The Highland Commander
As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father's urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year's holiday masquerade. It's practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cann ...more
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Lady Magdalen's father has been imprisoned in the Tower and charged with treason against Queen Anne. Magdalen's step-mother is pregnant and even though she's shunned Magdalen for being a bastard, she begs her to go to London and plead for her father's case. Magdalen would do anything for her father so she takes off with her maid Agnes.
Well, I hate to say it but The Highland Commander was a bit depressing. I think the author has done an amazing job in keeping it as real and true to the times...and unfortunately, that's where she lost me. I read romance for the feel good feelings and those were few and far between. Everything that could go wrong goes wrong and it never seems to settle. I just wanted a little while where the couple had a chance to get to know each other without drama. There were abu ...more
I had high hopes for this historical romance but the story was too jumbled, the plot too convoluted and I never connected with any of the characters.
The story is about Magdalen Keith, the illegitimate daughter of a Jacobite lord in 1700 Scotland. To make a long story short, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong for poor Maddie. And it all starts when she meets and falls in love with a Scottish second son and Navy lieutenant, Aiden Mur ...more
Second in the Lords of the Highlands series
Lady Magdalen Keith is the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl. She doesn’t partake in balls and isn’t a fan of the fancier side of society. She prefers playing her harp or attending to patients at her hospital for battered women, but at the Hogmanay ceremony thrown by her father all of that changes. Navy lieutenant, Aiden Murray, isn’t expecting to be enticed by the girl at the Hogmanay ball or to spend...more
Highland Commander is a brilliant and stunning work that Amy Jarecki has brought to us. In Highland Commander, we have a story of two people that meet at a masqued Scottish dance. They have a vibrant and stunning connection to each other, but Aiden--our delicious hero is a sea commander for England, even though he considers himself Scottish. Our heroine, Magdalen is the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish Earl. But later on, when Magdalen's ...more
Unfortunately, I felt like that initial introduction to his character was not very indicative of the character presented here in The Highland Commander.
On one hand, I appreciat ...more
Lord Aiden Murray and his fellow officers of the naval ship Royal Mary arrive at the Earl Marischal’s Hogmanay ball eager for entertainment and a chance to mingle with their countrymen after mon ...more
Rating 2.5 but rounded it up.
Lady Magdalen assists in running a hospital for abused woman. She's the illegitimate daughter of an Earl who loves and supports her but is not ever really acknowledged or part of the family due to his wife (her step-mother) wants nothing to do with Magdalen. Her one true friend and companion is her lady's maid Agnes. Magdalen tries to make the best of her life, she's a strong and secure in who she is, thoug ...more
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I haven't read a great Highlander book in FOREVER!! I can't wait!
This one's hard to write and maintain my pledge to give you a spoiler-free review. Everything tends to be a new piece to a larger puzzle that I think you would much rather enjoy first hand the way the author intended rather th ...more
The Highland Commander book two of Amy Jarecki's Lords of the Highlands series. Unfortunately this book just kind of feel flat for me. The beginning started off really well and I liked the characters and I liked the plot but how it played out and the dialogue felt dry. It built up the story then it plateaued and nothing really happened until the end and even the ending was anti-climatic.
Magdalen Keith is the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, she loves her father dearly but hi ...more
THE STORY: This book takes place in early 1700s with the rise of the intrigue between England and Scotland. First Lieutenant Aiden Murray is glad to finally be off his navy ship after two years. When he attends a masquerade, he is enchanted by the kiss of ...more
This is the first time I've read a book by Amy Jerecki. I'm always looking for new historical authors that I can add to the ones that I read. I didn't read The Highland Duke but wanted too. But as busy as I get with books I just hadn't fit it in.
Then The Highland Commander came up for review and I really wanted to try it and see if this was a author for me.
Going in I didn't know what to expect, I often don't read t ...more
The tale of two innocents really with a whole lot of feelings and not really knowing what to do with them. Well that changes somewhat (thanks to the 'French' pamphlet) Captain!
Lady Magdalen Keith, the illegitimate daughter of a consummate Jacobite, the Earl Marischal of Scotland, has raced to London to try to free her father from the Tower. Although a representative of Aberdeenshire in the new British Parliament, the Earl was arrested after Prince James' abortive attempt to ...more
Lady Magdalen Keith is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl. As a child he spent time with her, but once he married, his wife insisted that he have no contact with Maddie (Magdalen). An honorary title was given to her, but she was left to be brought up by her Lady's maid. Left to feel second best.
Aiden Murray, a Scottish Naval Officer knows all about being se ...more
Magdalen aka Maddie is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl Marischal of Scotland, she meets Lord Aiden, the second son of the Duke of Atholl at a masked ball hosted by her father. Aiden is a first lieutenant in the navy and he, along with his shipmates are in port for one night. He is immediately drawn to Maddie. They share a kiss and part ways. Neither knows who the other is, as they only ...more
This story is set during the tumultuous time in history where Scotland finds itself divided as to who the true ruler is. Henry VIII died without a living son as heir. The line of succession went to his sister, Margaret Tudor who married James IV of Scotland. Independent Scotland being incorporated into England didn't go well. And to sum up history, we have s ...more
I'm traveling and working in a remote location right now, so it took me forever to read this book. Like a whole week or more! That is an eternity when it comes to how fast I can normally get my books read. I find that it takes some of the enjoyment out of the story when I keep having to put it down and pick it back up. Luckily, Amy has written a captivating page turner full of attraction, political intrigue, and espionage!
Aiden Murray is our virginal hero - the second son of a duke and an offic ...more
Lady Magdalen Keith is the illegitimate daughter of a Scots Earl. While she has been acknowledged by her father, his wife will not allow her to mingle with the fam ...more
By Amy Jarecki
Series: Lords of the Highlands, Book #2
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
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Heat Rating: 🔥
Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is about Aiden Murray the second son of an Earl. He decided to make a life for himself since he was not an heir. So he joined the Scottish Naval . This is how he meets the heroine of the story Magdalen “Maddie” Keith. Madd ...more
Maddie and Aiden first meet when they’re both very young, she is twenty and he is twenty-two. Although Maddie is illegitimate, she is the daughter of an earl who acknowledges her, and is allowed the courtesy of using his last name and the title of Lady. Aiden is the second son of a duke, who has chosen a career in the Scottish navy, which has now come under control of the English queen. Their first brief meeting is at a dance hosted by Maddie’ ...more
This novel was a great read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The story flowed well, even though it takes place over a couple of years. This story contains romance, action, and adventure.
Lady Magdalen Keith is the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl and many people are cruel to her. She runs a hospital to help those is need. She is a kind, caring, and compassionate person. She meets navy lieutenant Aiden Murray at ...more
Aiden is a Ship Commander and being the second son, he has no rightful claim to his father's title or inheritance. He is happy with his situation and quite likes his life at sea.
Magdalen known as Maddie is the illegitimate daughter of an Ear ...more
I'm a big fan of historical romance. I love the forbidden kisses, the tension between characters, the innocence, the smooth and intoxicating writing style. However, Amy Jarecki doesn't deliver the traditional historical romance you may love. The writing style is a tad bit more modern, throwing away the classic writing style you may be familiar with from Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, etc.
The characters are more pron ...more
Lady Magdalen Keith (Maddie) is the illegitimate daughter of the earl William Keith. He is a stanch Jacobite who is accused of treason against the Queen, sending Maddie to London to plea for his ...more
Aiden is a commander for the Royal Navy but secretly favors the Scottish movement. Maddie was a daughter born out of wedlock but has a r ...more
Aiden spends his days at sea. But after a chance meeting with a woman he can't forget at a ball, he wonders when he will see her again.
Maddie is the backyard daughter of an Earl. And as such she catches and heard all the answers and comments. But when she meets Aiden he makes her feel like a queen. But when will she see him again??
In the midst of tu ...more