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The MacKinnon's Bride (The Highland Brides #1)

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Descended of the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad's return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil.

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Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Avon
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My local reading group selected this book for our chat (they all loved it). We got it free on Bookbub, I think it's $1.99 on Kindle right now.

It’s been a good long while since I’ve read one of these vintage highland romances and even though this one does fall victim to several tropes of the sub-genre it was mostly a lot of fun to read.

Scotland 1818 When Iain married Mairi it was with the hope that their union would end the feud between their clans. Instead she loathed him and right after giving
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Scotland 1118

Descended of the sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad's return. Retaliating in k
I bought this because Amazon had it for $0.99 and you could get the accompanying audio for a very cheap price if you bought the Kindle version. I'm glad I did, because I really enjoyed it, although I did have to read more than listen due to the narrator. I think he did an excellent job overall, but I can't abide listening to a male narrator voicing the heroine. It's always a silly falsetto and I can't help viewing the heroine as a big dude in drag and then I giggle during the love scenes (yes, I ...more
This book is a novella length story stretched out into novel length by a lot of silly stuff and redundant inner monologues. I personally cannot enjoy fiction that contains characters who do dumb stuff that makes no sense while the author goes on and on with a lot of neurotic internal monologue in an attempt to justify the stupidity of what the character says and does. In this case she was very unsuccessful since a lot of the dumb stuff--e.g. the idiotic singing (just gag the shrew and get your s ...more
Regan Walker
Two Wounded People Looking for Love

First in a Scottish historical series, this story is set in 1118 (prologue) and 1124, and tells the story of Iain, laird of the MacKinnons, and Page Fitzsimon, daughter of an English earl in Northumbria. Iain lost his wife when she committed suicide following the birth of their son. Now, six years later, his son Malcolm has been abducted and is being held in Fitzsimon’s castle. Iain kidnaps Page thinking to exchange her for the boy only to learn her father does
Lyn Midden
Jan 12, 2014 Lyn Midden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lyn by: BookBub
The MacKinnon's Bride is a historical romance novel. Iain MacKinnon captures your heart from the first page. The dialogue of the book captures the Scottish accent as if you were actually there. Iain loves his son beyond all others and so when he is kidnapped he, in turns, kidnaps, Page, the daughter of his son's capture believing he can exchange her for his son. When he finds the father has no use for Page and does not wish her return he vows to protect her father. I found it hard to put the boo ...more
What can I say? It's a bit of fluff. It's true that the internal dialogues are redundant, but seriously, who would pick this up expecting to find the next Booker or Pulitzer within its pages?

And just because I found some of the other reviewers' comments funny, I'll repeat their concern... Warning: there are a couple of mildly described SEX scenes in this book. Likewise, I feel compelled to also warn you, there are ONLY a couple of sex scenes and they are MILDLY DESCRIBED.

It was a sweet story,
Overuse Use of the word "mayhap" should not be allowed. Ever.
I really like Tanya Anne Crosby and when her new book was paired with the talent of Braden Wright as the narrator, I didn't think twice & bought this audiobook. Braden Wright is one of my favorite male narrators. He's the narrator with a "swoon-worthy" voice that brings a wonderful, deep masculine quality to the male leads. His voicing for the women is fine, I mean who really cares when his male voicing is soooo good?

There are so many things I loved about this book. Crosby gives readers two
Christina  Torretta
For some reason I have not had the pleasure of reading many historical romances lately. And this one left me wanting to read many more!

It jumps right into the story of Iain and his glorious accent. The usage of the language just drug me into the story. It takes authors a lot of work to get the accents and pronunciations correct and this was dead on! I felt like I was in Scotland the entire time! And putting the brogue aside, I felt for Iain right from the beginning. His wife throws herself out o
Hayley Faiman
God her dad was a dick!!! Took a while for the sexy parts but I couldn't put this story down! Loved it!!!
Jayne dArcy
Very good story! I loved Malcolm and Ian was a lovable bear of a man.

Much of the story takes place as the Scots are returning from rescuing Malcolm to their home. They have been saddled with Page whose name is nothing more than the name of a servant. Page has not been treated well by her father, and hopes that someday he will realise she is someone to love.

Ian cannot stand any man that throws away his child so easily, even if that child is a daughter. To Ian, all children have value to their par
Noreen Kellner
This was a wonderful adventure filled with laughter, tears and a beautiful romance. The characters are fully developed and the plot was well done. Although this is the first in a series, it can stand on its own. The comical situations had me laughing out loud and the romance was inspiring. Tanya Anne Crosby went the extra mile on this one. The depth of emotional angst was exceptional. Self worth, betrayal, trust and love are all done so well you truly feel for the characters during their journey ...more
The MacKinnon's Bride had parts in it that had me literally snorting coke up my nose. There is definitely some humor in this writers style. Paige and Iain come together from two very different worlds. Iain is from the Scottish highlands, Paige is from a castle in England. The two appear to be very different at first, but then you see they also have a lot of hurt and pain in common. Paige is sassy and that sass gets her in a lot of funny situations. There are sensual moments and sweet. Iain is a ...more
OMG, this was such a great read, I was pleasantly surprised! This was one of those special offers from amazon and it sounded interesting so I went ahead and downloaded it. The funny thing about this is, I was out somewhere and I didn't have my kindle with me, so I looked on my phone and went through the books in my kindle app. At one point, I started reading this and stopped after the Prologue. Well, I picked it up and couldn't put down until I was finished...

Page was this feisty character who g
Scotland 1118-

Laird Iain MacKinnon married Mairi MacLean hoping it, and the birth of their son, would bring the clans together after many years of feuding. She despises him. After the birth, while he's holding his son, she tells him the thought of his touch again or bearing him more children is the reason.... as she flings herself out the castle window before he could stop her.

Balfour Castle, Northumbria 1124-

Page FitzSimon had slipped out for a nightly swim and finds herself kidnapped by a gro
Going for 3.5*. I liked the beginning...we started out full force with the maiden getting kidnapped. Then, I got a wee bit bored with the sassy 'wench' throughout the middle half of the book....I will, I won't/ I do, I don't back and forth in the heads of the main characters got a tad tiresome. Once we made some progress and made it to the Highlands....We got some more of the story...and some action!
The other reason for the lower star...Och, lass...the language! I really could have done with a l
Enjoyable romp through medieval Scotland full of large highland warriors, beautiful Scottish maidens, exploitive lairds, and big castles. Well written. Although it follows the usual highland romance format, (the tough Scottish Laird protecting the little Scottish maiden--who happens to be tougher than either of them realize! The characters are likable, and you are happy to see their antagonism grow into love. Entertaining read--would recommend to anyone who likes to read medieval romances.
Elizabeth Bennet
This is a hysterical and charming journey that take you through the Highlands and into the hearts of our H/h. The father son bond that is established always warms my heart and to witness Page(our heroin) gain faith in the Laird of the Mackinnon's is truly beautiful. She comes from England and a father that never wanted to be bothered with her and now she is amongst this jolly band of flea ridden heathens that manage to creep into her heart without her detection. She goes from feeling unwanted an ...more
Trudy Miner
It's Scotland, 1124, and Iain's son has been kidnapped. Now Iain is traveling to Northumbria to get him back. Page, daughter of an earl who only wanted boys, is caught bathing alone at night and taken captive by Iain and his soldiers. They decide to return to the Highlands after freeing his son. On the way there, Page made their lives miserable but Page forged a bond with the little, motherless boy. At the same time, Iain found himself drawn to this unusual woman whom he knew but didn't tell was ...more
Nicole Laverdure
The MacKinnon’s Bride Captivating!
I just finished reading the MacKinnon’s Bride written by Tanya Anne Crosby. I found this story captivating and filled with high emotions, passion and intrigue! It’s also a Scottish historical romance as I love them! Once, I started to read it, I could not put it down, I fell in love with Iain. I felt drawn in the story of her characters Iain, Malcolm, his son and Page. Ms. Crosby wrote some beautiful scenes filled with humour and charm. This author is a fantast
There are plenty of roll-your-eyes moments, but most romance novels of this kind are full of sighs, meaningful stares and deep blushes. Yet, the romance is sweet and endearing and quite nice. It wasnt degrading or ridiculous for the woman and she is a female character that is stubborn and strong as well being allowed to be fragile and vulnerable. It was nice to see a male character that wasnt sullen and broody, a silent macho type. Iain was funny and tender, and it was refreshing to see a father ...more
Suzan Tisdale
The McKinnon’s Bride is the first Tanya Anne Crosby book that I have read, but it will not be the last!

From the first page, I was drawn into this exquisitely written story. Iain McKinnon is just the kind of hero a girl can dream about. My heart broke more than once for Page and I was glad to see her get away from her father.

Tanya doesn’t just tell this story. She makes you feel it. Not all authors are able to do that. Tanya is the Picasso of writing. A master artist, but instead of using paint
Tricia Drammeh
This Scottish historical romance was a fun read. I loved the chemistry between Iain and Page. Both are fantastic characters, Page is strong-willed and independent. Due to her father's neglect, she's never known what it means to be loved. When she watches Iain with his son, her yearning for family leaps off the page. Iain is an extremely likable romantic hero. He's courageous, strong, compassionate, and a natural leader. The dialogue in this book is snappy, though some repetitive words and phrasi ...more
Trudi Jorda
A beautiful story of love, fear of love, misunderstandings and learning to trust and feel. The two main characters have had a lot of problems in the past, with the past and the need to get beyond it so that they will live again!
Paige had spent her life being tossed about and ignored by her family. A night like many other, she sought solace in her nightly ritual of swimming, and is accosted by SCOTS! Little did she know that the head of these scots would be someone who would show her what love is, and what she has been missing all these long years of her life. Iain is saddled with her from a barter gone wrong, but he find that she is all spitfire and has a heart of gold. I loved this novel. I especially loved Paige. She ...more
jackie hagan
Very sweet love story

I found myself on the edge of my sofa...with each page I, murder, mystery and a happy ending...looking forward to reading more of Tanyas works of art.
Karla Brandenburg
The Highlands, 1118

I'm not going to rehash the synopsis for you.

Ms. Crosby has written in the style of the times, so it was a bit like reading Shakespeare-awkward at times. I was determined not to like this book when I started, but I quickly discovered that she'd written multi-layered characters, survivors, and their adventure together was enough to keep my interest throughout, in spite of arguing for Stockholm's Syndrome and the odd phraseology and "fun" words she felt it necessary to include.
The story line is simple but I like it..relax and not complicated...But the book is not lack of emotion. I can feel my heart twisting for Page. How she yearns to be loved and noticed by her father. Poor girl.
Amber Wiebeld
Scotland at its Best

I didn't hold much hope when I began reading this novel as I have found very few free e-books that can be considered decent. I was glad to be proven wrong by Tanya Ann Crosby's The MacKinnon's Bride.
This story sinks its claws into you within just a few pages and keeps you gripping the edge of your seat until the very end. Crosby's characters are well developed, her use of the Scottish broque is nearly unparalleled, and her plot is new and imaginative. Iain and Page are two pe
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