Highland Barbarian (Murray Family, #13)
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Highland Barbarian (Murray Family #13)

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Sir Artan Murray was right when he decided that the dying old man who bid him collect his niece didn't know her at all. The furious woman facing him is neither "sweet" nor "biddable." She demands the brawny Highland return her to the wedding party from which he took her. But Artan has no intention of allow so spirited and bewitching creature to endure a loveless marriage t...more
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Published 2006 by Kensington Publishing Corp
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This book pleased me very much. Even though Artan is the only one in the series to marry an actual cousin (distant or not.. and not THAT distant, by the way).., they match each other well. Cecily is kind of irritating at times, but I love her fire and 'unladylike' tendencies. Artan has been a favorite character in the series and I was excited to finally get to his. THIS story fit his character very well. (Unlike the one with his brother).. He kept his usual arrogance and wildness as well as his...more
"A sheltered lass who has been convinced that she is worthkess gets to come to this beautiful spot, in the moonlight, and have the handsomest mon she has e'er seen not only make love to her but steal her away because she is in danger." p.332, loc.4224

Author: Hannah Howell
First published: 2006
Length: 351 pages, 4428 locations
Setting: Scotland, 1480. (Lowlands and Highlands)
Sex: explicit, reasonably frequent. First (complete) time post handfast.
Heroine: Abused from around the age of 10 by guardian...more
If you enjoy Highlander historical romances and Cinderella-like tales, you may want to check out Highland Barbarian. Each book in the Murray Family series follows the love life of a different Murray family member and can be read in any order. While this storyline is generally predictable, its feel good message that love can be found in unexpected places, even for individuals who have previously been made to feel less than perfect, makes it a charming tale.

Following the death of her father, Cecil...more
Her books are supernatural in nature and of course, are set within the highland setting. Ranges from Vamps to immorals. Her femal chars tend to be sassy and smart
What can I say except romance novels are my very favorite type of book to read! I like romance novels placed in the highlands, it sounds like a very fascinating place.
This one's primary protag is Artan Murray, brother of Kiera and Alana of the previous books in the series. This is also one where the back cover doesn't necessarily describe the primary conflict of the story.

Artan's old friend and mentor Angus MacRieth asks Artan to go to the Lowlands and retrieve his granddaughter, Cecily Donaldson. Angus needs a suitable heir, and Artan, whom he sponsored, seems far more suitable than his actual next male kin, weaselly Malcolm. To make it work, Artan needs to...more
For smut, this was a pretty good one. I found the dialogue a little distracting at times, but I think that's because I'm so linguistically-focused. I discovered as I continued to read this novel, that I was really beginning to care for the characters. I was eager to see if Cecily would forgive Artan and marry him, as we all know she should. I was concerned when Artan fell into his coma and was ridiculously (absurdly) pleased when he came out of it. (Though, to be honest, I didn't really think he...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Artan reluctantly goes to get his mentor's estranged niece and finds a beautiful woman in the middle of a wedding feast and her wedding two weeks away. Cecily is enchanted with the newcomer and decides she will act carelessly for once in her life and take him for her lover for one night. Artan finds out many secrets about her guardians and her fiance, along with why she has been estranged to her uncle. He kidnaps her and takes her to his home while her fiance follows them and confirms his plans...more
Artan Murray is one of the more interesting males in the Howell Highlanders series. He is offered the lairdship of Glascreag if he marries the current laird's niece, who lives in the lowlands with her guardians. Artan walks into the commencement of her wedding ceremonies and, of course, is not going to let that happen. he kidnaps his future bride and returns her to the highlands and her uncle. During the trip he finally convinces her that the prospective groom will end her life at a convenient t...more
Hmmm. I believe I said in my my review of the last book I read by this author that it was about 50 pages too long, those extra pages coming after the seeming climax of the story. Well, this book followed the same format and I cannot figure out what the plus is to this strategy. I also spotted a few too many errors that slipped by the editors, which is a little annoying. There were some things to like in the plot and characters or I wouldn't have finished the book, but I think I will take a break...more
Continuing the Murray Family Sage, Highland Barbarian focuses on Artan Murrey who was introduced to readers in the previous book. Being slightly dissapointed w/ the last book in this series, I was hoping for that something more from this one, and found it. Overall I found the story sweet and an enjoyable, easy read. I thought the H and H were well matched, and loved watching them succomb to the power of love. I look forward to Lucas's story in the next book. I am still recommending this book and...more
Artan Murray is sent to rescue Cecily from her greedy relatives' clutches by her uncle Angus, with the promise that he would be able to marry her and be Angus' heir. When he arrives, things are worse than he thought--Cecily is about to be married to an evil, scheming man. What else can he do but kidnap her?

Nicely written, but with very strange pacing. Artan and Cecily make a good couple, but the flow of the story (including the final conflict with the betrothed 2/3 into the story) make the final...more
Sir Artan Murray is on a mission--to possibly find a bride as well as heir to her lands. The 2nd intrigues him enough to go on this mission to the lowlands to collect the neice of his foster father. His fate is sealed almost from the moment he meets Cecily--he knows that she is the one for him. Now he must just convince her of that, while keeping her safe from the guardians who seek to steal her inheritance and steal her away from the evil man they have betrothed her to.
This was a most fun novel. I really loved the character of Artan Murray. The rest of the characters were well formed as well. The only real problem I had with the book was the character of Cecily. She was doing well up till the end when she reverted back to her original self. It didn't seem like she really would do that and just seemed like Howell needed another reason for conflict. I really could have done without it. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I recommend it.
This was a cute read. Another one in the Murray family, but they do not need to be read in order. All the Murray's are raised well and are honorable men and women. The first Murray book is "Highland Promise" with Eric Murray and Bethia. They marry and the rest in the Murray series are about their kids and grandchildren. I enjoyed the Murray books by this author the most. Good characters, but they all seem to have a similar theme/ending.
The story of Artan who is sent to collect his clan leader's niece. Her Aunt and Uncle who are controlling her will not let her go. He kidnaps her from her pre-wedding celebration (an arranged marriage that she does not want) and they fall in love. But when she gets to her Uncle, she has to decide if Artan married her for love or to become the next leader of the clan.
A dying relative tells him to wed Cecily who Artan takes from her own wedding. She's nothing like he's been told - not sweet and bidable - but he enjoys the fight with her. Interesting characters and well written.
A nice, fun, easy read. The girl gives him heck but he falls in love anyway, in spite of the reward of being named heir if he marries her which adds to the turmoil.
It was OK - the story proceeded smoothly and I believed in the relationship. But it didn't blow me away. Nevertheless, I look forward to Lucas' story.
Entertaining, contained all the usual elements of historical romances. The end was weak. Most of the excitement happened in the middle of the book.
another great story from hannah howell. i love this series. i am going straight to the next one .
One of her better ones. A light summer escape. Their escape was not as believable!
Danielle G
Hot Highlanders, kidnapping, secrets, fighting, and a hasty wedding! Great book!
Darlene Daniel
this is a good read could not put it down
Rebecca Johnson
Artan Murray and Cicily Dondaldson
Daniella marked it as to-read
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Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below).

She has also used the following pseudonyms:
Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin
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