Hard-Hearted Highlander (The Highland Grooms #3)
HQN Books / April 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital
Rabbie Mackenzie has elevated Scottish brooding to an art form. In all fairness, he has his reasons - his beloved country was crushed and his woman perished in the Jacobite uprising. Just as the Scottish highlands are bleak and barren, Rabbie is a damaged and complicated man.
No matter what he did, no matter how he prayed or swore that this day would be different, he could not move that boulder of melancholy. It grew bigger and heavier every day. And today was no different.
Perhaps there are appropriate modern labels for this. Depression. Anxiety. PTSD. Unfortunately, Rabbie is mostly keeping his suffering to himself. Worse, as a Scottish laird, he is obliged to do his duty and marry naive Avaline, an English teenager who is terrified of him.
Rabbie is prepared for matrimony for the sake of his family and clan, but he finds himself more interested in Avaline’s governess Bernadette. Like him, she is a wounded individual and he finds himself wanting to know her more.