When is a name not a name?

The MacKinnon's Bride
The Highland Brides #1
Tanya Anne Crosby
Oliver-Heber Books
Nook 20th Anniversary edition, original 1992 by Avon Books
Genre(s) Historical Romance
Source Author's Rep

Other books in this series: Lyon's Gift #2, On Bended Knee #3, Lion's Heart #4, Highland Song #5, MacKinnon's Hope #6


Related Series: Guardians of the Stone

Synopsis:
Descended of the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad's return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil.

FitzSimon's daughter has lived her entire life in the shadow of the man she called father--yet never would she have imagined he would forsake his only daughter. Even as Page blames her captor for welching on a contract with her father, she suspects the truth. But the shadows hold secrets ... now only the love of her reluctant champion can save the MacKinnon's Bride.

About the Author:  
Put a menu in front of me and I immediately don't know what I want. Fried green tomatoes with grits? Yep, OK. Fish? Sounds good, too. OK, so what are you having? I'll do that too. When it comes to shoes--forget it. I end up buying nothing because I can't make up my mind. Thank God I have a husband who has great tastes, or my closet might be empty. I'm one of those people who suffer from acute ambivalence given too many choices, but when it comes to what I wanted to do with my life, I've known that decidedly since the age of 12--and probably long before that. It all began once upon a time after a tonsillectomy when the doc advised mom and dad they should reward me with anything I wanted (the keyword here being anything). All I wanted was dad's typewriter. I got it, of course--a black, sporty Olympia I immediately set out to wear the letters off the keys. So here I am all these years later, with sixteen books under my belt and a new one on the way ... still wearing the letters off keyboards ... and loving every minute.

My Disclaimer:  
I was provided a free copy of this book by the author's newsletter. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  ✭✭✭✭
This was a really good read. A typical historical romance with the handsome hero and the spitfire damsel who doesn't think she's much good to anyone, especially the one whose love she really wants. That's her father. So once the Highlanders kidnap Page, she spends all her time plotting how to get free and return to her father. And tries several times, causing all sorts of havoc and mayhem. Never mind the disrespect to the corpse!

Meanwhile, The MacKinnon, who's heard her father's opinion of her and understands what her name implies, feels sorry for her and wants to give her a new start with his people. Besides, she's one bonny lass in his eyes, which he can't seem to keep off of her.

As in all romances, the couple never really talk to each other about the important things, so they don't understand each other's true intents. These two are no exception. Add in Iain's son, Malcolm and his two cents worth. Plus the traitor in their midsts who darkens the edges of the whole story. If it weren't for people dying and such, it would be really hilarious. It's still funny watching the couple watch each other and want each other and being watched by everyone else.

Tanya Anne Crosby wrote this book quite awhile ago, and I got the 20th Anniversary Edition from Nook. The original was published by Avon Books in 1992. This series has been around for awhile and has stood the test of time. There is a related series, the Guardians of the Stone, which was started in 2014. Ms. Crosby is a rather prolific author who really enjoys writing and does it rather well. If you haven't read anything by her, The MacKinnon's Bride is a pretty good place to start. The primary characters are well-developed, the secondary ones not as well, but not flat either. The settings are well-done and the history is worked in accurately. Highly recommended for all historical romance readers, especially if you like your men in kilts.