Early Review: MACLEAN’S PASSION by Sharon Cullen

A Highlander Adventure! Book 2 of A Highland Pride. Releases June 28, 2016.

 MacLean's PassionTitle: MacLean’s Passion A Highland Pride Novel, book 2
Author: Sharon Cullen
Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish
Story Setting: Scotland, June 1746
Pages: 293
Published by: Loveswept
Published Date: June 28, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC
ASIN: B0165I3W1E


A Highland Pride Novel Series:
Sutherland’s Secret
MacLean’s Passion


About the Story:

Perfect for fans of Maya Banks and Monica McCarty, Sharon Cullen’s Highland Pride series continues as Scotland’s most reckless smuggler meets his match in a beautiful spitfire who arouses a renewed sense of duty, camaraderie, and passion.   Colin MacLean has always felt like a black sheep—especially after his brothers are slain before his eyes in the Battle of Culloden. A smuggler by trade, Colin makes for an embarrassing chieftain. He can’t even save his friends from their British pursuers without getting himself captured. But before he is martyred by the hangman’s noose, Colin escapes with his cellmate, a brave lad he’s come to admire. It’s only in the depths of the Highlands that Colin discovers the lad is a lass—and a bonnie one at that.   Raised by her older brothers, Maggie Sinclair can drink a pint in no time flat and wield a dagger with the best of ’em. Still, men have always excluded her and women have always shunned her. Colin makes her feel different. His wild spirit and rugged good looks have Maggie reconsidering her less than ladylike ways. For the first time, she’s tempted to put on a gown, just to see how Colin would react. She can only imagine what might happen next: a kiss . . . a touch . . . and perhaps enough sultry heat to melt a cold Highland night.


My Thoughts: 5-stars

I have yet to be disappointed with Sharon Cullen’s writing.  She’s new on the author scene and writes delightfully stirring stories. I highly recommend her work to those who enjoy a good cry, a good chase, a passionate romance, all in a historical setting.  I’ve read several of her books and all elicit emotional reactions to the plight of her characters.  I didn’t read the first of this series, as yet, but found it didn’t take away from the story and events which follow book one.

I was drawn to the cover of the book.  You can see it is a Scottish historical by the kilt on the brawny man gracing the cover.  The woman’s hair, which depicts Maggie Sinclair, is short.  That is a clue that all isn’t usual.  Women during this period had long, luscious hair and were known for their beauty, in part, by their locks.

As with all Ms. Cullen’s books, once you start reading, they are impossible to put down.  The story has a rather unpleasant beginning, a heart racer for sure.  Our hero, Colin MacLean, is in Duke of Cumberland’s dungeon, being stretched tight and he’s not sure he’ll live the beating, even though he’s slated for execution the following morning!  His lung sickness didn’t help him, either. OMG! Emotionally, I was hooked!  How can the author be killing off this hunk of a man in the first chapter? I HAD to have him live.  This was not right.  Where is justice?  Someone out there, save this man!!

Abbott was a mean, disgusting man.  He had a personal vendetta against Colin, and enjoyed watching him in pain.  He was perfectly hateful and I was so ready for him to receive his comeuppance.

“Abbot had a mean streak in him that nearly paled in comparison to the Bloody Butcher, otherwise known as the Duke of Cumberland.”

As Colin contemplated death, his humor remained intact.

“At this point he didn’t care if he lived or died, though he really wanted to live just to irritate Abbott.”

“Whether by the hangman’s noose or a raging fever, he had no doubt he would be dead by morning.  Somehow that thought wasn’t as depressing as it should have been.”

Now this is what makes the story even juicier.  Colin had a cell mate, a young boy who’d been in the same cell with him for two weeks.  He’d hardly said a word.  The lad wasn’t a lad.  He was a she!  She was scared to make her gender known.  What would her cell mate do to her?  And what about the guards?

Yes, our hero does escape. Whew!  He felt sorry for the lad in the cell, so he took the boy with him.

Maggie was no wilting woman.  With no parents, she was brought up by her brother who became her mother and father at 15. She had been well-trained by her brother (he didn’t know how to bring up a girl, so he gave her the ability to defend herself)—she was a skilled swordsman who fought as well as any man. Why was she in the dungeon, you say?  Ah, my fellow reader, the book must be read to enjoy her predicament, including Colin’s.

Frankly, this type of book I gobble up!  Action, suspense, a woman sure to capture the hero’s heart… There’s a rocky road ahead for both.  Will our hero even recover or have enough strength and presence of mind with a raging fever to locate safety?  Can they outrun the dogs?

I thrilled in the chase, I delighted in the precarious situation our ‘lad’ was in.  There’s plenty to learn about both Colin and Maggie, questions which are eventually answered

Hero and heroine’s predicaments were similar, dissimilar.  While Colin had been running from his place in life, Maggie was searching for hers—somewhere she would be accepted for who she was.

Lastly, I leave you with another quote, this one from Colin.

“It just went to show that a man could never lead with the manly parts. It never turned out well.”

Sharon Cullen 2About the Author:  After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University Sharon found that the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. Since then she’s been published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. The Notorious Lady Anne is her first historical romance.

Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.

If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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8 Responses to Early Review: MACLEAN’S PASSION by Sharon Cullen

  1. carolcork says:

    I love your new style review, Eileen! You definitely adding his to my wish list.


  2. Pingback: Early Review: MACLEAN’S PASSION by Sharon Cullen | Keli has a Blog

  3. Thank you for the reblog. Hope you enjoy this book as I did.


  4. Thank you for your comments, Carol. Have you read any of Sharon Cullen’s work? She’s a marvel!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. carolcork says:

    Eileen, I haven’t read any of her books yet but your recommendation definitely makes me want to read them. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I just finished this book myself. My review will be up shortly.
    I did read and review book 1 but also feel this book could be read as a standalone.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I still haven’t read book 1, but I most certainly will. Too many wonderful books to read!


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