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My Highland Spy

(Highland Spies #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  150 reviews
This Highland Laird won't bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on hi
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published July 30th 2014)
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THIS book must be one of the most pleasant suprises of my latest book choices!

I just wanted a Highlander book and randomly chose this without having read any reviews or received a recommendation about it.

And then...SURPRISE! The story was about the English spy heroine that went undercover as a governess to the son of the Highland laird that was suspected of scheming against the Crown. It seems so cliché, right? Even so, the story developed in such a way with the right amount of funny dialogues (
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
My first Victoria Roberts' historical romance novel, but it definitely won't be my last...Ruairi and Ravenna had me hooked from the first page to the last!

MY HIGHLAND SPY is a story filled with intrigue, adventure, a sweet romance and my favorite...highlanders! Ravenna Walsingham is not your average English lady, she works with her uncle as an accomplished spy for the Crown and her latest assignment has brought her to the home of Laird Ruairi Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, a suspected thr
Angie Elle
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars

Can we just take a second to bask in the beauty of this cover? A kilt and a stunning background? Yes, please! I can’t believe how long I let this book sit on my to be read list. I have really been missing out. I adored this story. The vernacular was much more modern that I would expect for the time period, but you know what? The author weaved such a wonderful tale that I
Too many anachronisms
Not enough exposition
Boring heroine
Boring hero
Winsome tyke not so winsome
Evil nemesis not quite evil enough
Political intrigue not that intriguing
Three more sisters means three more books
And for fuck's sake, what kind of British governess/"spy for the Crown" canna read French?

At least there was Angus the wolf to hold the narrative together.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars

Victoria Roberts knocked it out of the park with this one. I was hooked on My Highland Spy the second I started reading it. I loved Ravenna. She is a strong, feisty and independent English lady who is determined to succeed in everything she does. She is not happy to learn that she will be sent to live among the barbaric Highlanders and have to teach English to Laird Sutherland's son. She soon learns that not everything she has heard about highlanders is true. Ruairi is the strong, handso
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, sweet romance, My Highland Spy was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the likable character, to the sweet romance, this book was lovely.

Ravenna was a good heroine. She was strong, clever, protective of her family, and a kind person in general. Though she served as the king's spy, she was first and foremost loyal to the people she cared about. I thought she was a great character and I really liked her.

Ruairi was wonderful. He was so sweet and totally devoted to the peo
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even a spy for the Crown cannot resist this Highlander in his sexy kilt.

This was the first book by Victoria Roberts that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. I don’t typically go for the historical romances, but something about the description of this one piqued my interest. I am so happy I went with that instinct.

Ravenna has a mission, and despite her reluctance to go to Scotland to fulfill that mission she is determined to do it and do it well. She is going to pretend to be Laird
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on My Highland Spy the second I started reading it. The plot was well paced and, I was kept interested through the entire book. The main characters connection was instant and they tried to fight it but fate had other plans. I always enjoy a book with witty humor and sarcasm, this book doesn't disappoint.
My Highland Spy was a wonderful historical romance. It was a sweet, enjoyable read.. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

I can't wait to see what is next for the
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into this book with zero expectations, and I can solidly say that it’s a book I’ve enjoyed the most out of anything I’ve read for quite a while.

the writing is good, the book is well paced (well, the romance is pretty quick but hey, it’s a romance book, it’s not pretending to be otherwise), the characters are interesting and it’s got some decent plot twist and turns that make you feel all of the emotional spectrum.

I LOVED Ravenna as a protagonist, and i’m genuinely sad to see the other b
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I devoured MY HIGHLAND SPY, written by Victoria Roberts! She has done it again! She did not disappoint me! This novel is the first story of her Highland Spies series. Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a brave and independent young English woman. She is a spy for the English crown and her next mission will be Ruairi so she needs to become the governess for his son, in order to infiltrate his home. Laird Ruairi Sutherland is a rugged and charming Highland Laird, who refuses to send his son to be educated ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read and enjoyed all of Ms. Roberts's books and this is my favorite. It is a fast paced, lovely and fun read with characters you care about. Ravenna and Ruairi's romance proceeds at a good pace without unnecessary angst and misunderstandings. They both are strong, smart and sexy. What more does a reader want? Kilts and Gaelic? You got it. For me what made the book special was that I really loved the secondary characters: Torquil, Angus, Grace, Elizabeth and Kat. You get to know some of them ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
Let me explain. I only read this because I wanted to read book 3 in the series and figured I would start with book 1. Was it great? No. Was it trash? No. it was a perfectly adequate book. A little predictable and a little dull but entertaining enough to not make me quit. I liked it well enough.
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5 stars

This is by far one of the best books Ive read in 2014. I can’t tell you all how amazing this story is. There was great amounts of emotions, mystery, romance, and action. Ravenna is the epitome of a independent and feisty heroine. She knew what she wanted and was determined to not stop until she did it right. She had the type of morals any of us would envy and easily you could look up to her. Always the best advice and under control with a professional attitude. But things change when she
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first of Victoria Roberts' books that I read and I hope it's not the last! I really liked the story and the characters of this book and I liked the author's writing even more as well as her options for the protagonists.

Lady Ravenna Walsingham was trained to become a spy at His Majesty's service just like her father and uncle before her. But the deceptions and the lies are starting to weight in on her, especially be
Sonya Heaney
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Originally posted HERE .

It’s a difficult thing to write historical romance set in 1609, and doubly so when combining English and Scottish settings and cultures. How modern do you make the dialogue and the mannerisms? How “Scottish” do you make the Scottish people and settings? How much history do you include to create your setting?

I’m not really fan of overwriting Scottish brogue, for example:

‘What did ye expect? How long did ye think ye’d be able to hold King James at bay? Ye havenae show
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Who doesn’t love a Highlander, those kilts, that sexy accent….sighs. I want one. :)

This is my first novel by this author but I can’t wait to read/listen to more. I am so glad I have the second one to dig into soon!

Laird Ruairi Sutherland won’t bow to the king of England and send his son to England to be taught English. So to some that means he could be part of those who want to fight against the English King. So they send a spy to check him out in the guise of a governess to teach his son Englis
Frances McNeal
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Victoria Roberts has written another great story! My Highland Spy is the first book in her next series called Highland Spy and it features Lady Ravenna Walsingham and Laird Ruairie Sutherland. What made the story unique for me is that Ravenna is the spy. When reading historicals, I love to read where the women are strong-willed, smart and witty. Ravenna meets all of that and more! How daring for her to be an English spy and go undercover in the Highlands as a governess. Up until now she
Elis Madison
Lady Ravenna Walsingham is the responsible older sister, taking care of her three unruly younger sisters—by day. But she's leading a double life, because she's also a

Tasked by James VI to go spy on a highland laird believed to be conspiring against the crown, she makes lame excuses to her sisters and heads off, posing as a governess sent by the king to tutor his young son.

Laird Ruairi Sutherland has problems. First, King James has ordered that all highland lairds send their heirs to be educated
Book graciously provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley for an honest review .

Delightful start to a new series with engrossing non stop storyline, no slow or dull parts in this book ; wonderful ly engaging characters make for. A book hard to put down.

Our heroine is Lady Ravenna Walingsham a young women , charged with raising her younger sisters since the early deaths of her parents , she chooses to follow in her fathers footsteps and becomes a spy for the crown, but doing her duty for country and
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book was goooood! Ravenna is one of the Crown's most talented spies. Her latest assignment sends her to the Highlands to keep an eye on Laird Ruairi Sutherland. However, amid all the chaos and drama in the Highlands, the two become very close.

I always enjoy a book with witty humor and sarcasm and this book does not disappoint. The characters' interactions had me laughing one second, frustrated the next, and worried not much later. It was a wonderful experience. Ravenna and Ruairi sizzle
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What a bewitching novel! Court intrigue melds with romance in an unforgettable manner. Roberts’ descriptions make this story come to life in a vivid way. You can’t help but picture the amazing scenery surrounding the characters. She transports you back in time, where you fall in love with her story, her characters, and the land. The novel itself was well thought out & edited. The storyline was fascinating. Roberts had me on edge throughout.

I quite enjoyed the cast of characters in this novel. T
Kimi Court
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book and have to say that Victoria Roberts has done it again. I loved this book. You have the main characters who meld together and yet are feisty. I love a good book that makes you laugh and two people who like each other but refuse to admit it to themselves. They start making sarcastic remarks and such. That makes a great book. The book also makes for a great spy book. I mean You have a female go in and see if the male is doing bad things. Comes to find out the female is falling fo ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
My Highland Spy is an intriguing debut novel in an all new historical romance series, an exciting start to what is sure to be an amazing series.

Lady Ravenna is a spy for the Crown, sent undercover as a governess to Scotland and to the home of Laird Ruairi Sutherland to teach his young son English, she soon discovers that Highlanders are not barbarians as she was lead to believe and instead finds herself falling for this rugged and handsome Scotsman.

Between Ravenna gathering information for the C
She was a stubborn English lass, but he was a clever Scot.

MY HIGHLAND SPY by Victoria Roberts is an outstanding sweet and hot historical romance. I was first drawn to the book by the stupendous cover; I'm a sucker for purple and the gown pictured on the cover is beyond GORGEOUS! Victoria seamlessly blends history, Scottish lore, witty humor, intrigue, passion and sensuality into this highly entertaining tale. It heralds a great start to Victoria's new Highland Spies series. This particular tale
My Book Addiction and More MBA
MY HIGHLAND SPY by Victoria Roberts is an awesome Scottish Medieval Historical Romance. #1 in the new and exciting “Highland Spies” series. What a beginning!

Once again, Ms. Roberts has shown readers her expertise in anything and everything Scottish. Fast paced with plenty of adventure, action, emotion and romance. I did not want to stop reading once I got started. With betrayal, intrigue, romance, and sensuality, you do not want to miss this exciting Scottish read. I absolutely loved it from beg
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great New Series!!

Victoria has done it again with another fantastic book! I was hooked from the first page until the last page in this book. Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a spy for the Crown, she is being sent by the Crown to pose as an English governess to Scotland to teach Laird Ruairi Sutherland’s son how to read and speak English. Ravenna must found out the truth if Laird Ruairi is plotting against the Crown. However, Ravenna was not prepared for the attraction she felt for Laird Ruairi, which
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. It took a bit for me to get into it, but toward the end I couldn’t put it down. Ravenna is smart, sassy and just the right amount of defiant. Ruairi never stood a chance. I really enjoyed him as a character as well. He was strong, protective and understanding all rolled into one overpowering laird. I loved how much time the author gave us to get to know the two characters together. She didn’t rush things and hope it was believable. We were able to grow with the chara ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Spy meets highlander and falls in love. That is the story.

I did think that the book could have been longer, maybe only 50 pages more to put some meat on the bones. They met and were in lust a second later. I would have wanted more around that. It was too quick. Very insta and in a way not, time went by, we just did not see it.

Ravenna spies for the crown and is sent to see what a certain sexy highlander is up to. Ruairi just wants to be Scottish and not send his son to Edinburgh and what's wrong
Kimia Safavi
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

My Highland Spy is a fantastic highland romance and it will draw you right into the story from the first page.Ravenna is a strong, clever and independent English lady who severe as a spy for the king.When Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his son to be educated by the English, the crown send Ravenna as a governess to teach Ruairi' son English and spy on him. Ruairi is a strong, handsome and great father for his son and his clan.It is a fun and enjoyable read with adventures and rom
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Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was the recipient of the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice award for Best Medieval Historical Romance for X MARKS THE SCOT, as well as the 2014 BTS Book Reviews Red Carpet award for Best Historical and Best Book of the Year for MY HIGHLAND SPY.

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“I am not chaste."
Ruairi pased. She hadn't noticed the strained tone in her voice, but an inner torment began to gnaw at her. The harder she tried to ignore the truth, the more it persisted. She lowered her eyes and waited to be judged.
He lifted her chin with his finger and his eyes captured hers. "Then ye are in luck... because neither am I.”
“The Highland men and women certainly dress differently than we do, even when we're out in the country. Why do you think the Scotti9sh men wear those ridiculous skirts, George?"
Enough was enough. Fagan approached the table and gave her a roguish grin. "'Tisnae a skirt, lass. If I wore something under it, then it would be called a skirt.”
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