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The Pride of Lions (Highlands #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,282 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
They were torn between pride and passion. . .

It was a boastful wager, a bold flirtation meant to win a proposal from the most eligible officer in His Majesty's Royal Dragoons.How was the spoiled and pampered Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke to know the handsome stranger with the brooding midnight eyes would see through her plot and make her the pawn in a dangerous game of his
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Dell (first published 1988)
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Mishelle LaBrash
Now this is what a historical romance is all about...

I had grown weary of your typical HR, as I found they were repeated story lines, all jumbling together and becoming more and more cheese as my reading tastes advanced. So, I put aside the HR Genre and found myself delving into stories with more substance.

Lately, I have been finding reading in general has become a chore, it seemed every book I picked up I would start with the best intentions but in the end was unable to get through the first
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Qué buena recomendación de Cassie y de Blackmagicrose!! Una estupenda novela de highlanders en una época extremadamente complicada en Escocia (si habéis leído Outlander os va a sonar todo). Me lo he pasado genial leyéndola. Qué maromazo es Alex, por Dior!! Tal vez la historia de amor en un determinado momento es algo apresurada pero no te importa, estás tan metida en lo que cuentan y en lo que va a pasar que lo perdonas. Tiene su tensión sexual bien puesta, sus momentos ajkhafdkjhakfjhaljkdshf, ...more

Usually I only post about freebies but this is in my top ten romance reads of all time. For only .99! Get this book. Read this book.

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P.S. - This ends on a cliffhanger, nothing outrageous but our main couple's journey is far from over. Be prepared to want to buy the second in the series.
Cat11 Lopez
Nov 17, 2011 Cat11 Lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! What a great find. I just saw this book recommended at the Amazon forum about a "spoiled, rich & beautiful heroine" who was tamed by the hero.

I never knew the author but I'm glad I was able to discover a gem. The story was set in England & Scotland year 1745. The hero is a Scotsman Spy & the heroine, a spoiled english debutante. It's fast paced, full of action, adventure & emotion. This is epic. Like reading Judith McNaught's historicals. I can never find anoth
Sometimes books purchased in the spur of the moment leave you with a sour taste in your mouth after you read them, but sometimes (very few times, for me), they turn out to be truly remarkable stories with gripping plots, wonderful characters, great dialogue, and even greater chemistry – both between the leading couple and other characters. The first two books in Marsha Canham's Highlands trilogy, The Pride of Lions and The Blood of Roses, turned out to be one of those rare gems with a firmly ing ...more
Feb 17, 2014 TJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Warning: although exact storyline is not discussed. Some may not want to know which parts are left hanging. Those people should skip to second paragraph.)

Isn't this supposed to be a romance? Aren't romances supposed to have HEAs? If the answer is yes to both these questions, something is seriously wrong. Not only does this not end happily, it actually doesn't end at all, it just...quits. Yep, right in the middle of the story (albeit 367 pages of it.) Not only is the romance left hanging, every
Yomi M.
Jul 27, 2014 Yomi M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

WOW, just wow. I have to admit that at the beginning of the story I thought that I was going to give this story a low rating simply because Catherine irritated me. At the beginning she was very childish and frustratingly annoying but man oh man how she grew. I love it when characters within a story grow and mature, when there is characterization and the characters aren't stagnant. Then there was Alexander *sigh* I loved him and I felt for him when I read about his
This was a "bluidy" good book! The time-frame of the book is 1745, not quite a year before the Battle of Culloden. Catherine is young and in love, but not with the man she is currently kissing out in the garden. Alexander is brash and bold, but not in love with the woman he is currently kissing out in the garden.

But due to the rashness of youth and a bet gone awry, they are now married to one another. So begins the war of the Scottish and the English, but this war is contained between one sligh

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I must give 5 stars for the writing is exceptionally good. I say must because I am not in the habit of giving a 5 star rating when a book triggers my emotional issues. This one has hit almost all of mine, yet I cannot lower the rating because of that, the writing is too good.

Most reviewers here seemed to complain of the unlikability of the h. I Thought the complete opposite. I loved the h but the hero I am still undecided on if I like him or not.

I could not put this book dow
Dec 14, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, highlander
This to me was what I always assumed a historical romance would be. It was rich in traditions, lavish beautiful landscapes, deceptions, violence, family strife and the threat of war. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though the heat level I would give it a 3, I couldn't stop reading this book. The combativeness and tension and honestly hatred between the hero and heroine captivated me. Would they ever like each other, never mind actually fall in love? And at the end they fall in love and then ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Zairobe25 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deliciosa!!! Me ha encantado, me pregunto porque diantres no me había enterado antes de este libro y esta autora? Narra un tema ya muy escrito y muy leído en la romantica-histórica, el levantamiento escocés de 1745, siendo yo una fan de Diana Gabaldon puedo decir que forastera tiene un estilo muy similar a esta historia, viendo las fechas de publicación me di cuenta que este libro es de publicación original del 88 y forastera del 91, si eres fan de la serie de Diana Gabaldon te recomiendo estos ...more
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
May 27, 2014 *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose by: Kari

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww *.* This one was perfect!!!! So much angst! :) I'm so in love with Catherine and her highlander <3 and also love the rest of the characters and the story.

I didn't know I missed historical romance so much!! But now that I know I need my fix and I won't stop until I finish this series, because that cliffhanger at the end will kill me if I don't.
Beth Simkanin
Mar 11, 2016 Beth Simkanin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Action-Packed Historical Romance Leading Up to The Jacobite Rising

In my opinion, Marsha Canham is the queen of action in her historical romances. She does a great job mixing in action, historical events and cameos from historical figures into her books. The Pride of the Lions is no exception. The reader follows the romance between a Jacobite spy and the daughter of a English Hanover supporter through events leading up to the Jacobite rising.

For me, the best part of this book is the internal
Maybe if I could actually be patient enough to bear with the gratingly irritating, annoying, jarringly immature and selfish heroine, I could move on enough to appreciate the history involved with this story. But alas, my nerves have been jarred enough by this most irritating heroine. A more unlikable and unsympathetic heroine I have not seen in a very long time. I want to throttle her so much, it would be hard to believe anyone would actually fall in love with her DNF.
Jan 07, 2011 Sammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: men-in-kilts
Loved it and am so grateful I knew to have the second book on hand. Onto book 2!!
Krista Baetiong Tungol
At first, I thought this book by Marsha Canham was another Outlander story; after all, the plot also takes place during the Jacobite rising of 1745. The hero in this story is also a Scottish Highlander absorbed in the Jacobite cause and the heroine a Sassenach, an offending soubriquet to the English people at that time. Both characters are smart, attractive and terribly romantic, the same defining traits as Diana Gabaldon’s protagonists. The story line peppers us with the same long-winded speech ...more
Regan Walker
A sweeping Scottish saga and a drool-worthy Highlander Hero!

You won't regret buying this book! First in Canham's Scottish trilogy set in 18th century Scotland and England (PRIDE OF LIONS, BLOOD OF ROSES and MIDNIGHT HONOR), it tells the story of pampered English beauty Catherine Ashbrooke and Alexander Cameron, the Scottish Highlander who wins her in a duel. He carries his reluctant bride off to the Highlands where clan feuds and fomenting rebellion will sweep them into historic events and where
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I absolutely love reading Marsha Canham's HR. I have had this book in my possession for 25 years and have read and re-read it many times. It is funny that I really love hot sex scenes in my books now but these oldies never let me down even though they are not technically as steamy as some of the newer stuff.

This is one of those books where the developing romance sweeps you into historical events so you get to learn while you enjoy the hot, smexy parts of the story.

Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke
Mar 11, 2012 Selin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Güzel kitaptı,mekan betimlemeleriyle içinde gibi hissettiriyordu ama;
Öncelikle bir romance olarak catherine in kitabın çoğunda hamilton a aşık olması,ana çiftten çok lauren ın ilişkilerini okumak,bol bol alex in eski karısına nasılda aşık olduğunu görmek bana biraz tuhaf geldi açıkcası çok da hoşlandığımı söyleyemem bu durumdan...
Bunun yanında bolca politik ve tarihi eleştiri ve bilgi "hadi bi' historical romance okuyup biraz eğleniyim,güleyim,mutlu sonlar vs" günümde gerçekten o kadarda eğlence
Mar 26, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading through the reviews of This Novel here on goodreads and one of the members quoted "This author did a significant amount of research giving us an incredible in-depth view of the events leading up to the 1745 battle at Culloden. There just happens to be a rather steamy love story thrown in on the side. "

I Agree , and its great if you like reading college textbooks on History. I DON'T

I had to force myself to read through "like" the middle of the book. Boring, Boring.

The Beginning and
Dec 27, 2012 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had great parts and some really not-so-great parts. I loved the historical setting that begins about a year before the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, which is a fascinating piece of history and the author goes to great trouble to weave actual events and characters into the story. However, the book doesn't end. It just stops. You HAVE to go on to read The Blood of the Rose to get the next bit. Even that book doesn't really end. It just stops where it stops (no spoilers here.) I haven't gott ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
2 stars. - It was just an okay book for me.
1. Catherine was everything I despise in a heroine. I didn't like her at all!
2. Scotsmen don't say, "Moreover." Seriously??
3. There were just too many things that I didn't enjoy about this book, and I won't be continuing the series.
Mar 31, 2015 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
acabo de terminarlo.... me ha encantado
anoche no podía soltarlo.
Las ganas de leerlo me las dio la reseña de Cassie en A la cama con.. un libro, como siempre!! y, como siempre, encantada.
Hoy mismo me pongo con Corazón Audaz, y se que esta noche otra vez me la paso casi sin dormir :-)
DNF.. Now that I dont have as much time to read anymore, I don't feel like wasting my time with a book Iem not enjoying. Maybe it's my mood or that I'm not feeling it but I'm skipping this one. Maybe the second one will be better, though I'm not a great fan of the author's style of writing.
Jun 08, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it about the Scottish Highlands that speaks to that romantic side of me, that hidden princess that wants to be saved by her gallant prince? Is it the Scottish man..... strong, stubborn, proud, laying down his life for his country, his kin and his one and only true love. In the Pride of Lions and in its sequel, the Blood of Roses, Marsha Canham has transported me back in time to that unique place in history where lairds ruled and battles were fought with swords over land and love.

I have
Jan 26, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a recent purchase which I admit to not having very high hopes for. I have read some reviewers comparing this to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series which I adore, but wasn't sure how a straight romance novel would live up to this comparison. I will have to admit I was very pleasantly suprised and found this book to be much more than I was expecting.
This book contains everything one might expect a historical romance to have. The hasty unwanted wedding to a complete stranger who is not
Jan 27, 2012 Jilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you don't know me you don't know I'm a HUGE fan of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. She's an excellent writer and her story is set before and after the Battle of Culloden or the 45 in Scottish history. Being a major fan of Scottish everything I have just been so interesting in anything I could get my hands on so fictional (yet woven with historical facts) stories are some of my favorite and so when julielu commented about this book and it's sequel I had to PaperBackSwap them from her.

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The lead female is about as pleasant as fingernails on a chalkboard and the dialogue was often cumbersome and dry. Furthermore the dialogue is annoyingly modern in English and doesn't bother offering definitions for the Gaelic/Gàidhlig terms and phrases until they've appeared several times. Sure, I wanted to keep Google open for every few pages of a novel. :-/

I was beyond irritated with the lack of consistency throughout the book - is his name Al
First of Marsha Canham's Highland series, this book may be a bit puzzling to those who are not familiar with highland Scots lingo.
Other than that everything a historical fictionist could want is in here, romance, defiance, adventure, violence, kidnapping and fiery passion. The first chapter was rather boring and I did not know what to expect but once past that, the novel opens up and I read on eagerly.
Against the background of Bonnie Prince Charlie's bid to claim the British throne by asking for
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“Note savages, eh? They live in mountain caves and dress like wild men. They walk about in woolen petticoats, which they are not in the least modest about casting aside when they need their sword arms free. Dash me, can you even begin to imagine the sight of a horde of naked, hairy-legged creatures charging at you across a battlefield like bloody fiends out of hell—screaming and flailing those great bloody swords and axes of theirs like scythes? Not savages?” 6 likes
“How can love be frightening?"

"When it consumes you. When it binds you to all other considerations. When you can no longer distinguish right from wrong, love becomes a terrible burden and it can destroy you as readily as it can save you."

Catherine pondered the words carefully, then sighed. "I don't think I would ever want to be that much in love.”
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