REVIEW: Beauty & the Highland Beast

9781250111616BOOK: Beauty and the Highland Beast
AUTHOR: Lecia Cornwall
PAGES: 279
PUBLISHER: Swerve
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ (3.5/5)

Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Dair is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.

When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Dair’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.

Although Dair does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Dair let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?

MY REVIEW:
I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was the perfect light summer read. To be fair, it’s not the best book I’ve ever read. The characters themselves were a bit one dimensional, and the story itself doesn’t have a lot of depth. It was a total fluff piece for me that was only enhanced by my complete adoration for anything Beauty & the Beast themed.

Alasdair Sinclair is son to one of the most powerful clan leaders in Scotland. He has completely dominated the seas creating a vast fortune for his family. On his last journey, Alasdair was captured by rivals. His dear cousin was murdered at their hands, and Alasdair himself was lucky enough to escape with his life. Left in critical shape and deemed a madman by the rest of the clan, a healer is brought in and informs the family that the only way Dair will ever be healed is to be presented with a virgin.

Alasdair laughs at the healers words, but his father – not wanting to take any chances – sets off to bring home the perfect virgin for his son. It is on this journey where he meets and is enchanted by Fia McLeod, one of the many daughters of the fierce McLeod clan leader. When he brings Fia & her sister back to his home, Dair does everything in his power to scare Fia away. But Fia sees right through the scarred and damaged man and is drawn to him in ways she cannot explain.

I really liked Fia’s character. It’s funny because she’s generally the type of character I dislike. She’s all innocence and completely naiive. But Lecia Cornwall has managed to make me adore our quirky leading lady. Fia has grown up with her own set of struggles. Deemed clumsy by her clan, Fia also has a permanent limp and scarring from an accident as a child, and it helps her to be able to relate to the divide that Dair now feels with his clan.

Dair himself is alright. I have no major qualms, but he’s not exactly an outstanding character. More of the silent brooding type. I will admit that there was some wooing when he scaled the tower for Fia.

Oh, and there were some pretty heated sex scenes too!

So, like I said, this book was a perfect fluff piece for the summer. It was a guilty pleasure.

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