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Wednesday, September 13, 2023


The Highlander’s Kilted Bride

by Vanessa Kelly 

Publisher: Zebra (August 22, 2023)

About the book...

The youngest brother in Clan Kendrick has become a charismatic force in his own right—especially when the perfect woman gallops into his life—in the latest novel in USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly’s sparkling Scottish Regency series.

Charlotte “Charlie” Stewart would rather don a kilt and ride her horse than simper in a ballroom. But with her younger sister about to be wed, she can’t escape the pressure to be next. A husband has been chosen, and Charlie’s fate seems set. Until an afternoon gallop sends her horse colliding with Kade Kendrick, the broad-shouldered Highlander who was once her childhood pal . . .

As a youth, Kade felt overshadowed by his older siblings. Now he’s a renowned musician whose fame provides cover for his other work—as a spy. Home from his latest mission, he’s annoyed to be roped into attending the wedding of a family friend—until it reunites him with the fearless tomboy who has become a breathtaking beauty. And though his thoughts should be on a new concerto, Kade is soon distracted by rival suitors, a dangerous quest—and the unconventional woman who fills his soul with music and his body with desire . . .



Historical Romance fan?
This one's for you... and me! 😉 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't read a lot of novels that take place in Scotland. It's nothing personal, but the dialect and trip me up, and men in kilts have never really been a thing for me.... but I digress. This book shows us otherwise. 

I love how we're introduced to the main characters briefly as children. We get a unique perspective on their future relationship because we were there to witness some of that binding of the heart. Charlie was always outspoken, and more laddish in her chosen activities than lass, but it didn't make her wrong, it made her unique in a place where tradition was the main course, and her viewpoint was more the unexpected dessert you didn't know you needed. Kade was a meek lad in body, no fault of his own, but STRONG in heart and mind. He welcomed Charlie for who she was not who others told her to be, and didn't take offense to her forwardness in some situations because he knew it wasn't done out of pity, but friendship, and that meant the world to him. Grant it, it wasn't instant recollection when they get reacquainted, but once the head caught up with the heart, they were a lost cause without even realizing it... and that's only the beginning. 

The story unfolds with twists, turns and surprises. There are obstacles to overcome, distance issues to consider, potential suitors to worry over (even for a short time!), and that's not even factoring in the big clans that are their families! It's a grand adventure through the Highlands with a duo that make a bold statement about life, happiness, and love by pursuing it their way. A wonderful addition to your reading list, and the perfect way to usher in the autumn season. 


About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Improper Princesses series, the Clan Kendrick, The Renegade Royals and The Stanton Family series, in addition to other historical romances. Named by Booklist as one of the “Stars of Historical Romance,” her books have been translated into nine languages and published internationally. In graduate school, Vanessa specialized in the study of eighteenth-century British fiction and is known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty story lines that captivate readers. She lives with her husband in Ontario, Canada. Visit her at or join the Clan Kendrick Facebook Group at


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Kensington team for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE TOUR making its way through the blogosphere for more bookish fun!

TLC review tour schedule...

Saturday, August 19th@subakka.bookstuff and Subakka.bookstuff

Monday, August 21st:  @gallaghergirlreads

Monday, August 21stThe Romance Dish

Tuesday, August 22ndBewitched Bookworms

Tuesday, August 22nd@plottrysts

Wednesday, August 23rd@booksandcoffeemx 

Thursday, August 24th:   @laurasreviews_1 and Laura’s Reviews

Friday, August 25th:  @the_naptime_reader

Monday, August 28thWhat is That Book About – excerpt

Monday, August 28th@littlebittydelights

Monday, August 

Tuesday, August 29thBooks Cooks Looks

Wednesday, August 30th@gwendalyn_books  and Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, August 31st:  @booksimperfectcondition

Saturday, September 2nd@lowkey.bookish 

Monday, September 4th@jessbeyondthepages 

Tuesday, September 5thFrom the TBR Pile

Wednesday, September 6th@romantically_swept_away

Wednesday, September 6th@everlasting.bookworm

Thursday, September 7th@shopcoffeekids

Friday, September 8th@bookedonlattes

Monday, September 11th@janaandbooks

Tuesday, September 12thThe Book Diva’s Reads – excerpt

Wednesday, September 13thSatisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Vanessa Kelly said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review!

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