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The Highlander's Crusader Bride: Book 3 in the Hardy Heroines series (Hardy Heroines #3)

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Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.

After more th
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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Short Dog Press

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
THE HIGHLANDER'S CRUSADER BRIDE by DD & Cathy MacRae is book three in the " Hardy Heroines" series. This is the story of Arbela and Caelen. I have read the previous book in this series but feel this can be a standalone book.
Caelen has been married before to help build the Clan family. Caelen first wife was spoiled and with no real feelings, so when she died, Caelen didn't grieve. Now it appears that he will have to step forward again to marry to help the Clan but he feels he needs to make a
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April
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Highlander’s Crusader Bride by Cathy & DD MacRae is a delightful and very impressive Medieval Romance. Book 3 in the "Hardy Heroines" series, but can be read as a stand alone.
This the story of Arbela MacLean, a half-Armenian, half-Scot and a true daughter of the desert. She is beautiful and untamed, as well as trained to be a warrior. Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword and throwing darts, she dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry. Well her da
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Sandy S
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

About the Book: Release Date October 24, 2017

Born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade, half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, beautiful and untamed. Trained to be a warrior to avoid her gentle mother’s fate, Arbela has honed her skills with Turkish bow and arrow, sword and throwing darts—and dreads the day her father choses a man for her to marry.

After more than thirty years in the Holy Land, Donal MacLean, Baron of Batroun, is
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Lovebites Andsilk
It's official. I love this author/writing pair and their work. When I read the previous book in the series, they entered my will-read list of author. And with this book, they've just confirmed their place in my historical romance must-read list.

Where should I start in my praise? Is is the lush and vivid historical setting that transport you back on an adventure or the beautiful details that pull you into a scene and yet doesn't distract you from witnessing the actions unfold.

And of course I have
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Helois
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-finished
I adore historical romances, and this one hit the nail on the head. Historical tidbits, adventure and romance. Didn't hurt that the setting is mostly Scotland, with the romance between a Scottish Laird and a half-Scots and Half Armenian Princess.

Arabela, is a head strong and independent woman, trained in sword play, strategy and some finer arts of war. She fights along side her father and brother to hold their tower in the holy land. Upon being called back to Scotland, Her father decides she sh
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Ann (Fanni Ann)
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
You know when you want to pick up a book and get lost in the story, picture the scenes and characters, and just chill, then this one is for you. Cathy and DD have brought the sexy Highlander and the feisty heroine to life in their writing, It had my attention from the very first page, but then that's nothing new.

Arabela is half Armenian and half Scottish and was born and grew up in the Holy Land, she was trained to be a warrior and was quite skilled at it, when her father is called back to Scotl
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Sharon
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow ,just Wow,Cathy and DD have done it again with The Highlander's Crusader Bride , action packed from beginning to end a book you cannot put down ,from the amazing history facts about the Holy Land ,its people and the difference in cultures between Scotland and the Holy Land was just an eye opener . Caelen and Arebela's characters are just to die for , you just want to jump in the book with them and help them realize that falling in love does not mean giving up your independence or self worth. ...more
Cheryl Payne
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cathy and DD Mac Rae once again did an excellent job with this novel. I couldn't wait to start reading and I didn't want the story to end. This book is a keeper and I will re-read it. Arbela is half Armenia and half Scot. She is a warrior with honor and spirit, her skills are the sword, bow and throwing stars. She also has special skills that she doesn't let people know about. Caelen is the Laird of a clan that has almost been destroyed with an outbreak of measles. His dead wife's father wants h ...more
Ani Bari
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 3 in the Hardy Heroines series but can easily be read as a standalone.

DD & Cathy MacRae have created an epic tale of times past. Where similarities between society is evident but examples of the independence we hold now clear. Their story challenges the views of that era and our own whilst weaving a tale of growth and open mindedness. Caelen and Arbela both find their world view challenged and have to learn to accept difference without changing themselves.

I struggled with the s
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Tammy
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story gives you a glimpse of what it might’ve been like for young brave female that learned how to take care of herself in the 13th century. She has knowledge and resources and isn’t afraid to use them.

Arbela MacLean is smarter and more cunning than your average lass. She has a tender side as well. She loves her father and twin brother fiercely. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Alex.

Caelen MacKern wasn’t an over the top alpha. He admits his mistakes and learns from them. He’s h
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Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arbela is a Scot/Armenian princess who wants to forge her own life as she sees fit. Caelan is a Scot lord trying to save his castle and his young son. When the two meet there was instant mutual dislike but when forced to forge a relationship, their opinions of each other start to change. They agree to maintain the facade of a relationship but slowly their feelings change when they are both forced to fight to keep his son safe. Although there is a lot of detail in the beginning, they story picks ...more
Cindy Fong
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arbela is a Scot/Armenian princess who wants to forge her own life as she sees fit. Caelan is a Scot lord trying to save his castle and his young son. When the two meet there was instant mutual dislike but when forced to forge a relationship, their opinions of each other start to change. They agree to maintain the facade of a relationship but slowly their feelings change when they are both forced to fight to keep his son safe. Although there is a lot of detail in the beginning, they story picks ...more
Maria
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story!!!

Wow what a story! I loved it!!! The story was full action, betrayal, intrigue, suspense and finally love. Arabela is a strong, loving, intelligent and beautiful heroine and so far my favorite. This is the 3rd book in the Hardy Heroines Series and even thought you can read this book as a stand alone, I recommend the other two books too.
Jo Houghton
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book

Loved the book couldn't put it down looking forward to reading more books by this author can't wait to start next book
jan lee
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fantastic

all the 3 books so far are absolutely fantastic . roll on book 4 . thank you for a brilliant series with strong woman .
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Scott Sillars
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
definitely not boring
It was action packed from beginning to end
Please check it out
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Amazon best-selling author Cathy MacRae enjoys weaving tales of romance in the Highland mists. Her stories feature strong heroes and feisty heroines in pursuit of their happy-ever-afters in medieval Scotland.

When not writing, Cathy can be found curled up in a chair with a book or enjoying the outdoors with her corgis and maybe a German Shepherd or two. A member of RWA, NTRWA, and Celtic Hearts Ro
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