The Magnificent Rogue

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A princess and a warrior-chief are swept from the glittering courts of Elizabethan England to the storm-tossed cliffs of the Scottish Highlands, in an engrossing tale of peril and desire.

Winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement award and nominated for numerous Romantic Times Critics Choice Awards, Johansen outdoes herself with this thrilling novel of courageous love. From Queen Elizabeth's court to a Scottish island, two lovers risk their lives to defy the ...

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Overview

A princess and a warrior-chief are swept from the glittering courts of Elizabethan England to the storm-tossed cliffs of the Scottish Highlands, in an engrossing tale of peril and desire.

Winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement award and nominated for numerous Romantic Times Critics Choice Awards, Johansen outdoes herself with this thrilling novel of courageous love. From Queen Elizabeth's court to a Scottish island, two lovers risk their lives to defy the ultimate treachery. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kathryn Kentyre has been said to be the illegitimate daughter of Mary, Queen of Scots. For 16 years, Queen Elizabeth has kept her tucked away in the Midlands. With Mary's execution imminent, Elizabeth hits on a daft plan: she coerces the imprisoned pirate Robert MacDarren into marrying Kathryn and taking her to Craighdhu, his home in--of all places--Scotland. Kathryn, who has endured a wretched life in the home of a sadistic vicar, philosophically toddles off with Robert. En route to Scotland, the reluctant bridegroom establishes a ``handfast'' marriage, which he can dissolve after one year (thus disposing of his politically dangerous spouse) provided Kathryn does not bear a child. Robert's insistence on sleeping with Kathryn is illogical in light of the terms of the marriage and his wish to separate after a year. As Johansen's ( The Tiger Prince ) plot makes its desultory way through increasing romantic and political entanglements toward an ending that is more incredible than surprising, Kathryn establishes herself at Craighdhu, courageously defending her new home and family from one who would use her as a pawn in a plan to seize power. (Sept.)
Margaret Flanagan
Passion and suspense abound in Johansen's most recent robust romance. Raised in bleak seclusion by a ruthlessly zealous vicar and his equally cruel wife, Kathryn Kentyre is abruptly rescued from her brutal existence by a dashingly handsome Scottish laird. Reluctantly compelled by Queen Elizabeth to wed and protect the lovely young waif rumored to be the illegitimate issue of Mary Queen of Scots and the earl of Shrewsbury, Black Robert MacDarren whisks his bride away to his impregnable fortress in the wild Scottish Highlands. Captivated by both Robert and his remote island home, Kate vows to tranform their marriage of convenience into an idyllic union. As Kate and Robert grow ever closer, their newfound happiness is threatened by the evil machinations of a calculating nobleman determined to exploit Kate as an expendable pawn in a deadly game of royal intrigue. Spellbinding romantic fiction from a master of the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553299441
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 262,863
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Johansen
ris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust and more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Biography

After her two children left home for college, Iris Johansen decided to devote her new found free time to writing. Since she loved reading romance novels, she penned a love story, and found to her surprise that "I was just as voracious a writer as I was a reader." During the 1980s, her name was emblazoned on dozens of slender volumes featuring spirited adventuresses, passionate mystery men, and smoldering love scenes. These days, Johansen is one of a posse of former romance writers dominating the New York Times bestseller lists.

Early on in her career, Johansen developed the habit of following characters from book to book, sometimes introducing minor characters in one novel who then become major figures in another. She developed families, relationships, and even fictional countries in her romance novels, which "stretched the boundaries of the standard formulas," according to Barbara E. Kemp in Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers. In 1991, Johansen broke out of category romance (a term for short books written to conform to the length, style and subject matter guidelines for a publisher's series) with The Wind Dancer, a romantic-suspense novel set in 16th-century Italy. She followed it with two sequels, Storm Winds and Reap the Wind, to form a trilogy, then wrote several more stand-alone romance novels before The Ugly Duckling was published in 1996.

The Ugly Duckling was her first book to be released in hardcover -- and the first to significantly broaden her readership beyond her romance fan base. Since then, Johansen's plots have gotten tighter and more suspense-driven; critics have praised her "flesh-and-blood characters, crackling dialogue and lean, suspenseful plotting" (Publishers Weekly). Some of her most popular books feature forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who first appeared in The Face of Deception in 1998. But Johansen seems equally comfortable with male protagonists, and her books have crossed the gender division that often characterizes popular fiction. Indeed, Publishers Weekly called The Search "that rarity: a woman's novel for men."

Good To Know

Johansen rewrote the ending of Reap the Wind for its reissue in 2002. "I couldn't resist tightening and changing the climax to correspond with my changed ideas on plot structure but the story is basically the same," she explained in a Q&A on her publisher's web site.

Many of her early novels were written for the Loveswept series from Bantam Books; bestselling authors Sandra Brown and Kay Hooper also wrote for the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    just ok

    so this is my first book of hers to read and although it wasn't bad, it wasn't to die for either. i mean maybe if i hadn't just come out of a pretty good romance series then yeah maybe i might like it a wee bit more. to me it lacked everything. no adventure or true romance. the characters didn't really show to many acts of love or anything they just kinda jumped in the sack and had at it. and the ending was like ok what now, where did all that intrigue and adventure go. i mean one minute she's planning this awsome scheme and he's planning to rescue her and then everythings fine and dandy again. i thought it was a little under done in a sense it could have been pretty descent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2011

    A Keeper

    I don't recall how I acquired the book but it was a wonderful romance, I thought the characters a little different flavor than what I am used to. That is what makes it a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    WORTH A READ

    MY FIRST BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR AND NOT MY LAST. ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 IT IS A 6.THIS IS A ROMANCE BOOK A TWIST AT THE END-HOWEVER UNPLAUSIBLE. WOULD HAVE GIVEN IT A 5 BUT THE TORTURE OF SO MANY CHARACTERS WAS A BIT MUCH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    I couldn't put it down

    When my brother first recommended I read this story, I was rather skeptical. I doubted that it was as good as he said it would be. So, dubiously, I started reading it. Once I started reading, I literally could not put it down. I stayed up all night reading by the light of my alarm clock. When I finished it at about 8:00 o¿ clock in the morning, I started reading it again. I¿ve read it so many times that my copy has fallen apart at the bindings. The action in this book is amazing. The romance is even better. I found myself falling in love with the rogue Scottish Robert, and I felt like I really got to know the suspicious English Kate. With some opposition from Scottish King James I, and political strife that follows the true course of history, this makes for a very well-rounded mix of historical fiction, action, and romance. This book promises a great deal and doesn¿t disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    Great Romance

    I loved this book it was very interesting. There is a great twist at the end and a romance that will keep you turning pages till the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    Awsome Book!

    The way that Iris writes about the characters feelings and thoughts about each other are pretty magnificent. This book took me only a few days to read and I became so absorbed with the characters that I couldn't put the book down! I past this book around to all my freinds and they all enjoyed it. The ending will shock you...

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