My Fierce Highlander [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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My Wild Highlander is the next book in the series.
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Scottish Highlands, 1618

A stiff breeze carried the scent of bruised grass and blood on its icy breath.
Death.
Gwyneth Carswell dropped into a crouch and peered through brambles at the tartan-clad bodies, a dozen or more, lying in the dusky gloaming. While gathering herbs earlier, she’d heard the sounds of battle—men shouting, steel clanging, horses screaming.
A chill shook her. The men of the MacIrwin clan, her distant kin, lived and died only for a skirmish. Her sheltered upbringing in England had molded her into the person she was, a lover of peace, but she’d been in the Highlands long enough to expect brutality at every turn. Thank God her son had stayed in the cottage with Mora.
“More senseless death,” she whispered, yearning to run and hide in the cottage, curl up beneath the blankets, and forget she was a healer. Forget all the drained blood and horrifying wounds that would never heal.
But she must not. She must again face death all around her. Dread and nausea rising within her, she covered her nose with a handkerchief. After peering about to make sure she was alone, she crept onto the soggy moor and forced herself to look at the butchered bodies of her cousins…and their enemies. Who had they been fighting?
Pressing her eyes closed to block out the slit throats and other mutilation, she murmured a prayer, both for their departed souls and for strength that she might keep going.
Please, allow me to save the life of at least one.
A haunting groan floated on the breeze. A sign? Her prayer answered? Gwyneth froze, listening. The groan sounded again, straight ahead.
She rushed to the far edge of the clearing.
Daylight dwindled, but she knew she’d never before seen the injured man, a large warrior with long dark hair, obviously from the enemy clan. She could not tear her gaze from his clean-shaven face, smeared and spattered with blood. Never had she seen such a striking man. But something more captivated her, something she could only sense with her woman’s intuition. She yearned for him to open his eyes, but he didn’t.
Blood soaked through his white shirt and fine, pale-blue doublet.
Kneeling on the damp ground, she attempted to press her hand against his chest to feel his heartbeat, but a rolled-up parchment lay in her way within his doublet. She removed it and checked his heart. The thump was slow but strong and steady.
Her eyes locked to his face again. Enticing, yes, but still an enemy.
Wary of him and what message he carried, she stripped the ribbon from the missive and flattened the thick paper. In the dim light, she could barely decipher a few of the Gaelic words inscribed in bold letters across the top.
A peace agreement? Had the MacIrwins ambushed them? She stared down at the man again, lifted his hand and found a seal ring on his finger. A chief?
For a second, it seemed the very ground had a pulse. The vibrating sensation disoriented her.
Horses!
Distant hoof-beats grew louder and thundered in her direction—the MacIrwin reinforcements coming to finish off their enemies. Her pulse roared in her ears.
If they discovered this man hanging onto life, they’d cut his throat. Especially if he was a chief who wanted peace.
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"Wow! I LOVE Highlanders and when I read My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair, I fell in love with Laird Alasdair MacGrath at once, and wanted to be the one rescuing him instead. Adventure, fighting, romance, the Highlands--what more can anyone ask for! Loved it!" Terry Spear, author of Heart of the Highland Wolf
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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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
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
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013142794
  • Publisher: Vonda Sinclair
  • Publication date: 7/27/2011
  • Series: Highland Adventure , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 31,079
  • File size: 2 MB

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. Please visit her website to learn more.
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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    A touching read

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    A must read

    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...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Great read - check it out!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Highly Recommended!

    Thoroughly enjoyed Vonda Sinclair's, Fierce Highlander, the adventure, intrigue, and romance, and look forward to the next book she has coming out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    The first book in series.  Such an exciting story with great des

    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.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Excellent!

    Great read. Had a hard time putting it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Makes me want to live in the 16th century in scottland

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Excellent book

    Loved this story and I am getting ready to order the next book in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Wonderful Read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Amazing!!!

    I absolutely loved this book. I am in love with Alsdair the hero. He is a perfect man in any century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Everything I was looking for in a romance!

    Gwyneth Carswell was banished to the Scottish Highlands six years ago after a scandal in England. Now living as a healer with her young son Rory she wishes for nothing more than a life of peace for him, yet with her cousin's clan the MacIrwins she knows that is an impossibility. Always at war with the MacGrath's, Gwyneth has stayed far from the skirmishes until she happens upon a fallen warrior of the neighboring enemy. Unable to turn away she hides him and nurses him back to health, risking her own life and that of her son's. When her cousin learns of her treachery though, Gwyneth must flee to the MacGrath's lands hoping that the fierce warrior she saved will protect them both.

    Laird Alasdair MacGrath seeks only peace for the clan he is chieftain to, wishing to end a two-hundred year feud with the MacIrwins, he offers a peace treaty only to be ambushed and injured. Waking up to what must be a fairy, Alasdair recovers and untrusting with his surroundings returns home. But he can't get the blue-eyed beauty out of his head and when she shows up in his keep he offers her his home and his protection. Broken hearted from the loss of his wife several years ago Alasdair is not looking for love but he cannot fight the magnetic attraction her feels towards Gwyneth though it seems that she can! Determined to win her heart Alasdair fights the most important battle of his life, but when it comes down to him or her son how is Alasdair ever to win?

    Vonda Sinclair captures the excitement and magic in romance with My Fierce Highlander! Her vivid story telling brought the Scottish Highlands to life with detail and accuracy. The language used was not complicated if you are unaccustomed to Scottish Romances, just enough of that sexy brogue and Gaelic to make you tingle.

    Sinclair delivers a plot that is enticing and moved fluidly with captivating characters full of dimension that were brought to life on the pages. The romance was balanced nicely with action and suspense. I was caught breathless during the most romantic scenes ever, being drawn in by Alasdair and Gwyneth's sizzling chemistry and fiery passion. Then brought to desperation, my heart wrenching along with the characters, when Alasdair and Gwyneth reached their lowest; and my heart soared when they finally found their HEA. I was glued to this riveting story start to finish and did not want it to end.

    The secondary characters of Gwyneth's son Rory (BTW, I just love that name), who was absolutely adorable and a key element to the novel, and Alasdair's brother Lachlan along with the rest of his clan were all interesting in their own right and the ending left a nice little set-up for the next book in the series about Lachlan called My Wild Highlander, which seriously intrigued me. I would recommend this book to all Scottish romance lovers or romance/historical romance readers in general. A fabulous debut from a new author I will def. be keeping my eye on!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Great

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    yummy

    wanted to keep reading this book; was bummed when it ended.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    This is my 3rd time reading this book.  It amazes me that each a

    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

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    Loved this book! A great Highland romance with just the right m

    Loved this book! A great Highland romance with just the right mix of action and intimacy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Typical read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Great , fun reading!

    Had to come back and write a recommendation after reading 5 books in this Highlander series -- love them all! Waiting for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Enjoyed reading this book.

    Historic, action, romance. Well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Love it

    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

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

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    Great Start To The Series!!! Scottish Highlands, 1618 Gwyneth

    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!

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