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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first saw this book, my first thought was it was a rip off of Karen Marie Moning, who is one of my favorites. However, when I saw it at my local library I decided to give it a shot. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

The heroine, Flora isn't some helpless flower, she's willful, clever, mischievous and untrusting of highlanders. The hero, Lachlan is built of steel a man, bound by honor to his clan - but with a tender heart. What struck me most was how sizzling the chemistry was between them. There were also some very spicy sex scenes too. The book did follow the basic formula of most historical romance novels - but I still thought it was an enjoyable read and well written. I'm looking forward to reading more of Monica McCarty's books.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2007
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Highlander (Laird) Lachlan Maclean is desperate to protect his clan. He will do anything to restore his rightful place at his castle and bring his brother back. Anything. That includes abducting the highlander heiress and wooing her into marriage. If only it were that easy. The Holyrood hellion was aptly named. For there never was a more troublesome making woman. Och! A beauty for sure, who lefts broken hearts at court. But Lachlan isn't intimidated by the wee bonnie lass. He doesn't need or want her heart. He only needs her hand in marriage. How difficult could that be?

Flora MacLeod is determined not follow the path of her mother, a bartered political pawn. The handsome and dangerous highlander may have stolen her, but never her heart! Certainly she will never agree to a marriage. Nay! All his wooing will come to naught. For she will never succumb to his desires. Even if they become her own?

Because of her birth and wealth (of which she has no control over) Flora is know as the greatest marriage prize in Scotland. The alliance through her marriage alone would make her valuable, but with her money she is irresistible. But she doesn't want marriage on anyone's terms. She doesn't want to end up like her miserable mother. Then she is abducted and fights for her life. Bringing forth her entire arsenal of trouble making ways. While held captive she reluctantly finds love. Only the secret the hero holds can shatter the bond they so tenuously have formed. The hero is torn. Doing what is good for his people and not hurting the one woman he loves. No one will emerge from this unscathed.

If you like those strong heroine types then this is for you. Another hunky highlander and his spirited lass. Similar and just as good as the prequel 'Highlander Unmasked' (my personal favorite of the trilogy) in that the hero is torn between his duty and love. Well fleshed out characters and an intriguing plot. But the loves scenes? **thud** (that's me fainting here ;)) Maccarty doesn't call it highlander UNCHAINED for nothing! Lachlan sure doesn't hold back in his lovin'! Recommended. A fine Scottish historical romance with plenty of spice.

And kudos to the author for adding the interesting tidbit about the legend about the 'Lady's Rock'. Makes you want to believe in fairy tales and HEA endings.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2007
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I have read the first 2 books in this trilogy and if I had read this one before the others I might have given it a higher rating. This is because this book and now I've discovered all 3 books are virtually the same book. All that is different is the character names. The author pretty much uses the same dialogue, same descriptions, same love scenes as the previous 2 books. It was quite annoying. Towards the end of this one I was skipping parts and even the love scenes got to be a bit too much. I got bored with them because it was just the same old recycled scenes. If you read these books alone and read them about 5 years apart, then maybe you wouldn't notice how similar everything is. So my recommendation is, read the first book, Highlander Untamed. If you read this one, you've unknowingly read the other 2 as well.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2007
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Normally, when I wait anxiously for a book, I feel a little bit down. HIGHLANDER UNCHAINED definitely did not provoke that sentiment. If anything, this book is even better than the first two in the series, HIGHLANDER UNMASKED (#2) and HIGHLANDER UNTAMED (#1).

Flora McLeod (half-sister of Rory and Alex, the previous heroes of the series) is taking her life into her own hands. Instead of submitting to a possible arranged marriage by her powerful brothers, both Rory and her other half-brother Hector Maclean of Duart, or her powerful uncle the Earl of Argyll, she has picked her own husband and decided to elope. Her elopement, however, is ended quickly when they are stopped by Lachlan Maclean of Coll. He has his own plans regarding Flora's marriage - namely that he himself should be her husband. And in doing so, he will save his brother's life.

I absolutely loved the character of Flora - she's willful and strong, without being stupid and spoiled. She's the perfect match for Lachlan, who is prideful and powerful, but without being autocratic about it. The chemistry between them leaps off the page, and makes you fall in love with them. Excellently researched and written, HIGHLANDER UNCHAINED is a wonderful read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I've read the entire series and really enjoyed each book, but this was my favorite. Why? The hero Lachlan was a more well rounded hero who didn't spend most of the book fighting his feelings, which I just loved! The heroine was also smart and quite likable. These two made a perfect couple. I also liked the contrast of a rough alpha male wooing a sophisticated woman who he feels is too good for him, all within the boundaries of her being his prisoner.(Yeah, that does make it a bit tough!) Ahhh, so heartwarming. There is also a tale of a curse, which helps tie the story together and was also quite interesting.

In summary, the hero kidnaps his enemy's younger sister(Flora) with all intensions of wooing her into marriage to seal a bargain with her cousin. Flora is beautiful and independantly wealthy, thanks to her deceased mother. She refuses to be forced into a marriage that isn't soley based on love. Lachlan sets about earning her trust, and eventually her heart, meanwhile losing his heart in the process. There is much back story going on, including his clan and brother being in much danger. This marriage will help free his people and revenge his enemy, if Flora will agree to mary Lochlan. The story was fast, adventurous, and very romantic. The sensuality was very steamy, making this also a hot read. These books can all be read in any order. Highly recommended! Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was a really good story, and but for all the sexual innuendo I would have given it 5 stars. It's nicely written with an engaging plot and likeable, well developed characters. The story is set in the early 1600's when Scotland and England were both under the rule of King James; this is the beginning of civilization within the Highlands, unfortunately! Sigh. You know what I mean, the King was determined to bring peace among the clans and stop all the clan fighting. Personally, I prefer stories set in the medieval period, early 1500's or earlier.

Anyhow, Lachlan is in a bind. His brother has been wrongly imprisoned by the King and he needs the Campbell influence to get him out. Furthermore, he is in the middle of a clan dispute with another faction of the McLean clan who has taken possession of his primary keep. In desperation he turns to the Earl of Argyll, cousin to the heroine, Flora. While meeting with Lachlan, Argyll learns of Flora's impending elopement plans. He then proposes a plan to Lachlan, one that will solve both their problems. Lachlan must prevent Flora from eloping and convince her to marry him instead. He can't force her; she must agree. In return, Argyll will use his influence with the King to get Lachlan's brother released and have the King order his lands returned. The deal is struck; Lachlan doesn't like it, but he has no other choice.

Flora is a marital prize. She is half-sister to two of the most powerful lairds in the Highlands and cousin to the influential Earl of Argyll--easily the most powerful man in Scotland. Add to that, Flora is extremely wealthy; we are told that she is worth a king's ransom. Flora is determined not to follow in her mother's footsteps. Her mother had married out of duty four different times, none of which resulted in a happy marriage. On her death bed, Flora's mother extracted a promise from her daughter that she would marry for love. Not believing that she will be able to fulfill her promise to her mother, Flora decides that at the very least she will marry a man of her choice.

On the night of her would be elopement, Flora's carriage is stopped and she is abducted by Lachlan and his men. Subsequently Lachlan takes Flora to his keep and a planned wooing begins. LOL Truly the story that unfolds is pretty engaging, there is an overabundance of mutual admiration between Lachlan and Flora. She's always thinking how virile Lachlan is, how handsome, how beautiful, and on and on. While he is always thinking how beautiful she is and is in a constant state of hardness whenever he's around her. Truly it became tiresome and after a while I started to skip over the sexual encounters, some of which lead to sex some not. If you took out all passages describing how sexy they each found one another, and how hot they got for one another the book would be a good 100 pages shorter! I'm being facetious, but you get my point.

Eventually Lachlan develops real feelings for Flora and feels badly about his scheme, but he has no choice but to follow through with the plan for the good of his brother and clan. When Flora finds out she is devastated and Lachlan must make amends and prove to his lady love that is devotion to her is real. I have to say that I found the end of this story very satisfying. When Flora first discovers the truth she is understandably upset, and I for one did not appreciate Lachlan's reaction. On the one hand he was remorseful for having hurt Flora, but on the other he felt like she was overreacting. But Flora is no wilting flower and if Lachlan thinks she'll just sit and accept her fate, he's in for a rude awakening. ROTFL

As you might expect, this is not a clean romance; far from it, in fact. LOL There are a few graphic sex scenes, and a whole ton of sexual innuendo. Other than the surfeit of sexual innuendo, the story is actually pretty good. A solid four stars from this reader. Happy reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2010
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This is the third in the MacLeod Trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked and now Highlander Unchained) and it is by far the best. I reviewed Highlander Untamed and gave it only 3 stars as it (and Highlander Unmasked) dragged with too much repetitive narrative and some issues with the characters and story. However, I persisted in reading the rest (because I'd bought all three) and was rewarded with this one. (I have since read McCarty's second series, the Campbell Trilogy and found all three of those quite good so she's apparently overcome the problems with the first two in the MacLeod Trilogy). This story takes place in early 17th century Scotland. The featured MacLeod is the blue-eyed, golden haired sister, Flora--the bonniest heiress in Scotland--the "prize" desired by many suitors for the wealth and lands she'll bring to a marriage. Her mother, married four times to men not of her choosing, wanted Flora to marry for love, but headstrong Flora's main desire is to make her own choice, love notwithstanding. So, rather than be forced into an unwanted marriage, she chooses to marry a friend and a Lowlander, Lord Murray, who has his own wealth--and they decide to secretly elope. On the way, their carriage is set upon by Highlander brigands, or at least she thinks so. Actually, her handsome and dominating captor is Lachlan Maclean, the Maclean of Coll whose castle has been taken by her relative and whose clan is impoverished. He takes her to a lesser keep of his where his plan is to woo and marry her. But there is a curse on the MacLean clan imposed by one of Flora's female ancestors who was left to die on a rock by the husband she loved. No Maclean can prosper without a Campbell by his side and a MacLean's life must be given in love for a Campbell to lift the curse. Lachlan's ancestor had been the man who'd left the Campbell woman to die on the rock. And, Flora's mother was a Campbell. So the story begins... This one worked well and McCarty does a good job of character development, believable story, interesting dialog and great sexual tension and suspense. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that the action is slightly slower than those I rate as 5 stars and I'm not sure I'll read it again. But that doesn't mean I didn't find it throughly enjoyable and great Highlander fodder. And, I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Format: MP3 CDVerified Purchase
This final book in the MacLeods of Skye series by Monica McCarty is a very enjoyable book. Once again, London native Antony Ferguson did a wonderful job narrating this last installment. His skill with various dialects and deep male voices made the larger than life characters come alive. He does a good job performing the female voices in the book as well.

I honestly have only one criticism of this book. The heroine is a 1600's clan woman with a 21st century attitude that might even be a bit belligerent by today's standards. Granted, she is sister to the clan chief, but even at that she would have been more of a pawn than the stubbornly independent woman portrayed in the book. However, I can tolerate that in a historical romance that isn't leaning too heavily on historical facts and details.

I do recommend this wonderfully performed audiobook and its predecessors (linked below). The 12 hour performance will keep you entertained throughout.

Highlander Unmasked: A Novel (MacLeods of Skye)
Highlander Untamed: A Novel (MacLeods of Skye)
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on March 20, 2013
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I liked book 3 of the MacLeod trilogy much better than book 2. There is great chemistry between Flora and Lachlan, and lots of intimate moments between the two of them that are well written. I'm not talking about the sex - which is great - but more about the scenes in which they are alone together, just interacting and talking. It makes the falling in love so much more believable. I liked Flora so much better than Meg, the heroine of Highlander Unmasked. Meg seems to be like a sad puppy dog trailing after Alex. Flora was more confident in herself and adventurous. I also liked it much better that this story took place mostly at Lachlan's keep, rather than at Court like book 2. Highlander life is much more interesting than Court life.
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on May 17, 2010
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Unlike Highland Warrior where the female lead annoyed the heck out of me with her non-stop trust issues, I liked the heroine in this book much, much better. Monica McCarty gives us the most delicious heroes in all of her books and they deserve worthy mates. Flora was fiesty and yet sweet when she needed to be. I loved how even after being kidnapped and held against her will in the beginning, she was still kind to Lachlan sisters. She didn't take her anger out on them or the others in Lachlan circle. Only time she ticked me off was towards the end when she ran from Lachlan straight to evil Hector. But don't worry...she learns real fast what a huge mistake that was so all's well.
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