Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Series #2)

Highland Vixen (Highland Weddings Series #2)

by Mary Wine

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Fierce Highland war chief seeks comely lass for fun, frolic, and marriage

Marcus MacPherson is every inch the fearsome Highlander. He's used to men averting their eyes and women cowering before him. He thinks he'll eventually settle down with a nice, obedient bride. Instead, he gets Helen Grant... Stubborn as the day is long, fearless and dedicated to raising as much hell as possible, Helen is definitely going to challenge Marcus. And challenge him some more. And then some.

It's anyone's guess who'll win this battle of the heart...

Praise for Highland Spitfire:
"Wine always gets the heart of the history, atmosphere, and traditions of the Highlands... Wondrous." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, Top Pick
"I absolutely loved this book and the only complaint...is I stayed up way too late reading it." -Night Owl Reviews, 5 stars, Top Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492602606
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Highland Weddings Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 33,195
File size: 934 KB

About the Author

Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of Scottish Highland romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives in Yorba Linda, California with her husband and two sons.

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Highland Vixen 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Highland Vixen is book two in the Highland Weddings series by Mary Wine. We meet Marcus and Helen in book one, Highland Spitfire, where we see how these two verbal spare with each other and clearly are denying their attraction to each other. I feel you should read the Highland Weddings series in order. I really liked Helen Grant as a secondary character in Highland Spitfire and when I found out that Highland Vixen was Helen’s book I was thrilled. She is strong willed, hard headed, stubborn, and stands up to Marcus. Marcus is a brut. I didn’t care for him in Highland Spitfire. I was mad at what he did Ailis and upset at Bhaic for letting his brother act that way and treat Ailis poorly, so I new something would have to happen to change my opinion of him. We meet up with James Douglas, the Earl of Morton and let me tell you that man is bad news. He is a well crafted villain and will stop at nothing to further his agenda and stop the clans from feuding. Marcus and Helen run afoul with him and the circumstance forces Helen and Marcus to join together to prevent an atrocity from occurring. I really like Helen; because she stands up to Marcus. I new Marcus needed a strong willed women at his side, someone capable of standing up to him and Helen did just that. As for Marcus well my opinion of him changed after he ran afoul with the Earl of Morton. Marcus and Helen’s relationship is turbulent. They bicker, they verbally spare, and it works for these two. I enjoyed their sparing. It was also fun watching Marcus learn to woo a woman. He’s more a battering ram and I found his blunders humorous and endearing. Last, a note on some of the secondary characters we meet; Brenda Gordon and Kathryn. Both women are/were captives of the Earl and I found them intriguing and intelligent. I hope we will see more of these two. I had a delightful time reading a Highland Vixen and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Highland Weddings series. As an added note I really love the covers for this series. They are vibrant, full of color, and pull the eye in. Rated: 4 Stars
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Highland Vixen" was a pretty clean (until about 70% of the way through) romance that takes place in the 1500s Scottish Highlands. Helen was removed from her family's modest house by Marcus MacPherson and threatened that it would be burned down if she returned. In a roundabout way, Marcus was trying to protect her from her brothers' misdeeds by stealing cows from the clans. Although designed to protect her, Helen has felt trapped in the MacPherson castle- not only because of the cruel head of house, Duana, who treats her like a slave, but because of an embarrassing event where Marcus offered her to his men. Marcus is the War Chief for the MacPhersons, and most people are afraid of him. He is intrigued by the woman (Helen) who is not, but he has no experience with women and so fouls up his courting of her. He is surprised when she escapes and heads to the evil Earl of Morton, who is currently "ruling" Scotland- if only he could keep the Highlanders in check. Following after her, he finds himself in a new bind which Helen is willing to help him out of through marriage- with the guarantee that it would be annulled later. As the plot thickens and through multiple kidnappings, the two begin to learn more about the other that endears them to each other. Overall, it was a pretty solid, slow-build romance. The dialogue is entirely in the Highlander speak (e.g. ye instead of you), which is hard to read if you aren't used to it, but I found it got easier about 25% of the way into the book. There are also some terms/expressions used that are modern, but hey, it's fiction, so you can let them slide (this is not a historical recounting). Helen was a pretty strong woman, and thank goodness! I don't know how often people were actually kidnapped in the day, but the poor woman seems to be a constant target. Marcus was a strong, patient, and kind man and a great hero for our heroine. I enjoyed the book overall and would be curious to read more in this series. Poor Brenda though- I felt like she was somewhat forgotten in all the activities by our characters, and the poor woman has suffered after suffering after suffering. Thank goodness for the wrap-up for her at the end of the book, but I hope we'll hear more about her and how her life turns out (hopefully much better than it has been) in the future. Katherine, a young English teen, was another great character, who I am excited to see has her own book coming up! I easily got involved/invested in the characters in this book, and I think it's a great read! Please note that I received this book through a giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Helen goes from being Marcus' captive to tricking the Regent in order to save Marcus to being kidnapped a couple times. She never loses her spirit. Each time she is rescued by Marcus, her feelings become stronger. Marcus is a War Chieftain and is not good at expressing himself. His lack of communication has Helen turning from him. As they spend time together between disasters, Marcus shows his personal side. Together, they finally give into the feelings. There are many characters in this story, lead ups to future stories, and I want to read more to see how their stories go. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and it is a Book Obsessed Chicks Star Review selection. This is my unsolicited review.
nannycat More than 1 year ago
Only reason I gave it 4 stars; It was not long enough!!!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Unusual story line is the thing that came to mind as I read this book. But it was very intriguing to me how the author works on the situation between Marcus and Helen and creates a very enthralling story with the additional characters of Brenda, young Katherine and the not so nice Morton. While reading this book I saw how easy it would be to have a misunderstanding based on a person’s actions, words and their individual clan standards. In fact, I was intrigued with the differences between the clans and their beliefs regarding women and ownership as well as integrity. Author Mary Wine shows with her research and writing skills her love for this era and Scotland by creating vivid images that drew me further into the plot of this story. Her descriptions allowed the reader to feel like they had fallen back into time and was an active participant. There were times that I was upset with Helen and wished she opened herself more to what Marcus was really trying to show her and well Marcus is just a hard-headed man who couldn’t see what she was asking from him. Despite Marcus’s faux pas, I still was drawn to him and found him perfect for Helen. How the author works out this part of their relationship was handled with finesse creating moments that made me laugh out loud. Even after finishing the book the character of Brenda keeps coming to mind and I feel a need to have a book on her with a happy resolution for this powerful woman. I give this 4 STARS and recommend others read this book. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh what a great Scottish historical read. The language was extremely heavy in the highland brogue so that was a little tough at times but damn it was a great read. Helen Grant is a strong women who is through being a hostage to the men who took her from her home. So she heads off to the "main city" where she and her friend can get new lives. Only to realize to late that this new life may be worse and all because of a controlling earl who has zero mercy for anyone and will force you to do what he wants. Marcus McPherson has been trying to show Helen that he wants her. But he has been going all about it the wrong way. First by taking her from her family and prohibiting her from going back, to leaving her to the head of house, and lastly by offering her hand to his men. But he was doing it with the best of intentions. Honestly. Now that he has to go to where polite society relaxes he is forced to do something immoral as well as something that will kill his honor. That is until Helen steps in and helps him out of a situation where no one except for the regent wins. This was a great story with a lot of abductions, some spicy scenes, and a great coming to romance. I would definitely recommend this story to all historical romance lovers and I would definitely recommend this author to any historical romance lovers. ~ A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I love books set in Scotland, but this one did not hold my interest. It's the first book I've read by this author and I probably won't read any more of hers. I did read it and I liked the hero and heroine, but for me, the story dragged. There was also a lot of jumping around between different characters. I'm sure some of you will enjoy it, but it's not for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read the ARC.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Highland Vixen' by Mary Wine is book two in the "Highland Weddings" series. This is the story of Marcus MacPherson and Helen Grant. This can be a standalone book but, I truly feel to enjoy this book to the fullest you should read the previous book "Highland Spitfire". In book One Helen and Marcus were secondary characters that I enjoyed reading about them in that book. Although their story doesn't really take off until this one, it help with the build up to getting into their story. Helen was taken by Marcus as a way to keep her family from contracting against his clan. Helen has tried to make the best of living there but it hasn't been easy after Marcus 'dumped' her there and he went on his business. But things have changed and Helen has taken a chance to leave the Clan and did so without Marcus knowing. But now Marcus has found that he has grown some feelings for Helen and wants to go after her. But he is a Strong Tough Highlander that doesn't show his feelings much is finding it hard to find a reason to go after her. Marcus lack of showing her emotions was most of the issue with Helen thinking she isn't wanted there. So under his father's orders to go to Court for a mission for him....Marcus uses this chance to bring Helen back. But things are as cut and dried as you would think. Marcus and Helen run into a few bumps and misunderstanding along the way. I so loved how Marcus was trying to show his feelings when it was hard for him to do so. Helen was a strong character that fit him just right! This was another great book by Ms. Wine that showed me again why she is one of my favorite authors! *A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second Wine Highland book to read. I gave it another chance thinking maybe the first was a fluke, but, sad to say it was not. Wine seems to think crude and vulgar language is acceptable. Sorry, maybe to some but not to me. I don't read Historical Romance novels to see the F word throughout the book. It almosts seems as if a man is writing the book because of the crude language. Wine is a good writer that holds your interest but because of the language I won't be reading anymore of her books.