Review: The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki

amy jarecki the highland dukeTitle: The Highland Duke
Author: Amy Jarecki
Series: Lords of the Highlands #1 (can be read as a standalone)
Publish date: March 28th 2017 by Forever
Genre: Historical Romance
Tropes: virgin heroine, class difference
Buy: Amazon
Add to TBR: Goodreads

Publisher Blurb:

She’ll put her life on the line for him…

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she’s intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity…

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he’s the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she’s by his side day and night. But the longer he’s with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his.


Death on the battlefield bore none of the heroics she’d heard from fireside tales. Death on the battlefield was cold and lonely, dismal like the mist muffling the shrill calls of the buzzards.

It’s been a while since I read a Highlander romance. The Highland Duke rejuvenated my love for brooding Scottish warriors and lords. There were some terms and speech I wasn’t familiar (I absolutely know nothing about Scottish history besides what I’ve learned from Outlander) but it made read more enjoyable and immersive. I really knew I was reading about Scottish characters in Scotland!

“Damnation.” The urchin narrowed her eyes at him. “I’ll not be cursed at like a doormat whilst I’m merely trying to help you.”

I loved heroine Akira who was strong and sweet. She had a lot of spunk in the first half of the novel. My only complaint was during the second she became came off a bit childish and whiny but she did stand her ground for what she wanted with the hero Georgie.

Georgie–the hero–was a domineering duke who is use to the privledge life he was brought up in but he doesn’t come off as snobbish. When he meets Akira, she doesn’t know who is is and he likes that. Social class is a big theme in the Highland Duke and is one of the main causes of tension and hesitation from Akira since she has loved in poverty and is a Gypsy.

Wild as the Highlands and filled with agony, his gaze penetrated her defenses like a dagger. She’d never seen eyes that expressive—that intense. They made her so…so unnerved

There was wonderful attraction between Akira and Georgie in the first half of the novel. I became excited with every touch wondering when they were going to kiss. It was faced-paced and I didn’t even realize how quickly I flew through the pages. The second want as enjoyable as the first half, but I enjoyed watching Akira and Georgie get to know each other better the sexual attraction they felt.

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