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Highland Sword

(Royal Highlander #3)

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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.

A VOW FOR VENGEANCE
Fleeing to the Highlands after her father’s murder, fiery Morrigan Drummond has a score to settle with Sir Rupert Burney, the English spymaster res
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Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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WhiskeyintheJar
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Uprooted from her home after her father's murder, Morrigan has fled to the Highlands. There, with her step-mother, step-sister, and their husbands, they continue to fight to get out from under the yoke of the English.
Aidan has soldiered for England and now as a barrister, he fights to bring justice to his fellow Highlanders. With his brother at his side
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Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
 
May McGoldrick is a husband wife writing duo, I picked up the Highland Sword because there is another husband and wife writing duo  I adore and wanted to see if they could do for me in Historical Romance, what Ilona Andrews does for me in Urban Fantasy. They fell a little short, not really their fault as the bar is extraordinaril
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♥Rachel♥
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
This story touches on real-life historical events with the British and Scots at odds, Scots enduring harsh conditions and oppression by the ones who were supposed to rule and protect them. I’m not well versed at all in the history that is the backdrop for this story, but it seems that the human condition is the same in any time period gone by.

I loved Aiden and Morrigan’s story, at odds at first, with lots of back and forth, while the sexual tension sparked between them. Love the fun push and pu
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Milena
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Highland Sword is the third and last installment in the Royal Highlander series by May McGoldrick. I enjoyed the first two books and was looking forward to reading Morrigan's book. I liked Morrigan's and Aiden's story but found it a little slow. My favorite couple is Isabella and Cinaed, and I was happy that they still had a big part in this book. Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy about three strong women and the men who love them, steeped in Scottish history and politics, and I would rec
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Barbara Rogers
Barbara’s Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: Royal Highlander #3
Publication 3/31/20
Number of Pages: 320

May McGoldrick has brought the Royal Highlander series to a nice tidy end with this book. The loose ends are nicely tied and the last of the ladies has finally gotten her HEA with a very likable hero. The story is well written and well-plotted. It was nice to have a visit from previous characters and to finally see Cinaed find the life he wanted.

Times are dangerous in Scotland. The English are crackin
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Tracy Emro
Morrigan Drummond follows her greatest enemy into an alley with murder in her heart, but before she can act, she meets Aidan Grant who is protecting the man she wants dead. Morrigan makes it clear that she is not to be underestimated. She gives him a through thrashing and manages to escape, but not without losing her blade and taking a couple of knocks herself.

They meet again days later when Isabella is called to tend a sick man brought to Dalmigavie by barrister Aidan Grant and his solicitor br
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Zoe
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spirited, intricate, and suspenseful!

Highland Sword is set in the Scottish Highlands during 1820 and features the fiery, resolute Morrigan Drummond, a loyal relative of the heir to the Scottish throne who is bound and determined to revenge the death of her father no matter the cost and with or without the help of the handsome, barrister Aidan Grant.

The prose is authentic and precise. The characters are intelligent, focused, and driven. And the plot is a push-pull tale full of family drama, polit
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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.

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Debby
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 althoug
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Lucia✍
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I really have a problem with books that have “highland” or “highlander” in their titles, set in Scotland, but are written like regency books. I often find regency books a bit boring so when I go for “highland” books, I really hope to spend time with braw highlanders and their lasses, not gents and ladies... which is what is happened in Highland Sword. I guess the cover should have given me a hint.

All in all, it was an okay read.
Suzanne
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was about half historical fiction and half romance. It's the third in the Royal Highlander series, and focuses on Morrigan, a fiesty and determined fighter, who has trained with weapons, in part to cope with a difficult secret. We also see many of the characters from the earlier books in the series, at least in passing. This book would be ok to read as a stand alone, but possibly more satisfying having read the earlier books.

One thing I always appreciate in romances, and it happens all
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Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
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Minx
Highland Sword is the third and final book in the Royal Highlander series. This book explores the last heroine who has been featured throughout this series, Morrigan Drummond. Morrigan was the daughter of a man who was considered a traitor to the crown and executed before her very eyes. Since that day she has vowed her revenge. In this story her quest for revenge of a different sort was thwarted by Aidan Grant and that made him an enemy in her book but unbeknownst to her, Aidan was actually work ...more
Elodie
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highland Sword
A Royal Highlander Series #3
May McGoldrick
https://www.facebook.com/MayMcGoldrick/
Release date 03/31/2020
Publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks

Blurb :

A VOW FOR VENGEANCE
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 encoun
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Cathy Geha
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highland Sword by May McGoldrick
Royal Highlander #3

A man with royal blood hidden as a child by his mother
Unwilling to take the throne as an adult
Machinations
Evil-doers
AND
As usual
Some are caught in the crossfire
Will they do well
OR
Will they not?

This is a great book! I love this author’s books that are filled with historical settings, wonderful characters, delightful plots and of course...the splendid romance they provide in every book. This story caught us up with Cinead but went directly into
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Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this dazzling conclusion to the Royal Highlander series, a dedicated barrister fighting for reform falls for a rebellious lass with the heart of a lion. If you’ve read the first two books in the series, you’ll already be keen to see Morrigan find her happy ending, and if you haven’t read those books… then you really should, because the overarching plot of the Son of Scotland which is brought to a conclusion here won’t make a lot of sense.

I have to admit I did wonder how the authors were going
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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. 

The vibr
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eyes.2c
Feisty Scotswoman fights free!

Spirited Morrigan Drummond had secrets. Secrets that eat into her soul. Whilst in Inverness she overhears men speaking, revealing that her hated uncle, Robert Wemys, the 'Sparrow', who'd betrayed her was close by. She trails the two men to his location, ready to take his life. She's prevented by Aidan Grant, a solicitor who needs Wemys to be a witness for clients being brought into court on a trumped up charge. In the frackou Aiden and Morrigan fight. Both end up br
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Melissa
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
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Michele
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get back into the storyline and remember Morrigan's family history. Once I did, I could instantly feel her need for vengeance and appreciate who she was. I liked the twist to the story of how she first meets Aiden and his misunderstanding of her true mission. There is so much about Morrigan that is underestimated but Aiden learns that lesson very quickly. I found that I liked both of these characters very quickly and easily which kept me immersed in the story.

I enjoyed
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Cheryl
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes this was a little slow at first but it soon developed into a captivating read. Something had happened in Morrigan’s past that still affected her today. She is a brave woman and is able to fight like a warrior. Morrigan’s first meeting with Adrian Grant is explosive to say the least. Adrian is a handsome man, a barrister who knows how to be persuasive. They are attracted to each other but there are many dangerous times ahead. I enjoyed the close family feel between the characters, Adrian’s br ...more
Rainelle
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
I read the book overnight. In the beginning the book did catch my attention with a lot action, however as I continued to read the book, political talk over shadowed the romance of the book. If the book discussed more of the Romance between the two characters, I would be able to be in tune to the book. This my review as a reviewer for Net Galley

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Becky
Morrigan and Aiden have that feeling of enemies to lovers a bit. They are both quite fiesty and opinionated, Morrigan very much so. But there was sooo much going on in this book. So many characters, so many names, so much action, so much plot, intrigue, revenge. I felt none of the romance sadly. I did start with just this story, so perhaps this is one that you should read in order? I'm unsure if I would have felt more knowing the basis of the characters and world that's been created. I think if ...more
Kathy
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.
Maranda
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. ...more
Maureen
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I love Historical Romance novels. So when I was approached to read ‘Highland Sword’ I was immediately excited and wanted to start reading right away. Although this book is the third one the in the Royal Highlander series, it can be read as a standalone. And that is what I did.

In ‘Highland Sword’ we meet Morrigan. Morrigan is a fierce young lady who is nothing like other ladies. She trains as a fighter, she goes on field trips with the guys and she isn’t one to marry or have a relationship. After
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Alison
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highland Sword
Royal Highlander #3
May McGoldrick
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Corrigan Drummond has run to the Highlands after her father's murder. She has a big score to settle with Sir Rupert Burney the man who's also an English spymaster.Trained to fight alongside with the other rebels who want to break Britain's hold on Scotland, she swears that she will avenge her father's death, but sometimes things are easier said then done.

Aiden Grant has never met another woman like the beautiful Morrigan and he has the injur
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Tabitha
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, wins
Thank you Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review Highland Sword before its publication date!

I have to be honest, I really struggled with this one. This is my first May McGoldrick book but certainly not my first Highlander/historical romance and, unlike with most Highland romances, this one seemed to pay special attention to the political movements of the Highland and Britain. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing and refreshing to read in its own right, it's n
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Rosemary K
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Morrigan Drummond is on a mission. She wants revenge for the murder of her father. He was a doctor who was killed by the English as he tried to defend his patients. I loved this heroine! She's a skilled warrior and has a fierce desire to protect those she loves. She won't let the pain and betrayal she has suffered stop her. I was upset at what Morrigan endured at the hand of a someone she trusted. I wanted her to be able to escape her memories. When she meets Aiden, he prevents her from killing ...more
CarolKat
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I requested and received an ARC of this book from the publisher.

I love strong heroines especially in a historical romance where they were expected to just be prim, proper and not concern themselves with things considered to be 'manly'.Morrigan has vowed vengeance after her father is killed. She's learned to fight, and when she sees the man while she's in town the time is right. Or so she thought.

Barrister Aiden Grant is looking to get testimony out of the man called Sparrow. Sparrow had been sel
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