Mairi MacGregor grew up in the shadow of her three brothers and Connor Grant. As a young girl, she was right there with them, getting into trouble. As the years passed, the relationship between Mairi and Connor blossomed into love. The night Connor leaves Scotland to serve in the king’s army, Mairi feels betrayed and vows never to trust him again. Connor had sent letters to Mairi asking her to join him in England, only for a short while, but she had refused.
It’s been seven long years since Mairi last saw Connor and now she finds herself stuck in London amid the lords and ladies, a guest at the court of the king and queen. The last thing she wants to do is run in to Connor. To make matters worse, Connor’s parents are among the guests. It doesn’t take long before Connor and Mairi are at each other’s throats. At times, Mairi’s tongue is as sharp as the blades she keeps hidden under her skirts, but Connor is no push-over either. Now, Connor is a different story. Of course, he is alpha all the way and he never stopped loving Mairi, but won’t admit it. And he does not want anyone else to have her. (The scene where the Queen summons Connor to her chambers to discuss Mairi’s “future” is fabulous!)
Mairi is a very strong, independent heroine, and she doesn’t like anyone telling her what to do. Unfortunately, this shrew was getting tiresome. Thankfully, her attitude gets an adjustment. Connor was wonderful! He would claim one minute Mairi was his, and then deny it with his next breath. He would want to pummel someone for looking at her the wrong way. (He does get his chance, but the repercussions are unexpected.) Yet, he doesn’t give-in that easily to Mairi.
Throw into the mix a real slime ball, Lord Oxford, who is courting Mairi and his equally creepy sister Lady Elizabeth. The Queen and Lady Claire (Connor’s Mom) add their two-cents to get Mairi and Connor moving along in the right direction. Of course, all entwined within the intrigue of politics and religion. TAMED BY A HIGHLANDER is a very appropriate title as the bonnie lass Mairi is indeed tamed by Connor! (less)
A little confusing at first getting the back-story and history of the Chrechte (werewolf) people, but that soon dissipates as the storyline takes hold...moreA little confusing at first getting the back-story and history of the Chrechte (werewolf) people, but that soon dissipates as the storyline takes hold, and you are immersed in this wonderful world in the Scottish Highlands.
The heroine and hero, Emily Hamilton and Lachlan Balmoral, are delightful. Many secondary characters are fully developed and come into play through-out the story. The side-story tale of Drustan and Cait added even more enjoyment to this engrossing tale.
Juliana is jilted at the altar and when she flees to the chapel, she lands, well actually, sits on a drunken Elliot. In her embarrassment of being lef...moreJuliana is jilted at the altar and when she flees to the chapel, she lands, well actually, sits on a drunken Elliot. In her embarrassment of being left at the altar, she asks her childhood love to marry her.
Many have called Elliot mad due to the brutality he suffered during his imprisonment in India. It was his love of Juliana that kept him sane; that gave him the will to live. It is her love that helps to heal his heart and soul.
This story appealed to me in so many ways. Not only with Juliana and Elliot having to overcome what some may refer to as PTSD today, but also the discovery and Juliana's acceptance of what would be unheard of in the "ton". Also, the Indian servants of the family serve as a colorful addition along with old Mr. McGregor.
Elliot McBride may not be a Mackenzie, but THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT McBRIDE is a fine addition to the series!(less)
Okay, how was I to know that when I picked this up it was in the middle of a series? I was just curious because of the great things I heard about KMM....moreOkay, how was I to know that when I picked this up it was in the middle of a series? I was just curious because of the great things I heard about KMM. I was not disappointed. Now, on to discover the rest of the stories in the series.
Page 355: Gwen lay on the flat rock for time uncounted. She was mindless, wracked with grief. When a sip of reality finally returned, it couched an impossible pill to swallow - reality without him. Forever.(less)
A stunning novel of passion, betrayal and revelations. Monica McCarty immerses her readers in the harsh life of the Scottish Highlands, and the demand...moreA stunning novel of passion, betrayal and revelations. Monica McCarty immerses her readers in the harsh life of the Scottish Highlands, and the demands it places on its inhabitants.
The sacrifices and choices her heroine, Jeannie Grant, and hero, Duncan Campbell, make have far reaching consequences that neither of them could ever imagine.
The Author's Note was an added delight! Her magical way with words will be an automatic read from now on. I was mesmerized. (less)
I can always count on Joanne Rock to deliver a solid story. This is your typical mistakes made, errors in judgment, kiss and make-up, throw in a devio...moreI can always count on Joanne Rock to deliver a solid story. This is your typical mistakes made, errors in judgment, kiss and make-up, throw in a devious brother tale. All-in-all, a swiftly flowing story I enjoyed very much.(less)