The Highlander’s Runaway Bride – A Highland Feuding – Terri Brisbin

This was actually kind of a sad book, not sad in bad writing but sad emotionally. It starts off with Eva MacKay giving birth and the baby girl gets taken away. She isn’t even healed from giving birth when her father announces she is to be married off to another clan far away. She wants to find her child so she runs away to look for her.

We met Rob Mackintosh in the first book of the series. He’s a bit of a womanizer and does not want to get tied down but he agrees because he’ll do anything for his chief and his clan. He travels quite a long way just to find out his intended bride has run away.

Rob goes in search of Eva and finds her injured and fevered in a cave. He takes her back to her father’s but soon learns that her father is a cruel man who has no problem beating Eva when she does something that displeases him. Rob marries Eva but does not consummate the marriage because his new bride is skittish and has been ill. He has no idea that Eva has a child and that her father is using the child against her to do his bidding.

Later, after Rob had taken Eva back to the Mackintosh castle and Eva had just started warming up to Rob and had become friends with the chief and his wife, Eva’s father comes to visit and orders Eva to do something she does not want to do. He threatens her that he will kill her child. I kept thinking that her child was already dead and it made me so sad for Eva and even if the child was alive, her father would continue to use Eva for his own gain over and over again. And because she hadn’t been honest with Rob in the first place, she could lose him if he finds out.

I so wanted someone to beat the crap out of Eva’s father. What is really sad about her father is that it was common for men to abuse woman back in those days and nobody stuck up for them because a daughter was considered chattel so anyone who interfered would either be arrested, fined or shunned by the clan. I am so glad that I live in the 21st century!

I’m not sure if there will be more books in this series or not but these two books were very entertaining. I can never get enough of Terri Brisbin’s writing.

 

Stolen by the Highlander – A Highland Feuding #1 – Terri Brisbin

Somehow, I missed this series by Terri Brisbin. I follow her on Facebook and saw that she put out the second book of the series. I stopped what I was doing and downloaded both books. Usually, I worry about downloading more than one book at a time of a series because, if the first book bites rocks, I would have wasted money on a second book that I won’t read but I never have to worry that a Terri Brisbin book will be bad. Her books are always satisfying.

Arabella Cameron has been offered up by her father like a sacrificial lamb to end a centuries long feud between the Camerons and the Mackintoshes. She is to be married to one of the two Mackintosh cousins, Brodie or Caelan, whichever one becomes chieftain of the clan. The decision will be made by the current chief, their uncle and the Mackintosh council. But when Brodie is blamed for killing her brother, it is decided that she will marry Caelan.

Brodie ends up stealing Arabella before she is married to Caelan. He has to convince her that Caelan is not who he pretends to be and he has evil plans in the works

The romance was great but I did get a little irritated about how nobody thought it was odd that everyone fell asleep the night of Arabella’s brother’s murder and couldn’t remember anything except for Caelan and a few of his friends who happened to witness the murder. But besides that, this was a great beginning to a new series.

 

 

How to Handle a Highlander – The Sutherlands #3 – Mary Wine

Moira Frazer is the half-sister to Bari Frazer who is the Laird of her clan. Bari has only one thing on his mind…REVENGE…for the death of his favorite sister Sandra, his full sister with whom he seemed to have had an abnormal obsession. He believes the Sutherlands put her to death after she poisoned the earl and almost killed him. Bari who has treated Moira like a servant her whole life, has now contracted her to marry and old decrepit laird from the Matheson clan. The Matheson laird has lead him to believe that he will ride with Bari against the Sutherlands if he can marry Moira.

Moira thinks that if she marries the Matheson laird and can make him happy, he will not ride against the Sutherland along with Bari. She knows her brother is half mad but she needs to save her clan from total destruction because that is what would happen if they went up against the Sutherlands.

Gahan Sutherland is the bastard son of the Earl of Sutherland. He is keeping a close eye on Bari Frazer when he hears about the upcoming nuptials. He decides to go witness them to keep a better eye on things. He knows Bari is up to something. What he doesn’t count on, is that he would fall for the bride.

I was shocked when the marriage actually happened. I thought Gahan would run away with her before she had to sleep with that foul man but luckily the old geezer is impotent and the marriage is never consummated. But Gahan doesn’t know that, at first.

These two had to overcome a lot, especially dealing with Bari and his evil sister who happened to be still alive. I hate when the good guys have a chance to kill an evil character but they show compassion or have too much honor to kill them and as a reader, I know the bad guy will just come back and cause more trouble. It’s exasperating!

Mary Wine did an amazing job with this story. I loved the historical accuracy of it. Now, I am off to read the next book in the series.

The Trouble with Highlanders – The Sutherlands #2 – Mary Wine

Mary Wine continues to amaze me with her clever mix of fiction and historical fact. She knows how to endear her characters, especially the heroines, to her readers.

I liked Daphne Macleod already from the last book because of what she did to stop a clan war. First, she runs to the Church to become a novice rather than see two best friends fight over her. But what really was the clincher for me to fall in love with her was when she gave up her virginity to the overlord Norris Sutherland in order for her betrothal to be broken and for her betrothed to marry the woman he truly loved. It was a selfless and brave act.

Daphne’s father fought and was killed on the wrong side of the Battle of Sauchieburn so now clans who supported the new king have raided and ruined most of her land, leaving her clan struggling to survive the winter.

Norris Sutherland comes to her rescue…sort of…in his own macho way. The romance is sizzling but they have to overcome a scheming woman who, with the help of her brother, have malicious plans to make Norris her husband whether he agrees or not.

This was a great story. I loved all of the characters and hated a few too. I can’t wait to read the next book which I have already downloaded.

 

The Chieftain – Return of the Highlanders – Margaret Mallory

This is the final book of the short series.

Connor became chief of the MacDonalds of Sleat when he came home after fighting in France for five years to find that his father and older brother had been killed in the Battle of Flodden and his evil uncle was running the clan into the ground by only looking out for himself. The clan voted in Connor as chieftain and ousted his uncle.

His uncle is now gathering large numbers of pirates and terrorizing the Isle of Sky and all the surrounding Isles. Not only is he at war with his uncle but a rival clan is threatening to take his land. Connor must find a strong clan to marry into so he can get help defending his lands.

Ilysa is a healer and a seer. Connor has always trusted her to take care of the castle and take on the duties that his future wife will take over once he is married. Nobody ever gives Ilysa a second glance because she dresses in frumpy clothing that are shapeless and drab. She covers her hair like a nun and keeps herself in the background. She is in love with Connor because she is too lowborn to marry him. Although her mother was a noblewoman, her father is unknown.

I absolutely adored Ilysa. I laughed a lot at her tactics. I really wanted her to somehow be some powerful chieftain’s daughter and I somehow guessed who her father really was. That was probably a bit of a spoiler but I think anyone could put two and two together.

I am sad that this is the end of this series but it really had nowhere else to go. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes Highlander romances.

 

The Warrior – Return of the Highlanders #3 – Margaret Mallory

Duncan MacDonald has been in the previous two books and we know he was in love before and he never really got over it. In this book, we learn that Duncan was in love with his best friend’s sister. Years ago, before his best friend was the chief and before they had gone off to France to fight, he and Moira had a secret love affair but Duncan always knew it couldn’t last because he was born a bastard with an unknown father and Moira was a chieftain’s daughter.

Both of them thinks the other one abandoned them. Moira had unrealistic expectations and believed that her father would allow her to marry Duncan but when her father found out, he told Duncan to go to France with the others and leave his daughter alone or die. Her father let Moira think he ran off to France without saying goodbye. Duncan believes that Moira got married to the first person she met and forgot about him because her father forced her to marry, not only for alliances but because he knew Moira was pregnant.

Now, Duncan has to rescue Moira from an abusive and dangerous marriage in Ireland. He has no clue that her son is his child. They have to overcome the hurt and betrayal they feel for each other.

I think this was the best book so far of the series. There is still the threat of the chief’s uncle who is now a pirate and causing trouble all over the place and trouble with other clans. There was emotional turmoil and danger all through the book. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series which I believe is the final book.

 

The Sinner – Return of the Highlanders #2 – Margaret Mallory

Arranged marriages for political gain or clan alliances is a recurring theme in Highlander novels. I don’t think that the authors lack imagination, it is just that it was a fact of life way back in history and most all the characters or at least one of the characters in these books are usually highborn…because two peasants marrying would not make for a challenging read. In this book, the chief has asked his friend to marry someone which is a lot like an arranged marriage because if your chief asks something of you, you do it.

Alex MacDonald is somewhat of a playboy. He likes the lasses but he doesn’t want to get tied down to one. When his chief asks him to marry the daughter of a neighboring clan, he reluctantly agrees but he doesn’t count on Glynis being as reluctant as he is. It could be a challenge to get her to marry him.

Glynis has already been married once to a misogynistic womanizer who couldn’t keep true to the marriage bed so she stabbed him in the thigh. She missed her original target. Somehow she was able to annul the marriage. Now, her father wants to marry her off to another playboy and she wants nothing to do with it.

This book was entertaining. There were serious parts but for the most part it was a light read. I think anyone who likes Highlander novels would like this series.