My Highland Bride

My Highland Bride

by Maeve Greyson

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My Highland Bride by Maeve Greyson

Perfect for fans of the Highlander novels of Karen Marie Moning and Janet Chapman, Southern sass meets Highland heat in Maeve Greyson’s scintillating Highland Hearts romance.
 
With bedroom eyes and racetrack curves, Kenna Sinclair seems like just another pretty Kentucky girl. But she can also read minds, erase memories, and jump through time—a skill set that comes in handy when her matchmaking granny sends her back to thirteenth-century Scotland on the pretext of visiting her older sister. When she encounters the clan’s womanizing man-at-arms, Kenna instantly knows the gorgeous Highlander has only one thing on his mind. She vows to steer clear of him, but after a single electrifying touch, she finds that playing hard to get won’t be quite so easy. . . .
 
Bewitched by the first lass who could ever resist him, Colum Garrison will do anything to prove his devotion, even ask for Kenna’s hand in marriage—and swear off his chosen form of recreation until their wedding night. It’s a burden for a man of his thunderous appetite, but the sinful temptation is not his alone: Colum’s fetching bride-to-be is practically trembling with anticipation for a moment that can’t come soon enough. When she’s willing, Colum will be ready and waiting—with a love that lasts a lifetime.

Praise for My Highland Bride

My Highland Bride is an entertaining time-travel story packed with spice, humor, fantasy and nonstop adventure.”—Sandy Blair, USA Today bestselling author of The Laird

“What a roller coaster of emotions throughout. I love, love, love the Sinclair sisters and can’t wait to read more about the twins. Colum: just yum!”—Cassidy Cayman, author of the Lost Highlander series

“A captivating tale you won’t want to end, with the magic of time runners, sexy kilted men, and consuming love.”—Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander’s Beloved series

“Sensual . . . The quest for Colum and Kenna’s happiness propels the novel forward and will easily keep the reader’s attention.”Publishers Weekly

“The incongruity of Kenna’s modern-day language and behavior leads to plenty of laughs, while the serious content has emotional heft.”Library Journal

Don’t miss any of Maeve Greyson’s enticing Scottish romances:

The Highland Protector Series: SADIE’S HIGHLANDER | JOANNA’S HIGHLANDER

The Highland Hearts Series: MY HIGHLAND LOVER | MY HIGHLAND BRIDE | MY TEMPTING HIGHLANDER | MY SEDUCTIVE HIGHLANDER

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553395082
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Highland Hearts , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 35,107
File size: 1 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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The door creaked, then softly bumped closed behind him. Colum didna have to turn to know Mother Sinclair had entered the room. The hairs prickling up the back of his neck announced her presence like a blaring battle horn.
The slight old woman hurried past him. Her twisted staff with the odd crystal imbedded in the top tangle of roots lightly thumped out her every step. “I’m sorry to be late, everyone. I had a small situation to attend to in the hall.” Mother Sinclair shot Colum a disapproving look as she lowered herself into a chair.

Colum straightened his shoulders and stood taller. He’d be damned if he’d cower over something as normal as charming a pretty maid. Hell’s fire—he was a man. What the devil did the woman expect?

“I have a very important task for you, Colum Garrison.” Granny straightened her tiny frame in the high-backed chair like a Fae queen holding court. Her eyes narrowed as she glared at him over the tops of her wire-rimmed spectacles. “But you will have to change your ways.”

“Aye?” Colum shifted in place but kept his hands clenched to the small of his back. Damned, if he didna feel like a prisoner waitin’ for the king’s choice of gallows or the axe. “And what ways might those be?”

“I believe you know exactly what ways I’m referring to.” Mother Sinclair took a deep breath and glanced over to Lady Trulie. “You still agree, even considering the man’s past behavior?”

What the hell did she mean by that? Colum stole a glance at Gray, but his fine Highland chieftain refused to look him in the eye. Verra well. He’d battled alone before and won. Aye. But ne’er against Mother Sinclair. Colum sucked in a deep breath and stuck out his chest.

“I think he’ll be just fine, Granny.” Lady Trulie beamed at Colum as though he were a prized horse being selected for breeding with a favored mare. “Besides, you said you received the same vision I did.”
 
Oh holy hell. Colum stiffened. Both the Lady Trulie and Mother Sinclair had seen him in another of their damn visions? The last time he’d appeared in one of their visions, they’d seen him poisoned and left for dead.

“Very well.” Mother Sinclair’s mouth tightened into a flat, determined line. “In one week’s time, another of my granddaughters”—she motioned toward Lady Trulie—“Trulie’s middle sister closest to her in age, will arrive.”

Colum waited, all the while wondering from where or maybe from when the next Sinclair sister would come. He’d speak to Gray later about the disloyalty of the man toward him. Hell’s fire. He’d fought at the man’s side for years. Did that no’ account for anything? ’Twas damn shameful the way his own chieftain had allowed a pair of women to reign over him in such a way. If all they needed were additional guards to protect such an important visitor, why the blazes had Gray no’ given the order himself? “I’ll see to it additional guards are set in place. Have no fear for the lady’s safety. I shall personally see to it.”

“That’s exactly what we want,” Granny said as her tight-lipped frown softened into a sly smile. “We want you to personally see to Kenna.”

Gray leaned over the fur-covered arm of the settee and scrubbed one hand across his mouth. His gaze was locked on the floor, and his shoulders trembled as he coughed a strange snorting sound into the folds of the plaid draped across his chest.

Was the MacKenna laughing? Colum took a step closer and glared at him. “M’chieftain?”

Gray straightened and let his hand drop to his lap. He sucked in a deep breath, then cleared his throat. “Aye, Colum. See to it the guards are doubled about the keep. But I do charge ye personally with the seeing after of Lady Kenna at all times. As soon as she arrives, she is yer responsibility. See that ye stay at her side.”

Stay at her side. Colum smelled a verra large rat. What the devil did these three play at? “Is there anything more I should know about the Lady Kenna?”

“Nay. Not a thing.”

Colum studied Gray. The man’s face grew ruddier by the minute. Instinct warned Colum, “Run like hell, man!” Colum cleared his throat and edged closer to the door.

Granny strolled behind the couch and set a staying hand on Gray’s shoulder as he leaned forward to speak again. “I’m sure you’ll figure it all out when the time arrives. But know this . . .” Granny pointed the crystal end of her staff at the center of Colum’s chest. “Trulie and I chose you for a reason. You would be wise not to disappoint us.”

Disappoint them? When had he e’er failed to protect a charge? When had he e’er failed his chieftain? “I swear to ye, I will keep the Lady Kenna safe.”

Again, Gray scrubbed a shaking hand across his mouth and muttered something toward his lap. Colum peered closer. Wariness set off more inner alarms as he picked up on the unspoken byplay going on between Lady Trulie’s pointed glare and his chieftain’s apologetic shrug.

Colum swallowed hard and eased closer to the door. Had Gray just said it wasn’t the Lady Kenna’s safety that concerned him? Colum studied Gray closer. Aye and fer sure, the man had said just that—he felt certain of it.

Lore a’mighty, may the gods have mercy on my soul.

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My Highland Bride 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series about the time traveling Sinclairs! Eaxc book is a stand alone story but read together they tell an amazing tale! Cabt wait for the next one already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like Chapman time traveling and highlanders go hand and hand. But with a strong line of women to keep it going! A thrill!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story. Stubborn men! Great series of must read and reread books. Just read them and judge for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Dating in the 13th Century This second in the Highland Hearts series is darker and more complex than My Highland Lover. Kenna Sinclair is called back to the 13th century Scotland to be with her sister, Trulie and grandmother, Nia, who have spent the past two years making a new life for the family. Kenna, though resistant, complies with her granny’s wishes and comes home to meet the man destined to be her soulmate. Once Kenna adjusts to the idea and meets Colum Garrison, she is very on board with the idea and in her 21st century mindset, ready to go. Colum being a man of his time feels he must provide hearth and home suitable enough for the sister-in-law of the clan chieftain which of course takes time. For Kenna there is nothing more frustrating than a hardheaded Scot who refuses to listen to her or anyone else’s entreaty to get on with the marriage. When another suitor comes calling, things quickly go awry. This series is an interesting combo of lighthearted snark from the heroine mixed with a surprisingly multifaceted plot with situations far deeper and emotionally challenging than from the initial lighter tone. Kenna’s suitor, Ronan, gets quite a bit of plot time to the extent that I actually liked him better in some respects than Colum. One of the biggest challenges for couples in the series is of course the difference in what 21st century women expect in a relationship compared to men of the 13th century. Colum’s stubbornness and Kenna’s plans to subvert his issues cause quite a bit of strife and difficulties to the point that they are both in serious jeopardy. What I like most about this series despite the maddening qualities of some of its characters is that the storylines are interesting and not predictable. I really am intrigued with the hero whose story comes next in the series and so am anticipating, My Tempting Highlander.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. While it was slow in some areas, the overall bok was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good with tons of humor thrown in. Loved it!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Highland Hearts series. Traveling back in time to thirteenth-century Scotland for the birth of her sister's baby, Kenna Sinclair is met by Colum Garrison. Seeing him for what he is, a womanizer, Kenna vows to steer clear of him but that proves hard to do. Colum takes one look at Kenna and knows his womanizing days are over. But can he convince her that he has changed before someone else wins her heart? I always love a good time travel story and I really enjoyed this one. I liked Colum while reading My Highland Lover. I knew that it would probably be one of Trulie's sisters that finally brought him to his knees. I felt bad for him because he didn't think he was good enough for Kenna and so he delayed proposing. Since she was technically still single, that left the door open for someone else to come in. And come in he did! One thing leads to another and Kenna has a choice to make...did she make the right one? Read to find out! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A Scottish historical romance with a time traveling component, peppered with witty humor, and populated with sexy Highlanders "Do you have any idea how rare a twenty-three-year-old virgin is where I come from?" MY HIGHLAND BRIDE by Maeve Greyson is a Scottish romance with a time travel element. It is the second installment in the author's Highland Hearts series. You can find my review of MY HIGHLAND LOVER, the first book in the series, here: http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbook..., which featured the story of Trulie Sinclair and Highlander Chieftain Gray MacKenna. This time around, our matchmaking Granny Sinclair has picked a thirteenth century mate for her second born grand-daughter. MY HIGHLAND BRIDE is the story of Trulie's younger sister, Kenna Sinclair, and Colum Garrison, best friend to Gray. The story is set mostly in the Scottish Highlands in the thirteenth century, though some of it occurs in Kentucky in the twenty-first century. This story was a bit slow for me at first. Then... just when it picked up the pace, and I was totally engrossed, something happened that I didn't care for. I put the book aside until I'd calmed down enough to finish it and finish it I did. It ended well, thank goodness. So, no worries about that. Overall, it was an enjoyable romance, but not one of my favorites. I really don't care for one of the characters and that character is going to be the hero in the next book. I sure hope Maeve can turn around my opinion of him. I liked both the hero and the heroine, though I wanted to strangle muscle-man Colum too many times to count. I mean... how stupid can one man be? All of the serious angst in this story could have been avoided if he'd just stepped up to the plate - like he should have! I blame his stubbornness on the Viking ancestry he seems to have. I will also comment that I was amazed to see how fast Colum changed from being a womanizer to being totally captivated by Kenna once he met her. Ms. firebrand Kenna is less than thrilled when she receives Granny's summons. But... when she takes one look at Colum, the chemistry clicks immediately for her, too. Now, if she could only get him to the altar... Mother Sinclair, Trulie and Gray figure prominently in this story and it was great catching up with Trulie and her growing family. I love that their new addition has an owl as her totem! And my favorite canine character from the previous book, Karma, is totally enamored with the baby too! Eliza, a witch, figures in this story too. I hope we see more of her in future installments! I admit that I do love my Highlanders! Overall, there were more parts of this story that I loved, than parts that turned me off. If you enjoy Scottish historical romances with an original time traveling component, peppered with witty humor, and populated with sexy Highlanders, you should check out her Highland Hearts series. I'll be picking up the next book in this series, MY TEMPTING HIGHLANDER, to see if she succeeds in changing my mind about that book's hero! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she does! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 3 Wine Glasses!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Colum is the womanizing man-at-arms for his clan. When he is ordered by his chief's wife and mother-in-law to cut the womanizing and guard his chief's sister, he grudgingly does it until he gets a look at her. Kenna is from a long line of time-traveling witches. She also has several other powers that she keeps under wraps. When her grandmother tells her it's time to leave the 21st century and come back to 13th century Scotland, she's not exactly happy. When she is transported through and sees Colum, she's almost ready to accept her fate, until she looks in his memories and sees some of what Colum had been up to in the past. Can he convince her that he feels she's worth changing? This book was pretty good from the beginning. I did start to fear it was be like most typical highlander romances and was pleasantly surprised with the twists that the author wrote for the character, even as I was yelling at them for their actions. I really liked Kenna's independence and her loyalty to her family and Colum's determination to win over his soul mate. I'd recommend this story to anyone that likes this genre.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
If you've read the first book, My Highland Lover, you know the story of the Sinclair sisters and their family's ability to jump time. But if you haven't, don't worry. This story reads as a complete standalone because that ability is explained in it. This is Kenna and Colum's story. Kenna is the second oldest Sinclair sister and the most adept at reading mind and erasing memories. She's a twenty-first century woman through and through, aside from her very cool (in my opinion) abilities and aside from the fact that she is a twenty-three year old virgin. Okay, that might not sound like too big of a deal to some readers, but it was to me. And I adored her for waiting for The One. It was kinda funny The One ended up being the "clan gigolo" as Kenna so nicely put it. But that was before she got to know Colum, before Colum proved he was worthy of not only her love but the right to claim her virginity. As a man-at-arms, he was a seasoned soldier, a warrior who protected what he loved with his life. He lived hard and played hard. Unfortunately his reputation caught up with him when Kenna landed in his life. Earning the right to claim her as his own was going to take some work, some convincing that went beyond words, before she would give it to him. It's funny the things one will do to save the one they love. Though Kenna and Colum knew they were meant to be together, Kenna made a huge sacrifice to ensure Colum was given the medical attention he needed after he was severely injured. Her intentions were honorable and good but the pain in Colum's voice when he begged her not to was excruciating to read. But Kenna's own internal pain at her choice was just as difficult. And I wondered, given my limited understanding of thirteenth century Scottish wedding customs, if what she did could ever be undone or they would be forced to live out half-full existences. You have to love family. They tend to be the ones to slap some God-needed sense into people. Granny was totally that person, not just to Kenna but to Colum too. If she hadn't intervened when she did, I could only assume those two would die of broken hearts. This is a fast-paced story so I promise you won't get bored if you take a chance and read it. Ms. Greyson did a wonderful job writing a solid follow up to the first book in this series. Though characters from book one make appearances, their personalities are not diminished. Their strength and loyalty and love and affection for Kenna and Colum only add to make their love story all that more captivating. 4.5* (Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Time travel romance is not my usual book genre. However, since historical Scottish romance is, I took a chance on Ms. Greyson’s “Highland Hearts” series and have been pleasantly surprised. In fact, after reading the first book, My Highland Lover, I have been hoping to come across more. The second book, My Highland Bride, did not disappoint. In fact, it was even better than the first. The writing style, likeable characters, and plot seemed to flow effortlessly and were engaging. I especially liked the grandmother’s direct, sharp wit, and take charge attitude. Kept picturing her role being played by the same actress that stars as Violet Crawley, the grandmother, in Downton Abbey. Fans of Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series will likely enjoy this one as it has strong, spirited heroines and possessively protective alpha male heroes. Here’s to hoping Ronan gets his HEA in book #3. Fortunately, each book is a stand-alone, but I definitely suggest you read them in order to experience the full effect of the series. Title: My Highland Bride, Series: Highland Hearts (Book 2), Author: Maeve Grayson, Pages: 298, HEA, stand-alone, no cheating. Book 1 – My Highland Lover, 3/24/15 Book 2 – My Highland Bride, 8/25/15 Book 3 – My Tempting Highlander, 2/23/16 (This review is based on ARC e-book received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.)
gaele More than 1 year ago
Another Sinclair sister heads off into the breech, as Kenna leaves her modern day Kentucky home to land in 13th Century Scotland, on the pretext of visiting her sister Trulie (her story was told in book 1, My Highland Lover). While you don’t need to read Trulie’s story, you wouldn’t go amiss doing so for some additional background. Kenna is a thoroughly modern woman, and she’s not particularly thrilled about all this time jump will entail. Completely understandable – I don’t want to return to limited bathing, cooking over fires, limited medicines and superstitions and beliefs that are often archaic. Throughout the story, her observations are spot on, giving readers an insight into the time that sets the differences then and now quite solidly. And, Kenna is funny: she’s got a wicked sense of humor, she’s solidly comfortable with “teasing’ others and will stand up for herself without hesitation. Colum is the clan’s Lothario, famed for his bedsports and lack of hesitation when faced with a new lass. As Granny had foreseen, Kenna will soon change Colum’s outlook, and he is completely unprepared for his new outlook on life, women and Kenna in particular. It’s even more amusing as Kenna wants little to do with anyone (she’s still a touch pouty about being sent back) and her plans for a man include marriage, not bedding before. With one casual touch, her senses are set aflame… and the games begin. As in the first story, there is a villain and some conflict, but here the story of our couple does not take a back seat – Sinclair is grabby and determined to make life interesting for everyone else. With the development of the relationship, slow and steady is the name. Kenna is unwilling to ‘engage’ Colum in his favorite pastime, and to prove his devotion, he must forego his habit of chasing other women while they wait. Sweet and funny, with plenty of moments that butt modern sensibilities against the standards of old, this was a fun read with plenty of moments to smile. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to read this before release for an honest review, and I did not want to put this book down. Kenna Sinclair is willing to accept her fate once she meets and spends a bit of time with Colum Garrison. In fact, she is eager to be claimed by this Highlander. The only problem is he does not seem to want to rush into anything. He does not make his reasons known to her so she is confused. Throw into the mix a man who is willing to kidnap a woman to make her his wife. I enjoyed this book and now need to read the first in the series which does not need to be read before. I am also looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The magic of the time traveling Sinclair women and the men of clan MacKenna continues! Feisty, Kenna is the next sister to trek through time to the 13th century. Colum, the clan's man-at-arm (and best friends with the chieftain), is charged with Kenna's safety. Of course, he's attracted to Kenna; she sees him for the player he is and leads him on a merry chase! Other suitors vie for Kenna's hand. And in this century men have been known to abduct the woman of their choice! Enjoyable, fun romance! Combining modern independent women with 13th century alpha men isn't an easy task; Ms. Greyson does it easily, true to each time period. Ready for the next sister's journey! (Stand-alone read.) Received book free for an honest review.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I liked this second Highland romance of Ms. Greyson even better than the first one! The characters from the first story were in it (Gray, Trulie and Granny), as well as the secondary characters, Colum (Gray’s man at arms) and Kenna (Trulie’s sister). Again, this author mixed realism and humor with fantasy so that it was a very believable fiction and very enjoyable. I also liked this author’s description of Ronan’s character (at first described as a villain who later revealed himself as a hero of sorts) and am excited to realize that he will have his story in another of this author’s books.