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McClairen's Isle: The Passionate One (McClairen's Isle #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  864 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
No woman could resist the pleasures he offered....

They are the Merricks, two brothers and a sister, restless, daring, proud.  English by birth, they came to Scotland with their father to occupy McClairen lands.  And there each would find a love as wild and glorious as the Highland isle they claimed as their own.

Fia, the only daughter, is the ravishing one. Raine, the secon
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 8th 1999 by Dell (first published 1999)
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Beanbag Love
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Actually more like a 3.5, I think. I'm not even settled on that, but I figured I'd get the review out of the way and get on with my life.

This is a very angsty read. The hero is the son of an awful Englishman who managed to take over the holdings of a Scottish clan after the slaughter at Culloden. The elder Merrick is an extremely nasty piece of work.

Ash Merrick has cultivated an image of urbane ruthlessness, but we know there's more to him than that. He has a younger brother and sister who are
Lori McD
2.5 stars

I'm being a bit harsh on this book, because it has the germ of a good story. But it seems to meander and wander and then wallow. I'm not sure if it's a page-requirement or just in need of a better editor.

This book sets up the background for all 3 books in the series. It tells the tale of McClairen's Isle - a fortress in Scotland built by a McClairen on an island, so that he and his clan can see any and all who come to their lands. While the McClairens survived a lot of history, they wer
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read only 2 books from Connie Brockway and found them both reasonably enjoyable. I did not enjoy this book though.

I was not able to enjoy the book because:

1. The writing seems unnecessarily cryptic to me. I felt that I had to "guess" what she meant. While I appreciate the depth, I was never certain whether my "interpretation" was correct and that made it very hard to follow the story.

2. The plots were not very interesting. I found myself not caring so much about what was happening. The
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Early on in our relationship, my wife (to be) told me that she wanted to write romance and she wanted me to know what a really good historical romance read like so I would know what she was shooting for. This was one of the first books she gave me and it was phenomenal. The characters were vivid, the story was clever and the setting really came to life. I read a million romance novels since but this one will always stay with me.
Deranged Dreamer
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Obviously you want them to communicate better.
But you understand where Ash is coming from.
Forget being in jail, his father is the stuff of nightmares.
Enough to make anyone emotionally stunted.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a very quick read. Some parts were a little predictable, but I was surprised at the ending! Great!
Judith Sherrod
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing story.

A very well-written story of greed, love and ruthlessness. The author told this story with wit, passion and hunger. Hunger for the loss of the woman that birthed him and hunger for the entire family she say slaughtered by the English. Well worth t :) e read.
Don't know if I'm in a reading slump or what...but after an OK start to the story I found the female lead to be annoying and the male lead to be anything but "passionate".
Genieve Ong
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never expect to like it tremendously and I totally love both the hero and heroine... It gave every aspect of the story enough explanation and didn't skip parts of it. Thank goodness after a long while of reading books with either stupid heroine and annoying hero I found a book that I appreciate both the hero and heroine and the story that doesn't go around the circle and full of unnecessary quarrels....
Nadine Jones
Fantastic, angsty, Scottish Highlands romance - but not that granite-chested-always-kilted kind of Highlands, this is the next generation: men & women who have Highlander in their blood, but English polish on their surface and ton deception in their manners. If that makes sense?

The Prologue, while interesting, seemed to be going nowhere, and I actually lost interest by Chapter 1 and set this book aside. So, if you pick this up and think it's boring, feel free to skip the Prologue and go back
Regan Walker
Superb Scottish Historical Romance!

This is the first in the McClairen's Isle trilogy and it’s wonderful! enduring Scottish historical for the "keeper" shelf.

The stories in the trilogy tell of a family of two brothers and a sister, Scottish by their mother Janet McClairen, and English by their father, the charming, selfish, ruthless Ronald Merrick, now Earl of Carr. Many years ago, Merrick fled his debtors in London to come to McClairen's Isle in the Highlands with an aim to take it from the
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
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The introduction to the Merricks, two brothers and a sister, children of a vain, selfish and manipulative father, and Ash's, the eldest son's story.

Ash's ruthless father, who is lacking a conscience, tasks him with retrieving his neglected ward for mysterious reasons and Ash sets out to do his bidding in exchange for more funds that will get him closer to his goal of bailing his brother out of the French prison he's still in.

Rhiannon is that ward and she is content with the life and marriage she
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually read the third book in this series, not realizing it was a series, before reading this book, which is the first. The third book, I might add, was very good, in my opinion, as well. The main character, Ash, is very troubled and rather dark, but I couldn't help but like him. As always, the characters in this author's books are typically troubled, and have nightmares and ghosts from their pasts that continue to haunt them.

Rhiannon was a likable character, as well. She was sweet and lovi
Tracy Emro
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't even know where to begin. Ash Merrick is the epitome of a wounded tortured hero. I read the blurb and expected a brooding tortured rake. That is not even close to what Ash is. He has got to be the least rakish hero I have ever read and easily the most tortured. There were points in this book where I didn't like him and at one point I even wondered how Ms. Brockway was going to redeem this seemingly unredeemable man.

Rhiannon is a very tortured soul herself - no where near Ash, but tortur
Brockway, Connie - 1st of McClairen's Isle series

They are the Merricks, two brothers and a sister, restless, daring, proud. English by birth, they came to Scotland with their father to occupy McClairen lands. And there each would find a love as wild and glorious as the Highland isle they claimed as their own. Fia, the only daughter, is the ravishing one. Raine, the second son, is the reckless one.

Ashton is the eldest son. This is his story, He was a notorious rogue with a
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Ouch!!! At 81% of the kindle version read I suddenly scream "omg" and my oh drops something needlessly in the kitchen. Why?!?! Well this author just lost at least two stars from me. The main body of the book is set in the 1760s and in his musings the hero wonders what the business agent if the villain is hiding and wonders:

"Overseas property? The Americas? Australia?"

Ok. Minor history lesson here. From the European point of view, the eastern coast of Australia was discovered by Cptn J Cook in 17
Janice Hougland
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this Scottish historical romance. This author certainly has a descriptive style that draws you in as if you were witnessing the story in person in a front row seat. Both the hero (Ash) and the heroine (Rhiannon) were badly damaged from war and familial incidents so that both are hesitant to get involved. But difficult circumstances and dangerous conditions bring them together as they get to know one another quite well, all the while avoiding many hurdles before they understan ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
A brother's determination to save another. This is Book 1 of a trilogy of the Merrick Siblings. It is the story of Ash and Rhionna. He is just out of prison and kind of set on doing his father's bidding because he needs the money. She is set to be married. I only gave this story 3 stars because of the fact that the first 25-35% of the book did not grab me. It did not pull me in as other books have. That being said please hang in there when you read this book. I still finished the book and looked ...more
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this complicated Georgian romance which is just too hard to summarize. The book was divided into two parts: before the hero abducts the heroine on his father's behalf to bring her to his father (who is awful in too many ways to list) and then after he abducts her. But, by that point he's fallen in love with her and decides he must protect her from his father, but if he does he might not get the money promised him (by same dastardly father) that he can use to pay th ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
***Trigger warning***: contains mentions of sexual assault. I adored Connie's book As You Desire, so I had similar expectations for this novel. However, I was utterly disappointed by the choppy plot, unlikable characters, and overall angst-filled mood. The heroine is irritatingly perfect. The hero prays to God for the strength to rape the heroine (though he does not actually assault her). Lastly, the prose borders on purple ("He fell upon her like a sea eagle on a dove") and suffers from too muc ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok, more like 3.5. For a Connie Brockway book, I expected a little humor, but this was not the case. A hard, dark, old fashioned romance with a reluctant lassie and a dominant, jaded antihero who grows up in a snake's den (he's got issues). It was a little tough, especially one scene, but I loved Rhiannon's strength and ability to *see* through Ash's facade. I'm intrigued enough to want to know what happens to Raine and Fia,poor things.
Kayne Inso
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The whole story is quite interesting although the first few chapters we're dull (personal opinion only) nevertheless it became a love hate relationship between Ash Merrick and Rhiannon Russels. And Ms. Brockway let me sees the beauty of the Highlands through her pages. Quite a cliffhanger though at the end wanted myself to meet Raine but I guess have to read the next book. :D
Cristina Contilli
Anche se l'idea di partenza era buona e abbastanza innovativa (un'isola legata dal '500 al '700 alla storia di una famiglia scozzese) il libro intreccia tra loro le storie di molti secondo me troppi personaggi ed eventi in modo non sempre logico e coerente... peccato anche perché ci sono un paio di scene di passione tra i due protagonisti veramente ben scritte.
A wonderfully written book, dark and very romantic. I loved Ash as a tormented alpha-male character, he complemented Rhiannon very well. The relationship between them was tense and heartfelt.
The plot was very interesting and kept me guessing throughout the book. A very good story, I'll probably read it again someday.
Margaret Foxe
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
All of the MacLairen's Isle series are a bit puzzling to me. There is so much to like in them, yet there is so much I also do not like. I think one of the biggest problems is that I just couldn't like any of the main characters. The hero especially in this book never really gives me a reason to like him. He is kind of a jerk.
Kym Roberts
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Ms. Brockway's historicals, and Ash Merrick didn't disappoint! He's sly, dark and lost in the underworld. In fact, he's more for fans of anti-heroes than your typical romance hero. But I loved him all the same! I did get lost in formatting issues a few times that were distracting to the story and didn't do Ms. Brockway justice. I will definitely read the next in the series;)
Feb 01, 2016 added it
Shelves: romance
Rhiannon Russell and Ashton Merrick don't have fond thoughts of McClairen's Isle, but brought together by his father, the two fall in love. Their backgrounds and present situations provide all kinds of problems for them though. Somewhat not believable in places, but a decent story. Sets up future stories for Ash's brother and sister.
Megan B
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A bit "passionate" for my taste, but I suppose I should have expected that from the title. It turned in directions I didn't anticipate, the characters were believable and strong, and the story was well written. A fun, enjoyable, easy read.
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I stopped reading this book. I just couldn't get into it. Or care much about the characters. I actually like Connie Brockway; I highly recommend The Golden Season. Oh, well. Maybe I'll try again later.
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New York Times and USAToday best selling author Connie Brockway has twice won the Romance Writers of America's Rita award for best historical romance as well as being an eight time finalist. After receiving a double major in art history and English from Macalester College, Connie entered grad school with an eye to acquiring her MFA in creative writing. Soon enough she jettisoned the idea of writin ...more
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