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Daring the Highlander (The Legacy of MacLeod Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Laurin Wittig
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Book Description

The sweeping Scottish saga that began in Laurin Wittig’s novel Charming the Shrew continues in the romantic sequel.

After his eldest brother pays the ultimate price for plotting against the king, Ailig MacLeod returns to Castle Assynt with a heavy heart. On the king’s orders, Ailig’s father must forfeit the title of clan chief in favor of his youngest son or the entire clan will be set to fire and sword.

But before Ailig can deliver his message, he encounters the beautiful Morainn MacRailt, a young widow whose solitary life in her cottage down the glen, away from the boisterous castle, garners unwanted attention from men looking for a wife. Ailig is taken by her quiet confidence and the powerful connection he feels between them, but his duty lies at Castle Assynt where a series of crises have arisen in the wake of his brother’s death and his sister's abrupt departure.

Determined to bring his clan to order, but wary of whom to trust, Ailig makes a fateful decision: he calls on Morainn to serve as chatelaine, offering her the protection of life inside the castle in return for overseeing the stronghold. Clever Morainn quickly becomes one of his most important advisors, and as the trust between them grows, so does an undeniable passion. Together they seek to restore the MacLeod clan’s legacy, rebuild Castle Assynt—and discover a love unlike any they ever imagined.

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"This is a fantastic book with real heroes, true daring, devastating betrayal, surprising loyalty, and passionate romance. A perfect 10." -- Romance Reviews Today

"Wittig shows once again with Daring the Highlander that she is a powerful force in the Scottish historical genre." --

"Wittig...captures the essence of the Scots in her remarkable characters and their colorful, historically accurate, highly romantic love story." -- RT BOOKClub Magazine

Ms. Wittig has penned another highly emotional, soul-stirring historical novel rich in Scottish history." --

About the Author

Laurin Wittig was marked by her Scottish heritage at birth, when her parents chose her uniquely spelled name from a plethora of Scottish family monikers. At ten, she attended her first MacGregor clan gathering and her first ceilidh, where she danced with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, she visited Scotland, and it has fueled her imagination ever since.

She studied anthropology at Brown University before launching a career in the computer industry. But as a voracious reader, it was only natural she would become a storyteller too. She penned her first book when her children were young, writing whenever they napped. Her novel The Devil of Kilmartin won the National Readers' Choice Award for short historical romance, and all of her books have appeared on the Amazon Top 100 Historical Romance and Top 100 Historical Fiction lists. Wittig lives in southeastern Virginia with her two children, her husband, and their rescue Eskie.

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184901
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two out of three ain't bad March 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
LOVED her first two books. I will still buy anything she publishes (probably without even reading the summary)but this was my least favorite book

- not only did I not get my update on how my Cat and Tayg are doing. She was still known as the Shrew around the clan and not once did her brother stick up for her when people would continue to talk about her. (sorry but that kinda bothered me)

- I do not understand the hate that the Clan champion had for the hero Ailig. As much as he hated that man through out the book (again for no reason I understood) he was able to step aside with simply a grunt.

- I do not understand the hate Neill had for Ailig. I could understand being a little standoffish but from reading all my other books their circumstance was quit the norm back in the day so again personally I just didn't get it and then like the champion poof Neill was all good with Ailig becoming chief

- I'm sure it was just for plot purposes but with one clan leader known for treason I can't believe that the hosting clan would still be expected to allow those folks to stay there (especially with them being so hostile). I just kept scratching my head on that one.

I did enjoy the relationship between Ailig and Mora. I am glad that she didn't let her reservations from her first marriage get in the way of their time together. I did want to scream at her to LET IT GO already. So they didn't love each other after they got married. It didn't sound like he beat her, treated her cruelly or even yell at her. They just didn't care for each other. Not really worth vowing never to marry again...sheesh.

Again I loved the first two and all and all this was alright (I have read much worse and spent a lot more) so will not hesitate to buy another of Laurin's books!

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Laurin Wittig August 30, 2005
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Ailig MacLeod has just returned to his family home after finding his sister, and bears a message from the King that he knows his father will hate. How can he tell him that his beloved eldest son is dead from treason and the other two brothers were pressed into service in Robert the Bruce's army? And that's not even the worst of it... the real shocker is that Ailig has been ordered by the King to take over as clan chief, effective immediately.

Morainn MacRailt is a young widow who is content in her life on the edge of the village. She has sworn she will never marry again, but will remain free to live as she pleases. When Ailig returns, she feels for his plight but believes he will succeed. Her support means much to Ailig, even though she resists the attraction between them, remaining true to her vow to stay independent.

The situation has yet to grow even more tense, however. A rival clan wants more power, Ailig's father refuses to step down as Clan Chief until Ailig proves himself, and the doubts of the clan threaten all they hold dear. Will Ailig and Morainn's bond be enough to bring peace to their clan? And what of her vow to never love or marry again?

Laurin Wittig shows once again with Daring the Highlander that she is a powerful force in the Scottish historical genre. Her descriptive imagery will transport readers to the Highlands and the turbulent times when Robert the Bruce tries to unite all of Scotland. Readers will feel the wind on their faces, as they see and smell the winter snow along with the characters.

Ailig is a young man thrust into a position he never dreamed of having. His doubts are real, as are his internal strength and sharp mind.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No arrogant knights with wilting virgins! :) June 11, 2005
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What a refreshing romance! It's set against a lush backdrop of characters and politics in highland Scotland. A great balance between the central characters and the active environment of the time. I loved rooting for the underdog! Instead of the usual mysterious, arrogant, overconfident hero, this one is so much more human, with human doubts and worries, yet he shows such honor without any of the usual bragging. The herione is also different in refreshing ways. How wonderful to read about someone who is experienced, has known happiness, not cruelty, yet like the hero, is not arrogant or bossy. She takes on new challenges with the usual human worries, and rediscovers herself as a worthy person. If you are looking for a historical read that offers something different in the plot and in the characters, try this fabulous book! It is the first time I have read anything by this author, and I have already ordered her previous book, Taming of the Shrew.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING June 2, 2005
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I just could not get into this book. No real character development. At the end of the book, I really didn't feel like I knew the characters any better than on the first page. I didn't care what happened to these people because I had no emotional investment at all. If you want to read an excellant scottish novel, try "If You Dare" by Kressly Cole. I finished that book just before I read this one, and it was wonderful. I didn't want it to end. Excellent character develpopment, and the secondary characters are great as well. A riveting read. I couldn't put it down!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book great following from the first book
Enjoyed the book immensely, full of surprises and some mystery. Also has some very unexpected romance to the book in more than one way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Love the story and the action. Plenty of surprises around every corner. I look forward to the next book. Thanks.
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excell ent book the plot storyline
the characters were all great. this was a great book following book
number one can't wait to read book number 3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlene Gibbons
4.0 out of 5 stars good romance
I usually don't like romances, but this one sucked me in. The story moves fast with several unexpected turns. Good action story for those who like action. Read more
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Enjoyed it a lot\
Published 2 months ago by Pat Watts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Story was a little slow going but overall a good read. The end kind of left me hanging, wish there was a little more detail about Allig's father.
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Good story with some history
Published 2 months ago by Lela T. Graves
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This story was by far better than the first one in this series. Some parts were pretty predictable while others surprised me. I enjoyed every second of reading. Read more
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More About the Author

Laurin Wittig has been obsessed with her Scottish heritage since her first visit to Scotland when she was eleven years old, and was thrilled, years later, to discover Scottish romances.

She writes Kindle Top 10 bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances. Her books have been translated into German, Russian, and soon, French, and are sold in English around the world. Laurin lives in Virginia, and can be found on-line at

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