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Monday, June 9, 2014

Return of the Prodigal Gilvry (The Gilvry's of Dunross #4) by Ann Lethbridge

Return of the Prodigal Gilvry

Behind the Highlander's Scars…

Reeling from betrayal, the once devastatingly handsome Andrew Gilvry has returned to Scottish shores to fulfill a promise made to a dying man. The widowed Rowena MacDonald has been entrusted to his care, and Drew must do all he can to protect her….

Lies a Dark Passion!

But Drew's honor is about to be tested—because there's something in Rowena's dove-gray eyes that awakens a flame long extinguished. And on a perilous journey across the Highlands, with only this alluring woman for company, how long can he deny his desires?
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Length: 288 pages (Mass Market Paperback)
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print/E-book
Publication Date: April 15th 2014 by Harlequin
There's just something about Harlequin Historicals that I just love. When I first started reading romances Harlequin's were what I lived on in fact there was a time (before the blog and Goodreads) that for awhile that's all I was reading, but like many things, my reading tastes changed. I've branched out in the wonderful world of books but to me Harlequin romances are always there after a heavy read and just cracking open one fills me with nostalgic feelings.
Back in April, I had a chance to meet Ann at one of the local author/reader gatherings that I go to called Night Out With Authors and got my review copy of this one. I'm a huge fan of Ann Lethbridge's books that she's written under her pseudonym Michele Ann Young, but this was my first time reading any of her Harlequin historical romances and I've got to say I enjoyed this one just as much as her other romances.
I thought Drew was one of the more unique heroes that I've found in a romance. He's horribly scarred due to circumstances he was placed in and he's got his fair share of mental scars as well, which means he's prone to mood swings but he can be incredibly sweet and caring sometimes that ya just have to forgive him for being a grump sometimes. I thought his sense of duty was admirable and I loved how he treated Rowena, who has a sharp tongue but he doesn't let her walk all over him. Instead I thought it was nice to have a hero who sometimes pushed the boundary of domineering actually treat our heroine with respect. I just wish he'd believe in himself more, but then again I love a tragic hero who finds love.
Rowena, took some getting used to for me. I ended up really liking her in the end but she comes off as kind of abrasive in the beginning which I get because she's been through hell just like Drew, hers was just one of a different sort. What I absolutely adored about her was how smart and outspoken she was. If you like waifish heroines than look somewhere else because this lady here is a firecracker! I loved when she'd take people to task and show the world that just because she's a woman she's sharp of tongue and wit.
Most of all though I loved the chemistry between the two of them. Both have that alpha personality which is why they bicker so much but their past hardships, while very different drew these two damaged but deserving people together amongst death, going on the run, and uncovering the mystery of a certain inheritance. These to went together so well, and I enjoyed all the thrills that Ann packed into the story. The pace was excellent, and I really enjoyed the way that the story ended because there was a little surprise in the end that I just thought was perfect.
I do have to admit though that as much as I loved and enjoyed reading Drew and Rowena's story I was a wee bit lost since this is her final installment in Ann's Gilvry's of Dunross and certain events and characters are mentioned that I know are from the preceding books so I just want to put it out there that reading the series in order is something that I would do, and am actually planning on doing now but that's just me (I'm a stickler for reading a series in order).
Overall, I am very much looking forward to reading the books that came before Drew and Rowena's story, since I met Drew's brothers in this one I'm curious to find out how they found love to and I know Ann Lethbridge has ensured it will be a wild ride. I'd recommend this one to all fans of historical romances looking for a heroine that isn't a pushover and a hero that needs lots of lovin'!

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
Liked It!
★ 1/2
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  1. Melissa, great Review and showcase. Wow there's nothing better than a Harelquin and even though my tastes have changed its a great thing that Harlequin keeps up with me by adding all those wonderful new categories.
    Thanks for putting this on my radar!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Debbie. Hope you give this a try:)

  2. I don't think I've ever read a Harlequin Historical. Sounds great Kimberly!

    1. They can be really good Anna, I really felt for the hero in this one.


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