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Moonstruck Madness

(Dominick #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,272 ratings  ·  126 reviews
She's one thing by day, something else altogether by night...

After escaping the slaughter of her clan at a young age, Scottish noblewoman Sabrina Verrick provides for her siblings by living a double life, until the night she encounters the Duke, and her secret and all she holds dear is threatened...

He's so disillusioned, he's completely vulnerable...

With his inheritance at
Mass Market Paperback, 396 pages
Published February 1977 by Avon
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As a young girl, Sabrina Verrick witnessed her grandfather's death after the battle of Culloden, and those are scars she'll carry with her forever. Sabrina and her two siblings return to their family home in England, and without their father off galavanting in Europe, to make ends meet she becomes the infamous highway bandit Bonnie Charlie. One day she robs the wrong man - Lucien, Duke of Camareigh - and he's hot to catch that bandit and stop *him* once and for all. That is until he thinks he's ...more
Regan Walker
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scottish Heroine, masquerading as a Highwayman and a scarred English Duke make for an Absorbing Love Story!

Set in 1746 in Scotland (prologue) and 1751 in England, this is the story of Sabrina Verrick, the Scottish noblewoman, who along with her sister and brother survive after their grandfather, Laird of the MacElden clan is brutally slain by the English at Culloden Moor. They escape to England where they live in the country at the rundown estate of their father, an English marquis who abandoned
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Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain is a 1977 Avon Publication.

When I noticed a couple of Laurie McBain's books were up for review on Netgalley, I didn't hesitate to request them. I am thrilled to see some of these books are being released in digital format. However, when I started on “Chance the Winds of Fortune”, I realized the book was the second in the series. I didn't see the first book up for review, so I went into my vintage and collectable bookshelf to see, if by some minor miracle, I h
Regan Walker
Scottish Heroine, masquerading as a Highwayman and a scarred English Duke make for an Absorbing Love Story!

Set in 1746 in Scotland (prologue) and 1751 in England, this is the story of Sabrina Verrick, the Scottish noblewoman, who along with her sister and brother survive after their grandfather, Laird of the MacElden clan is brutally slain by the English at Culloden Moor. They escape to England where they live in the country at the rundown estate of their father, an English marquis who abandoned
In another lifetime, I would have gobbled up this swashbuckling historical romance, complete with requisite scarred hero and cross dressing heroine who robs the rich to feed the poor. Part Robin Hood, part Zorro, this novel is definitely well written, with meticulous attention to minutiae of the period, however, the vast cast of characters, continuous contrived coincidences, and twisty plot developments became increasingly more implausible and juvenile.

Probably the best part of the novel was th
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, steamy, romance
I read this book when it first came out in the mid 1970's. It was one of the first explicitly erotic romance novels (along with Rosemary Rogers' "Sweet, Savage Love"), and it had a profound impact on my adolescent sensibilities.

Sabrina Verrick, a Scots-English noblewoman in exile in England with her sister and little brother after Culloden, has taken to the roads as the highwayman Bonnie Charlie to support her family. During a daring theft at a dinner party she meets Lucien, Duke of Camareigh, w
I got the other two books in the Dominick series as ARC's and I am going to reread this one first. I read it as a new release way back when and it is going to be fun to revisit this series. I don't read much Historical Romance these days and it will be fun. I was even going to dig it out of my physical library, but now have it as an e-book. I am so happy that these wonderful books have been re-issued as e-books and that they have been reissued so a whole new generation can read the very best His ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally written in 1977, and wow, have times changed for historical romances! And boy am I glad!

Lucien is not the type of hero who should be put on a pedestal. Most of the bad things that happen to our heroine are his fault, but he wants to be praised when he fixes them again. The book timeline goes a little like this: fight (and we're talking Ronnie and Sammi on Jersey Shore style fighting, not playful banter) jump into bed, fight, jump into bed, repeat. This style of story jus
The premise caught my attention at first, I'm a sucker for characters disguising themselves. The idea of a lady dressing as a man and committing highway robbery was irresistible to me. (view spoiler)

She’d never come up against someone like the Duke before. He was ruthless, mean, vengeful–and intelligent. And, he had caught her

I liked the dynamic between Lucien and Sabrina in the beginning; the book starte
I skimmed alot. The plot was good but it became a little boring after awhile.Skimmed quite a bit actually. Going by Goodreads ratings-2 stars, 'it was ok.'
Jill Barnett
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first historical romance novel I read. I bought it at a garage sale for 50 cents and it started a whole new life for me. By the early 80's I was back in college and knew I wanted to write. Eventually I sold my first book in 1988, a historical romance novel. When I wrote BEWITCHING, I made the hero Alec a duke because of Lucien in MM.
Susan (the other Susan)
I MUST have read this; who could resist that cover back in the day?
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How often is it that you can say that a story has caught you by the seat of your pants from the first page of the prologue and not let you go until the very last sentence. This is one of those stories. It really took me by surprise and such a lovely surprise indeed it was.

Sabrina Verrick is a wee lassie that sees death and destruction up close and not very comfortable. A spirited child that has a bit of luck on her side that allows her to escape death's grip and flee to lead her family safely in
Linda Banche
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MOONSTRUCK MADNESS by Laurie McBain is a fast-paced, engrossing novel of the difficult choices people make to survive in a cruel world.

After losing everything in the aftermath of the 1746 Scottish Battle of Culloden, Sabrina must find a way to support her family. Her unorthodox method incurs the wrath of the arrogant and powerful Lucien, Duke of Camareigh. Again and again, these two strong personalities clash in a titanic battle of wills, even as an unwilling attraction seizes them both. But Luc
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Read this book over ten years ago and loved it. Happy to see it reprinted!
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, 2011-february
I’ve really enjoyed some of the older romances that are being republished today. It allows newer romance readers like me to discover some remarkable romance reads that are truly timeless. It’s how I first discovered Laura Kinsale, but before accepting any offer to review a book I check it out the best that I can. I like to read the back cover copy, and an excerpt if I can to see if it might be something that I would enjoy reading...after all time is short, and no one likes to waste their preciou ...more
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My thoughts:

This book was first published in the 70s and it shows, it was a different time for romance.

I will go back to the beginning first. Sabrina is living in England and to support her family she is a highwayman. She is a hellcat with claws. One night she steals from Lucien, the Duke of Camareigh and he wants "him, the highwayman" dead. Well we all know that is not gonna happen.

I do wonder what it is about old romance and all the drama. Oh these people hate each other, and say so too, and t

My second Laurie McBain novel right after "WILD BELLS TO THE WILD SKY". And I found this one another superb historical romance! I think only Laurie McBain can write these types of adventerous, fanciful, and captivating romances. There are a few writers of this genre worthy of being her equal or even close to her equal. I've realised most of the historical romances written in the modern era of today actually emulate some significant elements from the romances of the 70-90s. But I prefer
I read this around the time it was first published and reread it for a discussion in an online book group. I don't remember how I rated it way back in the day, but I thoroughly enjoyed it this time around. There were many aspects to the story that I enjoyed, plot points that have been on my 'favorite plot points' list. There are 2 more books in this trilogy but I'm not planning to read them as one of my UNfavorite things is subsequent books that deal with the original H/H's offspring. I like spi ...more
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
NTS: Books 2-3 accessible at my town library via Overdrive.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book rivals anything written more recently. The plot was well-paced, and I liked Sabrina as the highwayman. I even like Lucien, a lot, even though he was occasionally ham-fisted in his handling of her. The secondary characters too were good, though the villians seemed almost incestuous sometimes. I thought the first time they were together after he had caught her was bittersweet, and I couldn't wait for her to come to her senses and see how much she loved him. Good action, especially once t ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites from an era when I was heavily into romantic fiction. Even though the description is inaccurate as far as historical timing goes, this is what my best friend and I referred to as "gothic smut". That had become a catch-all term for the somewhat sexy girlie books we were reading. Up til that time period, my grandmother insisted on getting me Barbara Cartland books, where all the female protagonists were "pure", as she put it. (rolls eyes) This was a great historical romance rea ...more
Shannon Burke
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read actually, full of mystery, danger and love. Though throughout much of the book that love seemed to be a little too one sided for my liking. It moved a little slow in the middle, but as you got about 75% of the way through it started to pick up again finally.

Our heroine had been through hell as a child and grew into a very stubborn woman, but the hero is also a very stubborn man. Naturally with that you would find that there would be a great deal of head butting going on her
One of my favorites by Laurie McBain. Written back in the heyday of bodice rippers, this is one that works for me even today. Set in the 1700s, Lady Sabrina Verrick resorts to thievery to support her family. One night she makes the mistake of robbing Lucien, the Duke of Camareigh. But Lucien is not a man to take lightly and sets out to capture the bandit, unaware that she is a woman.
4.5 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆!!!
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, historical
Good, but better the first time around.
I liked McBain's writing style, but I found some of Sabrina's behavior and the development of the plot puzzling.
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this. Heroine masquerading around as a male highwayman? The hero doesn't know she is a woman? YAY!

*30% of the book later*

Wait....he discovers she's a woman and they instantly bang? What? Sabrina declares to herself that she is in love with him and will only ever love him? BUT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US?

Sabrina was such a terrible character that I wanted her to be captured and to hang. Lucien was not much better. Sabrina did things tha
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. I love Outlander which is set in the same time period and in the same general area that the book starts in, so I thought I would like it. And I really did at first. I mean who doesn't like a strong female character that dresses up like a boy and acts like a pirate?! However, her behavior is often at odds with her supposed independence. I don't find it believable that a character who is independent and strong-willed one minute can turn into ...more
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Laurie McBain was born on October 15, 1949. She was always passionate about art and history, and her father encouraged her and helped her write her first historical romance. At twenty-six, Laurie became a publishing phenomenon with her first historical romance. Her first novels "Devil's Desire" and "Moonstruck Madness" each sold over a million copies. She was one of the pioners of the new romance ...more

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