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The Highland Commander (Lords of the Highlands #2)

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"Readers craving history entwined with their romance (a la Outlander) will find everything they desire in Jarecki's latest. Scottish romance fans rejoice." --RT Book Reviews
She cannot resist the man behind the mask... 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,
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Forever
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Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar
***Full Review***

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.
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Stacey is Sassy
Could something else go wrong?

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
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Jun 27, 2017 ♥ WishfulMiss ♥ rated it did not like it
Wondering if I read the same ARC as everyone else???

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
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki 'The Highland Commander' by Amy Jarecki is book Two in the "Lords of the Highlands" series. This is the story of Lady Magdalen 'Maddie 'Keith and Aiden Murray. This can easily be a standalone book.Maddie is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl. Once her father married the wife did not want her in site and so she was raised with a ladies maid. Aiden is the second son of an Earl and with that being the case he has been grated freedom that an h ...more
Sarah Marie
The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki

Second in the Lords of the Highlands series

4 stars

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

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Lover of Romance
Jul 02, 2017 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

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
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Casey
I went back and forth on my feelings for this one as I read it. I was looking forward to this story because I remembered Lord Murray from The Highland Duke as the young man with his nose in a book asking questions that would be considered by most to be inappropriate. He had promise to be a unique and interesting character.

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
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Phoenix77
Jun 19, 2017 Phoenix77 rated it really liked it
The Highland Commander finds its inspiration in real life events surrounding the Jacobite uprisings of the early 1700s. I’ll admit that my knowledge of 18th Century Scottish politics is sadly lacking; however I know enough to understand the danger behind a Scotsman discussing the cause during this period.

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
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Esther
ARC provided by NetGalley and publisher for an honest review.

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
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Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
Just Another Book Bitch's ALWAYS SPOILER FREE REVIEW
**I received a copy of this book for an honest review
UPDATED JUNE 17th contains full review

publisher: Just dropped your ARC off in the mail!

Me:

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I haven't read a great Highlander book in FOREVER!! I can't wait!

UPDATE:

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 than
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Sheila Melo
Jun 27, 2017 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it
FINAL DECISION:  High adventure and yet thoughtful and long term relationship between two characters caught in real historical events.  I loved the intense historical reality of this book and the relationship between these two which is sweet.

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
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Ann Lorz
Jun 27, 2017 Ann Lorz rated it liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:
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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
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eyes.2c
Treason and true love!

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
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Hannah
Jun 25, 2017 Hannah rated it liked it
ARC REVIEW

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
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Barbi Davis
May 24, 2017 Barbi Davis rated it it was amazing
Sizzling passion, Epic adventure, and pulled in to sitting in Queen Anne's court. What more can you ask for ? This whole series is a must read. And I loved Adrian & Maddie's story. Amy never disappoints !! Anything she writes is golden. You can read this as a stand alone. But I enjoyed it more, for having read first book too. Get yours today ! I highly recommend this book !!!
AnnMarie
Jun 17, 2017 AnnMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Highland Commander is the second book in the Lord of the Highlands series by Amy Jarecki. It can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

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
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Tracy
May 19, 2017 Tracy rated it it was amazing
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

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
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Glittergirl
Jun 13, 2017 Glittergirl rated it it was amazing
Amy's highland romance historicals are always inventive and different. This one is delightful, sometimes hard to read and oh so satisfying.

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
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Bambi Unbridled
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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
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Barbara Rogers
Jun 06, 2017 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jarecki weaves a tale so descriptive of the time and place that it pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the end. You can just feel and cringe at the terror Maddie feels while she's imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle. I just love to read about these strong, resilient people, but I am so grateful that I don't actually live in that time.

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
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Roses R Blue
Jun 28, 2017 Roses R Blue rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: http://wp.me/p3QRh4-zB

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’
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Monique Daoust
Jun 26, 2017 Monique Daoust rated it it was amazing
Aiden and Maddie had met at a masqued ball on Hogmanay Eve a few months before, and Aiden had been immediately smitten with the lady in blue. First Lieutenant Aiden Murray had to board his ship, but he never forgot the fair maiden, neither did Lady Magdalen Keith forget the handsome Highlander, who according to her father would be a fine match. Maddie is the illegitimate, albeit acknowledged, daughter of William Keith, the Earl Marischal of Scotland and a Jacobite. Life went on uneventfully for ...more
Nicole
May 12, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

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
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Brigitte
May 30, 2017 Brigitte rated it it was amazing
This delightful story takes place during the time of Queen Anne's reign and the ongoing conflict between England and Scotland over the rightful Heir to the throne. Although this is fictitious, some of the characters and events are based on historical facts.

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
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Lisa
Jun 25, 2017 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: june-2017
I received an advanced reader copy from forever romance books for an honest review.

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
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Aiden Murray is the second son to Duke of Atholl. He is the first lieutenant and master of the watch aboard the Royal Mary, a queen’s vessel operated by Scottish sailors. Having spent time with many Scotsmen, Aiden’s becoming sympathetic to their plight, which puts him in direct opposition of his father.

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
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Lorrie
May 25, 2017 Lorrie rated it it was amazing
Talk about love on the run!! This book keeps you on the edge of your seat with every page turn. It will have you cheering on the characters hoping that they escape the clutches of the English dragoons. What a fast-paced, exciting read. Nothing is more exciting to me than a love story wrapped around a piece of history and that is what you'll get from this author.

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
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Anna
Jun 14, 2017 Anna rated it it was amazing
I am thoroughly enjoying this series!! Dramatic scenes, building danger and burning desires scattered throughout make for an edge of your seat read.

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
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Sandra Standefer
May 30, 2017 Sandra Standefer rated it it was amazing
The son of a powerful peer, Aiden spent his childhood living in an enormous castle filled with servants. His exalted position had instilled in him the erroneous belief that he was above any commoner and far better than any bastard. Can Aiden overcome what has been instilled in him for love? Can he love Maddie? I loved this story! Maddie is so kind hearted and has spent her life helping others. All she really wants is to be loved. I love Amy's books and this one is part of the Lords of the Highla ...more
Deborah Perry
Jun 15, 2017 Deborah Perry rated it really liked it
Shelves: jd-read, amazon
The Highland Commander takes place during an upheaval in Scotland.  Henry VIII died leaving no true heir to rule following his death. With no males to follow in Henry's footsteps, it goes to his sister.

Maddie is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl.  Even though he claimed her as his and supported her, he was never around. He preferred to be in company of his wife and children. Her stepmother never recognized Maddie. Having to be self-sufficient at an early age, she never got along with society.
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Amazon bestselling author, Amy Jarecki is a descendant of an ancient Lowland clan and she adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance, writing steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women w ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lords of the Highlands (3 books)
  • The Highland Duke (Lords of the Highlands #1)
  • The Highland Guardian (Lords of the Highlands Book 3)

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