Highlanders: The Warrior and the Rose\The Forbidden Highlander\Rescued by the Highland Warrior [NOOK Book]

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Get swept away by the romance of the Highlands in three historical romance novellas from Harlequin!

The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce

Lady Juliana MacDougall prays for her loved ones to survive battle against Robert Bruce...but the battle comes to her when her lands are attacked by a band of Highlanders, including a man wearing the colors of her clan's worst enemy. Taken hostage by Alasdair Og, Juliana...

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Highlanders: The Warrior and the Rose\The Forbidden Highlander\Rescued by the Highland Warrior

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Overview


Get swept away by the romance of the Highlands in three historical romance novellas from Harlequin!

The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce

Lady Juliana MacDougall prays for her loved ones to survive battle against Robert Bruce...but the battle comes to her when her lands are attacked by a band of Highlanders, including a man wearing the colors of her clan's worst enemy. Taken hostage by Alasdair Og, Juliana quickly learns he's as exceptional a lover as he is a ruthless warrior. But how can she ever love Alasdair when he's her blood enemy?

The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin

Honor-bound by an arranged betrothal, James Murray never anticipated falling in love with his intended bride's dearest friend instead. The passion between James and Elizabeth MacLerie is undeniable, but they are torn between love and loyalty to their clans….

Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Celeste de Laurent is determined to never again live in poverty. After sacrificing love for a secure marriage, she now stands to lose everything as a widow. Her only hope is to bear an heir—and what better man to father her child, and save her from a terrible fate, than Dougal MacKinloch, the only man she ever loved?

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Library Journal
This collection of three novellas set in the Scottish Highlands during the 14th and the late 13th century is anchored by Joyce’s “The Warrior and the Rose.” Juliana MacDougall, her sister, and her nephews are kidnapped by family enemy Alasdair Og in retribution for actions taken by her brother. Within one night, she is helplessly attracted to Alasdair and sharing his bed. In Michelle Willingham’s “Rescued by the Highland Warrior,” the rather unlikable heroine is a recent widow whose sister-in-law will throw her and her young sister out if she is proven not to be bearing a child. She sets out to find the man she rejected in favor of her wealthy older husband and asks him to impregnate her. The best story of the three is Terri Brisbin’s “The Forbidden Highlander.” The year is 1370. Elizabeth MacLerie loves James Murray, who is engaged to her best friend Ciara. Ciara loves Tavis. All are doing their duty and marrying for honor and family gain. But Elizabeth is keeping a secret. These characters have more depth than those in the other stories, facing complex issues that must be dealt with before happily ever after ensues.

Verdict Though the trilogy is not a must-have, all the stories have a distinctly charming Highland flair. Brisbin’s tale is a cut above many similar novellas.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Lib., CA
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459243255
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 78,295
  • File size: 488 KB

Meet the Author


Brenda Joyce is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas, including the popular and critically acclaimed de Warenne Dynasty Saga, a series of novels set in Regency and Victorian England. She lives on a ranch in Arizona with her dogs, broodmares and the year’s current crop of foals. If she isn’t on the back of a reining horse, she can be found madly at work in her office, penning her latest romance novel.

Terri Brisbin is married to one, mother of three, and dental hygienist of hundreds in the southern NJ area. A three-time RWA RITA® finalist, Terri has been writing romance fiction since 1995 and has had more than 35 historical and paranormal romance novels, novellas and short stories published since then. You can visit her website: terribrisbin.com to learn more than you probably want to know about her current, past and upcoming works and events.

RITA ® Award Finalist and Kindle bestselling author Michelle Willingham has written over twenty historical romances, novellas, and short stories. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and children. When she's not writing, Michelle enjoys reading, baking, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: michellewillingham.com.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    I am a sucker for a Highlander novel, so I was delighted to revi

    I am a sucker for a Highlander novel, so I was delighted to review this anthology. Normally, I only read anthologies when they include stories that belong to a series that I already read. All three of these novels are stand alones and although I have heard of the authors, they are not any that I remember reading before.

    The common thread between all these stories is that the couples are not supposed to fall in love. For whatever reason, their relationship is forbidden or doomed.

    In The Warrior and the Rose, Lady Juliana and Alasdair Og (I had a really hard time getting past his name) meet when he lays siege to her brother-in-law’s home. Their families are at war and Alasdair takes her and her family as hostages. They quickly fall into lust and then into love although his father hates her because of her family.

    Of the three stories, this is the one I liked the best. I liked both Juliana and Alasdair who were not responsible for the feud between their families. Unlike the other couples, these two did not bring their problems on themselves.

    The couple in The Forbidden Highlander, however, are responsible for their problems.

    Although betrothed to her best friend, James in falls in love with Elizabeth and she returns his feelings. It does not really matter to me that his fiance is also in love with another man, I have a hard time getting past the dishonesty in the relationship.

    To compound it, instead of standing up to the laird, the couple run away together and hide. They plan to marry and present their relationship as a fait accompli. Of course, things never run as smoothly as hoped.

    I just couldn’t like either one of these characters. I realize the laird had the power of life and death over them, but I felt they both acted cowardly.

    I guess I have read too many Highlander novels where the male protagonist was the laird, so I am not used to reading about someone who has so little power.

    The final novel, Rescued by a Highland Warrior, is not as easy to classify.

    Celeste chose another man over the one she truly loved simply because he was able to support her financially. When she is widowed, she returns to Dougal because she needs him to get her pregnant so she will not lose her inheritance.

    She seems to be a thoroughly unlikable character.

    However, Celeste was raised in poverty. She lost one sibling to starvation and is the only thing standing between her sister and life in the streets. She is terrified of returning to the life she knew as a child.

    I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her . . . and for Dougal.

    Dougal always loved her and was crushed when she chose another man. His pride was hurt when he realized she didn’t trust him to provide for her.

    I am glad they end up back together because they do love each other. I just wish Celeste had not hurt Dougal so badly to start with.

    If you are a fan of any of these authors, I recommend you get this book. However, I don’t think you should let it be the introduction to their writing if you are like me and unfamiliar with their previous works. From reading reviews of their other books, I know these are excellent authors. I just don’t think this anthology does them justice.


    Ratings:

    Overall: 3
    Sensuality level: 3

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce, prequel to A ROSE IN T

    The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce, prequel to A ROSE IN THE STORM. This story really Had a true life feeling to it and Brenda Joyce really shows that in her Writing.. Juliana is a very spirited Heroine making Alistar unable to resist her bold charms.
    The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin, book 9 in the MacLerie series. Let me first say that i have never read a Terri Brisbin book. Her Story about The mismatched couples is introduced within the first pages of the story. She did a wonderful Job Portraying it and look Foward to more of her readings now.. I have already ordered a few more of her books.. New FAN NOW!!!! 
    Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham, book 5 in the MacKinloch series. When her husband dies, Celeste seeks out her former love, Dougal. she had previously turned down his marriage proposal two years ago. This story is how 2nd and third chances can be made when it comes to love!! I loved Michelles writing and I have read all of the Mackinloch Series. 
    Each story really does intrigue you and makes you wanting more!!! GREAT JOB to all three ladies.. 

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Highlanders is a very enjoyable trio of novellas about those fie

    Highlanders is a very enjoyable trio of novellas about those fierce warriors we know and love ;)


    The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce
    3 stars


    Lady Juliana MacDougall and her sister are taken hostage by Alasdair Og, an enemy of her family. She cannot help being drawn to him though, both his strong form and his strength of character, even as she is a forced "guest."


    This story is based a bit on real-life historical characters, and it's enjoyable to read Ms. Joyce's spin on their unusual meeting and "courtship." Juliana is a spirited heroine, and while I'm not sure how true-to-life that would be for her time, Alasdair certainly is helpless to resist her bold speaking and actions.



    The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin
    4 stars


    James Murray and Elizabeth MacLerie are betrothed... unfortunately to other people. They have no choice but to be loyal to their families and clans. Or can they find another way?


    Ms. Brisbin's novella is a treat. James and Elizabeth feel bound to carry through with the promises they have made, but at the same time, feel emotions that bind them together. It's lovely to see how Ms. Brisbin leads them as they try to find a way to be true to their hearts while also remaining true to their original promises.



    Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham
    4 and a half stars


    Celeste de Laurent is newly widowed, and unfortunately, her in-laws want her out. And although she'd been married, Dougal MacKinloch has always had her heart, so she seeks him out to find protection for herself and her sister.


    Ms. Willingham's story about this pair of lovers feels very true--there are definitely former hurts that don't magically disappear, but there is also the strength of the passion and love that don't disappear either. A very lovely story of second chances.




    Overall, I enjoyed this anthology, and look forward to reading more from all three authors!

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Michelle Willingham is one of my favorite authors. I devour her

    Michelle Willingham is one of my favorite authors. I devour her books and I am never disappointed. This anthology was 3 times the awesome. Not only did I get to read a new story from Michelle that I loved, but I was also introduced to 2 new authors that I will definitely read more from.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    This review is for Michelle's story "Rescued by a Highland

    This review is for Michelle's story "Rescued by a Highland Warrior". Michelle has done it again. She has the ability to send you to another time and place. Her descriptions of characters and locations really make you feel that you are there. Her warriors are truly strong and dedicated to the family, home and clan. They have shown they will die to protect what is theirs. This also goes for the women. Her story lines are always believable. Not every family was loving. It was all about taking what you wanted. Celeste was torn about what she needed to do for Mellisande, her only local family. That meant she had to give up what was dear to her heart. Dougal was a true hard headed highlander. As a youngest son he was always overlooked which made him self conscious. They almost lost their chance to a life together. Sometimes you have to give to get. While this is part of a series it also is a stand alone story . You don't have to read earlier books. But...it will make you want to read the others. I can't wait to try her Vikings!

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce, prequel to A ROSE IN T

    The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce, prequel to A ROSE IN THE STORM.

    This is the story of Juliana and Alasdair. The two families have been feuding for years, but it comes to a head when Alasdair kills a priest in front of Juliana and later abducts her. However, the Highlands are known for breeding passion from strife.

    The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin, book 9 in the MacLerie series.

    When James is on the path to marry Elizabeth's best friend Ciara, both must make desperate choices to ensure everyone's happiness. Ciara is in love with Tavis. I like that this is not the typical romance where the hero and heroine develop their feelings slowly...they're already there. It brings a different sort of tension to the story that is nice.

    Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham, book 4.5 in the MacKinloch Clan series.

    When her husband dies, Celeste must seek refuge from former love, Dougal. After she turned down his marriage proposal two years ago, though, Dougal is not inclined to get involved with her again. Well, love isn't such an easy thing to tame. This is a story of second and third chances at love.

    The anthology as a whole flows well. Each story has intrigue and suspense with lots of romance! If you're looking for some quick reads that show a range of the Highlands, this is for you

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