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Highland Heat
     

Highland Heat

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by Mary Wine
 

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Praise for To Conquer a Highlander:

"Not to be missed." -Lora Leigh, New York Times bestselling author of Lion's Heat

Ruined, Betrayed, and banished...

As brave as she is impulsive, Deirdre Chattan's tendency to follow her heart and not her head has finally tarnished her reputation beyond repair. But when powerful

Overview

Praise for To Conquer a Highlander:

"Not to be missed." -Lora Leigh, New York Times bestselling author of Lion's Heat

Ruined, Betrayed, and banished...

As brave as she is impulsive, Deirdre Chattan's tendency to follow her heart and not her head has finally tarnished her reputation beyond repair. But when powerful Highland Laird Quinton Cameron finds her, he doesn't care about her past-it's her future he's about to change...

But it's never too late for redemption...

From the moment Quinton sets eyes on Deirdre Chattan, rational thought vanishes. For in her eyes he sees a fiery spirit that matches his own, and he'll be damned if he'll let such a wild Scottish rose wither under the weight of a nun's habit...

With nothing to lose, Deirdre and Quinton band together to protect king and country. But what they can accomplish alone is nothing compared to what they can build with their passion for each other...

What readers say about Mary Wine's Scottish romance:

"Simply extraordinary."

"Scottish Highlands, rugged and virile warriors-there is nothing like it."

"Plenty of romance, action, intrigue, and danger."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 2010's Highland Hellcat, Deirdre Chattan took a lover, who used her and cast her aside. This dramatic and vivid sequel, set in 1439, opens with Deirdre in a convent, atoning for her sin. When Joan Beaufort, widow of King James I, seeks sanctuary in the convent, Deirdre disguises herself as the queen and sets out to draw away her pursuers. Quinton Cameron, earl of Liddell and a friend of Deirdre's father, captures her, discovers the subterfuge, and decides to keep her in custody so he can seduce her. Determined never to trust a man or her own passionate nature, Deirdre tries to resist her attraction to gruff yet gentle Quinton. Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame as Deirdre's sparring with Quinton creates the perfect romantic tension for their lusty affair. (Mar.)
Booklist
Wine provides a lively and exciting adventure.
Night Owl Reviews
The passion Ms. Wine has for this story comes through her characters in ways you'll love to read.
RT Book Reviews
[The characters] fight just as passionately as they love while intrigue abounds and readers turn the pages faster and faster! 4 Stars
Dark Divas Reviews
Ms. Wine makes me want my very own sexy laird (yum)! It's a sensual read that will surely get your blood pumping, your heart pounding and your temperature rising!
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Lots of passion... A brave highlander and one fiery lass.
Long and Short Reviews
One to keep to read again and again... Breathtaking.
Queen of Happy Endings
If you like hot and sexy Scottish medieval books then this is the series for you!
Fresh Fiction
Sure to excite readers. The author creates fantastic chemistry.
Starting Fresh
Wine delivers romantic banter, excitement, and escape.
Debbie's Book Bag
Wine's ability to get into the minds and hearts of her Highland characters sets the bar high for other historical romance novelists.
Moonlight to Twilight
Once more author Mary Wine delivers a fun, sexy romantic Scottish Highland romance.
The Royal Reviews
Mary Wine takes you into the rugged Highlands and into the heart of their kilted warriors with her unforgettable Highlander Series
My Book Addiction and More
A fast paced, action packed, full of adventure story that will keep you turning the pages from the first page to the last. Written in true Mary Wine fashion, this is a must read story.
Bookloons.com
What a hot book... very well written.
Romance Fiction on Suite101.com
Highly adventurous and extremely passionate...
From the Publisher
"Wine provides a lively and exciting adventure. " - Booklist

"The passion Ms. Wine has for this story comes through her characters in ways you'll love to read. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"[The characters] fight just as passionately as they love while intrigue abounds and readers turn the pages faster and faster! 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Wine makes me want my very own sexy laird (yum)! It's a sensual read that will surely get your blood pumping, your heart pounding and your temperature rising!" - Dark Divas Reviews

"Lots of passion... A brave highlander and one fiery lass." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"One to keep to read again and again... Breathtaking. " - Long and Short Reviews

"If you like hot and sexy Scottish medieval books then this is the series for you!" - Queen of Happy Endings

"Sure to excite readers. The author creates fantastic chemistry. It was a pleasure to be so wittingly entertained." - Fresh Fiction

"Wine delivers romantic banter, excitement, and escape. " - Starting Fresh

"Wine's ability to get into the minds and hearts of her Highland characters sets the bar high for other historical romance novelists." - Debbie's Book Bag

"Once more author Mary Wine delivers a fun, sexy romantic Scottish Highland romance." - Moonlight to Twilight

"Mary Wine takes you into the rugged Highlands and into the heart of their kilted warriors with her unforgettable Highlander Series." - The Royal Reviews

"A fast paced, action packed, full of adventure story that will keep you turning the pages from the first page to the last. Written in true Mary Wine fashion, this is a must read story." - My Book Addiction and More

"What a hot book... very well written." - Bookloons.com

"Highly adventurous and extremely passionate..." - Romance Fiction on Suite101.com

"Electrifying. Author Mary Wine puts a great deal of feeling into her characters." - Thoughts in Progress

"Wine mixes it up and keeps everything interesting throughout, never losing sight of her characters and their personalities, flaws, and duties." - The Good the Bad and the Unread

"An exciting adventure—in love (and making love—sizzling hot scenes!), self-discovery and political intrigue." - History Undressed

"You will be fanning yourself from all that "savage" heat!" - The Book Faery

"Wine brings the story to life with rich historical detail and a great plot." - Books Like Breathing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402237393
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
391,054
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Read an Excerpt

1439

Spring was blowing on the breeze.

Deirdre lifted her face and inhaled. Closing her eyes and smiling, she caught a hint of heather in the air.

But that caused a memory to stir from the dark corner of her mind where she had banished it. It rose up, reminding her of a spring two years ago when a man had courted her with pieces of heather and soft words of flattery.

False words.

"Ye have been angry for too long, Deirdre."

Deirdre turned her head slightly and discovered her sister Kaie standing nearby.

"And ye walk too silently; being humble doesn't mean ye need try and act as though ye are nae even here in this life."

Kaie smiled but corrected herself quickly, smoothing her expression until it was once again simply plain. "That is my point exactly, Deirdre. Ye take offense at everything around ye. I am content. That should nae be a reason for ye to snap at me."

Her sister wore the undyed robe of a nun. Her hair was covered now, but Deirdre had watched as it was cut short when Kaie took her novice vows. Her own hair was still long. She had it braided and the tail caught up so that it didn't swing behind her. The convent wouldn't hear any vows from her, not for several more years to come.

"But ye are nae happy living among us, Deirdre, and that is a sad thing, for those living in God's house should be here because they want to be."

"Well, I like it better than living with our father, and since he sent my dowry to the church, it is only fitting that I sleep beneath this roof."

Kaie drew in a stiff breath. "Ye are being too harsh. Father did his duty in arranging a match for us all. It is only fair that he would be cross to discover that ye had taken a lover."

Melor Douglas. The man she'd defied everything to hold, because she believed his words of love.

Deirdre sighed. "True, but ye are very pleased to be here and not with Roan McLeod as his wife. Father arranged that match for ye as well, and yet you defied his choice by asking Roan McLeod to release ye. There are more than a few who would call that disrespectful to our sire."

Her sister paled, and Deirdre instantly felt guilty for ruining her happiness.

"I'm sorry, Kaie. That was unkind of me to say." Her sister drew in a deep breath. "Ye most likely think me timid, but I was drawn to this convent. Every night when I closed my eyes, I dreamed of it, unlike ye..."

Kaie's eyes had begun to glow with passion as she spoke of her devotion, but she snapped her mouth shut when she realized what she was saying. Deirdre scoffed at her attempt to soften the truth.

"Unlike me and my choice to take Melor Douglas as my lover."

It was harsh but true, and Deirdre preferred to hear it, however blunt it might be.

"He lied to ye. Ye went to him believing ye'd be his wife."

"Ye do nae need to make excuses for me, Kaie. I made my choice, and I will nae increase my sins by adding dishonesty to them. Everyone knows, anyway.

It seems all I ever hear about here, how I am unworthy of the veil ye wear so contently." Deirdre shrugged.

"At least no one shall be able to claim I am intent on hiding my actions behind unspoken words and unanswered questions."

Her sister laughed. A soft, sad little sound that sent heat into Deirdre's cheeks, because Kaie was sweet and she didn't need to be discussing such a scarlet subject.

"Ye have ever been bold, Deirdre. I believe ye should have been born a son for all the courage ye have burning inside ye. For ye are correct, I am content, and there is no place I would rather be but here. Living a simple life. Roan McLeod was a kind soul to allow me to become a bride of Christ instead of his wife. Wedding me would have given him a strong alliance with our clan."

Kaie bent and picked up a leather bucket that was sitting near the doorway. "I do nae know why the man gave up something that is so important in the Highlands, but I am grateful for it every day."

Her sister left, which granted Deirdre the freedom to frown. Allowing Melor Douglas to seduce her had been called many things, none of them good. It was slightly shocking to hear her sister label it "spirit." Aye, the sort that knights must feel as they surged forward in one glorious charge and then came home missing limbs or an eye, or not returning at all. Such made for good talk around the fire at night, but the reality of living with those injuries during the day was anything but grand.

She sighed and took the tapestry she had been holding out to the simple wooden stand in the yard. She tossed it over the single bar of wood and reached for a thin branch that had been folded to make a rug beater. Clouds of dust began to tickle her nose as she swung the branch quickly back and forth. It had been a relief to discover the convent wouldn't hear her vows.

Deirdre beat the tapestry harder as she struggled with her guilt. She wasn't ashamed of the fact that she wasn't pure anymore, but that only intensified her misgivings, because it left her wondering just what she did believe in. Kaie was correct in saying she had been angry too long.

Meet the Author

Mary Wine is a multi-published author in romantic suspense, fantasy, and western romance; now her interest in historical reenactment and costuming has inspired her to turn her pen to historical romance. She lives with her husband and sons in southern California, where the whole family enjoys participating in historical reenactments.

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Highland Heat 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Yes! For a tale that begins in a convent, Highland Heat sweeps along with fierce passions for land, clan, and kin, not to mention the fiery passion that flares up between Dierde Chattan and Quinton Cameron that is as elemental, raw, and beautiful as the Scottish Highlands. An irresistible wildness inside Dierde responds to the savageness, strength, and bluntness of Quinton, but staying with him will not bring honor to her father, which is something she feels she must do after dishonoring him by her past willful act. With her strong will, work ethic, guilt, determination, cunning, and capacity for love, Dierde is a powerful heroine that lures the reader into remarkable vicarious adventures-some scary, others rewarding, and some emotionally enlightening. But, best of all, the fierce, passionate love she brings to life scorches the pages of Highland Heat. It flares up and matches the onslaught of Quinton's lust that he refuses to call love. The powerful, wealthy Laird Quinton Cameron, Earl of Liddell, rides herd on the Scottish clans to keep them from fighting each other, hoping they can stand strong together against the English, but century-old habits of feuds and fighting among themselves just refuse to die. Even with demanding duties, Quinton thinks of the feisty hellion Dierde that matches him snarl for snarl and growl for growl by day then responds with unbridled passion as they make love in the dark Scottish night, only to wake up ready to stand her ground and do battle with him again. Mary Wine's description of Drumdeer, Quinton's fortified, magnificent castle with the exquisite eagle tower makes the reader see and feel the opulence inside the stronghold. Highland Heat is like a fine tapestry with Dierde and Quinton for the focus with muted patterns of political intrigues, cultural norms, religious beliefs, and the indomitable, beautiful Scottish Highlands making a spellbinding designs that lures the reader in and does not disappoint because it truly delivers the heat. The love scenes-hot and fierce-almost melt the pages together. Each book in this Scottish Highland Trilogy stands alone. Highland Heat, the final one, is awesome and one to keep to read again and again. Details that intrigue, excite, and pull the reader into this time in Scottish history with characters that are breathtaking make this one a keeper. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Spoiler Alert) The only thing wrong with this is; How can this POSSIBLY be the last one of the series?! It seems like there should be another book to cover Deirdre's father finding out about his twin daughters when he comes to finally claim their mother as his bride. I mean in this book it references the fact that he needs to marry their mother and why but then it just ends! So frustrating!
gl More than 1 year ago
Highland Heat is the third in Wine's Highlander series. Once again, Wine delivers romantic banter, excitement, and escape. Those that read her earlier novel To Conquer A Highlander are familiar with Deirdre Chattan, the eldest daughter who was manipulated and betrayed by her Douglas lover. But in Highland Heat, Deirdre has matured - she's had to live with the consequences of her seduction and she's determined not to bring dishonor to her family. Deirdre is willing to sacrifice a great deal - everything that she has - in order to live up to her father's expectations. Deirdre's sense of honor makes her an interesting and sympathetic romantic lead. As Deirdre and her lover face intrigue, plot twists, unfortunate encounters, and romantic interludes, fans of historical fiction will surely find Highland Heat a fun, satisfying read.
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My favorite Highlander romance!
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A strong highland laird,a strong-willed highland lass an exciting adventure and steaming hot love scenes!This story has it all!I Loved It!!!
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Full of twists and turns and love
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kat180 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. A Must read.
ladywolfLM More than 1 year ago
Mary Wine is a very good historical romance writer. This series was very good and recommend the entire series to all who like historical romance and it will be a series you can not put down.
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Keeps you on the edge. Nice and saucey.
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