The Highland Renegade

The Highland Renegade

by Amy Jarecki

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Fans of Hannah Howell and Diana Gabaldon will love this Scottish romance that combines a "knockout love story with an action-packed plot" (Booklist) as a Highland laird risks his own life to rescue the daughter of his sworn enemy.

Famed for his fierceness, Laird Robert Grant is above all a loyal Highland clan chief. But when redcoats capture his rival's daughter, he sets aside their feud and races to her rescue. Aye, Janet Cameron is beautiful, cunning, and so very tempting, but a Cameron lass is the last woman he should ever desire.

Janet refuses to meekly surrender, not even when surrounded by foes. She takes every chance to escape, first from the English soldiers and then from the wickedly handsome Robert. Yet with each day they spend together, his unexpected gallantry chips away at her reserve little by little. As danger and treachery loom, can she trust him enough to choose love over vengeance?

"Flirtatious, sensuous romance and adventure fill the pages of this mesmerizing historical, and the undercurrent of Jacobite rebellion raises the tension." --Publishers Weekly

"Jarecki further enhances her reputation for crafting stellar Scottish romances by giving readers a knockout love story, with an action-packed plot richly imbued with colorful period details and a perfectly matched hero and heroine whose sensual exploits are hot enough to warm the coldest of Scottish nights." --Booklist

"With passion, precision, and consummate skill, Jarecki has penned an adventurous romance that is greatly enhanced by an exquisite depiction of life in the early 18th-century Scottish Highlands. Beautifully done." --Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538729618
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Lords of the Highlands Series , #5
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 171,562
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Award winning and Amazon All-Star author, Amy Jarecki likes to grab life, latch on, and reach for the stars. She's married to a mountain-biking pharmacist and has put four kids through college. She studies karate, ballet, yoga, and often you'll find her hiking Utah's Santa Clara Hills. Reinventing herself a number of times, Amy sang and danced with the Follies, was a ballet dancer, a plant manager, and an accountant for Arnott's Biscuits in Australia. After earning her MBA from Heroit-Watt University in Scotland, she dove into the world of Scottish historical romance and hasn't returned. Become a part of her world and learn more about Amy's books on

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The Highland Renegade 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
This scintillatingly sexy, sensuously romantic, and excitingly bold adventure is my favorite of the series so far! It is fast-paced, well-written and populated with likable and memorable characters. The hero and heroine are my favorite characters – of course – but I also really liked the hero’s sister, Emma and his best friend Ciar. I think they will be the featured couple in the next book – and I can’t wait to see that. Laird Robert Grant and Miss Janet Cameron have been more than a little aware of each other for a long time, but neither of them would ever admit it. They’d vehemently deny it – and they would honestly believe it. They’ve covertly watched each other across fields and ballrooms for a very long time, but any relationship between them is totally forbidden. The Grants and the Camerons have been feuding for seven generations and the current leaders of the clans aren’t about to end the feud now. It is a very dangerous time in Scotland and all of the inhabitants have to be constantly on their guard. Queen Anne sits on the throne of England and has dispatched red-coated soldiers all over Scotland to ‘keep the peace’ and to look for signs of anyone who supports the Stuart line for succession to the throne. The Jacobite cause is widely supported among the Highlanders and they are particularly vulnerable to the English Soldiers retaliations for any small infractions – real or imagined. The author did an outstanding job of making you feel that tension in the air – it surrounded everything and was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Excellent mood setting Ms. Jarecki. Janet has traveled from Achnacarry to Inverlochy with her brother Kennan with the stated purpose of attending the Samhain Gathering and doing some shopping. Her real purpose is to look over all of the eligible men in hopes of finding a candidate for a husband – one she can love. Her father has recently remarried, though he is in his sixties, and Janet’s new step-mother wants to marry Janet off. Janet knows that if she can’t find someone herself, her step-mother will be more than happy to choose someone for her. Unfortunately for Janet, she attracts the attention of the Englishman, Lieutenant Winfred Cummins, charged with ‘keeping the peace’ during what he calls ‘an uncivilized pagan gathering’. That will not end well. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn’t let up until the very end. After a confrontation with Lieutenant Cummins, Janet witnesses a confrontation between her brother and Laird Grant. Laird Grant is accusing her clan of stealing cattle from him. How dare he! Why, the Camerons have also had cattle stolen – maybe the Grants stole them. The animosity continues until finally, Ciar manages to convince both Robert and Kennan to battle each other – one-on-one – to end the feud. That goes well until Kennan cheats. Later, after Janet has another confrontation with Lieutenant Cummins, he arrests her and proceeds to take her to Ft. Williams. Robert rescues her and they head off into the worst blizzard anyone has ever seen – with the Red Coats in hot pursuit. Janet is badly injured during the chase and Robert has to nurse her. ** See the rest of my review at:
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story was hard to put down. With the danger, the humor, and the love, I just wanted to find out what was next. Robert was protective from the beginning, and he was willing to change the situation so that he could have what he wanted, Janet. She also changed her perspective as she got to know Robert and realized not all was as it seems, in more ways than one. Emma and Ciar were wonderful secondary characters, and I would love to know more about them. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Dragonrose More than 1 year ago
The Highland Renegade is the fifth book in the Lords of the Highlands series by Amy Jarecki. It can easily be read as a standalone book but I think once you read it, if you haven't read the other books, you will want to do just that. From the very first page to the last this book is a real page-turner, I wanted to read it as quickly as possible to find out how it would end. It's one thing knowing a book will have a happy ending, but the joy is getting to that ending. Janet Cameron convinces her brother to take her with him to the Samhain celebrations. Her step-mother is very close to marrying her off to any man, probably one that Janet won't like at all. She wants to take the opportunity at the celebrations to try to find her own husband. Unfortunately, the only man she fancies, but would never admit to it, is Laird Robert Grant. He and his clan have been enemies of the Cameron clan for as long as she can remember. Besides, he has recently accused her family of stealing cattle from him which they definitely did not. Robert Grant has seen Janet on various occasions, he knows he shouldn't be attracted to her, but he is. He has no intention of doing anything about it though. Even if he wanted to it would be impossible to spend any time with her because of the rivalry between their clans. All that changes at the Samhain celebrations. Janet slaps a redcoat soldier when he won't take no for an answer when he asks her to dance. Robert steps in to tell the man to leave her alone, he follows the request with a punch to the face! That's when the trouble begins. Robert tells Janet to run with her brother, he will be running with his clan. They have to escape before they both end up in Jail. Although a trial would see them released there is no telling how long they would be rotting in jail waiting for the trial. Besides which, Janet would be vulnerable to the likes of the soldier who started all the trouble. Janet and her brother find themselves in dire need of help when the redcoats catch up to them and although Robert and his men are well on the way to safety, he turns back when he hears Janet scream. And so starts the building of their relationship. They run together after he rescues her but all sorts of trials and tribulations are ahead of them as they try to get out of the near blizzard conditions and to safety. Time together allows them to see the good in each other, and for their romantic feelings to start to surface. Can they have a future together, it doesn't seem likely. But first and foremost they have to get the redcoats of their backs. This book truly was fabulous. The drama and adventure of it were captivating enough, but the romance between the Laird and Janet was absolutely perfect. He was the perfect hero, and she is the perfect woman for him. Their passion knows no bounds when they give in to it. The author certainly knows how to write an amazingly good steamy encounter! The secondary characters introduced in the story were ones that I hope to hear about more in future stories. Especially Emma, Robert's sister. She was born blind but hasn't let it stop her enjoying her life, she plays music, runs the house, and Janet even teaches her to knit! I can't sufficiently put into words just how much I loved this book. I recommend that you read it so you can see for yourself just how good it is.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this Highlander read. Robert falls for the daughter of his sworn enemy when he rescues her from the English. Can she truly trust an enemy of her father? This is a fast-paced read with plenty of drama and great chemistry. The characters are such fun and the story really takes you back in time on an adventure. I was hooked from beginning to end.
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Laird Grant is in an untenable predicament. His clan has been fighting with the Cameron’s for so long it is hard to remember just how the debauchery of whose wife happened. Equally, it is easy for Grant to accuse the Cameron’s of thieving his yearlings. They’ve been thieving back and forth each other’s stock like an itch of a mosquito bite, where it is second nature to ‘scratch’. This time it is extreme – 66 yearlings just gone. Who could have done it if not the Cameron’s for it would take a large group to organize this? When Grant is forced to protect the lovely Janet Cameron from the queen’s dragoon he does it because it’s the right thing to do—not for any other reason…maybe. Janet’s brother Kennan follows much as his father has in the feud. It is what he learned as a child and as grown up he doesn’t believe they are trustworthy. He shows his dislike to Grant, yet Grant again, shows he’s made of better stuff. As a reader, I took Grant’s side, hands down. Bad goes further south when Lieutenant Cummins takes notice, one too many times, to Janet. This finds Janet and Grant both running to stay away from the English prison. The pursuit is on, the journey is terrifying and edifying. Janet’s mindset is shifting. She is starting to see Grant is more than the feuding enemy of her father. She sees a kind brother, fair laird who is loved by his people. Passion ends up sizzling underneath the surface. Each knows what they feel can’t go further, because feuding clans have no tolerance for each other. Grant’s life is on the line and so is Janet’s. Can there be a coming together of the clans to protect their own from the English? Will their own personal relationship win the day? Can each clan support a new paradigm? A note about Janet: I loved this character. She is everything I would like to be if I were in her place. She’s strong-willed, even-tempered with a just and fair spirit, all wrapped in feisty temperament! Author Jarecki has again created another tale in Lords of the Highlands which will entertain you with dangerous suspenseful scenes in one moment, emotional passionate scenes or tender moments in another. Her character development and ARC is spot-on. She is an author I can safely say you will enjoy.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Holy Snapdragons!! Can a story get any better than this one? Hard to do when there is a braw, fierce, handsome, highland warrior, one Robert Grant, Laird of Clan Grant, who is everything one would want (well I mean the ladies, umm yes he is something!). Janet Cameron has traveled with her brother to attend the Samain celebration and hopes to find a husband among those present. Of course her friend pushes her toward Robert, but the Grants and Camerons have a long feud and recent developments have then at odds again. Janet is very strong willed and refuses to be linked to Robert, but fate has a hand it seems when they are drawn together. English Redcoats are in the area, supposedly keeping the peace in Scotland. But the leader has his eye on Janet and pursues her. When it becomes evident the man will not leave her alone and intends to arrest her, Robert steps in to protect her. One thing leads to another and the adventure or rather harrowing experiences begin. Robert vows to himself, "Janet Cameron would be safe on his watch. Nary a soul will touch her. I swear it." On a journey for their lives, through a winter storm, riding in land that is difficult, even in good weather and a gut wrenching fall, the enemy continues their pursuit. Janet is so strong and determined to survive and Robert seems hard, but deep down he has a lot of feelings. They are strongly aware of each other and the emotions were off the charts! I truly loved these two and Amy has brought them to life. I can feel the cold and angst with her amazing descriptions and wonderful words. This is one of my favorite books I have read this year but is seems every story written in this series is outstanding!! Cannot wait for the next book!! Lori Dykes
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
This is a new twist on the Romeo & Juliet story, highlander style. Robert Grant is Laird of the Grant Clan. Janet Cameron is the daughter of Laird Ewen Cameron, neighbors of Grant that they have feuded with for generations. One of the lairds violated one of the other's female and it's never been forgotten. They raid each other's cattle and distrust each other on sight. Unfortunately Robert and Janet have been eyeing each others for years, drawn to forbidden fruit. At a Samhain gathering Janet is a popular dance partner and English Lieutenant Winfred Cummins is drunk and wants his turn. He refuses to take no for an answer and chaos ensues. Everyone scatters since Scotland is under English "protection" to ensure loyalty to the English Queen Anne. Janet escapes with her brother Kennan and they race home with Cummins and his troops close behind. Robert and his men are off towards home when he hears Janet scream and he races to her rescue saving Kennan's life while he's at it. They still have to hide from Cummins and so starts the adventure. I really liked both of these characters. Robert is honorable, resourceful and a good Laird to his clan and family. His blind sister Emma almost stole the book. Amy's sensitivity to her infirmity is well written. I kinda hope she and Kennan end up together. Janet tries so hard not to fall for Robert but it's just not possible as they end up spending so much alone time together depending on each other to survive. Cummins is a delightful villain inhabiting all the worst in the English soldiers and dogged determination to find Janet. We meet old friends at the Duke of Gordon's ball too as well as the disguised displaced Scottish King. I enjoy Amy's rich character driven highland adventures that are so full of action and passion. Thank you Amy and Forever for the opportunity to review this story.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This is the fifth compelling book in Amy Jarecki’s exciting Lords of the Highlands series. Laird Robert Grant has had his eye on Janet Cameron for years. Unfortunately, Janet was his sworn enemy’s daughter. Her family has clashed with Robert’s clan for generations. And, although Robert knew that Janet Cameron was off limits to him, his heart didn’t care. Janet was the most beautiful and compassionate woman he’d ever encountered. Dealing with her father, however, was another story. The powerful Cameron laird was fierce, ruthless, and a stubborn force to contend with. When Robert heard Janet scream, he rushed to her, even though, doing so angered the Cameron males. Janet Cameron had a change of heart regarding her father’s nemesis, Robert Grant, after witnessing Robert’s loving-kindness towards herself and his blind sister, Emma. Janet had been brought up to despise the Grants, but there was nothing sinister or dishonest about Robert Grant. No, the great Laird, was brave, fierce, honest, and heaven help her, devilishly handsome. Even after Robert saved Janet’s life, the Cameron Laird snubbed him. Although Janet respected her father’s decision, her heart broke. Could the century-old feud ever be resolved? Janet didn’t think so. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written and captivating historical fiction romance. The Highland Renegade is crafted with intrigue, danger, likable characters, and, of course, romance. Thank you, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars - Families deemed them enemies for life but their hearts destined them to be so much more. Set in their own hurtful, bias mindset, Janet and Robert, the main couple, though attracted to one another, seemed just as quick to keep this seven generations family feud going as everyone else. If not for the unplanned set of circumstances that had them spending time together, I have to wonder if they ever would have let love conquer all. Thankfully for us and them that is exactly what happened. Their simmering chemistry could not be denied, my fellow Scottish romance book loving friends. The attraction the evil, English Dragoon had for Janet was questionable at best, as he seemed just as inclined to throw her in prison to rot along with every other highlander he came across. Yeah, that redcoat saw red whenever he crossed paths with a Scot. I found what happened to him in the long run karma but eyebrow raising bizarre at the same time. I also pegged him (no pun intended) for something he was trying to get away with long before it was revealed. What I really wanted to see was a heroine so full of her highlander heritage she’d jump out of windows and into rivers to keep the hero on his toes and on a merry chase. Hey, don’t laugh. I read a book once with that same scenario, and it was epic. When the synopsis implied Janet takes every chance she gets to escape, first from the English then the hero, I thought that was what I was in for. However, I didn’t see the connection of her wanting to flee from Robert. She was quick to spar with him using words. Even resentful and angry at times, but I don’t remember her ever purposely running from him. She did shine through with her strength and resilience though in dealing with the dangerous weather conditions she and Robert found themselves. All in all, I’ve enjoyed the first two books of this series the most. This storyline was certainly enjoyable but not as full of surprises as I had expected. At least Robert eventually manned up in a verra big way and put everything on the line to win the hand of his lady love. P.S. Robert's younger sister was quite sweet and endearing. I've a sweet spot for heroine's with that condition. I'd love to see her paired with the guy who was only a friend to Janet. Title: The Highland Renegade, Series: Lords of the Highlands (Book 5), Author: Amy Jarecki, Pages: 368, stand-alone but part of a series, very steamy scenes, danger has them on the run, evil villain, family feud, no love triangle, no cheating, no OM/OW drama pop up, brief attempted rape scene. Rating: 3.5 stars. Book 1 - The Highland Duke (Akira & Geordie), Pages: 384, 3/28/17 Book 2 - The Highland Commander (Magdalen & Aidan), Pages: 384, 6/27/17 Book 3 - The Highland Guardian (Reid & Audrey), Pages: 368, 12/19/17 Book 4 - The Highland Chieftain (Mairi & Dunn), Pages: 352, 7/31/18 Book 5 - The Highland Renegade (Robert & Janet), Pages: 384, 1/8/19 Book 6 - The Highland Earl (John & Evelyn), Pages: 368, 6/25/19 (not yet released) (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Highland Renegade by Amy Jarecki Lords of the Highlands #5 With the Samhain Festival at hand and two clans blaming one another for the loss of their sheep the situation is tense for the Camerons and Grants. Throw in the English to “keep the peace” and you have a situation rife for trouble and that is just what happens when Lieutenant Cummins becomes a bit to attentive to Janet Cameron and rather than lose face he opts to arrest her for slapping him. Then the chase ensues with Robert Grant coming to her rescue. The trip is not easy for her and she does sustain and injury but as she heals she realizes that what she thought true of Robert is just the opposite. Of course true love is not ever easily achieved so the two have to spend some time apart and find a way to be together which is part and parcel of this is the bad guy getting his comeuppance. Entertaining and fun story that left me wanting to read whatever comes next by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Grand for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Highland Renegade by Amy Jarecki Lords of the Highlands #5 With the Samhain Festival at hand and two clans blaming one another for the loss of their sheep the situation is tense for the Camerons and Grants. Throw in the English to “keep the peace” and you have a situation rife for trouble and that is just what happens when Lieutenant Cummins becomes a bit to attentive to Janet Cameron and rather than lose face he opts to arrest her for slapping him. Then the chase ensues with Robert Grant coming to her rescue. The trip is not easy for her and she does sustain and injury but as she heals she realizes that what she thought true of Robert is just the opposite. Of course true love is not ever easily achieved so the two have to spend some time apart and find a way to be together which is part and parcel of this is the bad guy getting his comeuppance. Entertaining and fun story that left me wanting to read whatever comes next by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Grand for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
As most of you know, Historical Romances are not my typical reads. I’m not going to lie to you, it did take me a little bit to really get into this one. However, once I did, I was totally hooked. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Robert and Janet. Their story captivated and intrigued me. I love a good forbidden romance, so I was excited to see the outcome of this story. You see, Janet is the daughter of Robert’s sworn enemy. When Janet gets captured, Robert puts aside their familiar differences and rushes to her rescue. Janet is everything that Robert wants in a woman, but can’t have…..Janet herself is a force to be reckoned with. She’s not just going to roll over and surrender. She tries to escape every chance she gets. It’s Robert that throws a wrench into her plans. She knows she should get far away from him, but the more time these two are together, the more she sees the good in Robert. With danger and betrayal afoot, will Janet be able to trust the one man she wants, but shouldn’t have? There’s only one way to find out.. Overall, I had a really great time reading this story. I loved the history, the language and getting to learn about the highlanders. This story was really well written and entertaining. You can tell that a lot of thought and research went into it. I loved that The Highlander Renegade was written in a way that you can easily follow without having to read the prior books first. And, as I previously stated, I enjoy a good forbidden romance and couldn’t get over just how perfectly matched Robert and Janet were. Those two definitely kept me on my toes. At the end of the day, The Highland Renegade was just a fun book to get lost and swept away in. From great characters to action and romance. To steamy good times, danger and not knowing who to really trust; this book hit all the marks for me. I’m still pretty new to the historical romance genre, but I found this one to be a great one to dive into. Amy Jarecki is a totally new author to me and after reading this book, I’m excited to check out more of this author’s work.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Janet Cameron had thought that the annual Samhain celebrations might prove a good occasion to look if she might find a suitable gentleman to marry, instead of dreading what groom her stepmother might choose for her. The only handsome man, in Janet’s eyes, is her father’s sworn enemy: Laird Robert Grant. But the pleasant outing Janet was enjoying with her friend Mairi soon took a most unexpected turn. Things go from bad to worse when Robert rescues her from a bloodthirsty Englishman. THE HIGHLAND RENEGADE starts with much action as the red coats are intent on making life difficult for the Highlanders, in addition to the cattle thievery that has plagued the Grant and Cameron clans, and Janet’s brother Kennan is not helping with his temper. However things simmer down for a while, after Robert takes Janet to safety. I loved that Robert rescued Janet out of chivalry and loyalty to Scotland, and not out of lust; that part came later. In spite of a centuries-long feud between their clans, Robert and Janet cannot help being attracted to each other. Although the lust between them is palpable, I never quite got the impression that they were in love, I cannot put my finger on why exactly. Amy Jarecki’s descriptions of Scotland are breathtaking, and all along I felt as if I were seeing those stunning sites. Which is why I found rather strange that I could never quite get a clear picture of either Janet or Robert; maybe I was having an off-day. I was also baffled at Robert’s age: 14+17=27? As always, Ms. Jarecki’s research is impeccable, thorough and extensive as we witness the precarious political climate in Scotland in 1712-1713. And I do believe the next instalment will feature my two favourite characters in this book, one of them being Robert’s delightful sister Emma.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
Two families, a feud that has lasted generation and two heart pulling them together. Can love overcome years of disdain and treachery? Robert Grant was powerful and rugged and handsome. But Janet fought her interest with everything in her. Until danger thrusts her right into his arms. With nowhere to go but with him, they run to the mountains away from the dragoons. An accident almost costs Janet her life but Robert will see to it that nothing ever hurts her again. Robert has always had an eye for the lovely Janet Cameron. If only she wasn't the daughter of his greatest nemesis. Now with her recuperating at his home, he trys his best to stay away. Failing in every way he succumbs to her beauty, her allure and vows to win her heart, and her hand. But his stubborn pride gets in the way and when her father comes to get he the must watch as his heart is ripped away. Can these two ever bring peace to the clans? Can their love be more than stubborn pride and years of hatred? Only time can tell.