The Douglas Legacy
The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when their enemies strike, each Douglas lass will find she's been left to face them alone.
Claimed by a Highlander
Lady Sybil Douglas's fall from court favorite to royal enemy is swift after her brothers are charged with treason and flee Scotland. When a huge Highland warrior appears claiming they are bound by a marriage contract, she's desperate enough to ride off with him. She'll worry later about how to escape the wedding.
The last thing Rory MacKenzie needs is a pampered Lowlander wife. He traveled to Edinburgh in the hope of dissolving the ill-begotten marriage contract. But now that the Douglas men have abandoned his would-be bride, he's honor-bound to protect her.
Sybil and Rory fight scorching passion on their perilous journey to the MacKenzie castle, where murder and intrigue await. When everything is at risk, will they rely on each other and claim their unexpected love before it's too late?
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"Wonderfully complex female lead is extraordinary!"
Claimed by a Highlander by Margaret Mallory is an exciting historical romance set in early 1500's Scotland. Like all of Margaret Mallory's novels, it is well written with well developed characters. As an added bonus, you get several characters from the history books mixed in with the fictional characters featured in this story.
Claimed by a Highlander centers around Lady Sybil Douglas who is fearing a hangman's noose after her infamous brothers commit treason and flee to France, leaving her behind to fend for herself. Once a favorite in the Queen's court, Sybil fears for her life as guards approach her family home in Edinburgh until a handsome stranger suddenly appears. Highlander Rory Mackenzie claims he and Sybil are bound by a marriage contract and he is compelled to protect her. After spending several nights in each other's company, and after escaping several terrifying adventures, Rory begins to see Sybil as not so much lowland baggage, but as a potential life partner IF she can learn to live in the Highlands.
And, of course she can learn to live in the Highlands! Sybil is one of the smartest, politically savvy, badass characters I've read in years. She makes her husband and his clan much stronger because she can diffuse a clash between clans simply by inviting the opposing side to dinner. It's not quite that simple, but I enjoyed reading about all of Sybil's antics and how they turn out. Thank you, Margaret, for writing such a wonderfully complex female character!
I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Derek Perkins. He did an outstanding job. He clearly differentiated between male and female voices and changed the tempo in the performance when warranted. His smooth undertones and character nuances made for an extremely enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this audiobook!
"Claimed by a Highlander is non stop excitement!"
I was fortunate enough to receive the audio copy of this amazing book in exchange for my honest review. I can honestly tell you that I loved every minute of it! There is non-stop excitement filled with a romance fraught with many of the same foibles we experience in our own relationships.... anger, jealousy, distrust, fear, as well as unconditional love and trust. If you enjoy reading historical romance novels, you may recognise several of the characters mentioned as having been actual historical people of the period, as well as many of the beautiful historic landmarks and sites steeped in Scottish history and still visited today. Derek Perkins does an amazing job of bringing the various characters to life through his exceptional vocal talent. He presents the story in such a smooth and seemingly effortless way, that you easily find you've become caught up in the story as if you were there. There honestly was never a dull moment in the entire story! I can't wait to hear Margaret's story next. This is a book I can easily recommend to anyone who loves this reading or listening to this genre of books. Don't miss out on this one! This entire series promises to be one of those you can't put down, and read or listen to again and again! 😀
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