The Highland Commander

The Highland Commander

by Amy Jarecki
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The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki

"Readers craving history entwined with their romance (a la Outlander) will find everything they desire in Jarecki's latest. Scottish romance fans rejoice." —RT Book Reviews

She cannot resist the man behind the mask...
As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father's urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year's holiday masquerade. It's practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask—sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can't help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.

But will he betray his country for a kiss?
Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie's true identity-and learns that her father is accused of treason-will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?

"This book hit all the right notes for me: swoon-worthy hero (oh, so, swoon-worthy); a sympathetic and capable heroine; intrigue and action scenes (fast paced); witty dialogue and banter; and sensual love scenes that grow the relationship. An excellent read." —The Romance Dish

Lords of the Highlands series:
The Highland Duke
The Highland Commander
The Highland Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455597857
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Highland Lords Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 111,686
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Amy Jarecki is a descendant of an ancient Lowland clan and adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy writes steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past. Amy loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted through her website at

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The Highland Commander 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel 4 months ago
Lady Magdalen Keith “Maggie” is the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl. When he is arrested for treason, she goes to London to plead for his innocence and release. Aiden Murray hadn’t planned on ever seeing the masked beauty again after seeing her at a masked highland ball. When he reluctantly helps a young woman and her maid out, ruining his plans, he’s shocked to find out it’s the same woman. He’s even more shocked to find out who she is. This was a pretty good book. It had a nice twist with Aiden that was funny and I really appreciated. Unlike some stories, Maggie is actually loved by her father and is willing to go through anything to free him. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
sportochick 6 months ago
Another masquerade...oh I love masquerade's. The rest of the story following the masquerade is very exciting, full of lots of secrets as well as intrigue. The author continues her The Lords of the Highlands Series with another well written book that will keep the reader enthralled till the last page. From the beginning chapter where the author sets up the meeting between Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray and Lady Magdalen Keith the reader will have a wild rollercoaster ride as the plot continually evolves. Both characters are fully developed with the most unusual personalities that really caught my attention. At one point the reader will wonder if there will ever be a resolution to this tricky situation but slowly they will see the light at the end of the tunnel and in the end the reader will be satisfied. For this reason I give it 4 stars.
Ajgray 7 months ago
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Enjoyed the storyline. The growing romance between Aiden and Maddie covers a long period of time, with months of separation and stIll the love grows between them. Events happen that separate them and then brings them back together. The tension between the English and the Highlanders was evident throughout the book. I can readily recommend this book as a good read.
Crystal61 7 months ago
I loved Maddie's positive outlook on life despite her situation. She had strength to carry on when others tried to bring her down. She does have a low point which had tears in my eyes. Aiden made me smile more often than not as he grows to realize his true feelings. There are many ups and downs, danger, and separations for these two, but their love is strong enough to pull them through. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
TammyS32 7 months ago
This is a fast paced read with plenty of drama and suspense. I really liked both Maddie and Aiden, there chemistry is amazing and you really get to see them grow as characters. The story is entwined with plenty of history and an excellent story that held my interest throughout. I really liked it!
FaeScot 7 months ago
Amy's highland romance historicals are always inventive and different. This one is delightful, sometimes hard to read and oh so satisfying. This story is set during the tumultuous time in history where Scotland finds itself divided as to who the true ruler is. Henry VIII died without a living son as heir. The line of succession went to his sister, Margaret Tudor who married James IV of Scotland. Independent Scotland being incorporated into England didn't go well. And to sum up history, we have several male rules with no issue surviving and the line goes to the females. Then you mix in the Catholic/Protestant issues thanks to Henry VIII and Catholic Scotland and you have major conflict with the line of succession. This is a time of civil unrest. Her heroine is an illegitimate daughter of an Earl. He claimed her and has supported her although since she was nine, not an active part of her life. He's married and the step-mother is not happy about the results of the previous relationship. Maddie is strong and independent having to make her own way in life and not really having a foot in society. She's been granted the title of Lady as a daughter of an Earl but has been snubbed all her life because of her birth. She find herself at the age of 22 hieing off to London to get her Da released from the Tower because he has been accused of treason for being in Edinburgh when the "Pretender", Catholic James Frances Edward Stuart crossed from being exiled in France in attempt to take the throne from Protestant Queen Ann Stuart (who has no children btw). Maddie's step-mother cannot make the trip as she's 8 month pregnant. She meets Commander Aiden Murray when she arrives, who met at a dance at her Da's castle a few months ago. He comes to the aid of a maiden in distress. Oh I love Aiden, ever the "guardian-protector" and one who cannot leave a lady in trouble even if he really doesn't want to get involved. I'm a sucker for guardian-protector heroes, sigh... The story progresses from there and oh what a journey. This is a violent time in history and not to give any spoilers but Maddie spends her own time in London Tower that could be difficult for some readers. Amy handles it well in my opinion but the story is true to history and probably softened quite a bit. I loved seeing the struggle between these two trying NOT to fall in love. They are NOT right for each other according to society. I have to say I loved how Aiden came to her rescue. Thank you Amy for allowing me the opportunity of reviewing this story for you. Awesome adventure once again!
MyBookAddictionandMore 7 months ago
The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki is a fantastic Medieval Scottish Romance. #2 in the highly anticipated series, “Lords of the Highlands”, but it can be read as a stand alone. Fast paced with a most enjoyable cast of characters. Lady Magdalen Keith, an illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl and Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray are the stars of this most intriguing story of treason, passion, adventure, intrigues and romance. Can Magdalen and Aiden save her father from the gallows, as their love blossoms? Once again, Ms. Jarecki has created a story readers can relate to, and love in fall with, as they transverse the terrain of politics, love and treason. Another absolute heart pounding tale by the fabulous Amy Jarecki! I can’t wait for the “Highland Guardian”. Ms. Jarecki is a master Medieval Scottish romance! She brings the characters to life on the pages of another great read! Her vitualizations, and her details brings the Highlands to life for readers. An absolute must read for fans of Highland Romance, brawn Highlanders and the feisty lasses who tame their hearts. Another WOW story!! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
etoile1996 7 months ago
it's interesting to read about the characters in the highland commander, because it is not often that your heroes are on the wrong side of history. in the early eighteenth century england and scotland are still at odds. and the jacobites believe that the rightful heir to the throne of england is the roman catholic stuart exiled to france. many a scotsman are jacobites, and aiden murray, the second son of the duke of atholl is one of them. he serves as a lieutenant, and then as a commander in the royal scottish navy. and while he's not in a position to publicize his political leanings, he does hold true to them. lady magdalen keith is the illegitimate daughter of the earl of keith who has been imprisoned for being a jacobite sympathizer and for treasonous actions against the queen. meeting in london for the second time—their first meeting was an interlude at a masquerade where they both succumb to an undeniable attraction—aiden puts aside his plans to debauch himself during his leave and instead sets about helping maddie as best he can. but the politics at court are tenuous and maddie is in some terrible danger. aiden has to put himself at incredible political risk in order to save her, and even then there is no certainty that either of them will make it out alive. what they endure, they endure because they are together, because they have the promise of being together to hold them up. believing in one another is the only thing they can trust, because god and country are against them. aiden and maddie are each other's first loves. they are truly each other's one and onlys. in some ways their relative naïveté works, because the odds are so squarely stacked against them that only youth and relative unworldliness would let them believe that they could survive this. there's a lot of political thriller in this romance novel. i am not as familiar with the time period as i am with the regency or victorian era so i had to refresh my memory with some wikipedia deep dives. it's interesting, and i'm always up for shaking up my historical time periods ever so often, it's a nice switch from the nineteenth century that i'm used to. **the highland commander will publish on june 27, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
BookReview4you 7 months ago
'The Highland Commander' by Amy Jarecki is book Two in the "Lords of the Highlands" series. This is the story of Lady Magdalen 'Maddie 'Keith and Aiden Murray. This can easily be a standalone book.Maddie is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl. Once her father married the wife did not want her in site and so she was raised with a ladies maid. Aiden is the second son of an Earl and with that being the case he has been grated freedom that an heir wouldn't have. So Aiden had joined the Scottish Naval to go forward with his life. There on a outing from the ship he happens to meet Maddie at a Masquerade ball that he is attending with his fellow workers. Maddie is allowed to attend since it is a Masquerade ball that her father is giving and it will be a chance to see him in an open setting. But her chance meeting with Aiden has left her breathless but they both know that they won't see each other again. About a year or so later Maddie is asked by her Step Mother to help her father who has been taken in for treason. Maddie who has never been useful or wanted by her Step Mother before now needs her it seems. Maddie goes forward to be the voice for her father but things just doesn't go very easily for her. Aiden happens to come to the aid of a women who he quick realizes it is Maddie from the Masquerade ball. Aiden takes her into his family home to give her a place to stay while she is trying to sort out this business with her father. Aiden and Maddie don't have a easy time of it but with Love it always wins in the end!"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily
Guitarmomma19 7 months ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this series!! Dramatic scenes, building danger and burning desires scattered throughout make for an edge of your seat read.  Aiden spends his days at sea. But after a chance meeting with a woman he can't forget at a ball, he wonders when he will see her again. Maddie is the backyard daughter of an Earl. And as such she catches and heard all the answers and comments. But when she meets Aiden he makes her feel like a queen. But when will she see him again?? In the midst of turmoil between Scotland and England, Aiden and Maddie are caught between scandals and secrets. The queen becomes more unhinged in her hatred for the Scots. And as Maddie becomes the Queens harpist she must be careful, for the court has eyes and ears everywhere. Who can be trusted?? Aiden and Maddie embark on a love affair that travels through several years, never knowing when they will meet again or if one or the other will even remain alive. And when the worst happens to Maddie, Aiden must act quickly to save her, and their love it she will be lost to him forever.
PegGlover 7 months ago
The Highland Commander is a well-written and exciting historical fiction romance. Lady Magdalen Keith was used to being shunned and treated as an outcast. As an infant her mother gave her up, knowing that she’d have a richer life with her father, the Earl of Marischal. However, when the Earl married, everything in Lady Magdalen’s life changed. Her stepmother didn’t want the Earl of Marshal’s illegitimate daughter in her home. So, Lady Magdalen was sent away, ostracized, once again. The Earl provided financially, for Lady Magdalen, and on occasion, visited her, but that was the extent of his expression of love for her. Lady Magdalen met First Lieutenant Aiden Murray at one of her father’s masquerade balls. Lady Magdalen thought that when the two of them fell in love, her days of being snubbed and treated as an outcast were over. She was wrong, though, very wrong. The Highland Commander is a riveting story filled with suspense, betrayal, and romance. I was captivated and cared about the characters right from the start. Lady Magdalen is a strong, likable heroine and Lord Aiden Murray, a hero like no other. Although the story does not paint the Earl of Marischal as a villain, I didn’t like him. He put Lady Magdalen in harm’s way, too often for my liking. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
Brigittehf 7 months ago
Fabulous This delightful story takes place during the time of Queen Anne's reign and the ongoing conflict between England and Scotland over the rightful Heir to the throne. Although this is fictitious, some of the characters and events are based on historical facts. Aiden is a Ship Commander and being the second son, he has no rightful claim to his father's title or inheritance. He is happy with his situation and quite likes his life at sea. Magdalen known as Maddie is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl and she has been granted the title of a Lady. She runs a women's hospital where she feels safe from the nastiness of the socialites. Her other escape is playing the harp. Maddie's father is holding a masquerade on Hogmanay and has invited the crew from Aiden's ship. Although Maddie is not one for socialising, her father coaxes her into attending the ball and when Aiden spots her, he is taken by her grace and beauty despite the mask that she is wearing. They have a dance and find that they like each other's company, enough for Maddie to agree to go for a walk in the freezing cold. Aiden feels something that he has never felt before and they share a kiss which neither of them will be able to forget. They part ways as Aiden has to return to his ship. When Maddie's father is accused of being a traitor, she doesn't hesitate to go to London to plead his case. Agnes, her life long maid accompanies her. They run across some difficulties and as fate would have it, Aiden just happens to be there and he comes to the rescue. He is very accommodating and they start on an amorous journey. What Maddie doesn't expect is the appaling treatment she receives from the court for being who she is. Basically, she is treated like dirt! Unfortunately, Aiden has to return to sea and Maddie is stuck in London at the queen's demand. She grins and bears the unfair treatment for her father's sake. One of the ladies of the court takes an intense dislike to her and humiliates her at every opportunity. There is an incident regarding the Queen and fingers are pointed in Maddie's direction. She is more or less condemned before being tried and it looks like there is no way out. From this point onwards, I was on tenterhooks. Aiden has received some news which has changed their situation but can he turn a blind eye and leave her to her fate? This author excels at turning historical events into beautiful and mesmerising stories. The sequence of events is vividly described and the behaviour of the redcoats and the highlanders is credible. The romance is a real rollercoaster of emotions and the love story is heartfelt. It's a moving story with convincing characters. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.