His Wicked Highland Ways

His Wicked Highland Ways

by Laura Strickland

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His Wicked Highland Ways by Laura Strickland

Widowed following a marriage of convenience, Jeannie MacWherter has fled lowland Dumfries, Scotland, for the highland cottage bequeathed to her late husband by his brother-in-arms, laird of the glen. Though she’s never met the laird, local rumor labels him both murderer and seducer—a wicked, dangerous man who Jeannie learns is determined to chase her from his land.

Finnan MacAllister has come home to Glen Mhor in order to right past wrongs. He doesn’t care that Rowan Cottage is the beautiful Widow MacWherter’s only refuge. He’s convinced she’s a wanton who deliberately broke the heart of his best friend, Geordie, and he’s vowed to get even with her: seduction is his weapon of choice. But will his own heart betray him?

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BN ID: 2940151491181
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: 04/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 600,190
File size: 297 KB

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His Wicked Highland Ways 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Finnan vows to revenge his father's murder and then his friend and brother in arms Geordie's death. In the last he has the target of Geordie's widow, Jeanie and offers her a wee cottage in his glen along with her servant. Along the way Jeanie touches his heart in ways he is not aware . Family promises and greed, feuds and battle while these two find their paths to peace. This books seeps the reader to the years after Culloden in the Highlands to explore the true nature of love. Ebook from Netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Revenge is what this book is centered on. Two families are at war with one another creating pain, murder and mayhem for all who try to thwart them. With Finnan feeling the MacAllister family had been betrayed by the Avries – he wants revenge on those who betrayed him and his family. With the Avrie family also feeling betrayed – they want what they feel is theirs to take from the MacAllisters. Then there is the revenge that Finnan feels his friend Geordie deserves and Finnan has decided to wreak revenge on Geordie’s widow Jeannie. What a twisted mess of writhing snake-like revenge lurks in this book. In addition to the underlying revenge theme of this book there is the idea of family and what it really is and how alliances can be made and broken. It is about friendship, caring and trust. It is about evil and how it can slither through generations of families. It is about choosing to find peace if and when it can be found instead of continuing to hate and wish for revenge. I am not sure how I felt about the characters. I think I liked Danny the best. I felt that many in the book were not deep or multi-faceted but instead rather one dimensional and selfish. The story was well written but none of the characters really appealed to me or made me want to have them as my friends. Thank you to NetGalley and Wild Rose Press, Inc. for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3.5 Stars
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
I’ve read several Scottish romances over the years that have made men in kilts and the beautiful landscape of Scotland quite appealing: Katharine Ashe’s How to Marry a Highlander, Her Highland Fling by Jennifer McQuiston, the Scandalous Highlander series by Suzanne Enoch, the Brides of Wishmore series by Cathy Maxwell, and the Victorian era MacGregor series by Grace Burrowes. In His Wicked Highland Ways, Laura Strickland spins a rather heavy-hearted tale of darkness and ever present danger. Finnan MacAllister and Geordie MacWherter were once best friends and comrades at the Battle of Culloden. After the war, Finnan gave Geordie Rowan Cottage, a house that Geordie’s young widow, Jeannie, has made her refuge. Together with her only servant, Aggie, they’ve endured much and now enjoy a simple and content life of peace and quiet in the Scottish Highlands. But unbeknownst to Jeannie, Finnan holds an intense hatred for her, the woman he believes Geordie adored with a love that was not reciprocated. Now that Geordie is gone, Finnan is determined to run the young widow off his lands but, when he meets her–in a very sexy and breathtaking scene–decides that making her fall in love with him and then breaking her heart (as she broke Geordie’s), might be a better and more deserved revenge. Finnan is also fighting an old and bloody feud with the Avrie family, who claim a hold on his lands at Glen Mhor. Finnan obviously has his hands more than full of hate and retaliation, and it eats away at him, creating a turbulent and miserable existence. Furthermore, there are always two sides to a story and Finnan has no idea of the kind of marriage and relationship that Jeannie and Geordie shared. Jeannie refuses to leave Rowan Cottage when Finnan haughtily demands it, the only home she now has after her meager existence in lowland Dumfries. Finnan admires her bravado but will not be swayed, until his man is wounded in a skirmish with the Avries and he must seek shelter in her home. That’s when he decides to put his seduction plan into action. Jeannie is in a vulnerable position. She is attracted to Finnan almost against her will, the man who, through his friend, gave her a home he now wants her gone from; he is “a god,” and “a wicked Highlander,” after all. But she comes to admire his fierce devotion to Danny, his handicapped groom/valet, and the love he holds for his lands. And she also loves his “wicked ways,” the way he kisses her, holds her and, eventually and cleverly, seduces her. There are a few paranormal elements in this novel, including an appearance by Geordie’s ghost and the mythical wisdom of a trout. It is a little surprising but it does suit the magical tone of and dramatic events of the story. Finnan’s past family life also contributes to his great anger and thirst for vengeance. His father was murdered, he was run off from his lands as a young man, and he lost his younger sister, Deirdre. He has since learned to survive on his own, in the battles at Culloden, and now lives with a reputation as a mercenary, even rumored to be a traitor. But Finnan is awed and humbled by Jeannie’s sincere goodness and love for him, even when he hurts her deeply and does not deserve it. The love scenes between them are sensual and brief and not overly graphic. When a shocking event toward the end of the story shows Finnan what true love really is, he must make a choice for love or hate. For the full review: http://bit.ly/1PN8YIU
snoopypeach More than 1 year ago
ADVENTURE AND PASSION Jeannie is widowed and struggling to survive and hold on to what little she has, especially a home given to her late husband. She's not looking for anything other than to make this place her home. But, it could all be taken away if the Laird Finnan MacAllister's threatening letters are to be believed. Finnan is a battle scared and tattooed highlander trying to return to the home he was chased from and trying to right a wrong done to his best friend. Convinced hatred and revenge are his best choices. This was a wonderful read, full of colorful and well developed characters. The story is well delivered and passionate throughout. As a reader it was easy to get caught up in the adventure and emotions of these characters. I really enjoyed the struggle of Finnan and Jeannie to overcome the burdens they carried so they could be together. This is a fantastic HE A. Received a copy for an honest review.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
Another new author for me and I just feel in love with this book. It held my attention and kept me doing the "just one more chapter" dance. It was a very good smooth read. I love a book that can hold my attention.
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
WHEN YOU LOVE YOUR ENEMY, PEACE WILL CONQUER YOUR HEART This story kept me captivated and the pages turning. Finnan MacAllister is a man driven by loyalty, heritage, and revenge, not only for his family, but for his brother-in-arms, Geordie MacWherter. Jeannie Robertson MacWherter, was  a broken woman, left with nothing but Rowan Cottage left to her late husband Geordie by Finnan. The story is full of twist and turns that kept the story flowing with suspense and mystery. The characters were resourceful and the dialogue entertaining . Can peace every be found, anger and revenge forgiven and new beginnings found in the midst of hatred? "Revenge was a dish best served cold -- or perhaps flaming hot between the sheets." The sex scenes are not overly explicit.  Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions, and ratings are my own.