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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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Bark's Book Nonsense
Mar 16, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
One of the downfalls of reading books in the same genre for a little over twenty years, is the repetitive feel they sometimes get. This wasn't bad but it definitely had a been there done that feel to it; it had faint echoes of a Scottish Garwood.

Along with the nothing new feeling I had, the insta-lust and the immature heroine had me skimming some pages. The story arcs of the villain feeling wronged and Page's father not wanting her were ok along with the developing romance between Iain and Page
Nov 10, 2013 LadyCalico rated it it was ok
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
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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
Mar 06, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what was wrong with me the last time I read this book. This is NOT 5 stars worthy.

What's with all the "!" in this book? Are we 5 years old? A heroine who wanted her father's approval but never got it. A hero with his young son met heroine. Abduction, rescue the young one, then abduction again then hero and heroine were attracted to each other but I couldn't figure out why. I started re-reading romance when I read this book over a year ago and can honestly say that I didn't know what
Regan Walker
Apr 14, 2013 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overuse Use of the word "mayhap" should not be allowed. Ever.
Lyn Midden
Jan 12, 2014 Lyn Midden rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 20, 2013 iam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Vikki Vaught
Jul 19, 2015 Vikki Vaught rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vikki’s Musings

Rating 4.5

I am so glad I found this book on Amazon. I was also able to download the
audio version for an excellent price. I had never heard of Ms. Crosby, but the book description sounded intriguing, so I decided to take advantage of the great offer. I always enjoy a good medieval romance and this is a fantastic one.

Page is abducted so she can be exchanged for the MacKinnon’s son. Her father has the boy and plans to turn him over to the English king. When Laird MacKinnon arrives
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
... okay, so first of all I'm going to create a shelf that befits the genre of this book.

Behold, the Sexually Objectified Men-in-Kilts Genre Bookshelf!

I didn't actually like this book. There are some books in this genre that I do really like, but this one just kinda fell flat for me. It was fine, but it was really predictable.

I didn't have high expectations to begin with (I think it was free or really cheap on my kindle), and I like predictable books in this genre, but it almost felt like nothin
Christina  Torretta
Jan 02, 2014 Christina Torretta rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2013 Hayley Faiman rated it really liked it
God her dad was a dick!!! Took a while for the sexy parts but I couldn't put this story down! Loved it!!!
May 25, 2015 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Dated and predictable. 2.5 stars
Suzan Tisdale
Jun 04, 2013 Suzan Tisdale rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2017 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, full of laughter and love with a hint of mystery. Loved it.
A good quick read, fun and intrigue set in Medieval Scotland. Classified as an historical novel.
Mar 17, 2014 Tash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2012 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
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
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

Laird Iain MacKinnon and Page are a very well matched couple. The story starts out with Iain going to get his kidnapped 6yr. old son Malcom. Iain kidnaps Page the Earls daughter who is holding Malcom to send to the English court. FitzSimom the Earl doesn't want his daughter back. The Earl FitzSimon's doesn't care about her at all. After Iain gets his son back he is told to keep Page or FitzSimon will kill her, is own daughter. He hates her that much. Iain's fir
Jayne dArcy
Sep 26, 2014 Jayne dArcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Caroline Greyling
When his son is taken by the English, Iain MacKinnon vows to get him back. He plans to abduct the daughter of his enemy and ransom her for the freedom of his son. But Iain hasn’t bargained on FitzSimon’s ruthless hatred toward his own kin, nor the feisty, passionate nature of his beautiful hostage.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, romantic Summer (or Winter) read, this is it. Whilst there is not much depth to the characters, they are passionate and swoon-worthy. There’s enough back-story t
Trudy Miner
Aug 27, 2014 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2013 Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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
This was really good, and free on Kindle!!

This story was captivating right from the beginning and kept me intrigued all the way through. It flowed well and was well written. The characters (especially the two main characters) were well developed. Both Page, our heroine, and Iain, our hero, were easy to like and sympathize with. I found good emotional connections with both of them. I loved Iain's son Malcolm he was a great addition to this story.

This story had it all, great romance, sexual tensi
Sep 07, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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