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When Lady Mairiana MacKerrick witnesses her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, committing a murder three days before their wedding, she decides she must run away. Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a clandestine mission, but when he finds Mairiana hiding in the stables, he decides to help her escape. He remembers the lovely lass from their one meeting a few years before. When Lady Mairiana MacKerrick witnesses her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, committing a murder three days before their wedding, she decides she must run away. Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a clandestine mission, but when he finds Mairiana hiding in the stables, he decides to help her escape. He remembers the lovely lass from their one meeting a few years before. Though he was drawn to her, he always saw her as far beyond his reach. Mairiana finds her hidden inner strength and trusts the Highland renegade to protect her on their journey through the Scottish Highlands. On the way, they find an astonishing passion. But Alec will stop at nothing to reclaim his betrothed and destroy Darack, even pin a murder on him. Excerpt Angus, Scotland, June 1619 Sitting at the high table, Lady Mairiana MacKerrick frowned. She was listening to her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, as he murmured to the young guard who hovered about on the other side of his chair. "Meet me in the stables in a half hour." Alec's voice was barely audible to Mairiana over the roar of conversation in the crowded great hall of Lenor Castle, but what she heard crackled with impatience and irritation. What was Alec riled about? He'd always kept such a tight rein on his temper, she hadn't realized he'd had one. But over the last few days, his easygoing charm had begun to slip into a dour mood. He'd shoved down one of the young stable lads when they'd first arrived, then yelled at a serving wench shortly thereafter in the great hall. Mairiana had assumed he was simply exhausted and irritable, but what if it was something more? What if his true nature was rising to the surface? She was to wed him three days hence, but now she was growing uncertain about her future husband. He had been acting oddly since they had been in Perth, several days ago. That was when her brother Dugald, chief of the MacKerricks, had accused someone in the Lindsay clan of stealing a valuable dagger from him, the MacKerrick family heirloom known as the King Richard dagger. Mairiana hadn't seen the dagger since Dugald had carried it at her betrothal ceremony, and she'd defended Alec's innocence the entire time. She'd thought her short-tempered brother was overreacting and blaming whoever was convenient. But now, she was starting to suspect her brother might have been right. A cold, prickling dread settling into the bottom of her stomach, she pretended not to hear Alec speaking to his attendant. Instead, she gazed down at the jeweled thistle brooch Alec had given her a short time earlier—a wedding present, he'd said. 'Twas not a new brooch. It appeared to be a hundred or more years old. Most of the silver had been polished recently, but some tarnish remained in the tiniest cracks and crevices. Not obvious unless one examined it closely. Surely the rubies, sapphires and emeralds were real. It felt heavy and valuable. Alec leaned down close to her ear and murmured in what seemed to be a warm, intimate tone, "Do you like it?" "Aye, 'tis lovely." She glanced briefly at the lanky guard of about a score years who strode toward the stairwell. She still wondered what they were up to. "Was the brooch your mother's?" she asked Alec. His mother had passed many years ago, and now his father, Angus Lindsay, was married to a much younger woman. "Nay, 'twas passed down from my father's great aunt." Alec's blue eyes twinkled in that captivating way which had always beguiled her. From the moment she'd met him, she'd considered him perfect for her, from his golden hair to his strong muscular body. But was he sincere? "I love family heirlooms. They're so important in the traditions of a clan." Mairiana watched his handsome face closely, wondering if he truly had stolen her brother's dagger.


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When Lady Mairiana MacKerrick witnesses her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, committing a murder three days before their wedding, she decides she must run away. Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a clandestine mission, but when he finds Mairiana hiding in the stables, he decides to help her escape. He remembers the lovely lass from their one meeting a few years before. When Lady Mairiana MacKerrick witnesses her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, committing a murder three days before their wedding, she decides she must run away. Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a clandestine mission, but when he finds Mairiana hiding in the stables, he decides to help her escape. He remembers the lovely lass from their one meeting a few years before. Though he was drawn to her, he always saw her as far beyond his reach. Mairiana finds her hidden inner strength and trusts the Highland renegade to protect her on their journey through the Scottish Highlands. On the way, they find an astonishing passion. But Alec will stop at nothing to reclaim his betrothed and destroy Darack, even pin a murder on him. Excerpt Angus, Scotland, June 1619 Sitting at the high table, Lady Mairiana MacKerrick frowned. She was listening to her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, as he murmured to the young guard who hovered about on the other side of his chair. "Meet me in the stables in a half hour." Alec's voice was barely audible to Mairiana over the roar of conversation in the crowded great hall of Lenor Castle, but what she heard crackled with impatience and irritation. What was Alec riled about? He'd always kept such a tight rein on his temper, she hadn't realized he'd had one. But over the last few days, his easygoing charm had begun to slip into a dour mood. He'd shoved down one of the young stable lads when they'd first arrived, then yelled at a serving wench shortly thereafter in the great hall. Mairiana had assumed he was simply exhausted and irritable, but what if it was something more? What if his true nature was rising to the surface? She was to wed him three days hence, but now she was growing uncertain about her future husband. He had been acting oddly since they had been in Perth, several days ago. That was when her brother Dugald, chief of the MacKerricks, had accused someone in the Lindsay clan of stealing a valuable dagger from him, the MacKerrick family heirloom known as the King Richard dagger. Mairiana hadn't seen the dagger since Dugald had carried it at her betrothal ceremony, and she'd defended Alec's innocence the entire time. She'd thought her short-tempered brother was overreacting and blaming whoever was convenient. But now, she was starting to suspect her brother might have been right. A cold, prickling dread settling into the bottom of her stomach, she pretended not to hear Alec speaking to his attendant. Instead, she gazed down at the jeweled thistle brooch Alec had given her a short time earlier—a wedding present, he'd said. 'Twas not a new brooch. It appeared to be a hundred or more years old. Most of the silver had been polished recently, but some tarnish remained in the tiniest cracks and crevices. Not obvious unless one examined it closely. Surely the rubies, sapphires and emeralds were real. It felt heavy and valuable. Alec leaned down close to her ear and murmured in what seemed to be a warm, intimate tone, "Do you like it?" "Aye, 'tis lovely." She glanced briefly at the lanky guard of about a score years who strode toward the stairwell. She still wondered what they were up to. "Was the brooch your mother's?" she asked Alec. His mother had passed many years ago, and now his father, Angus Lindsay, was married to a much younger woman. "Nay, 'twas passed down from my father's great aunt." Alec's blue eyes twinkled in that captivating way which had always beguiled her. From the moment she'd met him, she'd considered him perfect for her, from his golden hair to his strong muscular body. But was he sincere? "I love family heirlooms. They're so important in the traditions of a clan." Mairiana watched his handsome face closely, wondering if he truly had stolen her brother's dagger.

30 review for Defended by a Highland Renegade: A Scottish Historical Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    idk why I didn't realize this was a novella. I read it in less than an hour. holy insta love. they "hated" each other for a paragraph, each thinking the other was rude/spoiled and then bam! after 2 hours they're in love. I don't like novellas that rush things like this, and this one in particular was highly disappointing. idk why I didn't realize this was a novella. I read it in less than an hour. holy insta love. they "hated" each other for a paragraph, each thinking the other was rude/spoiled and then bam! after 2 hours they're in love. I don't like novellas that rush things like this, and this one in particular was highly disappointing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Enchanting! Defended by a Highland Renegade by Vonda Sinclair is a very captivating novella! Ms. Sinclair is a talented storyteller who never disappoints me, and Darack and Mairiana's story was very pleasing. I spent a wonderful afternoon following these two passionate characters through the Scottish Highlands. This story starts as Mairiana witnesses her future husband, Alec, murder a man. Therefore, the trust she had in him is definitely broken and she tries to run away. Then, Darack finds her Enchanting! Defended by a Highland Renegade by Vonda Sinclair is a very captivating novella! Ms. Sinclair is a talented storyteller who never disappoints me, and Darack and Mairiana's story was very pleasing. I spent a wonderful afternoon following these two passionate characters through the Scottish Highlands. This story starts as Mairiana witnesses her future husband, Alec, murder a man. Therefore, the trust she had in him is definitely broken and she tries to run away. Then, Darack finds her hiding and decides to help her by running away together. Along their journey filled with action, twists, and turns, they will share secrets, and this trust will create a strong bond between Darack and Mairiana. Beautiful chemistry between these two made their passion impossible to resist. While running away together, Mairiana had to play a role that she didn't expect and events made her aware of Darack's Scottish charm. Who can resist a highlander! This novella was fun to read, and some scenes are so cute and funny! I felt a beautiful tenderness and passion between Mairiana and Darack, and I highly recommend Ms. Sinclair's books! Defended by a Highland Renegade is a Scottish novella to enjoy for a couple of hours of pleasure! I'm a fan of Vonda Sinclair and will always be! *Reviewed for books & Benches

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Shear

    All beautiful but naive Lady Mairiana MacKerrick wants to do is marry Alec Lindsay, whom she thinks she loves, until that is, she is witness to him murdering an innocent young man and realises that not only did he steel her brother's dagger, but he is a liar, has a terrible and violent temper and is a murderer. Fearful for her life, should Alec find out she saw what he did, she begs Darack Grant to help her escape, when he finds her in the stables. But Darack is not who he seems. This handsome, ta All beautiful but naive Lady Mairiana MacKerrick wants to do is marry Alec Lindsay, whom she thinks she loves, until that is, she is witness to him murdering an innocent young man and realises that not only did he steel her brother's dagger, but he is a liar, has a terrible and violent temper and is a murderer. Fearful for her life, should Alec find out she saw what he did, she begs Darack Grant to help her escape, when he finds her in the stables. But Darack is not who he seems. This handsome, tall, heroic and honest young man has his own story to tell and soon their attraction to each other turns to love in this magical tale of twists and turns. They are both on the run, but the villains are always close by and the pace of this book moves along quickly, from the very beginning to the very end. Vonda Sinclair spins her usual magic in this wonderful tale of two young people finding love in the darkest of times. I couldn't put it down, I loved it!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candace N

    Mairiana is the first heroine I've come across in a Vonda Sinclair story that had me all over the place (in a good way). In the previous novella I didn't like Mairiana.  I thought she was spoiled, selfish, shallow and not overly interesting. I wanted to see her redeemed but at the same time I didn't see how it was possible. I was blown away that she was redeemed and how quickly it was done. Vonda Sinclair is a magician. Darack was a wonderful hero, and he bugged Mairiana mercilessly, I laughed q Mairiana is the first heroine I've come across in a Vonda Sinclair story that had me all over the place (in a good way). In the previous novella I didn't like Mairiana.  I thought she was spoiled, selfish, shallow and not overly interesting. I wanted to see her redeemed but at the same time I didn't see how it was possible. I was blown away that she was redeemed and how quickly it was done. Vonda Sinclair is a magician. Darack was a wonderful hero, and he bugged Mairiana mercilessly, I laughed quite a bit at his antics. I didn't want the story to end. A very captivating and wonderfully written story, from start to finish.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    Lady Mariana MacKerrick is happy. She's settled, after becoming engaged to the man of her (almost) dreams. That is until the night that she learns his secret double life and witnesses him murder a man in cold blood... Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a secret mission to find that which was stolen from his mother and bring it back to her. But things take a turn and he is honor bound to help the bonny lass escape her betrothal and return to her home. Though Darack finds an evergrow Lady Mariana MacKerrick is happy. She's settled, after becoming engaged to the man of her (almost) dreams. That is until the night that she learns his secret double life and witnesses him murder a man in cold blood... Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a secret mission to find that which was stolen from his mother and bring it back to her. But things take a turn and he is honor bound to help the bonny lass escape her betrothal and return to her home. Though Darack finds an evergrowing attraction to the lady, she is well beyond his station. What life could a renegade ever hope to give a highborn lady?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Enchanting the Highlander Anthology Mairana just found out that her fiancé is a thief and a murderer. Thankfully her brother's friend Darack happens to be there because he had been spying on the fiancé in question. Darack and Mairana team up to get back to her brother. Of course, along the way, they fall in love. So, even though it was obvious, it was a very cute story and both the characters were very likeable. Enchanting the Highlander Anthology Mairana just found out that her fiancé is a thief and a murderer. Thankfully her brother's friend Darack happens to be there because he had been spying on the fiancé in question. Darack and Mairana team up to get back to her brother. Of course, along the way, they fall in love. So, even though it was obvious, it was a very cute story and both the characters were very likeable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jsga914

    I love Vonda Sinclair's series of books - each with its hero and heroine. I can't imagine finding out that someone in my life is a thief, liar, murderer and abuser. As with all of this genre, the hero is brawd, tall, and chivalrous. The heroine is bonny, naive but adventuresome and brave. Despite this categorical profiling, the author does make a lively story and throws in a bit of history... Still loved it. Takes my mind off of today's school shooting and the political rife of our day. I love Vonda Sinclair's series of books - each with its hero and heroine. I can't imagine finding out that someone in my life is a thief, liar, murderer and abuser. As with all of this genre, the hero is brawd, tall, and chivalrous. The heroine is bonny, naive but adventuresome and brave. Despite this categorical profiling, the author does make a lively story and throws in a bit of history... Still loved it. Takes my mind off of today's school shooting and the political rife of our day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Wonderful! !!!! I am absolutely in love with this series. Darack finds Mairiana hiding in the stables after she witnesses her betrothed murder a mam. Darack being there for his own reasons helps her and vows to get her back to her brother. I can say it best like this. I'll tell you what I want, what I really really . I really really want another book in this series! ❤ ❤ ❤ Wonderful! !!!! I am absolutely in love with this series. Darack finds Mairiana hiding in the stables after she witnesses her betrothed murder a mam. Darack being there for his own reasons helps her and vows to get her back to her brother. I can say it best like this. I'll tell you what I want, what I really really . I really really want another book in this series! ❤ ❤ ❤

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 We all need a Darack in our lives, Be still my Heart . The perfect hero , leader of an outlawed clan , defender of women, and downright drop dead gorgeous, braw highlander. Mairiana , sister to a clan Chief , betrothed to a murdering chiefs son , determined, feisty and outspoken. The two together make for a wonderfully, entertaining and enjoyable read .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hanlie Pienaar

    Defended by a Highland Renegade How often are we dazzled only by what we see. Unfortunately, the bad is only exposed too late, but not in this highland tale. A lovely romantic story, with lovely characters! Enjoy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Books & Benches

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Vonda Sinclair's Defended by the Highlander is a fantastic read of of a lass on the run from a murdering finance and runs into a brawny highlander Darack Grant aka (MacGregor )whose name in Scotland is outlawed , these two characters are amazing , lots of intrigue , suspense ,trust and romance , love this lady's writing she brings me so much pleasure when i read one of her books , highly recommend. Vonda Sinclair's Defended by the Highlander is a fantastic read of of a lass on the run from a murdering finance and runs into a brawny highlander Darack Grant aka (MacGregor )whose name in Scotland is outlawed , these two characters are amazing , lots of intrigue , suspense ,trust and romance , love this lady's writing she brings me so much pleasure when i read one of her books , highly recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    susan ashworth

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason wilson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Gwen Sanderson

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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