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My Brave Highlander

My Brave Highlander

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by Vonda Sinclair

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Battle-hardened warrior Dirk MacLerie isn't who everyone thinks he is. He's Dirk MacKay, heir apparent to the MacKay chiefdom and Dunnakeil Castle on the far north coast of Scotland. When he returns home after a long absence, will his clan know him and will the duplicitous enemy who tried to murder him twelve years ago kill him in truth this time?

Lady Isobel


Battle-hardened warrior Dirk MacLerie isn't who everyone thinks he is. He's Dirk MacKay, heir apparent to the MacKay chiefdom and Dunnakeil Castle on the far north coast of Scotland. When he returns home after a long absence, will his clan know him and will the duplicitous enemy who tried to murder him twelve years ago kill him in truth this time?

Lady Isobel MacKenzie is a beautiful young widow betrothed to yet another Highland chief by her brother's order. But when her future brother-in-law accosts her and threatens to kill her, she is forced to flee into a Highland snowstorm. When she runs into a rugged and imposing man she thought dead, she wonders if he will turn her over to her enemy or take her to safety.

Dirk remembers the enchanting, dark-eyed Isobel from when he was a lad, but now she is bound to another man by legal contract—an important detail she would prefer to forget. She wishes to choose her own husband and has her sights set on Dirk. But he would never steal another man's bride… would he? The tantalizing lady fires up his passions, testing his willpower and honor at every turn, even as some of his own treacherous clansmen plot his downfall.


Scotland, November 1618

Dirk MacKay urged his horse into a gallop along the narrow, muddy road that led from Draughon Castle toward Perth. Praying he wouldn't be too late to see his father alive one last time, he squinted against the cool, misty rain stinging his eyes.
The meager light of dawn hidden behind thick, leaden clouds provided little illumination. Greenish-brown hills dotted with grazing sheep and rolling beige grain fields sped by on either side of the road. Tulloch carried him closer to the thatched-roof stone crofters' cottages situated before a small wood of bare-limbed trees. A faint white mist hung over the massive River Tay, hidden amongst the bushes in the distance.
Dirk hoped he'd slipped away before his two friends knew what he was about. They would insist on going with him and he couldn't allow them to make such a sacrifice.
Lachlan was recently married and a newly titled earl and chief. He would be daft to accompany Dirk on a dangerous trek through the snowy Highlands to the edge of the earth, leaving his wife and clan to fend for themselves.
Although Robert "Rebbie" MacInnis, Earl of Rebbinglen, was a Highlander with naught to tie him down, Dirk wouldn't put his life in danger, either.
It wasn't simply the severe cold weather of the north that made Dirk worry over his friends' safety. A murderer lurked amongst his clansmen… a murderer who wanted Dirk dead, and wouldn't bat an eye at killing one of his friends, as well. He shook his head. Nay, he'd done the right thing by not asking Lachlan or Rebbie to risk their lives by traveling with him to Durness.
The three of them had been near inseparable for the past few years, but Dirk needed to handle this on his own. He'd been living in limbo for twelve years, and now it was time to return to his real life… to follow his destiny.
Behind him, quick, rhythmic hoof-beats pounded the road and spattered through puddles. A sharp whistle pierced the chill, wet air. Dirk glanced back to find a dark-haired, black-cloaked man following him.
"Damnation." How had he known? Dirk slowed his horse, then halted and turned to face his approaching friend. Tulloch, snorting at the interruption to his gleeful run, danced about beneath him. "Whoa, lad," Dirk said, trying to calm the horse.
When Rebbie drew up and stopped beside him, Dirk asked, "Where are you going?"
"A better question is where are you going? You left without a word. Luckily, I heard the floorboards creaking as you slipped past my chamber this morn. Does it have aught to do with that missive you received last evening?"
"I'm in no need of help," Dirk said, skirting the disconcerting question.
Rebbie's black brows lowered. "Even if you did need help, you're likely too proud to ask for it. What's happened to cause you to slip away like this?"
"I must return home without delay." And, nay, it was not pride that kept him from asking for help. There were some things a man must face on his own.
Rebbie tugged on the reins of his fidgeting, temperamental bay. "Why?"
Gazing north, Dirk observed the mist-cloaked, brownish mountains in the distance. He would have to travel far beyond them to reach home. "An urgent family matter."
"Of what sort?"
"Damnation, Rebbie. Must you always ask a thousand questions?" Dirk hated the way his chest tightened every time he thought about the loss he might face once he returned to the castle where he grew up. The regret. The fear. If he hurried, he might still have time to see his father alive. "'Twould take too long to explain it now. I must be on my way."

Editorial Reviews

A.L. Snider
An intriguing tale of Love, Loss, Betrayal and heart stopping romance! A story you definitely DON'T want to miss! You gotta love those Highlanders!
Eliza Knight History Undressed - Eliza Knight
I REALLY enjoyed My Brave Highlander. Lots of action and sensuality--Dirk is so intense and yet when he's near Isobel the heat crackles and his defenses fall. The scenery is vivid and magical. I felt like I was in the midst of the Highlands, the snow falling and melting on my cheeks. Beyond the sizzling sensual tension (which Ms. Sinclair is an expert at weaving!) the adventurous plot had me on the edge of my seat. And Dirk's enemy--HATED with a passion. Ms. Sinclair has the unique ability...
Demon Lovers Books & More Review Blog - Highland Hussy
4.5 Flames When I first picked this book up, I was surprised at how quickly it captured my attention and then I remembered that it’s a Vonda Sinclair book, and wanted to smack myself, because DUH! Of course it sucked me in, she’s a fantastic writer. I think the intensity of this book is increased because it’s not just a simple love story, it’s not just a simple rescue, and well, to be honest, NOTHING is simple in this book. I love this series!
Night Owl Reviews - Tigger9 -
5 Stars, Top Pick, I loved My Brave Highlander. It was an excellent read. The characters were written extremely well, all of them. I fell in love with them from the beginning. Isobel and Dirk are great together; I was rooting for them from the very beginning. Isobel is a strong woman that is handling what has happened to her really well. I love the fact that she doesn't back down. The flow of the story is really smooth. The story moves at a good pace. I was drawn in from the beginning...

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Vonda Sinclair
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Highland Adventure , #3
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Vonda Sinclair's favorite indulgent pastime is exploring Scotland, from Edinburgh to the untamed and windblown north coast. She also enjoys creating hot, Highland heroes and spirited lasses to drive them mad. She is a past Golden Heart finalist and Laurie award winner. She lives with her amazing and supportive husband in the mountains of North Carolina where she is no doubt creating another Scottish story. Please visit her website to learn more. www.vondasinclair.com

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My Brave Highlander 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BANGLEDANGLES More than 1 year ago
This is te third book of Vonda Sinclair's. The first two books are My Fierce Highlander and My Wild Highlander. You should read all three. In My Brave Highlander, Dirk MacLerie gets a message that his father is dying. He has to admit to his friends that he is really Dirk McKay and that he ran away when he was 15 because his stepmother tried to kill him. He knows that he will be in danger when he gets home but hopes he gets to see his father before he dies. Along the way he finds Isobel MacKenzie who is running away from her betroth's brother who tried to rape her. Dirk claims his right to be Laird and refuses to let Isobel go. A very good story and great trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GET REAL...........1,980 pages......? This was one great book. Dirk and Isobel WOW. You do need to read this and the previous two books. GREAT
chatnoir More than 1 year ago
I spent my week vacation relaxing and reading Vonda Sinclair’s entire Highland Adventure series :) I love how she writes her characters – she is able to weave depth, emotion, love, and despair masterfully throughout her books. She can also set up a great scene – I almost feel like I’m in Scotland, right in the middle of all the action. Vonda’s books start out with action, and that easily draws me in. Sometimes when starting a new book, I am bored in the beginning, but this is definitely not the case with this author! If you’re on the fence about whether or not to read this book, go ahead and take a chance – you won’t regret it :)
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Great reading, hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read her first three books and love all of them. Can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, well written and easily holds ones attention to the end! I read this as the 2nd in the series, but it would be just as enjoyable and spellbinding even if I had read it out of sequence. Love all the books I've read by Ms Sinclair... She pulled me into their world.
VALizzie More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed book very much. Since my family was from Scotland - the MacKay clan, I found it very interesting. Even the tartan shown on the cover is the plaid I have always associated with my ancestors. Made the book very personal for me but anyone would find it an exciting read.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I just finished reading "My Brave Highlander" written by Vonda Sinclair! Wow, I loved her first 2 books and I devoured this hot and sizzling Scottish romance! It's her third book in her "Highland Adventure" series. It's intriguing! It's the story of Dirk and Isobel, two incredible and charming characters! I am addicted to Highland romances and cannot wait to start reading her fourth book "My Daring Highlander" which is the story of Torrin and Jessie. Ms. Sinclair is truly a great writer of Scottish adventure, it's fast paced, breathless, hot and sexy! If you love to read an amazing Scottish historical romance, then this book is for you! Sexual intensity that keeps you reading! When you start this novel, you won't be able to stop. I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Brave Highlander is solid gold. Dirk & Isobel are perfect for each other. I hope to hear more of them as other stories unfold - I especially love reunions where you find out how other characters are doing. Keep the stories coming and I'll keep reading them. Cheers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one as juicy as the last two just couldnt put it down cant wait til the next one.......