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Moonstruck Madness (Dominick #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,945 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
"The plot has imaginative twists and turns, and the backgrounds are lush and evocative. It's good, satisfying fun." -Publishers Weekly

She's one thing by day, something else altogether by night...

After escaping the slaughter of her clan at a young age, Scottish noblewoman Sabrina Verrick provides for her siblings by living a double life, until the night she encounters the D
Mass Market Paperback, 396 pages
Published February 1977 by Avon (first published January 1st 1977)
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As a young girl, Sabrina Verrick witnessed her grandfather's death after the battle of Culloden, and those are scars she'll carry with her forever. Sabrina and her two siblings return to their family home in England, and without their father off galavanting in Europe, to make ends meet she becomes the infamous highway bandit Bonnie Charlie. One day she robs the wrong man - Lucien, Duke of Camareigh - and he's hot to catch that bandit and stop *him* once and for all. That is until he thinks he's ...more
Regan Walker
Apr 12, 2013 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
Scottish Heroine, masquerading as a Highwayman and a scarred English Duke make for an Absorbing Love Story!

Set in 1746 in Scotland (prologue) and 1751 in England, this is the story of Sabrina Verrick, the Scottish noblewoman, who along with her sister and brother survive after their grandfather, Laird of the MacElden clan is brutally slain by the English at Culloden Moor. They escape to England where they live in the country at the rundown estate of their father, an English marquis who abandoned
See tags - my feelings were all over the place with this one. I decided to give it a 4 since I was convinced this would be a 5 the first 50% of the book and then it went down to a 3 the last 50%.

First, regarding the Audible part, that was awesome. The narrator was great and the whispersync between the audio and the kindle version was flawless. I LOVED it.

Now on to the story itself. I loved the first half. It was improbable, implausible, and completely OTT - but boy was it fun! There was never a
In another lifetime, I would have gobbled up this swashbuckling historical romance, complete with requisite scarred hero and cross dressing heroine who robs the rich to feed the poor. Part Robin Hood, part Zorro, this novel is definitely well written, with meticulous attention to minutiae of the period, however, the vast cast of characters, continuous contrived coincidences, and twisty plot developments became increasingly more implausible and juvenile.

Probably the best part of the novel was th

Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain is a 1977 Avon Publication.

When I noticed a couple of Laurie McBain's books were up for review on Netgalley, I didn't hesitate to request them. I am thrilled to see some of these books are being released in digital format. However, when I started on “Chance the Winds of Fortune”, I realized the book was the second in the series. I didn't see the first book up for review, so I went into my vintage and collectable bookshelf to see, if by some minor miracle, I h
Regan Walker
Scottish Heroine, masquerading as a Highwayman and a scarred English Duke make for an Absorbing Love Story!

Set in 1746 in Scotland (prologue) and 1751 in England, this is the story of Sabrina Verrick, the Scottish noblewoman, who along with her sister and brother survive after their grandfather, Laird of the MacElden clan is brutally slain by the English at Culloden Moor. They escape to England where they live in the country at the rundown estate of their father, an English marquis who abandoned
Feb 11, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy, favorites
I read this book when it first came out in the mid 1970's. It was one of the first explicitly erotic romance novels (along with Rosemary Rogers' "Sweet, Savage Love"), and it had a profound impact on my adolescent sensibilities.

Sabrina Verrick, a Scots-English noblewoman in exile in England with her sister and little brother after Culloden, has taken to the roads as the highwayman Bonnie Charlie to support her family. During a daring theft at a dinner party she meets Lucien, Duke of Camareigh, w
Oct 31, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got the other two books in the Dominick series as ARC's and I am going to reread this one first. I read it as a new release way back when and it is going to be fun to revisit this series. I don't read much Historical Romance these days and it will be fun. I was even going to dig it out of my physical library, but now have it as an e-book. I am so happy that these wonderful books have been re-issued as e-books and that they have been reissued so a whole new generation can read the very best ...more
Lizzie Vale
May 15, 2011 Lizzie Vale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
Read it in high school. Love heroines who can kick ass.
Feb 28, 2011 Angelc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally written in 1977, and wow, have times changed for historical romances! And boy am I glad!

Lucien is not the type of hero who should be put on a pedestal. Most of the bad things that happen to our heroine are his fault, but he wants to be praised when he fixes them again. The book timeline goes a little like this: fight (and we're talking Ronnie and Sammi on Jersey Shore style fighting, not playful banter) jump into bed, fight, jump into bed, repeat. This style of story jus
Jill Barnett
Apr 20, 2012 Jill Barnett rated it it was amazing
This was the first historical romance novel I read. I bought it at a garage sale for 50 cents and it started a whole new life for me. By the early 80's I was back in college and knew I wanted to write. Eventually I sold my first book in 1988, a historical romance novel. When I wrote BEWITCHING, I made the hero Alec a duke because of Lucien in MM.
Susan (the other Susan)
I MUST have read this; who could resist that cover back in the day?
Jan 24, 2011 Terra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How often is it that you can say that a story has caught you by the seat of your pants from the first page of the prologue and not let you go until the very last sentence. This is one of those stories. It really took me by surprise and such a lovely surprise indeed it was.

Sabrina Verrick is a wee lassie that sees death and destruction up close and not very comfortable. A spirited child that has a bit of luck on her side that allows her to escape death's grip and flee to lead her family safely in
Linda Banche
Mar 11, 2011 Linda Banche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MOONSTRUCK MADNESS by Laurie McBain is a fast-paced, engrossing novel of the difficult choices people make to survive in a cruel world.

After losing everything in the aftermath of the 1746 Scottish Battle of Culloden, Sabrina must find a way to support her family. Her unorthodox method incurs the wrath of the arrogant and powerful Lucien, Duke of Camareigh. Again and again, these two strong personalities clash in a titanic battle of wills, even as an unwilling attraction seizes them both. But Luc
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Read this book over ten years ago and loved it. Happy to see it reprinted!

My second Laurie McBain novel right after "WILD BELLS TO THE WILD SKY". And I found this one another superb historical romance! I think only Laurie McBain can write these types of adventerous, fanciful, and captivating romances. There are a few writers of this genre worthy of being her equal or even close to her equal. I've realised most of the historical romances written in the modern era of today actually emulate some significant elements from the romances of the 70-90s. But I prefer
I read this around the time it was first published and reread it for a discussion in an online book group. I don't remember how I rated it way back in the day, but I thoroughly enjoyed it this time around. There were many aspects to the story that I enjoyed, plot points that have been on my 'favorite plot points' list. There are 2 more books in this trilogy but I'm not planning to read them as one of my UNfavorite things is subsequent books that deal with the original H/H's offspring. I like ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Cindra rated it really liked it
One of my favorites from an era when I was heavily into romantic fiction. Even though the description is inaccurate as far as historical timing goes, this is what my best friend and I referred to as "gothic smut". That had become a catch-all term for the somewhat sexy girlie books we were reading. Up til that time period, my grandmother insisted on getting me Barbara Cartland books, where all the female protagonists were "pure", as she put it. (rolls eyes) This was a great historical romance ...more
Shannon Burke
Jul 19, 2015 Shannon Burke rated it it was amazing
This was a great read actually, full of mystery, danger and love. Though throughout much of the book that love seemed to be a little too one sided for my liking. It moved a little slow in the middle, but as you got about 75% of the way through it started to pick up again finally.

Our heroine had been through hell as a child and grew into a very stubborn woman, but the hero is also a very stubborn man. Naturally with that you would find that there would be a great deal of head butting going on her
One of my favorites by Laurie McBain. Written back in the heyday of bodice rippers, this is one that works for me even today. Set in the 1700s, Lady Sabrina Verrick resorts to thievery to support her family. One night she makes the mistake of robbing Lucien, the Duke of Camareigh. But Lucien is not a man to take lightly and sets out to capture the bandit, unaware that she is a woman.
Mildly entertaining

I liked McBain's writing style, but I wouldn't read this again. The way the plot developed and the protagonists' behaviors, especially Sabrina's, puzzled and frustrated me.
I skimmed alot. The plot was good but it became a little boring after awhile.Skimmed quite a bit actually. Going by Goodreads ratings-2 stars, 'it was ok.'
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4.5 !!! ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, audible
Good, but better the first time around.
Mar 06, 2011 Booklover1335 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, 2011-february
I’ve really enjoyed some of the older romances that are being republished today. It allows newer romance readers like me to discover some remarkable romance reads that are truly timeless. It’s how I first discovered Laura Kinsale, but before accepting any offer to review a book I check it out the best that I can. I like to read the back cover copy, and an excerpt if I can to see if it might be something that I would enjoy reading...after all time is short, and no one likes to waste their ...more
Nov 16, 2016 Cereta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting book and some far fetched twist that you don't expect. I think it could use more humor, but over all it is a good read.
Sheila Melo
Aug 31, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-school
Disappointed That Conflict Between Hero and Heroine Was Resolved So Quickly

"She'd never come up against someone like the duke before. He was ruthless, mean, vengeful -- and intelligent. And, he had caught her."

FINAL DECISION: An interesting premise with the beginning of a great conflict between the hero and heroine is somewhat spoiled by a summary resolution of a serious breach between the hero and heroine. This book is typical of the 1970s in its story structure. I enjoyed it but it does have s
Nov 01, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Even though this book is probably lumped in with books called 'bodice rippers' Moonstruck Madness is definitely NOT a bodice ripper. There are no bodices ripped and the heroine is not raped by the hero. Yes, she hates him and he hates her for most of the book, but it's a very fine line between love and hate.

Sabrina Verrick is very young when she witnesses the massacre at Culloden and the death of her beloved grandfather. She escapes from Scotland along with her older sister, Mary (who has "the
Bambi Unbridled
Moonstruck Madness begins on the battlefield at Culloden where our heroine, a young girl named Sabrina, has just seen her clan and grandfather cut down by Redcoats. Sabrina and her siblings are half-English, and they flee the Highlands to one of their deadbeat father's abandoned holdings in England.
O tiger's heart wrapp'd in a woman's hide!
Without a means to support themselves, Sabrina takes to the road disguised as a highwayman calling herself Bonnie Charlie. I quite liked Sabrina through t
Nov 21, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
High in illogical and improbable situations but thankfully low in dub-con. Favorite line, when he clasped her in his arms "You're so sweet, I want to teach you so many things." I laughed my way through this and while I did immediately deleted it from my Kindle, I don't really regret the few hours spent reading it.
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Laurie McBain was born on October 15, 1949. She was always passionate about art and history, and her father encouraged her and helped her write her first historical romance. At twenty-six, Laurie became a publishing phenomenon with her first historical romance. Her first novels "Devil's Desire" and "Moonstruck Madness" each sold over a million copies. She was one of the pioners of the new romance ...more
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