Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dariel's Satin Sheets Romance Review of "Highland Healer" by Willa Blair

  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Faery Rose 1st edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English




Dariel is Reading....Toran Lathan never expected to become Laird, and never expected to meet a woman like Aileanna Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people need, but Toran cannot resist her beauty.  Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal? 

Aileanna Shaw has a healing touch - and a special talent she must keep secret.  Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she's kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war, or the prize of his heart?

While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileanna. And Aileanna must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who needs her talent, but wants her love.

Aileana is an exceptional healer, capable of bringing people back from the brink of death. Orphaned at an early age and eventually captured by Colbridge, a brutal dictator, Aileana has spent 2 years using her “talents” to keep Colbridge’s army strong. When Toran, a laird in his own right, is captured by Colbridge and taken to Aileana for healing, she is immediately drawn to him.

The tension between Aileana and Toran is obvious from the moment she comes in contact with him. Blair leaves no doubt that the two strong personalities will come together, and the action, Toran’s escape with Aileana, as well as Colbridge’s relentless pursuit, add to the drama and excitement of “Highland Healer.”

Toran quickly makes his interest known to Aileana and his clan, but fearing that he is only interested in her ability to heal his people, she continues the lie that has kept her safe among Colbridge and his men, telling Toran her virginity is linked to her healing powers, effectively holding him off for a time despite her desire for him.

After witnessing Aileana’s healing ability, Toran’s clan members are afraid she is a witch, but Toran’s  authoritative manner and the respect he has earned from his clan intensify the romance between them. Aileana’s tendency to overreact, though understandable given Blair’s allusions to what she has been through, wears thin, and the story could have ended approximately 40 pages earlier if not for Aileana’s antics, but the story is well-written, well-suited to historical fans with a touch of paranormal.

Strong secondary characters, including a mentor, a maternal healer, and Toran’s jealous former lover, Coira, and intense lines such as: '"What should I do with so beautiful, so valuable, a prize?" he murmured, almost to himself. 
His deep blue gaze ensnared Aileana as completely as his hands.' make this a rich, enjoyable read. Easily 4 satin pillows.


  1. Wonderful review. I can't wait to read it!

  2. HIGHLAND HEALER looks wonderful. Nothing I love more than historical--and a man in a kilt? Irresistible! Already on my TBR list.
    And there's Sarah. Gonna be blogging with you, aren't I?
    Happy holidays to all the lovely Roses :-)

  3. Wonderful review for a great book. Congrats, Willa.

  4. I got notified first thing this morning that this review was up. What a terrific way to start the day! Thanks, Satin Sheets, and thanks everyone for the great comments.