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The Highlander's Prize

(The Sutherlands #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,706 ratings  ·  100 reviews

Sent to Scotland to be the king's mistress and produce an heir, Clarrisa of York has never needed a miracle more. But the brusque Highland laird who kidnaps her is a bit too rough to be considered divine intervention.


With rival lairds determined to steal Clarrisa from him and royal henchmen se
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 1st 2012)
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DNF @ 40%
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I guess my DNF shelf was feeling lonely with neglect. Well here shelfie....TAKE IT. This was probably more of 'too many books not enough time, I have no patience for this' kind of deal. I usually never have trouble reading Highlander books and I probably could have finished this one. I could...if I had the patience or care. For some reason nothing here was clicking for me. I felt nothing for the hero, no matter how gruff and ruggedly handsome he sounded. The lack of depth to the chara
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a fun read...nothing earth shattering but....
Who doesn't love a man in a kilt?

Setting / Time / Genre: Highlands, Lowlands, Scotlands

Length: 1400s

Series: Yes, and I have the second one lined up to go.

Sexy times: It's described as scorching, but seriously, not so scorched. Sexy times like maybe 4 times. Descriptive? eh.

Plan on reading more by the author: Yes. At least one possible two more. I am curious about some of the characters which might be a good way of saying the author created
Lover of Romance
Clarissa has always known that she is a bastard of England's King. Her mother died years before from a illness and she has been under her uncle's guardianship. Her uncle has ordered her up to Scotland to be Scotland's crown prince's leman (or also known as mistress). The last thing she desires is to be someones bed mate, but she has little choice. When she arrives in Scotland, she is kidnapped by Laird Broen, who is making a political move to benefit his clan. Ever since Broen's father died, he ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's fair to say I use a totally different set of criteria when reviewing my hunky highlander books than I do for any of my other genres. Really, I'm just looking to fall a little bit in love, or at the very least, enjoy watching the two main characters fall in love. And in this book, I got just that.

They are two very likeable main characters as well. You've got Clarrisa, illegitimate but acknowledged daughter of the late King of England, and you have Broen, the young, recently appointed Laird o
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sent to be King's mistress, Clarrisa was being used as a pawn in a deadly game. Laird Broen MacNicols, was seeking justice for his Father. Broen kidnaps Clarrisa, and sparks fly between them. For Clarrisa this could be divine intervention, for Broen this will be the woman that this Highlander loves. Everyone knows that a Highlander always claims his Prize.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
Clarrisa was raised as a commodity rather than as a person. She has always known that her purpose in life is to help her family and their royal bloodline. It comes as no surprise when she is shipped off to Scotland to be the king’s brood mare. She has never been able to make her own choices in life and when the opportunity comes up she grabs it. I loved her spirit, wit and courage. I also admired her ability to separate herself from her emotions and make the best of any situation she found herse ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I have read several Highlander romances by Mary Wine, but I believe that The Highlander's Prize is one of my favorites. In The Highlander's Prize, Clarissa is an Englishwoman sent to Scotland and a prize for the king, however the Scottish clans are not happy with the arrangement, and Broen MacNichols is sent to capture her. Once Broen captures his prize, he starts thinking he may just want to keep her, but politics and reality can be difficult to thwart.

I really liked Clarissa, she is technicall
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am stingy with giving out stars, even my favorite authors don't get four or five stars very often. I am giving this 4 stars because of her ingenious way of mixing fiction with historical fact.

This story was such a clever blend of historical fact and fictional characters that I found myself looking up King Edward IV to see if he actually had a bastard child named Clarissa. The author made it seem so believable with her knowledge of English and Scottish history.

Clarissa is one of many bastard c
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Highlander’s Prize by Mary Wine
Historical Romance -April 3rd, 2012
3 stars

Clarissa of York is the bastard child of the king of England. Shipped off to Scotland to be the Scottish King’s mistress until she bears a son for him, Clarissa has no intention of submitting to fate quietly. Fortunately, or unfortunately for her, she receives help in escaping by Laird Broen MacNichols. Broen MacNichols doesn’t want the unpopular Scottish king to have a half-English heir. Together with the rest of the
I’m not sure there is anything yummier than the cover of this book. If that doesn’t make you pick it up alone, then the fact that Mary Wine is the author should seal the deal for you. Clarrisa is sent to Scotland to marry the king when she is kidnapped by Laird Broen MacNichols. She’s a political captive who soon becomes so much more for the handsome Laird.

This book is full of sweet and spicy confrontations between the hero and heroine. Broen can’t resist Clarissa who is quite the firecracker. T
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let yourself be carried away by her strong characters, who are fascinating.
You will live a wonderful adventure with sensual love scenes . You will not be disappointed by Mary Wine's book.
Story of independent and stubborn characters who fall in love. I highly recommend this book!
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great writing and characters.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very heavy on the "ye" and "aye." Overall, though, it's a well-crafted story that held my attention.
DNF @ 14%

Hate to say it, but I found both main characters to be annoying.

To begin with, the heroine's name, Clarrisa? Yeah, sounds like a prissy, spoiled name for a heroine to me. Then there's the fact that she's constantly blushing (keeps feeling embarrassed) and despite the fact that she's been abducted by a group of strange men, she can't help but feel an instant attraction to their leader, Broen. I mean, for all she knows, they'll abduct her, do unspeakable things to her, then kill her -- bu
Lexi Divan
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had a whole lot of drama and I sort of got lost in all the names and stuff. Basically a time period where women had no choices a woman has to fight for what she wants. Stolen because of her bloodline and being a bastard she was treated badly. The person that pissed me of the most was her personal maid who was more stuck up than anyone else insisting she have a son to make whoever she ended up with happy. As far as that woman is concerned the man could be a damn dog as long as he had mo ...more
Donna Nealey
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, talk about an abrupt stop!

Broen and Clarrisa's story was going alone just fine when I turned the page and it was about Norris Sutherland wondering how Daphne could easily give up her virginity to Norris and walk away so easily. It was like trying to avoid a fender bender with a hard stop with the first couple. Did their duplicity work; don't know. Nice way to have to buy the 2nd book hoping it will continue. I hate it when movies do that and now books are doing it as well. Well now that I'v
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-goal, hf-romance
Perfect blend of history (loads of Scottish royal intrigue... next stop Google to see if Lord Home was real... if not, great ancillary character) and kilt-laden romance. Loads of chemistry and a peek at our next hero and heroine.

And the first of a series...
Jacquie Jerrard
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, lies and intrigue

Really good story I could picture the characters as they wooed and tormented each other. Made the girl clarrissa stand up to the harshness of highland men. I couldn't fault it really well written and readers of strong powerful men will love this book.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, library
this was not the typical romance novel. there was so many politic aspects woven into the plot, it was often hard to follow. and our H/H didn't really get their happy ending. idk, this was disappointing.
Cheshire Cat
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
very long winded
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series
Elizabeth Mckernan
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and series
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only ok.

Not best but definitely not worst novel in romance I've read. Not my favorite. Read it in 1 day so good writing although half of it didnt make sense at all. :/
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Love the way this story tells of the Highlander's prize and what choices Clarissa must make. Very interesting and hope to read more about the other Highlanders!
Meranda Semeniuk-Wappel
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner! Couldn't stop reading it!
Lisa Jo
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

THE HIGHLANDER'S PRIZE is an exciting and romantic adventure about a fantastic couple and their impossible love. Great characters, thrilling drama and a smoldering passion make this a 'must read' novel.

As the bastard child of the King of England, Clarrisa of York has feared fate would not be kind to her. Those fears are confirmed when she is rushed from her home to the hands of Scotland's king in order to be his mistress and provide him with an heir. The birth of such a child would certainly sha

Clarissa’s life has never been her own, but it’s about to get much, much worse. The illegitimate daughter of a king, she’s now a pawn in the struggle for the crown, sent off to become the mistress of the new king and give him male heirs. But a strange twist of fate and rather perfect timing finds her kidnapped by Scottish Highlanders and carried off away from the lecherous king. Only her deliverance is to a different prison, one filled with more people who see the value in her royal blood and ha
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Clarissa of York may be a pawn in the forever struggle for power between the English and the Scottish Highlanders, but she has faith in her wits and inner strengths. This faith gives her a unique power among those who force their will on her by brute strength.

The acknowledged bastard-born daughter of Edward IV, Clarissa’s station in life is a dubious one. She's of royal blood but not being born in wedlock keeps her out of the main str
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Highlander's Prize (English Tudor #3)
by Mary Wine
5 stars


Acclaimed author Mary Wine captures all of the raw, rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where tumultuous times bred a race of warriors who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived.
Beautiful Clarrisa is sent to Scotland to marry the king, but is soon thwarted by the handsome Laird Broen MacNichols. For Broen, Clarrisa becomes far more than a kidnapped prize. S
Tyra Berger
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I have met Mary Wine a couple of times at Lora Leigh's RAW and I have to say that she is one of the most talented people I have ever met. The beautiful dresses that she wears for the costume balls she makes herself by hand, and from someone who can barely sew a button on that is completely awe inspiring. She is also one of the nicest, most gracious authors that I have had the pleasure to spend time with. Looking at this innocent petite lady you would never guess that she can also write some of t ...more
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Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. Recent winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance, her book LET ME LOVE YOU was quoted “Not to be missed…” by Lora Leigh, New York Times best-selling author.

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