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Return of the Border Warrior (Brunson Clan Trilogy #1)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Word in the Royal Court has spread that the wild Scottish borders are too unruly. Upon the King's command, John Brunson must return home…. Once part of a powerful border clan, John has not set eyes on the Brunson stone tower in years. With failure never an option, he must persuade his family to honor the king's call for peace.

To succeed, John knows winning over Cate Gilnoc
Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1114, 288 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Harlequin
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Regan Walker
3 and 1/2 Stars - Unusual Scottish Historical with rape recovery as the theme

Set on the Scottish borders in 1528, this is the story of Cate Gilnock, who lives for vengeance on the man who killed her father and took her innocence.

With the Scottish borders out of control, the King orders Sir John Brunson to return home and work for peace and to bring his men to the king’s call. John has not been home in many years and arrives to bury his father and face his angry older brother. Consumed with thei
Oct 21, 2012 Farrah rated it really liked it
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Return of the Border Warrior was a very emotional historical romance. I think that is the best way to summarize my reaction to the story. It was full of real emotion from the two main characters. I liked the book. It was worth a read. However, it wasn't the most engaging story I've ever read.

Cate was tough. In every definition of the term. Not only could she wield a sword with deadly skill, but she also survived a ve
Debra Taylor
Oct 16, 2012 Debra Taylor rated it really liked it

A strong start for the newest trilogy from Blythe Gifford . I surely do love my Highlander romance . Especiallly when it is this good ! A little different from the usual plot . John & Catherine are two characters that no longer feel comfortable within their clan . But as soon as they find each other thay begin their long journey home .
At long last , John Brunson has returned to his clan . After many years in service to the King he returns to his home only to learn that his father has just p
Bien que le sujet traité sorte de l’ordinaire, j’ai préféré le tome 2. Je me suis un peu ennuyée par moment à cause de quelques longueurs et d’une héroïne qui ne m’a pas émue plus que ça malgré ce qui lui est arrivé. Et quand enfin vient le fameux face-à-face, cela va beaucoup trop vite. Cela reste cependant une romance pleine de charme avec de l’action et des thèmes comme la vengeance et la loyauté envers sa famille qui donnent à réfléchir. Blythe Gifford est sans conteste une auteure à suivre! ...more
Sandra Mariscal
Los protagonistas me han gustado mucho, sobre todo John, pues en cada página nos vamos dando cuenta,a la vez que él mismo, que quizás no es todo como él había pensado en un primer momento. Y Cate me ha encantado, creo que tiene una valentía tremenda, y aunque a veces se me han hecho pesadas algunas cosas sobre su historia, terminas cogiéndola cariño también.

Los personajes secundarios también me han gustado mucho, sobre todo los hermanos de John, Bessie y Rob, de los que me gustaría leer sus pro
Jul 17, 2014 Gail rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how this book has garnered such good reviews from others (well, on Amazon anyway). The writing is repetitive, plodding, and occasionally even sloppy (almost identical sentences two paragraphs apart and a character saying "as I told you before" to one family member when she had said it to another before). The intimate scenes lack heat, the characters seem too changeable too quickly, and almost the entire story revolves around a past sexual trauma. I read these novels to be absorbed i ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Os livros da Blythe Gifford, de quem já sou fã há um tempinho, costumam ter uma temática mais forte, e ancorada em um período histórico especifico. Dá para perceber que a autora estudou a época, a história e os costumes. Ela não saiu inventando uma historinha melada e fantasiosa sobre pessoas fictícias que vivem em uma época idealizada.

John Brunson retorna para o clã fronteiriço de onde saiu há 10 anos, quando ainda era uma criança, trazendo uma ordem do rei para que o seu pai envie homens para
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RETURN OF THE BORDER WARRIOR by Blythe Gifford is an exciting Medieval historical romance. A Scottish tale set in 1528.Book 1 of "The Brunson Clan" trilogy. A family saga of the Brunson Clan: two Viking warriors,John and Black Rob Brunson and their sister,Bessie who rule the Scottish border. Fast paced and filled with danger, border wars,Scotland,passion,tragedy,love,secrets and healing. Cate Gilnock, has been raped two years prior to the story, and her father murdered,she seeks to have her reve ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. By the end I really liked it, but I felt like the first half dragged a bit, making it hard for me to get really involved. John had been sent away from him home at age twelve to be a companion to the boy king. Now he has been sent by the king to bring Brunson men to fight in the king's war against a traitor. He arrives to find his father dead and his brother as the new laird. No one is interested in having anything to do with his mission and he still feels l ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Nita rated it really liked it
The second son of a clan chief, John Brunson, at a young age, is sent to live with the royal court. He's always resented the fact that his father seemed to have no interest in him, to only pay attention to his older brother who would one day become clan chief. He hasn't seen his family or home in 10 years. Now his king has sent him back home to gather his family's men to join the king's war against a traitor. His reception home is a cold one. He finds out his father has recently died at the hand ...more
Je reste assez mitigée sur ce livre: j'ai trouvé l'intrigue un peu trop lente, les héros pas assez convaincants... bref, la mayonnaise n'a pas pris pour moi.
Faye Ridpath
Jun 26, 2014 Faye Ridpath rated it it was amazing
Love is patient and kind as this book beautifully illustrates.
Jun 19, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: brain-junk-food
I admit... I skimmed this book... by the time I got 60 pages in, I was bored, so I started to skim... I got the jest of the story and it was interesting enough, but whenever I stopped to take time and really read the pages, I got bored again. I finished the book and was glad to put it down. I had read the 2nd in the series before this book, it may have tainted my views on it already. Sometimes, there are those books, where you just have a hard time getting into. This was one of those for me. I d ...more
1 star = DNF

When I found myself highlighting all of the places the "hero" thinks about (a) how the heroine is now more accepted by/a member of his family than he is; and (b) how many women he had and/or could get at court, how easy the women at court were to seduce, and how much the women at court liked him, I realized it was time to quit reading (at about 30%) and move on to something I might enjoy more.
Alyssa White
Jun 17, 2016 Alyssa White rated it liked it
I was hoping for so much more. 1/2 of the way through the book it started to get more interesting and I could keep my focus. I will give the next book in the series a shot.
Andrea Jackson
A new period and setting for me. The Scottish Borders during King James's time. Great research, plot, and characters. Leads, John and Cate.
Mary Jo Burke
Feb 21, 2013 Mary Jo Burke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot start to a great series! Love the Scottish Borders, great sense of history and the people who lived it. Beautiful cover too!
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After many years in public relations, advertising, and marketing, Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, she became an overnight success when she sold her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist manuscript to Harlequin.
She has since written medieval romances featuring characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket. Now,
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Other Books in the Series

Brunson Clan Trilogy (3 books)
  • Captive of the Border Lord (Brunson Clan Trilogy #2)
  • Taken by the Border Rebel (Brunson Clan Trilogy #3)

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