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The Chieftain (Return of the Highlanders #4)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,428 ratings  ·  142 reviews
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.

A Warrior's Heart

Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his
Mass Market Paperback, 391 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Duchess Nicole
My favorite of the series by a small margin. I think it was how the storyline with Hugh finally wrapped up after being dragged through all four books. Also, there was just quite bit of conflict resolution...all tied up with a pretty bow. I'm into that kind of ending :D Connor and Ilysa had quite the complicated relationship, and I wanted to strangle both of them at one point or another in the story. By the end, though, I was a fan of both. I loved how the other couples were brought into the plot ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
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The Chieftain was everything I love in Scottish Romance: a dedicated-to-his-clan-laird, a likeable heroine, a great plot, and a villain worthy of the title.

I normally don’t like heroines like Ilysa, and yet I loved her. What I mean by that is, Ilysa is very passive, and very. . .calm. I normally like my heroines to be spunky and sassy and to fight with the hero a bit. Ilysa wasn’t like that at all, but she wasn’t a boring doormat either. The autho
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Connor is clan chief of the MacDonalds of Sleat. His clan’s welfare and future depend upon his every decision, especially when it comes to choosing his future bride. A chieftain cannot marry where his heart leads him, not even when his choice is a fierce lass whose loyalty to the clan and her chieftain is unparalleled.

Ilysa has spent her life loving Connor MacDonald from afar. She has always been the type to work in the background, never gaining recognition. But the time for keeping silent is ov
I still liked this book, but it was probably my least favorite of the series. I was up and down at times about the romance and felt a bit disappointed by the way things were wrapped up. The ending itself felt very rushed. After four books of build-up, the fight between Hugh and Connor was resolved very quickly and wasn’t as epic as I’d been hoping for. Also, I was pretty annoyed when (view spoiler) ...more
Joyfully Reviewed
Return of the Highlanders, Book 4

Connor MacDonald is the Chieftain. He has the responsibility of keeping all of his people safe from those that strike against them. A part of keeping them safe is marrying a woman that comes with a strong alliance. Connor has always known love would not be in the cards for the Chieftain and that never bothered him until now.

Ilysa is the sister of Duncan, one of Connor’s faithful friends. She is also a seer. Ilysa is in love with Connor but she knows a relationshi
Mar 14, 2015 RJ marked it as did-not-finish
Not my cup of tea. I want to read about the romance between the main characters, I especially do not want to read about the hero lusting after every other woman. Yuck.
This whole series has been a quick and enjoyable read. This book, in particular, was my favourite in the series.

Connor’s combination of obliviousness as well as stubbornness towards Ilysa, her feelings and her gift created a really fun and exciting story. All of the miscommunications caused by Connor’s pigheadedness, while causing Ilysa heartbreak, made for a great story. I loved watching his awakening, where Ilysa was concerned.

I really hope Margaret Mallory writes more books in this series.
I think this was the best one of the series. After watching Connor struggle in the first 3 books, he finally gets his HEA! I was sorry to see it end, I was hoping Lachlan would get a story of his own... The twist regarding Ilysa's background was great!! If you read the first three, then this one is a MUST.
I absolutely love this series and The Chieftain was a fabulous read. Margaret Mallory is now on my 'auto-buy' list, well she has been for awhile now. Mallory writes everything I love about a Scottish Highland romance.

If you love a man in a kilt then you shouldn't pass this novel by.
I truly enjoyed reading "The Chieftain. This book had everything
I look for in a highland romance. The characters are engaging and
the story is heartwarming, fun, and enjoyable..
If you love historical highland romance
I highly recommend this book.
I can't understand how anyone can read this book and not completely dislike Connor. And not because of his Neanderthal "Me strong man, you little woman" routine. He (view spoiler) ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I thought it was going to be Duncan's story that won my heart in this series, but it turns out that it's Connor's book that is my favorite. Aye, the chieftain of the MacDonald clan finally gets his turn at love, and it comes in the form of the woman who has been right in front of him the whole time.

Ilysa has been in love with Connor for as long as she can remember. She has healed him when he was hurt. She manages his keep. But in his eyes, she was always just his friend's younger sister. He neve
Prologue - Dunscaith Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland 1496....

Conner and his mother, Catriona, are very close. He watches one night as she circles the fire chanting and cursing his father, Donald Gallach Chieftain of the MacDonalds, for betraying her. A friend, Anna, comes upon the scene and begs her to take the curse back. Catriona swears her husband will pay when she leaves him for another man. She leaves her children with Anna to look after them as the children always stay with the father, the
The Chieftain is the 4th book in the Return of the Highlanders series. This book is about Connor, the current Chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, and Ilysa, a healer and the younger sister of Connor's best friend. Ilysa has been in love with Connor ever since he returned from France and was chosen Chieftain due to the death of his father and older brother. Connor has vowed to be a better man than his father and decides to remain celibate until he picks a wife and then will remain faithful to h ...more
Kay the Snitch Bitch
I have had this one on my TBR list for a long time. I kept putting it off again and again for no real reason. I was a fool because this was just about perfect. I liked the hero and heroine, as well as the secondary characters. Catching up with the cousins was also very fun. I have missed this series so much. The two main characters have known each other forever and you as the reader know Ilysa loves Conner. But watching Conner fall in love and his struggle with it touched my heart. You also get ...more
Mary Gramlich
The wonders of love you discover when you see with your heart

Trying to stay alive is a full time job for Connor, Chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat. He has more enemies than he can keep track of with spies surrounding him at every turn. The most cunning devil of all is the uncle who wants to take everything away at the cost of Connor’s life, but he is not going down without a fight. Every day by his side is the biddable Ilysa who minds his keep and holds her own secrets close to her heart. Il
Anna's Herding Cats!
I think it's safe to say that Margaret Mallory has a new fan and a completely hooked one at that. The Chieftain was filled with stellar characters, surprise connections, terrible betrayals and all of the emotional turmoil they bring and just a lovely romance to top it all off. Like I said. I was hooked. Even if I wanted to strangle a Highland warrior now and again.

The gist is that Connor is a somewhat new Chieftain who's lands are at risk and who is in need of a strong alliance with another clan
Feb 25, 2013 Lisarenee marked it as to-read
Notes: Quotes will need to be checked against the final copy as I read the ARC.

My synopsis:
Twenty years ago his mother cursed his father after she found he had born a child with another woman...

"Mo Mhallachd ort! (My curse on you!) May your seed dry up, Donald Gallach, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, so that no woman shall bear you another child. May your sons already born by other woman die young. Three times 'round, and the spell is bound."

That was the day his life was changed. For mag
Elis Madison
This series follows the stories of four MacDonald warriors, Ian, Alex, Duncan and now Connor. Connor is, as the title suggests, the clan's chieftain.

Ilysa is Duncan's sister, and she's had steamy dreams about Connor since the four men returned from France. She's a healer, and she has the second sight, and she's learned at the skirts of Tearlag, the clan's seer. Connor, on the other hand, doesn't see past the frumpy clothing and tight head cloth that covers Ilysa's pretty hair, and he does NOT b
(P) I was looking forward to Connor. But it turned out to be a book like the others: mixed feelings because it was at times very silly. Then too much time was spent on strategy to defend the clan and not on the h/h relationship. I liked that Connor was starting to notice ilyssa, but hated the scene where he didn't recognize her because she had a nice dress on. He is a warrier with keen senses and good eyesight. That was just plain stupid and as far from romantic as it can get. Big downside. He s ...more
Oh what a lovely, lovely book! Conner wants so much to do what he should for the clan, how can you not adore a guy that puts the needs of others before himself? Especially one in a place of power. And Ilysa is a warrior in her own right. This entire series has been such an absolute joy to read that I've picked up the first two books in Margaret's All the King's Men series and I seriously hope the third will make it's way into the Audible catalog :-) Thank you, Margaret Mallory, for the wonderful ...more
Lisa Jon
From NetGalley---A great Historical novel set in the highland of Scotland- with loads of background information making the story come alive. In a time where marriage contracts were that a contract for land and troops it was nice to see too people fall in love and marriage- I loved our main characters they were sponkey and passionet but love conquers all at the end.
Okay of all of them I LOVED the second one, Alex was heart stopping, funny and charming. But I was eagerly awaiting this one and Mallory did not disappoint, it was so good I read it in one day. I love this series and I will dearly miss it. Thankfully I have it on my kindle so I know I'll be re-reading my favorite parts from time to time. :-)
The final book of the Return of the Highlanders series is a fantastic read. Connor being the Chieftain of his clan has to sacrifice his happiness for the good of his people. Ilysa has loved Connor for years but he had never seen her the same way. When fate intervenes and opens Connor's eyes to what could be with them, Connor must decide if he will marry for the good of his clan or follow his heart.

I love how we can see the struggle that Connor bears as his every decision affects his people for g
Samantha Ortega
Alors.. je dois dire que maintenant plus que jamais je rêve d'aller en Ecosse et encore plus sur l'ile de Skye.. un jour, avec Gwenlan on se fera ce petit périple!

Ce quatrième et dernier tome des Highlander de Margaret Mallory nous raconte l'histoire de Connor. Connor, c'est le chef du clan, celui qui, depuis son retour de France et la mort de son père et de son frère, se retrouve dans l'obligation de protéger son clan. Connor est le plus réfléchit des quatre.Il n'était pas destiné à être chef v
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
I really liked it!! Excellently written and researched, but that's to be expected since it's by Margaret Mallory. I rooted for Ilyssa and Connor (but mostly Ilyssa because I truly felt for her and was happy when Connor FINALLY realized that she is the one for him).
Depuis le temps que je l’attendais !! J’ai même réussi à me retenir de le dévorer dès son arrivée dans ma Pal ;)

J’ai enfin pu découvrir l’histoire d’amour du Chef de clan !! *soupire*

Depuis le premier tome j’avais hâte de connaitre Connor, et Ilysa qui m’a plu dès son arrivée dans l’histoire.

Ilysa, est la sœur de Duncan meilleur ami du Chef, elle est dévouée à son Clan. Elle gère la maison de Connor depuis son retour au pouvoir, elle remplace la maîtresse de maison. Depuis l’enfance, elle est
I really enjoyed this series, but I find it odd that I enjoyed the middle two books more than the first & last installments. The ending left a lot unsaid/unresolved and the H/h dynamic was entertaining just not as interesting as their situation could have played out. No drama between Duncan & Connor over Ilysa? Nothing more intriguing could have happened between the MacLeod & Ilysa/Connor? It just seems like this last installment could have ended the series on a much more entertainin ...more
Oh what a satisfying conclusion to the Return of the Guardian series this was! We finally got to Chieftain Conner MacDonald's story and boy did I love it.

Having gotten to see what Conner's had to go through since the 4 warriors returned from France in each of the previous books, it was nice to finally see things through his eyes - the struggle to maintain his clan and provide for them, making the decisions that will better them for the future all while struggling not to be weighed down by those
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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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