Blog Tour: Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands (Review, Excerpt, Teaser, and Giveaway!)


In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ captivating romance, a lass targeted by an unknown foe is saved—and seduced—by a bold Highlander.
Edith Drummond owes her life to Niels Buchanan and his brothers. Waking after an illness to a castle overrun by rugged Highlanders is disconcerting, but so is learning that she’s slowly being poisoned. Niels insists on staying by her side, and Edith soon discovers that even more dangerous is her wild attraction to the fierce warrior.
Niels has never met a more courageous—or enticing—woman than Lady Edith. The idea of such a bonny lass being forced to enter a nunnery is more than any red-blooded Scotsman could bear. He’ll gladly marry her himself. But while sweeping her off her feet is easy, it’ll take all his skill to defeat her family’s relentless enemies, and convince her to surrender to his sweet embrace. . . .


About the Book

Surrender to the Highlander
by Lynsay Sands Series
The Highlander Series Genre
Historical Romance Publisher
Avon Books Publication Date
January 30, 2018 Amazon  |  Avon Romance  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Google Play  |  iBooks  


He would kiss her now…
It was why she had brought him here, to get that kiss he was about to give her before they had been interrupted.
Neils lowered his head until his mouth covered hers. His lips lightly brushed over hers. But when Edith raised her hands to slide them up his arms, his tongue traced the crease between her lips. Edith instinctively opened to him on a little sigh and he caught her lower lip between his, and drew on it teasingly. Then he tilted his head as his tongue swept to fill her mouth and the sweet tempo suddenly changed.
She clutched his shoulders tightly as his mouth ravished hers. It was as if the passion they had shared by the loch had been merely restrained when they’d been interrupted, and now he had unleashed it.


My Review

Rating: 4 Stars
I really enjoyed this book! I’ve only recently started reading highlander romances, and I’m still iffy on if I love or hate them. A big part of that is the dialect, making the dialogue sometimes hard to schlep through. I feel that the dialect in Surrender to the Highlander was a little heavy handed, and also inconsistent. Edith would say “not” in one breath and in the next say “no’ “. Another character would refer to something as “my plaid” on one page and later “me plaid”. After just finishing another highlander romance where they used “nae” for not, it felt uncomfortable to me to read the shifting “no’/not” in this book. I also REALLY didn’t like Ronson’s swearing. He supposedly picked it up from Niels and his brothers, but you never see the adults actually swearing that much, and certainly not that disgustingly. I felt it was overdone and off-putting and could have been handled with a little more delicate of a hand. And that’s it, for what I didn’t like, let’s get on to all the things I loved!!
Surrender the Highlander also focuses a lot on the murder/mystery aspect of the storyline, which is great if you like that kind of thing and less great if you like your romances more emotionally plot driven. I happen to enjoy a little murder and mystery with my romance, so this worked for me! At times I wanted to shake the characters – especially Edith – and yell “That is significant! What are you doing?! Tell Niels and the other people about that, ye gurt dummy!” Without spoiling anything, I will just say that the plot revolves a lot around identifying and catching a murderer, and I kept having my suspicions about who did what and how and why. I was definitely kept guessing, and was super surprised at the big reveal (though I did have some inklings right just a chapter or two before that, so there was definitely foreshadowing!). That part of the plot was handled very masterfully, and I felt it wasn’t just a cardboard cutout villain with wishy-washy motives.

I loved Edith, who is both fiery fierce and humbly kind. She works hard with her people and doesn’t consider herself above them just because she’s lady of the castle. She’s very naïve in some things (the fruit preserves!! OMG, I died!!) but isn’t afraid to stick up for herself, for her people, and for what she knows is right. She’s a strong and compassionate character, and has a great balance to her. Niels is also great, and I do love me a growly over-protective alpha male. Their dynamic is great, and while they only know each other for a short time (the entire book takes place over only a week or so, if I recall correctly) their relationship manages to feel like it develops fairly organically. (No insta-love here! Plenty of insta-lust though…)

This is the fifth book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. (I’m living proof, having not read the first four books myself!) It does have some spoilers for what I assume are the first four books in the series, since it talks about four other couples and that’s typically the MCs of earlier books making a little cameo. Since I haven’t read the first four books though I can’t absolutely swear it, though Neils’ brother and sister appear to me lead characters in two of them. Anyway, any spoilers aren’t much more spoilery than what you already know from reading the blurb on the back cover/Goodreads.


Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate
the release of SURRENDER TO THE HIGHLANDER, we’re giving away two paperback sets of FALLING FOR THE HIGHLANDER and THE HIGHLANDER TAKES A BRIDE by Lynsay Sands!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Two winners will each receive a paperback set of Falling for the Highlander and The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 2/3/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


About Lynsay Sands

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at

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