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Posted February 8, 2009
In 1606 Patrick MacGregor and his cousins are on their way to Inveraray Castle, home of their enemies the Campbells, who under the King¿s decree have outlawed their clan; Alasdair wants to win the archery contest. They stop at a tavern where they hear John Montgomery, brother to an earl, talk derogatorily about his plan to wed the Campbell mouse Stammering Elizabeth Montach to forge an alliance; besides he says she is wealthy and owns land. To John¿s chagrin, as he and his pals discuss his pathetic fiancée, Elizabeth enters the tavern hearing the derogatory comments. She slips as she walks out so Patrick although he knows to do nothing helps her up; he exposes himself to her dangerous brother the bloody Henchman before they escape with a diversion they created. <BR/><BR/>Two years later, Lizzie is on her way by coach to Castle Campbell where her family wants her to marry; the only man who ever showed her kindness was a MacGregor, but he is an outlaw. The MacGregor outlaws attack her coach, but Patrick realizes Elizabeth is inside and keeps her safe. He risks his life to insure she arrives at her uncle¿s castle safely. She assumes he is not a MacGregor, but her brave champion. As they fall in love, she learns who he really is, but vows to marry him anyway. He loves her but his clan must come first.<BR/><BR/>This is a terrific Scottish Highlands historical romance due to the deep support cast who insure the feuds remain ignited, which in turn leaves the lead couple as star-crossed lovers in which each side¿s kin wants the blood of the other. Fans will enjoy this fine tale as Patrick wants to kiss his Lizzie, but must dodge her brother who wants him dead because he is a MacGregor.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner
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Posted December 30, 2011
Its a wonderful, exciting, suspencefull book filled with a lot of conflick but through all of the ups and down love is the lucky winner in this battle between to opposing forces and the 2 lovers who struggle through family fudes, revenge, duty, honor, and hate so that they can be together and come to terms with the present and past.
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Posted May 24, 2014
Very good book. Alot better than the first book in
This trilogy. Just loved Patrick. Looking forward to reading # 3 Highland scoundrel. Read it, you will enjoy it. Just under 300 pages.
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Posted April 1, 2013
I love this book for a couple reasons. I love the never ending suspense and it is well writen. Also i am part of the Campbell clan and am proud to be so :)
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Posted June 20, 2012
Posted April 2, 2012
Patrick MacGregor is a hunted man living on the edge. With his land stolen and clan outlawed, Patrick and his MacGregor clansmen have been forced into hiding—blame for which Patrick puts squarely on the shoulders of the hated Campbells. Patrick will stop at nothing to save his clan from destruction, and marriage to Elizabeth Campbell, whose quiet beauty he’d admired from afar, just might be the answer. Arranging an attack seems to be the perfect means to win the trust of the protected lass, but soon Patrick realizes that it isn’t just his life at stake if she discovers the truth of his identity, but something he’d thought lost long ago—his heart.
Elizabeth Campbell has never done anything reckless in her life. Shy and dutiful, Lizzie has always tried to do the right thing—even suffering through the humiliation of two broken engagements without complaint. But behind the serious façade is a passionate woman fighting to get out. So when a handsome mysterious warrior rescues her from an attack, Lizzie boldly asks him to stay. Seduced by his kiss and mesmerized by the edge of danger that surrounds him, Lizzie succumbs to the promise beckoning from behind his shadowed gaze, believing she’s found the perfect man. But soon Lizzie wonders whether in risking her heart, she’s lost everything.
Elizabeth Campbell, who has always secretly dreamed of having a large family, hasn't had the best of luck with her arranged marriages and unfortunately, her last one damaged her more than she would have liked. Patrick MacGregor, the chief of his broken clan, is struggling to reclaim what his family had fatally stolen away. Yet, Patrick is now falling for the enemy while working on a plan to gain lost property by hiding his true identity. When all is revealed, will both Elizabeth and Patrick find something they've both been desiring?
I find I'm reading this series backwards and I'm loving it. Book #3 was a nice surprise and Book #2 was even better!!! I loved how vulnerable Elizabeth came off. She's emotionally hurt, yet remains strong in character for her family. When she was betrayed by her third betrothed, Patrick (while on a secret mission of his own) was the only one to come to her rescue. Years later, he does that again and he really only wants what is best for Lizzie, even if that goes against his clans wishes. Patrick also shares the vulnerability characteristic since he has had a damaged past. While known family enemies, both blend perfectly together.
I love my male protagonists nice and hunky, but adding a little weakness really makes me smile. I enjoyed how Patrick doubted his actions while "courting" Elizabeth and how they both shared the knowledge that they were going against their families by being together in the end. It was a nice Romeo and Juliet twist, but each character was strong enough to carry the tale quite nicely. I found no flaws in the side characters, the all over concept flowed wonderfully, the story kept me entertained till the end, and I loved the history thrown in as well. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy historical romances. Bring on Book #1.
Likes: I liked how Elizabeth wasn't a sensitive virgin, something very rare in traditional historical romances.
Dislikes: Nothing comes to mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story!
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Posted February 29, 2012
Monica McCarty never dissappoints! I loved the story of Elizabeth and Patrick. The one thing I really like about all of her books is how all of the characters entertwine together from her other books and this one is no exception... a great read; I highly recommend it!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 8, 2011
Wasn't sure I wanted to read about Lizzie because she stuttered and stammered, I knew I would really feel sorry for her, but Patrick was great hero!!!!! The book was really really good from beginning to end!!!!!! You will not be disappointed in this second book. Love Love Love M. McCarty's romance novels!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2010
Posted August 20, 2010
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As always with Monica's books, there is a little too much information, leading you through the book. And then she rushes the ending, making it not as romantic, and touching as it could be. I do like the stories though. The Cheif was nothing like the Highlander series it was awesome all the way around, I am looking forward to the 2nd one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2010
I finished this book in roughly a day and was overall satisfied. The story was somewhat original with your typical romance cliches mixed in, still I rather enjoyed it and plan on purchasing other books in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2010
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This book was GREAT!!! It's been a while since I've read a book that had me aching for more. I spent a total of 6 hours on Saturday reading this book from start to finish because I couldn't put it down. Maybe it's just me but I love to read about men in kilts (such easy access). Patrick MacGregor or Murray depending on which part of the story your reading is an outlawed highlander with the skills of Robinhood. In an effort to obtain his clan lands, he pretends to be a young man looking for a new place to offer his sword. While taking on his new role, he falls madly in love with Elizabeth Campbell. Needless to say, events lead up to the two characters making a mad dash for safety where they end up in the hands of their enemy (or one of their enemies). Do they get a Happily Ever After??? You'll have to read the book to find out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2009
I just started reading Monica McCarty's books and I am hooked. Her writing and character development are exceptional. She does a great job of letting the reader see inside the character so that you know what they are feeling and thinking. The Highland Outlaw is my favorite! Patrick is such a great character. I can't wait until the next series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What more can you ask for? Monica McCarty's Highland books are the kind that you can not put down or read once. I want to see the Scottish countryside. McCarty's books are a great series to get wisked away with. They are filled with passion and romance. I hope she writes more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2009
Posted May 10, 2009
THIS HAS BEEN MONICA MCCARTY AT HER BEST. ALL THREE (3) IN THIS SERIES ARE EXCELLENT! I READ THEM ALL IN JUST A VERY FEW DAYS! THEY KEEP YOU INTERESTED AND ALWAYS ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.