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The Pride of Lions (Highlands #1)

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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
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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
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Cat11 Lopez
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
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Mojca
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
TJ
(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
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Yomi Milanesa
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
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Keri
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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Gina
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
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
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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.
Sammy
Loved it and am so grateful I knew to have the second book on hand. Onto book 2!!
Toni
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
Selin
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
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David
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
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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
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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
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Yolanda
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 :-)
Lemon
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.
Contessina
Beş yıldızı verdim gitti . Ama o ne çaçaron kızdı öyle yahu ? Bir ara dedim ki , '' tamam arkadaş , Alex artık kendini tutamayıp Catherine 'e sağlı sollu iki tane asılacak . '' Çok şükür ki Aleximiz oldukça tehlikeli gözükmesine rağmen o karakterde bir insan değildi . Catherine'e ne desem bilemiyorum , hem suçlu hem güçlü ... Alex'le öpüşerek düelloya sebebiyet verdiği yetmezmiş gibi bir de bütün suçu Alex'e atmasın mı ? Neymiş efendim , '' Onu , buna teşvik edecek hiçbir şey yapmadım '' mış . ...more
Laura
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
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Jilly
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
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Amanda
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
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Gaile
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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Karen
Stubborn meet brick wall. Two headstrong people forced into marriage then while one is raceing across the boarder to the highlands after 15 years exile the other trying to escape or alert authorities.

Blood feuds, Jacobites, spys, desperate escapes, kidnappings, duel & a couple of nerve freying skirmishes keep the blood pumping & pages turning.

Full of intrigue, beautifully descriptive, great characters, at times a bit gory but never boring.
Natalya
Maybe because I just read Outlander which fascinated me or perhaps because I thought Straight for the Heart is a wonderful little novel by Canham full of feisty characters, intrigue and lots of adventure, I was disappointed in this effort. The heroine is unbearable, immature, winy, with no sense of reality (but perhaps, she is well depicted, since she IS a spoiled aristocratic 18 year old thrust into real life, so to speak). I couldn't fathom what changed Kitty's mind from hate to love towards h ...more
Leona
This was an incredible read, but not for the faint of heart. This is not your typical historical romance novel. 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. It is not an easy or fast read, but it is definitely well worth the investment of time. If you are looking for a well written novel, fascinating characters, and learning ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Highlands series by Marsha Canham. Catherine Ashbrooke finds herself in a compromising position and then married to Raefer Montgomery soon after. It is Raefer's intention to send his new wife back as soon as possible but Catherine discovers his secrets (he is actually Alexander Cameron) and he has no other option except to take her with him to Scotland.

I love the way Marsha Canham tells a story but I didn't love this one. I didn't care for the heroine, Catherine, although I
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LuvGirl
3.5 stars, (above average) This was a nice read that kept my interest. It was actually better than I anticipated. The hero and heroine had great chemistry. The political issues got a little tedious at times but it's what drove the plot so I can't complain too much. This is another one of those books that has a continued ending but I'm not sure if I'm going to scramble to read the sequel just yet. I am not a fan of books that has these types of endings. I don't have the attention span to read 800 ...more
Vivisection
I was not as charmed or impressed by this book as I was by Canham's Pale Moon Rider. And, I am slightly annoyed by the ending. I couldn't stand Catherine and her spoiled beezy attitudes. By the time she changed enough to be remotely likeable, the book ends with the preamble for a new novel. THAT means I have to read the next in the series if I want to take this to a satisfying conclusion.

BUT, what if I continue down this road and STILL don't like Catherine? It's like Moning's Fever series all o
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Amy-chan
La historia me ha gustado mucho pero... ¿Soy yo o parece que los personajes principales no tengan mucha química entre ellos? Es como un enamoramiento soso y repentino, para mi es raro. Hasta llegaron a gustarme más Aluinn Deirdre ...more
Margaret G.
This book (and the series) was recommended to me as a huge Diana Gabaldon/Outlander fan. The book is set largely in the Scottish Highlands, and the descriptive language, research, and attention to detail is outstanding. I just really didn't like the female protagonist, Catherine, very much through most of the book; I wanted to slap her silly. Things did pick up, though, and she became somewhat more human.

This book is formulaic (something that Gabaldon's work NEVER is); snotty, immature self-cen
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Leah Bender
Soooo much meh. And obsession with chest hair.
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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
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"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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