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Highland Hellcat
     

Highland Hellcat

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by Mary Wine
 

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"Deeply romantic, scintillating, and absolutely delicious."
— Sylvia Day, national bestselling author of The Stranger I Married

He wants a wife he can control...

Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan's loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He'll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has

Overview

"Deeply romantic, scintillating, and absolutely delicious."
— Sylvia Day, national bestselling author of The Stranger I Married

He wants a wife he can control...

Connor Lindsey is a Highland laird, but his clan's loyalty is hard won and he takes nothing for granted. He'll do whatever it takes to find a virtuous wife, even if he has to kidnap her...

She has a spirit that can't be tamed...

Brina Chattan has always defied convention. She sees no reason to be docile now that she's been captured by a powerful laird and taken to his storm-tossed castle in the Highlands, far from her home.

When a rival laird's interference nearly tears them apart, Connor discovers that a woman with a wild streak suits him much better than he'd ever imagined...

Praise for To Conquer a Highlander

"Hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish Nights..."
-Publishers Weekly starred review

"An exciting page turner..."
-Fresh Fiction

"I have read numerous Scottish-themed romances, but none compare to this amazing book."
-The Royal Reviews

"An utterly fantastic book with characters that steal your heart..."
-The Long and Short of it

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wine (To Conquer a Highlander) deftly constructs another well-rounded Scottish historical. The older Chattan sisters are destined for arranged marriages, but high-spirited Brina was raised to be a bride of Christ. Then handsome laird Connor Lindsey kidnaps Brina to be his wife after her sister Deirdre is disgraced. Even as the aptly described “hellcat” begins to fall for her captor, she refuses to betray either her father’s wishes or her own high standards: “If I fail to honor his word, how could ye ever accept any promise I made to you?” Gentle Connor, scarred by his difficult childhood, slowly introduces Brina to passion and love in a series of ardent encounters. Wine’s fans will anticipate the final dramatic turn of events as much as the happy ending, where all loose ends are tied up and no hearts are left broken. (Oct.)
RT Book Reviews
Wine's stories are rich with historical detail and her characters are fully developed. Highland Hellcat uses the popular captive/captor theme to the fullest as Wine's tale is one that pulls readers in.
— Jill Brager
From the Publisher
""Among the intrigue of clan power, there is a wonderful love story." A Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick!" - Night Owl Romance

"A vibrant tale of romance and resourcefulness, love and loyalty, and hard work and humor." - Romance Reader at Heart

"Wine's stories are rich with historical detail and her characters are fully developed. Highland Hellcat uses the popular captive/captor theme to the fullest as Wine's tale is one that pulls readers in. " - RT Book Reviews

"The writing, as always, is fantastic, and the dialogue will make you wither and melt... When you're craving a historical romance with heat, passion, and characters you won't soon forget, Mary Wine is an author you can trust to deliver. " - The Long and Short of It

"Readers will long for a part in this vividly enchanting story and dream of the characters as if they were real." - Suite 101 Romance Fiction

"Entertaining. A fascinating read... If you love Highlander's... you'll love this one. " - Anna's Book Blog

"If you've never read Mary Wine's books and love Scottish Highland romances this is a MUST READ. You won't be disappointed. " - Moonlight to Twilight Blog

"Very strong, very brave characters who do not lack daring or passion... Watching the [hero and heroine] shoot sparks at each other will have the reader flipping the pages." - Coffee Time Romance

" This is a book that you won't soon forget. The plot is engaging and full of surprises. It's a fast paced romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night." - Debbie's Book Bag

"The slow and gentle wooing is near erotic yet sweet and beautiful in the tenderness of their first love encounter. The plot moves at a good pace with a nice blend of romance and action. " - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"An outstanding voice in the world of historical romance... this book is pure escapism. " - Queen of Happy Endings

"A wonderful historical novel with dashing heroes and strong women. Clan intrigue comes into play as power struggles emerge. Fantastic use of an interesting time in Scotland's history." - Night Owl Romance

"Any lover of historical romances who gravitates toward the stories with strong female leads needs to pick up "Highland Hellcat", you will not be sorry." - Best Romance Stories

"Wine has managed to take an old tried and true story line and breathe fresh air into it; giving it new life with intriguing characters, passionate, tension-filled romance, and a well researched history. " - Fresh Fiction

"Cunning doesn't shy away from turning up the heat — some of the scenes were off the charts HOT." - Just Erotic Romance Reviews

"A historical romance that will leave you breathless." - Thoughts in Progress

"Mary Wine is quickly becoming my favorite Highland romance writer." - Books Like Breathing

"[Wine] has an amazing eye for detail. Readers will find themselves completely immersed within the story, and fully able to visualize the characters, their clothes, their surroundings and what they are doing. The historical facts she puts into the book are fascinating! " - History Undressed

"If you're like me an you enjoy a good romance involving men in kilts, then Highland Hellcat is a wonderful choice." - Books and Quilts

" The slow and gentle wooing is near erotic yet sweet and beautiful in the tenderness of their first love encounter. " - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"A fantastic historical romance that will whisk you away to a simpler time when chivalry was not dead, warriors loved as hard as they battled, and your word was stronger than any parchment it was scrolled on." - Love Romance Passion

"Wine's novel allows the plots/characters to guide the book, all the while placing in the perfect amount of romance." - The Royal Reviews

"Mary Wine has once again transported me to the ruggedly beautiful Highlands of Scotland for another adventurous and emotional medieval journey with clan and political intrigue aplenty and a love story that warmed my romantic heart." - The Romance Dish

Night Owl Romance
"Among the intrigue of clan power, there is a wonderful love story." A Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick!
Romance Reader at Heart
A vibrant tale of romance and resourcefulness, love and loyalty, and hard work and humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402237386
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
323,208
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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From Chapter One

"Come, my beauty, we shall see if we can impress anyone tonight with our skill."

Brina patted the mare on the side of the neck, and the animal gave a toss of its silken mane. She smothered a laugh before it betrayed to those around just how much she was looking forward to riding out of her father's castle. She gained the back of the mare, and the animal let out a louder sound of excitement. Brina clasped the animal with her thighs and leaned low over its neck.

"I agree, my beauty. Standing still is very boring." Brina kept her voice low and gave the mare its freedom. The animal made a path toward the gate, gaining speed rapidly.

Brina allowed her laughter to escape just as she and the mare crossed beneath the heavy iron gate that was still raised.

"Don't be out too long... Dusk is nearly fallen..." the Chattan retainer set to guarding the main entrance to Chattan Castle called after her, but Brina did not even turn her head to acknowledge the man. Being promised to the church did have some advantages after all. Her undyed robe fluttered out behind her because the garment was simple and lacked any details that might flatter her figure. There were only two small tapes that buttoned toward the back of it in order to keep the fabric from being too cumbersome.

"Faster..."

The mare seemed to understand her and took to the rocky terrain with eagerness. The wind was crisp, almost too chilly for the autumn. Brina leaned down low and smiled as she moved in unison with the horse. The light was rapidly fading, but the approaching night didn't cause her a bit of worry.

She was a bride of Christ, the simple gown that she wore more powerful even than the fact that her father was laird of the Chattan. No one would trifle with her, even after day faded into night.

But that security came with a price, just as all things in life did. She straightened up as the mare neared the thicket, and she spied her father's man waiting on her.

Bran had served as a retainer for many years, and he was old enough to be her sire. He frowned at her as she slid from the back of the mare.

"Ye ride too fast."

Brina rubbed the neck of the horse for a moment, biting back the first words that came to her lips.
"What does it matter, Bran? I am promised to the church, not betrothed like my sisters. No one cares if I ride astride."

If she had been born first or second to Robert Chattan, there would be many who argued against her riding astride, because most midwives agreed that doing so would make a woman barren.

Bran grunted. "It's the speed that ye ride with that most would consider too spirited for a future nun."

Brina failed to mask her smile. "But I shall be a Highland nun, not one of those English ones who are frightened of their own shadows."

Her father's retainer grinned. "Aye, ye are that all right, and I pity those who forget it once ye are at the abbey and training to become the mother superior." Bran turned and made his way into the thicket.

Brina followed him while reaching around to pull her small bow over her head. The wood felt familiar in her grip. It was a satisfying feeling, one for which she might thank her impending future as well. Her sisters had not been taught to use any weapons. They were both promised to powerful men, and the skills of hunting would be something that those Highlanders might find offensive to their pride.

She snorted. Going to the church suited her well indeed, for she had no stomach for the nature of men. She could use the bow as well as any of them. "At least I know that ye will nae go hungry." Bran studied the way she held the bow, and nodded with approval. "Those other nuns will likely follow ye even more devoutly because ye can put supper on the table along with saying yer prayers."

"I plan to do much more than pray." Bran frowned and turned his attention to finding a good spot to hunt from. The burly retainer didn't believe her.

That thought sobered her. She would have to leave soon, because the seasons were changing and the church was beginning to pressure her father for her. She didn't dread departing, beyond that it would be hard to leave her sisters, but she did detest the attitude from those around her that she was going to the abbey to do nothing but kneel in submission. Bran was correct about one thing, she would not be a mother superior who allowed the men who came to her church to act like savages the moment they received their absolution.

"Those rabbits will nae be waiting on ye." Bran spoke up, his voice drifting on the wind from where he was perched in a tree. Despite the gray in his hair, he was still a strong man, and his legs with their knee-high boots were pressed against the bark of the tree to keep him solidly in position. His back was propped against a higher portion of the tree and his bow held steady while he looked back at her. Brina smiled at the challenge in his voice. "I plan to fell one before ye do."

Bran chuckled and offered her a wink. "Ye sound like a lad."

"What does it matter if I am less than feminine? Better that I am practical, for that will bring me more comfort in my life with the church, and it will see more good done if I am not delicate but might face injustice with my shoulders set firmly."

Bran chuckled again. "For certain, it is a good thing that yer father has no' changed his mind about sending ye to the church, for ye have been raised too long with the knowledge that ye shall have no master upon earth."

"Now ye are teasing me, for I know the place that shall be mine. I simply plan to make the most of it."

"Aye, Brina lass, I can hear that ye do, and may God have mercy on those who try to cross ye, for ye will have none upon them."

Brina shook her head and swept her skirts away from her ankles so that she might climb up the trunk of another tree and perch very much in the same manner Bran was.

"I'd think that ye might be impressed with the fact that I intend to take to my place with such passion." Bran didn't answer, but something entered his eyes that looked a bit like pity, and she forced her thoughts on to her arrow and lining it up correctly so that she might be able to ignore the emotions that threatened to send tears into her eyes.

She'd be a good mother superior. The best possible, because her father had given his word on the matter, and it was a poor daughter who shamed her father by refusing the place that he set for her.

Meet the Author

Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written nearly 20 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.

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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** Each time I settle in to read a Mary Wine story, I know that I'm due to take a journey that is absolutely fantastic. Her characters are unforgettable, her detail to description is unmatched, and her stories remain with you long after the last page has been turned. Her newest story, Highland Hellcat, is no exception. The moment I met the fiery yet devoted heroine, Brina, I was enraptured. She's sassy, she's smart, and she's so loyal it's almost a fault. It's not until she meets the equally memorable hero, Connor, that she learns her loyalties are not as deep-seated as she once believed. They spar, they wrangle, and as the story progresses, they learn to appreciate one another for the traits that make them so compatible even as fate seems determined to keep them apart. It's a captivating dynamic, one Ms. Wine is known for, and I enjoyed every single moment of it. Adding to this is the supporting cast, who are also equally well developed, as well as the plot which provides twist and turns near the conclusion that you won't see coming. The writing, as always, is fantastic, and the dialogue will make you wither and melt. I adored the chemistry between Brina and Connor and couldn't wait for their passion and desire to consume them. The conflict and tension add depth to the work, but ultimately it's their differences and similarities that make the story a must read. While a reader is always aware of the direction a story must take, Highland Hellcat does offer some surprises and intrigue. I recommend Highland Hellcat to any and all historical fans, especially those with a love for a handsome, uncompromising Scot and a strong, unapologetic heroine. When you're craving a historical romance with heat, passion, and characters you won't soon forget, Mary Wine is an author you can trust to deliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! The romance was passionate, the characters were well developed, and I learned a little bit about the history of the period. Now I am looking forward to the next book so I can read Diedre's story.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! It's a typical good romance book set centuries ago in Scotland. Strong characters and very easy to read.
AAR More than 1 year ago
HIGHLAND HELLCAT by Mary Wine is a delightful historical romance set in early Scotland. It is well written with depth,details, twists and turns. The characters are enchanting and engaging. It has Scottish lairds, loyalty, passion, romance, sweet sensuality, wit, family loyalty,betrayal, adventure,keeping the peace between rival Scottish clans, friendships and love conquers all. The hero, Connor, is tough, the laird of the Lindsey's clan, a Highlander,,honorable, promised to the eldest Chattan clan's daughter, who he learns has lost her virginity to his enemy, the Douglas clan. He set out to claim one of the Chattan's clan's daughter, which he kidnaps while her father is taking her to the abbey. The heroine, Brina, is sassy, smart, devoted, loyal and promised to the church as the Chattan's youngest and third daughter. Connor kidnaps her while her father is taking her to the abbey. He feels he is owned a daughter, Brina is a virtuous women, a hellcat, for she was raised to obey God only and not man. She is raised not to become a wife, but the bride of Christ. Her eldest sister, betrayed her father by giving in to her sinuous desires,than tossed aside by the man, a Douglas, who only wanted to take her from Connor. Therefore, Connor, does not wish to wed her. Sparks fly become Connor and Brina from the moment they meet until they finally wed. The secondary characters are a story unto themselves for they are also enchanting and engaging. Just let me say I enjoy this author's books and this one is not a disappointment. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy Highlanders, their women,their lust,honor, fast paced, page turning, love of romance and castles. This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More.
ChristieSC More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of historical romance and this is one of my favorites! It is well written and keeps you engaged, the characters are great and not too stereotypical. Added to my re-read shelf for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read that left you wanting for more even at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. Mary Wine is absolutely one of my favorite Highlander romance writers. This book was great. I loved Brina's inner strength and their sexy banter between her and Connor. Please write more of these Mary!!! I need to feed my Highlander addiction!
Nora Castaneda More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down until i finished reading the whole book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun and exciting book to read. Loved all the characters and storyline.
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LOVED THE BOOK. I READ ONE OF HER BOOKS AND GOT HOOKED.
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