In the Heart of the Highlander [NOOK Book]


She has exactly what he needs—and desires…

Ever since Mary Evensong’s elderly aunt Mim got sick, Mary’s masqueraded as the owner of the Evensong Agency, finding housemaids and husbands, and solving pesky problems, for the peerage. Someday she’d like to shake off her silvery wig and spectacles and be the young woman she truly is, but desperate clients are waiting for “Mrs. ...
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She has exactly what he needs—and desires…

Ever since Mary Evensong’s elderly aunt Mim got sick, Mary’s masqueraded as the owner of the Evensong Agency, finding housemaids and husbands, and solving pesky problems, for the peerage. Someday she’d like to shake off her silvery wig and spectacles and be the young woman she truly is, but desperate clients are waiting for “Mrs. Evensong” at the office.

Like a scandalous Scottish baron. Honor forbids Lord Alec Raeburn from explaining the suspicious circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, but he knows who’s responsible. He just needs to hire an actress to lure the scoundrel into a trap.

After listening to Raeburn’s story—and seeing him in his kilt—Mary knows the perfect person for the role. Letting her red hair down, she heads off to the Scottish Highlands to pose as a seductress, but soon finds herself with more than her virtue at stake in a tug-of-war between two powerful men. She could wind up in danger—or in the heart of the highlander.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101613832
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: A Ladies Unlaced Novel , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 30,917
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk, and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite-perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.
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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    The second book in Maggie Robinson's very amusing Ladies Unlaced

    The second book in Maggie Robinson's very amusing Ladies Unlaced series, set in the Edwardian era, 1904. I read and loved In the Arms of the Heiress, the first book in the series,last summer.
    This story tells the happy ending for Mary Evensong, a woman who runs an unorthodox employment agency of sorts for her Aunt Mim who, with her gouty foot, has limited movement. The agency’s motto is “Performing the Impossible Before Breakfast Since 1888."(p4)
    Before she came to work for her aunt in London, Mary, approaching thirty, was heading for a life of servitude, taking care of her brother’s children and helping him run the family grocery store in Oxfordshire. When her aunt summoned her, she jumped at the chance for some adventure. But after several years of helping others, in disguise as her aged aunt, she longs for more for herself.
    So when Lord Raeburn, a hulk of a man and a Scottish baron with a sexy accent to boot, asks Mary for assistance in infiltrating an exclusive spa in the beautiful Highlands, she sees a wonderful opportunity to shed her tiresome disguise and have some fun and adventure of her own. Like Jane Sparks in Maya Rodale's hilarious Bad Boys series, prim and proper Mary goes a little wild.
    I very much enjoyed the setting of the Scottish Highlands, the descriptions of the landscape, the weather, the luxurious spa, and Alec’s baronial estate.
    As always in a Maggie Robinson story, there is loads of humor. The scene when Alec sneaks into the massage room impersonating the masseuse; though they’re interrupted, she insists he finish the massage later in her room despite her anger with him (p63). And the scene when Mary and Alec rehearse for Bauer’s seduction made me laugh out loud. (p145) Finally, the terrifying ride when she drives him in his car. “Maybe his best strategy was to pass out and wake up at Raeburn Court and not witness her terror, for her terror was contagious.” (p280)
    Alec is a man with a blackened reputation, accused of murdering his young and immature wife, Edith. Alec insists he is innocent and hires the Evensong Agency to help him trap the devious doctor, Josef Bauer, who seduced Edith. They plan a scheme to catch him in the act of seducing Mary, posing as a frail innocent, but Mary and Alec also get to know one another; she learns his secrets and slowly reveals hers. Their passion and attraction lead to an inviting proposition at his estate after their spa adventure is over.
    The way Alex treats Mary is sweet; she’s tiny and he’s large so there are cute references to their incompatible sizes. He has a poor reputation as a rake but she’s not afraid of him. He admires her pluck and spark and wants to protect her, even from him.
    In the background there is the mystery behind Alec’s doomed wife’s death. Edith’s sad presence seems to haunt Raeburn Court, Alec’s Scottish seat.
    There’s even some historical trivia here; there’s mention of Isabella Beeton—of the famous household book—and how her husband gave her a venereal disease. And there’s also a great sense of excitement in the dawning of the modern twentieth century, with automobiles and airplanes in their infancy; Alex owns a Pegasus automobile and Mary owns stock in that company.
    Lively secondary characters here are a delight: Dr. Josef Bauer, the sleazy villain; Oliver, Mary’s trusty assistant; Mary’s feisty and fun Aunt Mim who has a heart of gold; Alec’s trusty valet, Mac; and a no-nonsense governess Mary befriends, Miss Lawrence.
    Memorable moments:
    “Her auburn hair was swept up, damp ringlets clinging to her slender neck, and it was all Alec could do not to bend over and bite her like a vampire.” (p54)
    “Good heavens. Who knew her words had such power over men. She might try “Peace on earth” or “Pie for everyone” next.” (p76)
    “Well, she’d satisfied one question—kisses were much nicer in practice than theory.” (p91)
    ”’But really it’s not as though I’m going to have many more opportunities in my line of work to meet an eligible man. Men like you don’t come along every day.’ That was true. Alec had never been in a grocery store in his life, although now that Mrs. Spotwood had left he might have to go shopping.” (p99)
    “But she didn’t want an exotic encounter, just the basic shag. No hanging from chandeliers. Mary would have enough to do preserving each sensation for future reference without worrying about pulling a muscle in her back.” (p105)
    “'People can be so cruel. That whole Eve myth—it's always the woman's fault. Lilith. Salome. Delilah.'” (p127)
    “That’s what women were good for—to divert, to ease, to tease. But Mary Arden made him examine his feckless past and made him want to be something he was not.” (p153)
    A vibrant and very entertaining romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Too good

    I can hardly wait for the next one

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

    I love this series!  I've been less than enthused in my reading

    I love this series!  I've been less than enthused in my reading lately, but this Highlander made my day.  Witty humor and wonderfully crafted dialogue is my cup of tea, and this book delivers.  I love this series set in the early 1900's.  You can tell the author has done her research when she crafts these tales.  The hero of the story, Alec, is a great big hunk of a guy that is sensitive when he needs to be.  Mary was lovely too as his love interest.  She's a strong woman who isn't afraid to go after what she really wants.  I like this author's books.  I always know I'll have an enjoyable read when I pick up one of her stories.  Can't wait for the next in the Ladies Unlaced series.  

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER by Maggie Robinson is another exc

    IN THE HEART OF THE HIGHLANDER by Maggie Robinson is another exciting Edwardian era Historical Romance set in 1904 Scotland. #2 in "A Ladies Unlaced Romance", but can be read as a stand alone. See, "In The Arms of the Heiress". If you have ever read one of Ms. Robinson's stories you know you are in for a treat. If you have not read one, than you are missing a great read! Join, Mary Arden Eversong, and Lord Alec Raeburn, a Scottish Baron who was accused of killing his wife, on a journey of danger, secrets, and a tug of war between two men. One who is a deceitful person,who debauches innocent young ladies using the pretense of a Hydrotherapy Spa at a new hotel in the Highlands,The Forsyth Palace Hotel. And the other a baron on a mission to ruin the good doctor's reputation. The chemistry between Mary and Alec sparks off the pages. With Ms. Robinson's character's wry humor,her powerful, emotional story you can not go wrong. Packed with drama, intrigue, romance, and love. Oh yea, and a madcap dash for help in a motor car, what's not to love. Sexy intrigue,and danger is aghast in "In The Heart of the Highlander". Ms. Robinson has done it again, with "In the Heart of the Highlander". I can hardly wait for the next installment in the "A Ladies Unlaced" novels. Well done!! Loved it!! I believe, Downton Abbey fans will enjoy this title as well as historical romance readers and anyone who enjoys a great read with engaging characters. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4.5


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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