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Highlander Untamed: A Novel (Macleods of Skye Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Monica McCarty
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Book Description

Rory MacLeod is a bold and powerful Highland Chief with only one allegiance–to his clan. He vows revenge against the rival MacDonald clan, though duty demands a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald–a bride he does not want and has no intention of keeping. But Rory couldn’t have anticipated the captivating woman who challenges his steely control, and unleashes the untamed passion simmering beneath his fierce exterior.

Blessed with incomparable beauty, Isabel MacDonald is prepared to use every means possible–including seduction–to uncover her husband’s most guarded secrets. Instead Rory awakens Isabel’s deepest desires and her sweetest fantasies. Now Isabel has found the happiness she’s always dreamed of with the very man she must betray, and discovers that passion can be far more dangerous than revenge.

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"In her irresistible debut McCarty gives life to the exciting and colorful times of Highland feuds. . . . McCarty is destined to win fans who will wait with bated breath for the next book in the series." ---Romantic Times

About the Author

Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous Scottish historical romance novels, including the Campbell series, the MacLeods of Skye series, and the Highland Guard novels. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children. Visit her at

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson, a native of London, England, is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3320 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345494369
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 31, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000U6F9XW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This is my favorite kind of romance novel; a book that sucks you in and you just can't put it down. I especially loved that the romance between these two was allowed to evolve into something deep and emotional, not just a lusty superficial attraction that so many romance authors try to pass off as 'a love story'. Now this was a true love story! I can see why this book is such a run-away hit. Rory is the ultimate alpha male, and the author does a great job at balancing his warrior persona by making him tough, raw and flawed, but not going overboard and turning him into some superhero or unrealistic savior type. There was everything in this fast pace book; deep intrigue, action and suspense, love and steamy sex scenes (I loved how Rory became playful in bed toward the end. Yum!), betrayal and risk,...etc. Bravo to this new author. I highly recommend this book to fans of romance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LIES in one BREATH and LOVE on another....ARGH!!! May 27, 2010
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this was the most frustrating book i have read in a long time...Rory and Isabella are deemed physically perfect beyond belief and while Rory has been given more depth of personality in the beginning of the book as the Chief of his clan, Isabella is about as vanilla as you can get...I wouldn't think this except that she cries and LIES on one breath to Rory and then tells him she loves him in the is so redundant and drags on and on and on and on and on with the same LIES and issues that i got fed up half way through the should be truthful and trust that the truth will set you free, how can she say she loves him and sleep with him with so many lies in her heart...don't bother with this book there are sooooo many other Highlander books that are better!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This story has everything you want... A powerful hero, strong but loving female, great love scenes, exciting battle scenes, enthralling plot... you name it.

The MacLeod and MacDonald clans are in the midst of a brutal clan war. Seeking an end to the bloodshed, the king handfasts Isabel MacDonald to the MacLeod chief, Rory.

Rory already has plans to secure an alliance with another clan through marriage, but has no choice other than to follow the king's command for "a year and a day". He plans to spend the year ignoring Isabel. When the handfast time is up, he will send her home and marry the other woman.

Isabel is the perfect pawn for her uncle's treacherous plans. He uses threats to Isabel's brothers and father as a means of forcing her compliance. Isabel must use all means available, including giving Rory her virginity, to make Rory fall in love and share his clan's secrets with her. Uncle Sleat has two tasks that he demands of Isabel: Find a secret entry to the MacLeod castle, and steal the clan's "Fairy Flag" (A cloth said to have been given the clan by a fairy, it is believed the clan can never be beaten when caring it.)

When Rory and Isabel first meet, they are instantly attracted to each other. This is where the book had me skimming through page after page of "He's perfect", "She's perfect", descriptions of the hero and heroine... We get it... they both have perfect bodies and flawless faces. Too much time is also spent on Rory getting an erection every time she enters the room. This goes on throughout the book, but after the first few chapters it gets less frequent.

Over the course of the year, Rory and Isabel fall in love. Isabel must find a way to save her family without betraying Rory's clan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Espionage in Scotland February 20, 2008
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Intrigue abounds in this satisfying novel. Isabel MacDonald is forced into a handfast marriage by the king and her nefarious uncle. Her groom is Rory MacLeod, Chief of a rival clan. Isabel must spy on her husband and find a special banner hidden in the keep.

Rory has agreed to this one year marriage with every intention of repudiating it at the end of the promised year. Isabel is beautiful and hard to resist. She is under pressure to seduce the secrets from her husband. Rory suspects something is afoot but without evidence must rely only on his intuition.

Isabel is pressured from all sides; her father's clan, her husband's clan, her uncle, the king. She falls in love with her husband and knows she can never betray him. Her greatest concern is being exposed as the spy she is.

Isabel is incredibly kind hearted. She is forgiving and even though she occasionally has a stubborn streak, it doesn't become annoying. Rory is determined to protect his clan and his family. His divided loyalty between his family and Isabel has him in a quandary. An added bonus was that some of the events in this book are based on actual events, so there is a nice little history lesson in this novel too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is best served under the covers August 21, 2007
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As a mere woman, spirited Isabel MacDonald is constantly seeking ways of gaining the approval of her clan. So when her treacherous uncle, under the guise of peace, arranges for her a handfast marriage (probationary marriage that may be repudiated unlike a true marriage) to his sworn enemy, Isabel eagerly agrees. Her mission is to seduce the highland chief into revealing his fortresses secrets.

Rory MacLeod is bound by the order of the King to accept the handfast, but no more than the required year. For then he will return the lass to her family and continue his attempts of revenge against the MacDonald. Meanwhile he must avoid the periling beauty who reeks havoc on his mind, body and heart.

A great debut. It reminds me slightly of Kinley Macgregor's Master of Desire (a great book btw). You know these two are doomed from the beginning, Rory can't possibly resist Isabel for an entire year and Isabel can't help falling in love with the man and his clan. So they must find a way to be together permanently. There's revenge, lies, blackmail, sword fights and lots of love scenes. Very good characterization with writing and dialog that kept me turning the pages. Yes there are annoying points (like when after an attack Rory thinks Isabel never looked more beautiful -mind you that is not the case in the least), but those are relatively few. I also enjoyed the secondary characters and hope to see them in the sequels.

One interesting caveat is that some of the book is based on historical fact. The author's note at the end was very interesting. There are also various quotes scattered throughout the book pertaining to the chapters. I loved those.

So I really enjoyed this and recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars never disappointed with wonderful stories and characters
As always, never a dull chapter and colorful characters come alive for perennial enjoyment. Enjoy every book and look forward to those yet to emerge from this talented Author.
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This novel follows the story of chieftain Rory MacLeod and Isabel, the woman he has handfasted. Each entered the handfasting for a different reason—Rory to broker a truce with a... Read more
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Really liked this series. You feel like you are watching a movie, Monica McCarty is very descriptive.
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Try to read the series in order. They are great.
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Everyone of her books is filled with adventure, romance, and real story telling talent. I look forward to her next book and have preordered. Read more
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I loved all her books..She grabs you on the first page and you can't put them down. Shame she only has 15 books..I'm almost done reading her work..Please continue Writing.
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A+. Loving Monica McCarty. Hope she can keep up the good work. I enjoy her characters and story lines so far. Good buy.
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Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 15.5 (and counting!) Scottish Historical romances, including her current Highland Guard series (THE CHIEF, THE HAWK, THE RANGER, THE VIPER, THE SAINT, THE RECRUIT, THE HUNTER, THE KNIGHT (novella), THE RAIDER and THE ARROW), and 2 Regency Romances (THE UNTHINKABLE and TAMING THE RAKE). Her books have won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA and Golden Heart, RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice, the Bookseller's Best, and Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Known for her "torrid chemistry" and "lush and steamy romance" as well as her "believable historical situations" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been translated and published throughout the world. Monica's interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short, but enjoyable, stint practicing law, she realized that mixing a legal career with her husband's transitory career as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she "traded" in her legal briefs for Scottish Historical Romances with sexy alpha heroes. When not trekking across the moors and rocky seascapes of Scotland and England, Monica can be found in Northern California with her husband and two children.

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