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The Wrong Highlander

by Lynsay Sands

Series: Highland Brides (7)

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A laird's daughter kidnaps a Highlander--and loses her heart... in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new historical romance Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan's skill as a healer. What she hasn't heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can't afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she's rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family's castle does the truth emerge--it's not Rory she's kidnapped but his brother Conran. Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin--and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He's learned enough from his brother to heal Evina's father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful, independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.… (more)
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2.75 of 5 stars

Listened to audio narrated by Gary Furlong. He has a nice accent but every now and then it falls a bit flat.

Conran is the jack of all trades in the Buchanan family. He finds himself kidnapped to heal a laird and staying for a Lady.

Evina is desperate to find Rory Buchanan in hopes he can save her dying father. After a misunderstanding leads to Conran being knocked unconscious, she orders her men to take him back to their keep, not knowing she's grabbed the wrong Buchannan.

This highland romance starts out fun and interesting, but then turns down a path of repetition and repackaging the same story as the previous books. I really liked Conran and Evina but the story bogs down and even getting to see past characters didn't revive it.

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  wyldheartreads | Dec 14, 2020 |
The saga of the Buchanans continues with the story of the middle brother Conran. Conran is the brother who hasn't yet found his niche in the family. He spent his time helping his various brothers with their activities, so he had a good working knowledge of many things, but he considered himself a master of none of them. As this story opened, Conran was helping Rory collect his "weeds" for his medicinals. When they finished, Rory left to see to a patient, and Conran stopped to wash off the sweat, bugs, and dust. He did not expect to be attacked by another naked man, and coshed on the head by a redheaded beauty.

Evina and her cousin rode long and hard to find famous healer Rory Buchanan and bring him back to her home to heal her father. When she saw the man with the saddlebags full of plants bathing under the waterfall, she wasted no time. Unfortunately, the encounter didn't go quite as she planned, and she had to render him unconscious to keep him from killing her cousin. Unwilling to wait until he regained his senses, Evi tied him naked to his horse and headed for home.

There was an undeniable connection between Evi and Conran, starting with that first encounter. Evi couldn't help but notice Conran's looks and build, which stirred up unexpected feelings in her. In the few seconds he saw her before she hit him, Conran was stunned by Evi's beauty. But the real fun began after they reached her home. Evi felt a bit of guilt over the circumstances but still justified in what she did. Conran wasn't really satisfied by her explanation but wasn't about to correct her mistake and possibly put his brother in danger. It was lucky that Conran had picked up enough knowledge from Rory that he could try to treat Evi's father. I loved watching the sparks fly between Conran and Evi as he agreed to help, but only on his own terms. Evi wasn't used to not getting her way, and she was not too happy about it. Sparks of another kind began to fly as Conran and Evi "fell" into a kiss that scorched them both, though some confusion had Conran pulling back. A bit of wily interference from Evi's father and the attraction they felt got a bit out of hand. I felt terrible for Conran, who received quite a shock, and for Evi, whose experience wasn't what she expected. The arrival of Conran's brothers, including Rory, provided an amusing back and forth that ended up with Conran and Evi looking at getting married. As Evi hadn't planned to marry at all, and her encounter with Conran only reinforced that plan, he had his work cut out to change her mind. I loved that he was determined to do so, rather than just force the issue, and his efforts were well done. I especially liked his patience and willingness to listen to her point of view. The time that they spent together reinforced how much Conran liked Evi and appreciated her strengths and abilities. I think it helped that she was so much like his sister Saidh (The Highlander Takes a Bride). I also liked how Evi grew to appreciate Conran's variety of abilities, including how he got along with everyone. Their feelings for each other deepened, though neither of them recognized them for love until danger opened their eyes. I liked their big moment at the end when they finally shared those feelings.

The Buchanan family tradition of heroines in danger continued in this book. While the first attack where Evi was injured could have been a random attack by bandits, the following attacks made it clear it was personal. Though usually a pretty laid back kind of guy, Conran became quite intense when it came to protecting Evi. I was very invested in figuring out who was behind the attacks, as the most logical was also the most unlikely. I had several likely suspects and was still surprised when the villain was revealed. The final confrontation was intense and had me glued to the pages until it was all over. I especially enjoyed seeing that Evi remained true to herself and had a big part in her own rescue. The resolution was quite satisfying and gave me the answer to a subject I had wondered about, regarding the eventual inheriting of Maclean lands.

I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters. Evi's father was quite the wily schemer. Once he was on the road to recovery, he took some of the things he had observed and ran with them. It was funny to see his conversation with all the Buchanans once the mistaken identity was cleared up. I also enjoyed seeing the previous couples again. The guys did a stellar job of teasing Conran and poking at him until he saw the truth of his feelings. It was also great fun to see how the women became friends so quickly. The similarities between Saidh and Evi were obvious. I also liked how the other ladies took to her right away too. It was funny to see Alick and Geordie's reaction of "The women are thinking. Ye ken there's always trouble when the women start in thinking." I also loved Evi's comment to Conran about what they talk about: "Well, what the devil do ye think we women talk about when ye men aren't around? The weather?" (You'll have to read it to see WHAT they talked about.) ( )
  scoutmomskf | Apr 3, 2019 |
Lady Evina Maclean needs a healer to fix her father, who is gravely ill. The man she needs is Rory Buchanan, known as the best healer in Scotland. Evina hits him over the head with her sword hilt due to a misunderstanding, then transports him naked and unconscious on her horse back to her home. Unfortunately it's Rory's brother Conran that she has inadvertently kidnapped, but she doesn't know that, and when Conran wakes up he doesn't correct her assumption, but instead sets about treating her father. Conran is intrigued by the feisty redhead, who has sworn never to marry. When she is shot with an arrow his protective instincts go into overdrive; is someone actually trying to murder her? Great banter, entertaining. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Mar 9, 2019 |
I think I enjoy this series more and more with each new book. Each book is witty and humorous while still being tense, exciting and romantic. The writing, as always, is excellent and the story is tightly plotted and well executed. I love the main characters as well as the re-appearances of the large and boisterous Buchanan family. You can read this book as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend the rest of the series – otherwise, you’ll miss out on some lovely stories and great background on some of the characters appearing in this story. Including this story, we’ve found HEA’s for 5 of the 8 Buchanan’s – only three more to go. I’ve loved each of their stories and they are all wonderful. So far the only sister, Saidh, has married along with Dougall, Niels, Aulay and now Conran. We only have Rory, Alick, and Geordi left. I can’t wait for their stories.

Conran Buchanan doesn’t think he has any real talents. It doesn’t bother him overmuch though. He loves helping his brothers with the things at which they are good and he has learned a lot from each of them. He’s more a jack-of-all-trades. He’s learned about horses from Dougall, sheep and wool from Niels, being a good Laird from Aulay, and healing from Rory. So, it isn’t surprising to find Conran out with Rory looking for medicinal herbs. Conran’s saddlebags are so full that he can hardly close them.

After hunting for Rory’s medicinals all morning, Conran is hot and itchy and is looking forward to stripping down and enjoying some time beneath the waterfall. UGH, he feels as if there are creepy-crawlies under his clothes. He knows there isn’t, that it is just the wool of his plaid against his damp, sweaty skin, but still – he can’t wait. As soon as Rory heads back to see a patient, Conran strips and heads for the waterfall.

Evina Maclean has ridden non-stop from her home, a good two-day ride, to fetch the healer, Rory Buchanan. He’d accompany her to her home whether he wanted to or not. Her father lies dying and she’ll do anything to help him. So, she’ll ask Buchanan nicely, but if he was unwilling, she’ll kidnap him!

Evina has spent her life doing as she pleased. Her mother died when Evina was ten, and her father just closed off and left everything to Evina to take care of – even the care of her newly arrived and orphaned two-year-old cousin, Gavin. She wears trewes under her skirts, carries a sword, rides astride and runs the clan in her father’s stead. Everybody in her clan loves and respects her.

Imagine a completely naked Conran suddenly finding another fully naked man joining him in the waterfall. Yep, that meeting didn’t go well and the two end up fighting and tumbling from the waterfall into the stream where they continued the fight. Suddenly – out of nowhere – there is the hilt of a sword coming toward his head. Then, nothing, just blackness.

Conran’s nude and unconscious trip to Evina’s home is quite an adventure. You’ll wonder how he ever makes it alive, but it is quite entertaining to read.

Once Conran revives, he learns that they think he is Rory and he certainly doesn’t intend to tell them differently until he finds out what is what. However, when he sees the dying Laird Maclean, he decides he’ll do what he can to save him. Even though Conran is not Rory, he has learned a bit from him – and there is nobody else to help.

Conran is drawn to Evina but knows that he has no chance of courting her. He’s the fourth son and she’s a Laird’s daughter. Then, there is an attempt on Evina’s life – and another – and another. Don’t try to figure out who the villain is – you won’t, but it is fun to try.

One of the fun things about this read is that you really believe the love between Evina and Conran. She challenges him rather than following meek and ladylike – and he admires her for that. Great romance.

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A laird's daughter kidnaps a Highlander--and loses her heart... in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new historical romance Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan's skill as a healer. What she hasn't heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can't afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she's rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family's castle does the truth emerge--it's not Rory she's kidnapped but his brother Conran. Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin--and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He's learned enough from his brother to heal Evina's father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful, independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.

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