To Wed a Wicked Highlander

To Wed a Wicked Highlander

by Victoria Roberts

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She Always Wanted to be One of the Boys...Until She Got a Man

Sybella would do anything to prove she's just as valuable to the MacKenzie clan as her brother is. She'd go on any hunt, take any dare. But her father has a different sort of mission in mind: marriage. It's simple, he explains. All she has to do is marry Alexander MacDonell and report back on his family's secrets. It will be easy, he says, as long as she doesn't do anything fall in love.

As laird of the McDonell's, Alex has a duty to produce an heir. It's a duty he won't mind with the lovely Ella as his wife-even if she is one of the dreaded MacKenzies. He's wooed and won many ladies, but Ella is a challenge like no other. He can tell she's holding something back. But not for long. Because inch by inch, he plans to expose everything she's been hiding and claim the ultimate prize: her heart.

Bad Boys of the Highlands series:
Temptation in a Kilt
X Marks the Scot
To Wed a Wicked Highlander

"Highland romance at its best, loaded with likeable characters and an engaging plot. To Wed a Wicked Highlander is another not-to-be-missed book from Victoria Roberts."-Night Owl Romance Reviews, Top Pick

"An exciting Highland adventure with sensual and compelling romance."-Amanda Forester, author of True Highland Spirit on Temptation in a Kilt

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402270130
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Bad Boys of the Highlands Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 17,304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Victoria Roberts writes sexy, Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword? Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania. Visit her website at

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Glengarry, Scotland, 1601

"Ye're just a lass. Ye cannae jump," said her brother with a smirk. "We ne'er should have let ye come with us in the first place."

Colin never knew when to keep his opinions to himself, and this was clearly one of those times. He continued to taunt her when she wanted nothing more than to strangle him with her bare hands. Family or not, he was an idiot. And worse yet, he scolded her in front of her cousins. Not that this matter was any of their concern.

John stood in his braies and then leapt from the giant rock above. When her cousin plunged into the pond, water droplets sprayed the top of Sybella's head. The heat was unbearable. All she wanted to do was swim, while Colin clearly was trying to make something out of nothing.

Angus laughed and turned to Colin. "If Sybella insists on jumping, let the wee lass jump."

Wee lass, my arse, she thought. She was just shy of her sixteenth birthday, and there was no reason she couldn't do anything her brother or her annoying cousins could do. Why should they get to have all the fun?

Colin shook his head and ran his hand through his wet hair. "Ye donna come down exactly right and ye will break your neck. Ye know Father would give me a thrashing if I didnae watch over ye. And I told ye, ye shouldnae do something because someone else does it. Ye're only a lass. Ye could be hurt."

Sybella threw back her head and placed her hands on her hips. "Only a lass? Because ye have th-th-that...thing hanging between your legs doesnae make ye a man, Colin MacKenzie."

Her cousins chuckled while Colin's voice rang with command-or so he thought. "Ella, I am nae going to tell ye again. Enough of this foolishness."

Her brother was in for an awakening. Her father was not a man to back down from a fight, and after all, she had her father's blood, did she not?

Sybella whipped off her boots and hastily tossed them aside. She hefted her skirts over her head, sporting her brother's old trews and tunic underneath. She threw her dress to the ground, and Colin stood before her with his hands placed on his hips.

"I give ye fair warning, Sister. Donna even think upon it. Ye can swim, but ye arenae going up there."

"'Tis so unfair, Colin. Ye, Angus, and John did it." There was defiance in her tone as well as a subtle challenge.

Colin rolled his eyes. "I have had enough. Angus and John," he called over his shoulder, gesturing for them to depart.

Her eyes lit up in surprise. "Ye cannae yet leave. I didnae even swim."

"Then mayhap next time ye will think twice before ye follow us." Colin glowered at her and then turned away.

Her brother might be four years her senior, but the dolt was not her father. She learned a long time ago that she did not have to take orders from him. She glanced over at her cousins and brother as they paid her no heed.


Sybella dashed along the outer boulders of the waterfall and climbed undetected. As she nearly reached the top, her foot slipped and her heart leapt in her throat. The waterfall was a lot higher than she'd realized.

"Sybella, ye stay put! I am coming! Donna move!" ordered Colin.

And that was the problem with her brother-always barking orders and telling her what to do. She found perverse pleasure in openly defying him. She stood at the edge, cool water lapping against her feet. A warm breeze blew her hair. She tossed her head and eyed Colin with cold triumph. She could do this and once and for all prove she was his equal. She paused, her eyes widening, and she shook her head, puzzled. What did they think they were doing? She continued to watch the fools in awe.

Colin ascended to her left and Angus to her right, while John stood with his mouth agape. She wouldn't give the men an opportunity to catch her and would only accept one way down-unescorted.

Sybella used all her strength to jump clear of the rocky ledge. She was headed dead center into the shimmering pool. It would be a perfect landing, and despite Colin's worries, he would be impressed.

She hit the water with a loud splash that was immediately silenced as she descended into the pond's cooling depths. Her tunic lifted and wrapped around her head and arms as she tried to pull it down. It was so tight and heavy. She tugged on it again, but it refused to budge. The cloth swathed her hands and arms, tying them so close together that she could not maneuver to the surface. Fear knotted inside her as she made several attempts to calm her racing heart. She had almost given up hope when something exploded beside her and tiny bubbles rushed to the surface.


Her brother grabbed her waist and kicked up from the bottom of the pool. When his strong arms pushed her to the surface, Sybella involuntarily gulped for air and received a rush of water into her lungs. As soon as her head had cleared the water, John ran into the pond and scooped her into his arms.

She needed air.

John lowered her to the ground and Colin bent her over, pounding her back. "God's teeth, Sybella, breathe," said Colin.

As she gasped for breath, a mouthful of water escaped her and she coughed uncontrollably. She placed her hand over her chest, tears streaming down her cheeks. "I would have done it had my tunic nae tangled," she said, not noticing the tremor in her voice.

John, Angus, and Colin shook their heads. "After ye intentionally disobey me and almost drown, those are the words which escape your lips," spat Colin, a shadow of anger spreading across his features. "'Tis a great wonder ye are a MacKenzie, ye daft lass. And that is my tunic ye wear. We will get the horses. Pull yourself together and get dressed. Meet us at the top of the ridge and donna go for another swim, Ella. I warn ye for the last time."

Sybella tried to look meek, but as her brother retreated, she couldn't help eyeing the waterfall again. If only she'd been able to strip down like the boys, she wouldn't have become tangled in Colin's tunic. As she heard footsteps behind her, she was ready to give Colin a tongue thrashing for watching her like a hawk. How typical of him not to trust her. She was so disgusted that she didn't even bother to turn around.

"I didnae go back into the water, Colin," said Sybella with impatience.

"Ye MacKenzies are naught but trouble. The last my father needs is a dead one on MacDonell lands."

Whipping her head around, Sybella came face to face with...the most handsome man she had ever seen. He wore a loose-fitting tunic and the MacDonell plaid of blue, green, black, and red. His light brown hair brushed the outlines of his broad shoulders, and wisps of dark hair curled against the V of his open shirt. She guessed he was around the same age as Colin.

Sybella pulled herself to her feet and brushed down her skirts. "We meant ye nay harm."

The man entered the glade and placed his hands upon his lean hips. "I saw ye take the leap. Ye landed right in the center. Cannae ye swim?"

"I can swim. My tunic was caught under the water and I couldnae untangle it." She shifted from foot to foot. If the MacDonell man raised an alarm that MacKenzies were on his lands, there would most definitely be a thrashing-even for Colin. Although she did not currently hold her brother in a favorable light, she would not intentionally get him in trouble. "Please accept my apologies and donna call a warning. We will nae do it again. Ye have my word."

"Stealing our cattle wasnae enough for ye MacKenzies? Now ye have to encroach on our lands?" he asked with a heavy dose of sarcasm. When Sybella played with her skirts in front of her, he gave her a slight nod. "Dè an t-ainm a tha ort?" What is your name?

"Ella." She cleared her throat. "Lady Sybella MacKenzie."

"The MacKenzie's daughter?"

"Aye. And ye are...?" she asked, lifting a brow.

"Alexander, son of Laird Dòmhnall MacDonell of Glengarry."

Sybella picked up her drying cloth and smiled. "Again, please accept my apologies." She spun on her heel and was halted by the tone in his voice.

"And where do ye think ye are going?"

She turned around slowly. "My brother waits-"

"All I have to do is shout, and my father's men will come."

Taking another step closer to the MacDonell's son, Sybella felt the color drain from her cheeks. "Please donna." If she started a battle with her father's enemy over a swim...She cringed at the mental image. Trouble would not escape her this time. "Tell me. What can I do?"

The man's eyes sparkled and he rubbed his chin, a devilish grin playing on his lips. "A kiss."

"What?" she gasped.

"Ye heard me. A kiss. One kiss from your lips and ye are free to take your leave." He waited, challenging her to go through with it.

"Surely ye jest." She flashed him a look of disdain.

"Do thoil fhèin." Suit yourself.

When he raised his hand and encircled his mouth to shout a warning, Sybella blurted out, "Fine."

Her lips were pressed shut so no other sound would burst out. If she cursed the reprehensible brute, he might go back on his word. She jumped when he quickly closed the gap between them and impaled her with his steady gaze. Her breath caught in her lungs and she merely stared, tongue-tied. She felt like a complete dolt.

Her reaction seemed to amuse him, and his mouth curved wryly. Lowering his head, he whispered, "May ye always remember a MacDonell was the first to taste your lips, Lady Sybella MacKenzie of Kintail."

His lips pressed against hers. Similar to her experience of jumping off the cliff, his kiss sent her stomach into a wild swirl.

"Sybella!" called Colin from a distance.

If her brother came back down to get her, there would be bloodshed. She pulled away slightly and took a sharp intake of breath. "Feumaidh mi falbh." I must go.

He wiped his lips with the back of his hand like she had the bloody plague. "Ne'er forget...your enemy was the first to taste ye." When the beastly man had the audacity to smirk, he broke the last thread of self-control she had managed to hold on to. MacDonell or not, she would not let herself be put down by this brute. She met his accusing eyes without flinching.

"I donna like ye, Alexander MacDonell."

"Aye, but ye will ne'er forget me," he said, then turned his back and disappeared into the trees.

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To Wed a Wicked Highlander 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is a well written love story. The plot moved forward without any slow spots, contrary to a review above. It was not very complicated nor full of complex intrigue but was still an enjoyable read. I will look for more of her books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third novel of Ms. Roberts that I have read.  I have enjoyed all of them.  It is a wonderful escape to read her novels and escape to another land and time.  Ms. Roberts does a great job making her ladies strong and determined yet lovable.  Cannot wait for her next book!
Chelseagirl1 More than 1 year ago
Ah yes, it wasn't a woman's world back then. But Ms. Robert's character Sybella proves everyone wrong. A great spin on a age old dilemma Yep, I'm hooked! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. However I dont like it when the best sex scenes are btwn the hero and his leman. That they come with experience is accepted-just dont need to read it in detail.
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I absolutely loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book with Alex and Ella. The author did a good job bringing Alex and Ella's personalitities out in the story. I also enjoyed the first two bad boys books in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have to rate this a three because I had adifficult time connecting with the characters. They just were not that likable. The story sort of drug on and I started to think "is ot over yet?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Sad it is over & I have to wait till 2014 for her next series.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite story in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series. I just love Alexander’s personality, and the fact that he is not afraid to express his feelings. It will make you laugh out-loud, and sometimes you might find yourself shedding some tears. I cannot wait to see what Victoria releases next. Alexander is now the laird of clan MacDonell, and to help settle the feuding that has gone on for far too long with his neighboring clan he has agreed to accept the MacKenzie laird’s only daughter as his wife. Although he met Sybella years ago, she has stayed in his thoughts a lot more than he ever wanted to think about her. Alex plans to make this marriage work, and as long as Sybella understands that there can be no secrets he will make her happy. But can he ever trust a MacKenzie? Sybella is willing to prove her worth to her father by helping in any way she can. She never expected her father to request that she marry their worst enemy and report back to him with any of the family’s secrets. But if that’s what it will take, she’ll do it. The more time she spends in Alex’s home the harder it becomes for her to report those secrets. When she realizes what her father plans to do with the information she’s no longer sure if she can continue to spy on her husband. Will she give her father the answers he seeks, or will she have a change of heart and give her loyalty to her new husband? I won a print copy of this book through a contest that Victoria had for her newsletter subscribers.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER by Victoria Roberts is an exciting and inquiring Scottish Historical Romance. #3 in the "Bad Boys of the Highlands",but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters from the previous titles. See, "Temptation in a Kilt" and "X Marks the Scot". Filled with lies, treachery, treason,danger and sizzling passion you will not go wrong with "To Wed a Wicked Highlander". Fast paced and action packed from the first page to the last. Which leaves you in breathtaking awe as Sybella MacKenzie and Alexander MacDonell comes to grip with their passion,deceit,challenges of the times, and love. When the ultimate prize to both of them, may be their hearts, their lives,the lives of the MacDonell clan and treason of the MacKenzie clan. I absolutely loved Alex and Ella's story! What's not to love about strong, sexy Highland Warriors and their feisty,strong-willed,beautiful Scottish ladies. Ms. Roberts is a masterful storyteller who draws the reader into her stories and holds them there time after time. I can hardly wait to see what she has in store for her readers next. If you have never read one of Ms. Roberts' stories, I would strongly recommend that you so now and while you are at it, pick up all three titles,you will not regret you have done so. Perfectly blended with a romp through Scotland,romance, sizzling passion,tension, and suspense. Loved it from beginning to end!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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Wuzupbury More than 1 year ago
Amazing! You must read this book - you must read this series! I became a fan of Victoria Roberts the moment I read Temptation in a Kilt. She knows how to pull a reader into the story, and into the world of Highland warriers and all they I love all her characters and would be hard pressed to name my favorite, of the Lairds - they're all delicious! I look forward to her next book and her next series. I hope this is not the end of the "bad boys of the highlands". I would miss them verra, verra much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Alexander and Sybella!
LTRead More than 1 year ago
Ms. Roberts has become one of my favorite authors. Her stories are very touching and she always makes me feel like I'm sitting right there at the dinner table with her characters. You must read this book and the rest of the series. 
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars:  TO WED A WICKED HIGHLANDER is the third storyline in Victoria Roberts’ Bad Boys of the Highland historical romance series. I was first introduced to this particular series through a giveaway of Temptation in a Kilt and I have loved every storyline in the series.  Victoria pulls the reader into a world of Highland warriors, lovers and family betrayal.  You will laugh and cry and, your heart will break for the men and women from the Highlands of Scotland. To Wed a Wicked Highlander focuses on Sybella MacKenzie and her arranged marriage to Laird Alexander MacDonnell.  The MacDonell and the MacKenzie clans have been at war for years and with this marriage, it is hoped that the bad blood between the two families can be forgotten.  But much to Sybella’s surprise she is a pawn in a much larger game that will find she and her new husband the target of an assassin’s arrow.  And to complicate matters, Sybella will discover that someone close is hoping to kill the Laird and his new wife. The relationship between Sybella and Alexander is one that started years earlier when both were but teenagers.  Fast forward five years and Sybella finds herself betrothed to Laird Alexander in exchange for what she believes is a peaceful resolution to war between the clans.  Alexander is a man of experience when it comes to the bedroom and he must take his time with his new wife.  But it is only a matter of days before betrayal and heartbreak will find Sybella on the run and into the bosom of a not so welcoming family. Several of the previous storyline characters are welcomed back to give the storyline a cohesive feeling to the series. Our hero and heroine are both likeable and relatable; Alexander is an alpha male who quickly grows to love his young bride; and Sybella is a woman who is not afraid to speak up when the circumstances arise.  As a couple Sybella and Alexander are sensual together in the bedroom even though it will take some time for Sybella to warm up to her new husband’s actions. There is no angst or hatred between the couple; they have accepted their position as husband and wife, but betrayal will come from both outside and within. To Wed a Wicked Highlander is a wonderful story of romance and love; betrayal and heartbreak; friend and foe.  If you have not had a chance to read the Bad Boys of the Highlands I would suggest you move the series to the top of your TBR pile.  The Highland warriors are sensual and romantic alpha males, who by way of a little trouble and heartbreaking realization, will eventually grow to love the bonnie lasses who have stolen their hearts from the very first meeting.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Victoria Roberts has done it again! I just finished reading To Wed a Wicked Highlander and got captivated as soon as I started to read Alexander MacDonell and Sybella MacKenzie’s story.This book is the third one of her Bad Boys of the Highlands series. Ms. Roberts writes Scottish historical romances that always keep me interested throughout her books. I have just come back from a trip in Scotland and wanted to remain in a Scottish mood,so I decided to read this romance. It’s the story of Alexander, who was torn between his duty to his clan and the love of his wife Sybella. Alex met for the first time Sybella when she was sixteen and stoled a kiss from her. The moment, he met her, Alex fell in love with Bella and could not forget her! They meet again, five years after, when Sybella is forced to wed Alex, on her father’s order. Both clans had always been enemies, so a marriage of convenience was arranged between the two. Neither were pleased with this arrangement. Sybella, will try to please her father, by retrieving an ancient stone hidden in the MacDonell family. Will she be true to her father or to the man she fell in love with? Alex, on the other hand, will try to be true to his clan but he never expected to fall in love with this strong minded woman. Which will he choose? Sparks will flare between Alex and Bella. It’s a beautiful Scottish romance filled with tenderness, seduction and love that I highly recommend. Ms. Roberts did it again and got me captivated by her story, so much, that I could not put it down. If you are a fan of Highlanders, you will read a beautiful romance and will not be disappointed! I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Roberts. I devoured this book! I cannot wait to read her fourth book in her Bad Boys of the Highlands.
sin39 More than 1 year ago
Received ARC via NetGally.. To Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts The 3rd in her Bad Boys of the Highland Series Alexander and Sybella’s story.   It has everything you could possibly want.  Laughs, romance, deception, mystery, and of course shocking parts. Oh my. Alexander met Sybella four years ago when she was 16 and yes he was even then a wicked boy. :) Bribing the wee lass for a kiss for not turning her kin in for trespassing. Four years later Alex marries Ella to "make peace" withing the clans.   Ella thought Alex was handsome even when bribing her for that first kiss.   She is very headstrong which gets her in over her head.  The longer Ella is around Alex the more she cares for her. If you have read Victoria Roberts other two Gad Boy of the highlands you will want to read this.   I could not put it down it kept me captivated until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read better highland novels. I couldbarely complete it I was so bored.
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