Bound to the Highlander

Bound to the Highlander

by Kate Robbins

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ISBN-13: 9781910234013
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2014
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 1,168,517
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.64(d)

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Bound to the Highlander (Highland Chiefs Series, book one) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Aileanna Chattan watches as her Uncle and guardian’s body draped over a horse rides into the courtyard of her home.  Once the initial shock and grief sets in, she’s stunned to discovery has betrothed her in secret to Jamie MacIntosh, the chief of Clan MacIntosh.  Aileanna’s family follow the old ways, although they are Christian, and a bond with the MacIntosh family means they would be united with King James Stuart, a progressive reformer who is not popular with many in Scotland.  Aileanna had thought she was to be betrothed to someone else, Gawain. Something is odd about this relationship, however; Gawain has never really been kind but only sarcastic and harsh to her.  Yet she thinks once they are betrothed, a kinder side will appear.  What happens instead is just the opposite; he believes Aileanna knew about the future union with the MacIntosh clan and is now furious about it.   In fact, he has a secret in his own past that explains the perversely cruel streak in his personality that enjoys seeing others suffer. Add to that the fact that Jamie thinks Aileanna has been lusting after another man and one gets the whole distorted picture fused with the obvious sparks flying between Jamie and Aileanna.  Jamie is in denial about wanting her yet he needs the King to break off their betrothal for unspoken reasons. However, their thoughts about each other are broken off at a point where both are kidnapped, a mystery that quickly unravels to the astonishment of all but which confuses matters somewhat. Aileanna loves the tales of brave Scots who protected their families from ancient Norse attacks; she has yet to realize there are brave Scotsmen who would do nothing less.  They are truly motivated by love of country although there are often wars between the clans over the best ways and means to insure that protection and quality of life for their people.   This involves problems with the Mackay Clan and it seems that only King James holds the key to solving all of these problems. Add to that the King needs to learn that all Scottish Highlanders are not to be mistrusted and not all Lowlanders are to be trusted. This is no stereotypical romance but a hot, hot, hot romance mixed in with fascinating Scottish history.  The story is obviously well-researched and no one character remains simply characterized; add to that some interesting facts beyond the history books that explains much about the love-hate relationship between the clansmen and their King.  This is a fine debut romance and historical fiction novel that makes this reader look forward to more installments of the Highlander Chief series.  Well done, indeed, Kate Robbins!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stupid professional reviewers are off the mark AGAIN! This story was way to syrupy for me. Didnt seem accurate for the time. I like my stories more well done & somewhat realistic
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
My favorite theme in historical romance has been kilts, Highlanders and all things Scottish for a very long time.  <i>Bound To The Highlander</i> is the debut novel of new to me author Kate Robbins who does a brilliant job of bringing to life a wonderfully romantic story set in a vibrant and beautiful country during the early fifteenth century.  I got a very good sense of what it is like living there, the hardships people faced and the lack of modern comforts we take for granted in the 21st century, like electricity and plumbing.  As much as I love kilt-wearing Highlanders with accents that make my toes curl, I don&rsquo;t think I would actually want to live back then. I really enjoyed meeting Aileana and James.  Seeing their mutual distrust and apprehension of each other in the beginning bloom into love and passion was a delight.  I also loved the side story of Gwen and Calum.  It was too bad that Aileana&rsquo;s Uncle dies at the very beginning of the book as I think I would have enjoyed meeting him too.  In addition to the good characters, Ms. Robbins writes her villains very well too.  There&rsquo;s a very intense and violent scene between Aileana and Gawain that was hard to read but written so well that I was glued to my seat waiting to find out what happens next. Overall, this was a good start to a series that I am looking forward to reading more of.  I recommend <i>Bound To The Highlander</i> to fans of historical romances and to anyone who enjoys good stories with strong characters and beautiful settings.
trindiebooks More than 1 year ago
I adored this book! The characters are all rich and well developed, not just Ailenna and James, both of whom I really enjoyed and rooted for throughout. She is young, but also smart and tough. He's sexy and determined. Their romance was definitely steamy, but sweet as well. I loved the inner voice of the main characters, too, and how they react to certain situations with sarcasm, snark and humor. The secondary characters are well done too. I'm hoping to see a book featuring Gwen and Calum at some point. The subplot with the king is interesting as are the political issues in the background. I found this to be a page turner, original and unique. Historical romance isn't my typical genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the voice of this novel, and very much look forward to reading what Robbins has in the works next!
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Romantic Scottish Highlander 4.5 stars I have finished reading Bound to the Highlander, which is Ms. Robbins's debut novel in The Highland Chiefs Series. I loved her two main characters James, Chief of the MacIntosh Clan and Aileana Chattan, a strong-minded woman. This romance is well written and fast paced. I loved that Ms. Robbins chose to set her story in the Highlands of Beautiful Scotland. She was very descriptive of the surroundings. If you love a great Scottish story, you will enjoy it! I recommend it. Let yourself be pulled into their story filled with love, action and intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent read for a freebie albeit the story does just drag along in several chapters enough so that reader could skim those pages quickly and not miss anything of relevence to the story line. 380 pages more or less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Loved it,realistic , humorous , and they lived happily ever after .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this story! I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I sure hope this author has more books like this in the works I'll buy them all!
MedievalLady More than 1 year ago
This is the first I've read by Kate Robbins and it definitely won't be the last! She brings you a story set during the reign of King James in Scotland when clans were feuding and picking sides some for and some against him. You have Aileana Chattan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her Uncle Iain who loved her dearly and saw her educated and given the right to make decisions at his side. James MacIntosh is approached by her uncle to marry her and signs a contract. When her uncle dies she finds out about the betrothal contract and neither are wanting this marriage but both know their duty. There is someone in the background that wants to stop this marriage from happening and this is where the betrayal, an injury, and mystery come into play. I enjoyed the secondary characters and found myself giggling several times throughout as they both learn to trust and to love. Looking forward to reading more by Robbins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read more stories in this