I have been soooooo excited to receive an ARC of How to steal a Highlander by Olivia Norem ever since I read last year His Viking bride (which I want to re-read sometime soon!!) and I am so happy to have been given a copy by Olivia! As soon as I received it I devoured it in two days! TWO DAYS!
There’s something about Olivia’s writing that draws me in and doesn’t let go, and I love it, so needless to say, I am really excited to share with you guys how much I loved reading this book!
Big thank you! to Olivia for sending me this ARC!!!
“Katherine lands in Scotland to boost some relics before they are unveiled at a museum exhibit. But what she discovers is shocking — nothing in the experience of this notorious thief has prepared her to collide with a dark, rakish man wearing plaid — who happens to be trapped inside a mirror.”
Genre: Romance / Fantasy /Time-Travel
Year Of Publication: June 2018
Pages: E-book, 258 pages
My rating: 4.5 Stars
The main characters, Katharine and Simeon have an incredible chemistry and I liked being with them. Katharine is a strong female, with a unique set of skills and she proves this time and time again. She knows what she wants and is not afraid to go and get it. She is also very practical in the way in which she is aware of the effects her interaction with Simeon could pose on her lifestyle that she is not willing to give up. From the beginning, we get to know Katherine pretty well and have an understanding of what makes her Katherine; this is explored time and time again throughout. She has the space and ability to reflect on her situation and change course accordingly. She grows as a character and realises along the way that what she wants and what she needs might not be one and the same. I really liked how she was portrayed, with strengths and weaknesses that are so human without being falling into the usual tropes pit.
Simeon is a protector, a man from the 16th Century thrown into the modern, he struggles to understand these modern times, so it is understandable the reasoning behind his (sometimes) caveman-type behaviour towards Katharine. He struggles to understand that she is a woman that can protect herself. He struggles to understand how much times have changed since he has been imprisoned in the mirror and to adapt to change. He is a pretty straightforward guy, no bullshit if he needs something done he just gets on and does it. And along the way, his character unfolds and we get to learn more about what he is capable of and his character’s depths. His identity, who he is now in the modern time, this was his biggest struggle, and it was so well written that I felt his journey. He is also very hot, just saying.
Some of the side characters that we meet have pretty good characterisation and you get the sense that their actions are in line with what their characters would do. They supported well the main characters and were not simply puppets in the main show.
The story has a good flow to it and I thought that the main plot engine and the romance engine married really well, moving the story along at a good pace and keeping this reader very, very invested. “One more chapter…” that was a real issue with me and this book because I struggled to call it a night. The first day I read until 1 AM because I was so hooked in!THE WRITING…
Olivia has real talent in writing characters that move you and I have noticed how much she grew as a writer from His Viking Bride (and I loved that book!) to How to steal a Highlander both in regards to her grasp of character building and style of writing.
If I would to say anything that I wasn’t that crazy about was how a few things concluded, but that’s just my personal taste. I also would’ve wanted to know a little bit more about the villain of the story, but again that’s me being picky!
Read it in two days! Loved it!