Joanna's Highlander: A Highland Protector Novel

Joanna's Highlander: A Highland Protector Novel

by Maeve Greyson

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ISBN-13: 9780399594847
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Highland Protectors , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 12,642
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them. That’s Maeve Greyson’s mantra. When she’s not working at the steel mill, Greyson’s writing romances about sexy Highlanders and the women who tame them. Tucked away in a five-acre wood, Maeve listens to the wind singing through the trees and hears her characters telling their stories. Her work is proofed by her sharp-eyed dog, Jasper, and her greatest supporter is her long-suffering husband of more than thirty-five years who’s learned not to throw away any odd sticky notes filled with strange phrases.

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Joanna couldn’t help but grin. The group of old ladies had turned out to be bawdier and more likely to get into mischief than any demographic of tourists she’d researched when she’d left her job at the pharmaceutical company and offered to buy in—or debt in, as it were—and help Lucia get the tour business she’d always dreamed of successfully launched.

Joanna glanced over at the lively, laughing Georgetta and felt a twinge of envy. I so wanna be Georgetta when I grow up. The thought powered her grin into a full-blown smile and the tension melted out of her shoulders.
Joanna gave Irene’s thin, blue-veined hand a reassuring pat and winked. “No harm. No foul.” She took the paper napkin out of her lap and tucked it under the rim of her dessert plate, which was streaked with what was left of the dark chocolate lava cake that was going to add at least two miles to her daily run this evening. Time to get these feisty golden-agers delivered to Brady’s Bed and Breakfast and tucked in for the night. “You ladies good on the itinerary? Everyone have their copy?”

The rosy-cheeked vice president of the knitting club sitting directly across the large, round table from Joanna leaned to her right, with one costume-jewelry-encrusted hand shielding her brightly lipsticked mouth. Eyes dancing, she whispered something to the nothing-but-business, big-boned woman beside her. High-pitched hissing spiked with breathless chuckles that mimicked the bubbly enthusiasm of a newly uncorked bottle of champagne effectively camouflaged whatever she was telling the president of the group of rowdy women.
“Secrets at the dinner table are rude, Frances,” Irene said, rapping her butter knife sharply like a warning bell against the edge of her plate. “Miss Joanna asked us a question. I think we should all be good enough to grace her with an answer. Does everyone understand our schedule for the next few days?”

Hazel Abraham, the recipient of Frances’s covert conversation, leaned far to the right until her chair creaked in protest at the shifting of her generous weight. Long, square face locked down in an intense scowl, she peered at something just past Joanna’s left shoulder. Slowly, she adjusted her wire-rimmed glasses, then finally straightened in her seat and nodded. “I believe you’re onto something there, Frances.” She turned and fixed Irene with a look that had to be a pre-agreed-upon signal among those in the club, then barely flicked an arthritic finger in Joanna’s direction. “I need to visit the ladies’ room. Don’t you need a visit too, Irene?”

A chorus of “I do’s” echoed around the table, all seven of the elderly ladies sounding off as though answering roll call at the bingo hall.

Irene barely shook her head, thin lips moving in what had to be silent prayer as she rolled her eyes and slowly rose from her seat.

An ominous shiver tingled up Joanna’s back, starting at her tailbone and ending in the tiny hairs at the nape of her neck. Now what were they up to, and how could she get this tour of Highland Life and Legends back on track?

“We won’t be long,” Georgetta announced, as chairs scraped backward and the liquid in the half-empty glasses littering the table shimmied back and forth with every bump as the ladies rose from their seats.

Georgetta’s smile was a little too bright for Joanna’s comfort. The older woman pointed at the table and winked.

“Now, you just wait here, sweetie. When we get back we’ll make sure we’re all up to snuff on the itinerary—okay?”

“Okay,” Joanna agreed weakly. What choice did she have? She had the distinct feeling that the Alverest Knitting Chicks had just called an emergency meeting in the Brady Townhouse Café’s restroom and she was the topic.
The ladies, ranging in age from Annamae’s young sixty-five to Hazel’s mature eighty, toddled single file through the maze of mostly empty tables in the café. Heads bobbing, and speaking to each other in low tones, every damn one of them stole a glance back at Joanna, then smiled at something or someone behind her before disappearing through the restroom door.

What the hell are they looking at? Joanna swiveled around and hugged the back of her chair with one arm.
Seated at the table in the corner behind her, quite close behind her in fact, was some of the best scenery that the Scottish theme park had to offer, at least as far as Joanna was concerned. The MacDara brothers—three of them anyway.

When did they come in? Joanna quickly adopted a relaxed, not-a-care-in-the-world attitude and feigned looking at the tour bus through the café window on the other side of the men’s table.

Wedged around the small table was the youngest brother of the bunch, Ross, then the next brother in their birthing order, Ramsay, and then Grant, the one Joanna adored flirting with but had dubbed “Look but Don’t Touch” because of the fact that she didn’t want to risk losing the temporary contract with Highland Life and Legends that she and Lucia had managed to snag—especially not over a man.

Grant was also rumored to be a pain in the ass with a diva attitude, but she’d never seen that behavior firsthand. He’d been nothing but delectably charming every time they’d crossed paths, and that had turned out to be pretty damn often over the past year and a half—not that she was complaining. But the “not touching” part of the “look but don’t touch” pact that she’d made with her conscience was getting more difficult to hold all the time. The only reason she’d kept her pact unbroken this long was because the frustrating hunk of sexy had never made a move. She’d toyed with the idea of being the first one to strike a match and start the fire, but she’d managed to talk herself out of it for the sake of the business. He must have somebody somewhere else, she reminded herself for the zillionth time. Oh well . . . better off anyway. Contract is safe and my weak self-control is not the problem.
The only MacDara son missing from around the table was the oldest brother, Alec. Probably home with the new wife. Alec was CEO of Highland Life and Legends and had been married almost a year.

Joanna had first met all four brawny MacDara sons and their elderly father when she and Lucia had finally scored a much-coveted appointment at the theme park to discuss the business venture that could make or break their fledgling tour agency. The five MacDaras and their lawyer, an odd little man with a stare that could rival deadly lasers, had listened to Joanna and Lucia’s proposal, then agreed to the terms and signed a trial two-summer-season contract for Carolina Adventures to bring groups of tourists for five-day/four-night stays each week at the Scottish historical theme park and Miss Martha’s bed-and-breakfast for a special rate. If the seasonal tours went well and turned out lucrative for all concerned, a more permanent, year-round access to the park agreement would be renegotiated this fall. Carolina Adventures’ finances needed the permanent, year-round deal. Badly.
While still their usual mouthwatering and kilted eye-candy selves, the three powerfully built men seated behind her seemed oddly twitchy. All of them looked . . . guilty . . . sort of. Especially her favorite, Mr. Damn-I-Wish-I-Could-Touch-You. He’s so my type. Dark blond, supposedly hard to get along with, and likely nothing but trouble. Grant MacDara. Yep. Perfect name for some top-shelf male perfection. I’ve got a few wishes he can “grant.”

A delayed flicker of common sense smacked the back of her mind. Dammit. I know. Off limits. The dark blond and big-as-a-Viking blond man was finer than any she’d met in a while, but better safe than sorry. She’d play it smart and give this guy a wide berth—for the sake of the contract.

Besides. As attracted as she was to Grant, he had to be trouble. She always picked the wrong kind of guy and had endured enough malevolent male drama from her father and ex-fiancé to last a lifetime. It had cost her everything: family, finances, and career. She’d be damned if she ever put up with that shit again. I have learned my lesson.
 

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Joanna's Highlander: A Highland Protector Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Loved bother books I’ve read so far
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Great 2nd book in the Highlander Protector series. The chemistry between Joanna and Grant was electric. I did get annoyed by Joanna and her reluctance to let Grant in but once her past was revealed, I understood. I also got annoyed with Grant and his unwillingness to accept his role that the gods had for him. The sex was fantastic and I loved the ending.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Maeve Greyson's time-traveling Scots are always a joy to read about. Joanna's Highlander is the second book in the Highland Protector's series and continues the saga of the MacDara family, protectors of the Heartstone. Readers who want a good time travel romance will love this one. When a transplanted tenth century Celtic warrior falls for a fiery red headed tour guide, sparks are sure to fly. Greyson's trademark quirky humor and her attention to detail shine. What I liked: Maeve Greyson is a favorite of mine of late. She has a way with a kilted man lol... I love the fact that she chooses to transplant her Scots to the future instead of taking a present day person and transplanting them in the past. It gives the story a whole new dimension. I mean tenth century Scotland is amazing to read about, but sometimes you need a good twist to get the readers attention and I think Greyson does that with this reversal of sorts. There are so many interesting things a hero might get into when it comes to figuring out how to live in today's world and in the south no less... The overall arc of the book follows the story of the MacDara family, protectors of the heartstone. They have been sent forward in time to present day North Carolina where they operate a Highland themed amusement park. I was a little skeptical at first with this series because it seems so far fetched that a warrior family would be running a theme park lol... but it works. It just seems to make sense once you start reading it. It's quite an interesting idea and take on what professions a time traveler might take up in the future. Grant was an exceptional hero. You know it's gonna be a good one when his weapon of choice is a war hammer. *swoon* He was not only a strong man, but he was a wounded man. He lost his wife and child in the battle that sent the MacDara family into the future and the reader will be able to feel his pain. He isn't a brooding hero, just one who has been hurt deeply. I loved seeing him start to open up again and rethink the possibility of giving his heart to another. Greyson did such an amazing job with that aspect of the story. Joanna was my kind of girl. Sassy and smart. She's seen some hard times in life and in love and it makes her skeptical of Grant and his intentions. It's not just the Goddesses Grant has to worry about with this one. She's a real firecracker. Their chemistry together was fun and filled with humor and banter. They played so well off each other. Greyson was able to use her skills at those wonderful laugh out loud moments with this character. She was a joy! What I didn't like: As I said before a warrior family taking up the profession of theme park owners might be a little too much for some readers. Also the fact that Joanna might just not choose Grant seems unthinkable. But it all plays out in such a fun way. I think readers can suspend their ideas of the believable for some unbelievably hot romance. Bottom Line: This was a really fun book. I loved the characters and I want to know so much more about this world that Greyson has created with the MacDara family. The underlying arc of the series, is quite interesting and the love between Joanna and Grant sizzled on the page. I often wonder what it takes to write a good steamy romantic scene. This one has plenty and Greyson is a master at it.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Maeve Greyson's time-traveling Scots are always a joy to read about. Joanna's Highlander is the second book in the Highland Protector's series and continues the saga of the MacDara family, protectors of the Heartstone. Readers who want a good time travel romance will love this one. When a transplanted tenth century Celtic warrior falls for a fiery red headed tour guide, sparks are sure to fly. Greyson's trademark quirky humor and her attention to detail shine. What I liked: Maeve Greyson is a favorite of mine of late. She has a way with a kilted man lol... I love the fact that she chooses to transplant her Scots to the future instead of taking a present day person and transplanting them in the past. It gives the story a whole new dimension. I mean tenth century Scotland is amazing to read about, but sometimes you need a good twist to get the readers attention and I think Greyson does that with this reversal of sorts. There are so many interesting things a hero might get into when it comes to figuring out how to live in today's world and in the south no less... The overall arc of the book follows the story of the MacDara family, protectors of the heartstone. They have been sent forward in time to present day North Carolina where they operate a Highland themed amusement park. I was a little skeptical at first with this series because it seems so far fetched that a warrior family would be running a theme park lol... but it works. It just seems to make sense once you start reading it. It's quite an interesting idea and take on what professions a time traveler might take up in the future. Grant was an exceptional hero. You know it's gonna be a good one when his weapon of choice is a war hammer. *swoon* He was not only a strong man, but he was a wounded man. He lost his wife and child in the battle that sent the MacDara family into the future and the reader will be able to feel his pain. He isn't a brooding hero, just one who has been hurt deeply. I loved seeing him start to open up again and rethink the possibility of giving his heart to another. Greyson did such an amazing job with that aspect of the story. Joanna was my kind of girl. Sassy and smart. She's seen some hard times in life and in love and it makes her skeptical of Grant and his intentions. It's not just the Goddesses Grant has to worry about with this one. She's a real firecracker. Their chemistry together was fun and filled with humor and banter. They played so well off each other. Greyson was able to use her skills at those wonderful laugh out loud moments with this character. She was a joy! What I didn't like: As I said before a warrior family taking up the profession of theme park owners might be a little too much for some readers. Also the fact that Joanna might just not choose Grant seems unthinkable. But it all plays out in such a fun way. I think readers can suspend their ideas of the believable for some unbelievably hot romance. Bottom Line: This was a really fun book. I loved the characters and I want to know so much more about this world that Greyson has created with the MacDara family. The underlying arc of the series, is quite interesting and the love between Joanna and Grant sizzled on the page. I often wonder what it takes to write a good steamy romantic scene. This one has plenty and Greyson is a master at it.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
Joanna Martin was an excellent pharmaceutical salesman, the man she was dating turned out to be married. Needless to say, she got fired. She started working with her friend, who ran a touring company. They managed to get a two-year contract to take tours around the Highland Life and Legends theme park. Grant MacDara is one of four sons, the second in line. He was born in the 10th century along with the rest of his family and had been sent here to save their clan. He wanted to woo Joanna. In places, it is very funny. They have a great sense of humor. The characters interact with each other very well and are full of life.The plot was a little complicated and thought it was coherent, well written and read very easily. I loved it when he had to explain about the three goddesses. The author did a very good job with the book. I could not put it down. I received this ARC
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I loved Grant and Joanna's story!! They had been flirting with each other for over a year and Grant has finally decided it was time to make a more serious effort to win Joanna's heart. But because of being hurt in the past and things she as heard about Grant, Joanna doesn't know if she wants to take things further with him. She doesn't want to get hurt again and doesn't think she can trust her judgement. Can Grant make Joanna see that he is the perfect man for her? This was a great addition to the Highland Protector series and I can't wait to see what Greyson has in store for us next!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every minute of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my!!! I read the first 2 and loved them!!! Can't wait for the 3rd one!!
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
Present-day North Carolina sings with the passions of the Scottish Highlands as a fiery, time-traveling Celtic warrior takes a stubborn tour guide for a wild ride. Haunted by lost love, Grant MacDara still dreams of tenth-century Scotland. Nothing can soothe his aching heart—until a sharp-tongued, redheaded beauty leads a tour of senior citizens through his family’s North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends. Though she’s the polar opposite of the lass he left behind, Joanna Martin is the most irresistible woman Grant has ever met. But when he decides that she’s worth the risk of loving again, he tries so hard to hold her close that she nearly slips through his fingers. Forced out of her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep by a conniving ex, Joanna is trying to make the best of her quiet new life. But one glimpse of Grant—who wields an ancient hammer like it’s just another appendage of his chiseled body—convinces Joanna not to give up on love. The one thing she can’t do is outrun her past as a loser magnet. And although Grant seems to be the last honorable man left on earth, this mouthwatering stud needs a crash course in twenty-first-century women before Joanna can trust him with her heart. Review: This is the second book in this series of Ancient Highlanders who have been brought to present day to protect their sacred line. I have read the first book in the series and though I would recommend it, it is not necessary to enjoy this book. To me there was a different feel to this book. The first one was much more about protecting the Heart Stone. This one it is not really about protecting it as getting it to accept Grant and Joanna as a couple. I was still hoping for a little more action and supernatural aspect, but I really enjoyed the story. There was some angst in part to Grant's first love and his reluctance to go through that again. Joanna has her own issues because of a betrayal in her past love life and work. they both must work out their issues to come together as a couple. There was great comic relief in the form of the meddling old ladies on Joanna's tour group. Overall I am enjoying this story and the series, I do hope there is a little more action and tension in the next book. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook via NetGalley. After reading Sadie's Highlander, I was somewhat apprehensive about Joanna's Highlander, but my expectations were far exceeded with this installment in the series. The convoluted plot twists and turns that dominated the first story have been simplified, making this book much more coherent and allowing the romance to shine through unhindered. The matchmaking grannies provide lots of comic relief and laugh-out-loud fun that keeps the story light and entertaining without being too distracting from the serious nature of the feelings developing between the two main characters. While I had already read Sadie's Highlander, this book easily stands on its own. The paranormal elements of the novel, while major and very significant to the plot, are not so pervasive that suspension of belief is required at every turn in order for the book to still be enjoyable. I was thoroughly entertained throughout the novel and read the entire book in a single sitting. I would recommend this book to anyone with a love of all things Scottish, particularly hot men in kilts!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good highlander in mordern times story. Grant and his family was sent forward in time from the (th century in order to protect the Heartstone. Joanna and Grant had this connection that took them awhile to finally follow through. Love the ladies from the tour group. Enjoyed reading.
Readnread More than 1 year ago
Another terrific story in the Highland Protector series. Maeve Greyson does an excellent job writing about ancient Scots in modern times. Her characters are fully developed and she combines the paranormal aspect of her story with the reality of today in a believable plot. I look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful time travel romance! As with first book in series, the the heroine is wounded yet has strength she's not aware of; the hero is also wounded, alpha strong but vulnerable. The supporting characters helped make this an even more enjoyable read! (Grant's mom, sister, Joanna's friend and godson are captivating and familiar.) 3 1/2 stars. Would love stories for Lucia, Esme and Dwyn. Voluntarily read ARC, thru Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info ISBN-13 9780399594847 Publisher: (Random House Publishing Group) by Loveswept Publication date: 04/10/2018 Sold by: Random House Format: NOOK Book Pages: 242 Series Highland Protector #2 Other Editions KindleEdition Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB Present-day North Carolina sings with the passions of the Scottish Highlands as a fiery, time-traveling Celtic warrior takes a stubborn tour guide for a wild ride. Haunted by lost love, Grant MacDara still dreams of tenth-century Scotland. Nothing can soothe his aching heart—until a sharp-tongued, redheaded beauty leads a tour of senior citizens through his family’s North Carolina theme park, Highland Life and Legends. Though she’s the polar opposite of the lass he left behind, Joanna Martin is the most irresistible woman Grant has ever met. But when he decides that she’s worth the risk of loving again, he tries so hard to hold her close that she nearly slips through his fingers. Forced out of her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep by a conniving ex, Joanna is trying to make the best of her quiet new life. But one glimpse of Grant—who wields an ancient hammer like it’s just another appendage of his chiseled body—convinces Joanna not to give up on love. The one thing she can’t do is outrun her past as a loser magnet. And although Grant seems to be the last honorable man left on earth, this mouthwatering stud needs a crash course in twenty-first-century women before Joanna can trust him with her heart. My Thoughts Torn from the tenth-century into the 21st some 16 years past Grant MacDara and his family have made a home for themselves in North Carolina. Their theme park, Highland Life and Legends is doing well and it seems like life has taken on a rhythm that is working for everyone but Grant. Enter redheaded, sarcasm wielding Joanna Martin and suddenly Grant finds himself feeling things for a woman he never thought would be felt again. Joanna finds herself in the same predicament as she finally may have found a man she can trust her heart to one last time. As the sparks fly with these two so do the misgivings dredged up by memories of past events that have scarred both Grant and Joanna, events that taught them to be wary instead of accepting their blessings and moving on. When the MacDara family heritage seeks to include Grant once again, when a once in a lifetime opportunity falls in Joanna's lap can the tenth century male and the 21st century female see their way to stay together or will they give up to go their separate ways once more? The only way to find out for sure is to read this couples tale sooner rather than later. [EArc from Netgalley]
Ajgray More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read an Advance Review Copy of this book through Netgalley. This book is a continuation of the MacDara clan as it thrives in this century after having travel from the 900 hundreds. After a year and a half, Grant has finally decided to see if he and Joanna might have a future together. The book is full of humor, especially with the elderly ladies playing matchmaker. The book is well written and there is a HEA. It is a good read and I would recommend it in this series.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Joanna Martin is a tour guide at Highland Life and Legends in North Carolina. She has always felt a pull towards Grant MacDara, but believed that nothing could come of it. She doesn’t trust her instincts towards men since a disastrous relationship cost her a lucrative job. And, Grant is one of the owners of the theme park. Grant finds Joanna very appealing, but he doesn’t know if he wants to risk his heart again after the loss of his former love. When some senior citizens decide to intervene and play cupid, will Grant and Joanna open their hearts to new love? This is a great paranormal historical romance. I loved the main characters who seemed scarred from previous experiences and needed a boost from their loved ones and some crafty senior citizens. The seniors’ antics put a little humor into the romance and lightened the mood of the story. One of the messages I gleaned was that a happily ever after can be found by anyone with an open heart. Some cursing and crude language was used during certain scenes, but it wasn’t so distracting that I wanted to stop reading. I will read the next Highlander novel. An advanced reader’s copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
nku More than 1 year ago
Joanna's Highlander (Highland Protector, #2) by Maeve Greyson I am truly enjoying this series and I as so happy that #NetGalley allowed me to preview this book. SADIE'S HIGHLANDER was a favorite of mine and this a great second book in the series. Grant and Joanna's journey to their HEA and the HEARTSTONE was full of laughs and some tears..I love it when I feel like I'm part of the story. I can't wait for KATIE'S HIGHLANDER.