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The Pride of Lions

(Highlands #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,310 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Bestselling, award-winning author Marsha Canham sweeps us into the turbulence and romance of Scotland's quest for freedom in a saga of two born enemies whose lives and destinies are irrevocably bound to the fate of an empire.

Forced into an unwanted marriage by a reckless game of chance, how was the spoiled and pampered Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke to know the handsome s
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published February 7th 2014 by Marsha Canham (first published March 1988)
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AJ Wilder Yes, this book is actually part of a trilogy. The second book in the series is called The Blood of Roses.

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Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Pride of Lions" has been recommended to me time and time again by a handful of people. I am so glad that I took the plunge and started reading.
Because once I started, I just couldn't put it down!

The story centers around the 45 uprising and the return of Bonnie Prince Charlie to Scotland. The story beings with us meeting the snobbish and high and mighty English lady named Catherine "Kitty" Ashbrooke" on the day of her eighteenth birthday. It was my gut reaction to detest this character bec
Mishelle LaBrash
Now this is what a historical romance is all about...

I had grown weary of your typical HR, as I found they were repeated story lines, all jumbling together and becoming more and more cheese as my reading tastes advanced. So, I put aside the HR Genre and found myself delving into stories with more substance.

Lately, I have been finding reading in general has become a chore, it seemed every book I picked up I would start with the best intentions but in the end was unable to get through the first
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
OMG, I just opened this one to this gem (or maybe jam?):
Q: With a toss of her long blonde hair, Catherine walked past him into the foyer and began mounting the wide, massive wooden stairway to the upper floor (c) Sounds painful!

A must read! It's probably hilarious all over!
Meredith, the expert at evil scheming
2.5 stars, rounding down.

If you're a Marsha Canham fan and subscribed to KU, ignore my rating & give this book a try. Most importantly, while reading I compared the 1988 edition to the current edition on Kindle. Marsha didn't take out any content or do any major rewrites for the current edition on Kindle.

Marsha, if you read your reviews, I think you gotta stop these silly rewrites and edits. The only thing I noticed that was different between the Kindle edition and original was that the word "

Usually I only post about freebies but this is in my top ten romance reads of all time. For only .99! Get this book. Read this book.

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P.S. - This ends on a cliffhanger, nothing outrageous but our main couple's journey is far from over. Be prepared to want to buy the second in the series.
The 1st in the series. Great romance but this is a book for serious history lovers.

++Possible spoilers++

I must give 5 stars for the writing is exceptionally good. I say must because I am not in the habit of giving a 5 star rating when a book triggers my emotional issues. This one has hit almost all of mine, yet I cannot lower the rating because of that, the writing is too good.

Most reviewers here seemed to complain of the unlikability of the h. I Thought the complete opposite. I loved the h but the hero I am still undecided on if I like him or not.

I could not put this book dow
Cat11 Lopez
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! What a great find. I just saw this book recommended at the Amazon forum about a "spoiled, rich & beautiful heroine" who was tamed by the hero.

I never knew the author but I'm glad I was able to discover a gem. The story was set in England & Scotland year 1745. The hero is a Scotsman Spy & the heroine, a spoiled english debutante. It's fast paced, full of action, adventure & emotion. This is epic. Like reading Judith McNaught's historicals. I can never find another author as goo
Sometimes books purchased in the spur of the moment leave you with a sour taste in your mouth after you read them, but sometimes (very few times, for me), they turn out to be truly remarkable stories with gripping plots, wonderful characters, great dialogue, and even greater chemistry – both between the leading couple and other characters. The first two books in Marsha Canham's Highlands trilogy, The Pride of Lions and The Blood of Roses, turned out to be one of those rare gems with a firmly ing ...more
Re-read- audiobook. The narrator has a nice Scottish brogue but her delivery is very monotone. I still loved it. This is one of the books that blooded me and I have lost count of the many times I've read it.

This is a historical romance of such epic proportions that it takes two books to tell the whole story. The emphasis is on historical as the events prior to Culloden play a big part but it doesn't skimp on the enemies to lovers slow burn rage-y foreplay that eventually climaxes (hehe) in a sex
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical details, for the historical backdrop this book gets 5 stars. My 3 stars rating is a rating on my emotional attachment to the story. The book itself is fantastic, rich in historical details and political intrigues. Very well done indeed. But I agree with some other reviewers that there is more history than romance, emotionally this was a 3 stars read for me. I wanted to read on because the story kept my interest, but I had to quickly glance over the sections on politics and war. ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Warning: although exact storyline is not discussed. Some may not want to know which parts are left hanging. Those people should skip to second paragraph.)

Isn't this supposed to be a romance? Aren't romances supposed to have HEAs? If the answer is yes to both these questions, something is seriously wrong. Not only does this not end happily, it actually doesn't end at all, it just...quits. Yep, right in the middle of the story (albeit 367 pages of it.) Not only is the romance left hanging, every
Yomi M.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

WOW, just wow. I have to admit that at the beginning of the story I thought that I was going to give this story a low rating simply because Catherine irritated me. At the beginning she was very childish and frustratingly annoying but man oh man how she grew. I love it when characters within a story grow and mature, when there is characterization and the characters aren't stagnant. Then there was Alexander *sigh* I loved him and I felt for him when I read about his
Cat The Curious
Great book. Canham is great. I just wish she didn't butcher her books for the pc crowd and I wish her books were on audio. You have to find a dead tree or an old scan because she edits her work to be I guess "modern historical". You almost can never go wrong with Canham. Read the other reviews. They are almost all 5 and 4 stars out there and well earned. She doesn't seem to be turning out any new books. I guess she's retired. ...more
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a "bluidy" good book! The time-frame of the book is 1745, not quite a year before the Battle of Culloden. Catherine is young and in love, but not with the man she is currently kissing out in the garden. Alexander is brash and bold, but not in love with the woman he is currently kissing out in the garden.

But due to the rashness of youth and a bet gone awry, they are now married to one another. So begins the war of the Scottish and the English, but this war is contained between one sligh
Krista Claudine Baetiong
At first, I thought this book by Marsha Canham was another Outlander story; after all, the plot also takes place during the Jacobite rising of 1745. The hero in this story is also a Scottish Highlander absorbed in the Jacobite cause and the heroine a Sassenach, an offending soubriquet to the English people at that time. Both characters are smart, attractive and terribly romantic, the same defining traits as Diana Gabaldon’s protagonists. The story line peppers us with the same long-winded speech ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, highlander
This to me was what I always assumed a historical romance would be. It was rich in traditions, lavish beautiful landscapes, deceptions, violence, family strife and the threat of war. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though the heat level I would give it a 3, I couldn't stop reading this book. The combativeness and tension and honestly hatred between the hero and heroine captivated me. Would they ever like each other, never mind actually fall in love? And at the end they fall in love and then ...more
Maybe if I could actually be patient enough to bear with the gratingly irritating, annoying, jarringly immature and selfish heroine, I could move on enough to appreciate the history involved with this story. But alas, my nerves have been jarred enough by this most irritating heroine. A more unlikable and unsympathetic heroine I have not seen in a very long time. I want to throttle her so much, it would be hard to believe anyone would actually fall in love with her DNF.
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww *.* This one was perfect!!!! So much angst! :) I'm so in love with Catherine and her highlander <3 and also love the rest of the characters and the story.

I didn't know I missed historical romance so much!! But now that I know I need my fix and I won't stop until I finish this series, because that cliffhanger at the end will kill me if I don't.
For better or for worse, I really see this as Outlander meets A Kingdom of Dreams, but it predates them both!

Catherine Ashbrooke is our young English heroine and she starts off extremely unlikable. I loved this so much, Canham really digs into Catherine's brattiness and immaturity in a way that felt natural to her character. Why wouldn't she be full of herself? She's young, popular, wealthy, and extraordinarily beautiful. But lo, here comes the school of hard knocks.

Catherine sets her sights o
4.5 Stars

Marsha Cunham is a new (to me) author, and I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future. I really liked her writing style! She also managed to keep most of the setting historically accurate and didn't really hold back.
Alex was a great character. He was so noble and shrewed, and he didn't hold back when he needed to call Catherine out when she got carried away. I know this is a series, so I truly hope we see some character growth in Catherine. I could not stand her most
I S.T.R.U.G.G.L.E.D to get into this one, but once they reached Scotland, I couldn't put it down. Am definitely starting book two this evening & looking forward to the resolution of all the loose plot threads.

We didn't review this one at All About Romance, but I will remedy the oversight!

Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Action-Packed Historical Romance Leading Up to The Jacobite Rising

In my opinion, Marsha Canham is the queen of action in her historical romances. She does a great job mixing in action, historical events and cameos from historical figures into her books. The Pride of the Lions is no exception. The reader follows the romance between a Jacobite spy and the daughter of a English Hanover supporter through events leading up to the Jacobite rising.

For me, the best part of this book is the internal
Maybe because I just read Outlander which fascinated me or perhaps because I thought Straight for the Heart is a wonderful little novel by Canham full of feisty characters, intrigue and lots of adventure, I was disappointed in this effort. The heroine is unbearable, immature, winy, with no sense of reality (but perhaps, she is well depicted, since she IS a spoiled aristocratic 18 year old thrust into real life, so to speak). I couldn't fathom what changed Kitty's mind from hate to love towards h ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible read, but not for the faint of heart. This is not your typical historical romance novel. This author did a significant amount of research giving us an incredible in-depth view of the events leading up to the 1745 battle at Culloden. There just happens to be a rather steamy love story thrown in on the side. It is not an easy or fast read, but it is definitely well worth the investment of time. If you are looking for a well written novel, fascinating characters, and learning ...more
I was not as charmed or impressed by this book as I was by Canham's Pale Moon Rider. And, I am slightly annoyed by the ending. I couldn't stand Catherine and her spoiled beezy attitudes. By the time she changed enough to be remotely likeable, the book ends with the preamble for a new novel. THAT means I have to read the next in the series if I want to take this to a satisfying conclusion.

BUT, what if I continue down this road and STILL don't like Catherine? It's like Moning's Fever series all o
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
Very unexpectedly delightful read! I did not really know what to expect from this author when I stumbled across this one, but I am glad I took the chance on it. An AMAZING story, and the best part is that it is continued into another book. This is a 3 book series, BUT the last book is NOT about these characters. I was seriously bummed out when I realized that bc I raced though reading the first and second and expected the story to continue only to learn that the 3rd is more of a prequel about a ...more
Sarah Z
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 4 stars. When I first started reading this I was like wow, this is going on my list of all time favorite books! 5 stars for sure! Then I'm not really quite sure what happened, but that opinion started to change. It was still overall a great read (great writing too!) and I look forward to the next book in the trilogy.

First, be prepared for history. A LOT of history. I didn't totally mind it, I'm kind of used to it from reading The Highland Guard by Monica McCarty, but it got slightly boring
Regan Walker
A sweeping Scottish saga and a drool-worthy Highlander Hero!

You won't regret buying this book! First in Canham's Scottish trilogy set in 18th century Scotland and England (PRIDE OF LIONS, BLOOD OF ROSES and MIDNIGHT HONOR), it tells the story of pampered English beauty Catherine Ashbrooke and Alexander Cameron, the Scottish Highlander who wins her in a duel. He carries his reluctant bride off to the Highlands where clan feuds and fomenting rebellion will sweep them into historic events and where
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I absolutely love reading Marsha Canham's HR. I have had this book in my possession for 25 years and have read and re-read it many times. It is funny that I really love hot sex scenes in my books now but these oldies never let me down even though they are not technically as steamy as some of the newer stuff.

This is one of those books where the developing romance sweeps you into historical events so you get to learn while you enjoy the hot, smexy parts of the story.

Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke
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