The Fearless Highlander

The Fearless Highlander

by Amy Jarecki


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The Fearless Highlander by Amy Jarecki

Heir to the most notorious clan in the Highlands, Hugh MacIain hides his identity while imprisoned in the bowels of Fort William's hell. Aye, this braw warrior has endured horrors that should have seen him dead, though now it appears it's the bloody flux that will send him to Satan's fire.

Optimistic, competent, and captivating, Charlotte Hill takes pity on the fevered prisoner sprawled atop a cot in the fort's surgery. When finally the Highlander opens his eyes, he seizes her heart with a pained stare. Truly, this is no commoner-but in 1692, a warrior loyal to the Jacobite cause and the daughter of a government colonel may as well be worlds apart.

After his escape, Hugh snatches his chance to woo the lass, until disaster strikes. While war and lust for vengeance force Charlotte further from Hugh's arms, the couple's romance seems aimlessly adrift on the open sea. Before they sail too far apart, can the tender love of an English lady coax a determined Highlander from his path of revenge?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542837330
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 500,953
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Winner of a RONE Award, bestselling author Amy Jarecki adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Amy loves to write steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past.

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The Fearless Highlander 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is pretty sappy & immature. Sorry
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
The Fearless Highlander, of the Highland Defender series by Amy Jarecki is a prequel to The Highland Duke and The Highland Commander. This book is set in the days leading up to the time when Scots had finally had enough of English atrocities. The massacre at Glencoe on February 13, 1692, where almost an entire clan was wiped out, was the last straw. As a result, the clans began meeting secretly under the guise of quarterly highland games. At the games, clan members competed to increase their strength and stamina for warfare. During these games the clan leaders met secretly to plan their strategy of revenge. The results of the hatred and prejudices between the Scots and the English, and of the slaughter of Scots by the English is a lesson humanity has yet to learn. Through the thoughts and voice of the lifelike characters, Jarecki says it best: "Hate was ugly. Hate played irrational tricks on his [Hugh's] mind, and if he let her, hate would eat him alive." Second in command to Charlotte's father was Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton, an English supremacist who wanted nothing less than to wipe all Scottish "savages" from the face of the earth. Sound familiar? In reality, these "savages" lived by a code of honor, hospitality, and respect that the English simply did not understand. In 1691, the truly fearless Hugh MacIain MacDonald, of Clan McIain, was imprisoned in the dreaded Fort William on trumped up charges. In the prison infirmary, he was shackled to a table and left to die of "the bloody flux". This is the love story of Hugh and Charlotte Hill, an English gentlewoman, and daughter of the governor of Fort William's daughter set against the tumultuous times. Charlotte is a fictitious character. Hugh likely represents John, the real-life son of the murdered clan chief, Alasdair Ruadh MacIain MacDonald, 12th chieftain of Glencoe. What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy? Improper placement of the word "only". "I wish I would have..." should be "I wish I had..." Use of "insure" when it should have been "ensure".
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A sweet and hot romance knitted into the Scottish struggle for freedom from English control The Fearless Highlander by Amy Jarecki is the first installment in the author’s Highland Defender series set in 1690s Scotland. The story embodies a time of much Scottish turmoil. Amy’s extensive researching is brilliantly evident as the fictional historical romance is interwoven into the thick of true events during the reign of William of Orange when the English occupied Fort William leading up to the Glencoe massacre in 1692. The romance features two unlikely leading characters: a warrior fiercely loyal to the Jacobite cause, Hugh MacIain, and the daughter of an English colonel, Charlotte Hill. Hugh MacLeod has been imprisoned in Fort William’s dungeon for nearly two years after having been captured at the Battle of Dunkeld. He is in severe ill health after being grossly mistreated by the English while in captivity. Hugh MacLeod is actually not his real name as if Hugh had given his captors his authentic name, he would have been murdered long ago. His real identity is Hugh Maclain MacDonald, the heir to Glencoe lands and one of the most feared rebellious Jacobite clans in Scotland. As the story opens, we meet Charlotte who assists the Doctor at the Fort. Charlotte discovers Hugh fevered and near death in the Doctor’s surgery room. She has pity on Hugh and nurses him to health. When he is well enough, she then helps Hugh escape. It will be nine months before the couple meets again. In that time, neither has been able to forget the other. Regardless, there is no tolerance among either the Scots or the English for the star-crossed lovers to have a future together. Both Hugh and Charlotte were likable, genuine characters. Their attraction was almost instantaneous. The scene where she feeds him because he was unable to do so himself was touching and funny. At the time, Hugh had no idea that she was the daughter of the man who was cruelly keeping him in chains. Their romance is sweet and hot and knitted into the Scottish struggle for freedom from English control. I listened to The Fearless Highlander. It was the first time I've ever listened to Joel Froomkin narrate. Joel has a very beautiful brogue, but, unfortunately, it was so thick I had a hard time understanding him. I actually replayed multiple parts over and over trying to decipher what he was saying. Oftentimes, I ended up giving up and proceeding with the story. I have glanced at other reviews and there are many others who had no difficulty at all with his performance and loved his narration – so I would encourage you to check out one of his performances for yourself. Truly, you may not have the same problem that I did. Amy is one of my favorite go-to authors. I know when I pick up one of her books, I’m in for a treat. The Fearless Highlander is a well-paced, action-packed tale packed with history and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys well-written Scottish romances. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, The Valiant Highlander, soon! It will be the story of Sir Donald MacDonald, the Baronet of Sleat, and trews-wearing, musket-wielding, redheaded Mary of Castleton! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Hill spends her days tending ill prisoners in Fort William's infirmary. When a giant Highlander is brought in with a raging fever and essentially left to die, Charlotte takes pity on the man, tending him herself and eventually helping him escape, losing her heart to him in the process. Much to her surprise, Charlotte sees the man again several months later and learns that he is actually Hugh MacIan, heir to a powerful and notorious Highland clan. With a backdrop of violence and simmering rebellion on the horizon, Charlotte and Hugh are worlds apart, but neither can deny the attraction brewing between them. Can love survive between an avowed Jacobite and the daughter of the very man responsible for one of the worst atrocities committed against the Highlanders in all of British history? This is the first Amy Jarecki novel I had ever read, and I was blown away! Her sensitive and compelling handling of the Glencoe massacre is a masterful fictionalization of one of the most heinous crimes against the Highlanders in England's quest to subdue the clans of Scotland. The novel is full of action and adventure, and captures not only the violence, betrayal and bloodlust of both the English and Scottish soldiers of the time, but also the generosity, bravery, pride, strength and capacity for love that embodied clan society. This book is extremely well-written, and the strength and depth of the characters shines through each page. While fans of historical romance will certainly enjoy this book, I think it will also appeal to a broader audience of people who just enjoy a good book.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Hugh McIain was imprisoned in Fort Williams In Scotland but would not let his true identity be revealed. He had been at Fort Williams a year in a half and is very sick and in bad shape, The prisoners have complained and finally Hugh was taken to the prison’s “ doctor” . There he meets Charolette who helps him get better then finally escape, Charolette is prison wardens daughter and a lady. But still her feelings for Hugh grew to more than just concern for another human and Hugh also cared for her. Hugh is the heir to the Glenco lands and a very fierce clan. Charolette had saved Hug']s life in more than one way. Charolette’s father is Colonial Hill and Charolette does not agree with how cruel he treats the prisoners they would be better off in hell. Her father is trying to get Charolette to marry the cruel doctor but Charolette doesn’t want to. After Charolette helps Hugh escape it is nine months before she sees Hugh again and no one would agree to their match except them. Will this work. I truly enjoyed this story to have a a father so cruel and to be such a caring person is quiet the contrast. But I was pleased how Charolette toke care of Hugh and then helped him escape. The plot was good almost a Romeo and Juliet type story just no deaths but I still really liked this. The writing was good. I also like the twists and turns of this story. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Great Historical Read! Hugh has been taken prisoner at Fort William and is on the verge of dying. He his taken to the surgery and the only person willing to care for him is Charlotte, the daughter of the government colonel. He begins to recover and his able to escape, however the chemistry between Hugh and Charlotte is too powerful for him to let her go. This is a fast paced historical read with plenty of drama and suspense. The chemistry between Charlotte and Hugh is amazing. A great read!