The Outcast Highlander

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The first in a new Scottish Historical Romance series from award-winning author R.L. Syme.

Kenesy MacLeod returns home after a failed marriage alliance in France to find her world in turmoil: her best friend married to an English sympathizer, her mother at death's door, and her father imprisoned and thought dead. As an English lord descends to claim her father's lands, Kenesy escapes north with her mother and brother, and runs straight into the...

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The Outcast Highlander (The Highland Renegades, #1)

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Overview

The first in a new Scottish Historical Romance series from award-winning author R.L. Syme.

Kenesy MacLeod returns home after a failed marriage alliance in France to find her world in turmoil: her best friend married to an English sympathizer, her mother at death's door, and her father imprisoned and thought dead. As an English lord descends to claim her father's lands, Kenesy escapes north with her mother and brother, and runs straight into the arms of the outcast Highlander.

Driven from home and family by a crazed father, Broccin Sinclair refuses to stand aside while the English invade his beloved Scotland. But who should he champion? The freedom fighter who saved his life, the family who has forgotten him, or the woman who captured his childhood heart?

Visit the book website at www.theoutcasthighlander.com and the author's website at www.rlsyme.com to see more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615935836
  • Publisher: CKSyme.org
  • Publication date: 12/27/2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,186,404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Syme grew up in rural eastern Montana surrounded by a rich heritage of life on the farm, cowboys, and nostalgic western culture. Her love for storytelling and writing started early in life. She graduated with a degree in English from Montana State University and earned a graduate degree in theological leadership studies from Bethel Seminary near Minneapolis. She divides her time between writing, working with a local youth theater company, and spending time with her family and cat, Mikhail.

Her first book, His Wounded Heart, was published by White Rose Publishing: a story of a young hero recovering from a tragic accident as a smoke jumper that left him bitter and angry until his hope was restored with the help of a young physical therapist.

Her newest series of books, The Highland Renegades, opens with the story of a young nobleman in Scotland who has lost his family, his title, and his honor during the Scottish Wars of Independence. The Outcast Highlander is sure to launch R.L. Syme into the company of well-loved historical romance writers.

You can connect with R.L. Syme on her website (ww.rlsyme.com), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bighopesbigheroes) and on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/rlsyme/)

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

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    Great story, ended too soon :(

    Run from his home by a father steeped in madness, Broccin Sinclair has found another family, a rogue band of like-minded Scots fighting for their land against the English king. But when he's wounded while hunting, far from anyone he knows now and closer to his lost childhood home, he's returned to his remaining family against any conscious will of his own.

    Driven from her own home by the English who have taken up residence there, Kensey finds help with strangers, people she knew long ago, the family of the terribly wounded man she insists upon helping. But caring for his wounds finds her caring for his heart, and she begins to hope that he just might feel the same for her. But raids and war are happening all around them, and Broccin is needed by the new “family” of fighters who took him in, leaving Kensey to wonder if they'll ever have a chance at a life together.

    The Verdict: I just don't know. There was so much I loved about the story that I was convinced halfway through that The Outcast Highlander would go on my ultimate favorites list. I have a rather ridiculous affection for historical romance, and from the very beginning, this one was ramping up to be one of the best. The full cast of characters was enough to confuse me in the first few pages, but once I was used to all the names and relationships, I loved that the story, though centered on a main pairing, was so well developed as to define all the other people we met along the way.

    Lush descriptions of the landscape and just enough detail about everything else had me almost feeling like I'd hopped into a time machine and landed myself somewhere in the midst of history. Kensey was smart and willful, and though she perfectly embodied a woman from a time when rights among females were few, she also came across as bright and independently thinking enough to make her own way if needed. And that Broccin… He was kind and mysterious and sensitive and just everything a woman could want — all wrapped up in muscles and testosterone. I also loved the adventure, the danger typical of that time, and the rather realistic way events unfolded without too much foreshadowing. It definitely kept me guessing as I was quickly turning the pages to see what would happen next!

    But then the end of the book came, and I kind of feel like I missed out on something. It's nothing for me to finish a book and want more, but that's usually because I loved it so much that I didn't want it to end. In this case, I definitely loved it so much, but I found myself wondering how on earth that could be the end of it. There was all this wonderful build up to their finally coming together, and there was certainly enough drama to entertain me throughout the story, but then it dawned on me. After the obvious chemistry and passionate affection, there was one fade-to-black night, followed by a good bit of angst, followed by an excellent battle, and then a super-quick wrap-up. While I can certainly say that the story was amazing, I feel like it ended just as things were going to get really good.

    ***FicCentral received this book from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    WOW! Can't say I'm not a little jealous of Kensey. Broccin sound

    WOW! Can't say I'm not a little jealous of Kensey. Broccin sounds like something from my dreams, who knows he might make an
    appearance in a future one for he is forever implanted into my sub-conscious. I read The Outcast Highlander and then
    The Runaway Highlander back to back, couldn't put them down, was up to an ungodly hour but it was worth it! If you love
    historical romances you have got to pick up this series!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    Great story!

    Great story!

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  • Posted January 15, 2015

    It kept me spellbound.Could not put it down.Would love the next

    It kept me spellbound.Could not put it down.Would love the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Boring

    Not my thing

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