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The Chieftain

(The Return of the Highlanders #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,488 ratings  ·  208 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.

A Warrior's Heart

Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his
Mass Market Paperback, 391 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Duchess Nicole
My favorite of the series by a small margin. I think it was how the storyline with Hugh finally wrapped up after being dragged through all four books. Also, there was just quite bit of conflict resolution...all tied up with a pretty bow. I'm into that kind of ending :D Connor and Ilysa had quite the complicated relationship, and I wanted to strangle both of them at one point or another in the story. By the end, though, I was a fan of both. I loved how the other couples were brought into the plot ...more
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4.25 the chieftain finally wakes up stars

In the first book of this series (The Guardian The Guardian (The Return of the Highlanders, #1) by Margaret Mallory ), 4 young boys visit the clan's elderly seer to be told of their fortunes hoping to hear of the great warriors they will become and the many battles they will win; instead, they are disappointed to be told their fortunes about.. of all things!... love and women. Connor, at the time a second son and thus not in line for the chieftain role, was told that his clan's future will depend upon his picking the r
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlander-books
Review posted at Demon Lover's Books & More

The Chieftain was everything I love in Scottish Romance: a dedicated-to-his-clan-laird, a likeable heroine, a great plot, and a villain worthy of the title.

I normally don’t like heroines like Ilysa, and yet I loved her. What I mean by that is, Ilysa is very passive, and very. . .calm. I normally like my heroines to be spunky and sassy and to fight with the hero a bit. Ilysa wasn’t like that at all, but she wasn’t a boring doormat either. The author ma
Aly is so frigging bored
What and end to the series! We finally have a HEA for Connor, who acted like an asshole for about 1/2 of the book. I wanted to smack him a few times...
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated 4.5 Stars

One of the best Highlander series I've ever read has come to an end. Not to fear though because Ms. Mallory has other Highlander series that I'm going to devour!

This book, The Chieftain was a smash hit and took the series out with a bang. Lots of action, romance, laughter, adventure, sexy times and general mayhem.

So, if ya love those big, burly, handsome warriors with accents that melt in your mouth, ya definitely wanna read this series, Return of the Highlanders, to get all your
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Connor is clan chief of the MacDonalds of Sleat. His clan’s welfare and future depend upon his every decision, especially when it comes to choosing his future bride. A chieftain cannot marry where his heart leads him, not even when his choice is a fierce lass whose loyalty to the clan and her chieftain is unparalleled.

Ilysa has spent her life loving Connor MacDonald from afar. She has always been the type to work in the background, never gaining recognition. But the time for keeping silent is ov
Great conclusion to the series. I admit that Alex & Glynis (book 2, The Sinner) are still my favorite couple - but Connor & Ilysa are very close. This book not only seals the last couple but wraps up an arc that’s run through the whole series. These are not stand alones.

Poor Connor spends so much time trying to avoid being his father and trying to protect his clan that he doesn’t realize what’s best for all is right in front of him. Steadfast and plain Ilysa, who is also Duncan’s baby sister, n
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlanders, tpl, reviews, tpla
This whole series has been a quick and enjoyable read. This book, in particular, was my favourite in the series.

Connor’s combination of obliviousness as well as stubbornness towards Ilysa, her feelings and her gift created a really fun and exciting story. All of the miscommunications caused by Connor’s pigheadedness, while causing Ilysa heartbreak, made for a great story. I loved watching his awakening, where Ilysa was concerned.

I really hope Margaret Mallory writes more books in this series.
Kari Kaz
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this was the best one of the series. After watching Connor struggle in the first 3 books, he finally gets his HEA! I was sorry to see it end, I was hoping Lachlan would get a story of his own... The twist regarding Ilysa's background was great!! If you read the first three, then this one is a MUST. ...more
Lady Whitbrooke
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read this book 3 times and I still love it. It is very well written and had many twist and turns. I have read through the night each time. This is an amazing series. The bond between the four friends was so touching and I loved that they where big parts in each book. You will get more enjoyment if you read in order, but don’t lose heart they get amazingly better with each book. Book 3 and 4 where both 5 stars inn my book. Highly recommend!
Jessica {Litnoob}
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This one was much better then book one but not as gripping as books two and three. However, Connor was way way better then his cousin as a character AND Ilyssa was my baby so I was so glad to see her as a lead even if Connor totally didn’t deserve her. Seeing a culmination of a larger storyline that’s worked through all the books made me happy and over all it’s a series I know I will reread in the future. (minus book one, I genuinely hated it though it’s so well written.)
I truly enjoyed reading "The Chieftain. This book had everything
I look for in a highland romance. The characters are engaging and
the story is heartwarming, fun, and enjoyable..
If you love historical highland romance
I highly recommend this book.
Joanna Loves Reading
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable listen, and I am now curious about a couple of secondary characters. May add more later.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the story of the death of feminism. In all fairness, I cannot give it a 1 star rating because the writing isn't horrible even if the plot sends all the wrong messages.
Connor is the leader of a Scottish clan. Ilysa is little better than a commoner since she is believed to be illegitimate. She is also hopelessly in love with Connor but she knows that he must marry a noblewoman from a powerful family in order to save his clan. She dresses unattractively to avoid drawing attention to herself
Joyfully Reviewed
Return of the Highlanders, Book 4

Connor MacDonald is the Chieftain. He has the responsibility of keeping all of his people safe from those that strike against them. A part of keeping them safe is marrying a woman that comes with a strong alliance. Connor has always known love would not be in the cards for the Chieftain and that never bothered him until now.

Ilysa is the sister of Duncan, one of Connor’s faithful friends. She is also a seer. Ilysa is in love with Connor but she knows a relationsh
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I still liked this book, but it was probably my least favorite of the series. I was up and down at times about the romance and felt a bit disappointed by the way things were wrapped up. The ending itself felt very rushed. After four books of build-up, the fight between Hugh and Connor was resolved very quickly and wasn’t as epic as I’d been hoping for. Also, I was pretty annoyed when (view spoiler) ...more
Elis Madison
This series follows the stories of four MacDonald warriors, Ian, Alex, Duncan and now Connor. Connor is, as the title suggests, the clan's chieftain.

Ilysa is Duncan's sister, and she's had steamy dreams about Connor since the four men returned from France. She's a healer, and she has the second sight, and she's learned at the skirts of Tearlag, the clan's seer. Connor, on the other hand, doesn't see past the frumpy clothing and tight head cloth that covers Ilysa's pretty hair, and he does NOT b
The Chieftain
By Margaret Mallory
Return of the Highlanders Book #4

This is the final book of the short series.
Connor became chief of the MacDonalds of Sleat when he came home after fighting in France for five years to find that his father and older brother had been killed in the Battle of Flodden and his evil uncle was running the clan into the ground by only looking out for himself. The clan voted in Connor as chieftain and ousted his uncle.

His uncle is now gathering large numbers of pirates and
I absolutely love this series and The Chieftain was a fabulous read. Margaret Mallory is now on my 'auto-buy' list, well she has been for awhile now. Mallory writes everything I love about a Scottish Highland romance.

If you love a man in a kilt then you shouldn't pass this novel by.
Levi Garnet
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Marvelous Stars
My second read from Margaret Mallory and it's the fourth and the final installment from Return of the Highlanders series (except the novella). I'm super surprised to love this book more than the first one. I first bought the first and fourth series from Google play, but the first book was just an okay read for me that's why I haven't read this one in such a long time. What a foolish am I! This one deserves my 5 stars, I just love it! But of course, not every story is a perfectly
Nov 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Notes: Quotes will need to be checked against the final copy as I read the ARC.

My synopsis:
Twenty years ago his mother cursed his father after she found he had born a child with another woman...

"Mo Mhallachd ort! (My curse on you!) May your seed dry up, Donald Gallach, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, so that no woman shall bear you another child. May your sons already born by other woman die young. Three times 'round, and the spell is bound."

That was the day his life was changed. For m
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the conclusion to this series (well I think there is another novella that involve these characters). I loved this series and this book was good. I was a little upset because Conner only noticed the h after she changed her appearance from drab to beautiful and was intent on marrying someone else throughout most of the book. The villain was the same in every book and finally was taken care of in this conclusion. What an evil man. I will definitely be reading more of this author's work. ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Prologue - Dunscaith Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland 1496....

Conner and his mother, Catriona, are very close. He watches one night as she circles the fire chanting and cursing his father, Donald Gallach Chieftain of the MacDonalds, for betraying her. A friend, Anna, comes upon the scene and begs her to take the curse back. Catriona swears her husband will pay when she leaves him for another man. She leaves her children with Anna to look after them as the children always stay with the father, the
Anna's Herding Cats
I think it's safe to say that Margaret Mallory has a new fan and a completely hooked one at that. The Chieftain was filled with stellar characters, surprise connections, terrible betrayals and all of the emotional turmoil they bring and just a lovely romance to top it all off. Like I said. I was hooked. Even if I wanted to strangle a Highland warrior now and again.

The gist is that Connor is a somewhat new Chieftain who's lands are at risk and who is in need of a strong alliance with another clan
Jen Davis
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought it was going to be Duncan's story that won my heart in this series, but it turns out that it's Connor's book that is my favorite. Aye, the chieftain of the MacDonald clan finally gets his turn at love, and it comes in the form of the woman who has been right in front of him the whole time.

Ilysa has been in love with Connor for as long as she can remember. She has healed him when he was hurt. She manages his keep. But in his eyes, she was always just his friend's younger sister. He neve
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Chieftain is the 4th book in the Return of the Highlanders series. This book is about Connor, the current Chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, and Ilysa, a healer and the younger sister of Connor's best friend. Ilysa has been in love with Connor ever since he returned from France and was chosen Chieftain due to the death of his father and older brother. Connor has vowed to be a better man than his father and decides to remain celibate until he picks a wife and then will remain faithful to h ...more
Mary Gramlich
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The wonders of love you discover when you see with your heart

Trying to stay alive is a full time job for Connor, Chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat. He has more enemies than he can keep track of with spies surrounding him at every turn. The most cunning devil of all is the uncle who wants to take everything away at the cost of Connor’s life, but he is not going down without a fight. Every day by his side is the biddable Ilysa who minds his keep and holds her own secrets close to her heart. Il
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't understand how anyone can read this book and not completely dislike Connor. And not because of his Neanderthal "Me strong man, you little woman" routine. He (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have had this one on my TBR list for a long time. I kept putting it off again and again for no real reason. I was a fool because this was just about perfect. I liked the hero and heroine, as well as the secondary characters. Catching up with the cousins was also very fun. I have missed this series so much. The two main characters have known each other forever and you as the reader know Ilysa loves Conner. But watching Conner fall in love and his struggle with it touched my heart. You also get ...more
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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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