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Highlander's Hope (Castle Brides)

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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  239 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Regency propriety and Scottish boldness clash in this Regency romantic suspense flavored with a liberal dose of humor and a dash of inspiration.

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Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is
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ebook, 430 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing (first published May 19th 2013)
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Lady Wesley
I'd give this debut author a 3.5 for writing a good, but not great, book. There is romance, adventure, angst, and humor, and the plot moves along briskly from London to the Scottish Highlands. The characterization is quite good, and the author did a very nice job with a variety of secondary characters, especially the odious Mrs. Pettigrove. I liked the hero and heroine and found them to be engaging and fairly believable.

But -- here is what kept this from being a four-star book for me: the accent
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This was Collette Cameron’s debut novel and the first book in her Castle Brides series. I enjoyed it immensely.

I loved Ewan’s playful nature and wit but also how strong, protective, caring and loyal he is. It was also refreshing to see him in love with a reluctant Yvette rather than the more common scenario of the heroine hopelessly in love with the hero. I understood why his fear of losing Yvette compels him to conceal the truth about their marriage and I felt he genuinely thinks he is doing hi
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Karen Lopp
Highlander's Hope delivers a HEA love story with the intrigue of spies and danger added in. Yvette is on the run from a dangerous suitor. Ewan is determined to keep her safe and ferret out the traitor that threatens the war office. I enjoyed the chemistry between Yvette and Ewan and the added suspense of peril. Overall it was an enjoyable and satisfying read.
Meggan Connors
Though Collette Cameron's debut novel, Highlander's Hope, references highlanders in the title, it truly is a Regency mystery, and it's all the better for it. Attempted murder, spies, traitors, a beautiful and vulnerable heroine, and a handsome Scottish hero, all set against the backdrop of the Regency era, this story is a fun adventure mystery romance.

The heroine, Yvette, escapes Boston and her step-brother, who wants nothing more than to get his hands on her fortune. When Yvette is once again
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Sue
I really enjoyed this eARC provided to me by the author. I felt it was hard to put down as well. One really comes to enjoy these characters and wants the best for them. We want a happy resolution to all matters.

I too would not have thought of this as a typical "Highlander" novel as mentioned in the other review. It does meet the definition I believe with the traditions and loyalty of described actions as well as Ewan's family. It truly is London meets American meets Scottish type flavoring.

I wa
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Maggie Lynch
This book surprised me on several levels. Though it takes an approach that appears typical for many historical romances these days—Scottish Hero, Regency Historical, and Virgin Heroine. However, nothing is completely as it seems. This very independent heroine is escaping a determined and violent suitor, and she has had persistent and sensual dreams of the hero for years. Both of these elements play into a nice mystery plot for the reader to unravel. Bravo to author Collette Cameron for carrying ...more
Candy
Oh. My. Gosh. I loved this story! Highlander’s Hope is an engaging read that I couldn’t put down! This Regency romance is full of action and smoldering romance.

I was hooked from the beginning of the story as Miss Yvette Stapleton is sailing to London from Massachusetts. She is being chased by her step-brother, Edgar Marquardt, whom she suspects is responsible for the death of her father and step-mother. Edgar is desperate to get his hands on Yvette’s fortune. Once in London she is still not safe
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Monica
I really enjoyed this book! It had mystery, political intrigue, humor, and best of all a sweet love story with characters I liked very much.

Miss Yvette Stapleton is on the run from her step-brother Edgar, who will stop at nothing, including murder, to get her inheritance now that her father is dead. Forced to travel in secret and alone, she leaves Boston and returns to England. As if constantly looking over her shoulder isn't bad enough, she has a thoroughly irritating and gaseous bunkmate who I
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Sophia
Spies, traitors, attempted murder and abduction, heiress in peril, handsome Scottish hero and a secret marriage all rolled up into one wild Regency Romance adventure. Sign me up! I eagerly dove into this story with anticipation.

Yvette escapes Boston just ahead of her greedy, crazed step-brother who will do anything to get his hands on her fortune. However, London proves to be no safer as she is again pursued and this time by strangers. The man from her dreams- and yes, I mean literally- arrives
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Burgandy Ice
*chuckle* What a fun ride!

Evvy is a sweet character full of spunk. It is fun to read the story from her POV. She has heart and hope and is delightfully opinionated. She is rescued on occasion, but she’s not just a hopeless heiress in pretty dresses! She wields a knife with deadly precision!

Ewan is intelligent and quick. Having half the story from his POV really takes everything to another deeper level. He is hot, which is important, coming from a handsome family (I love why's!) His character is
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Nicole Laverdure
Regency romance full of mystery and intrigue! 5 stars
I just finished reading Highlander's Hope written by Collette Cameron.Ms. Cameron's debut novel, Highlander's Hope, is truly is a Regency mystery, rather than a Scottish romance. The author skillfully blended a world of scandal, treason, intrigue and mystery. She also weaved her characters Laird Ewan McTavish and Heiress, Yvette Stapleton into a charming romance. I enjoyed the chemistry between Yvette and Ewan! Sparks flare the moment they met
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Tracy
Ewan was pretty close to perfect and I loved him. Yvette, not so much. I don't know precisely what I didn't like - I just know I didn't really think she deserved Ewan. And I find it more that just a little hard to believe that a twenty year old unmarried woman in 1817 had no guardian and was able to do whatever she wanted with her money.

I did like the story and enjoyed seeing familiar characters from the first book. I think the action moved along at a good pace and nothing was completely over t
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Julie
If this book is a good indication, this author has a brite future ahead of her! I fell in love with both her hero and heroine. They were both so totally likeable and so well matched. The story line was well developed with just enough adventure and romance to keep you turning the next page. There are a few other characters introduced that I am sure will inspire future stories of their own. I can't wait to read about their adventures! A sweet romance that inspires and epitomizes the best kind of l ...more
Violetta Rand
Collette Cameron's debut novel, Highlander's Hope, gifts the reader with mystery and love. There's nothing better than an evil step brother mixed up with corrupt government spies and Transatlantic intrigue. The vibrant protagonists, Yvette and Ewan, have some obstacles to overcome before they find (and admit) love.

Stylistically, Ms. Cameron writes with clarity and an innocence I enjoy in certain stories. It worked very well in Highlander's Hope. I look forward to more!
Celia Kennedy
When reading a romance novel, I thoroughly enjoy it when the author takes us down the unpredictable path. Ms. Cameron has done so.

We meet Yvette Stapleton, heiress to a sizable fortune, after the death of her father and step-mother, as she struggles to save herself from those who'd like to part her from her fortune. The only person she knows for certain is against her is her step-brother, Edgar.

Returning to England from Massachusetts in the early summer of 1817, she keeps her own council and see
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Viola Cross
Collette grabs the reader from the first page, and it just gets better and better from there! A sexy Highlander, a sassy, vulnerable but strong, beautiful woman, intrigue, sensual romance, and twists and turns will make you unable to put this book down. I'll be looking forward to each everyone one of Collette's books! Very well done!
Ceri
This is a rollicking adventure, set in the early 1800s, and we are immediately in the thick of the action; Yvette is an heiress, her father and stepmother recently dying in very suspicious circumstances, and her stepbrother Edgar has made an attack on her. She has fled from Boston, where her family had been living for the past few years, back to her hometown of London. There she is pursued at the docks and finds herself saved by Ewan, the very man she's been having some rather saucy dreams about ...more
Regan Walker
A Regency With a Highland Twist!

This was Cameron’s first novel and it sets the stage for a new series. It begins in London in 1817, as Yvette Stapleton wakes in a ship’s cabin from another nightmare about Edgar, a man who had previously abducted—and tried to rape her. It is Edgar she was fleeing as she sailed from Boston to London. Once the ship docks, she tries to reach her solicitor’s office where she can obtain funds from her inheritance, but she runs into rogues she suspects are working for
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Ella Quinn
Yvette and Ewen will capture your heart. Originally only interested in Yvette because of a traitor, Ewen quickly finds himself falling in love with the independent Yvette. Miss Cameron weaves a wonderful tale that stretches from London to Scotland.
Demetra Iliopoulos
From beginning to end, this novel is absolutely marvellous! When Yvette flees Boston to escape her stepbrother, Edgar, and his vicious attacks, she hopes to contact her solicitor and obtain her fortune. Instead, as soon as she is on English soil, she finds herself being followed and chased, only to be rescued by a stranger, a stranger with familiar eyes; the eyes from her dreams. Desperate to remain out of Edgar's grasp, Yvette finds herself under the protection of Ewan McTavish, the man of her ...more
Becky
Ewan McTavish has never forgotten a young girl he met at a wedding and danced with a couple of years ago. Yvette Stapleton is wealthy and fleeing from a man trying to kidnap, use and make her marry him for her money. He will stop at nothing, including murder to get her. After the last attempt to abuse her, she hides away on a ship from Boston to her English soil and get the help of her solicitor. Running away from enemy's scoundrels, she finds herself on the floor, face first in the Viscount Set ...more
Lynelle Clark
After reading Book 1, The Viscount's Vow, I had to read the follow-up and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The author kept it fast paced again, as you get to know Yvette and Ewan better, after they were briefly mentioned in book 1.
The characters were believable and real as the plot unfolded in this well written historical romance. I simply could not put it down and enjoyed every moment. From the moment Yvette was introduced you are engaged into her story. Learning more about the heiress and her hasty de
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Maria
I'm reading this (and the second book Viscount's Vow) because I'm reviewing The Earl's Enticement (book 3) for a blog, however, I'm reluctant to bother with book two after this rather staid and lackluster romance.

The not so good:

1. The hero and heroine are just not very interesting; there isn't enough "screen presence." I was never sure whether Yvette was a strong woman or not because sometimes she'd be brave and stick up for herself and other times she would act helpless. And Ewan isn't a hero
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C.D. Hersh
Colette Cameron takes us on a romantic and suspense filled journey with Yvette Stapleton, the heroine, and Laird Ewan McTavish, the hero. They met at the wedding of Yvette’s cousin to Viscount Warrick which occurs in another great tale from Colette Cameron called “The Viscount’s Vow.”

Now at the end of war with France, Ewan is on a mission to find the spy in the War Office who almost cost England the war. Yvette is on the run for her life from a man who wants to kill her to gain her inheritance.
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Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
This review will appear at Romantic Historical Lovers Blog on July 9.


Fleeing for her life in the middle of the night, Yvette Stapleton left Massachusetts for England. Once she arrived, she felt her life was endangered yet again so she took off running through the streets of London. As her pursuers were gaining on her, a handsome stranger in beautiful carriage saved her.

Through events out of her control, she ends up sharing a room with Mrs. Pettigrove, again. Noisy, bossy, Mrs. Pettigrove. Yvette
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Renee
Highlander’s Hope is a delightful romp blending Regency and Highlander subjects. The characters are well drawn and I loved following their journey from England to Scotland while they reached their HEA.

Too often in romance books, in the furtherance of the plot, the author has the heroine doing ridiculous things, making bad decisions, or putting herself in a situation where I inevitably quickly characterized the heroine as TSTL. Yvette is NOT one of these heroines. She is smart, well educated, sa
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Linda Hays-Gibbs
Title: Highlander's Hope
Author: Collette Cameron
Review Rating: Five Stars
Genre: Historical Romance Fantasy 1817
Reviewer: Linda Hays-Gibbs
Yvette Alexandra Clarisse Stapleton is on the run, escaping a stepbrother bent on making her his wife. Edgar is obsessed with kidnapping Yvette.
Yvette runs from America to England to escape but he follows her. She is running away from men when rescued by Laird Ewan McTavish, Viscount Sethwick, a spy and covert agent of the regent.
Her dire circumstances make
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The Window Seat
Most romance stories are fairly straightforward in their storytelling, with all roads pushing a hero and a heroine to come together to their happy ever after. As I began Highlander’s Hope I thought I had things pegged fairly quickly about how boy and girl would meet and fall in love; however author Collette Cameron added a few more elements to her basic premise that I’m not sure worked to the story’s benefit.

Miss Yvette Stapleton is in desperate need of a true hero. Forced to flee in the night f
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
From beginning to end, this novel is absolutely marvellous! When Yvette flees Boston to escape her stepbrother, Edgar, and his vicious attacks, she hopes to contact her solicitor and obtain her fortune. Instead, as soon as she is on English soil, she finds herself being followed and chased, only to be rescued by a stranger, a stranger with familiar eyes; the eyes from her dreams. Desperate to remain out of Edgar’s grasp, Yvette finds herself under the protection of Ewan McTavish, the man of her ...more
Carin
Collette Cameron provides us with a Regency era Highlander romance that takes place in not only London but also Boston and into Scotland.
Ewen is a Lord of the realm but he is also part of an elite group who work for the War Office. As an operative he is compelled by the Prince Regent to find the spy who has been feeding information to the French during the last war, until he solves this he is unable to return to Scotland or even think about marrying.

Yvette has lost her father and step-mother bu
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Bestselling, award-winning author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, and Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini-dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-pro ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Castle Brides (3 books)
  • The Viscount's Vow
  • The Earl's Enticement
The Earl's Enticement Triumph and Treasure (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, #1) The Viscount's Vow Wagers Gone Awry (Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Book 1) A Kiss for Miss Kingsley

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