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How to Lose a Highlander

(The MacGregor Lairds #1)

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Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away. Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him. Sorcha knows she can never let he ...more
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Published May 15th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Scandalous
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Claire Robinson
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 - "I thank you for the adventure." Stars!

The first book in Michelle McLean’s The MacGregor Lairds series; How to Lose a Highlander, was a joy to read from start to finish.



I was grabbed from the first chapter of this story and pretty much read Malcolm and Sorcha’s story in one sitting. There were laughs, as few tears and pretty much every emotion in between for this pairing, from the two weeks they spend on the road tog
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Maria11
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have read this author.

The story was good and I did read it quick. It didn't bog down, but their plotting against each other got a tad dumb.

I like that he was for the most part pretty nice to her and really didn't get mean unless she was over the top. She was a definite pain and I would have choked the life out of her. I do have to give it to her though she accepted her plight and did make the best of it. The underlying plot though got pushed under the rug an
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: How to Lose a Highlander by Michelle McLean  
'How to Lose a Highlander' by Michelle McLean is book One in "The MacGregor Lairds" series. This is the story of Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor Laird OF Glenlyon. Sorcha and Malcolm first meet at a masquerade ball where Sorcha father is trying to get the King's attention with the feud that has been going on with the Campbell's and the MacGregor's. Malcolm to is at the ball to talk to the King also about the feud. When Sor
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Carvanz
What a wonderful, fun read this was. I’ve gotten away from historical romances somewhat but the blurb on this one just called to me and I’m so glad I responded.

Sorcha and Malcolm’s clans have been waging attacks against each other for quite a while now. They are definitely each other’s enemy. When the king demands the clan unite by joining them in marriage neither one of them wants to accept the decree. What follows is a tale of two people who try to chase the other off by their unfavorable beh
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Fizza
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
It's too funny, Sorcha and Malcolm are both quite entertaining, and their banters made me laugh so much. They're obviously attracted to each other but they simply cannot forget animosity between their clans. So, even though King himself decreed their wedding, they must find a way out of this mess. They can't stay married for long. And hence the war began....
Sorcha tried her best to be the worst wife possible, she acts like a shrew, and drives Malcolm crazy. Malcolm on the ot
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Julianne Redmon
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Generations of clan raids, political intrigue, and a marriage ordered by the king...what could possibly go right??

The story is one that we have all read before: feuding clans are brought together by a forced marriage that is supposed to bring peace. However, this isn't the typical telling of the story. He doesn't sleep around with all the women except his wife, and she isn't naturally a virginal churlish shrew in the face of her new life. Malcolm and Sorcha are both intelligent, fier
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Erin Kelly
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was an easy read. Light on sexy-times, but still fun. I love Highlander books, so you know I was ready for this one.

The Story-
The Campbells and the MacGregors have hated each other for a long time. Both happen to be visiting the King to ask him to help with the feud, and his solution is for the Campbell daughter to marry the MacGregor laird. Of course it is. Even though these two had a meet-cute at the ball the night before in which they could barely keep their hands off each oth
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JG
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A unique take on the movie How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, this lighthearted romance will entertain and engage readers with all the ways Sorcha and Malcolm try to have their marriage annulled without causing a war. It's funny and definitely sexy. It's a short, witty and engaging story that is a definite page turner.

*ARC provided thru NetGalley*
Gwyn Plummer
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Malcolm has had enough of the reckless Campbell’s stealing his property and terrifying his tenants. Adamant that the attacks are not provoked by him or his people, he goes to a masquerade ball to speak with the King. Sorcha has had more than her share of admirers, but she would not settle for just anyone. And she wouldn’t dream of marrying a McGregor, whose been their rival clam since her birth. When the two encounter each other without knowing each other’s identity, things get even more interes ...more
Maria Dariotis
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How to Lose a Highlander
By Michelle McLean
Rating 5 stars
Heat. 4 🔥

Taming of the Shrew

Malcolm MacGregor has petitioned the king to put an end to the burning and plundering of his villages from his rival and feuding clan Campbell. The eve before his audience with the king he meets the most intriguing vixen that has him rethinking about taking a wife such was the spell she'd cast upon him. That being said his meeting with the king didn't go as planned, inste
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Heather andrews
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Jesus, Sorcha and Malcolm's relationship is quite intertaining, “well, I didna know ye were trying to kill me. If ye’d warned me that you had laced the wine with something, I’d ha’ listened better.” Even of not intentional Sorcha drives her man batty, "...only instead of hopping to the ground , she slid off in a boneless heap and landed square on her bum in the dirt. Which set off the tears again. Malcolm rubbed his hand over his eyes. “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, save me from this woman,” he mutte
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Brittany
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was book one in a new series by Michelle McLean. I loved this. It was a fun romantic tale and I just couldn't put it down. The only thing that gave me pause was the ending. We spend the whole book with many raids occurring and the only explaination is an half brother that we never knew about? Yeah, I wanted more from that but the romance was well done.
Coral
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 3/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5

Maybe I got my hopes up too high. Being billed as Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, I was expecting a more humorous story. But the execution of the plot was surprisingly average.
Annie
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: marrieds
It was good but I wish there was a bit more depth and substance
Barbee
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book: How To Lose A Highlander
By Michelle McLean

Series: The MacGregor Lairds

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook [of]
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2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: Hot 🔥

Overall Rating: 5/Stars- 5/Kilts


The Campbells and The MacGregor Clans have been feuding and been enemies for generations. Both accusing the other of horrendous crimes from raiding, stealing livest
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Gigi staub
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away. Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him. Sorcha knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her father, yet the longer she’s with him, the more she discovers he is not ...more
Eileen Dandashi
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a B.S. in History, M.A. in English, a sense of humor by a woman who loves a happy ever after, Author Michelle McLean pens an entertaining tale.

Taking a feud of long-standing between the Campbells and the MacGregors, she weaves a tale which will keep you laughing, if for nothing more than the heated banter between Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor.

King Charles II is tired of this feud. He wants it to end, therefore commands this marriage to take place. Malcolm doe
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Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

I love a good Highlander romance story. Guys in kilts are my weakness. You've seen the pics, you get what I'm talking about ;) So, when I saw this up for review I knew I had to grab it.

The Campbell and MacGregor clans have been enemies for centuries and now that the MacGregors are back in favor with the King, he's tired of the Campbells raiding their lands. Malcolm MacGregor, Laird of Glenlyon, goes to King Charles to have him put a stop to it. But the Laird of t
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'How to Lose a Highlander' by Michelle McLean is book One in "The MacGregor Lairds" series. This is the story of Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor Laird OF Glenlyon.
Sorcha and Malcolm first meet at a masquerade ball where Sorcha father is trying to get the King's attention with the feud that has been going on with the Campbell's and the MacGregor's. Malcolm to is at the ball to talk to the King also about the feud. When Sorcha and Malcolm first meet under their disguises they find they are
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Eva
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
i always love a scottish highland novel, even though i'm kind of iffy on men in kilts. regardless, malcolm macgregor from how to lose a highlander is super dreamy. even though he is trying his best to be an irritating tyrannical husband in order to drive the wife he didn't ask for away. he wants to make her so crazy that she'll demand an annulment.

unfortunately, sorcha campbell is made of stronger stuff. this marriage was demanded by the king to cease the constant complaints and bord
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Debra Taylor
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it


Aye, I enjoyed this Highlander Romance verra verra much.

Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are the protagonist in this very lovely historical romance. Their families have been sworn enemies for who knows how long so the new King arranges a marriage between the two of them in hopes of putting an end to the feud. Sorcha and Malcolm had briefly met at court and been drawn to each other but that was before they knew they were flirting with the enemy. They both try to trick each other into asking
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Tam
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a story that has the two, main characters at odds with each other as they unwittingly fall in love, all the while digging in their heels and trying to resist their pull towards each other. This delightful theme always provides lots of laughs and plenty of sparks, and this book and its characters were no exception.

The chemistry between Sorcha and Malcolm was palpable and simply electric. The banter between them kept me laughing out loud. It was endlessly entertaining "watching" the two of
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Cathy
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"How to Lose a Highlander" by Michelle McLean tells the story of Malcolm and Sorcha, forced to wed to alleviate tensions between two families. While not overly happy with this scenario, the two fight their attraction for each other and try to one up the other throughout. It does make for some fun times but I did think it went on a little too long. Sorcha is a feisty one, not the typical timid lady often found in historical tales. While I liked her feistiness and sass, I did feel it went a bit ov ...more
Midwest Romantic
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally posted on my blog Live Laugh & Love Books

I have read so many historical romances in my reading life that I should probably just bench them for a bit…not give up…but take an extended vacation from them. That way I don’t feel like I’m reading the same stuff over and over. Just sayin…

I did enjoy reading this, but I liked it…didn’t love it. Sorcha and Malcolm are great and I liked the way they interacted with each other. I just didn’t feel much from them, but then agai
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Hannah
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read a loooot of historical/highland romance over the last few weeks so I was probably on my last legs with this one, which is why I didn't love it, just liked it.

Sorcha (love that name!) and Malcolm were great together, like two peas who didn't know how to behave in a pod. It was full of the usual tropes for this genre - girl who doesn't want to be married to the enemy (despite the "fluttering" he gives her in her stomach), guy who is reluctant but will do so for his King and p
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Anna Swedenmom
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute super read! It is a buy buy buy buy buy book with a five star rating from me!
Open with entertaining, witty, warm, passionate, stubborn and contrary. From page one to the final ending you are totally engrossed in the story. This book had all the elements of the fantastic read that is hard to come by. Fantastic characters, chemistry, a good plot line, passion, romance, witty, humor and love. Each part of this story was enchanting for me. While I love regency, I must admit th
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Petula
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sorcha Campbell is going to be presented to King Charles. Her father is having trouble with a neighboring clan and has asked for the king's help in fixing it. He is hoping her pretty face will help sway him in their favour.
Malcolm MacGregor the Laird of Glenlyon is a friend of King Charles and hopes that will help when it comes to settling the dispute with his neighbour. He can't have his clan at war anymore.
The king's answer is inevitable, and makes both parties even angrier.
This is quite th
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Ann L
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor have been forced to wed by King Charles to stop the feud between the two clans. Both decide to end their wedding by trying to get the other to leave so they can have an annulment on the grounds of non consummation. Things don't go exactly to plan.

I've not read anything by Michelle McLean before and I was really pleased I did. This was a wonderful story and I look forward to reading more from her.

I received an advanced readers copy thr
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Angel Hatfield
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Malcolm MacGregor has went to court to get the king to intervene with the constant attacks by his enemy. He didn’t expect the king to force Malcolm to wed his enemy’s daughter, Sorcha Campbell. Sorcha’s is furious that she’s forced to marry her father’s enemy. She’s determined to drive him nuts enough to refuse the marriage.
I really liked this story. I liked both characters. I liked watching as each of them slowly changed their minds and hearts about each other. I highly recommend.
**I vol
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Barbara
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free book and voluntarily chose to review it. If you have read some of my other reviews, you know that I like a strong woman as one of the main characters. Sorcha is very strong and able to take care of herself. I really felt sorry for Malcolm. A nice romance and a little mystery. You may need some tissues.
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Michelle McLean grew up in California and has lived everywhere from the deserts of Utah to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the gorgeous forests of the east coast. The oldest of five children, she is generally an organized mess with crazy eclectic tastes. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, an insatiable love of books, and more weird quirks than she’d like to admit.

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