Scotland, 1335: Marriage between clans is a matter of property and power, rarely love. But the only daughter of Laird McKenna longs for passion—and finds it in a Highlander’s arms . . .
The unconventional Lady Katherine McKenna has been granted a rare privilege: the right to choose her own husband. It’s a more difficult task than she expected. When at last she agrees to a betrothal, it quickly goes awry, leaving Katherine alone in the wilds . . . and rescued by Laird Lachlan MacTavish. She’s captivated by the proud, brooding chief who shows her such tender care. But with their clans on the brink of war, the honorable Lachlan resists his attraction—until Katherine proclaims to her family that they will wed.
Though stunned by her boldness, Lachlan is intrigued by Katherine’s beauty and spirit, and the MacTavishes will benefit from an alliance with the powerful McKennas. But with family discord, treachery, and deceit in their midst, can they save a marriage that is destined to blossom into incomparable love?
Praise for Adrienne Basso’s No Other Highlander
“Building a lively, convincing world of 14th-century Scottish Highland culture, Basso ratchets up the dramatic tension with friction between different clans. . . . This heartwarming, satisfying historical lays intriguing groundwork for the series’ next installment.” –Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Between stints as a corporate financial analyst, marketing consultant, public librarian, wife and mother, Adrienne Basso has parlayed her vivid imagination and desire to tell romantic stories into a writing career. Regency England is her favorite time period and thus far she has set all her historical novels during that elegant time. She enjoys the challenge of creating stories that emphasize the everlasting strength and power of love and is truly delighted that her characters always achieve the fantasy of living happily ever after. Looking to expand her horizons beyond the realm of history, she has recently sold her first contemporary novel, which will be published in November 1999.
Adrienne and her husband, both native New Yorkers, now make their home in North Plainfield, New Jersey, along with their two sons. In her spare time she likes to pretend that she is an organized, efficient, dynamic super-woman. It doesn't always work.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i don't know what it is about 14th-century highland romances, but i love them. there's something about the setting, the time period that really appeals to me. all the alpha posturing by the clansmen should put be over the edge, but it rarely does. i think because the heros are usually super progressive and the women they fall in love with are always so clearly ahead of their time. it's funny to me that sometimes that same progressiveness will drive me batty in a regency romance, but in these renaissance-set novels i have no problems with it. anyway, the bride chooses a highlander finds katherine mackenna with the unusual chance to make her own choice for a husband. when she chooses hamish drummond, she's determined that they get along pleasantly enough and it should all work out for the best. when she finds him in another woman's arms at their betrothal celebration, she's quickly disabused of that notion. electing to run away, she quickly falls into the hands of aiden mctavish, who bears a grudge against her family. against his brother's orders, he takes katherine prisoner, and when she escapes it's his brother, lachlan who must deal with the consequences. from the moment these two characters appear on the page together, it is clear that they fit one another perfectly. lachlan is calm and steadfast and katherine fiery and headstrong, but the way these two characters can speak openly with each other, it's just perfect. they have to navigate clan politics and rivalries, and their own disparate upbringings to make things work, but they have the commitment to do it. and how it all comes to pass is just lovely. **the bride chooses a highlander will publish on december 18, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (zebra) in exchange for my honest review.
The path to true love is often rocky. Well, yes we all know that, but Katherine McKenna hoped that she could grow to love Hamish Drummond. Allowed to choose her husband, she thought she had made a good decision, only to find Hamish loved another! Of course she will not marry him now so she becomes the runaway bride and takes off! Laird Lachlan MacTavish is head of a clan that had been disgraced and punished for taking the wrong side in battle and his lands where taken by the king. He has been working hard to redeem his family and people and keep them from staving. Asked to retrieve his brother Robbie, he sends his brother Aiden instead. But Aiden comes upon Katherine and takes her captive. Fleeing she winds up in the woods nearly frozen and sick when Lachlan finds her. The adventure begins with several twist and turns as the two form an attachment as she heals. Katherine, with her sweet, spirited nature and Lachlan, who is strong and honest as he opens up to her about how his clan is struggling are a perfect match. But going back to face her father, there are several surprising turns and I could not wait to see what happens! I really enjoyed this story and the author did an excellent job with making the characters seem real and filling the story with action and intrigue as attraction grows. Oh yes, there is a villain too! Although part of a series this can be read as a standalone book. But I cannot wait to go back and read the others! Well done!
Lady Katherine McKenna is the only daughter of Laird McKenna and has been granted the right to choose her own husband. This is not a normal situation for that time, but she is a 22 year old spinster who wants to marry for love. There's no one that she cares for so she picks a man who she thinks she can grow to love. Just before she marries, she finds out that he is in love with another. Katherine runs away where she is kidnapped by another clan. She escapes and is rescued by Laird Lachlan MacTavish. They are attracted to each other but Lachlan's clan is small and on the verge of war. When Katherine and Lachlan marry, they think it will put an end to many of their problems.But there are many underlying intrigues and secrets. How can a marriage solve so marry problems? You have to read it to find out. I loved the book and the story. Katherine and Lachlan are a great couple with a lot of chemistry. Scottish men, what can I say? I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review for a honest opinion. The opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed Katherine and Lachlan's story! Katherine has been given the rare opportunity to choose her groom. She has finally made her decision and the families are celebrating the betrothal, when she learns that her betrothed is in love with someone else. Katherine flees back home, only to be kidnapped by Aiden MacTavish. He wants to hold her for ransom in exchange for his brother who is working in the McKenna quarry as punishment. Katherine manages to get away from Aiden, only to be rescued by his brother, Laird Lachlan MacTavish...although at the time she doesn't know his identity. Having gotten ill during her escape and with a snow storm coming, Lachlan takes Katherine to a hut to wait out the storm. They get to know one another while there and he finally tells her who she is. When the weather clears, Lachlan attempts to take Katherine home. Unfortunately, they run into an enemy and are forced to go back to Lachlan's home. When they eventually make there way to Katherine's family, she proposes to Lachlan, feeling this is the only way to won't be forced to marry her former betrothed. Can they make a go of this marriage when is was brought about by unusual circumstances? I really enjoyed watching these two come together. With all that was against them, I was really rooting for them! There is one more McKenna left! I can't wait to see what Basso has in store for him!