My Fierce Highlander

My Fierce Highlander

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by Vonda Sinclair

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My Fierce Highlander
By Vonda Sinclair
Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the…  See more details below


My Fierce Highlander
By Vonda Sinclair
Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?

Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.

This is the first book in the Highland Adventure Series. My Wild Highlander is the second book.

"My Fierce Highlander was an amazing read. I absolutely loved it and the characters." 5 stars, Top Pick from Night Owl Romance Reviews

"Beautifully written by Sinclair. You will be transported back in time to witness a great love story of courage and sacrifice." Denise, The Pen & Muse Review

"My Fierce Highlander is a wonderful first book in Vonda Sinclair's Highlander series. There isn't one moment of boredom, no fillers, just action and intrigue. The wide range of emotions and the excellent story line make room for an adventure. I highly recommend this read to all. What an awesome first book!" Kim, Book Obsessed Chicks

"If you want to feel like you've traveled back in time to the Scottish highlands, I highly recommend this book." Amazon reader review

"At times I could hear the distant sounds of bagpipes and see the heather dusting the fields of the highlands. I wasn't able to put this down and read it from start to finish." Romancing the Book

"My Fierce Highlander is a story that grabs you and won't let go... This is superb historical romance that will keep you up late and engaged. My Fierce Highlander will be a keeper on my shelf." Toni at CBLS Reviews

"The book starts out with action, intensity, drawing you in immediately. Ms. Sinclair has penned both a heroine and hero the reader easily connects to and empathizes with. The historical facts were spot on. I love being able to visualize everything in the book, the clothes, the castles, the weapons, the fight scenes, the landscape, the horses, etc..." 5 stars Eliza at History Undressed

"Vonda Sinclair captures the excitement and magic in romance with My Fierce Highlander! I was glued to this riveting story start to finish and did not want it to end." Crystal, Reading Between the Wines

"The chemistry between Alasdair and Gwyneth is sizzling. Ms Sinclair makes the Highlands of Scotland come to life through her writing. It's authentic and puts your right in the moment." J. Mackin

"My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair is a touching read, filled with adventure and heart stopping romance." Tami Dee

"Vonda writes with so much passion, you can feel like you are right there in the mist of what's happening" Bitten By Paranormal Romance

"Vonda Sinclair hits all the right notes with My Fierce Highlander. She has a strong heroine who is easy to root for, and a hard, tough alpha hero who has a big heart and a great capacity to love." Derek D.

"Ms. Sinclair is a fantastic writer, who brought so much of the reality of fighting and feuding Highlanders to the pages, that it was easy to visualize and sympathize with Gwyneth." Demon Lovers Books and More

"Overall, I felt like I was reading a nice combination of Julie Garwood and Johanna Lindsey... Vonda Sinclair did an amazing job writing an entertaining highland romance." Escape Between the Page

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Editorial Reviews

Demon Lovers Books & More - Highland Hussy
"I started around 10pm and ended up reading it straight through til 2am! I kept saying to myself �As soon as I find a stopping point, I�ll put it down,� but I just kept on reading... This was my first Vonda Sinclair read, and it won't be my last. The Highland Hussy decrees that Ms. Sinclair is a fantastic writer, who brought so much of the reality of fighting and feuding Highlanders to the pages, that it was easy to visualize and sympathize with Gwyneth." Demon Lovers Books
Amy Lignor RT BookReviews - Amy Lingnor
"The mystical 1600s are the perfect backdrop for this hot and heavy historical romance. The romance between Gwyneth and Alasdair is absolutely believable and gets the heart racing from the moment they meet. Sinclair has done a wonderful job of crafting a truly interesting plot." 4 stars HOT
The Readers Roundtable - Beth -
Who doesn�t love a saucy highlander romance? It doesn�t get better than My Fierce Highlander when you�re looking for a handsome highland warrior with sex appeal out the ying-yang!...This story is well written, reads easily and quickly and there isn�t a moment you won�t be deep into the storyline, totally involved with the characters....I wholeheartedly recommend it to those of you who love a good highland romance! It�s absolutely yummy! 5 Gold Crowns
Lori (at Escape Between the Pages) - Lori -
"Overall, I felt like I was reading a nice combination of Julie Garwood and Johanna Lindsey and although I have never heard of this author until now, I am already a fan. Vonda Sinclair did an amazing job writing an entertaining highland romance. It was fluid and wonderfully paced which allowed me as a reader to savour the character's emotions and events written within the pages. I look forward to the next installment in this highly anticipated series." Escape Between the Pages
Laurie (at Bitten by Paranormal Romance) - Laurie -
"Vonda writes with so much passion, you can feel like you are right there in the mist of what's happening... I do like historical but they have to hit me right in some areas that I am picky in, this one hits me right in all the right ways, I was very impressed and screaming for more." Laurie at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

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Meet the Author

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.

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My Fierce Highlander 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Carie More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a great love story. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Lachlan is going to be fun to watch fall in love...
TamiDee More than 1 year ago
My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair is a touching read, filled with adventure and heart stopping romance. English Lady Gwyneth Carswell is banished from her home and position by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands. Her one mistake in judgment led to her becoming pregnant in the year 1618. Married to a brutal highland man of her father's choosing, then widowed a short time later, Gwyneth will do anything to protect her beloved son Rory, not only from the shame of his illegitimacy, but physically also. She vows he will not learn the ways of war her clan and the bloodthirsty laird MacIrwin wish to teach him. Rather, she strengthens his mind through education, in hopes that he will one day be able to leave the battle bloodied highlands for a safe, peaceful position as a professor or some other nonviolent profession. Laird Alasdiar MacGrath leads a neighboring clan, yet unlike The MacIrwin, Alasdiar longs for peace between their clans. He strives to end two hundred years of funding by agreeing to come in person to MacIrwin land, a peace treaty safely tucked away in his clothing. But Donald MacIrwin laird is not an honorable man, and he ambushes Alasdiar and the men who traveled with him, rendering almost all dead. Gwyneth, a healer, stumbles across the battlefield, and is sickened by the senseless carnage. She discovers Alasdiar gravely wounded, and struggles to decide what she should do. She sees from his clothing that he is from an enemy clan, and suspects by the fine quality of his garments that he holds some high position within his clan, perhaps even the laird. She knows if she assists him she risks not only her life, but that of her son and the elderly healer she and Rory lived with. But something about the handsome enemy stirs her. As she does a hasty examination, she discovers the peace treaty he carried and she knows she cannot let this peace seeking man die. Adventure blasts off the first page, and keeps the reader hanging on and breathless clear through to the last page. Ms. Sinclair pens a Scottish Historical guaranteed to stay in the readers' heart and mind well after Gwyneth and Alasdiar's story comes to an end. I enjoyed the twist within this love story. Rather than Gwyneth wearing her heart on her sleeve pining away for Alasdiar's affection, it is Alasdiar who openly declares his love for her. This warrior has his heart broken time and time again as Gwyneth rejects his offer of marriage and protection because she is determined to take her son away from the highlands and its inherent violence. Regardless of the love she feels for Alasdiar, her first responsibility is to her son and his safety. She will scacerfice her own happiness, and that of Alasdiar's, to protect Rory. The love scenes in this story are few, and are sophisticated, penned for the mature reader. My Fierce Highlander is well written, with just the right amount of brogue to draw the reader into the Highlands, yet not enough to distract from the story itself. I was impressed with the detail's Ms. Sinclair threaded into this story, clothing, food, housing, attitude, and customs enriched Gwyneth and Alasdiar's journey and truly drew me into their world. I highly recommend My Fierce Highlander, and look forward to book two in this series, My Wild Highlander.
RomWriter-Reader More than 1 year ago
Vonda Sinclair writes Scottish historical romance as if she lived it and loved it. She drew me into a world of kilts, castles, peat fires and brawny men with lovely brogues so easily, it made me wonder if there were otherworldly charms attached to this book. The romance between the determined heroine and fiercely appealing hero is both heart-warming and scorch-your-socks hot. If you enjoy Scottish historicals in any way, this one is worth the read.
Terry_Spear_Urban_Fantasy More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed Vonda Sinclair's, Fierce Highlander, the adventure, intrigue, and romance, and look forward to the next book she has coming out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. I did in the beginning. But it just went on to long. It had good characters. Nice writing style. Decent story. But how many times can you hear Gwyneth put her self down because she had an illegitimate child? How many times Alasdair say he loves her and cannot live without her? How many times can her cousin say he is going to kill her? Well apparently 1080 nook pages worth. It had a good story line but I found myself skimming after 700 pages. Then finally skipped to the end and put a period on it. Add a star if you think a devoted mother chasing after her kidnapped son would stop to have mind blowing sex. Of course she felt guilty about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in series.  Such an exciting story with great description of the times and of the Scottish Highlander culture and traditions.  A magnificent Scottish warrior of intellect and heart who wants to bring peace to his beloved Highlands.   The woman he loves wants to leave his beloved Highlands to escape the violence there.   The love scenes are graphic and definitely not overdone. I loved this story adventure.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Had a hard time putting it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me want to live in the 16th century in scottland
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and I am getting ready to order the next book in this series!
vfowler More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's atmospheric, intriguing, touching and passionate. A real page turner and a terrific debut for Ms. Sinclair. Gwyneth is compassionate and brave, trying to make a new life for her and her young son in a strange land. And Laird Alasdair is beyond sexy, trying to bring peace among the clans. I fell in love with him and was rooting for this couple all the way. If you want to feel like you've traveled back in time to the Scottish highlands, I highly recommend this book. I was drawn in from the very first page.
JoyFul_1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I am in love with Alsdair the hero. He is a perfect man in any century.
chatnoir More than 1 year ago
So far I love this author's Highland books :) She really knows how to set the scene, and draws you into the story. I was pretty captivated from the first few pages. Gwyneth is a pretty unique woman of that time period. She was sent to distant relatives in the highlands because she lost her virtue to a complete rake. At the time, she fancied herself in love, and he betrayed her trust in him. One fine morning Gwyneth rescues an enemy's clan member, and this puts her and her son in danger. He is able to flee enemy lands, and is able to get back home. Eventually Gwyneth has to flee as well, and ends up in her enemies lands. Initially, there is some suspicion and blame placed on her for the clans warring so she searches for a position outside of the clan system. It's a fast paced read, with exciting moments and quite a few twists. There was a time or two that I wanted to throttle Gwyneth because she was so blind to her love for Alasdiar, and pushed him away a few times. It was nice in a way to see a headstrong female that doesn't throw herself a man's feet. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to read the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Gwyneth the way she loved her son. And also love the hero in this book Alasdair. I love the way their love story progressed. You felt what they were feeling. A true keeper. And the author knew what country was writting about. She knows Scotland and the clans. Can't wait to read more books from her.
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I loved this highland tale with Alisdair and Gwenyth. The author did a great job bringing this entertaining story to life. I look forward to reading Alisdair's brother, Lachlan's story next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wanted to keep reading this book; was bummed when it ended.
8216VM More than 1 year ago
This is my 3rd time reading this book.  It amazes me that each and every time it hooks me right at the beginning of the book.  The characters are fantastic, the love scenes are great, the story line keeps you reading and wanting more.  If you haven’t read this book, you need to, I promise you won’t be disappointed
3TweenMom More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! A great Highland romance with just the right mix of action and intimacy.
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2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Gwyneth Caswell was raised with all the wealth and privileges of an English Earl's daughter. When she becomes pregnant, the father of her child, Lord Southwick, refuses to marry her and her father banishes her to Scotland's Highland. Placed in the unloving and violent care of her 2nd cousin Donald MacIrwin, the clan leader, and traded to Baigh Shaw as a wife for an unknown price. She marries the abusive Baigh and her and Rory's lives are living hell. After Baigh dies, she moves in with the clan healer, Mora, she learns about plants, medicines and how to help and heal folks. She wants to live a quiet life and raise her son in peace. Alastair MacGrath was loved and cared for by his loving clan. His father raised him to become a honest, caring, responsible Earl and clan leader and to always put the clans' needs before his own. He has been the Earl and chief of his clan since his father was poisoned by Baigh Shaw at a supposed peace conference between the two clans. Alastair is tired of all the violence and blood spilled in the clan war and he wants peace to come to his people and for himself, so he arranges another peace conference. After another clan battle, Gwyneth finds a wounded man holding a Peace Treaty. She feels compelled to help him, but must be careful because if Donald finds out he will kill her and her son. With the reluctant Mora in tow, they drag him to safety and heal his wounds. When Alastair opens his eyes, he sees a small boy playing a pretend war. Rory starts asking him to teach him to use a sword to protect his ma. He doesn't know if can trusts her so he lies and says his name is Angus MacGrath. When the MacIrwin clan shows up, Gwyneth doesn't know why but she hides him. Alastair decides to leave so no harm will come to the wee Gwyneth and her son. During his escape, Alastair leads the MacIrwin back to Gwyneth's door and they kill Mora, torch the cottage and chase Gwyneth and Rory right into Alastair's arms. Gwyneth finds out what the unknown price for her hand was,that her husband had to murder Alastair's father in cold blood. Alastair is craving her day and night, but she was married to his father's killer. Gwyneth wants to surrender to him, but she must get Rory out of this violent world. They must outcome so many obstacles in their way. A burnt to ground village, meatless deaths, Rory's natural father, scheming clan members on both sides amd a kidnapping are just some of those obstacles. One problem they don't have, is their burning passion. They can't wait to remove all their clothes half the time. Will Gwyneth learn not only love but trust Alastair? Can Alastair grab ahold and keep her and Rory safe? Will their love conquer all of violence and blood of their world? I love historical romances, but I prefer the 1800s. Ms. Sinclair compelled me to visit her 1600s Scotland by all the great Scottish pics of castles, blowing heather fields, tall mountain peaks and the rolling hills and valleys that she puts on Facebook. Plus the yummy and sexy Scottish dudes wearing kilts kinda helped, too. Gwyneth was unloved and unwanted by all the grown men in her life. She needed a strong man who cherish heart and also a loving father for Rory. Alastair is a man of out of time. He listened to his heart first and then his head. Men in the 21 century have not figured that out yet! Ms. Sinclair had me on the edge of my couch screaming at the stupid people, stabbing my kindle with my pen sword, crying my heart out, helping the bucket brigade to help put out the village fire, using a fan to cool myself down, laughing as Rory was just being a kid and digging deep holes for Donald and Southwick to disappear into. This 1660s Scottish world was so different from my normal read, but she gave birth to a book world that moved me deeply and will never forget. Ms. Sinclair has differently earned me as a fan and I give her the score 4 fingers up and 7 toes. Thanks for sharing your world with me and I can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, I just want to a read boy meets girl book. There's some unfortunate circumstances present which make it difficult for her to accept his love. It was a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to come back and write a recommendation after reading 5 books in this Highlander series -- love them all! Waiting for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historic, action, romance. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a great reader of all these tales and many other Hanna Howell Donna Grant Mary Wine Sandra Hill and oh so many more I have read 100's of books and I tell yoiu this is a must read over a 1,000 pgs and I read it in a day in a half. And I wil, be reading all the others. You know how to tell a story so keep writeing and I will keep reading. Wonderful. Ms. D from bronx, NY
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
Great Start To The Series!!! Scottish Highlands, 1618 Gwyneth has been sent to the Highlands with her son so she won't bring dishonor to her family. She is out gathering herbs one day when she comes upon the aftermath of a fight between two clans. She finds one man still breathing but unconscious and drags him to safety and nurses his wounds. She finds he is a MacGrath and hides him from the MacIrwins when he just up and disappears one day. She can only hope he's made it safely back to his clan. Laird Alasdair MacGrath is enraged that he and his men were attacked by the very ones he was going to sign a peace treaty with. He tells his clan of the woman who saved him. His men are out one day and find a woman and her son running from the MacIrwins and they rescue them and take them to safety, finding that the woman is none other than the lady who saved their Laird. Alasdair takes them in to repay her kindness for helping him. Gwyneth finds herself having to make an awful decision that brings about changes for everyone and with those changes, danger. Will the love she's found be enough to defeat that danger? Pick up the story and dive into something that will leave you forgetting everything until you turn the last page. MY FIERCE HIGHLANDER is full of learning to trust and new found love, clashes with enemies, and adventure. It left me in stitches at times with the banter between these loveable characters and almost to tears a few times too. I'm anxious to read the others in this series!