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The Pride of Lions

(Highlands #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,057 ratings  ·  246 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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Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers-Outlander fans
"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 beca
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

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.
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
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
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

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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
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highlander, favorites
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
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose by: Kari Kaz

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.
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.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Em Wittmann
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
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
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
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading through the reviews of This Novel here on goodreads and one of the members quoted "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. "

I Agree , and its great if you like reading college textbooks on History. I DON'T

I had to force myself to read through "like" the middle of the book. Boring, Boring.

The Beginning and
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had great parts and some really not-so-great parts. I loved the historical setting that begins about a year before the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, which is a fascinating piece of history and the author goes to great trouble to weave actual events and characters into the story. However, the book doesn't end. It just stops. You HAVE to go on to read The Blood of the Rose to get the next bit. Even that book doesn't really end. It just stops where it stops (no spoilers here.) I haven't gott ...more
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
3.5 stars, (above average) This was a nice read that kept my interest. It was actually better than I anticipated. The hero and heroine had great chemistry. The political issues got a little tedious at times but it's what drove the plot so I can't complain too much. This is another one of those books that has a continued ending but I'm not sure if I'm going to scramble to read the sequel just yet. I am not a fan of books that has these types of endings. I don't have the attention span to read 800 ...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
❆ Crystal ❆
2 stars. - It was just an okay book for me.
1. Catherine was everything I despise in a heroine. I didn't like her at all!
2. Scotsmen don't say, "Moreover." Seriously??
3. There were just too many things that I didn't enjoy about this book, and I won't be continuing the series.
DNF.. Now that I dont have as much time to read anymore, I don't feel like wasting my time with a book Iem not enjoying. Maybe it's my mood or that I'm not feeling it but I'm skipping this one. Maybe the second one will be better, though I'm not a great fan of the author's style of writing.
May is Scottish Historical’s month on Regan Walker’s romance blog. So I chose to start with The Pride of Lions and it is Historical romance at it’s best. Excellent book I’m now reading The Blood of Roses which immediately follows this. I have the two book Kindle version. If you’re looking for fluff and nothing but a romance this isn’t the book for it as it contains actual history, which I love in my ‘historical’ romance. This has more meat and adventure to it as well, and the characters are grea ...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
Omg leave my poor destroyed heart with a dang cliffhanger. The 2nd book better be on it's way soon I need the next one.
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