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The Highland Duke

(Lords of the Highlands #1)

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Amy Jarecki makes her print debut with a brand-new series about rugged, passionate Highland lords.
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Forever
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Stacey is Sassy
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***Due to be released March 28, 2017.***

Shake and shimmy happy dance...I found a new author.

I see the word Highland or Highlander in a title and I get a wee bit excited. When I find a new author to me who writes Historical Highlander set way…way back in the day, you may catch me doing a shake and shimmy happy dance. There’s just something about the big braw Scottish dudes wearing a kilt, with a sword in one hand, a flask of whisky tucked into his sporran and riding a wee beastie, that gets my he
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April
The Highland Duke (Lords of the Highlands) by Amy Jarecki is another one of those WOW, moments in reading an intense, dramatic and heart pounding Scottish Romance.

Akira Ayres, is a healer, who finds a brawn Highlander wounded on the field of a battle with the English red coats, with a musket ball in his thigh. What's she to do, leave him for the English to slaunder or help him to safety. Decision made, she must save him, or at least get him to safety, the sexy, brawn highlander, even at danger t
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Lover of Romance
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Akira Ayres, a poor healer while out searching for any wounded after a battle near her home, stumbles across a wounded Scot, that pleads for her help to not only save his life but keep his identity unknown to the "red coats" searching for any traitors. Akira, is a kind hearted woman and couldn't resist helping this man even if it means traveling across the lands of Scotland away from her mother and sisters who need her, to kee
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Audible Copy of The Highland Duke

The years is 1703. Which makes a lot of the story of the characters unbelievable for the time period.
Akira Ayres is a healer working on the battlefield at Hoord Moor helping wounded English solders and Scottish Jacobite Highlanders. She hears moans coming from the nearby forest and finds Geordie/George Gordon Duke of Gordon with a musket ball in his thigh. This begins a dash across the Scottish country side to get whom she only knows as Mr. Geordie to safety from
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Anna's Herding Cats


Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
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I'm a tart when it comes to highlanders so I was all over that fierce broody hero on the cover of The Highland Duke.

Basically, the duke got himself shot in the leg and left behind during a battle against the queen. Thankfully a poor healer found him before the enemy and is trying to patch him back together. But it was a close call and they now find themselves being chased across the highlands and their lives on the line.
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Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
The Highland Duke was a fun and romantic read! I love books involving highlanders and this one did not disappoint! This book had action, conflict, steamy romance, and more. The Highland Duke was a quick and enjoyable read.

The romance in this book was interesting because the two characters came from different social classes. The male character, Geordie, was a Duke while Akira was a Gypsy/healer. Their social classes acted like a barrier for their romance, so it was interesting to see them overco
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Ronda  Tutt
A Highlanders true color is always shown through their honor, respect, and the powerful yielding rule of their swords. This is one intriguing story that will fulfill that Highlander addiction and have your heart swooning over those big hearted true colors.

I truly enjoyed getting to know the Duke of Gordon "Geordie" and the Queen of Fairies "Akira".

Geordie shows his true colors in a growing manner. His circumstances and status some what prevented him from acting out his true feelings but his de
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Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
DNF at 65%

The Duke was too bossy. The girl was too dumb. The ex-wife is trash. No other nice characters. #overit
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Highland Duke 'The Highland Duke' by Amy Jarecki is book One in the "Lords of the Highlands" series. This is this the story of Akira and Gordon 'Geordie'. Geordie is a Duke who is in danger and has been shot. When Akira finds him he talks her into helping him and then offers to pay her if she can get him a horse. Geordie needs to get away as fast as he can. Akira is a gypsy healer of sorts who finds Geordie and tries to help him. When they are discovered by Redcoats they take off together. G ...more
Anne
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read, very good characters and story. Will look forward to the next one of this series.
Monique
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Akira Ayres is of Romany ancestry and a healer. She is roaming the site of the Battle of Hoord Moor to see if anyone requires her help, when she hears moans. A Highlander has been shot in the thigh; Akira has never removed a musket ball, but the braw stranger insists, and she agrees in exchange for some much-needed money, which she sorely needs to support her lame mother and her sisters. The mysterious stranger is George Gordon, the duke of Gordon – Geordie to his friends. Geordie refuses to sup ...more
Sophia
It's been a bit since I read a highlander romance so when this one was offered, I was ready to give it and a new to me author a go. The historical setting and other elements including the first Jacobite Uprisings tearing through Scotland, the Clans, and the class difference romance of Scottish Highlander aristocrat and illegitimate gypsy healer was the grounds for a fantastic story beginning an exciting new series.

George Gordon, First Duke of Gordon and Laird of Clan Gordon took a musketball to
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Phoenix77
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to The Highland Duke for its promise of a hidden identity story. Once I began reading I discovered it was so much more and was quickly caught up in the adventure, danger and romance all set against the Jacobite uprisings of the early 1700’s.

The battle had been fierce but Akira Ayres had no concern over the political war being fought near her home in Dunkeld. All she knew was that there would be many wounded still left on the field who needed her help as a healer. Searching the ground
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
The book opens with healer Akira finding the badly injured Geordie on the battlefield. Unwilling to provide his name because he’s a Duke who just rode against Queen Anne’s army, Geordie is smitten with the wisp-of-a-girl who is like an angel. Due to the determined redcoats hunting him, Geordie must take Akira with him as he escapes. Soon the pair is running for their lives, yet neither is willing to walk away.

The Highland Duke held a lot of promise, and by the conclusion, I was satisfied with th
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Anna
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Akira and Geordie are the epitome of opposites attract. He's a Duke and she a commoner, he's a rake and she's an innocent. And I loved every minute of them. From their first meeting they were surrounded by danger and it doesn't stop until the last pages. I could feel the danger and fear, the despair and passion. The depth of characters and scenery are impeccable. Great start to this series!

Akira is a gypsy healer. Looked down upon by almost everyone she does her best to help others and change th
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A Klue
Amy Jarecki sure knows how to pull you right into the thick of things, my fellow Scottish romance book-loving friends, and she keeps you there until the very last page. It’s one of the many reasons she’s one of my favorite “go to authors” when I’m in the mood to lose myself in a great Scottish historical romance.

With just the right amount of historical facts to fill us in yet not bog us down, we soon learn the reason why Duke George Gordon was almost a goner, folks. If not for fate and possibly
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Eskimo Princess Jenkins
I really enjoyed this book.
It had adventure and romance and all that wonderful highlander appeal.
There were many parts that made me laugh, get upset and yeah even mad.
That just makes it a great book.
I just have to say that I'm glad Geordie learned to control his urges!!!!
Highly recommend
Tracy Emro
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC copy of this book that was provided to my by NetGalley and the publisher.*

OMG! I couldn't put this book down, from the first page until the last, I was mesmerized!

Akira is a healer of gypsy descent. When she happens upon a wounded highlander, she is drawn into a dangerous adventure beyond her wildest imaginings. Her first instinct is to leave the highlander, but when he offers to pay for her services, she can't refuse the money that would be a godse
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Seanna Yeager
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot damn, this a great historical romance from Jarecki. Lots of intrigue, passion, and impossible odds to keep these two apart; somehow they get the happily ever after in a wonderful way. Loved this one.
Kathy
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traveling over a hundred miles in each direction, Akira leaves her home, mother and sisters for the unexpected adventure of a lifetime. As a healer she should be respected, but as a gypsy she feels she is not. But her traveling companion fills her with confidence and gives her the courage, strength and determination to continue her journey until her task is finished. So many obstacles to overcome! So many new people to meet! So many Redcoats chasing them! With adventure on every page and a new o ...more
Sandra Standefer
I loved this story! I fell in love with Akira and Geordie. I loved her spirit and Geordie is definitely swoon worthy! I thoroughly enjoyed their interaction. I loved the fact that Geordie didn't care that he was a duke and how they over came the obstacles that could have kept them apart! This was truly a fun read! I received an ARC copy for an honest opinion. Definitely would recommend this book!
AnnMarie
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Highland Duke is the first book in the Lords of the Highlands series by Amy Jarecki.

Akira Ayres is of gypsy descent, she lives with her mother and sisters in one room. They are poor as church mice, but Akira does her best to look after them all. She is a healer and earns what food they get from helping people with their ailments.

After a skirmish between the Scots and some Redcoats, Akira who is a healer goes to the battle area to see if there is anybody she can help. She comes across a wou
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Michaelene
"Do you think you'll swoon again?"
He scowled over his shoulder. "Men do not swoon."


The Highland Duke was a hoot to read! It’s nonstop action across the roaming hills of the highlands with lots of quick-witted banter and charm. Add in a dollop of romance and a touch of brogue? The start to this series was a home run.

Akira Ayres is a gypsy healer. She lives in Scotland on English controlled soil, and she’s tasked with healing wounded Jacobite rebels before they are shipped off. It’s when she’s l
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Megan
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review and I'm so glad that I was able to read it! The book will not be released until March 28th though I highly recommend preordering!!

This book tells the tale about the Duke of Gordon who is a Jacobite in secret and shot in the thigh with a musket ball embedded while out with one of his cousins, trying to push some of the English Dragoons back. In the mix up of the fight, he's thrown from his horse and manages to hide until a healer by the name of
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Maree Repa
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Duke and the Gypsy

Five Star Winner

I was utterly excited to read this extraordinary new romantic adventure from one of my most favourite authors around, Amy Jarecki. I thoroughly adored this historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland. Loving this this most wonderful endearing love story!

During the eighteenth century in Scotland Akita ventured through the tallest grasses to help and rescue this poor hurt Warrior. Life on these battlefields were harsh and dangerous dangerous. Poor Aki
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Dina
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
4 stars!!

As I said before, this started out very well, but something was missing... still, this didn't keep me from enjoying what I was reading, immensely!

And, seriously, as I flipped the pages, this beautiful story was delivering a lot of beauty and hotness my way :) but...

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Jenny Jo Weir
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ok-read
I just happened to be in the mood for a Highlander book and this was sitting on my shelf. It filled the craving and now I’m over it. It was strangely complicated yet very easy at the same time. It’s OK. Give it a go if you have free time you’re looking for something to fill a few hours.
Peg
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Highland Duke is a delightful, well-written and compelling historical fiction romance.
The Duke of Gordon rode, incognito, against the Queen. He knew that if he was recognized in battle that he would not only stand trial as a traitor; but his lands would be forfeited as well. The Duke, however, did not plan on getting shot. He hid behind a bush with a musket ball in his thigh, moaning in agony, until Akira Ayres, a beautiful Gypsy healer found him. The two didn’t escape the battlefield unseen
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Maxximum Reads
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottish-romance
I’m not gonna lie I was a little skeptical at first but pleasantly surprised by Amy Jarecki. Usually when reading highland romances, I am more apt to lean toward my favorites in the genre, Lynsay Sands and Hannah Howell. I have always enjoyed their works and very seldom do I waver. However, in the case of Amy Jarecki and The Highland Duke I am extremely pleased that I did! Amy’s writing is superb and her story is full of adventure, danger, secrets and of course an amazing tale of romance. Once I ...more
Brigitte
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Highland Duke" is a 17th century historical fiction based on some real characters. It was the time of the uprising of the Jacobites during Queen Anne's reign. It's the story of the Duke and the Gypsy Rose.

Geordie is the Duke of Gordon. He is non too happy about the rejection of the Scottish Parliament’s proposed Act of Security. It's difficult for him to take sides as this can be looked upon as treason.

Akira is a healer from a very poor background. She takes care of her mother and her sib
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Award winning and bestselling author, Amy Jarecki likes to grab life, latch on, and reach for the stars. She’s married to a mountain-biking pharmacist and has put four kids through college. She studies karate, ballet, yoga, and often you’ll find her hiking Utah’s Santa Clara Hills. Reinventing herself a number of times, Amy sang and danced with the Follies, was a ballet dancer, a plant manager, an ...more

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Lords of the Highlands (6 books)
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  • The Highland Chieftain (Lords of the Highlands, #4)
  • The Highland Renegade (Lords of the Highlands, #5)
  • The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands, #6)
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