To Conquer a Highlander

To Conquer a Highlander

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by Mary Wine
     
 

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"Not to be missed."
-Lora Leigh, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Black Jack

A fierce Highland laird ready to kill for king and country...

When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor's plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father's plot from going forward. But that leaves

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"Not to be missed."
-Lora Leigh, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Black Jack

A fierce Highland laird ready to kill for king and country...

When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor's plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father's plot from going forward. But that leaves him with a woman under his roof whom he can't ignore, and not just because she's his enemy's daughter...

A woman who's as much trouble as she is temptation...

Shannon McBoyd decides to use her captor to experience passion for the first time, and then to destroy him. But her plan goes awry because once she has lured Torin into her bed, she no longer wants to hurt the one man who seems to value and understand her...

Even if her father will kill him-and her-when he discovers what they've done...

"Deeply romantic, scintillating, and absolutely delicious."
-Sylvia Day, national bestselling author of The Stranger I Married

"Mary Wine's writing is absolutely stellar."
-CK2 Kwips & Critiques

"Mary Wine has a definite knack for pacing, and the story never lets up."
-Bookaholics

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wine (In the Warrior’s Bed) fills this addictive tale of betrayal, lust, power, and love with detail-rich descriptions and frequent bedroom scenes hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish nights. In 15th-century Scotland, women are expected to be quiet, meek, and above all obedient, but hot-blooded, hotheaded Shannon McBoyd is not a typical simpering lady. She meets her match in the dark, handsome highlander Torin McLeren, who kidnaps her to stop her father’s raids into McLeren land. While Scotland roils in political upheaval, Shannon struggles to accept passion and a future with Torin, never losing her independent spirit and courage even as she succumbs to her feelings. Wine skillfully creates suspense, keeping Shannon’s fate uncertain until the very end. With a captivating leading lady and terrific pacing, this story will be devoured by devoted historical romance readers. (July)
Between the Pages
Delicious, sizzling romance and intriguing historical backdrop blend together to make a fantastic read.
— Lynda
Books Like Breathing
Plenty of drama, action and romance ... If you like Highlander romances, I highly recommend that you pick this one up.
— Lynda
Starting Fresh
Just the mix of action, danger, intrigue and romance...
— Gaby
From the Publisher
"Wine knows her strengths and plays into them as she lures readers into a fast-paced tale. 4 out of 5 Star Review" - RT Book Reviews

"Mary Wine always does an excellent historical... exceptionally well researched and extremely authentic." - Night Owl Romance

"Such a delicious story... full of action. " - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"An exciting page turner." - Fresh Fiction

"An utterly fantastic book with characters that steal your heart." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"Wine paints a vivid picture of how strong and determined a highlander is." - Coffee Time Romance

"If you want to immerse yourself in romance, while being transported to 15th century Scotland, look no further." - The Bookworm 07

"To Conquer a Highlander is a definite page-turner, with a plot that never slows." - The Royal Reviews

"A sexy, fun story about two people falling in love, no matter what obstacles are in their way." - The Book Lush

"A tantalizing story of betrayal becoming honor and beauty coming from the ashes of the past. " - Once Upon a Romance

RT Book Reviews
Wine knows her strengths and plays into them as she lures readers into a fast-paced tale. 4 out of 5 Star Review
— Kathe Robin
Night Owl Romance
Mary Wine always does an excellent historical... exceptionally well researched and extremely authentic.
Yankee Romance Reviewers
Such a delicious story... full of action.
— Terra
Fresh Fiction
An exciting page turner.
— Kay Quintin
The Long and Short of It Reviews
An utterly fantastic book with characters that steal your heart.
Coffee Time Romance
Wine paints a vivid picture of how strong and determined a highlander is.
The Bookworm 07
If you want to immerse yourself in romance, while being transported to 15th century Scotland, look no further.
— Naida
The Royal Reviews
To Conquer a Highlander is a definite page-turner, with a plot that never slows.
— Angela
The Book Lush
A sexy, fun story about two people falling in love, no matter what obstacles are in their way.
— Wendy
Once Upon a Romance
A tantalizing story of betrayal becoming honor and beauty coming from the ashes of the past.
— Robyn Roberts
The Book Junie
Addictively sexy characters who jump out from behind the pages.
— Brande
The Romance Dish
A fast-paced, emotional story... Steamy passion.
— PJ
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
A highland romance with a sexy Scot, and the bride he has stolen. Sounds like a good recipe for love
— Blodeuedd
Favorite PasTimes
A well-written and expertly plotted love story.
— Michelle Sutton
History Undressed
Wine gets two thumbs up! Her knack for sensory description and visuals was excellent.
— Eliza
Seductive Musings
To Conquer a Highlander definitely conquered my heart...
— Carrie
Queen of Happy Endings
An incredibly hot, steamy and sexy read. If you are also a fan of medieval romance than this book is a must read.
— Alaine
My Overstuffed Bookshelf

— Amy
Thoughts in Progress
A historical romance that will take your breath away.
— Mason Canyon
Debbie's Book Bag
Wine's descriptions of Highland life make the reader feel as though they are right there with the characters.
— Debbie
Royal Reviews
A definite page-turner, with a plot that never slows.
— Renee

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402237379
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 4.36(h) x 0.85(d)

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From Chapter One:

Scotland 1437, McLeren land

Fire could be a welcome sight to a man when he'd been riding a long time and the sun had set, leaving him surrounded by darkness. But the sight of flames on the horizon could also be the most horrifying thing any laird ever set his eyes on.

Torin McLeren wanted to close his eyes in the hopes that the orange flames illuminating the night might not be there when he opened them again. He could smell the smoke on the night air now but didn't have the luxury of allowing the horror to turn his stomach. He was laird, and protecting his holdings was his duty.

Digging his spurs into his horse, he headed toward the inferno. Wails began to drown out the hissing flames. Laments carried on the night wind as wives and mothers mourned bitterly. The scent of blood rose above the smoke, the flickering orange light illuminating the fallen bodies of his clansmen. He stared at the carnage, stunned by the number of dead and wounded. He might be a Highlander and no stranger to battle, but this was a village, not a piece of land disputed and fought over by nobles. This was McLeren land and had been for more than a century.

A horror straight out of hell surrounded him. Mercy hadn't been present here-he'd seen less carnage after fighting the English. The slaughter was almost too much to believe or accept. His horse balked at his command to ride forward, the stallion rearing up as the heat from the blaze became hot against its hide. Torin cursed and slid from the saddle. Every muscle in his body tightened, rage slowly coming to a boil inside him. Hands reached out to him, grasping fingers seeking him as the only hope of righting the wrong that had been inflicted on them.

His temper burned hotter than the fire consuming the keep in front of him. They suffered raids from time to time, but this was something else entirely. It was war. The number of bodies lying where they had fallen was a wrong that could not be ignored. Nor should it be. These were his people, McLerens who trusted in his leadership and his sword arm for protection.

"Justice..."

One single word but it echoed across the fallen bodies of men wearing the same plaid he did. Every retainer left to keep the peace was lying dead, but they had died as Highlanders. The ground was littered with the unmoving forms of their attackers. His gaze settled on one body, the still form leaking dark blood onto his land, the kilt drawing his interest. Lowering his frame onto one knee, Torin fingered the colors of his enemy. The fire lit the scarlet and blue colors of the McBoyd clan. His neighbor and apparently now his enemy.

McBoyds? It didn't make sense. These were common people. Good folk who labored hard to feed their families. Every McLeren retainer stationed there knew and accepted that they might have to fight for their clan, but that did not explain the number of slain villagers. There was no reason for such a slaughter. No excuse he would ever swallow or accept. McLerens did not fear the night, be they common born or not. While he was laird, they would not live in fear.

"There will be justice. I swear it." His voice carried authority, but to those weeping over their lost family, it also gave comfort. Torin stood still only for a moment, his retainers backing him up before he turned and remounted his horse. He felt more at home in the saddle, more confident. His father had raised him to lead the McLerens in good times and bad. He would not disappoint him or a single McLeren watching him now.

"Well now, let us see what the McBoyds have to say for themselves, lads."

Torin turned his stallion into the night without a care for the clouds that kept the moonlight from illuminating the rocky terrain. He was a Highlander, after all. Let the other things in the dark fear him.

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Meet the Author

Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written nearly twenty works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.

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