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Praise for Highland Heat "Mary Wine brings history to life with major sizzle factor."--Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author of For Duty's Sake "Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review She Has Hardly Any Choices Left... With her clan on the wrong side of the struggle for the Scottish throne, heiress D Praise for Highland Heat "Mary Wine brings history to life with major sizzle factor."--Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author of For Duty's Sake "Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review She Has Hardly Any Choices Left... With her clan on the wrong side of the struggle for the Scottish throne, heiress Daphne Macleod, once the toad of the court, is out of options... And They're All Dangerous... Norris Sutherland once helped Daphne, but she walked away from him without a backward glance. Now she's in deep trouble and needs him more than ever. But he may be lost forever...unless she can somehow convince him to forgive her. Praise for To Conquer a Highlander "Hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish nights...With a captivating leading lady and terrific pacing."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review "Not to be missed."--Lora Leigh, New York Times #1 bestselling author


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Praise for Highland Heat "Mary Wine brings history to life with major sizzle factor."--Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author of For Duty's Sake "Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review She Has Hardly Any Choices Left... With her clan on the wrong side of the struggle for the Scottish throne, heiress D Praise for Highland Heat "Mary Wine brings history to life with major sizzle factor."--Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author of For Duty's Sake "Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review She Has Hardly Any Choices Left... With her clan on the wrong side of the struggle for the Scottish throne, heiress Daphne Macleod, once the toad of the court, is out of options... And They're All Dangerous... Norris Sutherland once helped Daphne, but she walked away from him without a backward glance. Now she's in deep trouble and needs him more than ever. But he may be lost forever...unless she can somehow convince him to forgive her. Praise for To Conquer a Highlander "Hot enough to warm even the coldest Scottish nights...With a captivating leading lady and terrific pacing."--Publishers Weekly Starred Review "Not to be missed."--Lora Leigh, New York Times #1 bestselling author

30 review for The Trouble With Highlanders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance Story Rating-4 Stars Character Rating-4 Stars Romance Rating-4 Stars Heat Level-4 Stars Overall Rating-4 Stars A SIZZLING Highland Romance! Mary Wine did an excellent job on this book. I REALLY enjoy it from beginning to end. The story moved with a good pace that kept me interested. Of course I love me a HOT Highlander book and that is exactly what I got here, Scottish brogue and all. Norris is your typical Sexy Highland hero who is strong, brave and very honor Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance Story Rating-4 Stars Character Rating-4 Stars Romance Rating-4 Stars Heat Level-4 Stars Overall Rating-4 Stars A SIZZLING Highland Romance! Mary Wine did an excellent job on this book. I REALLY enjoy it from beginning to end. The story moved with a good pace that kept me interested. Of course I love me a HOT Highlander book and that is exactly what I got here, Scottish brogue and all. Norris is your typical Sexy Highland hero who is strong, brave and very honorable. The heroine Daphne was very humble, and always put other’s happiness above her own. They had fantastic chemistry, and when these two were intimate with each other, the heat radiated off of the pages. If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be sizzling. Daphne was constantly belittled, accused of bad things and deeds, but she kept her head held high and stayed brave through it all. She showed no weakness even when all seemed lost to her. Norris, of course being the honorable man he was, stood behind her through it all. Mary wrapped this story up nicely, but no epilogue. It’s too bad because I love reading epilogues. I surely would have loved to have read one even if it was just to give us a peek into the next book. I have no idea if Mary is going to write another book in this series, but there are a few characters from this book that would make for another good read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good sizzling Highland romance. *ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks via NetGalley*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey (A Bookish Life)

    This is a DNF review. I'm afraid I didn't care for this one nearly as much as the first book I read from this author. There was a sex scene before the first 50 pages were up which felt way too soon and left me completely unmoved because there were no feelings involved at all, least of all love. The characters had already been together previously in the book prior to this one which I'd read, but it didn't help with my connection to the characters at all, unfortunately. And the hero is a known woma This is a DNF review. I'm afraid I didn't care for this one nearly as much as the first book I read from this author. There was a sex scene before the first 50 pages were up which felt way too soon and left me completely unmoved because there were no feelings involved at all, least of all love. The characters had already been together previously in the book prior to this one which I'd read, but it didn't help with my connection to the characters at all, unfortunately. And the hero is a known womaniser, which is another pet peeve of mine. (Why do women enjoy reading about such men? I don't understand the appeal. They should be avoided at all costs if you ask me, both in real life and in fiction). I also did not appreciate the way he made her leave her home by announcing to everyone that she'd slept with him, thereby shaming her in front of her entire clan, and giving him the right to take her away in case she was pregnant. Pig. Because I'd enjoyed the first book I read by Mary Wine, I went way past my usual stopping time with a book I'm not enjoying. Made it to precisely half way. Then asked myself the all-important question, "do I care what happens next?" The answer, sadly, was no. ARC provided by the publisher for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debra Taylor

    I received this ARC via Netgalley & the publisher, Sourcebooks , in exchange for an honest review. I love a good Highlander romance. And author Mary Wine always does them justice. This is one very hot & steamy romance story. Who could resist a hunky Highlander in a kilt? Not me!!! And not Daphne. Daphne MacLeod gave her innocense to Norris Sutherland to prevent clan war. And he has haunted her memories ever since. Norris Sutherland can't forget Daphne or the passionate night they spent together. H I received this ARC via Netgalley & the publisher, Sourcebooks , in exchange for an honest review. I love a good Highlander romance. And author Mary Wine always does them justice. This is one very hot & steamy romance story. Who could resist a hunky Highlander in a kilt? Not me!!! And not Daphne. Daphne MacLeod gave her innocense to Norris Sutherland to prevent clan war. And he has haunted her memories ever since. Norris Sutherland can't forget Daphne or the passionate night they spent together. He persues her & brings her back to castle Sutherland as his mistress. Yet, he longs to make her his wife. This is a very passionate love story about two lovers who decide to risk all to be together. But first they will have to face clan prejudices & thwart the schemes of a couple of very nasty characters. There is great potential for at least two more stories to follow this one. I am dying to read about Gahan( Norris half brother) & Moira. (Hint...hint) And of course, there is Saer(Daphne's half-brother) . I think his story could be even more fascinating. Enough of my hints to the author. Let me just say that I loved this book. Absolutely freakin' loved it! I give it my highest recommendation for all lovers of Highlander Romance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Marcus

    This is my first Mary Wine book and I LOVED it! In my opinion it's a PERFECT Highlander romance. I'm a fan! This is my first Mary Wine book and I LOVED it! In my opinion it's a PERFECT Highlander romance. I'm a fan!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

    Review also on Book Obsessed Chicks Blog: http://book-obsessed-chicks.blogspot.... Daphne MacLeod was once betrothed to Laird Broen MacNicols but for many reasons that wedding was never destined take place. In order to escape that would- be marriage, Daphne MacLeod lost her virtue to Norris Sutherland. Both Daphne and Norris ultimately returned to their perspective homes, both still single and both a bit altered with all that went on between them. Being on the losing side after the Battle of Sauch Review also on Book Obsessed Chicks Blog: http://book-obsessed-chicks.blogspot.... Daphne MacLeod was once betrothed to Laird Broen MacNicols but for many reasons that wedding was never destined take place. In order to escape that would- be marriage, Daphne MacLeod lost her virtue to Norris Sutherland. Both Daphne and Norris ultimately returned to their perspective homes, both still single and both a bit altered with all that went on between them. Being on the losing side after the Battle of Sauchieburn, MacLeod lands were raided and left nearly barren, leaving Daphne to pick up the pieces and gather her clan in some sort of unity. She is still held with some contempt by her clan since the marriage to MacNicols would have helped the clan's dire situation after the battle, but Daphne knew she did the right thing. Three months after their loss, the MacLeod clan is trying to get it together, with some difficulty, and Daphne still thinks often of Norris Sutherland. In the three months since Norris Sutherland bedded Daphne, his mind also often drifts to thoughts of the lass. Things are no longer the same with him either as he finds himself uninterested with every other lass that throws herself in his path. Laird Lytge Sutherland watches his son ,Norris carefully and sees there is something amiss with his son's attitude. In a conversation with his son he suggests that Daphne may be a perfect match for Norris, providing the rumors of her elusive dowry are true. This sparks the interest of Norris who agrees that his father's suggestion might just be something to explore. So he sets out to the MacLeod holding with his bastard brother, Gahan and his loyal men in tow. Trouble brews brightly when neighboring Comyn leader Morrell Comyn sets his sights on capturing and forcing Daphne to become his bride. Comyn does not realize the enemy he makes of Norris Sutherland once he sets a hand on Daphne, or what lengths Norris Sutherland will go to make sure Daphne is safe and secure, even if he has to drag her back to Sutherland lands. Which he ultimately does, in the process creating turmoil on every side. On top of all that another woman, Sandra Fraser, vying for Norris Sutherland's attentions arrives, wreaking havoc with every breath she takes. Daphne is a formidable lass, but is she enough to take on the evil-doings? Will the Sutherland clan back her up when things go awry? Or will they allow Daphne to hang? All these questions and more are answered when you read The Trouble with Highlanders by Mary Wine. Oh how I loved this book. When an author and the story can get my emotions flowing, and I go from happy, to sad to angry ( where I wish I was part of the book and want to murder the evil wench), I know it's a winner. Then it has to have a strong female. I am so NOT for a whiny "woes me" chick. Daphne is in no way whiny. She is strong, she is sassy and she interesting. Norris is no slouch either, my ultimate male, tall, devilishly handsome and loyal. Mary Wine is a master or more appropriately the mistress when it comes to story-telling. I had just put down a book I could not get through to save my life, picked up The Trouble with Highlanders, and stayed up all night intrigued with this book. Reading it refreshed my memories of The Highlander's Prize by Mary Wine, where we meet Daphne and Norris. Yes, I loved that book too. The Trouble with Highlanders is a roller-coaster of romance, suspense and history all wrapped up in a paperback novel for all to enjoy. I highly recommend this, or any read by Mary Wine for that matter. I am so looking forward to the next book in this Highlander saga! ~KIMBERLY~ 5 Stars (Hook Line and Sinker) The Trouble with Highlanders

  6. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Crystal Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Mary Wine’s Highlander books are a really good series. I hate that I’m starting with the fifth one, The Trouble With Highlanders. Daphne needs all the help she can get. Her clan has lost everything. She doesn’t know how they will survive the winter. Everyone knows that she gave her virginity to the overlord Norris Sutherland. Everything is up in the air because there is no male to take over and s Reviewed by Crystal Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Mary Wine’s Highlander books are a really good series. I hate that I’m starting with the fifth one, The Trouble With Highlanders. Daphne needs all the help she can get. Her clan has lost everything. She doesn’t know how they will survive the winter. Everyone knows that she gave her virginity to the overlord Norris Sutherland. Everything is up in the air because there is no male to take over and she steps in even though she is a woman. Norris is a very strong and just Overlord. He can’t get Daphne off his mind even if she was the one that walked away. He decides to go see her because her dowery is in question. Also because he wants to see her. It had a slow start to it and I didn’t know if I would be able to get into it. I’m glad that I decided to give it a chance and kept on reading. That’s when things started getting very interesting. I couldn’t put it down after that. I enjoyed watching Daphne and Norris banter back and forth. It was so exciting to watch and really you could say they were both the winner. The sex between them could’ve set the sheets on fire but they didn’t always have sheets. Norris wasn’t ashamed like most men would be. He knew he was hooked and he didn’t care who seen. Of course Norris being a highlander he did let his temper get away from him. I loved when he would pick Daphne up and put her over his shoulder for everyone to see. You know out of every romance nothing is ever smooth sailing. You have a spoiled little witch. Well that’s the nice word that I will call her. Sandra Fraser is her name and she is after Norris. Will she get him by whatever means she can? I guess you’ll just have to read to find out. I enjoyed this story and loved how the characters interacted with each other. I hope that I get to learn more. I just know that some of them has to have their own stories and can’t wait to find out which. I have never read a book by Mary Wine but, I just want to say that I truly like her writing style. I felt the fear and the love that Daphne was feeling and that takes a lot for an author to do. So I want to thank her for pulling me into the story and letting me experience everything that her characters where doing. So now I’m ready for the next Highlander that will come into my imagination. I highly recommend this book to everyone because the sex was out of this world. What would you expect with a Highlander.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Norris Sutherland, heir to the Earldom of Sutherland, has been plagued for months with a dissatisfaction with life. A vibrant male, who has been the envy of the men in his clan and the dream of every clan female, finds himself interested in very little these days. His sex-life has become nonexistent by his own choosing. No matter what or who his aging father, the current Earl, throws in his path nothing seems to warm his blood. Norris is vexed by his own attitude, and knows he is disappointing Norris Sutherland, heir to the Earldom of Sutherland, has been plagued for months with a dissatisfaction with life. A vibrant male, who has been the envy of the men in his clan and the dream of every clan female, finds himself interested in very little these days. His sex-life has become nonexistent by his own choosing. No matter what or who his aging father, the current Earl, throws in his path nothing seems to warm his blood. Norris is vexed by his own attitude, and knows he is disappointing his father who is eager for him to find a wife and marry. Then, the mention of Daphne MacLeod turns all those long extinguished lights back on. Although Norris shared only one night of pleasure and bliss with the sensual beauty, he suddenly realizes she has never truly left his thoughts. She may be the answer to all his troubles, and even a match that his father would approve of should the rumors of a hidden treasure of a dowry be true. Why waste one more night in an empty bed? Daphne new the risks she took several months ago when she made the ultimate sacrifice in order to end a forced, arranged marriage. Truth be told, the only real sacrifice became her heart. She would never forget Norris Sutherland, but neither would she regret. In the months since their night of passion, many aspects of her life had changed and the meaning of sacrifice had become quite clear. Strength and fortitude had become her tools for survival, and Daphne would remain triumphant in spirit,if not in body. The last thing Daphne was prepared for was the reappearance of Norris Sutherland, however. She could survive her dreams, but can she survive the flood of emotion that follows in his wake? Mary Wine writes a captivating tale of fateful, struggling love. It has your rugged, heroic highlander pitted against the brash strength of a highland lass. A highlander you can't help but fall for. An irresistible tale of danger and rescue with a good dose of passion. Another for the lovers of the Highlands!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    The blurb is a bit misleading. This is what happens. 3 months ago Daphne had sex with the Earl of Sutherland so she did not have to marry her best friend who was in love with another woman. She is now ruined gods and tries to get her clan back on its feet. They are poor and without a clear leader. And Norris does think about her, as a certain part of him remembers her well. And that is where this story begins. Daphne is believed to be an heiress, which is silly since she knows she is dirt poor. The blurb is a bit misleading. This is what happens. 3 months ago Daphne had sex with the Earl of Sutherland so she did not have to marry her best friend who was in love with another woman. She is now ruined gods and tries to get her clan back on its feet. They are poor and without a clear leader. And Norris does think about her, as a certain part of him remembers her well. And that is where this story begins. Daphne is believed to be an heiress, which is silly since she knows she is dirt poor. She wants to feel free, she says what she feels and she is a strong woman, something that is not always good back then. Norris, the strong hero, the leader for his clan (and all that) is, well truth be told he kind of thinks with his favorite body part when it comes to the heroine. I liked the book because it had the usual drama. A couple that can't be but is on each other like rabbits anyway. A bitchy person that shows up (I shall say no more). And getting what you want, or do not know you want. But I did feel that Norris should have done more at times. There were some things and if I had been Daphne then I would just have told him to bugger off, but just like him she thought with her new favorite body part. Yes there is passion in this book if you have not noticed ;) Sexy highlander seeks woman that does not back down.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lovetoread47

    I loved it. My first Mary Wine novel. At first the heroine, Daphne, got on my nerves. She was stubborn, headstrong, fiercely independent, almost got herself married to the enemy clan, always testing the hero's, Norris, patience. However, her weaknesses were also her strength. She slowly won me over. Particularly, when she did not see herself above anyone else. She did not want to be waited on. She wanted to help out in the kitchen, but was berated for that. I liked Norris. He is alpha, protectiv I loved it. My first Mary Wine novel. At first the heroine, Daphne, got on my nerves. She was stubborn, headstrong, fiercely independent, almost got herself married to the enemy clan, always testing the hero's, Norris, patience. However, her weaknesses were also her strength. She slowly won me over. Particularly, when she did not see herself above anyone else. She did not want to be waited on. She wanted to help out in the kitchen, but was berated for that. I liked Norris. He is alpha, protective, sexy, he truly adored Daphne from the minute he laid his highlander eyes on her. He swept her away from her clan to his kingdom so that he may pursue her without any conflicts and/or her big brother running interference. Daphne was so much in lust and like with him that she did not care that he was heir to his clan and he had his own kingdom. She loved him for him; while, Norris loved her without a dowry. Pre-arranged marriages were a custom back in that long ago century and I'm sure it still plays a big part in some parts of the world. There is nothing wrong with that. It keeps the lineage and it is like a pre-nuptial agreement. Thus, if I was in that era, I hope to be as lucky as Daphne and Norris were. There were conflicts and enemies of the state. Nonetheless, those conflicts were resolved and those enemies were put down. It was a great read and I am a fan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    The second in this series was not the same balance of history and romance as the first. Still, well-written with some tense chapters due to the introduction of a nasty antagonist. However, true love conquered all... as always.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Daphne MacLeod is a strong willed and very passionate female lead as her counterpart male lead Norris Sutherland matches her well. The intrigue and conspiracies that accompany these characters romance added enough to the story to keep pages turning, even though there was no doubt in my mind about the outcome between the two. Fast, easy, enjoyable read as are any books penned by this author for me. Book 3 left and starting it this morning shortly with my breakfast.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Rogers

    It was ok I wanted to like the story. She’s a good writer. Unfortunately, the heroine was kind of like a wet blanket and the hero was unoriginal. I can read a book a day but this one took me 8 days. Towards the end I was just skimming to end it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clarice

    Norris wanted Daphne. Daphne needed Norris. The battle lines have been drawn. Makes a very good love story. Waiting for others stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cinemadam

    Wine books are never a bad read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I was so loving this book. Then Sandra happened. Oooohhhhh! I could kill her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mckernan

    good book good series

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meranda Semeniuk-Wappel

    This is such a good series! Would recommend this to anyone and everyone!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Such a great book. I am sad I have finished the series. A must read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    A. Jones

    The adventure continues. Another damsel - not in distress, but on the journey to find a life for herself. Good thing Norris Sutherland is there to help.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    Such a Great Story! What is sad is no epilogue!!! I always want so much more to the story. This was another wonderful story. Thanks so Much Mary Wine!!! 💜💜💜💜💜🥰🥰🥰😊😊 On to #3.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Very good series. I've enjoyed the first three, now to finish the series up!!! Very good series. I've enjoyed the first three, now to finish the series up!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jo

    Mary Wine's highlander novels continue to impress with her latest release THE TROUBLE WITH HIGHLANDERS. A sexy romance and a thrilling story make this a must read! Daphne MacLeon surrendered to Norris Sutherland one night in order to break a marriage contract with another man she didn't love. Weeks later, knowing their association is over, she still can't forget the night she spent in Norris' arms and neither can he. What was supposed to be one fleeting night has complicated matters between them Mary Wine's highlander novels continue to impress with her latest release THE TROUBLE WITH HIGHLANDERS. A sexy romance and a thrilling story make this a must read! Daphne MacLeon surrendered to Norris Sutherland one night in order to break a marriage contract with another man she didn't love. Weeks later, knowing their association is over, she still can't forget the night she spent in Norris' arms and neither can he. What was supposed to be one fleeting night has complicated matters between them and between their clans. Norris is expected to make an advantageous marriage with a profitable dowry and Daphne has nothing to offer but herself. As they continue to explore their shared passion, Norris is realizing that what Daphne has to offer is more than enough and he's not giving her up without a fight. Historical romance is truly alive and well as proven by Mary Wine's latest release THE TROUBLE WITH HIGHLANDERS. It is an absolutely fantastic novel offering a great Scottish romance. This is a continuation of Ms Wine's previous novel, The Highlander's Prize, but I would say it could easily be read as a stand alone. Daphne and Norris have a few scenes in the previous novel, but Ms Wine easily explains their situation and continues their story flawlessly in this novel. While I would strongly recommend reading both of them because they are both great stories, it's not necessary in order to understand THE TROUBLE WITH HIGHLANDERS. Of course, Mary Wine does a great job of establishing lovable characters and I certainly loved Norris Sutherland! He is the absolute perfect highlander. Fierce and tough when it comes to surviving in the highlands, yet his one weakness is the woman who tests his resolve. He wasn't one to deny his passions and his pursuit of Daphne was fantastically sexy. He knew what he wanted and he went for it. Really, after meeting Daphne, it was easy to see why she was so irresistible to Norris. She was exactly what you expected for a highland lass. She had the same fierce and determined spirit Norris displayed yet a tender side shown only by a woman in love. Ms Wine crafts many scenarios that display Daphne's wonderful strength. In one chapter, she would stand up to the most chilling enemy, but in another she would confess her deepest fears. All in all, she was a great heroine. If I had to pick one thing out of this novel that I loved best, it would have to be the passion these two characters shared that developed into such a beautiful romance. They could not keep their hands off each other for long but Ms Wine turns that passion into a satisfying and electrifying love story. Daphne and Norris work so well together because it's not just lust they share, but a respect and trust for one another. They make such a powerful couple, you can't help but adore their romance. This novel moves at a terrific pace. I put it down maybe once or twice, and not necessarily by choice. The couple's romance just consumes the first part of the novel and by the end you are on the edge of your seat as the drama unfolds. Ms Wine certainly drags her characters through a few dangers and trials that add enough drama to have you biting your nails in apprehension. THE TROUBLE WITH HIGHLANDERS has its fair share of angst and uncertainty, but it also has a thrilling amount of passion and romance. It all compiles together to make a fabulous story and the time you spend reading it worth every second. I highly recommend Ms Wine's latest release. She has established many supporting characters in this fabulous highlander world, which hints she is not done yet with this loosely connected series. I could not be more delighted, because my brief journey has been time well spent and I eagerly await another adventure. If nothing else, THE TROUBLE WITH HIGHLANDERS will remind you why Scottish highlanders are incredibly sexy. And trust me, this particular highlander and his story is worth all the trouble of reading it! Lisa Jo @ The Romance Reviews

  23. 5 out of 5

    Terree

    I wanted to love this book. It is everything I desire; a hot Highland hero, a strong outspoken heroine, faithful vassals and a few bad seeds, but it just didn’t happen. I will admit I did enjoy immersing myself in the politics of the 15th Century, the unspoken love of two people that wouldn’t come to fruition, the strict discipline followed by the guards and personal servants to prevent death and injury to those they served. Then it happened, ¾ of the way through the book it all changed, the plo I wanted to love this book. It is everything I desire; a hot Highland hero, a strong outspoken heroine, faithful vassals and a few bad seeds, but it just didn’t happen. I will admit I did enjoy immersing myself in the politics of the 15th Century, the unspoken love of two people that wouldn’t come to fruition, the strict discipline followed by the guards and personal servants to prevent death and injury to those they served. Then it happened, ¾ of the way through the book it all changed, the plot twist seemed contrived to me, and if it weren’t for this review, I don’t think I would have finished a book… for the first time in my life. Daphne MacLeod was sought after for her large dowry, but her father, during a large battle, fought for the wrong side. After his subsequent death and her forfeiting her virginity to the Earl’s son, their land was constantly raided to the point the whole clan was near starvation because they had no protector. Then, to make matters worse, the Earl’s son, Norris Sutherland showed up uninvited with a small army! The next morning Daphne was kidnapped as a neighboring Laird lured her away from the castle under the guise of stealing what little sheep they still had. He was after her alleged dowry and was beating her into agreeing to wed him when their overlord Sutherland and his army stopped him. Norris saw red when he witnessed Daphne being beaten with a whip. It had been 3 months since he and Daphne had agreed to the tryst that had taken her virginity to save her from a loveless marriage and would have started a war over a mythical dowry. This raiding and kidnapping wouldn’t stop unless he took her home, with him. She would be his and his alone, until he could sort out the feelings he had for her. His father, whose health was failing, told him to keep her for a mistress, but marry elsewhere for money, just as he did. But that just didn’t feel right; the thought of touching another woman turned his stomach. They must be careful though; there was always treachery afoot with him being the heir to the Earldom. Too many wished death and replacement, not only of him, but of anyone he was with. It also seemed that his father received missives daily for new offers of wives for him with large dowries. Then of course some just showed up on the castle grounds unannounced and uninvited. Take for example, one Sandra Fraser. Sandra Fraser and her brother Bari could just walk into a room and it could set a person’s teeth on edge. So when Bari started harassing or petitioning rather, the Earl to consider his sister Sandra to be Norris’s bride, well, Norris was disgusted and the Earl pondered it just slightly. Sandra on the other hand was busy threatening the life of Daphne, who was obviously Norris’s mistress and a threat to her plan to become his wife. I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, but the end seemed like a rough plot twist just to introduce new characters for the next book. I know that this has to be done, new characters have to be added somehow, but I personally feel that it could have been done without corrupting the staunch discipline of these characters that the author instilled for the entire book, by one person’s scheming ways. I have enjoyed Ms. Wine’s previous books and I was looking forward to this one, but I am sorely disappointed. The burning question is, auto buy or not to buy? Not, I’m sad to say. I’m afraid the plots may end up like this again, and even though I think I may like the new heroine, I’m not sure I’ll take the chance. Until Next Time! xxoo Terree

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp... Daphne MacLeod’s and Norris Sutherland’s reactions to each other may not be “sane” or “normal”, but they almost scorch the pages. Nothing is done in halfway measures. The heir to the Earldom of Sutherland and the orphaned, impoverished and disgraced daughter of a laird are not a likely match, but their “seeing-if-they-fit” makes spellbinding reading. Her coping after her fall from privilege into poverty, her determination to do her “du Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp... Daphne MacLeod’s and Norris Sutherland’s reactions to each other may not be “sane” or “normal”, but they almost scorch the pages. Nothing is done in halfway measures. The heir to the Earldom of Sutherland and the orphaned, impoverished and disgraced daughter of a laird are not a likely match, but their “seeing-if-they-fit” makes spellbinding reading. Her coping after her fall from privilege into poverty, her determination to do her “duty” to a clan that does not respect her, and her “I will endure” attitude puts her on a rocky road. Of course, she had already made a choice that kept a feud from erupting but had disgraced her. Norris Sutherland, that Daphne calls a marauder in civilized clothing, had been very happy to help her with that and then gone on his merry way—only now he can’t seem to forget the beautiful, intrepid woman whose passion flamed along with his. During the fifteenth century, the harsh, unforgiving Highlands produced harsh, unforgiving feuding clans that seemed to believe the end justified the means. Their unwritten code of ethics or the lack thereof is blood-chilling. To find gentleness and love amid all the killing, cruelty and misery is like finding a bit of heaven on earth. The way Morrell Comyn treats Daphne sends the temper raging. No human being should treat another the way he treats her. She does endure. But this reader zipped along the pages wanting to be sure this despicable character got his comeuppance. Even with the mores of the time less than charitable to women, his barbaric, savage actions horrify. With a marriage for power and profit prized far above a marriage for love, true love had little hope of prevailing. While Daphne is settled at Dunrobin the Sutherland’s opulent castle, under the protection of Norris Sutherland and in his bed, she knows real fear when Sandra Fraser arrives with her brother Bari along with a big dowry. Sandra plans to marry Norris and even offers Daphne a deal. The conflict and vicious methods that ensue whip the story into frenzy. Sandra’s Machiavellian ways make one shudder. The Trouble with Highlanders teems with intriguing secondary characters. Lytge Sutherland, Norris’s father is of the old school about marriage, but he has another agenda that adds a special bit of spice. MacNichols, Daphne’s jilted betrothed, and his wife, who is also his true love, play significant roles as the climax nears. Gahan, Norris’s half brother, is a powerful force in the workings of the Sutherlands. He and Saer, Daphne’s half brother, would be interesting characters to get to know more about. Their controlled savage nature seems ready to erupt at any time. Mary Wine keeps the adrenaline pumping with sizzling love scenes, savage Highlanders who are quick to judge, a demanding, threatening priest, antagonists both male and female that all but breath fire as they pursue their own agendas uncaring of all else. The fast pace keeps the focus on the goal while the woven in history keeps one grounded in the time and place of events. Ms. Wine takes one’s emotions on a rollercoaster ride from the horrific to the heavenly. Her hero and heroine’s happy-ever-after is hard won and precious. It is magical as it should be for she is his fire fairy strong and true. He is her marauder lover—a magnificent Highlander, savage with a thin veneer of civilized but gentle and unabashedly in love with her.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jami

    It seems odd to me that in most lists for best Highlander Romances, Mary Wine's books don't even appear. Having read all of Garwood's scottish tales, some Moning, and some Brisbin I took all the Mary Wine books off the shelf at my local library and I'm really glad I did. I've read two so far and they are both slightly different than the other Highlander novels I've read by other authors. For starters in every single other Highlander book I've read, the couple in question is always, always, always It seems odd to me that in most lists for best Highlander Romances, Mary Wine's books don't even appear. Having read all of Garwood's scottish tales, some Moning, and some Brisbin I took all the Mary Wine books off the shelf at my local library and I'm really glad I did. I've read two so far and they are both slightly different than the other Highlander novels I've read by other authors. For starters in every single other Highlander book I've read, the couple in question is always, always, always without a doubt married. Now they may not like each other, they may not want to be married for various reasons, but they always are. And this book was interesting to me because the couple WASN'T married when they first have sex (which happens off the page a few weeks before the actual book starts). It makes for some interesting politics that you don't often see in romance novels because everyone's so afraid of creating a heroine who doesn't adhere to the morals of the typical Good Christian Woman. She can never have sex outside of marriage. She can never cheat on her partner. She can never consider abortion. But in this book the heroine does all three and it's actually refreshing. In all the Highlander books I've read, you hear about lemans but you never really see one. Probably because authors are also afraid of making their male love interests irredeemable in the eyes of the audience. So even though having and keeping a mistress on the side was a very common practice in historical Scotland, no authors have the guts to write about it. Mary Wine does sort of take the easy way out here by making the heroine the leman for a short amount of time. And since it's a romance novel, you know she's eventually going to end up married to the hero because it wouldn't be a romance novel without the standard HEA, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Wine taking on the seedier aspects of Highland life including not being considered worthy of marriage, contemplating abortion to remove the stigma of having a bastard child, facing life as a mistress and not a wife. The plot itself was interesting with a twist at the end that I kind of wish didn't happen. The book didn't need it and I'm not sure why it was in there. It didn't really make much sense to me, but because the rest of the book was so good, I'll overlook it. It does lose a star due to being repetitive. There's a lot of craving going on. The heroine's belly twists with desire in literally every scene she's in. Everyone growls and/or snarls. Everyone. To convey every emotion under the sun. Snarling in joy, snarling in anger, snarling in confusion, snarling in humiliation. If you played a drinking game wherein you drank every time someone snarled, you would be dead from alcohol poisoning by the second chapter. But no book is perfect and I'll deal with the snarling just so I don't have to read the requisite 'forced marriage to a barbarian that I don't love but it's my duty to have sex with him' story line that makes up EVERY SINGLE HIGHLANDER BOOK EVER. So pick up this book for some hot sex scenes, some interesting glimpses into Highland living, and a couple who are attracted to each other but CAN'T get married as opposed to two people who are forced to get married.

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Romance Evangelist

    *This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review at SeductiveMusings.blogspot.com This is my first book by Mary Wine and at the time I began reading it, I did not realize it was the latest in an ongoing series. The event which drives the story - Daphne McLeod willingly giving up her virginity to Norris Sutherland in order to break an unwanted betrothal to another man - actually takes place in the preceding book. This book begins with each of them recalling th *This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review at SeductiveMusings.blogspot.com This is my first book by Mary Wine and at the time I began reading it, I did not realize it was the latest in an ongoing series. The event which drives the story - Daphne McLeod willingly giving up her virginity to Norris Sutherland in order to break an unwanted betrothal to another man - actually takes place in the preceding book. This book begins with each of them recalling that night and wondering what it meant to their futures. But it wasn’t clear to me until well into the book how much time had passed since then or whether Daphne’s belief that it had meant nothing to Norris was well-founded. Daphne is the only legitimate heir of a clan that had once ruled much and had great wealth but is now just barely hanging on. She has made great sacrifices for her clan, not the least of which was deliberately breaking the betrothal which would have destroyed them if it had come to pass. She has continued to wonder if that night meant as much to her as to the man to whom she’d given her greatest gift in order to make it happen. But Norris is her only hope if she is to be saved from the head of another clan who intends to wed, bed and murder her, all for a supposed hidden fortune that may or may not even exist. Norris is the legitimate heir to the Earl of Sutherland and overlord to all in this part of Scotland, including Daphne and all others who are trying to possess her and destroy her clan. He’s not sure what to make of this woman who only asked for one thing and then walked away, but he knows he’s not done having her with him quite yet. As a titled man responsible for continuing his family line, he can’t pick a penniless ruined woman to be his love... or can he? Although both Daphne and Norris are compelling and likeable characters, this book was very difficult for me to finish. The pervasive use of dialect made some conversations hard to follow and I found myself rereading some portions multiple times to make sure I knew what it is they were saying. The lengthy descriptions of the intricacies of clan loyalties and Daphne’s struggles to keep her clan fed detracted from what I really cared about - the romance between Daphne and Norris. Her character was almost TSTL (Too Stubborn To Live) but became less infuriating once she finally learned to trust Norris. I did enjoy the portion of the plot when Daphne’s life was endangered by her growing importance to Norris, and its resolution was satisfying. There were also parts which were clearly there to set up the next book in the series, but it’s unlikely I’ll be reading it after my experience with this one. Ratings: Overall: 3 Sensuality level: 3 (steamy M/F) For a complete understanding and definition of the ratings at Seductive Musings, click here

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Daphne Macleod is struggling with keeping her clan together and safe for the winter. Her half-brother and now her Laird has still not returned home and the clan is getting antsy dealing with raids and a neighboring clan wanting to steal her hand for her dowry of course. Her overlord Norris Sutherland heir to one of the largest clans in her area and the man she gifted with her virginity. Norris and Daphne sought each other out due to a mutual attraction and a desire to get out of arranged marriag Daphne Macleod is struggling with keeping her clan together and safe for the winter. Her half-brother and now her Laird has still not returned home and the clan is getting antsy dealing with raids and a neighboring clan wanting to steal her hand for her dowry of course. Her overlord Norris Sutherland heir to one of the largest clans in her area and the man she gifted with her virginity. Norris and Daphne sought each other out due to a mutual attraction and a desire to get out of arranged marriages where their potential spouses loved another. Since that night all Norris can think about is Daphne and he decides to check in on her as her overlord. Bookswagger Danielle: Four Crowns, good read, on the way to swagger. What can I say, I loved it and I’m already anticipating the next book. The author did a wonderful job giving the characters depth as well as making them likable. Daphne was a strong heroine she earned my respect when she went to herd the sheep with the men who resented her. Norris was strong and I did like him, I only wished he didn’t embarrass her so many times. His best quality was his loyalty and respect for his father. The chemistry between Norris and Daphne was intense and believable I kept waiting for them to get it together. Often half siblings in historical books are jealous and try to take each other’s place. The relationship between Norris and his brother Gahan was refreshing. I liked that the author showed they had genuine affection for each other and of course I like Gahan’s teasing comments.Are you interested in the next book? Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. I am a huge Mary Wine fan she does Highland romances like no one else. This was not one of my favorites although I did enjoy the read. Daphne was a strong and feminine heroine, she wanted respect, carried herself with pose while also allowing herself to be open to romance. She was not the drag in this story. The male Norris did protest too much. He put her in a situation where her morals were constantly questioned and she was fighting battles within the household that just didn’t fit. I know every romance needs conflict and this one is no exception. I love when the heroine is integrated into a new household and has to prove herself but in this one she did and got knocked down over and over again, I just could not help thinking this would never have happened if the hero had been clearer about who she was but oh well. I definitely plan on reading the next book because I believe it will be about Norris half-brother Gahan he stole the show for me in this story and I want to know more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie Jerrard

    Too short. It was a good story but I though the ending could have been better and longer. I wanted to find out the outcome of the parties involved.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was a very entertaining read for me that I enjoyed. I'm a big fan of highlander romance so this book definitely satisfied my craving for a good escape into the highlander world. This is the 5th book in the series but I didn't know this until I finished the book and it read great as a stand alone I didn't feel lost at all. Daphne has lost her brother and no one knows for sure he's even still alive so her lands get raided and everything is taken and she's practically starving but she has stoo This was a very entertaining read for me that I enjoyed. I'm a big fan of highlander romance so this book definitely satisfied my craving for a good escape into the highlander world. This is the 5th book in the series but I didn't know this until I finished the book and it read great as a stand alone I didn't feel lost at all. Daphne has lost her brother and no one knows for sure he's even still alive so her lands get raided and everything is taken and she's practically starving but she has stood up to be the one to run the show while he's gone. Before all this happens though she is brothel ed to marry a man that is in love with someone else so she sleeps with Norris, a laird and heir to a earldom. But this all happens before the book starts its just back story which kind of upset me because I like to experience the before and during the first time the hero and heroine are together or meet. But this is my only complaint besides the first half of the book being a little slow. Anyways, Norris can't stop thinking about Daphne and decides he's going to check on her after he hears the news of them being raided. He sleeps with her again a few times and then decides she has to come home with him to make sure she's not with child because he secretly wants her for his own but she has no dowry so he can't marry her or his father wouldn't agree. The romantic development between Daphne and Norris is stressful because of their situations and because she's being treated very badly by her and his people yet he is very arrogant and doesn't even try to hide the fact that they are lovers. I would recommend this book to historical and highlander romance fans. It's really a great read and the second half kept me up late trying to finish and it did finish with a great outcome. So definitely read this book if you love men in kilts.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terra

    Oh my this was a delicious story. This was more of a story of sexual conquest and high passions bursting forth than it was of an action packed adventure. Mary Wine sure knows how to push the buttons of her characters that's for sure. Daphne MacLeod is her father's only legitimate heir but that doesn't stop her half brother from coming along to claim his rights as Laird of the MacLeod Clan. Daphne is beautiful, willful, smart as a whip but honest to a fault. Actually is honesty all that bad when y Oh my this was a delicious story. This was more of a story of sexual conquest and high passions bursting forth than it was of an action packed adventure. Mary Wine sure knows how to push the buttons of her characters that's for sure. Daphne MacLeod is her father's only legitimate heir but that doesn't stop her half brother from coming along to claim his rights as Laird of the MacLeod Clan. Daphne is beautiful, willful, smart as a whip but honest to a fault. Actually is honesty all that bad when you are in a position that requires just that? Norris Sutherland is one Hell of a Highlander. Future Laird to the Sutherland Clan he has only one purpose in life set before him until a blond haired beauty shows up begging for a favor that no sane man would refuse. He is tall, lean, fair and kind to his people. A muscle bound package with intense passions that are sure to make a fair maiden howl with pleasure at Norris' tender ministrations. The story is of a stubborn lass getting out of a bad predicament without having to have caused blood shed while leaving her imprint on a mighty Highlander, driving him mad with emotions he's never dealt with before. A story of honesty and betrayal from two different women that want the same man and the lengths they will go to in order to snag their prize. Trouble abounds in a cat fight that will make any of the Scottish wars look like child's play. I could not put this book down and devoured it in less than twenty four hours. I think that is an all time record for me. Our author has made it quite easy to get snaggled up into this story making it easy to use all our sensory feeler's. I cannot wait for what may be next from Mary Wine.

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