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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2008
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Having read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, I was a bit aprehensive of the second in what looks to be a trilogy. Could it measure up? Actually, I found this to be much more enjoyable than the first book. What made the first book a delight, the witty banter, is found equally in this one but is actually more enjoyable as it is the hero and heroine who get all the best lines. To me it read like a meatier Julie Garwood, complete with a well seasoned warrior matching wits with a heroine who thinks nothing of challenging him with his own claymore. You got to love a heroine who thinks nothing of throwing stones at her hero after he has been shot. If only we all had a bit of Claire in each of us.

I found Claire Stuart to be a breath of fresh air as she embraces the life of the warrior and the cause of the Royalist rebels and yet along the way she learns to accept if not easily embraces her feminine side. Claire is not a twit and clearly has no problem giving as good as she gets be it with a sword or her sharp tongue. Graham Grant, is my kind of hero a seasoned warrior but wasn't put off by his lady's warrior prowess and he actually embraced it. Of course until he fell in love with her but she too is leveled by love and they are fun to watch. Especially as Graham becomes what he fears most: a love sick pansy. As a reader it is always fun to watch a couple struggle to find their paths to each other. Readers will enjoy the expertly crafted sexual tension that grabs the reader within the first couple of chapters and does let go until the very end. The intimacy scenes with this couple were not overdone and were effectivily used to show the heroine' and hero's growth from lust to love. If there was one character that needed a good shot in the dark it was Anne, but then she was Robert's problem. She was a good contrast for Claire but at times she was just to caught up in what was proper but provided a nice contrast for Claire.

The story was well grounded in the history of the period, a period that is sadly lacking in historical romances be they Scottish or English of late. Ms Quinn knows how to effectivily place her well developed characters in the history of the period to provide a sense of time and place, without hitting the reader over the head with it. For those who like trilogies or spin offs, Ms Quinn effectively foreshadows events/people in this books which this reader hopes is a promise that in the future we readers will be able to visit with this couple and those of the first book to resolve those events still unsolved in this book.

If you like Scottish romances and aren't all caught up in the typical historical periods of Scottish history (1300's/1746) and enjoy a story not peppered with cliched "kinna/dinnas" then you must place this one at the top your to be read pile. You won't be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 13, 2008
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Paula Quinn sets her romance during a tumultuous period of Scottish history when factions of Scotland's Third Civil War re-emerged. Oliver Cromwell has died and General Monck, a man who had served Cromwell and Parliament throughout the civil wars, now aligns himself with forces seeking the restoration of Charles II. A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS opens with a vignette into this fascinating explosive time with a vision that focuses on two men and a woman caught up in the political drama of the period. Graham Grant, the first in command of the MacGregor clan, sits in a pub with an unlikely friend, Robert Campbell, the Earl of Argyll discussing their order from Monck to find the Royalist rebel Connor Stuart. Two unlikely friends, Royalist and Highlander Graham and Presbyterian, or Roundhead, Robert Campbell join forces seeking to save Scotland from anarchy. Captured by Graham and his forces, Claire Stuart knows she must hide her identity and link to the royal family from the Roundhead men she sees before her. With her brother Connor dead, Claire has one goal and one goal alone --- to save her sister Anne from the treacherous Monck. Graham knows he must stop Claire from her plot against Monck so he proposes a compromise, getting Claire to agree to join forces with him in exchange for his assistance rescuing her sister. Political intrigue infuses this romance as alliances are not so easily discerned and Claire's brother and sister have become pawns in a political clash between Roundheads and Royalists.

The heroine Claire is one feisty woman! Taught by her brother to fight, Claire is a woman who carries a sword not a broom. She would rather fight than sew and when it comes to love, Claire is just as tempestuous and passionate. Commander Grant, the hero, is just as full of fire, tempered with just enough insight and patience to get what he wants. Thoughtful and knowing in battle, women are mere diversions, to be enjoyed and left for more important political aims. Grant certainly meets his match in Claire, a woman as single-minded and devoted to politics and her family. When these two come together, love is combustible! A secondary pair complements these two perfectly -- Robert a man as chivalrous and honorable as Galahad and a man who respects the law and Claire's sister Anne, a true lady in heart as well as lineage.

A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS strikes the reader with its beautiful use of language, dynamic dialogue and amazing detail. In one scene where Paula Quinn describes the eyes of a potential enemy, readers feel the danger in an almost tactile way as if looking into his eyes. Paula Quinn carefully orchestrates intrigue as one small detail, talk of a letter or a certain phrase, emerges later in a more ominous circumstance whose framework has been carefully planned earlier. A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS is a sexy romance, as much for the subtle facial expressions and dialogue between the hero and heroine as the kisses and beyond. Passionate emotions abound as historical politics, honor, betrayals and irresistible love draw unlikely forces together in a dangerous mission. Paula Quinn brings A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS to a conclusion with a beautiful, beautiful ending with a love just as fiery as the first sparks.

Paula Quinn's A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS is so full of emotion and intrigue that it makes this reader want to read about Scottish history in much more detail. Paula Quinn's historical romance makes a reader feel history, not just think it. Readers feel the political and personal stakes at risk when love and politics mix during this uncertain interregnum period of Scottish history. A HIGHLANDER NEVER SURRENDERS inspires late night reading!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 10, 2008
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The year is when Scotland's Third Civil War has re-emerged.

Oliver Cromwell has died. General Monck of the New Model Army wants to see Charles II restored to power, so he enlists the help of men like Lord Robert Campbell, Earl of Argyll, a Presbyterian and Graham Grant, highlander, Royalist and first in command of the MacGregor clan.

Claire Stuart has been captured by some Puritan Roundheads. Claire winds up getting rescued by Lord Robert Campbell and his friend Graham Grant. Unfortunately Claire
is anything but happy to see Robert and Graham. Claire is on a mission to save her sister, Anne from getting married to General Monck. Actually Claire is more than mad she is out to kill someone and that someone winds up being General Monck. But first Claire has to escape Graham in addition to keeping her true identity of being the king's cousin a secret. In order to keep Claire from ruining things, Graham tells Claire he will help her to rescue her sister. What Graham will soon learn is he was better off letting Claire do her own thing as she is one hellion, especially with a sword.

I just loved the characters in this book. They were so strong and independent. This statement 100% applies to Claire with her take charge attitude. I found it to be an enjoyment, especially when her angry was aimed at Graham. It was funny because Graham would treat Claire like a two year old but at the same time this is when you could also feel the sparks between these two. I have to admit that it wasn't hard to enjoy this book but because one it was written by the lovely Paula Quinn and two it was set during the Scottish times, which is a favorite time period of mine. A Highlander Never Surrenders was a royal pleasure to read. I am already anxiously awaiting Ms. Quinn's next release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2008
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What can I say aboot this, you give me a braw laddy wearing a kilt swinging a claymore in one hand and a sword in the other fighting for the good of Scotland and makin love to his lassie. Well who could want more.
Ms Quinn is one of my favorite Highland writers, her novels are very touching, sensual and full of action and this one is no different and left me as always longing for the Highlands
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2008
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Claire Stuart is an independent woman. She's been brought up fighting alongside her brother. Since her brother has been murdered and her sister kidnapped, Claire decides it's time to exact a little revenge. On her way, however, she finds herself in need of rescuing.

Robert and Grant are happy to save the woman they find strapped to a tree. The only problem is that for some strange reason, she doesn't seem to think she needs to be saved. What will they have to go through to prove that she needs their help?

Amid political rivalry, Claire must attempt to exact her revenge and fight for her cause. If only she could get rid of these two men who keep bothering her!

My only complaint about this story is that at the beginning I had a really difficult time trying to keep all the characters straight. About halfway through I realized that there were other stories that went along with this book. It's the classic case of reading a book out of sequence and being a little lost. Everything else about the book was wonderful though. I love the characters! They are so vibrant and alive that you feel as if you know them. They're also exciting and not the every-day characters that you come across in a lot of books. I kept thinking to myself, "But I thought he was the good guy!"

The settings are alive and described well enough that you can easily see them in your mind. I also loved the range of emotions that this book gave me. At some points of the book I couldn't help but laugh while at others I was at the edge of my seat wondering how on earth they were going to get out of such a predicament!

I was a little lost on the entire political drama, but I did think it was really interesting that it was based on actual historical events and people. Overall, great read, but not amazing.

Armchair Interviews says: For most enjoyment, read these books in order of the series. Lord of the Mist, December 2007 release was first in series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2010
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I reviewed Laird of the Mist, her first in this series, and loved it. I had heard this one wasn't as good. I don't agree. I truly loved the story of Claire Stuart, the girl with long flaxen blonde hair and clear blue eyes who grew up a tomboy to become her brother's best warrior, and Graham Grant, the Commander of the MacGreggor Clan, a warrior who never wants to marry and keeps all the bar wenches happy in his bed. Claire and Grant come together like two colliding comets in a time of Scottish history where there is betrayal and unrest in England as well as Scotland. There is something about a surrender to love of two strong unwilling hearts that just grabs you. And Quinn does a masterful job of telling the tale, weaving in humor in a very natural way, witty dialog and fast moving action that does not disappoint. I had just finished a not so great romance by another author and couldn't wait to get back to a really good one...thank you Paula Quinn for yet another wonderful highlander romance, even if it did keep me up till 2 am reading it! You got me as a devoted fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2008
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Paula Quinn's previous novel 'Laird of the Mist' introduced some of the characters that we meet in 'A Highlander Never Surrenders' although it's not necessary to have read this book to follow the action in this one. Graham Grant, a Highlander, is travelling with Roundhead Robert Campbell, Duke of Argyll, when he rescues a young woman who is being attacked by several men. Once the dust settles Grant discovers that the young woman, Claire Stuart, thought she was perfectly able to deal with the man. Not only that, but she's cousin to the King and is in the process of trying to avenge the death of her brother, Connor. As Graham and Robert travel with Claire she shows her headstrong nature - as well as her skills at fighting. But do they know who is to blame for Connor's death? Can they find safety for Claire's sister Ann? Will their brother's plans for their marriages work out?

There was nothing wrong with this book as such but somehow it failed to engage me - perhaps I've read too many stories about feisty women and monosyllabic claymore-wielding Scotsmen. The historical setting with the hints about the forthcoming Restoration were interesting, and some other historical characters thrown in for good measure. But overall I was rather disappointed with the story, it felt rather like Romance-by-numbers, and I wasn't particularly charmed by Graham Grant. Although this particular story finished at a reasonable place it is clear there will be a further story in this series - but I won't be going out of my way to find it.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In 1659 English General Monck captures Scotswoman Claire Stuart. He plans to use her as a negotiating pawn to force her brother Connor, leading an enemy fighting force using guerilla tactics, to end their rebellion by surrendering. While in captivity, Claire keeps in shape and improvs her fighting skills waiting for the opportune moment to escape and join her sibling.

Graham Grant is a superb warrior, but refuses to join the fight. He joins his brother-in-law, a Royal Scottish Earl, Robert Campbell on a trip where he learns of Claire's captivity. Graham helps Claire escape and accompanies her as she heads to her brother. As they fall in love, neither has any hope of a future together as she supports the rebellion and he pushes for peace.

Using real historical figures and events to anchor time and place, Paula Quinn provides her fans with an engaging seventeenth century romance. Claire is a fabulous lead female who prefers to fight alongside her brother while the capable warrior Graham is sick of death, maiming, and blood chooses peace. Readers will relish their delightful match up as Ms. Quinn provides a strong war and peace historical.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 26, 2008
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This is not my normal genre - but I loved it! This book takes place in Scotland in 1659 , Claire Stuart is a warrior who is off to rescue her sister and ends up Highlander Grahan Grant and Robert -Earl of Argyll insisting to escort her... Clair and Graham respect and fight from the very begining! I loved the romance, mystery (since I didn't know my history) and great characters, Enjoy!

Check out all her books; Lord of Seduction,Lord of Temptation (Warner Forever),Lord of Desire (Warner Forever),Laird of the Mist (Warner Forever).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2008
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Having truly enjoyed Laird in the Mist, I was anxious to read the sequel. Paula Quinn doesn't disappoint. This story was just as exciting and as sensual. I loved the heroine, feeling a bond with a twenty-first century woman stuck in a time where her talents and independence aren't appreciated. The hero was perfect, not only in characterization but perfectly matched with heroine Claire.

A wonderful read, Ms. Quinn! Looking forward to more great stories from you!
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