My Highland Spy

My Highland Spy

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by Victoria Roberts
     
 

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"This book has it all, humor, mystery, suspense, and sexy Scottish men in kilts, oh my!"

BETWEEN THE SHEETS BOOK REVIEWS RED CARPET AWARD WINNER / BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a

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"This book has it all, humor, mystery, suspense, and sexy Scottish men in kilts, oh my!"

BETWEEN THE SHEETS BOOK REVIEWS RED CARPET AWARD WINNER / BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do-he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess-a job easier said than done-she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

"He lowered his head and brushed a soft kiss to her forehead. "A rose...for the bonniest lass who ever graced the Highlands.'"

Romantic and funny, this Scottish Historical Romance will capture fans of Lynsay Sands, Suzanne Enoch, and Hannah Howell.

The Highland Spies Series:
My Highland Spy (Book 1)
Kilts and Daggers (Book 2)
Kill or Be Kilt (Book 3-coming May 2016)

What readers are saying about My Highland Spy

"The characters leave you in awe. The storyline is beautifully written with Highland intrigue and Scottish romance. A must for anyone who enjoys Scottish Highlanders, Warriors, and romance."

"This book has it all. A gorgeous English spy. A handsome Highland Laird with a heart of gold. And more treachery than anyone needs."

"A page turner, hard to put down!! I loved the characters and it had the perfect amount of romance and suspense."

"Mystery, sexy passionate romance, laughter, tears, drama, and action make this book A ONE SIT READ."

"I was unable to put the book down and go to sleep."

What reviewers are saying about My Highland Spy

"[A] love story that transcends time and place... full of humor, with solidly developed characters...it grabbed my attention from page one."

"Her lyrical prose grabs readers' attention, and the high level of emotional tension simply adds to the depth of the story. This book begs to be read and reread."

"An exciting Highland tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love with a braw Highland hero and strong English heroine any reader will love."

"There was humor and excitement and characters so rich they each had their own voices in my head."

"This book has become an addiction for me"

What people are saying about Victoria Roberts

"Victoria is one of the top writers today to find adventure, romance and highlanders in one wonderful book."

"Victoria Roberts is an author to watch; her writing will keep you captivated and enthralled the whole way through."

"An author who manages to snag her reader from start to finish."

"Victoria has a true talented way of bringing the reader straight to Scotland through her written words."

"Victoria Robertss writing is captivating and makes you laugh... A delightful, exciting, and romantic highland book"

"Victoria Roberts is a very talented author who will draw you right into her book and keep you hooked until the very end."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Victoria Roberts spins an exciting Highland tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love with a braw Highland hero and strong English heroine any reader will love." - Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of Highland Master

"Her lyrical prose grabs readers' attention, and the high level of emotional tension simply adds to the depth of the story. This book begs to be read and reread." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

"One of the best... an outstanding Scottish romance." - The Romance Reviews, 5 stars

"This novel wins for me with its strong story, lack of unnecessary melodrama, the use of humor between characters and the shows of mutual respect. The passion is prominent but doesn't take over the story." - For the Love of Books

"There was humor and excitement and characters so rich they each had their own voices in my head. I would recommend this book to anyone." - Romance at Random

"Victoria Roberts is an author to watch, her writing will keep you captivated and enthralled the whole way through. A great historical romance." - Head Stuck in a Book

"Victoria Roberts books are always filled with such intrigue. Her ability to draw you in on the first page and keep you reading is phenomenal. The description of the highlands are so vivid, you immediately see them in your mind... Victoria is one of the top writers today to find adventure, romance and highlanders in one wonderful book." - Buried Under Romance

"A story filled with intrigue, adventure, a sweet romance and my favorite...highlanders! MY HIGHLAND SPY was a fantastic introduction to Victoria Robert's captivating romance and larger than life characters." - Romancing the Dark Side

"MY HIGHLAND SPY by Victoria Roberts is an outstanding sweet and hot historical romance... Victoria seamlessly blends history, Scottish lore, witty humor, intrigue, passion and sensuality into this highly entertaining tale." - Reading Between the Wines Book Club

"Victoria Roberts is an amazing writer of Highland historical romance. From her 'Bad Boys of the Highlands' series to her latest 'Highland Spies', you will become immersed in a land of kilted men and women of desire." - The Reading Cafe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402292002
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Series:
Highland Spies , #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
155,272
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Roberts writes sexy, Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania. Visit her website at www.victoriarobertsauthor.com.

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My Highland Spy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
kaseysmom1 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely a wonderful book. Highly recommend to all readers of Scottish romance and  historical romance. Hooked me right away. Victoria Roberts tells a story that you just can't let go of.  So I didn't, and read through the night until the book was finished.  I loved that Ravenna was a strong female character and felt that she and Ruari were perfect together. I don't want to give you any spoilers, You just have to read their story - it will keep you wanting more. Thank you Victoria for taking me for a little ride into the Highlands. The Gaelic was so great. 
nookjunkieTE More than 1 year ago
Fabulous read! Packed full of action, romance and intrigue. Victoria has once again created a plot that will keep you reading until the very end. I could not put this book down. If you love the Highlander books this one is a cut above. Cannot wait until the next one in her series.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
MY HIGHLAND SPY by Victoria Roberts is an awesome Scottish Medieval Historical Romance. #1 in the new and exciting “Highland Spies” series. What a beginning! Once again, Ms. Roberts has shown readers her expertise in anything and everything Scottish. Fast paced with plenty of adventure, action, emotion and romance. I did not want to stop reading once I got started. With betrayal, intrigue, romance, and sensuality, you do not want to miss this exciting Scottish read. I absolutely loved it from beginning to the very last page and beyond. The characters leave you in awe. The storyline is beautifully written with Highland intrigue and Scottish romance. A must for anyone who enjoys Scottish Highlanders, Warriors, and romance. I can hardly wait for the next installment. *Received for an honest review from the author, and publisher* Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Jwillread-now 11 months ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. This author knows her stuff. It was sexy, witty, funny, loving and everything you could want in a romance. I really appreciate an author who can write a good romance story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walked in slowly, taking everything in before settling his gaze on Blake.
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DLDFL More than 1 year ago
First book for this author. The story was enjoyable and I thought the characters were good. Looking forward to the next book involving the sister Grace and Fagen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a new author for me & im hooked! Thanks!
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
Ruairi hates the English; Ravenna is English – not the sounds of a perfect match. But this funny, sweet, and maddening tale is well worth the read. For me, it was the introduction to a new and fabulous author. It is difficult to read this story and not absolutely love the secondary characters, too – the story would not have been the same without Fagan, Ian, Torquil, and, of course, Angus. This is a great story of forgiveness and healing, and a sweet, sweet love story. And Grace is a hoot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fell in love with Ravenna and Ruari. Two different backgrounds, but perfect for each other. I love that Ravenna is a spy who know's how to snoop around and get her job done. But going to Scotland made her strong walls collapse after falling in love with a Highland who was rugged and strong. I love the whole plot of Victoria's book. Love that Ravenna was a strong, independent women who didn't let anyone get in her way. She was trained like a man and was not ashamed of it. She was ladylike when she needed to be and she was rugged and tough when work needed to be done. I loved that Gaelic was used throughout the book even though I couldn't pronounce it. It gave me a taste of what I would be looking forward too when I go to Scotland and find myself a Highland. Ruari was tough but also deep down was loving and caring father. He stood up for what he felt even after learning of who Ravenna really was. I couldn't let my guard down every time Angus came along in the book. I would be freaking out too. A wolf as a pet, that is crazy. Torquil is such a lovely boy who loves the outdoors. My heart was broken when Torquil had that accident. Was so happy he made it through and Agnus. You find love in unexpected places and with the person that you would have never considered. I do have to say I love this book cover, its delightful. You don't want to miss this book. Highly recommended.
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Laura_Polito_McEleney More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a Victoria Roberts novel in a while and now I remember why!! Once I start reading them I don't want to stop! Her characters are so great you just want to deep reading and see just how they get to their happily ever after. That's exactly the case with Ruairi and Rowenna. Once Rowenna arrives at Ruairi's castle and the sparks started to fly I knew I wouldn't be going to bed early. Victoria Robert's characters are so like able and real, even the secondary characters. Even Angus the dog had me crying at one point!. The plot has just enough drama to keep the story page turningly (is that even a word?) interesting. Drama which is balanced perfectly with humor that has you laughing right along with the characters. That's what I like, to get lost in a story and feel like you are there. Ms. Roberts creates that feeling in her books.The only downside was that there wasn't an epilogue. I would have liked to see a couple of the characters reunited and did Rowenna and Angus ever become friends? Hoping there is a sequel to the story...maybe for Fagan?All in all a great book I would recommend to anyone who loves a great love story. * I received a complementary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
mamaw1999 More than 1 year ago
My highland spy is an awesome story of love, loss, family and country. I was given this book by the Author herself Victoria Roberts for a review. I will definitely pay for the next installment of this Series. 
MFlora More than 1 year ago
A five star must read. This book keep me reading well into the night. If you Love scottish highlanders and their Lasses. you'll love this book. I can't wait fo the next book form Victoria. Thank you Victoria for writting an amazing story. You have a fan for life. This book is most definletly  going on the book shelf of must read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth The story of Ravenna and Ruairi is quite beautiful. Plagued with danger and intrigue, the thought of loving someone is not what either of them wants. Ruairi is determined to protect his son and people, and has no time to become involved with a woman let alone an English woman. Ravenna comes to care for Ruairi and his son, something she never expected. She sees how honorable and brave Ruairi is, braver than most Englishmen she has met. I must admit, I did love this story and can’t wait to read more of Victoria Roberts wonderful books. The Review: Laird Ruairi Sutherland won’t bow down to the English Crown. After all he’s a Scotsman through and through. He refuses to send away his only son to be educated by the English, and appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what’s best for his son and people, he lies to his King. What he doesn’t expect though is a beautiful English governess to land on his doorstep. Lady Ravenna Walsingham is not a governess. She is in fact a seasoned spy for the English Crown. Sent to the savage Highlands, to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess is easier said than done, especially when infiltrating the home of Laird Sutherland, an expected conspirator. But nothing is as it appears and the handsome Scot proves more dangerous to Ravenna’s heart than country. FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Casablanca through Net Galley provided me with a copy of My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts. Published through Sourcebooks Casablanca. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Fjbmhokie More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Victoria Roberts has written another great story! My Highland Spy is the first book in her next series called Highland Spy and it features Lady Ravenna Walsingham and Laird Ruairie Sutherland.  What made the story unique for me is that Ravenna is the spy. When reading historicals, I love to read where the women are strong-willed, smart and witty. Ravenna meets all of that and more! How daring for her to be an English spy and go undercover in the Highlands as a governess.  Up until now she’s been carrying on her father’s legacy by spying for England while raising her younger sisters.  This new assignment takes her into Scottish territory to help teach Torquil, Ruairie’s son.   As much as I admired Ravenna’s character, Rauirie was tops in my book. It is obvious he loves his son and he has a great capacity to love. He’s just leery of trusting another woman especially after his first wife who died in a tragic accident.   Throughout the story Ravenna struggles between her duty to England and her growing attraction to Rauirie.  It was a bit more liberating of a story since Ravenna was slightly older and not some young virgin.  It was definitely hot read when they act on their attraction! The story is filled with great humor which I loved!  Rauirie opts to pretend he doesn’t understand English which leads to several funny moments. The secondary characters, especially Torquil and Fagan add a great deal to the book.  The story isn’t all laughs however as the issue with her being a spy has to be dealt with as well as some other tragedies take place.  It isn’t a dark, heavy book like other Highlander stories but very much a romance.   The ending was especially romantic which made me very happy! This is a must read for all Highlander romance fans and another great story by Victoria!
Timberland More than 1 year ago
My Highland Spy is the first book in a new series by Victoria Roberts. WOW what a ride! I love love loved every minute of it and cannot wait until book #2 comes out. Chock full of adventure & what else? Romance! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for Medieval Scottish  Romance!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Highland Spies series. Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a spy for the crown. Her newest assignment is to go to the Highlands and act as a governess for Laird Sutherland. While there she is to see if Sutherland is planning anything against the crown. Ruairi Sutherland is not about to send his only son to learn English. So when the the king sends a governess to do the job, he feigns ignorance of knowing the language himself to see what she is up to. He soons find himself intrigued with the English woman and can't keep himself from letting her know that he understands her. As Ravenna spends more time with Ruairi and his son, she can't help but fall in love with both of them. But what happens when he finds out that she was spent to spy on him? This was a great story. I loved that there was a female spy that we followed to Scotland. It definitely put her at a disadvantage not knowing the language. I fell in love with Ruairi and his son just as Ravenna did. Roberts did a great job of combining a love story, a mystery and history of Scotland into this story. The only reason I rated this a 4 instead of a 5 was that I thought some of the writing was lacking. It was definitely not a strong as a lot of the other writers I read. There were lots of secondary characters that I hope get their story told and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Thanks go to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
RhondaRFK More than 1 year ago
DEFINATE MUST READ HIGHLANDER TREAT First I must say Victoria Roberts is one of my favorite, keeper shelf authors. As well as any of her prior books, this new release did not let me down or disappoint in any way whatsoever! A fantastic first for a new series, and I am very glad the series will continue. After reading this first I wanted to immediately pick up the next one. The heroine is actually an independent, feisty English spy for the crown and must pose as a governess by orders of the king to determine if the laird of a particular clan is involved in activities against the crown. The hero is a highland laird who wants to hang onto and pass Scottish traditions down through generations. After all, they are Scottish Highlanders, why do they need to know English cultures. The heroine also has three younger sisters, of which one is as feisty as the heroine. The laird is a widower with a young son and cares deeply for his clan and the people he is responsible for. Mystery, sexy passionate romance, laughter, tears, drama, and action make this book a one sit read. Not actually knowing what exactly to expect but being very surprised when actually meeting the laird, imagine what the heroine might say in response to being very attracted to him, if she thinks the laird can’t speak and doesn’t understand the English language. And the Laird is so surprised by her actual appearance he is speechless when he sets eyes on her, which is why she believes he doesn’t understand anything she says. Oh my goodness! You find yourself talking to them both trying to guide them on the right track. There are also other twists and turns and unexpected actions throughout the book. The relationship that grows between the heroine and her student, the laird’s son, is heartwarming and filled with humor and will pull at your heart. Other secondary characters, such as the heroine’s sister and the laird’s close friends he has known all his life and considers as brothers, also keep the story rolling and the reader can’t help but hope they get to read their story as well. Once you begin reading you are captured and do not want to put the book down as there is a pull to keep reading through to the last page. I can’t say enough about the book. This is one I will pick up to reread again and again. I highly recommend anything Victoria Roberts has written. She will be put on my auto-buy list of authors.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Victoria Roberts’ Highland Spies series, and I cannot wait to see what she has planned for the next book. Many Highland Lairds that do not want to follow the King of England, so what better way to find out if one specific laird is set to rival against him than to send his best spy to discover if this man is plotting against the king? Oh yeah, did I mention that the spy is a woman masquerading as a governess for his son? This is a must read for anyone who loves an historical romance that is set it Scotland. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a bewitching novel! Court intrigue melds with romance in an unforgettable manner. Roberts’ descriptions make this story come to life in a vivid way. You can’t help but picture the amazing scenery surrounding the characters. She transports you back in time, where you fall in love with her story, her characters, and the land. The novel itself was well thought out & edited. The storyline was fascinating. Roberts had me on edge throughout.  I quite enjoyed the cast of characters in this novel. The preconceptions held by the main characters added to the drama of the tale, while also adding some comedy to their interactions. The intensely personal conversations between the main characters really allows you to get to know them. The supporting cast was just as approachable. I found myself quite enamoured with many of these individuals. The way that Roberts’ developed their backgrounds as well as their thoughts and feelings on certain events made them all the more real This well written story full of court intrigue, adventure, and romance was next to impossible to put down. I would recommend it to those looking for a healthy dose of highland romance.  Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great New Series!! Victoria has done it again with another fantastic book! I was hooked from the first page until the last page in this book.  Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a spy for the Crown, she is being sent by the Crown to pose as an English governess to Scotland to teach Laird Ruairi Sutherland’s son how to read and speak English. Ravenna must found out the truth if Laird Ruairi is plotting against the Crown. However, Ravenna was not prepared for the attraction she felt for Laird Ruairi, which is making it difficult to do the job she was sent to do. I could not put this book down and stayed up all night reading it and I was not disappointed. This book has it all, humor, mystery, suspense, and sexy Scottish men in kilts, oh my! I LOVED all of the characters in this book, and cannot wait for the next book in this series!! A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
sin39 More than 1 year ago
My Highland Spy book 1 in Victoria Roberts Highland Spies series Meet Lady Ravenna Walsingham you would not know to look at her  but she is a spy for the Crown.  She goes undercover to work as a governess.  A job of which she really is not qualified for.  Meet Scottish Laird Ruairi Sutherland.  He lost his wife over a year ago and flat out refuses to send his son to England for schooling. When these two meet sparks fly.   You will enjoy the humor, sarcasm , suspense writing of this story.   If you read, loved and enjoyed Victoria Roberts Bad Boys of the Highland series you will fall in love with this amazing series too.
AmandaRay More than 1 year ago
Received from NegGalley Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a spy for the Crown of England- she is relentless, resourceful, independent and skilled. Laird Ruairi Sutherland is a Scottish Highland Laird- he is strong, handsome, rugged and perhaps a little stubborn.  When Ravenna receives her latest assignment- governess to a "barbarian" Highlanders son- she is very apprehensive- however she almost immediately falls for the boy Torquil and settles in to uncover the plan the Highlanders are plotting against the Crown.  Laird Ruairi does not want to conform to the liege that has no respect for Scotland and most certainly will not send his son to Edinburgh to learn English- when a governess is sent to teach Torquil, Ruairi is very guarded and quite upset at the Englisher's intrusion. Although Ravenna attempts to remain professional and continue with her assignment, she finds herself falling for the rugged Scotsman- while Ruairi is trying to keep the Englisher at bay from creeping into his heart.   During the course of the story, the chemistry between Ruairi and Ravenna is definitely felt. There are strong and supportive secondary characters (Grace, Fagan, Torquil, Ian, etc), the story is wonderfully told and draws you in from the beginning- I want to learn Gaelic now. This is my first time reading Victoria Roberts work, however I am looking forward to reading more and have already bought several.  If you are looking for a historical romance with humor, wit, sarcasm, adventure, an air of mystery, a bit of suspense and, of course, romance- then look no further than My Highland Spy.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable, sweet romance, My Highland Spy was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the likable character, to the sweet romance, this book was lovely. Ravenna was a good heroine. She was strong, clever, protective of her family, and a kind person in general. Though she served as the king's spy, she was first and foremost loyal to the people she cared about. I thought she was a great character and I really liked her. Ruairi was wonderful. He was so sweet and totally devoted to the people he cared about, whether it was his son, Ravenna, or the clan he was so protective of. He was a sweetie and I really liked him. The romance was lovely. Ravenna and Ruairi were great together.They both loved each other unreservedly, even with all the obstacles between them. And, of course, there was plenty of chemistry between them, with lots of steaminess going on. I thought they were great together. The plot was well paced and, though I didn't get totally hooked for some reason, I was kept interested the entire way through. There were a couple of surprises along the way. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. My Highland Spy was a wonderful historical romance. It was a sweet, enjoyable read that I really liked. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review