Moonlight Raider

Moonlight Raider

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by Amanda Scott
     
 

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A MAN OF HIS WORD

Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in

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A MAN OF HIS WORD

Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms.

A RUNAWAY BRIDE

Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
Scott’s first Border Nights historical, her 60th novel, is a whirlwind of love and action in 15th-century Scotland. After Molly Cockburn runs away from her abusive husband, Ringan Tuedy, on their wedding night, she is discovered hiding in the shrubs by Lord Walter “Wat” Scott of Rankilburn. Wat, still grieving over the death of his father, takes Molly in to protect her. After hearing her story, he is sure that the marriage between her and brutish Ringan is illegal and swears to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if that means marrying her himself. Molly is distrustful of men, having grown up with raider brothers and been forced to marry a man she doesn’t like, but slowly she comes to trust Wat and his family. Mutual attraction and affection develop, but Ringan is an ever-present threat. Watching both Wat and Molly grow and change is the central draw of the novel, and their evolving feelings drive the story. The secondary plot of hunting down a notorious raider pushes the story to its frantic, page-turning finale. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Wonderfully romantic...[a] richly detailed 15th century Scottish historical from the author frequently credited with creating the subgenre."—Library Journal on The Laird's Choice"

Great with sensual scenes, Scott excapes the cliche of a masterful male taming a 'wildcat' woman; instead, Fin and Catriona learn to communicate and compromise in this solid roomantic adventure....Scott...deftly handles period dialogue and attitudes."—Publishers Weekly on Highland Master:

For Highland Master:"

Marvelous Scottish tale of a time in history when various plays for power were held....a piece of history as well as a great tale. Amanda Scott does it again with another fascinating part of Scottish history."—Romance Reviews Magazine

Rave for first book in Scottish Knights Trilogy: "Amanda Scott proves once again she is the Highland Master when it comes to a thrilling tale starring Scottish Knights."—Harriet Klausner on Highland Master

On Highland Master: "[Scott] uses her knowledge of Scottish history to weave an engrossing and sexy story about Highland life in the 1400s."—Robert Walch, The Salinas Californian"

Blue-ribbon Rating - 4 ! Deliciously sexy....Highland Master is a rare treat of a read."—romancejunkies.com"

Amanda Scott has an uncanny knack of picking up her readers and plunking them down right in the middle of her storyworld. The physical settings, the tenor of the times, the characters, the language, and the political and family tensions, all present an unmatched air of authenticity to her work...Highland Master is an eminently satisfying read."—Romance Reviews Today on Highland Master

On Tempted by a Warrior:"

4 Checks! ...Terrific story. Loved the tension between Fiona and Dickon...Plenty of ...suspense throughout. Another wonderful Scottish tale with lots to recommend to all."—Romance Reviews

On Seduced by a Rogue:"

The historical romance writer adds this title to her impressive bibliography, delivering another trademark tale of strong-willed women and warrior-clans in 14th -century Scotland."—Allen Pierleoni, The Sacramento Bee, www.sacbee.com

On Seduced by a Rogue: "Another excellent novel from Amanda Scott, who just keeps producing one fine story after another..."—-Romance Reviews Magazine, romancereviewsmag.com

On Seduced by a Rogue: "Top Pick! Scott's wonderful book is...populated by characters who jump off the pages and grab your attention....Tautly written, passionate romance."—-Kathe Robin, Historical Romance Reviews, rtbookreviews.com"

Ms. Scott is able to make settings and history come to life...For a read brightened by suspense, wit, and love, Tamed by a Laird is a great choice."—-Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today

On Tamed by a Laird: "Noted for her exceptionally well-written and well-researched Scottish historicals, Scott breathes vivid, colorful life into 14th-century Scotland with strong, well-motivated characters, a passionate love story, and enough political intrigue to keep the action lively."—-Kristin Ramsdell, Library Journal Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455556656
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Series:
Border Nights Series , #1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
596,418
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Scott is the author of over 61 romance novels and the recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award. She lives in Folsom, California, outside of Sacramento. She is a fourth-generation Californian.

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Moonlight Raider 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott Book One of the Border Night series Publisher: Forever Publisher: September 30, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): In a flawless blend of history and romance, 'USA Today' bestselling author Amanda Scott transports readers again to the Scottish borders in her brand new 'Border Nights' series. A man of his word... Border Lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband - even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms. A runaway bride... Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood... or to her heart. What I Liked: I've not read any of Scott's previous historical romance novels, but I am always open to reading new historical romance novels. I'm a huge fan of historical romance novels in general, but I also really like the Scottish historic ones. Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series is a good one. This new series by Amanda Scott seems to be a great series as well! Molly Cockburn is running for her life - literally. It's her wedding night, and she cannot do it. She can't marry the brute Ring Tuedy, the man that beat her and abused her that very day. Molly runs, right into the new Lord of Rankilburn's lands. Walter - Wat - just buried his father, and has inherited the lordship. The last thing Wat needs on top of everything else is housing a runaway wife from a neighboring clan... but Wat can't bring himself to make Molly return, and Molly finds herself really REALLY reluctant to go... This book was adorable, really. I mean, there was plenty of heavy content, like domestic abuse, physical harassment, that paralyzing fear of not feeling safe... Molly has been through horrible times, thanks for her new husband, as well as her brothers and her cruel father. But Molly is an incredibly resilient person, and she is so brave, to run from her family. The heavy content gives this book so much depth, and adds an extra layer of feeling to the romance. But back to the book being adorable. Molly and Wat - they don't fall in love in an epic way. It isn't love at first sight - yes, there is a bit of lust at first sight. But the author never makes it seem like they are in love throughout the entire book, or that they have a powerful, overwhelming connection that no one can break. Molly and Wat do grow to love each other, but even then, the author makes it seem like there is still plenty of room for the love to grow. Which I really like! Their relationship is so cute though! Molly is forever infuriating Wat, but it's because he's so protective and worried all the time. She wants to go out and do her own thing, and she does, but then he gets all you-could-have-been-captured-why-are-you-roaming-about. It's not overbearing or too possessive - just the right amount of protective, in my opinion. The story revolves around Molly's awful marriage to Ring Tuedy, and the measures that must be taken to annul the marriage. Technically, under historic Scottish law, her marriage wasn't legal, because she was forced to marry Tuedy. So it was interesting to see how the story progressed. But the story was basically all about the marriage and how Molly will escape it. And then, of course, the romance, which turned out to be really simple and dialed back - not a bad thing! I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series - I can't wait to see which character we get to read about next! Perhaps Janet, Wat's sister. I'd be cool with that. What I Did Not Like: I soooo wanted more from the romance. Like, I could see why the author went with a tamer romance, because Molly had been so abused by her husband (not raped, but physically beaten), so Molly wouldn't trust anyone like that. But I thought that the steamy part of the romance could have been better. There was a lot of great buildup towards a chemistry-filled romance, but very little physical scenes with Wat and Molly.  Would I Recommend It: If you like historical romance novels, then I would check out this one, if I were you! I feel like it's going to fly under a lot of historical romance readers' radars, which is a shame. But hey, this one has a really great cover, as far as historical romance novel covers go! No half-naked males or females, win! Rating: 4 stars. A fabulous start to a new series, by a new author (new to me, that is). I'm excited!
GHott More than 1 year ago
Molly is feeling for her life… well, her innocence, at least… when Wat rescues her. Fleeing in just her shift just after her wedding Molly knows it’s now or never. She absolutely refuses to spend her life with the man she was forced – bound and gagged – to marry. Wat, Walter Scott of Rankilburn, knows that he needs to return Molly to her husband except… he just can’t seem to get her out of his dreams. Will Wat be able to put duty before desire? Hott Review of Moonlight Raider: What I liked: I could not put this book down. Within moments of picking Moonlight Raider up I was transported to 15th century Scotland with a man I adored, a young lady I respected, and a grandmother I enjoyed! My absolute favorite part of this book? The references to Grandma’s past — another terrific Amanda Scott book! What I didn’t like: Thanks to Moonlight Raider, my house didn’t get cleaned ;) Author: Amanda Scott Source: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley Grade: A+ Steam: Adult — a couple of details that are too explicit for sheltered teens but nothing overly descriptive or intimate. Setting: Scottish-English Borders, November 1426 Series: Border Nights #1
aabarn More than 1 year ago
This was the 1st time I have read this author. I really enjoyed the story.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Border Nights series. Shortly after losing his father, Lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn find himself walking the forest contemplating his new role. He comes across a half-naked girl on the run and offers her protection in his keep. Molly Cockburn has fled her home the night of her forced wedding. Not knowing where to go, but needing to get away from the horrible man her brother forced her to marry she heads out into the night. When Walter (Wat) finds her, she doesn't tell him who she is in fear of him returning her to her family. Upon arrival at the keep, Wat's family soon determines her identity and are determined to help her get out of her marriage. Molly is fearful of their help, thinking that her family will retaliate against them for it. Molly's wedding is soon declared unlawful, but the only way to save her is to get her married to someone that can protect her from her family. Since Wat has already promised her his protection, he is the perfect choice to fill that position. Can he convince Molly that marriage to him is the right choice? I've read of all Amanda Scott's other books and enjoyed going back the the Highlands with her. While we didn't see as much of Watt and Molly together as I would have liked to, I still thoroughly enjoyed their story. Being such a big history buff, I really enjoy the historical facts that Scott weaves into her romances. I loved Wat's grandmother and other secondary characters as much as the H/H of the story. I hope that when Scott continues this series that they are a major part of it too. I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of the series and can't wait to see what Scott has in store for us!! Thanks go out to Forever Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy her books, but this one is very slow to the point of being boring. Very slow plot progression. I'm on page 79 and determined (but struggling) to finish. On the plus side, it is rich in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
angcartwright More than 1 year ago
Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott A man of his word... Border Lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband - even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms. A runaway bride... Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood... or to her heart. This is a new to me author and I liked this book. I love Highlander stories and what I liked about this one was how much depth Scott gives her characters. She spent time in the beginning developing the characters but more came out as the story continued which kept up the intrigue. The hero and heroine were genuinely likeable characters as well. I don’t know if I’ve read about a more honorable hero. Wat did not have a self-serving bone in his body and would seek out reassurance from those he trusted and it was admirable. Molly, despite having an awful home life, was confident to a certain extent which helped her in situations in which she found herself. I did find the writing style interesting in that Wat and Molly’s perspectives changed rapidly within their scenes. Wat raises an eyebrow, Molly witnesses him raising his eyebrow, etc. It wasn’t that bad at all, but it did remind me a little bit of watching a reality TV show when something happens and you hear someone’s perspective, then another short scene continues, and you hear the other person’s immediate perspective. I just found it amusing but I did notice it changed often. There is romance between Molly and Wat and it is on the sweet side. I would have liked more scenes of them together and less of Wat’s travels, however, when they were together, it was great. A great read and I will read more of Amanda Scott! A solid 3.5 stars. Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.