The Scottish Witch (Chattan Curse Series #2)

The Scottish Witch (Chattan Curse Series #2)

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by Cathy Maxwell

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When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above . . .

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed

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When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above . . .

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love . . . and now he's come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch to break the curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by Portia. Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.

But will that battle destroy her as well?

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Chattan Curse Series, #2
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4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
BawdyBookBlogAmanda More than 1 year ago
Do you ever read a book and want to throw it across the room at the end of it? This book would have gone flying if it wasn’t for the fact that it was an ebook copy and that would have meant I would of have to throw my precious e-reader. Now I know you’re asking yourself, Why? Why, throw a perfectly good book? What did that book ever do to you? Why? WHY!?!? … I’ll tell you why. The ending pissed me off so much that I just wanted to chuck it. Stupid effin cliff hanger… I know that it’s a series but really, that’s where you’re going to end it Cathy. Right there, you couldn’t have gone on just a little bit further. AAAARRRGGGHHHHH….. I was so mad at the ending , that when I sat down to write this review I realized that my brain had thrown up a big blinking sign that said “STUPID %&$*@* ENDING!!!” I actually reread the book just so I could write a semi coherent review. You know what, I loved the book the second time just as much as the first time I read it. That says a lot for a book as I typically don’t reread many. I have fallen completely in love with this series. As I wrote in my review of the first in the series, Maxwell’s writing is superb. She just pulls you in and you are thrown headfirst into her world. The fullness of her writing style is even better in this second one. You really do feel that you are right there with her characters, feeling every pain they feel, each soft caress, the hardness of…. okay so I’m getting off track. Harry is now clean and sober and on the path of finding a cure for the Chattan Curse. He has ended up in Scotland to try to find something of Fenella that will help. That is where he meets Portia. She is trying to keep her family from falling from society. She meets Harry after posing as a witch to try and earn some money for her family. Unbeknownst to them other forces are at play and sparks begin to fly. As the story progresses…. You know what; I keep writing and erasing this review. I can’t seem to talk about the story without giving too much away. There are some great bits in this one that add to the overall Chattan story line that are just too juicy to spill. So you know what, I’m not even going to try to keep this up. I enjoyed this book, I loved the characters and the story. Go read it. Oh and just so you know, the next one comes out in May 2013! *Disclaimer* This book was provided by the publisher in an exchange of an honest review.
AliMcKenna More than 1 year ago
I have often enjoyed Cathy Maxwell's books. This one was no exception. UNTIL the end. A cliffhanger? Really? sigh. I really liked Portia and Harry. Fabulously written characters. But I would have enjoyed this book far more IF it hadn't been a cliffhanger. I am all for--and even enjoy and look forward to!--books that focus on siblings as main characters in a next book in a series, but I won't read the next one in this series for fear the next book will also be a cliffhanger. So disappointing.
bfisch70 More than 1 year ago
I love this story. This series is so well written. I can't wait to see there the story goes next. I love the storyline between hero and heroine. This is a true love story. Thank you so much Cathy for giving us these wonderful characters and such rich history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished book 2 of this trilogy, and loved it. I don't think it can stand alone, must read the series to understand the cross over character's, even though the author does a great job with a back story. I loved the character's of Harry and Portia and how they came together. Alittle sex, but not the erotic kind, just enough description. Off to book 3 and hope I can keep ,myself from reading the ending, the suspense is killing me! This book ends with a. Cliffhanger, so you need to read book 3. (Ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about nailbiting stories! The first book intrigued me...and then I had to get this one...and now this author has yet continued the story again. I can't wait for the next book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read plus an interesting and touching story.
ShyGirlKF More than 1 year ago
Great story
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
Fenella cursed the Chattan line to never find happiness. Her daughter Rose had committed suicide due to broken heart caused by Charles Chattan. True to her words, as soon as any of the Chattan men falls in love, death comes soon after. The last of the Chattan’s; Lyon, Harry and Margaret had promised not to fall in love and to finally end the curse. But love will always find a way, as they say and it has found Lyon. Now, love will work its way to Harry’s heart. Unfortunately, the Chattan curse continues to exist and now Lyon' health deteriorates. Harry is determined to find a way to save his brother. It is great to see him really come out of his “daze” of drinking and nights out gallivanting with women. Unlike in Lyon’s Bride, Harry is not just in limbo. He now has a purpose and swears to find a powerful witch that would break the curse. Portia, this selfless heroine, is determined to support her self-centered, single mom and beautiful sister. After her father past away, she felt obligated to do the right thing by them. On a verge of eviction, she must do what she can to earn extra cash even if it means to pose as something she is not. I was captivated in Harry’s journey to finding ways to break the Chattan Curse. Though the curse was not broken in this installment, Harry and Portia found their HEA, which was the least they had expected. The romance was moderate and there was a fair amount sexual tension between the lead characters. The only thing is that I wish Harry realized he is in love with Portia sooner. It broke my heart that his proposal was initially due to obligation. I thought he was too comfortable with their status that commitment was the least of his intensions though it was obvious that he felt more for her. There were two side stories that I thought was a sweet addition to this book. It’s Portia’s mom, Lady Mclean and sister, Minnie’s story to their HEA. Their love stories slowly brewed in the background but woven nicely into Harry and Portia’s Story. Ms. Maxwell also revealed Charles Chattan's POV and I thought that was an interesting treat. Oh and I cannot forget a very mysterious, very cute cat named Owl. Ms Maxwell actually posted a picture of a "Scottish Cat" and it really looked like an owl, very cute! I have a feeling this feline will have quite an impact on what is to come of the Chattan Curse. Ms. Maxwell is a talented storyteller and I cannot wait what she has in store for Margaret in The Devil’s Heart. Seems like she will be the very thing to finally break the tragic curse. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book was agreat escape which i highly recommend!
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MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
Great second part to the series! Glenfinnan, Scotland - 1814 The Chattan Curse continues. Harry is one of those men who love the women and thinks just one is never enough. A Rake of the first order. He is trying to find a way to end the curse and save his brother when he meets Portia, a woman who everyone overlooks because her sister is so beautiful. They think her the dutiful one, the spinster one. She has found a book of spells in the attic and agrees to give the book to Harry so they can try to solve the mystery together. These two have an instant chemistry from the get go. Harry thinks himself immune to the curse thinking he will never fall in love. Little does he know that what he finds with Portia will alter his life forever. I really enjoyed this story. I liked Portia's sister but found myself wrinkling my nose at her mother until the end of the book. There is a cat named Owl whom I found interesting especially with the fact that only Harry and Portia can see it, a local woman whom everyone thinks a witch, and then there was the one character that you just love to hate. The story ends with Harry's sister, Margaret, coming to find out if he's found an answer to the curse. She finds Harry has lost his wits, as far as she's concerned, and she goes off in search for a means to an end for the curse herself. She also finds herself with a cat as a companion....the same cat no one else seems to see but Harry and Portia. A fun read with some mystery added in and lots of laughter. I'm really looking forward to continuing the series with Margaret in THE DEVIL'S HEART.
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HookedonHistory More than 1 year ago
I'm not one for books that cross the line from the natural to the supernatural. That said, Maxwell did make the supernatural elements of the plot somewhat believable. Harder to believe is a man determined not to fall in love for fear of his death spending any time with a female he finds attractive.
jane100 More than 1 year ago
this book kept me at the edge of my seat. Could not put it down until I finished.reading it.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Yes, you are seeing this right.  I seem to be reading this series backwards.  There is a little confusion at times when they refer to things from previous books, but overall I haven't really seen any negative impacts for the book because of it. Harry is off to try and find the witch that cast a curse on his family - and it leands him to Glenfinnan and Portia.  Portia's family is quickly running out of money and she sees his quest for a witch as a way for quick money to pay the rent.  When Portia and her cat , Owl, decide to trick him in his quest to find a witch - she pretends to be Fenella - not realizing that it is the same witch to cast the curse.  Their romance is very quick - almost wham bam thank ya mam the first time.  The relationship and romance didn't come until after, and that isn't always my favorite.  Portia finds herself falling in love with him and is terrified of the curse landing on his shoulders - so she runs and distances herself from him for his own good.  The big questions is will the curse still strike, or will they be able to find a way to reverse it and have their HEA. While Portia was a great character - a very opinionated and honest woman for those times - Harry was a bit of a pompous ass (which he even admits to on occassion).  I love how they fit together - their personalities played off of each other very well.  Portia's mother and her suitor were a bit of comical relief through the whole thing without going too far as well.  I have the first book and hope to start it soon.
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How can you resist?
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It has an intriguing premise. Characters well developed. Physical interaction between our two lovers is just wrong. It is immoral and does not feel right for the characters. The mother’s character just does not flow well. She is terrible and selfish and then overnight just changes all together. It does not feel right. Contains explicit sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not a very interesting book in any form. I fell asleep while trying to get through it. Glad I did not pay for it.
mimikim More than 1 year ago
Love is series. Can't wait to see more.
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