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Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.


Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to
Paperback, 381 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Forever (first published January 1st 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

The Sinner is the second book in Margaret Mallory’s Return of the Highlanders series. Set in 16th century Scotland, the turmoil of clan feuding, alliances by marriage and political unrest of the times makes this an exciting, funny, and sexy story.

Alex MacDonald is the Highland’s version of a rake, and proudly so, because if there was one thing he had learned from his parent’s marriage it was to avoid getting caught in one of his own at all cost. He sees nothing wrong with taking many a lass to
Laura the Highland Hussy

”Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.”

I loved The Guardian, so I was super excited to read this one. The Sinner is about Alex, and he didn’t disappoint. I liked the banter between our hero and heroine. Glynis is a stubborn and sassy lass who was sent back to her clan
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Alex MacDonald loves the ladies. And why shouldn't he? He fights hard and plays hard too. He never wants to marry; he doesn't believe any woman could ever hold his heart... until he meets Glynis.

Though most Highland women want a husband, one marriage was more than enough for Glynis. Her first husband was a nightmare. He treated her cruelly and openly kept mistresses. When she could take it no more, Glynis left him with a dirk in his leg and vowed never to wed again. But her father has other idea
Laura Kaye
Alex Ban MacDonald owns me!!! I loved, loved, loved this book! He was the epitome of a sexy, virile, alpha Scottish warrior, and the heroine Glynis was strong and assertive--a great match for Alex. The first half of the book was hot and playful. The second half of the book was filled with more conflict and tension--both between Alex and Glynis, and between warring clans. I was hooked the whole time. My only nitpick was that I thought Glynis should've apologized more for what turned out to be her ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 starts

Alexander MacDonald has sworn he will never marry and certainly never fall in love; after a childhood spent in a house where his parent hate eachother, he vows he will never do the same. However, that doesn't stop him from enjoying a woman, as long as she wants no more then a night, and he is well known for his philandering ways. The beautiful Glynis MacNeil has also sworn never to marry again, her first husband was a brute who humiliated her and she would never go through that again;
"I see three women, Alex Ban MacDonald," She said in a far-off voice.
"On your journey, three woman will call on ye for help, and ye must give it," She said. "But beware! One brings danger and another deceit."
"What about the third lass?" he asked.
"Ack." Tearlag gave him a sour look. "One has the the power to fulfill your deepest desires."

"Ye are a sinner, Alexander Ban," she called out. "And the time will come soon when ye will pay for your sins."

Alex MacDonald was a love 'em and leave 'em type a
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian

As a self-confessed Urban Fantasy fanatic it probably seems weird that I have this big soft spot for historical romance. Not all the time, but every now and again I just need some real romance, you know? And to me, no one does that better than a hunky highlander or a fearsome knight. They have to be warriors of some sort for my liking- no rakes, rogues, fops or dandies for me, thank you. I want battle-worn men with the scars to prove it. This is for two reasons: Reason one. Hello? Warr
Duchess Nicole
Liked this a lot more than the first book. For some reason, the narrators voice wasn't as bothersome here. Great story, lots of movement and action. Damsel in distress, reluctant (but not too reluctant) hero, lots of clan politics and pride.
3.5/5.0..... she says dejectedly.

For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online at November 2011 issue
Heather Book Savvy Babe
The Return of the Highlanders series by Margaret Mallory is an exciting and engaging series about 4 Highland warriors who return home from their adventure and travels to take care of their clan and defeat their enemies. Each of the 4 warriors have their own strengths and faults, but they are all fiercely loyal and dedicated to their clan. The Sinner is Alex's book, his story about finding love and his place in the world, his home.

Alex comes from an unpleasant home life, his parents argued consta
It's official! I love Margaret Mallory

Goodness sakes, I'm just in a HR fog right now, and reading through them quicker than ever! Discovering this latest author is beyond amazing, must like this series!!

This one focuses on Alex MacDonald, and ladies...

that's right! Alex is ladies man extraordinaire!!! Player to the extreme, sworn never to be married, that is until circumstances beyond his control thrust him on the same path with Glynis. I absolutely adored her! She's stubborn, fiesty, strong,
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Aug 02, 2012 Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, romance fans,
This is the second book in this series and I absolutely loved it. Alex Ban MacDonald is a confirmed bachelor and in this novel he finds just the right woman to upset that certain fact. Glynis MacNeil is just as dead set against marriage as Alex is, so of course this couple is just right for one another. Mallory gives us both an exciting and very romantic read. Light spoilers, read at your own risk.

What I loved most about this novel was the character development. I really got to know Alex and it
Lover of Romance
Alex MacDonald, is a very powerful and skilled warrior, but even more than that he is well known for his sensual gifts with women. Since he was young he vowed to himself to never get matter what. But then he meets a young lass...Glynis. Glynis was once married but he was vile and abusive and ending up living back with her father. She has been getting pressure from her father to get married. Glynis has had a miserable experience with men, and the last thing she want to do is get marr ...more
j'appréhendais un peu la lecture de ce tome 2, car le tome 1 m'avait laissé un sentiment mitigé . Mais celui ci relatant l'histoire d'Alex , que l'on découvre dans le 1er tome, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté . Et j'ai adoré ! La lecture est très plaisante, l'aventure, l'humour, l'amour et la passion sont au rendez vous.
Glynis n'a d'autre choix que de devoir se remarier en raison de l'échec monumental de son premier mariage, mais cette idée ne lui plait pas du tout. Comme on dit "chat échaudé cr
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
I have no idea why it took me so long to read because this book is utterly wonderful. The characters were very well developed. The plot is well developed and kept me turning pages till late night. I really enjoyed reading Alex and Glynis's story. I'm looking forward her next book "The Warrior" .

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The MacDonald cousins have found countless battles watching each other's backs. Connor MacDonald is chieftain and must battle on the political front to protect his people from the civil unrest that surrounds their lands. Political alliances are needed and the easiest way to develop one is through marriage and the Chieftain’s cousins are not in favor to being placed on the chopping block.

Alex MacDonald is known for two things. His skill in a battle and talent in b
This was a great highland romance. Alex was an amazing hero and I always enjoyed reading about him. Glynis was also an amazing character she had spunk and was not easily swayed which was great. Alex and Glynis shared an instant attraction but both agreed to be friends due to the fact that they both never wanted to marry. Alex had proclaimed all his life that he never wanted to marry, after having witnessed his parents own horrendous marriage Alex never wanted to go through that. Glynis had a dis ...more
I'm a huge fan of Margaret Mallory's and was really excited when The Sinner arrived in the post last week. Once I picked it up and started reading I couldn't put it down. The Sinner was a pure delight to read.
I made note of a few one liners and paragraphs that amused me to read.
An example "At least I like the women I bed. I even talk to them-something ye might try," Alex said. "Do ye ever speak to your mistress, other than to say 'pass the fish' and 'take your clothes off'?"
Alex has been quit
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“The Sinner”

It’s actually the title that lead me to read the book, and sure enough I find myself reading this, just in one sitting. Sure, I’ve read a lot of historical romances, but this is my first time to be faced with a Highland romance.. and I say this definitely blow me up...

I know this book comes in 4, and that this is the 2nd. I may not be able to compare it to the first, but since this is a stand-alone, I find myself totally engrossed with the
Mary Gramlich
THE SINNER by Margaret Mallory
Return of the Highlanders Series #2
11/1 – Grand Central Forever - Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

What do you do with something you never thought you wanted?

Glynis MacNeil is fighting her father with every trick she knows because there is no way she is getting married again. Having driven the last husband away by doing her best to unman him will hopefully deter any future suitors her father might find.

Alex Ban MacDonald is a man that does not like to lose and makes
The Sinner, Return of the Highlanders #2, by Margaret Mallory
Grade: B

“Glynis’s grey eyes searched his, as if she were trying to see into the heart of a sinner. But this sinner’s heart was buried far too deep for her to find it.”

Glynis MacNeil has already survived one horrible marriage and she refuses to let her father sell her off into another, that is until she meets the handsome rouge Alex MacDonald. Alex helps Glynis escape to her mother’s family in Edinburgh where she is once again forced to
The Sinner was a great continuation to where things left off in the Guardian. Alexander Ban Macdonald was a phenomenal, multi-dimensional side character; who's warmth, rapscallion reputation, and scandalous behavior stole my heart in the first installment to this series.

I came into this novel, expecting that Alex would be a strong male protagonist in his own story. I looked forward to discovering the hidden facets to this jokester, and was not left disappointed. The danger, and intelligence lur
THE SINNER by Margaret Mallory is an exciting historical romance set in 1515 Scotland. It is book #2 in “The Return of the Highlanders”,but can be read as a stand alone. See “The Guardian”. “The Return of the Highlanders” is the story of four fearless highland warriors,Alex,Connor,Duncan,and Ian who return to their Highland home to claim their lands and their legacies. This is the story of Alex MacDonald,a sexy,skill warrior as well as a skilled lover who vows never to take a wife,but enter the ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

‘The oar that is close at hand, row with it” is a Gaelic proverb that serves as a rule of thumb in much of the action in The Sinner. Also the seer’s prediction of three women that bring danger, deceit, and deep desire to Alex MacDonald plus the gift he receives being brightness itself weave theirs way through this action-packed, emotionally intense tale.

Alex Ban MacDonald fights with surety, skill, and zeal. He loves a good fight. He
Barbara ★
Alex MacDonald is what you'd call a cad. Well a ladies man anyway. He's pretty much had all the ladies (and girls) which causes a problem when he finally brings his wife home. Of course, she's wondering which of them her husband has had relations with. Hmm probably all of them. Poor Glynis.

In order to foster alliances, Alex is asked to marry Glynis MacNeil whose father is fighting on the rebellion side of things. Of course, Alex has no intention of marrying anyone which allows him and Glynis to


This was your basic, run of the mill, 16th century, highlander romance. When the book first started it seemed like there was going to be a pretty decent storyline taking place but as soon as the leading couple hit the sheets, maybe 1/3 - 1/2 way through, the storyline went bye bye and the typical misunderstandings... non-communication... keeping secrets... trying to make the other jealous... shenanigans began. I really don't like books like this. Books like this
While Highland Hero mixes high politics and the struggle for the Scottish crown, The Sinner focuses on the two romantic leads.

Alex is forced to ally himself with a powerful family to protect his clan. Glynis's family is pressuring her to do the same. But Glynis is young and high spirited and determined to marry for love. So, she plays tricks to discourage her suitors, tries her best to avoid Alex.

Alex is attracted to Glynis's spirit, humor and beauty. It is clear from the start that Alex and Gl
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
Review courtesy of netgalley. I received an free ARC in exchange for a honest review.

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In order to solidify his clan, Connor asked his cousin Alex to enter into a marriage alliance with a neighboring clan. Alex would do anything Connor asks of him, but marriage, he had the wrong guy.

Meet our heroine:
The last thing on Glynis mind is to marry again. Her first marriage ended after just a few months, she had enough of her abusive husband's
Le verdict final : j'ai passé une nouvelle fois un sacré fichtrement bon moment. Certes les bémols sont plus nombreux, pour une suite qui plus est après un tome 1 que j'ai adoré, la comparaison est venue naturellement. Mais tant que ça fonctionne toujours aussi bien, ça me va. L'auteur par le biais de ses personnages amène de nouvelles situations parfois marrantes, parfois plaisantes mais aussi parfois agaçantes. Pourtant me voilà fan de cette série et j'ai hâte surtout de voir l'histoire de Con ...more
Je n'étais pas tellement ravie de découvrir la petite histoire d'Alex car c'est l'homme qui m'attirait le moins dans le quatuor. Néanmoins, même si ce n'est pas un coup de coeur comme pour le tome 1, la sauce a bien pris et j'ai passé un très bon moment aux côtés d'Alex et de Glynis. Je lirai avec grand plaisir les deux derniers tomes.
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MARGARET MALLORY surprised her friends & family by abandoning her legal career to write tales of romance & adventure. At long last, she can satisfy her passion for justice by punishing the bad & rewarding the worthy--in the pages of her novels.

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