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Tempted by the Highland Warrior

(MacKinloch Clan #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  757 ratings  ·  111 reviews
His Silent Strength Reached Out To Her

After years of brutal torture, Callum MacKinloch is finally free of his captors—but his voice is still held prisoner. He'd never let anyone hear him scream.

Although Lady Marguerite de Montpierre's chains may be invisible, they threaten to tie her to a loveless and cruel marriage.

When Marguerite discovers Callum waiti
Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1098, 282 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Harlequin (first published 2012)
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4.5 stars

This book was truly a love story. I really loved so many things about it. The hero and heroine were extremely likable characters. It was a tough road for them to get to their HEA; I admit that I didn't know how it was going to ever happen. Everything was stacked against them.

I loved the hero, Callum. It was SO sad reading about the 7 years of torture he went through. So heartbreaking to really think about. And man...the way he went for Marguerite -- and was willi
Soild 4 stars


If you're looking for a real sweet romance involving insta love and a perfect hero who will stop at nothing to be with the heroine, then this is for you.

The writing is pretty good although I wish it was a bit more detailed with respect to showing more than telling, but it was enough to be passable for me.

The characters could have been more developed and given more background to make them fuller and three dimensional, but ag
Jen Davis
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the best Highlander book I have read in a long time. It has such a fantastic tortured hero. Callum was taken prisoner when he was only 12 years old. For seven long years, he was tortured. It not only battered his body, but it stole his voice.

One night, Lady Marguerite sees his suffering firsthand. She is betrothed to his captor, but she takes care of Callum. She nurses his wounds and gives him the first comfort he has known in years. The two form a connection right away, and
This was my first book by Michelle Willingham and I have to say I am impressed! I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book, I was a bit reserved after having seen it was a third book in a series. However, that did not hinder my enjoyment of this book at all. I do not feel it was necessary to have read the previous two books to understand this title it easily stands up as a standalone. M. Willingham’s writing quickly swept me up in this tale starting from when Lady Marguerite is startled f ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
01/07/2013 -- 3 Stars

I had forgotten about this book and found it as I was scanning my Kindle. It was an okay read. It started really good, but then kind of fizzled. It was the story of a warrior tortured to the point he lost his voice. Better in concept than in execution.

ARC provided by Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC received on 07/20/2012.

Available 07/01/2012 .. $5 on Amazon and B&N.

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Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
From Book 1 of this series, I have been looking forward to Callum's story. It was heartbreaking what he went through and I was drawn to the attraction I could see burned between him and Marguerite, the daughter of a duke who gave him aid when he most needed it.

For a large portion of the book, there is limited dialogue. Callum suffered massive trauma during captivity and as a result, his words have been locked away and he is unable to speak. While he cannot speak, it does not mean he
Deserie williams
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Contains spoilers!

4.5 stars!Wow I really enjoyed this! Not much to say but that Hero and heroine were great!I loved both very much.Heroine did frustrate me at times. I understood why she did what she thought was right. Especially in that day in age. but It was frustrating at times. She was a sweet, loving ,caring girl and I thought she was awesome most of the time:) Oh the hero I swear I love him so:)Perfect tortured hero!So beautiful how he would do anything for her! oh and th
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
One of the best romance story I have every lived within the pages of a book.

Review: Tempted by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham

-Title: Tempted by the Highland Warrior
- Series: Tempted by the Highland Warrior
-Author: Michelle Willingham
-Genera : Historical Romance
-Age Group: Adult
-Publisher: Published June 19th 2012 by Harlequin
-Source: NetGalley
-Rating: 5 /5

-My Review; I don't know where to begin, for the f
Callum MacKinloch has been a prisoner from a very young age. On a night of another bad beating he's tended to and saved by his capturer's young betrothed, Lady Marguerite de Montpierre. What she doesn't know is that by saving his life she's prolonging his captivity. His brothers are coming to free him, but he's not there. Marguerite is and she takes her opportunity to escape an unwanted marriage.

She ends up living with the MacKinloch clan for a time and gets to know Callum's family. She's there
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, 5-star
Delightfully surprising.
I don't read too many romance novels. Not that I have anything against them, but they are sometimes somewhat formualic. The hero and heroine have lots of amazing sex while not really liking one another until they suddenly realize that, oh yeah, they actually do. Again, not that I mind that, but I have to be in the frame of mind to just let it go. Please understand, if you are a lover of romance novels, I mean absolutely no disrespect and I do occasionally join in th
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
As I finished this book it brought a huge satisfied smile to my face. Tempted by the Highland Warrior is everything a love story should be in my opinion; Instant attraction, intrigue, rich history, gentle, loving, intimate moments stolen and desires fulfilled. With Marguerite and Callum's first encounter she feels an immediate attraction. She doesn't understand it other than he needs help and she can give it. From this beginning, with her first touch, the two have a soul connection that cannot b ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Callum and Marguerite's story was well worth the wait for those of you who, like me, have been waiting for Callum's happily ever after. Michelle Willingham has once again delivered a story that will grip your from the very first to the very last word. Her way with the written word will have you laughing, crying and hoping her characters will be able to overcome each and every obstacle that is thrown in their path. Whether you're struggling along with Callum as he tries to find his voice again, l ...more
AG Reads
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dnf at 68%. This is not romance or love. Callum's character is written in a way that makes it feel like emotional codependence and sex. There is no building of the connection for him to the h beyond the fact she was nice to him while he was imprisoned and she touched him. There is also no explanation for her feelings for the H beyond sympathy. Honestly, it feels creepy rather than romantic.

I've read other books with a mute H in which the author still managed to convey a full range of emotion no
3.5 Stars. Better than I had hoped for, but got a little draggy and repetitious to the end, and was harsher than I expected. But, I did enjoy that the couple was working against an outward conflict and you always felt that they cared for each other. That I really enjoyed and will continue to look for in other romances.
Melanie R Meadors
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tuesday night I started reading Michelle Willingham's Tempted by the Highland Warrior. I finished it Wednesday night. For me, a homeschooling mom who has only so many minutes to steal from a day for reading (never mind my writing), this is a rare thing! But I could not put this book down. Ladies and gentlemen, read this book and observe how a short historical romance should be written. Never once while reading this book did I wonder "Well, why can't the heroine just...?" Never once did I say, "C ...more
Callum MacKinloch was imprisoned for seven years by the Earl of Cairnross. Following a particularly cruel beating where he was left for dead, the earl's betrothed, Lady Marguerite de Montpierre, was drawn to the young warrior and tended his wounds. Callum's reason for living was the vision of this lovely woman and gives him strength to hang on until he's rescued. Meanwhile, Marguerite, the daughter of a French duke who is anxious to see her married to English nobility to improve his standing in ...more
Sha Mslvoe
Just found out in Michelle's Facebook
- a glimpse of the Duc D'Avignois's fictional castle in Scotland where Callum found Marguerite (inspired by Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness).-
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He may not speak but he understand every words. Only Marguerite can make him speak, only Marguerite can teach him how to write. Only Marguerite can cure him and she's the only one
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-keeper
I was very lucky to get this book as an advanced copy and big thanks go to Michelle for it.

This was a roller coaster of a read. From start to finish, the storyline kept me on an eternal "will they, won't they?" Ooooh they are getting together...and then a huge NOOOOOOO!!!. Loved the ending and after reading this was buzzed, and immediately told husband about it.

I loved the characters and the setting took me back to the "Highlander" times. The fact that Callum cannot talk, and Margue
Sharon Tyler
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tempted by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham is part of the MacKinloch series of historical romances that can each stand alone, but offer more to the readers when read in order. I have only read one other book in the series, and am hoping to get my hands on a few more in the near future. In this book, Callum MacKinloch has suffered years of torture and is physically finally free, but his voice is still lost to him. Lady Marguerite de Montpierre's offered him aide and comfort one night ...more
at best a 2, more like 1.5 tbh

since i apparently have this strange new affinity for these highland romances (i find them somehow cute/sweetish, oddly entertaining, and very amusing), i decided to give this book a go.

meh. it wasn't as fun as some of the others i've read.

- it's too long. and that's a weird thing for me to say since i like long books. but it just kind of goes on and on and on, and there's so much repetition.
- i kind of missed the amusing "patois" that some of these
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlander, arc
You can find this review and more at Forever Book Lover.
I wasn't sure how the author was going to pull this off, writing for a character who couldn't not speak, but she did it and she did it in spades. Wonderful stretch of her writing ability, bravo to Ms Willingham.

Callum and Marguerite were kindered sprits, both imprisoned, she by the invisible chains of her father in arranging her marriage and Callum who has been imprisoned by chains since he was twelve.

Marguerite risks it all by c
I quite enjoyed this one, provided by netgalley, but felt it was missing something, and I struggled a bit to get emotionally engaged in it.

What did I like?

- The hero is one super-dreamy, wounded-warrior, alpha male, but stricken with the loss of his voice. He's also a Scottish Highlander, and is pretty handy with a bow and arrow. His inability to speak and his horrible life as a prisoner has made him an intriguingly patient man, which I really liked.

- The hero
Fantastic book. I have been waiting for Callum's story and it kept me turning the pages. After seven years of captivity and torture, Callum was found by Marguerite, his captor's fiancee. She treated his wounds and her kindness gave Callum the will to go on. When he was finally rescued, he found her at his family's home, waiting for the arrival of her father. He was coming to get her for a new betrothal. Callum was in bad shape, unable to speak and having a hard time adjusting to his freedom. Mar ...more
Sarah Weaver
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll start by saying that I discovered Michelle Willinghams books about a year ago and have loved every book of hers that I have read so far and actually re-read them before reading her newest release, Tempted by the Highland Warrior. Her new release focuses on Callum and Marguerite. The two meet while Callum is imprisoned and tortured by Lord Cainross, Marguerite's betrothed. Marguerite discovers Callum on the brink of death and becomes his angel on Earth caring for him when he is at his weakes ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do you believe in love at first sight? I do! I've had the chance to look at someone in the eyes and feel as if we had known each other all our lives. It gives me goosebumps to this day. And I relived that when I had the chance to read "Tempted by the Highland Warrior". And so much more...

The main characters have a connection from the second they met, a bond so strong that it empowers our heroine, who otherwise would only abide by the rules. Their love seems impossible and you cannot
HJ Garrett
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While this is the 3rd book in the MacKinloch Brothers series, don't fret if you haven't read the first 2! Michelle wonderfully integrates enough pieces of the back story so you never feel lost! Extremely well written, each character's voice is clear and moves the story along at a pace that is just right!

Writing dialog between characters is hard enough, but how do you depict a character's thought's actions and emotions to the other characters when the hero is mute? It's an undertaking
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The sign of a great writer is that the characters and story line are so well written that you feel, visualize and are aware of your surroundings as the story unfolds and comes to life. The characters and story are written with such clarity one feels they are there in time and place. From the first page of Michelle Willingham's advanced reading copy Tempted by the Highland Warrior to the last page, I couldn't put the book down. Callum was so protective of Lady Marguerite and it was love at first ...more
Mindy Hartman
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off as I have been a fan of Michelle Willingham’s work for years and have read everything she has wrote. Let me tell you she really out did her self this time. TEMPTED BY THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR by Harlequin Historical author Michelle Willingham is a fabulous story of a tortured man who doesn’t seem to be able to find his voice and a caring sweet woman who is not a scot but a daughter to a French Lord, who helps him find it on their roller coaster journey to love! I love how she brings ...more
Aretha melina
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is truly an awesome book about the magic of love. Simply an irresistible book. Marguerite is a daughter of a rich duc while callum is a captive warrior. This story show its reader the magic of love and how to breach the difference between the poor and the rich by love. The heroine is strong and kind hearted girl. She may very well a very rich girl but she has a heart of gold and she is the one who helped the hero to speak again. While , the hero Callum is a captive who has been prisoned for ...more
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Rita® Award Finalist Michelle Willingham has published over thirty-five books and novellas. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and children and is working on more historical romance novels. When she's not writing, Michelle enjoys baking, playing the piano, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: or interact with her on Facebook at

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