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Her Warrior Slave

(MacEgan Brothers #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Kieran Ó Brannon is no ordinary slave—defiant, daring and dangerous, he is untamable! Iseult MacFergus is drawn to this powerful man with the strength of a warrior and the honor of a king. She trusts him to help find her lost child….

Kieran sold himself into slavery to save his brother's life, but Iseult, with the face of an angel, gives him hope that he can again be a free

Paperback, Harlequin Historical #992, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Harlequin (first published 2008)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

This was another great read from the MacEgan series.

Kieran is a slave, but he is proud, defiant and a man of integrity who can't seem to forgive himself for a tragic event that he had no control over.

Iseult is the betrothed of the man who bought Kieran at a slave auction. She is instantly drawn to Kieran, and even though she tries to ignore the feelings he stirs in her, nothing can keep her from wanting to be with him.

A series of events have given them a common purpose, and so they find themsel
I closed this book with a satisfied sigh and it brought a smile to my lips. Michelle Willingham can write historical romances so well!

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This story is set back in Ireland in 1102 AD and definitely one plagued with hardships. But trails and tribulations are expected in any romance, right? If you love a good medieval romance, you've got to give this one a go.

There are many characters in this story. It has a great storyline, plenty of action, many forbidden kisses, and lots of untamed passion en
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
In the hopes of saving his brother's life from the raiding Normans, Kieran agrees to sell himself as a slave for his brother's release. But the raiders slit Egan's throut. Iseult is intrigued by the new slave her betrothed has purchased. The new slave has a talent as a wood carver and is commisioned to finish a chest but first he must create a carving of Iseult's likeness. Spending time together is torturous for Kieran as he's not fit to love any woman and Iseult is confused by her burning desir ...more
May ّمي

Hero "Kieren" is a warrior with a high status that was sold into slavery How ? Why ? You'll find out. He become a slave to the Heroine betrothed and then after a while not immediately a spark happens between them.

Heroine "Iseult" is a blacksmith daughter she had a child with a man before that was stolen and now she is betrothed to another man a chieftain son. At first she dislikes this high spirited mean warrior and it begins to change ..

Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
Excellent. I know I should say a whole bunch more but that one word encompasses it all for me. I loved the story. Was surprised by how things played out. Totally loved the way things played out. It brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion, both happy and sad. And I loved that it had an epilogue. Rounded things out perfectly. This is a must read.
Shannon Stacey
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
A rich, emotional read. Both the hero and the heroine are not only grieving, but feel guilty, yet I didn't feel the book got depressing or maudlin. I felt bad for the man she was supposed to married and I felt one of the threads of the story was wrapped up a little too quickly, but overall a very enjoyable read. ...more
Michelle Willingham is a favourite author of mine and I was so pleased to get to read this MacEgan series. I don't have a detailed review to give because I was too keen to keep reading on in this series I omitted to write one....I can just say if you like historical romance set in the early 1100's then you must just love this series. ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This one hits all the right notes - a beautiful romance, a tender alpha hero, babies and family reunions. Very nicely done.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great beginning to the MacEgan Brothers series!
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Well, not much really happened in this story. I really didn't care for the way Iseult treated Davin, she was quite callous, particularly after the second occasion he offered to marry her.
Mary Claire
3.5 stars
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, part-of-series
I spent most of this book wanting to hate Kieran for his coldness and pride, but I was as helpless to resist him as Iseult was.
Another solid Highland romance from Michelle Willingham.
Andrea Guy
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first historicals I've read in a long while and I really enjoyed Kiernan and Iseult's story. It was definitely one plagued with hardships as she was betrothed to another and he was that man's slave. I loved that both hero and heroine were very strong willed. Even Davin her betrothed was very likeable and in this kind of story you would think that he would be a more difficult character to have feelings for, but he was kind and willing to give Kiernan his freedom even when ther ...more
Barbara ★
This is a really heart-wrenching book. Kiernan sells himself into slavery in order to save his stolen brother who is killed anyway. He is finally sold to a man who is betrothed to Iseult. The unexpected friendship between Iseult and Kiernan is beautiful and heart breaking. He is a true hero and she is a good person in a bad situation. Trials and tribulations are expected in a romance, especially a medieval one, but the troubles just kept coming and coming. This is the first book I've read by Ms ...more
Kristy Mills
I was a little weary of this one because of the cover and the title... The story sounded good, but the cover and the title just seemed a little corny. But I ended up loving it. Iseult's betrothed, Davin brought home a slave from the slave auction. Unlike most slaves Kieran was not submissive at all, and he exuded confidence and power. Iseult didn't like him, and yet she kept finding reasons to be around him.

I just fell in love with this story, and I couldn't put it down. Kieran was an angry man,
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Another wonderful book by Michelle. This is how the MacEgan's find their beginning and it is wonderful, insightful, and another sexy love story. We take a walk with Kieran and Iseult learning of their very different struggles and the bumpy road they walk before they come together. This story was more intense for me but I could not put it down. Ms. Willingham puts so much feeling and emotions into her character you feel as though you have walked a lifetime with them. ...more
This book didn't really do it for me. It was an ok read but I wasn't able to really root for the characters and I did not feel any emotional connection. The plot was interesting which made it an ok read but it really felt like the characters were going through the motions, then lusting after one another, then going through the motions again. It is a book to pass the time but not one I will read again. ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read! My first Irish historical romance and my first book from Michelle Willingham.
I loved it, I loved Kieran and his sad story and i loved the way he fell in love with Iseult.
Sweet love story during the hard times: the Norse raiders and the coming together of the Irish clans.
I loved the descriptions of the places and the way people lived. It matched the image that I had about medieval Ireland after my visit this summer.
I am looking forward to read more about the Irish warriors.
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I wish we could do half stars on the ratings. I think this falls more along the lines of 3.5 for me. It was a nice read, but nothing really special for me. In all fairness I think Medieval may not be the best choice for me. I would read another from this author most likely.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
It was a pretty good book, plot lines went smoothly, action, romance and human issues. I just had a hard time with the whole thing that she was engaged to a man and basically cheated on him with the other guy. It was also sucky that she goes back to him preggers and he takes her back.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Good characters, good plot, too happy of an ending for everyone involved, but well written. It was a tiny little short book, and could have really been expanded, but it was a great one nighter read.
Aurrora James
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read

A sweet story. I enjoyed it for the romance as wells as the history. The only thing that I had a problem with was the formatting of the book. All of the scenes ran together with no breaks so it was sometimes hard to read when there was a time or character change.
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was suprised about how much I liked this book. It was a really interesting read, a building passion and the search for a lost babe made this a real enjoyable book.
Angela Wade
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced, all-in-one-sitting read. No real depth here, but a beautiful love story and touching HEA.
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Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - It was ok, pretty predictable but it took a long time to get there. I was ready for the book to end so I could begin something else.
Tara (box5angel)
Michelle Willingham is one of my favorite authors, and I love her historical romances. I loved this book. It was very, very good. Definitely a favorite.
Dec 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook-at-library
Read her irish warrior first?
Dec 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012andprior
I like my guilty pleasures to have a little more meat to the story
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Rita® Award Finalist Michelle Willingham has published over forty books and novellas. Currently, she lives in Virginia with her family and is working on more historical romance novels. When she's not writing, Michelle enjoys baking, playing the piano, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: or interact with her on Facebook at ...more

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