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Highland Sword

(Royal Highlander #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Scottish pride, persuasion, and passion—this is Highland romance at its breathtaking best. From USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick comes Highland Sword, the third book in the Royal Highlander series.

Fleeing to the Highlands after her father’s murder, fiery Morrigan Drummond has a score to settle with Sir Rupert Burney, the English spymaster
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

“Highland Sword” started off slow and I had to put this down 3-4 times before fully committing myself to read and to be honest, it didn’t exactly stand out. Sure I love the strong willed heroine who had a physical altercation with the hero within the first few minutes of meeting but due to the slow start of the story, tedious scenes, and dull side characters I was left unsatisfied. To sum it all up, "Highland Sword" was nothing to write home about.

Debby "Piene Raven"
I thank the author and St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide a fair and honest review. All opinions herein are my own.

The Royal Highlander Series so far has just been okay for me by May McGoldrick. So when I received Highland Sword, I was hoping that the story would entertain me a bit more than the other two books.

The story was well written but a bit slower than I like. I did enjoy the main characters but wanted to see more romance in their relationship
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highland Sword
A Royal Highlander Series #3
May McGoldrick
Release date 03/31/2020
Publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks

Blurb :

Fleeing to the Highlands after her father’s murder, fiery Morrigan Drummond has a score to settle with Sir Rupert Burney, the English spymaster responsible for his death. Trained to fight alongside the other rebels determined to break Britain’s hold on Scotland, she swears to avenge her father’s death—until a chance
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At first, I found this book confusing and uninteresting. I couldn't grasp the storyline probably because I haven't read the first two books and they kind of set the scenery, the basis, of the plot. However, the more I got into the book, the more I started to understand and like it.

In this story, we have Morrigan, who is a strong and independent (mostly) woman. She thinks for herself, she is smart and inteligent, she knows when and how to speak the truth and knows her reality. She describes
Shoshanna Ford
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another absolute stunner by May McGoldrick!

Before I even started Highland Sword, I already knew I would love this book. There is no one who writes like the McGoldricks do. I love every single one of their books. The history flows so effortlessly in and through every story. The balance of story to history is perfect. It is rare to find an author(s) that is able to keep the historical detail in the forefront, without overwhelming the story. Highland Sword lived up to my every expectation.

Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
A story of life in the highlands. An area torn about by wars and aristocracy, can two people put aside their differences and embrace the love they feel for each other.

While I did enjoy the main characters, I found that I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story. There were a lot of characters coming and going from the plot. About half way through the book the chapters began to alternate perspective, which is not my favorite way to move the story along. If you enjoy law and a very in-depth
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Morrigan is a warrior with a deeply hidden secret. Her actions and reactions are understandable as the story unwinds. The romance builds slowly and is so touching, but the best part of this book is the historical depiction of events and the intrigue surrounding these events, whether they are fictional or factual. Beautifully written, with compelling characters, this story and the preceding books in the series will remain with you for a long time.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Drama and Romance. Loved the story and characters. Worked well as a stand alone. "Copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Made for a quick enjoyable read.
Carole Burant
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy it when an author takes some true historical facts and weave their own story around it! I love nothing better than to research those true facts afterwards and learn even more about history, my favourite subject:) This was a wonderful story to read and the author knows how to keep your attention from start to finish.

Morrigan (love that name!!) is quite the fierce warrior and wants nothing but revenge for what was done to her and her family in the past. Aiden is a barrister who is
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommend reading all three books in this series. All the characters intertwine in their fight to separate Scotland from England in the mid 1800's. This is Morrigan Drummond's story and her single focus of revenge. The opening chapter is the first encounter between Morrigan and Adrian Grant, a barrister. A very unusual encounter, which includes a fat lip and a black eye. Adrian is on my list of top heros. "SIGH." A slow beginning that really takes off later in the book. I voluntarily read and ...more
Judi Easley
First thoughts: it's always a pleasure to read a McGoldrick novel about feisty highlanders. This one was no exception. With feisty lassies and stubborn laddies, or is that feisty laddies and stubborn lassies? Whichever, they just keep arguing with each other until they fall in love and save the king, but in this case it's the queen. Ah, romance.
Miriam Wolfe
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

I had finished reading the two previous books in this series so was excited that the final book was here as I wanted to know how they were going to resolve the growing conflict between England and Scotland as well as see Morrigan's story.

I don't think that I have every read a book where the two main characters beat each other up first! There were times that I wondered how they were ever going to get their HEA, but their attraction kept growing and
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Unfortunately I was not particularly taken with this Highland romance. The plot and time periods were difficult to follow and the characters bland.
Jani Brooks
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inverness, Scotland - 1820

Morrigan Drummond trains daily with the Highlanders of Dalmigavie Castle. Morrigan fled to the highlands with her step-mother, Isabella, and Isabella's sister Maisie when Morrigan's father was murdered by the henchmen of Sir Rupert Burney, an English spymaster. Seething with hatred for the man and all that he stands for, Morrigan won't let anyone hurt her or her family ever again. Now that she is living with Isabella and her husband, Cinead, and knows that Cinead is the
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Morrigan Drummond lives right in the hot middle of Scottish resistance to the British Crown of the 1820s. Her father was killed at the behest of Sir Rupert Burney, a spymaster working to keep Scotland subjugated. In the years since Culloden, the people of Scotland have become more integrated with former enemies fighting at their side in places like the Napoleonic war. Morrigan and her people have sacrificed much for the British government. She wants revenge on Burney and his cronies so Morrigan ...more
Becca Bradley
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly thank you to NetGalley and St Martins Press for allowing me an ARC of this book.

In the third (and final) book of May McGoldrick‘s Royal Highlander series, Highland Sword follows the story of Morrigan, a woman hell-bent on fighting for “the cause” and Aiden, a straight-up lawyer who is trying to get into the world of politics.

Firstly, I don’t think I have ever come across such an explosive first meeting of characters and it is one I will certainly never forget! Morrigan is a strong,
Feb 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Highland Sword is the third installment of McGoldrick’s Royal Highlander series and this time showcases Morrigan a character we meet in the first and second book but that doesn’t really have a voice until now. Each book can be read as a stand alone however there would be certain details that the reader may feel lost on. I felt that this novel relied on information from the first two books more so than the others with even a mention of the Pennington family – another series all together.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highland Sword
A Royal Highlander Novel by May McGoldrick is Book 3 of "A Royal Highlander" series, while, it can be read as a stand alone, however, I would recommend reading HIGHLAND CROWN and HIGHLAND JEWEL, first, just to have a better understanding of the characters, however, you don't have to in order to enjoy HIGHLAND SWORD. Set in 1820 Scotland, during what was dubbed "Radical War of 1820. Fast paced, well crafted and expertly excuted.
May McGoldrick has weaved actual facts and real
The final book in the Royal Highlander series (at least that's my understanding) wraps things up in a lovely HEA with Morrigan getting her shot at love.

Morrigan Drummond is out for revenge after the death of her father. Spymaster Rupert Burney, responsible for her father's death, is in hiding and Morrigan won't stop until her father's death is avenged. As she joins her stepmother, she meets a young lawyer, Aidan Grant, tasked with defending the innocence of two men. However defending these two
Highland Sword is the final book in the Royal Highlander trilogy.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and in return promised my honest review.

Morrigan Drummond has a short temper and a knife handy at all times. She promised herself that she would never be hurt again, so she learned to fight. Morrigan and her step-mother fled to the Highlands, Scotland, after her father was murdered and she wants to see Sir Rupert Burney, an English Spymaster, be held responsible. On a visit to The
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Morrigan is not your average young lady, she’s more comfortable being with the warriors, learning to fight and fighting the “cause” than being a true lady. During one of their missions she sees an unwelcome blast from her past. Thinking with her passionate heart and not her brains she sneaks away from her group with thoughts of killing her foe but along the way she collides with Aidan. As a Scottish lawyer trying to defend his unjustly imprisoned clients Aidan will use any means to support their ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another romance set during the war/battles between England and Scotland. Morrigan Drummond has fled to the Highlands after her father’s death, hoping to somehow settle a score with Sir Rupert Burney, the English spymaster responsible for his death. Morrigan is working to avenge her father’s death until she meets up with Aidan Grand, a barrister, with his own history of dealings with beauties like Morrigan, though he finds out quickly that Morrigan is different. The pair meet each other ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing an advanced reader's copy of this novel.

This is the first novel I've read by May McGoldrick. And I think there will be more in my future.
Morrigan and Aidan's story is compelling in a way not usually seen in this genre.
While there is a love story at the heart of it, the author skilfully weaves in elements of history so cleverly that you don't really know what is real and what is fiction outside the main characters.

Morrigan is exactly the kind of heroine I adore. She's got guts, a
Luz Trevino
Highland Sword is the third book in the Royal Highlander series.
Rating: 3.5 stars

Highland Sword was an okay read. I have read the previous two in the series so I did not have any difficulty following the story line. This one tells the story of Morrigan Drummond and Aidan Grant.
Like the previous two, the romance between the MCs plays second to what is really happening around them. The authors did a good job in giving details about the history of the time, but I wished we could of had Morrigan
Brittany Torres (Everyone Needs Bibliotherapy)
CW: rape
Key Terms: Scotland
Steam Rating: 2 out of 5
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Morrigan and Aidan meet at the beginning of the beginning of the book when Aidan stops Morrigan from murdering a witness he needs for his upcoming trial. The man is a traitor to Scotland and also Morrigan’s uncle. Aidan recognizes Morrigan when they meet later, but after talking with her decides not to tell others how he knows her. Throughout the book they grow close, but Morrigan has to overcome the fear of her past
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
CW: This book deals with themes and recollections of sexual assault on a child.

While I still enjoyed this book, it felt more rushed than the previous two books. I like Morrigan and Aidan's characters. Morrigan is incredibly fierce, partially due to trauma she faced as a child. It takes a while for that trauma to be revealed to the reader, and even longer before she reveals it to Aidan, but I was able to guess what it was pretty early, based on her reaction to a character.

There are a number of
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The Highland trilogy comes to a worthy - and fast paced - end. (Or will this no longer be a trilogy?)
Morrigan was not a character I much cared for in the previous books, but here she comes to life. She must literally face her past and come to terms with it.
As a barrister representing accused enemies of the crown, Aidan has to be - and is - a very cautious man. And patient. His patience helps him in dealing with Morrigan.
I was drawn into their world and stayed up very late to finish reading.
Cara Group
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Thanks to Netgalley & St. Martin’s press for this ARC! The review is my own.

I loved the description of this book!
“Fiery Morrigan Drummond flees to the Highlands to avenge her father’s death. When she arrives, she meets a barrister named Aidan, who hopes to convince Morrigan to help him defend two innocent men and strike a blow to the man responsible for her father’s death. Can two warriors committed to a cause stand down long enough to open their hearts to a love fierce enough to last …
Patty Nobles
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Highland Sword” is the third installment in May McGoldrick’s Royal Highlander series, and it is the perfect accompaniment to this trilogy. Morrigan Drummond was finding her place in her stepmother’s house by training with the other warriors of the laird. She is allowed to accompany the warriors into town when she hears a voice from her past that makes her blood run cold. As she attempts to bring harm to the voice, she is foiled by a handsome stranger. Aiden Grant is a lawyer who is meeting a ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into Highland Sword. Maybe it was because it felt like the story jumped around to me. Maybe it's because it didn't feel like the book had a strong plot - just the Scottish continuously being wronged by the English. Maybe it's because I didn't ever really feel chemistry develop between the two main characters, Morrigan and Aidan. They seemed to go from bickering with each other to marriage without any transition whatsoever. There's also a lot of random characters, some that ...more
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