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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Currently reading

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Timothy Egan
Progress: 91/340 pages
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics)
Martin Edwards
Progress: 105/410 pages
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry

I can't find a book I want to read

I have been hankering for a Highlander romance, since Outlander has come back, & I'm all caught up on episodes.




I want one that is available for free on scribd. I've tried two, and they have both been unsuccessful. The first, I dnf'd because I want a Highlander hero, and I want it set in Scotland. Highland Fling has a Highlander heroine, and is primarily set in England, per the blurb.  


The next one, I actually finished, but it was pretty horrible. Wafer thin characterizations, a not very compelling bit of suspense, a heroine that was continually presented as "tough," but who was no such thing. The hero wasn't convincing at all. And the title is a complete misnomer - she wasn't "stolen" in the least. Plus, the angst-factor was ridiculous, and the sex scenes were repetitive and about as much fun as eating wall-paper paste. Overall, it is about a D+ read, saved from an F only by the fact that it was at least coherent.


I decided to try abandoning specifically Highlander romances, and give medieval a try, so I started Jude Deveraux's beloved classic. It is doing nothing for me, and the heroine is named Dougless, which is simply unforgiveable in my opinion. Plus, it is time travel, and I don't want time travel. So, maybe this would be a better book at a different time, but right now, it's just a no. No. No.


Someone help me! I want something that is a bit more realistic than the average historical romance. If I hadn't already read A Pride of Lions, I think that would be just the ticket. Perhaps what I really need is a piece of historical fiction with romantic themes, as opposed to a historical romance. Does anyone have any suggestions?


I've read Outlander. I do not want time travel. I want a Highland hero. I want something realistic, not intentionally comical or humorous. I don't need it to be clean, but for the love of all that is holy, could I get some sex scenes that don't make me laugh because they are so ridiculous or bore me to tears?