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Highland Vixen

Highland Vixen

3.8 6
by Mary Wine

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Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He's used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he'll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant... Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and


Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He's used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he'll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant... Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.

It's anyone's guess who'll win this battle of the heart...

Praise for Highland Spitfire:
"Wine always gets the heart of the history, atmosphere, and traditions of the Highlands... Wondrous." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, Top Pick
"I absolutely loved this book and the only complaint...is I stayed up way too late reading it." -Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Pick

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wine’s well-researched second Highland Wedding historical (after Highland Spitfire) sizzles with passion and romance in 16th-century Scotland. Helen Grant runs away from MacPherson Castle and marriage with Marcus MacPherson, war chief of the MacPhersons, so that she and her friend Brenda can travel to court. Brenda believes she can seek shelter from her relatives there but doesn’t expect to fall under the iron rule of the Earl of Morton. When Marcus follows them, hoping to bring Helen back to MacPherson Castle, he is imprisoned after refusing to marry Katherine, a young girl of Morton’s choosing. Helen decides to save Marcus, and she can think of only one way to prevent his marriage to the frightened girl: marrying him herself. But Helen’s hasty decision is not without its own emotional and physical dangers as the newlyweds make their way back to MacPherson Castle, and Helen must decide whether she wants a real marriage to Marcus after all. The constant simmering romantic tension propels the story swiftly forward, and the historical accuracy and expert character development set this novel a notch above other Highlands historicals. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Marcus and Helen are so perfect for each other." - The Eater of Books

"Highland Vixen has enough history to keep it honest and enough passion to excite the senses...A fun read." - Historical Novel Society

"Impossible to put down...one of the genre's finest Scottish-set romance writers" - RT Book Reviews

Product Details

Publication date:
Highland Weddings , #2
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 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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Highland Vixen 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Crystal61 17 days ago
Helen goes from being Marcus' captive to tricking the Regent in order to save Marcus to being kidnapped a couple times. She never loses her spirit. Each time she is rescued by Marcus, her feelings become stronger. Marcus is a War Chieftain and is not good at expressing himself. His lack of communication has Helen turning from him. As they spend time together between disasters, Marcus shows his personal side. Together, they finally give into the feelings. There are many characters in this story, lead ups to future stories, and I want to read more to see how their stories go. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and it is a Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review selection. This is my unsolicited review.
nannycat 19 days ago
Only reason I gave it 4 stars; It was not long enough!!!
sportochick 3 months ago
Unusual story line is the thing that came to mind as I read this book. But it was very intriguing to me how the author works on the situation between Marcus and Helen and creates a very enthralling story with the additional characters of Brenda, young Katherine and the not so nice Morton. While reading this book I saw how easy it would be to have a misunderstanding based on a person’s actions, words and their individual clan standards. In fact, I was intrigued with the differences between the clans and their beliefs regarding women and ownership as well as integrity. Author Mary Wine shows with her research and writing skills her love for this era and Scotland by creating vivid images that drew me further into the plot of this story. Her descriptions allowed the reader to feel like they had fallen back into time and was an active participant. There were times that I was upset with Helen and wished she opened herself more to what Marcus was really trying to show her and well Marcus is just a hard-headed man who couldn’t see what she was asking from him. Despite Marcus’s faux pas, I still was drawn to him and found him perfect for Helen. How the author works out this part of their relationship was handled with finesse creating moments that made me laugh out loud. Even after finishing the book the character of Brenda keeps coming to mind and I feel a need to have a book on her with a happy resolution for this powerful woman. I give this 4 STARS and recommend others read this book. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
S_Leca 4 months ago
Oh my gosh what a great Scottish historical read. The language was extremely heavy in the highland brogue so that was a little tough at times but damn it was a great read. Helen Grant is a strong women who is through being a hostage to the men who took her from her home. So she heads off to the "main city" where she and her friend can get new lives. Only to realize to late that this new life may be worse and all because of a controlling earl who has zero mercy for anyone and will force you to do what he wants. Marcus McPherson has been trying to show Helen that he wants her. But he has been going all about it the wrong way. First by taking her from her family and prohibiting her from going back, to leaving her to the head of house, and lastly by offering her hand to his men. But he was doing it with the best of intentions. Honestly. Now that he has to go to where polite society relaxes he is forced to do something immoral as well as something that will kill his honor. That is until Helen steps in and helps him out of a situation where no one except for the regent wins. This was a great story with a lot of abductions, some spicy scenes, and a great coming to romance. I would definitely recommend this story to all historical romance lovers and I would definitely recommend this author to any historical romance lovers. ~ A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
def618 4 months ago
I love books set in Scotland, but this one did not hold my interest. It's the first book I've read by this author and I probably won't read any more of hers. I did read it and I liked the hero and heroine, but for me, the story dragged. There was also a lot of jumping around between different characters. I'm sure some of you will enjoy it, but it's not for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read the ARC.
BookReview4you 4 months ago
Highland Vixen' by Mary Wine is book two in the "Highland Weddings" series. This is the story of Marcus MacPherson and Helen Grant. This can be a standalone book but, I truly feel to enjoy this book to the fullest you should read the previous book "Highland Spitfire". In book One Helen and Marcus were secondary characters that I enjoyed reading about them in that book. Although their story doesn't really take off until this one, it help with the build up to getting into their story. Helen was taken by Marcus as a way to keep her family from contracting against his clan. Helen has tried to make the best of living there but it hasn't been easy after Marcus 'dumped' her there and he went on his business. But things have changed and Helen has taken a chance to leave the Clan and did so without Marcus knowing. But now Marcus has found that he has grown some feelings for Helen and wants to go after her. But he is a Strong Tough Highlander that doesn't show his feelings much is finding it hard to find a reason to go after her. Marcus lack of showing her emotions was most of the issue with Helen thinking she isn't wanted there. So under his father's orders to go to Court for a mission for him....Marcus uses this chance to bring Helen back. But things are as cut and dried as you would think. Marcus and Helen run into a few bumps and misunderstanding along the way. I so loved how Marcus was trying to show his feelings when it was hard for him to do so. Helen was a strong character that fit him just right! This was another great book by Ms. Wine that showed me again why she is one of my favorite authors! *A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*