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Highland Avenger (Murray Family #18)

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New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell continues the dramatic Murray saga with this brand-new story of passions surging in the face of fear. . .

Once, Arianna Murray Lucette believed she'd met the man she could always rely on. She was wrong. Now she is fleeing for her life, and when her enemies attack a ship bound for her only refuge, she believes all hope is lost.

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
First I have to say that I loved the feel of this book! It was heavier with better quality paper than a normal pocket paperback. Kind of like Maya Banks Highlander series when they first cam out. The pages rolled open instead of the stiff cheap paper...

Second... The dude on the cover is HOT! A+++ on the cover art!

Third... normal print made for a faster read. None of this micro print!

This was a great book! I am not reading all the Murray books in order. This was like the last one. I'm not sure th
Oct 07, 2013 Cruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Author: Hannah Howell
First published: 2012
Length: 343 pages, 3998 locations
Setting: Scotland, 1480.
Sex: sometimes explicit, not frequent.
Heroine: emotionally abused by a distant and guilt rdden husband plus rote and perfunctory sex
Hero: younger son with few prospects
Series: Book 18 of Howell's Murray series.

What makes this book special? Howell's exploration of emotional abuse.

It's relatively easy to demonstrate and discuss physical abuse. She will cringe, she will fear and he will have a reason
Scooper Speaks
Apr 30, 2012 Scooper Speaks rated it liked it
Favorite Lines: "Explanations were needed but Arianna heartily wished she did not have to give them. It meant revealing her humiliation, her shame. Unfortunately, the man not only deserved the answers he wanted, he might need them to better protect her and the children. She had learned enough from her family, and from ruling over her husband's lands as he spent much of his time dallying with another woman, to know that even the smallest piece of information could make a difference between life a ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Hannah Howell delivers yet another dramatic story filled with passion and adventure. In this one, Arianna Murray Lucette is running for her life from a man who has done her wrong. In the first chapter, our heroine is attacked on a ship by her enemies and already the action is there, picking up the book and never quite relenting until the very end.

When Arianna and two young boys are washed up to a shore, Sir Brian MacFingal finds them and is quick to determine Arianna’s
Sep 20, 2016 fleurette rated it liked it
My first book from this series and my first book from Hannah Howell. I knew that this series is quite popular and I had expected something more from this book.

Arianna is running away from her late husband's family who wants the death of the two young boys she has raised as her own. When the ship they are sailing is sunk, they are saved by Brian and his brothers. There starts a race to protect her and the boys against her husband's brother Amiel and his allies. It is also an opportunity for Arian
C.A. Szarek
Oct 28, 2012 C.A. Szarek rated it it was amazing
Since I first discovered the Murray series several years ago I look forward to the release of each book. And this book was no different. I love getting to know the characters as they grow over the years and I love when characters who were children and previous books are grown up and you get to see them all over again. I also love when a character you knew as a child gets his or her own book so I hope we have that to look forward to as well. I really enjoyed this book it was typical Hannah Howell ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Sunny☼ rated it liked it
This book had an original start. Our h. saves her two wards from one ship crashing into another. H. of course is waiting on shore to meet her and then to save her. You are quickly into a chase senerio. Soon after that however, if you have read many of Howell's books, you begin to recognize a cookie cutter plot line. It all sounds so familiar and predictable. I was very disappointed. I had had high hopes for this book. I am sorry to say that for me it was just another Howell book much like all ...more
May 23, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2012
This was too much. Too much "wee" and too much "nay" and wayyyy too much self reflection. The only part I enjoyed was a brief visit with Sigimor and Jolene from a previous book.
Sandra Munger
Oct 30, 2016 Sandra Munger rated it it was amazing
She is trying to save her 2 nephews. He is just trying to pick up a ship load of goods to help improve the finances of his clan. But when they meet, he jumps in and works to save everyone. Love can't help but follow. Will probably pick up some more of this series
Robin Priddy
May 28, 2012 Robin Priddy rated it really liked it
Arianna Murry Lucette is on her way home from France to Scotland with her two young step-sons. After the death of her husband, Arianna finds out that their marriage was never valid. It seems that her husband married his mistress in secret before he married her. That makes what she thought were her husbands illegimate children from his mistress his heirs. Her in-laws are working on getting the first marriage dissolved so that the estate will revert back to the family and not to the boys. But her ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. Arianna had brought her two young wards back to Scotland with her to protect them from their uncle, who wanted them dead. When the ship they were on is sunk, they wash up on shore near the MacFingal castle. They are discovered by Sir Brian and some of his brothers, who vow to protect them once they hear Arianna's story. When Brian sees how many men are after them, he splits them up and sends each boy with a different group to his family's castle. He takes Arianna himself and ...more
Grace Fonseca
May 29, 2012 Grace Fonseca rated it really liked it
A beautiful stunning historical romance. What made me instantly like this book was that it was set in Scotland. I haven’t read too many books that are set in Scotland. Most of the historical romance books I read take place in England or France. Also like discovering new authors such as Hannah Howell.

Never having read any book in this series or a book by Hannah Howell, I was looking forward to reading this book. What immediately caught my attention was the hero. Brian was a man of action and I j
Romancing the Book
Mar 15, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed By~Bri
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher

Hannah Howell is a master of Highland Romance. With over twenty books in her backlist her novels literally span generations. Which is one of many reasons I read Mrs. Howell religiously.

Highland Avenger brings together the Murrays and the MacFingals/Camersons again. While favorite characters of before make appearances toward the end like the original old laird MacFingal, the man who tried to breed his own clan of bastards, his impertinent daughter
Apr 11, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it
Arianna was married to a Lucette and was emotionally abused, and it turns out her husband was already married to his "mistress" anyway. Arianna and her late "husband's" two sons are fleeing France and her "brother-in-law" who wants to kill the boys, the brother-in-law deliberately rams their ship and she escapes.

Brian MacFingal, brother to Ewan of Highland Warrior (Murray Family, #9) is setting up a fledgling trading operation and the boat he's waiting for is capsized. Brian and two of his broth
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Jun 13, 2012 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
HIGHLAND AVENGER by Hannah Howell is another interesting historical romance set in 1480 Scotland. When Sir Brian MacFingal,finds Arianna Murray Lucette he has no idea the trouble she will bring to him and his clan. While, they race across Scotland to get to his clan’s castle, they not only encounter danger,but must fight they growing passions. Arianna is on the run with her two charges from the men who want them dead.They has traveled from France,the ship they where on destroyed and sunk. They ...more
Kathy Jund
Feb 20, 2012 Kathy Jund rated it really liked it
An exciting romance set during 1480 Scottish times in which Brian MacFingal one of the younger sons in the large brood of the notorious MacFingal finds more than he bargains for when searching the beach for his lost cargo that is washing ashore. Upon finding the ship’s captain along with some of the crew shipwrecked, their story of a forced sinking in the high seas leaves him wondering why. A discovery within the rocky shoreline by Brian’s younger brother leads to two young boys and protecting ...more
A. Smith
Sep 22, 2014 A. Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Major faux pas! Did the author forgot her previous plotline???

This is the first review I've written on Amazon--I just couldn't believe the author made such a major mistake and none of her editors or proofreaders caught it! At the end of "Highland Lover" she had Gregory and Ewan's brother Brian MacFingal elope with and marry Mavis Kerr. She had a rich dowry and he was a poor younger son so he pursued her boldly. Mavis had wanted to marry Gregory, but he loved Alana Murray instead. Later in "Highl
Apr 10, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it
OK, this one gained a star for the eye candy on the cover. It's not a bad story, though the complications in the relationship are a little annoying after awhile. Arianna Murray Lucette's husband was a verbal abuser who actually faked the marriage in order to gain her dowry. He was actually married to his mistress, who gave him two sons before he and the mistress were murdered by his greedy brother. The brother, along with the Deveaux, villains from a number of earlier books in the series, are ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carolyn by:
Shelves: howell-hannah
All the years waiting for Ms. Howell to write another "Murray Family" book in her superb Highlander series was well worth the wait.

I loved re-visiting Ewan and Fiona MacFingal from "Highland Warrior" and even Ewan's old goat of a father, Fingal MacFingal. Sigimore and Jolene Cameron from "Highland Conqueror" play a significant part in this story and it was fun visiting them again as well.

And, of course, it didn't take long before I was totally engrossed and loving our new characters, Kevin Mac
I think I'm going to have to go back and read this one again, and maybe some of the previous novels, because it seems to have gotten lots of 5 star reviews so I feel maybe I missed something. I am a huge fan of Hannah Howell's and have found over the years some are 5 star reads and others more like 3 for me. It has been a long time since I've read one of her novels as the dates between releases seems to stretch out. Therefore I found myself having trouble remembering some of the details of the ...more
Apr 28, 2013 K rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance and/or Murray family series
Recommended to K by: fan of series book belongs to
Taking a break from the paranormal romance genre, I found myself returning to Howell's Murray Family saga. And once again found myself drawn into the historical Scotland. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it an enjoyable read. I really liked the strength and determination of Arianna's character, and liked watching the relationship between her and Brian grow. As with the rest of her books, I liked the humor and action throughout the story. The only drawback for me (and it's a ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
I adore Howell's Highland romances, but had some trouble getting into this one. I loved Brian MacFingal and how devoted he was to Arianna. But, I think it was Arianna who made me struggle. There was just something annoying about her character and I never felt like she was good enough for Brian. I did enjoy seeing some of Howell's old featured characters pop in such as Jolene/Sigimor, Fiona/Ewan, Old Lord MacFingal, and, of course, Callum MacMillan. Despite the fact that this wasn't my favorite ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: highlanders
I forgot how much I like Hannah Howell's novels. The story, another one in the Murray series, had a few different layers of story lines going on, which kept things interesting and of course leaves room for more, and also to catch up with the rest of the ones out too. There was a similar arc to this story in general when it started out, but a few surprises here and there were excellent. The character development for both the major and side players was also very well done.

Brian also earned a spot
Sep 03, 2015 Angel rated it it was amazing
Sir Brian MacFingal has found a nearly drowned woman and two little boys on the shore, now knowing most of the story he is determined to help her...Arianna Murray has been disgrace by her "husband" and is fleeing his brother with her two boys when she lands on shore with a rush to safety she learns that everything she once thought about herself is a lie...awesome story and once again you see how stupid some men can be lol...onto the next
Jan 09, 2013 Jody rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, ebook
I always seem to love the Murry series. This one starts with Arianna and her two lads on a ship on there way to Scotland. They are being hunted. After washing up on shore, they are found by Sir Brian MacFingal and his family. Brian decides to help them and divides their group up to make their way to Scarglas.
Only concern: isn't Brian the one who ran off with Mavis, Gregor's supposed bethrothed, in Highland Lover.
Mar 28, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I love the fact that she has some of.her best character's from older books in this story. Sigimor, Ewan, Jolene, Fionia, and more. I am so glad Hannah Howell put those characters in this book so not only do we get a new story but we Aldo get to see a glimpse of our favorite characters and how they have grown and changed in their lives as well. I can't wait to see which Murry family is next.
Melissa Vasquez
Apr 15, 2012 Melissa Vasquez rated it really liked it
I have been hooked on the Murray's for a few years now. I like the idea of getting to know the whole family. Hannah keeps the story flowing and does not have a repeat feeling in the books, from the previous ones.
It is a great read. The feelings running between the two is good. He wants to do the right thing even though that it is not what he wants. She is scared to express what she wants and makes you worry for her. Makes you feel for both characters.
Apr 21, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Arianna is fleeing for her life along with her murdered husband's two young boys. Washed up on shore after a shipwreck, Sir Brian MacFingal finds them and vows to help.

The Murray books hardly ever disappoint, and this is no exception. The characters are so vivid and fun, even as they are racing for their lives. I did get annoyed at the insistence of going everywhere alone, which (not surprisingly) tends to lead to ambushes and kidnapping.
Jul 14, 2012 Lovelee rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, nosmo, romance, bko
Ebook. It was good. I enjoyed it but wasnt lost in the story or invested in the characters. They were both like able. Brian seemed too good to be true but it's a 'true' romance so that was ok, at least he wasn't lusting after Arianna with every breath. I will chk out the earlier books in the Murray series as reviews are 4-5*.
Apr 02, 2012 Mylinda rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I have read the previous 12 books as well as the McEnroy and Cameron series. This story has continued through many generation of Murray clan members. I love the fact that all the books are connected and a lot of previous characters continue to make their appearance. I am glad Sir Brian finally found happiness. It took a few books to happen but well worth it.
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Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
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