For those readers like me who started off with the MacAllister series and are wondering if you can skip the Brotherhood books (A Dark Champion and RetFor those readers like me who started off with the MacAllister series and are wondering if you can skip the Brotherhood books (A Dark Champion and Return of the Warrior) - Yes, you can! There were some references to the Brotherhood and events that happened at Outremer, but you wont feel lost at all with this one (thanks for the tip, Dina!).
I really enjoyed Lochlan and Cat's relationship. I think it was one of my favourite pairings from the MacAllister books - of course, that could just be because I can't really remember most of the heroines from the previous books! Nevertheless, I enjoyed seeing them transition from antagonism to affection.
The storyline doesn't seem to differ too much between books. The plots all feature the hero and heroine being thrown together by circumstance, requiring them to travel and meeting adventure along the way. That's fine with me, I happen to like that trope. Still, these books never quite become anything more than simple entertainment.
It's been a while since I've had the time to post updates during my reading, and I haven't come across too many quotes lately that have inspired me to do so, but I loved the part in this book where the tough, stoic Lochlan was trying to convince Cat to take a chance on them, so will share a couple of quotes here:
"If you will have me, Catarina, I can't promise you how much time we'll have together, but I can promise you that whether it's only this one hour or a million more, I will love you for every one of them."
"We are all damned or saved by the decisions we make. Just don't let fear make the decision for you. There were two things I learned while in hell. One, it's much easier to face the devil and fight when you're not alone. And two, what you envision in the darkness of your mind is always much more frightening than the realities that come at you. The devil always blinks first. Stand your ground and fear nothing." - Kestrel
The epilogue was a bit strange and unnecessary, but it didn't completely ruin the book for me.
Every time I start one of these MacAllister books, I feel like it's just going to be too light and 'simple' for my taste. There's something t3.5 stars
Every time I start one of these MacAllister books, I feel like it's just going to be too light and 'simple' for my taste. There's something that somehow feels almost unsophisticated about the initial writing.
But without fail, I end up being completely sucked into the story and the writing style ceases to be relevant because I'm just being entertained. Pure and simple.
These books may not be steeped in detail or history, but that's just fine with me. I've never been a reader to complain about 'wallpaper' historicals, but if that's something that bothers you, you may not be satisfied with the historical aspect of these.
That said, the sense of place and time is not completely non-existent, and if you're prepared to go into it with a view to simply being entertained rather than immersed in the history, then I think your expectations will be met.
I've quite enjoyed these highlander romances with their tortured heroes and feisty heroines, but I'm not intending to continue on with the Brotherhood of the Sword series. To the great shock of my OCD, I'm intending to just straight to The Warrior, because I can't possibly let the cliffhanger at the end of this one go unanswered.
Born in Sin is the third book in Kinley MacGregor's Brotherbood/MacAllister series, and I would have to say it is my favourite one so far. It was alsoBorn in Sin is the third book in Kinley MacGregor's Brotherbood/MacAllister series, and I would have to say it is my favourite one so far. It was also the reason I started this series, as I had heard many good things about the book, particularly its tortured hero, Sin.
If I’d read this one as a standalone, I think I might have been disappointed. Not because I would have missed any crucial background (even though Sin and his brothers first appeared in Claiming the Highlander), but because the writing style might have been more ‘light’ than I would expect from a good ‘tortured hero’ book.
Thankfully, having read Master of Desire and Claiming the Highlander (both of which were very enjoyable reads), I knew what to expect from the writing. MacGregor has a fairly plain, simple, straightforward style. She is not overly descriptive, and leans more toward fun than angst. The language is not authentic for the time, but nor did it jolt me out of the story.
I’m not sure that I’m explaining myself particularly well here, but because I was not expecting an angsty, complex read, I wasn’t disappointed with the fairly ‘typical’ romance fare. Some might even call it clichéd, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me. I found Sin’s story to definitely be worth reading.
Sin MacAllister's life has been the stuff of nightmares. Talk about tortured. Immediately following his birth he was cast out by his mother in England and sent to live with his father in Scotland. A constant reminder of his father’s infidelity, he was treated abominably by both his father and step-mother, never acknowledged and always left to watch from the shadows while his ‘legitimate’ brothers received care and attention.
When King Richard comes looking for hostages, Sin is thrust away and told never to return. From that point, his life goes from horrible to unbearable. He is eventually sold by his guardian as a slave to the enemy, and trained by the Saracens as an assassin, forced to do things no man, let alone a child such as himself, should witness.
After many years, Sin takes his one chance for freedom when he is sent to assassinate King Henry. Having pledged his eternal loyalty to the King, Sin is left with little choice years later when the King bids him to marry a Scottish lash in an effort to halt the raids on the English settlers in Scotland.
Sin is a product of his life experiences. The things this man has endured could break your heart. He has never been shown kindness, never felt a human touch in anything other than anger, knows only hatred and animosity. He belongs nowhere, and to no one. He has no business with a wife, particularly one as lovely as Callie.
I could go on and on about the story, as much happens when Sin is forced to return to the Scotland he hates, with the wife he knows will eventually betray him like everyone else - but I should probably let you read the story yourself rather than have me continue to tell it to you.
Suffice it to say, if you have a liking for ‘tortured heroes’, Sin is a must-read character.
I had indicated in my review for Claiming the Highlander that that book and its predecessor (Master of Desire) weren't closely related, but I want to note that this book is related to each of the first two books. Although it could probably still be read as a standalone, the others are also good reads so why not enjoy them all!...more
Often I prefer my romances on the darker side, moody and with some nicely drawn angst and maybe a tortured hero thrown in every now and again. But somOften I prefer my romances on the darker side, moody and with some nicely drawn angst and maybe a tortured hero thrown in every now and again. But sometimes, I really enjoy reading something lighter and less taxing on the heart and mind.
If you’re looking for a lot of depth, then this book probably isn’t for you. But if you’re in the mood for a light, quick, entertaining read, then Claiming the Highlander would be an excellent choice.
Braden MacAllister and Maggie ingen Blar have grown up together. Since their first meeting when Maggie was seven and Braden, ten, Maggie has had a case of hero worship for her older brothers’ friend.
Now a man of twenty-five, Braden is living a life of shameless enjoyment, living it up and making the most of his spectacular looks and appeal. Braden genuinely loves women and it is no hardship that they throw themselves at him shamelessly.
Maggie, on the other hand, is still suffering the effects of the merciless teasing she suffered as a child due to her red-headed, freckled and gangly appearance. She is still beneath the notice of men and has yet to be kissed or courted.
Still holding a candle for Braden, she knows a man such as he would never be interested in her. And nor would she want him the way he is. Maggie will accept nothing less than commitment and a faithful, loving marriage, something Braden is unable and unwilling to provide.
When her radical plan to force two clans to cease their senseless feuding is about to fail with spectacular consequences, Maggie must journey to the rival clan, escorted by Braden and his dangerous brother Sin, in a last ditch attempt to stop more deaths.
In the forced intimacy of the journey, Braden finds himself unwillingly and confusingly attracted to his friends’ sister, and Maggie finds herself painfully tempted to finally give in to her attraction to Braden. Each of them know that Braden will only end up causing Maggie pain and unhappiness, but death could meet them at the end of the journey, and temptation soon proves too difficult to deny.
I’m really enjoying this series and the author’s easy, entertaining style. I enjoyed the characters of Braden and Maggie, and the way Maggie was able to show Braden that she sees him as the person he is - more than just a pretty face - and Braden finally overcoming his hang-ups with the help of some gruff, sage advice from Sin.
Claiming the Highlander is the second book in Kinley MacGregor’s Brotherhood/MacAllister series, following Master of Desire. However, the connection seems only to be in the setting and this one would work absolutely fine as a standalone. ...more
Lady Emily despairs of ever having the opportunity to find a husband and have the family she dreams of. She has been kept a virtual prisoner in her hoLady Emily despairs of ever having the opportunity to find a husband and have the family she dreams of. She has been kept a virtual prisoner in her home due to a well-meaning but overprotective father.
Draven, Earl of Ravenswood has had an extraordinarily difficult childhood and carries the emotional and physical scars. He believes himself cursed and, with the exception of his brother Simon, does not allow anyone to get close to him.
When the King orders Draven to take in Emily, the daughter of his enemy, for a year in order to enforce peace, Emily decides this is her only chance - she must convince Draven to be her husband.
Despite his attraction to Emily, Draven has made a vow to the king not to touch Emily, and he is above all else a man of honor.
I really liked this one. It is a fairly simple book in terms of the writing and plot which made for a quick and enjoyable read - just what I was looking for.
Some of the characters actions struck me as not in keeping with the setting, but if you read this one expecting no more than to be entertained, you shouldn't be disappointed.
I loved Draven, the tortured hero, and Emily's wit and mischievousness. They were perfect together and had me laughing out loud. And the scene at the end... *sigh*. The supporting cast was also well-written, particularly Draven's brother Simon, who would make a great hero in his own right....more