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Captured Heart

Captured Heart

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by Heather McCollum, Michelle Ford (Narrated by)

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Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother's medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she's captured, she will die like her mother-atop a blazing witch's pyre. Winter


Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother's medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she's captured, she will die like her mother-atop a blazing witch's pyre. Winter winds rip across the Highlands, pressing Chief Caden Macbain forward in his desperate plan to save his clan. He's not above using an innocent woman to bargain for peace if it keeps his clan from starving. But Meg isn't who Caden thinks she is, and when she kills a man to save the clan, he must choose between duty and her life. For although he captured her to force a peace, Meg's strength and courage have captured Caden's heart.

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"A deliciously satisfying read." ---Katharine Ashe, author of When a Scot Loves a Lady

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Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
Highland Hearts Series , #1
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor's dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and The Golden Network as a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. Ms. McCollum's first three full-length paranormal romance novels, PROPHECY, MAGICK and MASQUERADE, were released in 2010 and 2011. The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum's heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country's history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast. More information about Ms. McCollum and her books can be found at HeatherMcCollum.com.

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Captured Heart 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've already read Heather's first 3 published books and loved them. With Captured Heart, she delivers once again! What a very talented writer who draws the reader into the story and doesn't let them go!
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
Meg Boswell knows that just like her mother, there is something different about her. Cursed with healing abilities she is on the run from her father Boswell in hopes to escape accusations of being a witch and dreading the same terrible death as her mother, burned in the witches fyre. With her she carried her mothers journal with clues that might hand her the salvation she is seeking away from Boswell. Chief Caden Macbain in a desperate attempt to save his clan from the Munro's in hopes to bring in peace between the two over centuries old feud, is on a mission. Unfortunately that mission revolves around kidnapping Meg Boswell, a niece to the Munro and his wife, in exchange of that peace. I really enjoyed this book. First, I loved the fact that she had a wolf pet named Nickum who is always lurking in the shadows protecting her. I thought that really added to character development. Second, Meg is a character that was easy to like. She is very ambitious, and she kind of grows into her own person by the end of the story. I love her character, she had a very gentle kind of soul but it was filled with fire by the end of the book as she grew under Caden's protection. Caden Macbain is irresistible and he has a hard time resisting the woman that stumbled into his life. He thought his mission was going to be hard, but when she ends up stumbling into his clan while running away – it's hard to keep his mind off the woman who thinks she is a welcome visitor to the clan. As it turns out, Meg brings her own share of problems. The book was interesting and I thought it was well written. I have to admit it was probably my second highlander book ever, but oh my did I enjoy it. It was easy to read, easy to follow, and it had so much stuff going on that it kept you well engaged. Everything flowed so smoothly. The chemistry between Caden and Meg sparked, and there were even times that I felt a little sorry for the both of them. Kept me reading and on the edge of the seat in the very end. A perfect combination of romance and fantasy, with a lace of lovable characters and a hard to resist alpha-male. Courtesy of Entangled Publishing, LLV through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Meg Boswell has always known she was different. Meg is a healer. She lost her mother, who was burned because she was believed to be a witch, as a young child and has been raised by her aunt and uncle. When she receives word that her estranged father is coming to get her, have her tested for witchcraft, and then marry her off, she decided to run. Taking off on her horse Pippin with her wolf Nikkum, she set off towards the Highlands of Scotland where her mother's sister lives. With a few provisions, her mother's journal, and her trusty bow, Meg desperately tries to avoid the men who are chasing her. As fate would have it, she stumbles upon a battle between some Scottish and the English. In the midst of the battle she spots the most beautiful man she has ever seen, who just happens to be Caden Macbain, chief of the Macbain Clan. She ends up saving him, and he in turn ends up saving her. Meg agrees to travel back to the Highlands with Caden and his men, acting as their healer, while they agree to be her guide and protector. Everyone begins to really like Meg, especially Caden, but Caden has a secret that he and his Clan are keeping from Meg, a secret that could backfire on them and destroy any promise of relationship. Caden seeks peace between the Clans, and whether she knows it or know, Meg is a crucial part of that peace. She faces death on more than one occasion, as do the members of the Clan that she has come to know and love. In the process, she falls in love with Caden, who truly cares for her, but a series of events unfold revealing the truth about why she is there, and she isn't sure anymore if what she has with Caden is real, or is it just part of a sacrifice and ploy to attain peace. She also learns some things about herself, her true heritage, her mother, and her gift that completely change her life. In the meantime, her father is still in pursuit of her and has enlisted the help of a rival Clan, as well as a spy within the Macbain Clan, and even the English army. Will the Clan stand behind Meg and protect her, or will the threats made against the people and their lives be more than they are willing to risk, and more than Meg is willing to let them risk on her behalf? I normally do not read a great deal of historical romance, but when I saw the description for this book and was given the opportunity to participate in the tour, I was intrigued, and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this story. The book is set in 16th century Scotland and McCollum has done an outstanding job painting a picture of the place and time in which this novel takes place. I haven't read about many Scottish men, but Heather McCollum's Scottish men are really hot, and I wouldn't mind having one for myself, kilt, accent, and all. Meg is quite the heroine and I really liked her character. She is tough and fearless when she needs to be, while being loving and caring, with a yearning to help people, and a fierce sense of loyalty and desire to protect the people she loves. Caden is one hot Scotsman. He is the leader of his Clan, he's protective, loyal, and determined, and pretty badass. I really enjoyed getting to know both of these characters, and the secondary characters were all so well written that I felt like I got to know them also. The story is fast paced and filled with romance, action, and drama. There is never a dull moment, with kidnapping, fierce battles, family conflict, drama, and the element of the paranormal all found in this novel. Not to mention, the relationship and romance between Caden and Meg is endearing and intense, and the chemistry between the two is sizzling. If you are a fan of historical romance, this is one book you will want to check out, and even if you're not, this book is one that is well worth making the time to read. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I dont know why publishlers do this!! Its not a " review " its cliff-notes on a story......GURRRRRRR
Anonymous 11 months ago
If you enjoy adventure, intrigue, and romance, this book is a must!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. It is 266 pages. A novel, not one of the novelles or short story in this series.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Heather McCollum Published by: Entangled Select Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 4 Review: "Captured Heart" by Heather McCollum is book 1 of 2 in the Highland Hearts (McCollum) series. I love reading this story of a Scottish Historical 'Highlands'Romance and its Intrigue. We find that Meg Boswell who is a 'healer' is on the run because her father thinks she is a witch and is going to have her examined. Meg doesn't want the same fate that happen to her mother so she heads for Scotland to find her aunt but before she arrives Meg comes upon a fight between some Highlands and English soldiers and she saves Macbain who was the clan chief. Then Meg enlists his help to get to her aunts place, however unbeknown to her Chief Caden Macbain was planning to kidnap her for ransom for a peace settlement with her aunt's clan. Will their be a attraction between the two? Now, the story will really take off from here where you will see many twist and turns all over the place. Be ready for much conflict such as "Caden's subterfuge, Meg's untrained magical powers, jealous lovers, feuding clansmen and others with their own agendas"...all to be found in this 'Highlander' story but only to bring you a incredible climax. I found the characters all well developed and interesting. If you are looking for a good well written historical romance with some paranormal, you have come to the right place for "Captured Heart" would be the read I would recommend to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters in this book. Meg is the woman you want to be, and Caden is the man you want to be with, of course. But, I also love all the personalities of the side characters - the strong aunt, the three elders, the hateful Boswell, to name a few. It's a hearty book without being too dense or cumbersome (I didn't have to keep flipping back trying to figure out who's who like I have with other books of this genre.) I'm looking forward to reading the prequel, "Highland Heart", next, then waiting for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was longer than the three I read previously but still kept me enthralled enough so that I'd find myself still reading at 2AM!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Meg Boswell is running for her life. Her father has sent word that he is coming for her. He is taking her away from her aunt and uncle that raised her, test to see if she is a witch and marry her off for his own personal gain. He is the same monster that burnt her mother at the stake, falsely accusing her of witchcraft. Meg is given a letter sent by her mother that said if her father ever comes for her to run away because he will kill her too. Racing north with only her pet wolf and horse, Meg runs into a skirmish between the English and a clan of Highland warriors. The clan chief is distracted by Meg,accidently giving an Englishman the upper hand. Saving the clan chief and healing the wounded for the Scottish Highlanders, Meg asks for assistance with safe passage to her aunt’s home, of the Munros Clan. It just so happened that Chief Caden Macbain mission was to kidnap Meg Boswell to hold her for ransom over the Munros. Romantic chemistry explodes between Caden and Meg. Caden must decide whether one life is worth risking his entire clan. All the while Meg is in the dark, thinking she is a guest of Caden Macbain. Captured Heart is a fantastical Highland adventure with just the right amount of romance, action, mystery, and a heroin you can’t help but love. Enchanting story 4 stars. This copy of Captured Heart was given to me by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Was a good read. I do think that Meg capitulated a bit quickly when she discovered the truth, but otherwise I really enjoyed it. I liked the paranormal aspect of the story, but that it wasn't like she was a witch in the traditional sense, but a Christian woman with a gift.
Anonymous 9 months ago
First book I have read by this author and I was more than surprised. For me it was a page turner . Loved the time period,the Highlanders ,but most of it was about healers . Romantic suspense was great also. I will purchase next book in the series.
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I love a book that you can't guess the whole book after the first few pages, and it has to make me laugh at times. I couldn't put this book down. The author thanked her family for tolerating not now I'm writing, at my house it was not now I'm reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caden MacBain and Meg Boswell's story was fantastic. The prequel book with Rachel and Her sister Isabelle was good. They both had the gift of healing. In this book you meet Meg who is Isabelle daughter and also has the healing gift. The story goes in so many exciting paths it's very hard to put the book down.
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I read all 3 in this series and was not disappointed in any of them. Enjoyed each story line and character and didn't want to put them down. If you like this genre, you'll love these books and their author. Now, off to find more of her books!
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Heather is an amazing author. I am not an avid reader but the story caught my eye so I decided to give it a try. I could not put the book down, I plan to pick up another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book can't wait for more. The authors writing skills are absolutely fantastic.