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Highland Warrior

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  756 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Ross MacKenna and Gillian MacKay battle with their swords for the honor of their clans, but what weapons can they use in their duel of passion when an alliance forces them to wed?
ebook, 366 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Dorchester Publishing (first published 2007)
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Aug 29, 2009 Misfit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
A verra verra bad book, I doona recommend it. That is, unless you like a silly plot along with very bad sex all wrapped up in a faux historical setting. Granted, there are readers who enjoy that type of book and while I'm not knocking them I am definitely not one of them. You are not going to get your Jamie and Claire fix here, although September is almost upon us and the long wait for An Echo in the Bone will soon be over. Yay!

This is pretty much your basic Highland romance - Laird MacKay wish
My first Connie Mason and I really enjoyed it. I have picked up quite a few of her books lately as Amazon freebies so will definitely find the time to read them.....Full review to follow
Jul 27, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh_dnf
I went through the first 40% very quickly. There is not much content, just people shouting and being angry at each other plus some supposedly hot sex scenes.
My hands itched the entire time. I want to slap the heroine so badly. I am surprised that no one did. I never could tolerate anybody throwing fits because things don't go their ways. I would have done something very drastic if I were her parents.
I could have continued reading because I imagine once she is "in love" it gets better. But I ha
Lynsey A
Well, good news, is that the heroine didn't end up on my "heroines who annoy me shelf". She came close though. Her attitude cleared up rather quickly, in fact. It was pretty sudden. It must have been all the hot loving her new husband was giving to her.

At times I felt very frustrated with both characters. Not a great deal of trust on either side. That got annoying.

Decent read by Connie Mason but I've read better from her.
It was enjoyable but it wasn't my favorite Connie Mason book. The villains seemed cartoonish and a bit off. The MCs were ok.
"Highland Warrior," published in 2007 and set in the Scottish Highlands, is one of the best historical romances that I have come across.

It begins with a battle, the young, Ross MacKenna, the laird of the MacKenna clan is battling a high-strung Gillian MacKay of the rival MacKay clan. She is good with a sword but not as good as Ross. He manages to fend off her attacks while not inflicting damage on the spirited lass. "I doona kill women," Ross says.

Gillian's father, Tearlach MacKay, laird of the
Mar 05, 2011 Chandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Battle between the MacKenna clan and the MacKay clan. Sunclair clan is allie to the Mackay clan.
A marriage agreement to bring MacKenna and MacKay clans together and end the battle.
Seana is a trouble maker and will play to any side for her advantage
Angus always up to his dirty tricks
Ross is stabbed; Gillian is exiled
Gillian goes after Angus to kill him and is captured
Angus and his warrior kin go to Edinberg to become mercenaries for the King.
Sinclair Keep is abandoned and reclaimed as Wic
Dec 31, 2014 Kaylyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Highlander books and this was no exception. To me a good highlander book needs a strong woman and a brave sword wielding hero. This book had plenty of both, in fact Gillian had no problem wielding a sword. Ross doesn’t really seem to appreciate that since more than once she threatened him with a sword.

Gillian is massively upset with being told she has to marry Ross Mackenna. He is the laird of her family’s long time enemy, but her father wants peace. She fights it at first until she reali
Jan 16, 2010 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly well-written page turner! I wanted to knock Gillian upside the head the first half of the book and do the same to Ross the second half of the book. They are both wonderful complex characters and the storyline keeps one engrossed until the last page. The only downside, for me anyway, was the sex scenes. Although I can skip them easily enough, it gets annoying after the first 2 or 3.
Aug 25, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ross MacKenna is a strong, mighty, highland laird, and a warrior. Gillian MacKay is a strong, feisty, stubborn, beauty, who thinks she's a warrior. The MacKenna's and MacKay's have been feuding for years and Ross want's it stopped, so they must marry. I enjoyed this book very much, old loves were constantly trying to cause them trouble, it was a great read.
Dawn ♥ romance
Nov 19, 2012 Dawn ♥ romance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical romance was all right. It had a common theme about two feuding highland clans. The hero and heroine's love-hate relation swung too far to the extremes. It was a reread and forgettable. McKay clan leader's daughter Gillian is given as wife to enemy clan leader Ross to end long time feud.
Lisa Richardson
I like Connie Mason but her most recent books seem kind of quick and shallow. this one was the same. My ultimate frustration with novels like these are any the heck they keep believing the scheming mistress. Ugh. And he keeps letting her back, even after she tried to kill him. This book just seemed to go from 0 to 120 really quick. Not a lot of depth to the characters or story development. I mean, I know they are going to get together but these two just kept on whining and for goodness sakes- st ...more
May 09, 2014 SandraE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Another great book by Mason.
Nov 07, 2010 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cheesy romance novel challenge #1, chosen for me by the lovely Michelle. Please take a moment to soak in the amazing cover, bulging veins, windswept hair and all. Ok, so it wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected. But, a distinct lack of "romance scenes" made me wonder what people who weren't reading this as a joke were getting out of it. Gillian, daughter of prominent Scottish clansman must marry her mortal enemy, Ross, the head of the rival clan in order to keep peace. As Michelle mentioned, th ...more
So I am currently in the bodice ripper stage of my life and have been devouring all books with kilt totting men on the cover. Yes I know its shameful. But in my weak defense I am 21 years old. Weak because I will probably still be reading books covered with muscled bound men when I am old and gray.

Anyways now that, that disclaimer is out of the way onward we go to my review. Alright ten pages in and my first pet peeve is that the clan names are: McKay and MacKenna. Why are these two clans in al
First of all, the description and the book cover do not match! ! The main characters are Ross and Gillian!
Personally, this writer oversold the animosity, between them.Then to much silliness in the interchanges between them.
If this is truly a time for strong men then these men failed. Plus that slut Seaena would have been ejected before The marriage, and most of the other over contrived crap would never have occurred!
Oct 09, 2015 Leyns rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I skipped through this book and even then it was a struggle to finish it. Gosh it was bad. I do not recommend it. It didn't have anything offensive, so it still gets two stars. I reserve one star ratings for books I absolutely detest.
The heroine was impulsive, stupidly so, and never learned from it. The hero never trusted in his wife and said stupid things he didn't mean. They deserve each other.
This is a fantastic story and will not leave you unsatisfied. This couple is funny and many ups and downs.
I would suggest both the novel and the author.
I will read more of her.
Nov 07, 2015 Latoya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story

Too strong personalities joined together to end a fued. Even the Ross and Julian are the stories main characters, I love Gizella
Ross MacKenna meets his match on the battlefield when a shapely MacKay female takes a sword against him in Highland Warrior. A hundred year old feud has gone on between the Clan MacKenna and MacKay and Gillian's father offers a truce sealed by a marriage of his only daughter, Gillian to Ross MacKenna.

This sets the background of a great historical fiction full of romance, treachery, magic and battles as Ross and Gillian learn to love one another and embrace the peace between the two clans. I am a
Jan 13, 2015 Dixie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Right off the bat, the old healer comes to reveal her vision. I don't do paranormal. DNF at 4%.
Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
3 stelline e mezzo!
Molto carino questo romance!
This just might be the worst book I've ever read. I downloaded it free from Amazon knowing that it looked like a trashy Romance novel, but that it might be a fun summer read. The writing is awful; in fact, I'm quite sure that my 10th grade students could do better. The dialogue is forced and unnatural, and plot, characters, and descriptions lack development. If you're looking for a beautiful Scottish Romance, read Outlander by Gabaldon or Daughter of the Forest by Merillier instead.
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Connie Mason is definitely one of the better romance writers at the moment. Her books have a lot more depth of character and better writing than a lot of her contemporaries. The romance and wittiness of the characters was great too.
I hate it when women think they can go up against a man, sword to sword. Duh. But I do like when opposite sides create an alliance thru marriage and the two must come to terms with their worlds turning upside down.
Apr 08, 2007 Stacie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Finally got to read this one. It was okay. The hero took too long to believe that the heroine was not a manipulating, backstabbing person. She kept having to prove herself to him. But it was okay for a light read.
Oct 20, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book where the Scottish warriors travel forward in time and meet bold 21st century women instead of the women going back in time.

The reason for the time travel felt a bit contrived, but, still cute.
Oct 31, 2011 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one gets an extra star because the heroine is nobody's doormat. Hero is an alpha jerk at times, but she doesn't take it lying down, though she still does go all boneless when the clothes start flying.
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Connie Mason or Cara Miles is the best-selling author of more than fifty historical romances and novellas. Her tales of passion and adventure are set in exotic as well as American locales. Connie was named Story Teller of the Year in 1990 by Romantic Times and was awarded Career Achievement award in the Western category by Romantic Times in 1994. Connie makes her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida wi ...more
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