I have a weakness for a good historical romance. The Fearless Highlander by Amy Jarecki has been sitting on my shelf since the 2017 InD’Scribe Con. I hate that I have waited so long to read it. The Fearless Highlander is the first book in the Highland Defender Series. This book starts off in the year 1691 in the dark depths of Fort William’s prison. Hugh MacIain is suffering from the bloody flux but when the Colonel’s daughter, Charlotte Hill, tends to him, he has the strength and will to break free. He finds a way out with the help of Charlotte and vows to never forget her. When Jacobite cause rises, Hugh’s clan is in danger and this danger leads him back to Charlotte once again. Even though they begin to fall for each other, politics and war will threaten to separate them forever.
This book kept me enthralled from beginning to end! Amy Jarecki does a marvelous job at describing the history of the time of the Jacobite rebellion. There is incredible detail that really made me feel as if I was in the story. The research that went into this must have been daunting because there is the historical detail but also the political and social issues of the time. However, the author flawlessly created a beautiful story that is well researched.
I love the characters. Charlotte and Hugh make quite the unstoppable pair. Hugh is complex as he has the survival of his clan to think about but he cannot deny the love he has for Charlotte. I love Charlotte’s conviction. Even defying her father, she knows what is right and nothing holds her back from doing the right thing. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I really recommend this story for those who love Scottish history and romance.