed the novel. The main character, Anne, is a spunky, headstrong heroine that is so common and adored in historical fiction. Her sweetness is what hooked me in the novel initially and then kept me invested in the book. I also enjoyed the interaction between Aedan and Anne quite a bit.

The Runaway Highlander is a self-published novel (correct me if I'm wrong), but don't let any of your preconceptions about that type of book lead you away from this novel. The story is well-written, with very few errors that I could see and addictive writing. What I mean by that is that the book was impossible to put down, and there were no glaring errors breaking my concentration. As for the research, I can really speak for that because I'm not very knowledgeable about the relationships between England, Scotland, and France in the thirteenth century. All I know is that they all liked to fight with each other. I will go out on a limb and say The Runaway Highlander was well-researched because I wasn't stopping in the middle of passages asking, "what the hell?!"

I love to read my Scottish historicals from time to time, and if that's your thing, too, I'm sure you'll love The Runaway Highlander. It's not as saucy or sexy as what I would expect from Maya Banks or Monica McCarty, but it definitely had a love story that I loved spending time reading.

- 3.5/5 Stars -

Buy Links
Amazon | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

About the Author

R.L. Syme works at a youth theatre, teaching kids performing arts and musical performance classes/camps when she’s not writing. Otherwise, she’s putting her Seminary degree to good use writing romance novels. Let not all those systematic theology classes go to waste…

For more information please visit R.L. Syme’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Follow the Tour

Wednesday, May 14
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Thursday, May 15
Review at Bibliotica

Monday, May 19
Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing

Tuesday, May 20
Review at A Bookish Girl (The Outcast Highlander)

Wednesday, May 21
Review at A Bookish Girl (The Runaway Highlander)

Thursday, May 22
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Girl

Friday, May 23
Guest Post at Layered Pages

Monday, May 26
Review at My Not So Vacant Bookshelf

Tuesday, May 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Thursday, May 29
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection

Friday, May 30
Review at Lily Pond Reads
Review at From the TBR Pile

Monday, June 2
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Review at Bibliophilia, Please

Tuesday, June 3
Review at The Most Happy Reader

Wednesday, June 4
Interview at The Most Happy Reader

Thursday, June 5
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Friday, June 6
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Monday, June 9
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, June 11
Review at Fic Central

Thursday, June 12
Review at Reviews by Molly
Interview at Books and Benches

Friday, June 13
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read

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