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Highland Conquest

(Sons of Sinclair #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Cain Sinclair has a plan. In order to finally bring peace to his clan, he will wed the young female chief of their greatest enemy. Only problem: capturing her and forcing her back to Sinclair castle doesn’t exactly make her want to say yes. Ella Sutherland may be clever, passionate, and shockingly beautiful, but what she isn’t is willing.

Every attempt Cain makes to woo her
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Entangled: Amara
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Lover of Romance
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Highland Conquest is the first book in a NEW series by Heather McCollum. I discovered this author only a couple of years ago and truly have enjoyed her work so much. She really knows how to write great angst in her books. And anyone that really knows my reading tastes knows how pic
Well this was a fun brawny highlander, feisty protagonist read!!
Kelsie Maxwell
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Highland Conquest by Heather McCollum is book one of her Sons of Sinclair series. This is a fine example of historical romance.

Cain Sinclair has been raised to conquer everything and everyone he comes into contact with. His ultimate goal is to conquer and rule the clans bordering the Sinclairs and eventually all of the Highlands. He plans to begin with Clan Sutherland. Marrying the current chief, the brave and beautiful, Ella Sutherland, seems to be the fastest and easiest way to achieve his go
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Two strong, clever heads of opposing clans are the perfect match on and off the battlefield in Highland Conquest . Heather McCollum has kicked off her Sons of Sinclair with an engaging enemies-to-lovers tale.

Cain Sinclair was raised to be a conqueror. After the death of Cain’s mother, his father raised his sons to be the biblical Four Horseman, determined to see the Sinclairs rule a united Scotland. As the new chief of the Sinclair clan, Cain’s first order of busin
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highland Conquest
Sons of Sinclair Series #1
Heather McCollum
Release date 04/28/2020
Publisher Entangled Amara

Blurb :

Cain Sinclair has a plan. In order to finally bring peace to his clan, he will wed the young female chief of their greatest enemy. Only problem: capturing her and forcing her back to Sinclair castle doesn’t exactly make her want to say yes. Ella Sutherland may be clever, passionate, and shockingly beautiful, but what she isn’t is willing.
Tracy Emro
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Cain Sinclair’s father is killed in battle by Arabella “Ella” Sutherland, Cain decides that the only way to end the decades old feud is to marry Ella and merge the clans. Too bad Ella is not on board with that plan.
Cain is the eldest of the four Sinclair brothers who were raised by their father as the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” – a clever tactic on their father’s part to instill fear in their enemies and a strategy the brothers fully embrace. Cain captures Ella and gives her a choice
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.7/5 🦄

So I rounded up to four in my goodreads rating...

This book was action packed to biblical proportions...specifically Revelations. The Sinclair sons have been presented by their conquest-crazed father as the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Their enemy, the Sutherland clan, is in all out war with them and has been for 30 years since the Sinclair chief divorced and disgraced Merida Sinclair. That is, until Ella Sutherland, new chief of the Sutherlands, successfully kills the chief of the Si
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of the Outlander series or love reading Highlander romances, this book is a great addition to your collection! 

It's a story of peace, kidnapping, wooing, and freedom (if any of those things could collide, it's in this one). I really loved how their interactions changed from the beginning to end, and the one-sided enemies-to-lovers take was such a perfect addition it the story. 

The writing style was a little bit of a struggle to me. It's hard for me to really be captured by these
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I did enjoy this book very much. It had plenty of action and some romance. I did like the main characters, Ella had a lonely life and had been brought up as a warrior by her father. Shew as intelligent and brave. Cain and his three brothers had been raised for combat by their father. His father had a plan to take all of Scotland. All the brothers had different roles and Cain was the strategic planner. There were a number of interesting ceremonies that took place and were vividly describ
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Cain Sinclair has been raised all his life to conquer and strategize, driven by a mostly-mad father. When his father's death in battle sees Cain become chief of the Sinclairs, he is able to do things his own way and decides to bring peace to his clan and avoid bloodshed by marrying Ella Sutherland, the chief of his clan's greatest enemy. He captures her in battle and forces the lovely warrior woman back to his castle, but she's less than willing to accede to his demands, even in the name of peac ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complicated yet sexy Highland romp. It is not everyday your father and Laird is killed in battle, by a woman no less. Ella Sutherland is not just a woman but Laird of the Sutherland clan, now captive of her enemies, The Four Horsemen. Cain knows the way to end this war with less bloodshed is marrying Ella, she would rather die. As Cain attempts to woo Ella her anger starts to fizzle into something. Sexy path to their HEA including sexy brothers, wild celebrations, and chess.
Kate ✨ is a dreamer
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok

2 stars

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but it does not influence my opinion of the book nor the contents of this review in any way. 

Gosh I seem to be in the minority for this one, which is an usual occurrence for me but... kdslfj I just couldn't get into this one. The first 16 percent, I was frustrated and would have certainly put the book down, if it wasn't an ARC. Gradually... things got better and I was curious eno
Les Romantiques
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Rinou
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Here is the new Sons of Sinclair series that will follow the four sons of the previous clan Sinclair chief who nicknamed them the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This first volume, Highland Conquest, presents to us Cain and Ella when after a bloody battle, he takes her back as a prisoner, demanding a wed
A Klue
This new series by Heather McCollum could not have started off with more of a bang. From the get go, Ella, the sassy Sutherland chieftain, proved she’s got amazing game. Whether leading the charge on the battlefield or warring using words with her sworn enemy, the Sinclairs, she’s not one to give up and surrender easily. Certainly not without putting up a fight. She’s all about protecting her clan, no matter the cost to herself. Even in captivity, she’ll fight and claw to break free. Of course, ...more
Cathy Geha
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Highland Conquest by Heather McCollum
Sons of Sinclair #1

The Sinclair brothers, four of them, have been raised to believe they are the four horsemen of the apocalypse found in Revelation. They appear at battle fields dressed as messengers from god and are dressed appropriately. Each has a job that allows them lethal abilities while instilling fear while fighting foes. These brothers are, n order of birth:
* Cain brings conquest on a white horse
* Joshua brings war on a bay horsemen
* Gideon brings j
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highland Conquest
Sons of Sinclair #1
Heather McCollum

Cain Sinclair always has a plan. He has decided that to bring peace to his clan, he will wed the young female chief of one of their greatest enemies. There's only one problem, capturing and forcing her back to Sinclair castle does not exactly make her want to say yes. Ella Sutherland may be, clever, smart, and beautiful, but she certainly is not willing.

Now every attempt so far to woo her has gone wrong and not exactly produced the resu
Lori D
Scotland 1589
I always look forward to a new story by Heather McCollum because I know I will be transported with her words to another world and held captive until the end! Wow, she did that in spades this time with the start of this new series!
The first pages felt like I was in a movie, watching the Sinclairs led by Laird George Sinclair, and his four sons engage in battle against their enemies the Sutherlands. Then the oldest brother Cain, saw her as "A black horse stepped out into the wide cle
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Highland Conquest is the first book in the brand-new Sons of Sinclair series. This is was a wonderful book to start the series with! I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down from the first page. The book started with a battle between the Sinclairs and the Sutherlands clans. The Sinclair brothers were strong fighters and they used their reputation as the four horsemen of the apocalypse to their advantage. Ella Sutherland was intelligent, strategic, and independent. She became the Chief of the ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader’s copy of Highland Conquest by Heather McCollum.

This book had great conflict between Cain and Ella from the start. Ella is captured and Cain plans to bring their two clans together by marrying her. She’s an unwilling bride and Cain decides he needs to woo her. His attempts don’t go well but as she sees different facets to Cain she does start to soften her stance. Ella is a strong character and has honed her own abilities as a warrior. I liked both of these character
Alyce Caswell
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cain, the new chief of the Sinclairs, sees an opportunity to claim victory by marrying Ella, the current chief of the Sutherlands - the clan that has been his family's greatest enemy since before he was born. But first he must woo Ella, who is proving to be a difficult conquest.

I'm a sucker for the "enemies to lovers" trope and I also enjoy a fair bit of action - both of which you'll find in this book. It was very easy to get ca
Larissa Rye
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a historical romance but this book reminded me why I love them so much. Almost makes me wish I lived back then when the men were strong, alpha, & took what they want & damn everyone else.

But I love when the women are just as strong which Ella most certainly is. She kept Cain on his toes throughout the entire book. The Sinclair clan are different than any other highlander book I’ve read. I can’t wait for the next book to follow the next Horseman on his journ
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Didn't love, but still diverting. I think there was a bit too much going on. After sleeping on it, too, I realized that I didn't feel the spark of romance between them. In the beginning, maybe. But I was too caught up in Ella's escapades and then there were a lot of random elements that got page time and took away from other parts. It kept me from really loving it.

Ella was fantastic, however, and I loved the whole concept behind the Four Horsemen. I'm excited to see what comes next for these Si
Corinne Michaels
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heather McCollum brings to life this story in an epic way. I was transported and loved every second of this story. This was one of the best enemies to lovers Highlander stories I've ever read. I devoured each word, loved how strong Ella was and defiant even when Cain was so sure. I can't wait for the rest of this series. It was fabulous!
Janet Robel
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome historical romance! Belongs on the keeper shelves. One of the best romances I've read this year. This is a beautifully told tale between Cain Sinclair and Ella Sutherland. These two are from warring clans. Cain kidnaps Ella with plans to marry her. Ella has other ideas until being with Cain's clan makes her rethink those plans.
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

Content Warning: sexism, parental abuse, violence
This does contain sexual content.

Hey, guys,

I was sent an eARC of this book for my honest review via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

When I first requested to read this book, I was really hopeful. The synopsis was intriguing, the characters and drama were something that I was very interested in reading about, and I haven't really read many historical romance books that take place in Scotland. I'm a sucker for a brooding man in a ki
Julie - One Book More
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Highland Conquest is the first book in the Sons of Sinclair series. Cain is the eldest of four brothers, who have been dubbed ‘The Four Horsemen’ by their deceased father, and the leader of his clan. When Cain first sets eyes on Ella, he is immediately drawn to her. It doesn’t matter that she ordered the death of his father, Cain wants her. Unfortunately for Cain, Ella doesn’t feel the same way.

Ella does not mourn the loss of her heartless and abusive father. In fact, now for the first time in h
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
As I started to read Highland Conquest, I transported, not just to Scotland but back to some of the earliest romances I read back in my teens. I immediately liked that about Highland Conquest.

George Sinclair raised his four sons to believe they were the four horsemen of the apocalypse. They are fighters through and through. In an opening battle with the rival Sutherland clan, George Sinclair is killed and the oldest son Cain goes after the warrior who gave the order -- and it's the beautiful dau
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Full review appeared at Reader's Edyn on 05/06/20

Arabella, Chief of the Sutherlands, is now a prisoner of her enemy, the Sinclairs. She prefers death but instead finds herself forced to marry the new Chief, Cain Sinclair, to form an alliance. Cain intends on taking over the Sutherlands and creating a stronger army and so a stronger Scotland. But Ella has secrets she must protect and she cannot allow Cain to take over her clan. Since he is the enemy, he cannot be trusted. But the more time she sp
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cain Sinclair the eldest of four brothers becomes his clan’s leader after his father is killed in a battle with the neighbouring Sutherland clan. Cain decides that in order to finally bring peace between the clan, he will wed Arabella Sutherland. Ella may be clever, passionate, and shockingly beautiful, but what she isn’t is willing to marry Cain & whilst he holds her prisoner she tries her hardest to escape even using her sheets to climb from her window.
This is the first in a new series, I lov
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a rather enjoyable read about two warring clans, whom have had years of hate between them. The Sinclair brothers were told by there father they are the Horsemen, each groomed based on conquest, war, famine, and death. Cain, the eldest, has been conquering to unite all of Scotland, as his father wants. However, Arabella Sutherland, the daughter of his enemy, is nothing like he expected. Ella is strong, a fighter, and clever, whom has her own secrets and scars. Cain has never had to ...more
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Heather McCollum is an award-winning, historical romance writer. With over twenty books published, she is an Amazon Best Seller and a Readers’ Choice winner.

The rugged beauty and rich history of Great Britain captivates Ms. McCollum each time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her stories since her very first book.

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