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The Scottish Witch (The Chattan Curse #2)

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“If love means it worth the price?”

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family. For two
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Avon (first published January 1st 2012)
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UniquelyMoi ~ The 1-click Diva

This second book in Cathy Maxwell’s The Chattan Curse series – or is it a trilogy? – is more than just a romance novel, it's a wonderful love story that, once I started, I couldn't put down.
From the Cover:

Every woman has her dreams

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. His very touch makes her long for much more.
SOS Aloha
The course of true love never did run smooth - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 2

Cathy Maxwell's THE SCOTTISH WITCH is Book Two in the Chattan Curse series. The series focuses on a 17th century curse cast by a Scottish witch, Finella, on the Chattan family,

When a Chattan male falls in love,
strike his heart with fire from Above.

Book 1, LYON'S BRIDE, introduces us to the Chattan Family in the Regency Era - Neal, Harry, and Margaret. Neal, Lord Lyon, wants children, so he seeks a bride he ca
This is such exactly what many readers are looking for when it comes to historical romance. It's a page turner with not just a great romance, but also a mystery, and a supernatural element as well. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as I learned more about the curse. The chemistry between the two leads was fantastic! At times it felt like it was the curse that had the sparks flying, but I think it was just the curse that brought them together, and the sparks they made all on their own.

I am so
This review is also posted at

Do you ever read a book and want to throw it across the room at the end of it? This book would have gone flying if it wasn’t for the fact that it was an ebook copy and that would have meant I would of have to throw my precious e-reader.
Now I know you’re asking yourself, Why? Why, throw a perfectly good book? What did that book ever do to you?
Why? WHY!?!? … I’ll tell you why. The ending pissed me off so much that I just wanted to chuck it. St
I wrote a double-review for this and Lyon's Bride, so apologies for duplication. This one gets a B- for content and an A for narration.

At the end of Lyon’s Bride, Harry Chattan, a somewhat cynical and bitter former Cavalry officer, had some serious thinking to do and obstacles to overcome. By the time we meet him again, he’s firmly back-in-the-saddle, so to speak, and hunting desperately for a way to break the curse and restore his brother to health. His search takes him to Glenfinnan in Scotlan
4 stars!

When a Chattan falls in love, he is struck dead.

No curse is a good curse, right?

Harry's brother is dying and there is nothing Harry can do about it... not until he finds a witch that can break the centuries old spell put upon his family.

He finds himself searching for a witch. Who he finds is Portia Maclean masquerading as one. She's doing it for money to keep her family afloat and to keep a roof over their heads.

Eventually Harry discovers that Portia was the "witch" he met that night un
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 2.5/5

The curse of death is still following the Chattan men once they find love. First, Neal (Lyon’s Bride) fell in love but now he’s growing weaker by the day. This time around, it’s his brother Harry’s turn. But Harry’s a rake, never staying with a woman for longer than a day or two so he, along with their sister Margaret, think that they’ll be safe. They refuse to fall in love and in an attempt to find a way to lift the curse, Harry goes of
Melissa McHugh
There is a lot about this book, and this series in particular that I like, but I’m beginning to find that the same frustations I’ve had with the last several Cathy Maxwell books are repeated here. So let me start from the beginning: The Scottish Witch is the second book in the Chattan Curse series. It has a fabulous and intriguing premise: The Chattan line has been cursed for centuries because their ancestor hand fasted to the daughter of Fenella, and then abandoned her for a wealthy English hei ...more
Drawn in by the title, in which I was promised something "Scottish." Obviously, I need to stop being so gullible. Will someone please write something about Scotland that does not necessitate characters wrapped in tartan sheets?
Harry is looking for a witch to de-cursify his family. Portia dresses up as that witch for the $$$s. THEY FALL IN LOVE, MAYBE, IF YOU SQUINT.

This book was pretty gross! It had a lot of campy-fun potential, but then a frantic make-out session turns into unconsenting sex on the floor of a barn! It was at this point that I had to stop what I was about to see how much I had left. I had assumed I was like 30% of the way through; NOPE. 55%.

From there, it's a torrid affair with all the emotional deve
Linda Hays-Gibbs
The Scottish Witch Review authored by Cathy
Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs
This is a story within a story. The beginning in 1632 has a jilted Rose of Macnachtan brooding over her lover who has left her with a baby in her belly after he hand fasted her to marry an English heiress for his family. Charles Chattan has no idea the evil unleashed on him and his family to come.
Rose's mother, Fenella is a witch and she curses Charles after her daughter kills herself and jumps into the funeral fire wi
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
The Scottish Witch continues that story of the Chattan Curse. Harry Chattan want to save his brother, Neal, who is doomed if the curse is not lifted. And the Curse. If any Chattan falls in love it will cause their death. Harry does not have much time. He has come to Scotland hoping to find a witch who can lift he curse.

Portia Maclean needs money to support her family. Harry is offering money to any witch. Portia has found a book of curses. For the money Harry is offering she can use the book an
At twenty-seven, Portia Maclean has accepted the fact that she's a spinster. Never having fallen in love, and having grown up witness to her parents' strained relationship, she doesn't really feel she's missing out. But she's determined that her sister will be able to marry for love. In spite of their precarious position, they've been able to make it work... until now. When Harry Chattan arrives in their small village, Portia comes up with a plan. Chattan is searching for a witch he thinks may f ...more
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THE SCOTTISH WITCH by Cathy Maxwell is an intriguing and interesting historical romance with paranormal elements. Book #2 of “The Chattan Curse”,See “Lyon’s Bride”. While, “A Scottish Witch” can be read as a stand alone, I would suggest reading Book 1 first, to get the just of the curse and why the three siblings are on a guest to find the witch who cursed them and their loved ones. Three siblings,Lyon,Harry and Margaret Chattan,whose ancestors,The Chattan’s, where cursed centuries ago by a witc ...more
A magical, suspense-filled, historical novel, which I gave a rating of 4.5. Taken from my review at

Over two hundred years ago, Charles Chattan broke the heart of a woman who loved and trusted him. The brokenhearted woman, Rose, who had the gift of sight like her mother, Fenella, committed suicide. Devastated, her mother cursed him and his descendants so that any Chattan male, who fell in love, would have his heart struck with fire from Heaven. Then Fenella threw herself onto
I very much enjoyed this one!

Magic surrounds this story from the beginning, with a second remembrance of the story of the curse from Rose's point of view to Portia's discovery of Fenella's book of spells to the appearance of a strange cat, named Owl, who appears, disappears, then reappears mysteriously. Owl, the cat becomes a very intricate part of the story and the mystery. We soon discover that only Harry Chattan and Portia MacLean seem to be able to see it - and Monty's dogs!

Whereas LYON'S
Mary Gramlich
Can we change our fate?

Harry Chattan knows he must accomplish two things: find the witch that cursed his family and never fall in love. Both are proving to be a challenge even beyond his diverse military expertise as the witch eludes him and a woman is haunting his dreams. When Harry meets Portia she claims to have the “cure” for this terrible plague that has haunted his family, and nothing will stop him from getting it. The problem it turns out is she is not a witch but a woman in possession of
Jamie Heustess
The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse by Cathy Maxwell is the second book in the “Chattan Curse” series. After a young woman commits suicide due to an unfaithful lover, her mother places a curse on the man and his family. If a Chattan man falls in love, he will die after siring a son to continue the witche's prophesy. Harry and his two siblings, Neal and Margaret, are the first in the Chattan line to be more than a one child generation. It is because of this that they hope to change what they se ...more
This was a fun book. Both Portia and Harry are strong charachters who really just want to protect their families at all cost. Both have heavy burdens they carry and this makes them stonger, but really unwilling to rely on others. Unfortuanetly neither one can accomplish what they need to without the other add in an old curse, and you have an interesting story. I really liked the main charachters. And in the end I even liked Portia's mother, Ariana Lady Maclean, who is one of the most self center ...more
Portia is the manager in her family. She must be the manager, because there is no one else. Her family has come to a home in Scotland that is falling down and even in this dire strait, they are unable to pay the bills.

Harry is a war hero who has come to Scotland to find a solution for a curse that has been on his family for over 200 years. Each man in the family dies shortly after falling in love. Harry's brother (who evidently is the hero of the first book in this series) is dying because of th
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Feathers
Review also posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

"Watchers of the threshold, Watch of the gate, open hell and seal Chattan's Fate.
When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above.
Crush his heart, destroy his line; only then will justice be mine".
~Fenella, Lyon's Bride/The Scottish Witch

Fenella cursed the Chattan line to never find happiness. Her daughter Rose had committed suicide due to broken heart caused by Charles Chattan. True to her words, as soon as an
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

In the seventeenth century, Charles Chattan broke the heart of Rose of the Macnachtan, who then committed suicide. Her mother, a powerful witch, cursed not only Charles, but his entire line. When a Chattan male falls in love, he will die. The curse has proved true for centuries, and by 1814, Neal, Harry, and Margaret Chattan are the last of Charles’s line. Neal, Earl of Lyon, has already fallen in love and he’
Good book. Harry has come to Scotland, where the curse began, in hopes of finding a way to break it. Now he is traveling all over the area looking for anyone who could be a witch. Portia and her mother and sister have come to live in Scotland to save money. Her father had left them destitute and reliant on the charity of family members. When she stumbles across what looks like a book of spells with the name Fenella in it, she decides to impersonate a witch and take some of Harry's money. This le ...more
Anna D.
3.5 stars

I like the characters and the plot but there was something about the delivery that made it choppy and less enjoyable. Sometimes the author repeated things, like facts and names which didn’t bear repeating and the chemistry between the H/h, which is ever present in the subtext and by all accounts should be palpable, was just a bit missing. Their destined love with the forbidden undertones and threat of death should have made their interactions and secret lovers meetings angsty, fiery, an
Lia Mcintosh
At twenty-seven, Portia Maclean has accepted the fact that she's a spinster. Never having fallen in love, and having grown up witness to her parents' strained relationship, she doesn't really feel she's missing out. But she's determined that her sister will be able to marry for love. In spite of their precarious position, they've been able to make it work... until now. When Harry Chattan arrives in their small village, Portia comes up with a plan. Chattan is searching for a witch he thinks may f ...more
Elis Madison
If you read my review of the first installment in this series, you'll know I was not enamored. It's a good thing I'd had enough time to forget that one before I saw this one on the shelf in my grocery store and snagged it on impulse. Because this one (maybe I'm just in a better mood this time) is a dam good read!

The backstory goes like this: Back in the early 17th Century, a sweet Scottish girl named Rose loved a man named Charles Chattan. He'd handfasted with her, and she was expecting his chi
loved this book! Had been a long time sence found a good book that I coulnt put away. This book had everything I like for a good story. Harry was a great hero flaws and all. Portia was great you hardly ever find a female that has some spice to her that strong will without over doing it. I love the fact that the cat is a reincarnation of eather rose or fenella. The story was consistant it kept me entertain through out the whole book and I must say that I cant wait to read the next installment!
Meghan Krogh
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Booklover, Indianapolis
(June) I enjoyed this book so much more than the first in the series, which I found plodding and borderline boring. I was surprised that Harry never tells Portia of his troubled past, but was amazed to see him humble himself before her and beg for his brother's life (when he thinks she is the witch who can break the curse placed upon his family). The relationship was sweet and sexy and fun - and ultimately doomed, unless sister Margaret can break the curse once and for all (as a long time romanc ...more
Another great one by Ms. Maxwell!

This one is a bit more witchy than the first book, but the witch stuff is not so dominant that you might confuse this with a paranormal romance. So for those who is not a fan of PNR, worry not! There's a lot of Historical romance goodies in the story that will make your heart flutter since the invention of chocolate fudge ice-cream.

Harry has come a long way from his drunken self in the first book. I like him, he's strong, determine and loyal. Portia's not a bad
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.
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