Highland Destiny (Magic of the Highlands, #1)
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Highland Destiny (Magic of the Highlands #1)

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Mackenzie Stewart’s in Scotland for a much-needed vacation. During the castle tour, Mackenzie becomes completely enamored with a painting of one of the previous lairds. Two gentlemen come up behind her and, begging her pardon, they kidnap her, dragging her through time.
ebook, 201 pages
Published November 26th 2010 by New Concepts Publishing (first published November 1st 2010)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Jul 10, 2014 Laura the Highland Hussy added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I thought it might be tacky if I rated my own book, but I wanted to add it to my shelf :)

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Jen (Red Hot Books)
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit, a big part of me didn't want to read this book. I "met" Laura Hunsaker on Goodreads, having no idea she was an author. We're in some of the same groups; we chat about what we're reading. Then I won a contest where her book was the prize. I was intrigued, but a little worried. I mean, what if it sucks? I put all my reviews on Goodreads. How do you tell someone you like that their book isn't good? Thankfully, I knew this wasn't going to be a pro...more
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Highland Destiny,was a wonderful novel to read! It was my very first time reading a "Time Traveling "novel.The best thing I loved about it was, it's an Historical Romance as well.

The plot was very dramatic and eventful which kept me reading it non-stop.There is love, romance, jealousy, suspense, action, thrill, adventure and mystery.I was connected throughout the novel with the plot of the story including the involvement of the characters, Mackenzie & Connor (H/H of the novel) both from dif...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Feb 09, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a highlander
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Laura the Highland Hussy
Shelves: highland-broody
Oh you rock hard delicious broodys. How do I love you? Let me count the ways.

Your bodies are normally decorated in delicious battlefield scars
You have a nommy tendency to wear leather pants
You rock a kilt
You have an accent that makes me go squee
You have hair that I am able to sink my hands in
You always have a nice gruff of 5 o'clock shadow
You'll speak gaelic to me even if I don't know what you are whispering in my ear
You have piercing eyes that would melt an iceberg
Your broad shoulders and stron...more
Lori McD
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
4.5 stars out of 5.

How can you not love this book? You have all the great elements that I love- gorgeous Scottish hero, a very feisty, and independent heroine, a great mystery, time travel and lots of steamy scenes that made me a bit breathless!

I really enjoyed the tale of two strong and somewhat stubborn characters fighting for the love they felt for each other without giving up their self in the process.

I hope we get to see more of the two main characters AND possible future stories involving...more
Wow, this book is packed full of action and has one hunky, smexy highlander, Conner MacRae. One minute Mackenzie Stewart is vacationing in 2010 Scotland and the next finds her back in time, 1792 Scotland, and living in Conner's world.

I confess I have a weakness for Highland Warriors and Laura Hunsaker has certainly produced a drop dead gorgeous specimen! I loved Conner..even his voice is sexy..LOL And I have to say here that I love the book cover...hunkaliscious!!

Mackenzie Stewart is one fiesty...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Talk about a hot highlander, head strong heroine, get me hot and flustered, frustrated, hold my breath, butterflies in my stomach, kind of book!

Connor and Mckenzie has an undenyable attraction for each other and thier journey to romance/love/HEA definitely had me in knots.
It was a roller coaster of emotions that kept me up late and lose sleep. I love this book. Did I mention Conner is super HOT!?!!!

Cannot wait for Laura Hunsaker's next book!!!

Fave quote: "he loved her deeply and irrevocably. His...more
~J~ Riverina Romantics
I have always had a soft spot for Highland Romance and this book was no exception.

Conner was the spunky, muscly, sex god of a Highlander that had me drooling continuously and Mackenzie was a sweet but strong willed woman that was lucky enough to get the wild thing on with above mentioned sex god.

For Laura's first novel I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and realistic it was. The details of the Highlanders time was remarkable and you could tell that a lot of attention to detail was mad...more
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Highland Destiny by Laura Hunsaker is an exciting tale of time travel, love, deception, and a bonny Highlander or two. The story emerges with Mackenzie Stewart and her best friend, Jenna, at the beginning of their vacation in Scotland. While the two are attending a tour through the castle, Mackenzie is abducted by two sorcerers who take her back in time to 1792 with them.

She has been kidnapped to thwart a curse, bring peace to the Highland clans, and end the life of the Campbell who is slowly be...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
This is Laura Hunsaker first published book, its very entertaining, a fast pace read. I have to hand it to her she writes a very interesting and fresh adventure. I would suggest this book to anyone that loves historical time travel.

Mackenzie and her friend are visiting an old castle in Scotland. Never in her wildest dreams she’d ever thought that the turn of events to come would change her life forever as she knows it. As she is pulled back into time she embarks on an adventure that has danger...more
Love is in the air...hmhmhm


I had this song in my head while reading...it's perfect... to describe my love for this book and to symbolize the grand love around which the book evolves.

And I don't know if you're an illusion
Don't know if I see it true
But you're something that I must believe in
And you're there when I reach out for you
Love is in the air...hmhmhmmmm
I love this book. The story flowed and kept my attention. I am quite suprise that I read it so quickly. However I wanted to know what was going to happen to Connor and McKenize. I hope there will be a sequel.
An Odd1
I dislike prescient dreams, but Hunsaker reviews and comments with such humor and verve, I accept the prologue and continue, knowing I'll have smiles and Mr. Tall, Dark, and built. I do prefer meaningful titles, so obviously pretty Mac, oops Kenzie, has a "Highland Destiny".
What's the billeting room?
Author Hunsaker is most talented at building the tiny details of voice and touch that strengthen attraction to arou...more
Although this book was not very original in it's time travel concept, it had a special charm. The story brought out the girl in me that used to love fairy tales and happy endings. It has been a very long time since I just enjoyed a love story for just being a love story. There is not a strong paranormal element and very little magic. There are no immortals. The bad guy does not appear in very much of the book and we don't get a look inside his head. His motivations are stated but we don't know w...more
Ashley the Magnificent™
Holy plot, Batman! This book was fantastic. I was completely useless for at least a whole day while I devoured this story. Playful, romantic, exciting... I'm actually a lil sad it's over.

I was wary going into this one, not being very fond of the genre ("You got time-travel in my Highlander Romance!" "You got Highlander Romance in my time-travel!") but this book changed my mind. I felt a lot of the interactions between the two characters where the future was concerned were well done, like when w...more
Diana Leigh
HIGHLAND DESTINY is the impressive debut by Laura Hunsaker. Laura has woven a magical tale of romance and adventure with a hint of the paranormal. On vacation in Scotland, the heroine Mackenzie Stewart finds herself pulled back in time to 1792 by two mysterious sorcerers. They explain that she is destined to break a curse that her ancestors are responsible for. She is to distract the evil John Campbell by playing the role of his bethrothed, so his rival Connor MacRae can destroy him. However, th...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Highland Destiny is a beautiful adventure about a devastating curse and a love that supersedes time.

Mackenzie Stewart is visiting Scotland with her best friend when she spies a portrait of a man that was once the Laird of the Castle Eilean Donan they are staying in. She instantly gets lost in his blue eyes, and when a duo of wizards drags her through a secret castle passage she is in a daze, but when she walks out into the 18th century her head spins even more. She is told that she is the only...more
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Ignore the fact that it took me a while to read this. Between the papers I needed to write and my eyes' tendecy to getting tired oh-so-easily, I really enjoyed this.

It tells the story of modern day girl Mackenzie Stewart and the not so modern day hero, Highland warrior Connor MacRae.

I have to say I was a bit worried whether I'd like Mackenzie or not cause I have this pet peeve when it comes to heroines thanks to past bad experience. But thankfully Mackenzie, with her modern day speech and atti...more
Well I finally managed to get my hands on an ebook version of this book. I have been wanting to read it for ages after reading all the fabulous reviews.
I don't own an e-reader and use a Kindle app on my Macbook. Its not my favourite way to read a book and it tends to take me longer to get through a novel. Mostly because I can't take it along with me wherever I go. If I sit too long at my laptop my eyes start to get a little sore and the words blur together.
I found that frustrating with this book...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Sometimes when reading books by new authors, I never know how well written and edited the book is going to be. When I picked up Highland Destiny, I was in the mood to read a highlander romance, and I am thrilled to report that I love this book. Mackenzie Stewart is thrust into the past in Scotland, only to be kidnapped by an attractive, possibly very dangerous highland warrior. Told few details of her purpose (distract the evil Lord Campbell with an engagement to end a curse), MacKenzie is confu...more
Highland Destiny is a wonderfully vivid Historical Time Travel Romance that is the first published work for author Laura 'Highland Hussy' Hunsaker and after having read a copy provided to me by the author for review can tell you it will not be her last!

Mackenzie Stewart is the epitome of a 21st century woman, outspoken and strong minded... When she is visiting a castle in Scotland during a tour she becomes enamored of the portrait of Connor MacRae, who lived in 1800's Scotland... While her best...more
Brittany B.

I love it!!!

I've been on a highlander binge for quite some time, now. I have had this particular story on my TBR shelf for a long time and I'm so happy I took the time to read it! Highland Destiny was a delightfully charming love story mixed with just the right amount exciting Highland adventure and intrigue. Mackenzie is a such a good heroine!!! I am a sucker for time travel stories... And the way the heroine and hero meet was very clever.
Lots of hot highlander chemistry and romance and none...more
Sara Noble
This was my first crack at Historical Romance. And.......... I loved it! I immediately fell in love with the heroine, Mackenzie, because of her strong, independent personality. I also loved, Connor, the sexy man-in-kilt, who stole Mackenzie away from her evil betrothed. I could actually hear his Scottish accent as I read. The love scenes were very tasteful, but steamy. I can't wait for the sequel!

I enjoyed this novel very much and couldn't put it down. Just lovely!
Darcie Mae
Excellent book. Enjoyable characters. Good story line. (My personal tastes are the ONLY reasons this is a 4 star and not higher: I personally like more action, and felt that the book had more character development, I personally do not want to spend alot of time on their developing feelings)
Definitely reccommend this book for others to give it a try.
Won from Shameless Blog , and thanks for Laura "Laurie" Hunsaker to give me a chance to read her book =D

I admit I'm giddy and nervous to read it, since I'm afraid I will not enjoy it. But for her debut, you did a great job, Highland Hussy!! =D
Review coming soon, I promise!!
Just need to clear my head tomorrow, because this d*mn cold! >.<
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
The MOST BEAUTIFUL love story I've every read. Did I tell you that this book is a wonderful time travel romance. A MUST READ for highlander fans.

ps : I'm a time travel romance sucker ♥♥ and I'm happy to pay a bit more to get this book.
Aug 22, 2012 Erica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of Highlander Time Travel
I really engoyed this!!!

It was so nice to get back to Highlander time travel after getting back into paranormal romances, And this was a great one to start back with.

Mackenzie is from the future and fits into Connor's time easily, although I would have like to have read a little more about her time in the past as I felt she was confined in her room most of the time. Connor doesnt trust Mackenzie a whole lot throughout the story but I like how he falls for her anyway giving it the meant to be fee...more
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