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Highland Ruse

(The Mercenary Maidens #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Kaid MacLeod couldn’t protect his clan from an unimaginable slaughter that killed his father and many of his people. He knows retaliation will only bring more death to his people, but if he does nothing, the massacres will continue. His clan is growing angry and all seems lost…until Kaid discovers his nemesis’s betrothed will be traveling through Scotland. Abducting her wi ...more
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Published November 14th 2017 by Diversion Books
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: The Mercenary Maidens Series Highland Ruse by Madeline Martin is book Two. This is the story of Kaid MacLeod and Delilah Canterbury. I have read the previous book 'Highland Spy' (and Loved It!) but feel this is can easily be a standalone book if you choose to do so. Delilah is the daughter of a poor family with about 15 kids. When Delilah is sent off to Court to work in King James household she is happy to do so. Then she catches King James's eye and they have a passionate night toge ...more
Kacy Rozier
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Mercenary Maidens series. What can I say? Madeline Martin delivers yet another awesome maiden! Every single time I pick up a book by Madeline, I never get disappointed. I felt like I was there with Delilah on her first mission. The way the scenes are set up gets me spell bound and I can't turn the page fast enough! I felt the anger and hurt with Kaid. I fell in love with the love that Kaid and Delilah came to have. I don't like giving much away in my reviews... If ...more
Wendy Bernard Blair
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star book by Author Madeline Martin.

Highland Ruse is book 2 in her Mercenary Maidens Series. Book 1 being Highland Spy.
This is a must read. I absolutely Loved Delilah and Kaid's story. Delilah is joined by her Mercenary Maiden "Sisters" in this book.
It could be read as a stand-alone but it is much better if you have read book 1 first. And it also makes it much easier to know and understand the characters.

I don't want to give away any spoilers to the story. So I'll just say this.

Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

This having been my first experience reading Madeline Martin i can say that i am not only impressed but hooked, i will be adding Madeline's collection to my personal library. Being an avid historical romance reader i can say that i am shocked to have missed the first in Madeline Martin's "Mercenary Maidens series "Highland Spy". Rest assured that if you have also missed the first book in the ser
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book: Highland Ruse
by Madeline Martin

Release Date: 11/14/17

Series: (The Mercenary Maidens #2)

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
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Heat Rating:🔥

Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Starting March 1602

Delilah has a night of passion giving up her maidenhead to King James. Then after a night of passion he drops her like a sack of potatoes. After all she comes from a poor family of 15 children. She thought she would finally be a wo
Nicole Laverdure
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared to be captivated again by this author!

Highland Ruse, is a powerful Scottish adventure with rich characters as Delilah and Kaid. I loved her determine heroine Ariana from Highland Spy, again Delilah the new heroine is a headstrong, brave and very determined woman. Truly a beautiful story, by Madeline Martin! The perfect second story for her amazing new series The Mercenary Maidens. This talented author, caught my attention, from the first page until the very end. It's a real page tur
Laila Viking
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the serie. You do not have to read the first book to understand this sequel of the story.
It is about a woman who is leaving her family to become a part of the Court by the King. After she let him take her virginity he does not want to see her anymore and that is where her life falls apart. But she meets a girl that takes her away and brings her to Scotland. She develops a lot in the time she is alone and learns to know a lot about herself. She grows with the
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 2 in Madeline's Mercenary Maidens series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the story of Delilah Canterbury and Kaid MacLeod. Said desperately needs to save his clan from a vicious and heartless laird from a different clan. Kaid needs the help of Delilah to succeed, but there are many obstacles in their way.

Will Delilah agree to help him? Will an attraction form between them, or will they hate each other? Will Kaid be successful in what he needs to do, or will he and his clan be
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delilah was used as a courtier in the court of King James. She is betrayed and possibly set up for ruin until she meets a mysterious woman that sets her on a path as a spy. Kaid McLeod has suffered terrible losses and must do anything to save his people from a rival clan. This story is an intricately woven plot of intrigue and romance. The story is so well crafted that you connect with the characters and find yourself transported to the setting with rich emotion. Lots of action and adventure lea ...more
Rhonda Jones
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deliliah Canterbury thought her life would change for the better when she gave herself to the King, she was wrong. She is now a spy on her first mission to pose as a decoy for Lady Elizabeth. Delialiah is captured by Kaid MacCleod her to help bring piece between his clan and her betroth. Things dont go as planned when Kaid and Deliliah fall in love and he finds out she is not Lady Elizabeth. Kaid asks Delilah to help his people aftter she finds out what MacKenzie did to.his clan. ...more
Colleen Perry
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gave 5 stars so good. It is like when you find something so awesome you want to share. Book Highland Ruse was one of those. The author pulled me into the world of historical Scotland, and held me there from beginning to end. Story full of adventure, intrigue, romance, and much more. I felt a great liking for all the characters some broken, all with flaws. The author's imagination is boundless, and makes you believe you are a part of it, and anything is possible. I found I resented anything that ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delilah Canterbury is just one more unwanted female in a large family. She has been sent to the court of King James as a servant to a relative and catches the king's eye. That doesn't go quite as well as she hoped. A new and dangerous life is offered.
Laird Kaid MacLeod is trying to pull his clan back together after a recasting battle. He needs to make a peace treaty before war wipes them all out.
Our heroine is a strong and determined young woman who needs to prove herself. Our tormented hero h
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an Honest reviewMy heart broke for Delilah in the beginning! I was glad to see how strong she became! The chemistry between her and Kaid was hot! I enjoyed all the twists and turns in this book!! Loved it!
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I loved it! While I used to read historical romances, I grew tired of the young inexperienced heroines who are swept off their feet by an older, more experienced hero. Madeline Martin has changed that classic recipe by featuring strong women, who are trained as spies, and are equals to their hunky heroes. For me, this is the perfect combination. I loved the strong women, who are realistic, and vulnerable, and can hold their own in whatever situation comes their way. I quickly went out and purcha ...more
Maggie Whitworth
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second in the Mercenary Maidens Series , this one centres on Delilah Canterbury, an ex mistress of the kings, turned out by him and society after spending one night in his bed .
Having no prospects and nowhere to go she is recruited by Sylvi and taken for training in Scotland, five years on she ready to prove herself in her first solo mission.
Her job is to stand in for Elizabeth the betrothed of a Highlander , Laird MacKenzie ,as it’s possible the young lady’s life is at risk .
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highland Ruse is the second book in The Mercenary Maidens series by Madeline Martin. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first one yet, so can assure you that this book can easily be read as a stand-alone one.

Delilah Canterbury is one of 15 children in a poor family. She thought her fortunes had changed for the better when she went to Court and took the King's fancy. Unfortunately, he only wanted her for one night. Not being able to face her rejection she leaves Court and her life takes a
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really did enjoy this book and I hope their is another book. Kaid MacLoed loses his father and some people during a raid. But for revenge he discovers his enemies betrothed is traveling through Scotland and he is going to abducting her will give him the leverage he desperately needs to end the slaughter and bring peace to his clan.Delilah Canterbury is pretending to be a Scottish laird’s betrothed to get just again Kaid. It was a great read.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4.5/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3.5/5
How much I enjoyed it: 5/5

I can't believe I put off this book for a month before returning to it. The prologue showed a pathetic naive Delilah whom I wasn't interested in at all. But that incident changed her into a stronger, courageous yet compassionate woman that I love for the rest of the book.

I'm pleasantly surprised with the portrayal of Kaid. He is a far cry from the usual Alpha of a typical Scottish Laird. He can hold his own in battle but what
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent storytelling

Another great book. Could not put it down
Finished this in a day. A very well written action packed tale.
Book Him Danno
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting tale set in the early 1600s. Although it starts at the Royal Court in London the action is really set in Scotland. The story is credible and easy to follow. The heroine l falls for the hero whom she is suppose to capture. After a particularly hard battle to seat the correct Laird of the opposing clan both heroine and her are able to have a fairy tale ending.

Although this story is not set in a timeline that I would normally read I found it both interesting and enjoyable. I have rat
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dishonored by a king at 15, Delilah could not go home. There were too many children there to burden her parents.
Sylvi is the leader of a group of women that have skills that no man can guess. She takes Delilah under her protection and teaches her what she needs to know to become one of her women.
When Lady Elizabeth is sent to Scotland to wed, there is fear of abduction so her father hires Sylvi’s group to ensure the lady gets to Laird MacKenzie safely. They decide to substitute Delilah for Lady
Candy Briggs
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delilah started out life as a poor person, of sixteen children she was number 8. She got the chance to train with Sylvi and she jumped at it. Laird Kaid MacLeod was a man with nightmares and needed to abduct Delilah, AKA Lady Elizabeth.
This is one complicated plot, there are so many threads, I don't know how the author kept them all straight. It was one marvelous tale with battles, abductions, and trying to get to a place of relative safety. There are some sad spots where you just want to cry. T
Patricia Morgan
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highland Ruse is overall a well-written and satisfying story. It has a strong-minded, independent heroin, Delilah. It's hero, Kaid, is a fierce leader of his clan.
This is Book 2 in the mercenary spy series, which is about a group of female spies.
Delilah is hired to impersonate a lady of the Court, Lady Elizabeth, who is on her way to meet her betrothed.
Kid kidnaps Delilah, thinking that she is Lady Elizabeth. He is trying to seek Justice first people and prevent further Warfare.
The adventures b
Jennifer Becker
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story. This could totally be read as a stand alone. Amazing from start to finish. Delilah is so brave and fearless when on a secret mission posing as another woman. Kaid just wants to do right by his people and kidnap the lady but several unexcused turns has them both second guessing their missions.
Tracy Emro
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great follow up to Highland Spy!

Delilah is the middle child of fifteen and was sent to work for a relative in the English court. Soon after arriving and losing her virtue, Delilah is approached by a woman named Sylvi and offered the opportunity of a lifetime. With no options, Delilah agrees to work with Sylvi.

After years of training and working to prove herself, Delilah is finally embarking on her first solo mission. Her job is to act a decoy and apprehend the people who are trying to abduct Lad
Candy Laine
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kaid MacLeod is plagued by his nightmares. He needs to be a good Laird to his people, but guilt plaguing him, he needs to take revenge. He's not the kind of man who would kidnap Lady Elizabeth and her maid, but desperate times make for desperate measure as far as he's concerned. This seems to be the only way he can get to his nemesis to broker a peace that may give him and his people an opportunity to heal.
Delilah Canterbury is out to better herself in the court of King James, instead she ends u
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madeline Martin has a powerful, distinct writing style that draws you into her stories and makes you feel as though you are living with her characters. This 2nd book in the Mercenary Maidens series is captivating from beginning to end. There is a blend of romance & suspense with unforgettable characters you can't help but fall in love with. We learn about Delilah’s past in this story and meet Kaid. Their story is heartwarming, though it contained some tragic events which brought tears to my eyes ...more
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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!This is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Highland Ruse. Kaid was stubborn and surprising and Delilah was daring and strong. OK lets me honest they are both stuborrn. Delilah left England after being cast off by the king and became a sort of female mercanary.... that wasn't touched on too much what these group of women are but that as close as I could gather. I am trying rea
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kaid MacLeod couldn’t protect his clan from an unimaginable slaughter that killed his father and many of his people. He knows retaliation will only bring more death to his people, but if he does nothing, the massacres will continue. His clan is growing angry and all seems lost…until Kaid discovers his nemesis’s betrothed will be traveling through Scotland. Abducting her will give him the leverage he desperately needs to end the slaughter and bring peace to his clan.

Anna Holmes
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest opinion and review. This is the second book in the Mercenary Maidens series and it is PHENOMENAL!!! I read the first book, Highland Spy and I thought it was the best,but I was wrong---this one is even better! All of the protagonists are spies, but they have this lifestyle because of harsh life circumstances or poor life choices. Madeline gives these ladies a way to redeem themselves beautifully. I digress- here is a quick summary.

Delilah and Kaid are
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She lives a glitter-filled life in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions) and a man so wonderful he's been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She loves Disney

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