Highland Hellcat [NOOK Book]

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...

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Highland Hellcat

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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

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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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.)
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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402257841
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 20,053
  • File size: 398 KB

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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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.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    Great Read!

    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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Wonderful Read!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Good read

    Really enjoyed this book! It's a typical good romance book set centuries ago in Scotland. Strong characters and very easy to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    AN EXCITING SCOTTISH HISTORICAL ROMANCE! HIGHLAND HELLCAT BY MARY WINE

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    A great read!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    A must read

    Good read that left you wanting for more even at the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Love those Highlanders!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Very good!

    I could not put it down until i finished reading the whole book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great book! Great Author! 

    Great book! Great Author! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    ?.....

    Love love love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Well written

    Great work and look forward to the next in this series.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    HIGHLAND HELLCAT is the second book in Mary Wine's Highland Seri

    HIGHLAND HELLCAT is the second book in Mary Wine's Highland Series.
    A beautiful romance emotionally rich with her characters, If your are a fan of Mary Wine and have read the first book "To conquer a Highlander" then you will love this book. I love this author for her style of writing and the hight drama of her characters in this trilogy.
    Mary Wine wrote a sensual, passionate, romantic, intense and breathtaking romance. You will enjoy every minute with this charming and
    wonderful story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    AM

    This is not a very inspired work; it's just average. To me it was boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Loved it!

    Though i would like to know if they had babies.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    One of the best books I read!

    Absolutly great!!

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Great read

    I have read the whole series and like all by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    LOVE!!! LOVE!!! LOVE!!!

    Highly recommend!! Fast paced, action, romance!!! Love the main characters!!! Well written!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Good Story, good price.

    This was a good read. I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    loved it!

    This is the kind of book I like. It had romance, adventure, and humour. It was 203 pages long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    Couldn't finish it...NOT a great read

    I love historical romance and will give a story time to develop. This one, however, never took off for me. The conflict was the same throughout. How many times & ways did the heroine repeat "I'm promised to the Church" and "I wasn't raised to be obedient to a man" or the hero to reiterate "You're nae suited for the life of a nun" etc, etc, etc. Enough already! I'll try Mary Wine again but this one disappointed. Not a keeper.

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