Monday, June 9, 2014

G358 Book Review of The Runaway Highlander by R.L Syme

Name of Book: The Runaway Highlander

Author: R.L Syme

ISBN: 9780996010306

Publisher: Independent?

Part of a Series: The Highland Renegades

Type of book: Scotland, 1297, running away, romance, sisterhood, devotion, loyalty, bargaining, bounty, runaways

Year it was published: 2014


Anne de Cheyne has a choice. She can play the dutiful daughter and allow her mother to sell her to a greasy English sheriff, or she can take control of her own life and find her own match. After a frightening run-in with her promised husband reveals a dark secret, she makes a desperate choice. Flight.

Aedan Donne needs easy money and no-questions-asked. When Milene de Cheyne offers him enough to pay all debts, requests complete silence, and pays half up front, just for a simple recovery, he can't believe his luck… until he meets his mark. Anne’s beauty and passion ignite something Aedan can’t ignore, even as she leaves him in the dust. Suddenly, he finds himself wanting to capture the runaway Highland lady for himself.


The main characters include Anne and Aedan. Anne is very beautiful and is also impulsive and headstrong. She's a strong female characters who cares a lot for her younger sister and tries her best to get her friends out of the predicament they're stuck in. She is also fearless and gets her own way. Aedan also has his own goals and despite his grumbling and complaining, he is not the type that abandons those who need his help. Other characters include Anne's younger sister Elena who is also loyal to Anne and who is slightly, well, described as "deranged." There is also Aedan's younger sister, Anne's and Elena's mother who is very selfish, material and cold.


Its possible to get choices and freedom.


The book is written in third person narrative from Anne's and Aedan's points of view. I feel that beginning is a bit weak, but it could be because I didn't read the first book which made the beginning for me confused. However when Anne eventually runs away and Aedan goes after her, the story became more interesting for me. I also thought it had things in common with modern romance novels, aside from the fact that it took place in 1200s, and there aren't, well, sex scenes.

Author Information:

R.L. Syme works at a youth theatre, teaching kids performing arts and musical performance classes/camps when she's not writing. Otherwise, she's putting her Seminary degree to good use writing romance novels. Let not all those systematic theology classes go to waste...
For more information please visit R.L. Syme's website and blog. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.


In my view its written in a similar way that romance novels of today are written, aside from the fact that the book is best described as sweet and there aren't sexual scenes. Instead its focused more on plot and character development and it also has a very strong female character. I do admit that I was confused by beginning, which rather means that one should read the prequel before reading this book, but afterwards the book tugged me in and I found it an enjoyable read. Its also short and sweet.

The Highland Renegades Series

Book One: The Outcast Highlander
Book Two: The Runaway Highlander
Book Three: The Pirate Highlander -- Coming Soon!

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Wednesday, May 14
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, May 15
Review at Bibliotica
Monday, May 19
Guest Post & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Tuesday, May 20
Review at A Bookish Girl (The Outcast Highlander)
Wednesday, May 21
Review at A Bookish Girl (The Runaway Highlander)
Thursday, May 22
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Girl
Friday, May 23
Guest Post at Layered Pages
Monday, May 26
Review at My Not So Vacant Bookshelf
Tuesday, May 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Thursday, May 29
Guest Post at Historical Fiction Connection
Friday, May 30
Review at Lily Pond Reads
Review at From the TBR Pile
Monday, June 2
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, June 3
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Wednesday, June 4
Interview at The Most Happy Reader
Thursday, June 5
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews
Friday, June 6
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Monday, June 9
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Wednesday, June 11
Review at Fic Central
Thursday, June 12
Review at Reviews by Molly
Interview at Books and Benches
Friday, June 13
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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