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My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair
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This book starts off strong. I started around 10pm and ended up reading it straight through til 2am! I kept saying to myself “As soon as I find a stopping point, I’ll put it down,” but I just kept on reading.

The heroine, Gwyneth Carswell, is the daughter of an English earl. But she was taken in by a handsome lord who said the right things, and when he left her ruined, and pregnant, her father sent her to live with some distant relatives in the Highlands. She was 17 and pregnant, and that cousin was chief of the clan MacIrwin, and married her to one of his men. In Gwyneth’s mind, her son now had a last name, and she would never let her sensual side lead her again. She was a very timid heroine, who had been mistreated by men her whole life (when you get a glimpse of her father, you understand that it wasn’t just her abusive husband, and wasn't only physical abuse). She refuses to go by “Lady” Gwyneth trading down instead for Mistress Carswell, feeling that blending in and not bringing forth her shame and previous station would be best. She even names her son Rory, even though he’s English, so that he will blend in more.

The hero, Alasdair MacGrath, is injured when the MacIrwin chief plays at wanting peace, but ambushes the MacGrath party instead. Gwyneth has become a healer since the death of her husband, and when she finds Alasdair, she can’t just let him die. But she has to hide him, or risk death.

Alasdair leaves, but is almost caught-so when he fights one of the MacIrwin men, that man tells Donald, the chief and her cousin. They do trace him back to her, burning her home down, and killing the healer, who lived with her. Luckily she escaped...and where did she run? Straight to MacGrath of course!

I loved Alasdair. From the first moment, to the last, I loved him. Gwyneth drove me nuts a few times, especially in her constant rejections of Alasdair. By the last few pages, which I couldn't turn fast enough, I really was angry with her for her decisions. BUT, I also know why she did it, and I know that she really needed to see that what she thought she wanted wasn't necessarily what she wanted.

I did like the ending, and I did like how not every villain was sent off to jail with a tidy nice bow on the end. I'm not saying what really happened, but it worked.

This was my first Vonda Sinclair read, and it won't be my last. The Highland Hussy decrees that Ms. Sinclair is a fantastic writer, who brought so much of the reality of fighting and feuding Highlanders to the pages, that it was easy to visualize, and sympathize with Gwyneth.

**Thank you to the author for the review copy
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Reading Progress

August 21, 2011 – Started Reading
August 21, 2011 – Shelved
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: highlander-books
August 23, 2011 –
page 6
August 27, 2011 –
page 86
35.1% "So far a big thumbs up"
August 28, 2011 –
100.0% "4 stars. I liked it enough to stay up til 2am to finish it :)"
August 28, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) What do you think of it Laurie? I am reading this one next

Laura the Highland Hussy ooh, buddy read! I haven't started, but I will when you do

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) Oh yes! I am finishing off my Cassie Palmer tonight and will probably start this one eitehr before I go to bed or tomorrow morning. I am in the mood for a smoking hot Highlander book at the moment

Laura the Highland Hussy cool! I'll start tonight too :)

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) Have you started it yet? I am about 35% through

Laura the Highland Hussy I am only like 10 pages in. My nook died on the drive to California and I didn't think to bring the cord. :(
Is it good?

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) Oh no! I am about 70% through and I do like it although the heroine is starting to annoy me. I hate heroines who have sex with the hero and then are all weird about it afterwards, it bugs me.

Laura the Highland Hussy wow, you finished that one fast! I'm just starting-the beginning is good. :)

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) Yeah, I liked the beginning, but the more you get into it the more annoying the heroine is!

Laura the Highland Hussy I just finished it and I thought it was totally unnecessary to have her reject him so many times.
I did like it though :)

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) I know! I wouldn't have minded her rejecting him if she stuck by it, but she kept saying no, then decided to sleep with him anyway then said she wouldn't do it again and the sleep with him again, the say she wouldn't do it again, THEN DID IT AGAIN! I actually thought that Alasdair should have left her and found someone better lol!

What are you going to rate it?

Laura the Highland Hussy I think a 4. I stayed up til 2am to finish it :)

Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog) I couldn't go higher then a 3, I think I have a low tolerance for annoying heroines!

Laura the Highland Hussy I got caught up in the story :)
I like the writing but hated how it was always "pray excuse me." "pray tell" I mean it got really annoying.

Laurie Garrison I agree about the ending.

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