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Highland Captive [Kindle Edition]

Mary McCall
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

English-born Lady Alera of Arundrydge is a procrastinating defender and nurturer with a secret gift. She wishes to avenge crimes against her family and find her father, who is missing and presumed dead. When a nefarious uncle hands her over to Viking slavers, she escapes only to be caught by a big, sexy barbarian, whose touch ignites passion.

Laird Duncan Ranald has good reason to hate all things English. They nearly wiped out his clan. Discovering the luscious beauty who washed up on his shore and stoked his lust is English, he decides to keep her as his leaman for a little revenge.

Realizing she’s his soul mate, Duncan decides to wed her, but Alera won’t cooperate. Escaping Duncan becomes nearly impossible for Alera as she helps his clan and he creeps into her heart. But if she stays, how will vengeance be had and what will become of her father?

Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Champagne Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably ok... October 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm just writing this review because my opinion is slightly different from those already posted and I wish there was something like this to read before I purchased the book. Not to imply this would have changed my decision to purchase, but there was such high praise for it I was expecting a lot more than I got out of it.

Yes, some of the lines between the character had me laughing out loud. Yes, I liked the characters. The heroine was strong. The hero was not a complete jerk. I did not like their first sexual encounter. It kind of aggravated me, especially after his conversation with the priest. There were a number of sexual encounters between the characters that by the time I got to the one where they come to each other out of love I skimmed through it. I guess for me it was one of those things where they had tasted the milk so many times I didn't care that they were now ready to buy to cow, so to speak.

The Scottish dialogue wasn't that great either. I kept hearing American modern dialogue. Phrases like "hot and bothered" sound funny thrown in a sentence with words like "'twoud." There was a lot of modern cursing in this as well that I'm not used to seeing in period pieces. I'm not a prude about cursing. I just mention this because it stood out in reading. Her fury, part of her Gift, I kept waiting for it to be completely unleashed and it seemed as though it was held at bay and so there was no satisfaction on that end. And then the ending was honestly just a little weird, somewhere out of left field from a character that you hear almost nothing about throughout the story. It seems there might be a setup for another story with this Chris at the end, which seems like it could be another oddball.

Overall, I liked it, but did not think it was great.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something here? October 23, 2011
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I've never written a book so I feel very bad about writing this review knowing the author did something that is extremely hard and she put time into it....but I couldn't honestly let all of those reviews be taken seriously. This book is very poorly written, not only in the language but also in the way the story line sort of falls together. There isn't a good continuity, the characters lack any depth and the female protagonist is definitely a Mary Sue. Its sort of like she wrote it (and again I feel kind of bad about saying this) like a child. For every situation that came there was some kind of immediate solution that seemed too convenient. Someone gets sick and the heroine is all of the sudden a healer, there's a fight and she's magically turned in to a warrior...Really? I'm all for a surprise or two in books but nothing really seems well thought out or planned. Don't buy this book, its a waste of money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read May 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The irrepressible "gifted" Alera, daughter of deceased Brahana, the Scottish Highlander, and English Baron Robert of Arundryde, escapes Viking slaver that her Uncle Mortimer sold her to. Of course, she had the help of her guardian angel Henry. She struggles mightily to curb the raging demon inside her as she thinks about her conniving uncle and recalls her Uncle Julian MacKay's saying, "If a snake slithers across your path, you should kill it". She determines to do just that as soon as she can find her way back home.

Flung up on the Scottish coast by the icy sea, Alera is propelled into a life-changing drama that is full of humor, incredible love, and a challenging contest of wills, along with dangers that make the heart pound.

Duncan Ranald, Laird of Laidirken, is a warrior, a handsome massive giant of muscle that exudes raw power. He is amazed to see a near-nude golden goddess poised to kill a wild pig. Lust races in his blood. He wants her and takes her to his home to recuperate from the trauma she has suffered. Thus begins an absolutely delightful relationship woven into a a story full of intrigues, hatreds, unscrupulous clans, along with super natural beings and powers that communicate with and give aid to Alera, "the Gifted MacKay".

The many secondary characters add sub-plots and back story as they reveal truths and relationships that had been kept secret from Alera for many years. The meddlesome little twins are great fun to know and they do much to propel the story along. Of course, the MacKay women like Aunt Hope, Aunt Toril, and Alera bring fun, common sense, and a bit of foolishness to a time in Scottish history when many call all Scots barbarians.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 2, 2011
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I can honestly say I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much.

I laughed,I cried, I sighed - It doesn't get any better than that!

The hero and heroine were both likeable, there was no big misunderstanding, they were delightful together, Alera was not a shrew and Duncan was everything a hero should be.

The scene where Alera is telling the clansmen that you don't spank a dog today for something he did yesterday was flat out the funniest scene I have ever read in a HR novel.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally one worth writing a review for!!! August 13, 2011
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In the last year and a half I have read a total of 225 books. To say I am a heavy reader would be an understatement! In all of the books I've read, mostly Scottish romance; I have never posted a review for any of them. To me, that speaks volumes, no pun intended. This is a fantastic read! No boohoo poor me damsel in distress here. I would be more likely to call her a distressing damsel for all the "mischief" she causes and finds herself in the middle of. This is an empowering female lead even though she is seduced by her soul mate.

The love scenes were steamy and artfully written. Not your typical, same ole same ole blase redundant lines reworded in every chapter. This author really knows the right angle to take in this area.

I loved this book and the authors style. It was very easy to read and kept me engaged from beginning to end. I bought this book late last night and finished it in about 8 hours. Again, I'm a heavy reader and read pretty quick. I usually have to pace myself to truly enjoy a book; but, I couldn't put this one down.

I can't wait for the 2nd book to be published. I immediately went in search of it not realizing that Highland Captive was just released. I imagine I will have to wait a while for it to come out. But, I'm sure it will be worth it and I can't wait to read Faith and Brendan's story. I really hope this author won't leave me hanging for 4 or 5 years like so many other authors do.

Ms. McCall, if you happen to read this; my hat is off to you. I don't give praise lightly. I hope to see more of your work soon!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
writen to fit a formula.
Published 3 months ago by justine kumeisha
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
Best book ever! Comedy mystery and love you can't miss out with this book everyone should read this book highland treasure comes before this one equally as good
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife likes it very much.
Published 4 months ago by G. C. Boyette
3.0 out of 5 stars ummmm....
so i bought this book when it first came out and loved it. i recently reread it and was very disgusted. the way the hero treats alera in the beginning is dispicable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kat o philly
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful reading
I realized this was my second time reading! I don't like reading the same book because there are so many books to read. But this book is so fun I might read it again ! 😀
Published 5 months ago by sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 6 months ago by Dewey E Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 7 months ago by Julie Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good summer read,
Published 8 months ago by Sharon Hritz
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what to day this book was amazing!!
I don't know what to day this book was amazing!!! Highland Promise and Highland Treasure are just as good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by melissa lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Highland Captive
Beautiful Romance Story & very well written funny & witty all the way thru however I don't want to give away too much. Read more
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More About the Author

In the beginning, God said, Let there be light...
Several thousand years later, after many eons of famine, pestilence, war, and police actions (that we all know were wars the government couldn't sell us on), God the Father said, "The world needs more righteous humor and romance. Let Mary McCall be born."
God the Son said, "Dad, it's my turn. Let her words bring joy and inspiration to the masses. I am placing a pencil in her hand."
God the Holy Ghost chuckled. "I'm topping both of you. I'm inspiring the invention of the internet to spread spam, email jokes, time-draining games, and otherwise confuse the masses. And in that world, all authors, including Mary, will have to promote their books. Who's got humor now?"
Thus, on a cold December 31st four minutes before midnight in the Texas Panhandle on Reese Air Force Base near Lubbock, Mary was born to Robert Duncan McCall and Minnie Stone Fulcher McCall. Lt. McCall wiped his brow and grinned at his wife. "Thank goodness you timed that well. She's a tax deduction for the whole year."
After that, she cost her parents tons of money. She began with crayons on the walls, furniture and floors. Her parents saw that wasn't good and surrounded her with tons of butcher paper. By the time she turned three, she was a reporter. She told her parent about her brother breaking the glass on the coffee table, about her younger sister painting the bathroom with shaving cream, and about her older sister ironing her hair. Her parents saw that wasn't good and explained the difference between being a reporter and being a snitch.
Onward Mary grew until she was quite verbose. She wrote poems, book reports, research papers, satires and just about anything she could think of. Since she was using paper and pencils/pens, her parents saw this as good. Unfortunately, Mary didn't like French. So when her high school French teacher gave her an A for paper on the Eifel Tower that she didn't write, she took the A and kept her mouth shut. Over the years, Mary spent many hours in the confessional.
Eventually, Mary wrote for nurses, business people, hospitals, doctors, psychology professionals, spiritual people and just about anyone else who wanted to read her words. This landed her for a time in Who's Who in Nursing and Who's Who in Business Professionals. Everyone kept telling her that she should write fiction, because she had a storytelling flair to her non-fiction, making it easy to read.
An avid reader, she finally decided to try her hand at it. When her serial-killer who ritualistically terminated his victims according to the Passion of Christ turned into a romance, Mary decided she wasn't going to be the author of the next Cherry Ames detective series and she would write historical romances instead.
Once she wanted to write a TV series about her dating life called, Mary Fills a Monastery, but Will & Grace came out the same year, so she decided the timing wasn't right and got a new dog.
In addition to writing, Mary loves to read old Latin manuscripts, learn new & trivial historical facts, and sing. While she likes to sing melody, God's humor extended to her larynx, and she's a true contralto. She can also sing Ole' Man River in the original key, so go figure. Her favorite music is Ambrosian and Gregorian Chant and early polyphony. Her favorite composers are Palestrina, Mozart, Fr. Fredrick Faber, Billy Joel, and Elton John. Oh, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. She never writes a love scene without The Phantom of the Opera playing in the background. Her favorite cyber playground is the Julie Garwood Bulletin Board with like-minded wenches, and her yahoo groups at too-numerous-to-count.

Mary's favorite author:
Simon (aka: Peter): no last name. He was a Jewish fisherman but ended up in Rome.

Mary's professional writing memberships include:
Romance Writers of America
River City Romance Writers
Hearts through History Romance Writers
Celtic Hearts Romance Writers
Faith, Hope & Love RWA, Inc.
Electronic and Small Press Authors Network
Savvy Authors, Inc.

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