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The Warrior

(The Return of the Highlanders #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,485 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.


From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Dee
Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 forbidden love's second chance with a secret baby stars
(as a note, the secret baby is totally obvious from the start, so not a spoiler ;) )

Duncan MacDonald has risen above his meager beginnings as the nursemaid's bastard son to become the most formidable warrior and captain of the guard for his new chieftain, Connor, who is also his best friend. Though the boys grew up together and Connor has never treated him differently, Duncan has always known his place and has been driven to improve his st
Duchess Nicole
Listened to the audio...the narrator's voice really grew on me. He does a fantastic job with inflection and such, I just have a hard time finding old British men sounds like a Grandpa telling the story or something.

The hero is Duncan, the biggest, baddest fighter of all four men. He lost his heart long ago and now he comes to find that her forced marriage was the reason she left him. And that her husband is horribly abusive...and other tasty little secrets. So he comes in to save the d
Aly is so frigging bored
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, medieval
Both hero and heroine made me want to smack them... but I loved it!
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: highlander-books
I’ve been following this series since the first book and I’ve just loved it. I don’t think you can go wrong with a Margaret Mallory book.

In this one, Tearlag (the witch) is sending Duncan to check on Moira, Connor’s sister. We see Duncan angry about being sent to Ireland to check on the woman he once loved. Moira and he had a fast and furious fling about 7 years ago, but her father found out and sent Duncan away, marrying Moira off to someone else.

This was the worst thing to ever happen, not ju
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated 4.7 Star Crossed Lovers Stars

Another fantastic tale in the Return of the Highlander's series!

The Nursemaid's son and the Chieftain's only daughter (better known as the princess) fall in love? Yeah, fraid so and you can smell the heartache already, right? Oh yeah.

Only seventeen, first love, dreams of forever, but sneaking around to see one another. The chieftain finds out, puts a stop to it and boom, just like that, they don't see each other again for 7 years. When they do meet again, that
Fiona Druce
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Highlander fans, historical fans, history fans
Shelves: favs
Duncan MacDonald is the bastard son of a mystery man who never claimed him. With no name to give him credence, Duncan becomes a renowned warrior in his own right and Captain of Chieftain Connor MacDonald’s forces. He wins many a battle, but lost his heart years ago to Connor’s sister, the beautiful Moira.

But what can a bastard offer a Scottish princess?

Moira is strong-willed, strong-headed, and strong-hearted in this tale of love lost, regained, and renewed. Wedded to a man not even his own moth
Elis Madison
Duncan MacDonald knows that lovely Moira, his best friend's sister, is not for him. She's a laird's daughter, he's a nameless bastard. But when she sets out to seduce him, he can't resist. He keeps warning her that the day her father finds out about them, he's toast, but Moira is naïve and spoiled, and she truly believes that if she tells her da she wants Duncan, she'll get what she wants.

The only reason Duncan's not dead is cuz a seer told Moira's father that he'd one day save Connor's life. So
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I really like Margaret Mallory's Return of the Highlander series. I was looking forward to Duncan's story and I was not disappointed. From the previous two books, we know that Duncan had loved and lost that love earlier in his life. While the woman in question, is still alive, Duncan doesn't have any hope of winning her back because Moira is married.

We lean a lot about Duncan in this novel. For instance, we already knew about his past histo
Debra Taylor
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
" Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and their legacies. But all of their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet : winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties. "

The Warrior is an action packed historical thriller. The third in author Margaret Mallory's Return of the Highlander series. This fast paced story features Duncan MacDonald & his one true love Moira ( sister to Laird Connor MacDonald) . Seven years ago you
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I LOVED The Warrior. It was a brilliant book with romance, action, and drama. Basically, it was perfection.

All of the characters were well built. There was more to each one than just their assigned role. Even the antagonists had more than one side. All of them catch your interest and make you feel something for them, be it love, hate, or something in between.

Moira is definitely a survivor. After years of marriage with
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

Dog Alert!

Moira falls in love with Duncan as a teen and Duncan returns that love but realizes she is above him in class and there is no future for them. So when Duncan departs to fight in France, Moira is left at home and pregnant with his son. Her father marries her off to another clan ruler, Sean, who beats and abuses her since she is longer near her family and their protections. With only a wolfhound to protect her and her son against Sean, he forces Ragnall to choose betw
As with Alex, I was really looking forward to silent & steady Duncan’s book and it didn’t disappoint. Second chance, secret baby (it’s not a secret to the readers, so this isn’t a spoiler), Hero who doesn’t see his own worth, strong woman finally escaping - lots of great tropes in this one. While I had a few issues with Moira trying to prove she wasn’t spoiled and immature by being spoiled and immature - it didn’t last too long and overall I enjoyed their relationship.

I think what I really enjoy
Jessica {Litnoob}
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This delivered so much angst I thought I’d pass out from the goodness of it. It has trope after trope that I am here for as well. Second chances, secret little ones, parental forced separation. Just so many good trope that instantly make me pick up a book. This is another case of a side character who needed his own tale really really delivering.
Lover of Romance
Duncan, has never been able to forget his one true love, the one woman who has held his heart all of these seven years. When she married another man, he felt as if his world had ended, but he knew he could never give her a life that he wanted to give her. Now his closest friend and his Laird, has asked him to go in search of Moira and make sure that all is well. Even though that is the very last thing that he want to do, he knows he needs to do it. Moira, felt like Duncan had broken her heart, a ...more
Sha Mslvoe

This is a beautiful story about wounded warrior named Duncan and his teenage sweetheart Moira, princess of the MacDonald clan. Duncan has been ordered by Laird to fight in France and left Moira. He doesn't want to go but Duncan knows he's just a bastard son. Moira thought Duncan abandoned her. When she realized she's pregnant Duncan's child, her father arranged her to married with abusive man, Sean.

Duncan was having a doubt with Sean and start looking for her in castle. He heard Moira's scre
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a lovely read
Recommended to Laura by: Won it in a goodreads contest
I couldn't have picked a better book to initiate me into the world of Margaret Mallory's Return of the Highlanders. Having never read one of Ms. Mallory's books I had no idea what to expect, but after reading "The Warrior", in one sitting (!), I went out to buy the first 2 in the series. Duncan and Moira's
story grabbed my attention from the first paragraph to the last. From their heartbreaking separation to their reuniting in Moira's husbands keep, the twists and turns of their story keeps the
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been craving a good medieval romance and this one delivered! It’s a second chance romance with a secret baby and good lord did I gobble it up and read in one sitting!
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Our hero was born a bastard but couldn’t help falling for his Laird’s precious daughter. When her father finds out he gets sent away and a marriage is arranged for our heroine. 7 years later and our heroine is in an abusive relationship and our hero comes to the rescue having worked his way up and now made a name for himse
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didn't really have any depth. ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

Margaret Mallory, as she has often done before, pulls the reader into a memorable vicarious experience in long-ago Scotland. Her rich, eloquent writing style sweeps the reader into a sensory loaded adventure—spine-tingling, sometimes frightening, and, best of all, has magical love scenes that take the breath away, set the heart pounding, and assures one that true love finds a way—even if it is thwarted at every turn. The Warrior is an
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another gorgeous Highlander tale by Margaret Mallory.

Actual rating 4.5.

Reunited lovers aren't my favourite thing to read about in a romance novel, and I was very wary of that fact when I set out to read this book, and yet this was probably the best book using that trope that I've read. Instead of the bitterness and resentment they so often come parcelled with, here we have heartbreak and sad acceptance and a stunning star-crossed lovers set-up that I absolutely loved!

We begin this couple's j
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very good book that started with intensity and kept it up. Moira and Duncan had been secret sweethearts when she was seventeen and he was nineteen. But Moira was the daughter of the laird and Duncan a bastard son, and when they were discovered Duncan was sent away and Moira married off. Each of them believes the other deserted them when things got tough.

Seven years later Duncan and his friends are back to reclaim the land stolen from the clan. Moira's brother Connor, listening to the local seer
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Favorite Quote: "A lass should know how to protect herself," he said. "Your training in this regard has been sorely lacking, so I'm going to teach ye how to kill a man with a dirk." "That's the sweetest thing a man has ever said to me," Moira said in a dead-serious voice.

Duncan and Moira were madly in love when she was seventeen and he was nineteen. But their love was doomed from the start because Duncan was a bastard child of the cheiftan's nursemaid, and Moira was the cheiftan's beloved daught
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highlanders
Duncan McDonald is a gentle giant at heart yet a fierce warrior to contend with. He's the the Captain of the Guard to his best friend and Chieftain's men. Duncan is also in love with the one woman he believes he can never have, who also is the Chieftain's sister, Moria.

Duncan has known Moria and her brother, Connor, since they were young children. He's 2-years older than Moria. At the age of 17 & 19, Moria and Duncan have a secret summer affair. When her dad, Chieftain at the time, and her brot
Jen Davis
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ever since I read The Guardian, I have been waiting for poor Duncan's story. The man has been utterly miserable since he was separated from his true love seven years ago. She is married to another --far from his reach-- and no other woman will do. I am happy to say that our wounded warrior is finally being reunited with his lost love and not a moment too soon.

Contrary to what Duncan has long believed, Moira is not living a happy life. She has no idea that her father forced Duncan to leave her al

Narration - Derek Perkins - Pretty Good

Really, the only complaint I have with Derek's Characters is that he makes these hunky Highland Warriors sound like crotchety old farts when they are in their 20's. But other than that, he's pretty good.

Duncan, Duncan, Duncan! What a Hotty, McHottypants!

He's the Captain of the guard, a kick ass warrior, a musician, a dog lover, selfless and has been in love with Moira for as long as he can remember.

Moira is the sister to the new Chieftain, but her
Laurie Ryan
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was drawn to the emotions of this story from the opening line. No, that’s not quite right. Spellbound might be a better choice of word. I couldn’t let go of this story or its characters. Ms. Mallory really knows how to show the strong emotion between her characters. And it’s not just Duncan and Moira (although what a bond those two have). It’s the secondary characters, too. Niall, Ilysa, Ragnall, Sar – I want to hear even more about them and the others. With each story in this series, I g ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Angst, angst, and more angst. Star crossed lovers torn apart for nearly a decade because the hero is deemed not good enough for a laird's daughter. The result is that Duncan gets caught up in a series of battles and Moira is married off to a violently man who is physically and emotionally abusive to Moira and their son. Once Moira and Duncan are eventually reunited, there's not much left for these two beaten down souls to build on except to cling to dregs of a young love, long reduced to ashes. ...more
Annie Marshall
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved...Loved...Loved it!!!
Margaret Mallory has such a gift for creating characters that make you fall in love with them.
Bobbi Jo
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series!! I hope Margaret Mallory has many more highlanders in her future.... and ours :)
Fierce, fearless captain of the guard Duncan MacDonald betrayed his laird and his best friend Connor by falling in love and having an affair with seventeen year old Moira. Duncan knew his low-born station as bastard son of the nursemaid could never elevate him to approval to marry his best friend's sister, the laird's daughter

Angry at Duncan for leaving so soon after their affair, Moira felt betrayed as she is forced into a peacekeeping marriage to an Irish chieftain two weeks later. For seven y
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Margaret Mallory, a recovering lawyer, is thrilled to be writing exciting tales with sword-wielding heroes rather than briefs and memos. Since abandoning the law for romance, she's become a USA Today bestselling author, and her Scottish and medieval romances have won numerous honors, including National Readers' Choice Awards, RT Book Reviews' Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance, and a RITA© nomin ...more

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