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The Highlander's Bride (The McTiernays #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,881 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be
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Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Zebra
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Why, why did I read this??

That's not a rhetorical question, I'm pleading with one of you to give me some idea why I bothered with this trite, badly written nonsense. Right now the only explanation I can offer is that I didn't read the negative reviews before purchasing. As for continuing to read it after realizing it was going to be bad, well...I paid for it, I was damn well going to finish it.

I go into every romance anticipating, nay, expecting some cheese and purple prose, but stumbling onto
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MelissaB
This was a rough first book by this author. She set up interesting characters but the story and plot were not developed well at all. The leads constant arguing became tedious as well. She must have improved over time because her recent book Christmas Knight was good.

I am not recommending this one, the writing was just not good.
Maggie
I love Highlanders and I especially loved this story. How cute & sweet! : )
Büşra Bal
1- Kaçırılıp,kendisini tutsak eden adamdan kaçan güzel kız.
2- aşka tövbe etmiş klan lideri
3- Birbirlerini görünce hissettikleri yakıcı arzu,bilmem uçucu şehvet.
4- Adamın evlenmeye yanaşmaması,kızın evlenmeden olmaz uzak duralım halleri.
5- Gene de seni koruyacağım saplantılı esas adam.

Önümde resmen birkaç kitabın kolajı var yani. Ayrıca ne o öyle daha 50 sayfa olmadan aşk ilan etmeler, çüş. Hiç sevmedim. Yazık parama.
Laura
This was a really disappointing read!! Seeing this book had a rating of 3.97 I assumed that it would be good. I couldn't have been more wrong! Talk about being misled!!!! To be honest, I really struggled reading it. The only reason I finished it was because I paid for it and don't like not finishing a book.

This book is about a Conor McTiernay, laird of the McTiernay clan, and Laurel Cordell. While on his way back to his castle with his brothers and some of his warriors, he comes across Laurel, d
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Contessina
Bu kitapla büyük benzerlik taşıdığı söylenen ve benim de çok sevdiğim sözkonusu kitabın ilk yayın tarihine baktım . Evet , bundan önceymiş . Rahatladınız mı ?

Bu kadar benzer miymiş de , kopyaymış da , olmazmış da , bilmem neymiş de .... Bıdı bıdı bıdı bıdı.... Bu sizin işiniz mi Allah aşkına ? Bırakın bu işlerle yayıncı ilgilensin , ne bileyim telif hakkı kimdeyse o ilgilensin . Beyazdizilerin de çoğu birbirine benziyor ama bayıla bayıla okuyoruz , hatta bayıla bayıla okuyorum ...

Her İskoç r
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Anne-Marie
crap, this is crap

For some unknown reason, I felt like giving this book a chance. It had farely good reviews and the bad ones were written in languages that I did not understand. So, I picked it up, read the first page and suddenly had the urge to barf all over the buxom maiden clinging to the Laid. The story has potential, but the writing is just plain awful.

After 30 pages or so, I was about to give up. Every single sentences bothered me. Even so, I continued reading, thinking it might improve with time, or this
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Ange
Not the best highland book I've read :( Thought I would read this before I get suck into another fantasy/romance series. Should have got stuck into Karen Moning series instead!!
Kirby Hamann
i recommend this book for anyone who is into Scottish romances. the characters personalities makes them feel real and the events that occur are pretty realistic. i had a few good laughs and a few moments where i "awwwed". this book kept me entertained and i read in less than a day

*SPOILER ALERT*
i really liked this book because the relationship that Conor and laurel have isn't all lovey dovey its pretty realistic they get into a lot of arguments to make it seem like a real couple, its still a rom
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MsRomanticReads

This story was adorable and just what I needed. Conor McTiernay, laird of a powerful clan has vowed never to marry. Well you know what people say about never saying never. Enter Laurel, a bonnie English lass. She appears badly beaten and disheveled in the midst of Conor and his brothers on their travel home from their brother Colin's wedding. She begs them for help to allow her to go with them. Connor is instantly attracted to her and vows his protection and then some *cough*.

Conor was boorish,
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Denise
The plot was good. I enjoyed the interaction between Conor and Laurel. I even understood some of their misgivings when it came to each other. I liked it enough to buy the next in the series to see what happened to the next brother. But, what hurt this book's rating for me was the head-hopping. I usually have no problem with hopping around to other characters to learn what they are thinking - I do it myself in my own writing - but this author did it so much that I found myself confused and re-rea ...more
Stacey is Sassy
Really liked it!!!

I love my hearts and flowers and this historical romance did not disappoint. A strong Laird with a stubborn closed off heart meets a smart and willful Lady who know what she wants.

Michelle Sinclair produced one of my favourite types of heroine. Very capable and self-reliant, Laurel was fierce when voicing her opinions, challenging when fighting an injustice and conniving when wanting her own way. Conor, being the eldest brother and Laird has kept his heart to himself. He thinks
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Barbara Barth
It's been a long time since I've read a barn-burning romance... so I was excited to pick up what appeared to be a highly rated scorcher.

I thought the storyline was thin. A good chunk of the first chapter tells the reader why Conor will never marry...Conor McTierney lays eyes on Laurel and immediately knew she was "the one"...and it went nowhere from there. Tempers flared, they kissed and made up and the story consisted of repeating the sequence with little substance in between.

Songül
İskoç Lordu Connor ile Laurel arasındaki aşkın çok güzel yansıtıldığı bir kitap diyebilirim.Bazı yerlerde JG çakması gibi yorumlara sebep olan kitabı , ben JG romanlarına benzetemedim..:))) bu bana göre başta yaftalamakla eş değer..okuması zevkli,sürükleyici ve akıcı bir kitaptı..kim yerlerinde Laurel in inatçılığı ve öfkesi çok güzeldi :) kesinlikle takipçisi olacağım bir yazar ..eğer okumamışsanız tavsiye ederim..Şimdiden keyifli okumalar..
Amanda Sheila
I loved it! Conor is so sweet towards Laurel it made me ache.

I enjoyed this book, even though it's a bit uncomfortable to read a book that described its heroine perfectly. I mean, in the book Laurel's so beautiful and sweet and made people 'instantly' love her. There's no such thing as insta-love that's why it's a bit ridiculous.

But overall I loved it and can't wait to purchased the sequel! ;)
Susan
I started reading this book because of where it takes place. However, after a couple of chapters I got bored. It became too mushy, fight and make up over and over. I was wishing more action from laurel relatives and description of Scotland.
Noreen Kellner
This was a hard one to rate. I really enjoyed the strong hero and heroine. I loved their chemistry and determination to each be their own person while learning to give and take. The characters were well developed and I found myself attached to quite a few of them. My biggest problem was the storyline itself...it got away from the author at a couple of points and drove me crazy trying to figure out why some facts just didn't exist or mesh with the storyline. I really enjoyed this book and would h ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
JUST OK!!

The Highlander's Bride, was OK for a first bk in the McTiernay Brothers series. Conor is the gruff handsome Laird McTiernay who while returning home from his brothers wedding meets up with Laurel,when Laurel stumbles into their camp. Laurel has been beaten very badly and has escaped her capture. She ask Conor for his help and he and his brothers an warriors instantly pledges to protect Laurel and take her back to his castle.
Hear in lies the problem with the story or lack of back story a
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The Window Seat
This book has it all, braw Scottish Highlanders, strong women who aren’t afraid of their own shadow, a little fighting, a bit of loving and a nice description of Scotland as we would imagine it in the 14th century… what’s not to love? Our journey starts with the McTiernay brothers, less one, returning home from losing the second eldest to marriage. As they camped, the guards brought a disheveled woman to Conor, Laird of the Clan. She had obviously been beaten and was running away from someone, b ...more
Dianne
4.5 Stars

The Highlander's Bride (Zebra Debut) by Sinclair, Michele
This is the second novel by this author that I have read and while it didn’t capture me as much as “The Christmas Knight” did, it still stands out as a good example of a historical romance. One that has its very steamy interactions, has many humorous moments and has a lot of fiery Scottish fighting and making up!

This is another of the authors’ relationship/character driven plots and there is a bit of action towards the very end.

C
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HÜLYA
Iskoçyalı'nın Gelini - Michele Sinclair
Bastan sona kadar büyük bir zevk ile okudum. Cok güzel ve tanıdık bir hikaye idi. Yazar Michele Sinclair Julie Garwood'un cok etkisinde kalmis. Gelin,Dügün karısımı bir hikaye idi. Sevdigim bir hikayede olsa diger Koridor yazarları gibi olmadıgı kesin. Hikaye çarpıcı Lauren Cordell yarı Ingiliz yarı Iskoç kanından bir asil leydidir. Kendisi anne ve babasını kaybettikten sonra Iskocyaya dönüp Klan beyi olan büyükbabasının yanına gitmeye karar verir. Ona cey
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kagit kiz
sanki ordan burdan alınmış bir hikaye oluşturulmuş gibi yazar çok etkisinde kalmış amatör bir hikaye okumuş gibi oldum herşey tahmin edilebilirdi hemen hemen her replik bir kitaptan hatırlayacağınız şeylerdi kızın inadı kavgaları hiç hoş değildi sanki 14. yy kızı değilde 21. yy kızı gibi yok dağa çıkıcam yok aşşaya kaçıcam beni engelleyemezsin karakterimden ödün vermem bende çalışıcam bilmem ne sonra o çelik gibi sinirleri olan adamın vara yoğa ağlaması kızın şımarıkça hareketleri sonrasında "aa ...more
Dayana
I was very excited to read the book but it was a big disappointment. I was sick constantly to read about the looks of both characters and how good they are in everything they are doing. Everyone were falling in love with the female character, so much love it made me sick. There was not deepness in any of the characters in the book and it made the whole story bland. Both characters were constantly arguing and the author has included all possible scenarios in her book. The only reason I finish boo ...more
Jilly
It was entertaining. I’ll give it that. I liked the idea of a woman running from a captor into the arms of a handsome Highlander. I’m a sap! I love the grand romance scenarios but with this one it seemed to push some of my limits. It had humor but something that annoyed me a lot was Laurel’s constant need to fight with Conor.

Overall the book wasn’t bad. There is better fluff romance out there and some of them or on my review list. I’m giving this a 3 because I can’t say I didn’t enjoy reading it
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Barbara
Loved this romance! Conor is so "Laird-ish" -- stoic, reserved, unemotional; everything he knows a Laird should be in order to lead his people well. You just love him because you know he is holding himself away from any emotional interactions so he can be a good leader. Laurel is refreshing, independent thinking, and impulsive. Initially they antagonize each other, but as they come to know each other, they learn to look behind the exterior characteristics of each other, and see what is hidden in ...more
Brenda (b)
Well here I am waffling about what star rating to give this one. I enjoyed reading this book and while I "liked" the characters, there just seemed to be a tiny bit of something missing to make me "love" them. And to be truthful, I really don't have a very strong desire to read any of the other books in the series (which I'm assuming will be about the rest of the brothers).
Claudia
good, but not as good as the second one. Although both are interesting characters, I had some troubles with both Conor and Laurel ...

but nevertheless it was quite entertaining.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Laird Conor McTiernay of Clan McTiernay has sworn off marriage because he believes that he'll never find what his parents had for himself. Conor finds an English Rose that's been beaten and abused filled with passion and fire that stirs something in Conor's soul. Laurel Rose Cordell is the granddaughter of Laird MacInnes trying to reach his home when she was kidnapped by Clan Douglass. Clan Douglass has made threats to Laurel's grandfather which she fears will come to pass. Laurel makes her esca ...more
Billie Jo
The book is ok but the style of writing is not what I prefer. It has a good plot but it's not a page turner. I skimmed over pages and could still continue without a missing anything.

It was marked 4 stars, so there are quite of few people who have enjoyed the book. I think it just comes down to preference.
Rachel
I liked this introduction into the McTierney clan. The story was a little too "easy" for me I guess I would say. I enjoyed it but things moved along too fast and without issue and something about the way it was worded frequently irked me. Overall I enjoyed it and I"m glad I"m continuing the series.
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