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Falling for the Highlander
     

Falling for the Highlander

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by Lynsay Sands
 

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New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands welcomes readers back to the Scottish Highlands, where a gallant warrior vows to protect a beautiful runaway . . .

Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping

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New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands welcomes readers back to the Scottish Highlands, where a gallant warrior vows to protect a beautiful runaway . . .

Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/09/2017
When feisty but fainting-prone Murine hears her guardian half-brother crassly offer her body to Highlander Dougall in exchange for horses, she knows that only Dougall’s honor has spared her virtue. Escaping that night on her pet bull, Henry, Murine meets up with Dougall and his brothers. Soon they realize she is the woman who recently saved their sister, Saidh, and they vow to escort her to safety. The kindhearted, bantering brothers seem as anxious to protect Murine’s virtue from the obvious passion building between her and Dougall as to discover the cause of mysterious attacks on their small band, from which Murine receives a head wound and an arrow puncture. Sands (The Highlander Takes a Bride) imbues her scenes with physical comedy, as when Murine calmly sidesteps the brawling brothers (“it was rather entertaining to watch”) or Saidh attempts to prepare Murine for her wedding night, demonstrating with a carrot and bread: “Had she not already been bedded by Dougall, she would most likely be horrified and dismayed at this display.” The lovers’ courage and passion match the mounting dangers, cementing the bond between them in this enjoyable romp. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Feb.)
Suzanne Enoch
“Lush, lively and romantic—Lynsay Sands hits all the right notes.”
Hannah Howell
“Humor and romance wrapped around an intriguing mystery. Another winner from Lynsay Sands!”
Christina Dodd
“You can’t help but fall in love with Lynsay Sands!”
Eloisa James
Praise for Taming the Highland Bride: “Sands spins a funny, laughable tale; you’ll cheer as the drunk and the shrew discover they are a ‘perfect match’.”
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-06
A Scottish lass goes rogue. When Lady Murine Carmichael runs away from home on the back of a bull, she doesn't know where she'll end up. She only knows she has to get away from her wicked English half brother, who's just offered her body to Dougall Buchanan in lieu of cash payment for some horses. When she ends up running into that very same Scotsman and his brothers, her hasty plan seems doomed even though they were also horrified by her brother's offer. But when they find out she's a Scot, too, as well as a beloved friend of their sister Saidh, they instantly agree to escort her to their home. This quickly becomes a dangerous endeavor; not only have many of Murine's family members met with suspicious deaths, but it's clear that Murine herself is at risk after several attacks from anonymous villains. Despite the danger, Murine and Dougall are unmistakably attracted to each other, and through a few fits and starts, begin a romance on the run. After Murine is kidnapped, their new love is tested, and Sands' quick pacing adds remarkable suspense to the straightforward story. Readers with a weakness for gallant Scottish lairds will be delighted by the simplicity and purity of Murine and Dougall's romance—especially the few wild and erotic scenes out in the elements. A love story as bighearted and exciting as the highlander at its heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062273611
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
782
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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 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 are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, Ontario
Place of Birth:
Leamington, Ontario
Website:
http://www.lynsaysands.net

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Falling for the Highlander 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele 15 days ago
We met Murine in the last book, as a friend (and surprising savior) of Saidh, sister to the Buchanan brothers. When Dougal Buchanan and his three brothers travel to make a deal with Murine’s half-brother and guardian Lord Davies for the purchase of horses. But, Lord Davies has gambled away the family money and is less than an admirable guardian, he offers his half-sister for trade. Horrified with the offer – the Buchanan brothers leave, and unbeknownst to them, so does Murine. Dougall Buchanan, on discovering Murine has fled, agrees to escort her to his sister Saidh’s new home for safety, despite the arguments and kick-back from his brothers, and the potential for conflict with her guardian. For me, Dougall was the standout character in this story. He’s gruff and a bit rough with a heart of gold, determined to protect those he feels need his protection, and always striving to do the right thing. While he’s not out their pounding his chest and screaming notice me and my brilliance, he does command respect by virtue of who he is. There’s a curious tender he has for Murine, much like the one for his sister, although the two couldn’t be more different. Murine, for me was little more than a typical pampered woman of the age: reticent, prone to fainting, seemingly weak and easily manipulated, she lacked the sparkle and presence of Saidh. There is little I remember about Murine in this story, it was all Dougall and his simmering regard for, and moments between his time with her. A bit slower to develop in terms of the romance and the connection than I expected, the first half of the story moved nicely with intrigue, where the second fell off noticeably when compared to the thread of mystery that leaves us questioning if Dougall is under threat, or is it some attempt by Lord Davies to reclaim his ward and thus improve his potential future earnings with a match made for her. While not my favorite from this author, I am curious to see what comes next. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 2 days ago
Yes, yes, yes. I am back for more of this particular brand of HIGHLANDER mojo. I love highlanders. Their alpha dominance. The hot-headed temper. The deeply ingrained protectiveness. The gaining of a highlander’s heart brings the security of feeling protected, desired, and cherished. Dougall and Murine have much to get through and escape. This highlander journey was not overflowing with action and epic battle, but it does have a villain, a beautiful fiery tempered young woman, a sexy grumpy delicious highlander, and fun, witty comebacks, delicious banter, a few familiar faces (previous reads in this series), a beautiful countryside that depicts the time period, and of course Lynsay’s flair for making it all wrap together. I have loved this series since book one. I will say it now and again. I love highlanders. They spark a slow burn that just grows and builds the more I read. There are the kind of hero that makes dreams seem the best place to be. The fantasy of a man that will love, honor, and protect you till the very end of it all. Lynsay Sands has done it again for me.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Love love love Ms. Sand's historicals!!!!!! Keep the Scotish tales coming please!!!!!!!
ReadingInPajamas 11 days ago
Review: Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-7OV Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Genre: Historical Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated 4.5 Stars I loved this book! Falling for the Highlander is the fourth book Lynsay Sands' Scottish Highlander Series, but each book is a standalone so you do not need to read the previous books before picking this one up. Falling for the Highlander was a fun and sexy historical romance that kept me flipping the pages. I loved it! Lynsay Sands is one of my go to authors for great historical romances because she always delivers a great story with plenty of hot romance and some humor. Whether she is writing about Highlanders or Vampires I always fall in love with her heroes and get swept up in the worlds she creates. I highly recommend this series for historical romance lovers looking for some hot Highlander heroes. Go grab the series! *Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
Anonymous 16 days ago
Was glad to finally read about what happened to the fainting girl from the other books.
burns_erin 18 days ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review. GIVEAWAY This is my happy-go-lucky, light and sappy, happy place. Lynsay Sands is almost always good for a few laughs and a sappy romance, and I have been digging on this series for a while now. In fact, I moved this ahead on my queue after reading a truly angst inducing series, after which I was compelled to go back to the angst which prompted a reread of this whole series. They are that light, happy, and fluffy. The perfect counterpoint to angst. We had met both Murine and Dougall in the previous books, and Murine had already proved herself to be kind, loyal, and brave. So I was predisposed to like her. She didn’t necessarily exhibit the extreme competence levels of previous heroines, but she was cute and likeable so I was happy to go through her story to happily ever after. And while Dougall was really just one of a bunch of big brash Buchanans, well I enjoy that sort of character, so he worked for me as well. And needless to say I enjoyed seeing the rest of the brothers again too and will look forward to the rest of their stories as well (particularly that of the scarred eldest brother). And while this story itself stands alone, I think it is one where it is best if you have read the series, especially books 2 & 3. The story itself was a series of pratfalls, misadventures, and misunderstandings (albit small ones which were mostly talked out in quick order-I HATE the BIG Mis). Murine has had horrible disasters befall her, and a really hard life of late, but her stepbrother’s latest betrayal was just one step too far. Escape was in order. And so our fainting heroine rides forth on her trusty steed…a bull. Seriously! That is just the start of the ridiculousness in store if you pick up this book. Poor Murine and Dougall. They stagger from one calamity to the next, eventually finding love and a life together. It was sweet and left me feeling happy. Though I’ll admit, I saw the bad guy coming from YEARS away, literally, I saw it coming from book 2. But even so, I enjoyed the story. Now I’ll admit, this isn’t the most earth shaking and moving or memorable story. In fact in probably a week or two I’ll probably remember very little of it except the bull (and maybe the plumber’s crack above that kilt…how odd is that cover?). But that is fine, it is great even. Because that isn’t why I read these books, I read them for that happy little moood lifting buzz, and it provided that in spades. So it not being the most memorable book every just means I’ll be even happier when I go back and re-read it, which I guarantee you I will! I finished it with a big old sloppy/sappy grin on my face, and if you like a good wallpaper highland historical complete with brogue, Sands put out another winner.
Alyssa75 19 days ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Falling for the Highlander by Lynsay Sands Book Four of the Highlanders series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue. Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love. What I Liked: There was nothing absolutely wrong with this book, but I just didn't feel satisfied with it. Three stars is not a bad rating but certainly not the best rating either. I don't feel particularly negatively towards this book, but I don't think it's worthy of four stars. I like Sands' historical romance novels and will continue to read them, but I wasn't really impressed with this book. Dougall Buchanan and his three brothers have traveled to Danvries to settle a deal with Lord Danvries, who wants to buy their horses. But when they get there, Danvries has no money. He offers his sister instead. Dougall refuses and the party leaves... and so does Murine. Murine flees when she hears Montrose (Lord Danvries) offer her to another man (besides Dougall), but she finds herself rescued and protected by Dougall and his brothers. They agree to take her to the MacDonnell stronghold, where their newly married sister Saidh (who is good friends with Murine) lives. Dougall doesn't expect to fall for Murine in the process... and vice versa. I liked The Highlander Takes a Bride a lot, and so I was pretty excited to see that the series would keep going. It would be awesome to read about each of the Buchanan siblings. Dougall is definitely one of my favorites. Dougall is gruff and a little grumpy, protective and quietly alpha. He has an air of command and dominance to him, and everyone stops and listens to him. He comes off as prickly, but he's very kindhearted and considerate, selfless even. When the Buchanan men find Murine trying to escape from her brother, Dougall takes her in immediately and does not allow for any argument. He is willing to risk the wrath of her brother (who is her guardian) to see her safe and not forced into doing anything she does not want to do. Dougall is so noble and protective, and I adored him. Murine was an okay character. She isn't like Saidh; she's not a warrior or a physical fighter. She's prone to fainting and she isn't a violent person. Still, she is a fighter in her own way. I didn't love her, but I didn't hate her. I didn't feel much towards her either way. The story is pretty interesting and I was never bored. I couldn't wait for Dougall and Murine to address the simmering chemistry Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)