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Highlander In Her Bed (The Ravenscraig Legacy #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,228 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
All-business American Mara McDougall thinks there are no such things as ghosts. But a trip to Scotland and one gorgeous phantom are about to prove her dead wrong . . .

A self-employed tour guide, Mara is weary from leading her charges all over London. So she takes a breather at an antique shop—and spots perhaps the handsomest bed ever. Then she bumps into the handsomest man
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Signet Eclipse (first published January 1st 2006)
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♡Karlyn P♡
This was a fun, light, romantic fluff piece with some steamy, sensual scenes. It is not a story to be taken seriously as there are some real big holes in the story. Mainly, the hero/heroine fall madly in love without ever having a lick of meaningful dialog between them. They simply lust after each other, have sex, and fall in love. Plus a lot of "mystical" stuff goes unexplained. But the story is meant to be fun and sexy, which it is. If you can deal with that you may well enjoy it. However, if ...more
Loved it! And I was shocked that it received so many bad reviews! It was light, fun, cheesy, sappy, and dirty romance! With kilts! I mean, come on, what is better than an angsty Scot in a kilt?? An angsty dead Scot in a kilt! Maybe more: an angsty, lusty, dead Scot in a kilt guarding his bed!!

Come on people, you don't pick up a book like this and expect Les Miserables, you pick up a book like this and expect something like Devil in a Kilt.

I'm going to go into that corner over there and giggle so
Laura the Highland Hussy
Wow, the ratings on this book are pretty much all 1 and 2 stars. Wish I'd checked before I read it.

My reason for the low rating was that Mara was an idiot. I liked Alex, but he basically cursed himself to haunt his bridal bed for 700 years because the MacDougalls betrayed him and killed his men. His bride set it all up. Then Colin MacDougall (the one who kills him) takes his bride and the bed. Then he screws up Alex's reputation and history has him down as a rat and an all around bad guy.

So I'm
Rachel Annie
Mar 12, 2014 Rachel Annie rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr-uf
Loved the premise: Unlucky in love girl with a thing for history finds herself haunted by a cranky, yet very sexy, Highland ghost. Unfortunately, this book just didn't click for me. Don't get me wrong, Ms. Mackay's love for the subject is clear. She is able to evoke the beauty and mystery that is Scotland with highly immersive detail.

Why I gave this book two stars:
•I just couldn't connect with the characters. This chick inherits a Scottish castle--one in great shape and with a fantastic staff--y
This is my first by this author and the story had a unique twist I haven't crossed before.

I liked most stuff but more often than not I seem to be more confused than engrossed.

- The prologue was sad and and tore at my heart, but there was a part I felt that it was weird, somewhere during the conversations they seemed more interested in the bed than anything else, I found it weird and an awkward conv to have before a person dies.

- The unique twist I mentioned before wasn't the ghost aspect I cros
Sep 12, 2014 Barbee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: ebook

Spectacular and imaginative! You won't be able to put this one down! Another beautifully written breath taking, knock your socks or kilt off magical read! Loved it.

This is the second time for me reading this spectacular Scottish paranormal romance in "Highlander in Her Bed" by the multi talented Allie MacKay. Which is book one of "The "Ravenscraig Legacy Series". You can read this outstanding book alone or in series order. It was even better the second time around as I absolutely love love loved
Jul 06, 2012 Jilly rated it did not like it
I have to say that half the time I had no idea what Mara was talking about and it seemed like things jumped out at you abruptly. It also seemed rather unlikely that this “ghost” and this woman would fall in love the moment they met considering Alex already knew she was a MacDougall and hates her clan with a passion.

Some of his ghostly haunts were fun. Though this strong confident man seemed to turn weak the moment he decided to “love” Mara.

Then there are the “extra” characters. They were cheesy
A pleasant change from the standard romance fair

This is a sultry little book, with an American woman for a heroine, and a Highland laddie long since gone as the hero. While I personally think this is a bit unbelievable, it does make a good story, and the author put obvious effort into making it believable - in part by making some of the characters refuse to believe in ghosts.
A bed of contention between the lady and the lad is an antique bed, which he was transporting to the castle the king had
May 26, 2014 Melodiacat rated it liked it
Tour guide Mara MacDougall stops at a London antique shop-and spots perhaps the handsomest bed ever. Then she bumps into the handsomest man ever. Soon Mara can't forget the irresistible-if haughty-Highlander. Not even when she learns that she's inherited a Scottish castle.

Spectral Sir Alexander Douglas has hated the Clan MacDougall since he was a medieval knight and they tricked him into a curse-the curse of forever haunting the bed (the very one that Mara now owns) that was once intended for hi
Apr 10, 2009 Kim rated it did not like it
Putting this on the "read" shelf is not quite true. I did not even finish it.

I picked this book up because of its title. I read all Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" and enjoy the stories set in Scotland and the chivalry and honor thing. This book was basically a porno. There was no character development, nothing other than the two main characters lusting after each other. It got really old. I love me a chick book, but I like to know more about the characters other than their "measurements".
Tracey Brown
Dec 30, 2015 Tracey Brown rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars This book has very mixed reviews but i personally liked it very much it is fun sexy lighthearted a different take on the highlander theme.Nothing overly dramatic or too deep If you want a fun sexy read this could be for you. My first book by this author and i will definitely read the next one in this series i loved her characters and hope some of the side characters in this one are in future books in the series.
Tina Ullrich
Aug 28, 2015 Tina Ullrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schenectady Highlander

For a fun, frolicking, good romp you have to read this story. Alex and Mari are mean to be together. All the hardships they have gone thru to find their one true love. He is a Boggle and her a non-believer. Keeping watch on HIS bed, Alex meets a relative of his centuries past enemy only to find that she does not believe he I'd a Boggle. Mari runs a tour company taking clients on tours of all kind mostly Ghost tours, which she does not believe in. When she sees a bed she wou
Oct 12, 2010 Jenn rated it did not like it
I've had some crap luck with books lately. This is another one. I could care less about either one of these main characters. There were no supporting characters to speak of. I just didn't care what happened to them. Alex was an ass and Mara was an idiot ("History books don't lie!") Blech. This one's going right back in the bag for the used book store. Next.
Kelly Bolduc
Jan 14, 2012 Kelly Bolduc rated it it was amazing
Allie Mackay always writes great highland romance novels! Mara and Alex have great chemistry starting where they butt heads down to the hot steamy scenes that are so good, you may look up airline tickets to fly to Scotland just to find a highlander of your own...
Jeene Hobbs
There Is a ghost haunting my bed

Thankfully the ghost is a handsome Highlander, but he doesn't like the new owner of his bed, or does he?

The first 2/3 of the book seem to be mostly in the minds of the ghost and the woman who own the bed. We know pretty explicitly how they feel about each other and what they want to do to the other. It isn't until the last 1/3 of the book that loyalty, love, sacrifice, and friendship show up to round out the story.

I had read Bran of Barra's (another highlander gh
2.5 stars. A bit uneven. Some cute stuff, some over the top fluff, but also some stuff that really annoyed me.
Laurie Bongiorno
Mar 13, 2015 Laurie Bongiorno rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic, scottish
Oh, good grief, I was sick of reading about them droning on and on about each other's looks, and what they wanted to do with them, especially when the behavior was bad! Many times I have thought someone was good looking and then when I got to know them, and what a creeper they were, they became ugly to me! Not enough action and too many thoughts... good thing I read this one last or I never would have read the next one, which is better. I skipped chunks of repetitive thoughts on this one and tho ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars!

West Highlands, near Oban, 1312

Sir Alexander Douglas is on his way to claim his bride when he and his men are set upon by MacDougalls. His intended has betrayed him, he and his men are dying and with his last breath he curses the carved four poster bed he had made for his new bride...."You will rue the hour you e'er laid eyes on my bed. I shall haunt you and your issue until the end of all days, that I swear." His curse on the MacDougalls etched onto eternity.

Present day, London and
Feb 15, 2009 Stefanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
This is a trashy romance novel. I've read trashy romance novels before, even medieval-era stories of knights and damsels in distress, and while they're formulaic they at least usually have some kind of plot and character development to go along with the naughty bits. Sadly, this book was about 88% naughty bits and 12% ridiculous plot, the kind in which I just kept yelling at the main character for her stupid behavior.

So a modern woman buys a 14th-century handmade bed...that's a med
May 01, 2013 Mandy rated it did not like it
I was actually looking for Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband, but couldn’t remember the title and bought this one instead. This was a mess.

One of the biggest problems comes from the hero, Alexander, being a ghost. It didn’t appear as though the author thought up any rules for her universe. One second, a ghost can decide whether to be corporeal and choose his location. Then, the next second, he has no control over being transparent or being whisked away by some unknown power to some unknown
Vina Raintree
May 13, 2012 Vina Raintree rated it it was amazing
Mara MacDougall udah kesengsem banget sama tempat tidur yang keliatannya kunooooo banget dan kemungkinan besar ada dari jamannya scotland para highlander. dan dia selalu dibisiki suara bariton, rendah nan seksi seorang lelaki. dan akhirnya dia ketemu Alex.
alex ini ternyata nyimpen dendam sama macdougal dan mengutuk keluarga itu selama-lamanya. dan alex ini ngejaga banget tempat tidur yang ternyata miliknya itu. menolak mentah-mentah kalo ada yang nempatin apalagi seorang macdougal.

otw,btw, mara
Beckyloohoo Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ aka Mrs. Acheron Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
I saw this book and thought "why not give it a try?" I mean, I love Highlanders, so a ghostly one should be fun, right? Well, it could have been. Sadly this book just didn't do enough with it. The potential was there, but it wasn't really utilized.

Alex Douglas is a knight who was killed by a clan that he was supposed to be marrying into. But his bride-to-be's cousin Colin MacDougall sets up a trap to kill him and his men, frames them to ruin his reputation and even steals the very bed he carved
Taria Reed
I liked the story but i wish we got more explanation about the ghost world and the others beyond the veil that hurt Alex. I enjoyed the process of Alex getting over his hatred for the MacDougalls and falling in love with Mara. Their antics and banter was entertaining.

story 2.75
narrator 3.25
Sep 06, 2014 Terree rated it liked it
This is actually a 3.5 star book for me. I enjoyed the characters of Alex, Hardwin and Bran a lot and I hope that there are books in the future of the last two!
Some of the book got a little rushed and skimmed over...I would have liked to have had a longer book rather than rushed the story, but I did enjoy it.
Dec 29, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance, 2007
Mara owns and operates a tour guide service. Her current trip is leading a group of ghost hunters throughout London. During this trip she is contacted by a lawyer, who tells her that she has inherited a castle in Scotland. When Mara finds an old four poster bed in a antique shop in London and meets the man that is protecting it, she decides that she has to have it for the castle. Little does she know the bed is not protected by a man, but rather a ghost, who will stop at nothing to keep the MacD ...more
Annette Tilch
Sep 12, 2014 Annette Tilch rated it it was amazing
This is a fun read. It is a fantasy read which I usually don't do but I really enjoyed this one and glad I bought it. I love Alex's character and his fight against his attraction and history. Can I get one of these Highlanders IN my bed??
Love it!!
Marsha Wright
Sep 17, 2014 Marsha Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great hero, and heroine, love story was magnificent. Thank you, Allie Mackay!

Very well written Scottish history, castle details, and characters; makes reader feel like you're there. This was a 5 star love story.
Jul 29, 2010 Evangeline rated it really liked it
I saw that there were many bad reviews for this book before I read it. I'm glad I wasn't put off by them as I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big fan of CIndy Miles and while the plot of this story is similar to Cindy's books, it was a lot more raunchy. There was lots of sex throughout the book and it was rather vulgar in places and this mightn't be everyones cup of tea but I did enjoy it as a change from Cindy's PG rated writing style. My only complaint is that by the end of the book I didn't u ...more
Bev Walkling
This paranormal novel was high on steam + fantasy so much so that at times it felt as if that was the authors purpose in writing.It was also low on plot so I found myself skimming in an effort to just be done.
Tammy Nitschke Sokol
loved it!!!

Love her books!! Such fun visual writing style!! I felt like I was there!! So well worth reading!! Can't go wrong at all with her books!!
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Allie Mackay is the alter ego of USA Today bestselling author, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, who writes Scottish medieval romances A former flight attendant of Scottish descent, she spent fifteen years living in Europe and still makes annual visits to Scotland. Most inspired by the wild places of Scotland’s far north, she is also fascinated by the paranormal, Scott
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