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Hard-Hearted Highlander

(Highland Grooms #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  828 ratings  ·  167 reviews
An indomitable governess...a brooding Highlander...a forbidden affair...

An ill-fated elopement cost English-born governess Bernadette Holly her reputation, her unsuitable lover and any chance of a future match. She has nothing left to fear--not even the bitter, dangerously handsome Scot due to marry her young charge. Naive wallflower Avaline is terrified to wed Rabbie Mac
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Hqn
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Robin The books as connected. The first book is the parents and books 2 and 3 are about their grown children, so there is a time gap. There is enough back…moreThe books as connected. The first book is the parents and books 2 and 3 are about their grown children, so there is a time gap. There is enough back ground information in the books to help you remember the characters and such. So I would jump right in. The 3rd book comes out this week. (less)

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Lover of Romance
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary
Bernadette Kent, is a woman having little and no choice but to work as a governess, due to past scandals and the pain she has experienced. Bernadette has learned some rough truths of life, and one of them is that woman have no choice in life especially in what they wish in life or who they wish to marry. Now its Bernadette's job to make sure that her young charge and friend learn to accept her upcoming marriage that she has n
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 stars.

I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in Julia London’s Highland Grooms series in spite of my general aversion to Scottish/Highland set romances; both books are strongly character driven with, in the case of the first book, Wild Wicked Scot, a dash of politics and intrigue thrown in to add an extra layer of interest. So I’ve been looking forward to this third book, in which the hero is Rabbie Mackenzie, younger son of Laird Arran and his English wife, Ma
Michelle Lynn
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-novels
To be totally honest, I read this book a month ago. I had absolutely no recollection of the plot. The only reason I remembered it is because I checked NetGalley, saw I needed to submit feedback, and was like, "huh, did I not read that?"

Friends, I did read it. That's how forgettable it is.

I had to skim a few chapters to remind myself. Immediately, I thought, "Oh crap, now I remember."

Rabbie MacKenzie is the hero of this story; Bernadette, a lady-in-waiting/governess to a girl named Avaline (if
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Highland Grooms Series is a powerful heart wrenching story of lost love, tragedy and how two people make the journey back to life and love.

First let me say that there are parts of this book that took fortitude on my part to read, but it was worth reading through some really sad parts to a HAE. This book is about Rabbie MacKenzie the brother of the hero from "Sinful Scottish Laird". Rabbie has lost his will to live. He has watched his precious Highlands be decimated by the
This one was just okay. Both the hero and heroine had dead first true loves, which I always find kind of disheartening. I know it's perfectly realistic and can make for some good drama if handled correctly but I usually prefer if my hero and heroine have that "I've never felt this way about anyone" kind of love, rather than constantly having to live with the specters of their dead lovers. At least in this book they both had dead loves so it wasn't just one half of the couple constantly having to ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-17
Another wonderful HR by London.
I enjoyed the character building
The storyline was amazing, except for the last bit. It ended up being a tad melodramatic
Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading Hard-hearted Highlander very much.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of Julia London’s The Highland Grooms series. Rabbie Mackenzie is a lost and broken soul after the battle at Culloden Moor that devastated the Highlands. He had not joined the rebels, but was sympathetic to their cause. While his family stayed out of it, much of their land and village was still destroyed by the English. He contemplates suicide and wonders what happened to his childhood love, but won’t cause his parents more pain. They have arranged a marriage for him to a you ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Set in the years following the terrible Scots defeat at Culloden and the subsequent ravaging of the Highlands by the English, there is a dark and moody undertone to this book, embodied in the hero, Rabbie MacKenzie. Rabbie's fiancee was lost in the ravaging and he is hurt and embittered, frankly suicidal at points during the book. Convinced by his family to accept a betrothal to a young Englishwoman in order to reverse the family's failing fortunes, he runs headlong into the serious problem that ...more
Erin Kelly
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I love highlander books, so I was pretty excited to get ahold of this one. It sounded totally up my alley, but an unlikable hero and odd subplot made this feel disjointed and somewhat unsatisfying for me.

The Story-
Rabbie has to marry an English girl to save his family land etc. His ex/true love died at the hands of the English following Culloden, so suffice to say, he isn't happy about the arrangement. His bride-to-be is an unlikable little ninny who still has a governess of sorts: Bernadette.
Marriage and more in the wild Highlands!

Bernadette Holly has taken up the life as a governess after her scandalous elopement became salacious gossip for polite society. Her charge is Avaline is the daughter of an English Baron, Baron Kent. Kent is determined to marry his daughter off to Rabbie Mackenzie. The Baron wants access to the sea for trading from the dispossessed lands of Killeaven he's bought from the crown that surround the Mackenzie stronghold of Belhaire. Marriage with the Mackenzie
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard-Hearted Highlander is the third book in the Highland Grooms series by Julia London. It can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

It's called Hard-Hearted Highlander, but dear Rabbie Mackenzie only comes across like that, and when you realise why, then you'll fall in love with him just like I did. Not only does he have a very sad past to contend with, he also is betrothed to a young English miss. Aveline is a young 17 year old, a pretty naïve young thing who isn't happy about the betrothal e
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
London has out done her self with this and especially with Rabbie, she has created a highly complex and scarred man and I think that he is the best of London’s heroes to date. This story is heart wrenching, you go through so many emotions while reading this there are highs and lows that keep you on the edge of your seat.

This is an absolute masterpiece from Julia London, I don’t have enough good words to say about it. This has to be read, it is definitely a five out of five. Just amazing!

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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Rabbie Mackenzie longs for the days before the Scots and English were at war, a time before his beloved was murdered and worse. Nearly suicidal: he doesn’t want to live, but doesn’t have the courage to die. Set to fulfill a family obligation by marrying a very young English bride, he finds little joy except when in the company of Bernadette Holly.

Miss Bernadette Holly has her own secrets and cross to bare. She works for Lord Kent, serving his daughter, Avaline as her maid and confidant. Torn be
Karen • The Book Return
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return Blog
The Highland Grooms series centers around the Mackenzie clan. Each novel revolves around the relationship of one of the male members of the family.
Robbie's love is killed while he was in exile.  Bernadette is the governess of the women Rabbie's family has arranged for him to marry. Almost immediately both Rabbie and his intended, Avaline, know that they are not a good match. Avaline is smitten with one of Rabbie's brothers and Rabbie is dr
Heather andrews
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rabbie has no problem explaining his problems, “perhaps no’, but I canna abide being in the same room with you and no’ speaking to you, aye? I’ve thought of naugh’ but you, Bernadette,” he muttered. “I canna sleep, I canna eat.” I liked this book, I loved Rabbie.
Joana V.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

I've received an eARC in exchange for an honest review

Review in Portuguese:

Hard-Hearted Highlander brings us the story of another one of Arran and Margot McKenzie’s sons, Rabbie McKenzie.

To protect his family and re-gain lost lands, Rabbie agrees to marry an English girl, even though he doesn’t like English people (*cof* but loves his mother, who IS English *cof*).

Rabbie is a character that has suffered a lot. With a past filled with loss, he spends
Dottie Legatos
This is the third installment in Julia London’s Highlander Grooms series. As with the first two, Hard-Hearted Highlander is a bit different from the usual Julia London romances in that, at least to me, it is less light hearted and jovial. In this series she is dealing with Scotland at the time of the Jacobite uprising where The Highlanders lost just about everything and their people to the English plundering.

Rabbie Mackenzie is the “hero” for this book. The love of his life, Seona, has disappea
Dot Salvagin
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Highlander romance readers
For all highlander lovers this is a terrific story. We have a naïve teenager, a worldly governess and a handsome highlander. The makings of a really satisfying read. Rabbie is still mourning his first love and is fighting a severe depression when he agrees to help his family and clan by marrying an English debutante who lives on the adjoining land. Avaline wants no part of the brooding, unlikable Rabbie but is being forced to marry. Bernadette at first dislikes Rabbie but eventually understands ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard Hearted Highlander moved me to tears. The third in Julia London's Highland Grooms series, this story deals with heartache, loss and grief but it balances that with hope and healing. It can be read and enjoyed either as a stand-alone or as part of the series though my recommendation is to read books one and two first both for context and because they're such good stories.
Set in the Scottish highlands four years after the battle of Culloden, this story highlights the loss of so many Scots in
Tellulah Darling
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Between the fact that I love Julia London and book 2 in this series was a 5-star read for me, I was very excited to pick this one up. The first 60% was fabulous. I loved our wounded curmudgeonly hero and the palapable dislike/sparks with Bernadette. But the last section veered off into, well, I'm not sure. More of a melodramatic tone, perhaps? Whatever it was, that section didn't work for me.

Thank you to Netgalley and HQN books for a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
May 03, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
So far I have been wishy-washy on this series. However, I had to DNF this one pretty early on. I couldn't make myself like the characters or the situation they were put in. I was also very put off by Arran from the first book telling his son, Rabbie, to marry the 17 year old and take a mistress on the side. That seemed so far from his character who is still supposed to be so in love with his wife after all these years. I'm not sure if I will continue with this series.
Jul 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: romance
I adore Scottish romances, so I’ve been attempting to make my way through this list of them. I’m currently reading through Julia London’s Highland Grooms series, and I’ve just begun the third installment. So far I’m loving watching Bernadette and Rabbie fight the attraction they both feel for each other. —Stephanie (
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
I loved this! Drawn into the story from the beginning.
I however couldn't stand Avaline. The description of her in the book is very accurate, cake-headed. Not too mention, annoying as h*ll. No wonder Rabbie wanted nothing to do with her.
Bernadette and Rabbie were both broken, yet found life again with each other.
Such a wonderful story.
I could have done without any of the Kents, they were just annoying- all of them.

*I received my copy from Netgalley.
Lisa C
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't get enough of this family.
Rabbie's and Bernadette's story is about two very wounded individuals who are able to help each other heal. A rocky start for sure, but you start to see the sun come out and then...
I highly recommend this book.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rabbie!! This book was awesome! Rabbie is the perfect broody highland hero, who knows what he wants and goes after it. Rabbie and Bernadette travel a long twisty road to their HEA, but the journey is entertaining and heart-warming. This third book in the Highland Grooms series is my favorite. It definitely left me wanting to read more about the Mackenzie Clan.
Jen Davis
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying I have read other books by Julia London and have enjoyed them. I say that so you know it’s nothing I have against the author when I say how abysmal I found this book. This is the story of Rabby MacKenzie, a Scotsman being forced into marriage with a young English miss, then falling for her governess. I hated every minute of it.

Let me tell you about Rabbie. He is the most morose, maudlin, douchebag of a “hero” I’ve read in ages. To be fair, the love of his life was killed i
Anna Swedenmom
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A definite buy book. Written by an author who has creative and imaginative ways of writing. A plot that takes place outside the normal London writings. Characters with flaw and life and humor and passion as well as love. I sincerely enjoyed reading this story but was a little lost for it did not follow a normal path. Instead it was one of discovery with people that had flaws like in real life. Twisted plot that makes you experience frustration wondering why they don't see whats coming. Character ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I had read the previous book in this series, so I was intrigued to see who this one would be about.

I loved Bernadette and Rabbie. They're both stubborn and out spoken and the chemistry between them is fantastic. All of their conversations are basically button pushing and antagonizing each other and it was quite amusing.

Plot wise, it was exactly what I was expecting. There are loads of characters and I sort of gave up trying to keep track. There is a lot of push and pull between them a
Sara Strand
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The third in the Highland Grooms series, this is a stand alone and it's OK as a stand alone because I haven't read the two before this and I didn't feel lost at all. The flip side to this is that I read this awhile ago and normally I type my reviews right away and then come back and skim them to add anything after I had a few days to brew about the book. Yeah, I didn't brew about the book at all, I literally just moved on. The book itself was fairly forgettable and that kind of stinks because I ...more
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Highland Grooms (6 books)
  • Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, #1)
  • Sinful Scottish Laird (Highland Grooms, #2)
  • Devil in Tartan (Highland Grooms #4)
  • Tempting the Laird (Highland Grooms, #5)
  • Seduced by a Scot (Highland Grooms, #6)