While in Scotland, it was too cold for even the hardy Scots to run around in a kilt with no shirt on, but we can dream, don’t you agree?
Winning the Highlander’s Heart
Determined to avoid King Henry I’s randy advances, Lady Anice of Brecken attempts escape, wishing to find a Highlander to escort her home to her castle in Glen Affric where she will rule until she can find a laird worthy of her hand. Laird Malcolm MacNeill desires an English bride to improve his standing with those in power. But rescuing the Scottish lass from an escape attempt casts him into deadly political intrigue when the king sends Malcolm and his brothers to escort the lady home and investigate the disappearance of some of her staff. Now he must protect the king’s ward without losing his heart to the willful lass, or he could very well earn His Majesty’s wrath…and lose far more.
Here is why I loved this book:
- The author (Terry Spear) has a gift of making it easy to imagine yourself in another place and time while you get to know the characters.
- While this story is fiction, the historical settings are accurate.
- The characters are well developed and believable.
- This is not your average romance novel. There is action, mystery and suspense throughout the pages.
- Happy ending? Well, I won’t give the ending away, but once you start reading this novel, you will find it hard to put down until you find out for yourself. ~~CoryA
5 Angels Fallen Angel Reviews!!!
Winning the Highlander’s Heart is just that. Two independent Highlanders, both proud and stubborn, reluctant to let another into their hearts. Anice believes she is completely capable of handling her life without the need for a man. She is a strong, believable heroine, trapped by medieval society’s conventions. The Highlander Malcolm is braw, strong and everything that is noble and desirable in a man. There is something about a good, strong Highland romance that stirs the soul. Winning the Highlander’s Heart is a story of true romance and adventure. It is definitely worth reading on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Reviewed by: Janet
http://www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com under May 2006 reviews.
Lighthouse Literary Reviews
FIVE BEACON REVIEW FOR WINNING THE HIGHLANDER’S HEART
by Terry Spear
Winning the Highlander’s Heart is a most delightful story. Anice and Malcolm are sweet likeable characters that are very easy to fall in love with. I loved the part where she thought that he would consider an Englishwoman over a bonnie Scottish lass. Malcolm is like a shining prince in the way he seeks to protect Anice. I loved the conversation throughout the story and the remarkable chemistry that the two shared. They are like two different peas in a pod the way Malcolm seeks to protect her but Anice doesn’t like being controlled. Terry Spear creates two charming characters with incredible skills that make them unique. I love the way Anice is strong and determined and shows no signs of being the weaker sex when it comes to some matters yet very vulnerable in others. With a wonderful consistent storyline and well-developed secondary characters Winning the Highlander’s Heart is an incredible tale. Terry Spear allows the reader to practically see and feel the sensations that each character emits. Exciting, captivating, mesmerizing and down right sensational this book has all the delectable elements that make it a huge winner!
Reviewed by: Linda
WINNING THE HIGHLANDER’s HEART
Vintage Romance Publishing
Vintage Romance Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups
Anice, Countess of Brecken, is sent to Arundel, home to her cousins King Henry I and Queen Mathilda to be found a suitable husband. Resigned to her obligatory fate, she does find issue with the King’s randy behavior and attempts an escape from his advances by climbing out her third story window and falling straight into the arms of a handsome Highland rescuer. She never expects it is a beginning of a pattern that endears him to her very heart.
Malcolm MacNeill, Earl of Pembrinton, arrived at Arundel with his brothers as a man with a title but no holdings. Seeking to remedy that issue by marrying a Norman noblewoman, it would solve many ills plaguing him. He never expected the greatest of which to be a Scottish Countess attempting to secure her freedom from a third story window and falling into his lap. It is that stirring distraction by the bonny Scottish lady that turns his life into an adventure neither could foresee. By virtue of murders having taken place back at her castle in Scotland and the King’s own machinations, Malcolm and his brothers are forced to escort Anice back to Scotland acting as her servants.
This novel was stunning in its suspenseful complexity and a brilliant romance was crafted by a deft imagination. Treachery stalks them at every turn as jealous suitors and scheming family set to destroy a love blossoming under the harshest of conditions. Set in my favorite period of English history, she weaves documented historical fact with lush, captivating fiction.
Her Highlander men are breathtaking and brave. The heroine is delightfully strong willed and oft times cheeky. Together it makes for quite an adventurous and sensual read.
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“Intrigue, political maneuvering, and engaging characters results in an entertaining story that will keep the reader turning the pages. A great read!” Shelley Munro, The Second Seduction
Title: Winning the Highlander’s Heart
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Author: Terry Spear
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WINNING THE HIGHLANDER is a delightful story right from the very first
page. I was easily able to envision Anice in all her stubborn glory as
she avoids the king’s advances, refuses to allow Malcolm to dictate
what she should do, and insists on returning to Scotland in order to help
determine what foul play has befallen her people. You can’t help but
adore Malcolm. He’s an honorable man, trying to do the right thing by
traveling to England and seeking out an English bride but becomes
attracted to Anice even before the king entrusts her estate to him.
This story is fast paced, full of witty dialogue, and interesting characters
that will keep readers entertained for hours. If you like historical
stories about those braw Highlander men, you’ll love this book.
I was looking for my Highland hero, but as you can see when I visited one of the castles, I was bundled up in a wool coat and still freezing. 🙂 And no Highlander to be found!
I have roots in the Highlands–my grandmother’s MacNeills and the Campbells, and in Edinburgh–my grandfather’s Playfair family. My grandmother’s Hawthorns were from Ireland, and my grandfather’s Kelly were from Ireland too, and his family might have been from Wales, thereby giving him the name of Welsh. I find genealogy fascinating, but visiting the land of the Celts even more so.
One day I’d love to return!