Beauty and the Barbarian

Beauty and the Barbarian

by Amy Jarecki


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Born with the mark of the devil, Merrin has been hidden on the islet of Eilean Fladda for near twenty years. When the body of a Highlander washes ashore, the innocent lass presumes him dead. Brushing the hair from the rugged warrior's face, her fingers connect with warm flesh. Warm.

Ian MacLeod wakes to a woman so radiant, he believes her an angel. But when the lass recoils from him, he fears she knows of his evil deeds. While he heals, Ian is stunned when he exposes her witch's mark, yet he's spellbound by Merrin's allure. He'd do anything to erase his haunting past and earn her love.

But there's a henchman after Ian's head, and when that man learns the Highlander is still alive, the couple is forced to flee Merrin's sheltered world. Fighting for survival, destiny demands they each face their demons, but doing so may forever ruin them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692208175
Publisher: Rapture Books
Publication date: 05/23/2014
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 376,042
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Amy adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she has focused on the genre of Scottish historical romance. Her favorite eras are the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries with a pair of Roman/Pict novels coming in late 2014.

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Beauty and the Barbarian 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this one the best thus far. I became emotional several times. The superstitious views of people can be daunting. Not so much has changed throughout time. VERY GOOD READ. Couldn't stop. Thank you Amy.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A sweet and enjoyable historical romance, Beauty and the Barbarian was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a lovely addition to a great series. Merrin was a lovely heroine. Despite the fear and hatred she got from people because of a mark on her neck, she was a strong and kind woman. She was a very sympathetic character, because of all the hatred she endured from almost everyone who saw her mark. It made it even more remarkable that she was still determined to help everyone she could. And, she was tougher than she appeared. I really liked her. I thought she was a great character. Ian was also wonderful. He was a very kind and compassionate man, the kind who couldn't turn his back on a person in need and wouldn't let superstition dictate his judgement of others. Not to mention the fact that he was quite a formidable opponent if you managed to get on his bad side. He was such a sweetie, and I totally adored him. The romance was great. Merrin and Ian were perfect together, such a sweet couple. And, the chemistry between them was sizzling with some heat to go along with it. I thought they were wonderful together. The plot was good. The only weak part of this book was that there were some parts that dragged and it kept me from being totally hooked. However, I was still kept interested the entire way through. There were a few twists along the way that kept things interesting. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Beauty and the Barbarian was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a delight of a read. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching. Loved it,!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Will definitely read more from this author!!
Chastel More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book.  Highly recommended.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Highland barbarian that can come a knocking on my door. . .  Highland barbarian that can come a knocking on my door any day of the week. Ian MacLeod & Merrin joining provides intense action, extreme drama, fiery passion, and sensuality out of there time. On this isle for twenty years, Merri felt as if she was not worthy of anyone to love her, much less to see her.  She has the heart of an angel and the spirit of one.  Ian is not the total beast one makes him out to be.  There are many sides to each of them and they allow each to see more than expect of the other. Jarecki can write me more Scottish Highlander Historical romances any day and any time.  I will make every effort to make sure I attain it an devour the read completely. NetGalley ARC read. Next book bring it own. Just have to be patient.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PERFECT BLEND of KILTED HIGHLANDERS, NON-STOP ACTION, HUMOR, and ROMANCE! BEAUTY AND THE BARBARIAN is another Scottish storytelling masterpiece by Amy Jarrecki! This is the third book in her Highland Force series of sexy highlander historical romances. BEAUTY AND THE BARBARIAN can easily be read as a standalone as the story stands on its own. However, to exponentially increase your reading pleasure, I would highly recommend that the series be read in order as each have been awesome reads with interconnected characters.  My full review has been posted to Reading Between the Wines Book Club. 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Highland Force series. Ian MacLeod is on the run from his uncle's henchman. He has taken his uncle's wife to the safety of her clan to save her from the brutal hand of his uncle and needless to say he was not happy about it. Unfortunately the henchman caught up with Ian and after shooting him, left him for dead. Luckily for Ian, Merrin found his washed up body. After determining that he wasn't dead, Merrin and her father took Ian back to their cottage to nurse him back to health.  Merrin is mesmerized from her first sight of Ian. Having been secluded on an island with only her father her whole life because of her "mark of the devil, Merrin has never encountered anyone like Ian. Afraid of what he will think of her, Merrin tries to keep are mark hidden from Ian.  Eventually he discovers her mark and Merrin is surprised that Ian doesn't think much about it. Ian got to know her as a person before seeing the mark and knows that it can't mean she is an evil person. Soon they have to go on the run as the henchman has learned that Ian is alive. Can Ian keep himself, Merrin and her father alive? If he succeeds, what will happen to their growing attraction to each other? Ian is a laird's son and Merrin is considered a witch by the rest of the clan, could it ever work for them? I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, but I didn't think this one was as good as the others. The writing seemed a bit weaker than the others, but it could have been a feeling that Jarecki was trying to convey in regard to the heroine. Something just seemed to be off.  I also didn't like that Calum from the first book in the series was dead (he and Anne were suppose to grow old together!!) :( But the story couldn't have progressed the way that it did if Ian hadn't been shipped off to be fostered by his uncle. But having said that, I did enjoy the story and it was nice to see Anne, Enya and Bran again. Thanks go to Rapture Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and captivating Scottish love story! 6 stars As soon as I read the first pages, I again got pulled into Amy Jarecki’s Highland Force’s third book Beauty and the Barbarian. The hero is Ian MacLeod, Calum and Anne’s second son whom we met in her first book Captured by the Pirate Laird and I adored reading. If you are a fan of Scottish romances, this book will be perfect for you. It’s fast paced, very well written, great storyline and loving characters, in short it’s another great adventure set in the Highlands. I have read both her two previous books and her short excerpt, an introduction to Beauty and the Barbarian. Though this novel can be read alone, you will understand it better if you start with the first one, to really get to know the characters mentioned in this story. It all started as Ian is found wounded on the shore by the beautiful Merrin, strong minded lass who is believed to be a witch because of her birthmark on the neck. When she found him, she soon found herself mesmerized by his beauty and felt she had to nurture him back to health. Merrin was the healer’s daughter and very innocent young woman, so giving him a bath while he was having a fever, was hilarious and so funny to read. Since Ian is running away from Ruairi’s henchman Rewan, who wants to kill him upon his uncle’s order, he really needs Merrin’s help to get better. Spending those precious moments together, sparks will flare and ignite a sweet passion. Will Ian earn Merrin’s love and trust? It’s a long adventure chase filled with twists and turns, just follow their journey, you won’t be disappointed. You will again meet other characters from her two previous books: Lady Anne, Alexander, Bran, Rewan and Ruairi. Ms. Jarecki is one of those talented writers that get you hooked to the story as soon as you open the book; she kept me interested until the very end. She is one of my favorite Scottish historical romance authors. I look forward to reading her fourth story, Return of the Highland Laird, to be released on August 14th.