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The Highlander Who Loved Me

(The McKennas #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  62 reviews

Scottish Highlands, 1329. Sir James McKenna, second son of the powerful McKenna Chief, knows he has found his destiny when he falls in love with sweet Lady Davina Armstrong, niece of the Armstrong Chief. Orphaned in childhood, Davina has always felt like an outsider, and with James finally feels that she belongs. But their plans for a ha
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Zebra
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
*An ARC was given in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the writer and the publisher for the opportunity to read this.*

(I originally gave this 3 stars, but after re-reading it, I determined it was more of a 2.75 stars. As a personal rule, however, I round down.)

The Highlander Who Loved Me started out as a sweet, poignant story that would have made Mary Balogh proud. At the beginning, we are introduced to James, a second son of the McKenna family, and Davina, the orphaned niece of the Armstrong clan's chiedown.)
Lover of Romance
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review
Sir James McKenna is a younger son of the McKenna Chief in the Highlands. James has always had a rivalry with his older brother Malcolm. He then meets Lady Davina Armstrong, and as he is escourting Davina and h
The Highlander Who Loved Me by Adrienne Basso is a 2015 Kensington publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story grabbed my attention right away, when James and Davina met and the chemistry between them exploded to life. Then something truly horrible happens and their wedding plans are called off and the two go their separate ways. I felt the set up was ripe for some really great developments and the possibility of add
Aly is so frigging bored
I don't know what to say about this... The mystery was treated like an after thought, I think the story would have been better without it. Both characters seemed to change their personalities when it suited them. I don't know if I'll continue the series.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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NetGalley for an honest review.

This book had potential and started out at a good pace with promise, but after a quarter of the way through I became irritated and found the heroine's actions bothersome.

The story begins with when they first meet and fall in love. James is travel with clan Armstrong and meets Davina who is the the lairds niece. They encounter some drama with Davina's sister who is beautiful, but selfish and mean. James comes to realize he loves and wan
Amanda Richardson
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Highlander Who Loved Me was a lovely story by Adrienne Basso, I really enjoyed the Scottish, medieval time period, and loved both the hero and the heroine.
James is traveling with the Armstrong clan and meets the laird's niece Davina. Davina knows she isn't beautiful like her cousin Joan, but James sees through Joan's calculating exterior and is drawn to Davina instead. They spend time together and over the next few weeks, they fall in love and plan on marrying, but an attack from briga
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy by: Second Chance Historical Romance lovers... oh and men in kilts
Och, lasses were we born in the wrong century! It has been a really, really long while since I have delved into a historical romance, almost as long as our MCs were apart in this second chance romance in the wonderful place that is Scotland. This book was just a perfect recipe of possessive alpha male warrior, strong women and those that overcome, wondrous light humor that makes your heart sing with Scottish folklore ballads. The author not only created rich characters but her appreciates of t
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Done!!

Wow. This book was just splendid, it was heartbreaking, it was gush worthy, it was more! By more, I mean it gave me the “Beyond” so many books seem to miss. Don’t get me wrong, the story to that HEA is always something I’m going to devour, but seeing that “after the marriage” glimpse is something I’m rarely used to. The story was fantastic, the characters were endearing, and the author handled “traumatized behavior” quite admirably. I loved this book, well worth the read and now I’
Decent story of Davina who was attacked and James, her beloved who was unable to protect her. They parted for 5 years while Davina was unable to bear being around people, let alone go outside her uncle's keep.

Though slow at times, it told the story well. I shelved it as a "cliff hanger", but it's more the ending leads into the next book.
The more I read of this book, the more I understood that this storyline was just not for me. Not that it was bad, it was just too dramatic and intense. I like them a bit more fluffy to be able to relax to.
Bambi Unbridled
The Highlander Who Loved Me is a solid Highland historical romance set in 14th Century Scotland right after the death of Robert the Bruce. Sir James McKenna, a second son, is sent to travel with the Armstrong clan by his father to both solidify their clan alliance, and spy a little along the way to see if there is talk of challenging the new young king's rule. James quickly falls for Davina Armstrong, an orphaned niece of the clan laird. However, just as James and Davina agree to solidify their re ...more
Tracy Emro
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

3.5 Stars

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I had a hard time liking Davina, I thought she was very self centered and selfish - you would think that she was the only one hurt by the "event".

Davina and James share a past, they fell in love and then a tragedy stuck. Davina was traumatized by the event and in my opinion treated James very badly. James for hi
Les Romantiques
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I’ve finished The Highlander Who Loved Me since a few days and I’m struggling to review it and say what I thought about this novel. I can’t say I didn’t like it, because there are numerous points that pleased me, but I wasn’t hooked more than that either.

The story begins when James is sent by his father in another Scottish clan to strengthen the bond of friendship and sp
A Klue
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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Barbara Rogers
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for my honest opinion. ** I received the ARC after the publication date.

Adrienne Basso is a new author for me and I really look forward to reading more of her books!

The book is very well written. The story moves right along and you have to keep turning the pages to see what will happen next. The book has a little of everything you like in a book -- love, strife, an unusual bad buy (you'll be surpr
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC from NetGalley for a honest review.

This was a Scottish romance for sure. Lots of handsome men in kilts, a woman in distress, and a mysterious villain. I loved the development of the heroine. Davina started out as just a weak mouse, but as the story goes on she grows and gets her footing and becomes a strong woman. James is the man and once his broken heart mends he turns into our Scottish alpha male! Their chemistry is outstanding and the loving is hot! Our mystery villain is a
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
very well written started off very intriguing and kept you going but further on the book davina was starting to get on my nerves although to be fair she did redeem herself and find her backbone !!!

Nice Novel that takes you back in time and keeps your imagination going .

N. Kuhn
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, highland
So different, than your typical highlander story, this book seriously pulls at your heart strings and emotions. The pull between these two is undeniable, yet ignored. Strong characters, a fantastic plot and more, this book has everything you could ever want! This was a first for me by this author, yet I'm intrigued! I can't wait to read more and it seems I'm in luck, as there's an extensive back list. But the character development, the plot, the romance, all of it will thrill, chill and excite y ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the setting of this novel and the passion of both Davina and James and how Davina was brave after 5 years and the envy of Malcolm the competition was quite hilarious sex scene was emotional and perfect... it's a 10🔥 and the ending was satisfying 💯
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read hundreds of historical romance novels and Adrienne Basso is my absolute favorite.
Once again, I was captivated by this book and all the characters.
I was truly surprised by the ending and loved every chapter.
A must read for the Scottish historical reader.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Romantic attraction, villains, challenges, danger . . . all of this and more in a fast-paced plot with some unexpected complications that challenge the ups and downs of Davina and James' relationship. Looking forward to more books by Adrenne Basso!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't an extraordinary book, but it was quite entertaining and a quick read. I enjoyed the McKenna family and am looking forward to reading Malcolm's book next.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. Not the best historical romance I've read.
The Highlander Who Loved Me by Adrienne Basso is a stand alone book, it's quite nice to read a book that as yet isn't a part of a series.

The story is about a young woman, Davina, who lives with her aunt and uncle because her parents are unfortunately dead. Also living with them is her cousin Joan, a spoiled woman who although is more attractive than Davina, has an ugly soul, and wants whatever she wants, whenever she wants it.

James is travelling with clan Armstrong when h
In keeping with the obsession with all things historic romance, let’s go to14th century Scotland to meet James and Davina in The Highlander Who Loved Me by Adrienne Basso. The second son of the McKenna chief, James is nearly everything one would want in a hero: honorable, protective, strong, determined and wholly Scots in his outlook. It’s hard not to like him, even when events turn and twist and horrible things happen.

Davina is an orphan, raised by the chief of the Armstrongs, her uncle and au
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book about a second chance at love as the Laird's Niece Lady Davina Armstrong meets Sir James McKenna, second son of Laird McKenna who has been been traveling with the Armstrong Clan. Davina and James meet spend time together and fall In love and plan to marry. If you think that's the story you will sadly be mistaken. As some awful evil brigands attack them Davina is badly scarred on the inside sending James away and releasing him from their betrothal agreement . Davina has a big fears o ...more
Sharon Tyler
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Highlander Who Loved Me by Adrienne Basso is a historical romance. Sir James McKenna, second son of the powerful McKenna Chief, knows he has found his destiny when he falls in love with sweet Lady Davina Armstrong, niece of the Armstrong Chief. Orphaned in childhood, Davina has always felt like an outsider, and with James finally feels that she belongs. But their plans for a happy future are shattered after a brutal attack by a band of rogues. Horrified, Davina’s overprotective family quickl ...more
Gwyn Plummer
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Sir James McKenna is a warrior through and through. He’s strong and loyal and he loves his clan. He thought having a docile, submissive wife would be golden, until he met Davina. She has a mind of her own, and to top it off, she’s smart, kind, and beautiful. The two form an immediate bond. They are not only physically attracted to each other, but they embrace the emotional connection. Their plans to spend their life together is ruined when they are attacked. The abuse leaves Davina so shattered ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Davina and James are young and in love but that all changes one day when they are attacked and assaulted by a group of men. They are both hurt but live. It changes their life. James suffers from guilt because he could not keep this from happening to Davina. The last thing Davina remembers is the sexual assault......

She is traumatized and refuses to see James. She feels she can never marry because of what was done to her,
Debbie Glenn Brown
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laird McKenna sends his second son James McKenna to the Armstrong Clan to further their connection and possible alliances. While living with the Armstrong Clan James falls in love with the Laird’s niece, Lady Davina Armstrong. They have fallen in love and are secretly planning to marry when disaster strikes and they are attacked by some awful evil brigands and Davina is brutally abused and scarred for life. Davina sends James away since she fears men, all men and lives as a recluse and hides awa ...more
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Between stints as a corporate financial analyst, marketing consultant, public librarian, wife and mother, Adrienne Basso has parlayed her vivid imagination and desire to tell romantic stories into a writing career. Regency England is her favorite time period and thus far she has set all her historical novels during that elegant time. She enjoys the challenge of creating stories that emphasize the ...more

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