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The Highlander's Reward (The Stolen Bride Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eliza Knight
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BOOK ONE: The Stolen Bride Series

She belonged to another… But was destined to be his…

Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.

The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.

Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?

(Full-length Scottish romance novel of approximately 260 pages.)


Editorial Reviews

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ABNA Publishers Weekly ReviewerThis fun and true-to-genre romance novel is set in the Scottish highlands during the time of upheaval in the days of William Wallace's rebellion against the British. It follows the story of a young English noblewoman, Arbella, who on her way to be wed to her betrothed, an English nobleman in a seat of power in Scotland, is captured and whisked away by the clan leader of the Sutherlands, the massive and animalistic Magnus. In times of uncertainty and war, the only logical course of action for Magnus is to instantly wed Arbella, and take her to his ancestral castle at Dunrobin, where the two are so consumed with passion that they cannot keep their hands off each other for more than a few pages. Trouble arises not only because of the ongoing Scottish rebellion, but because Magnus was betrothed to the daughter of a neighboring clan whose fiery temper starts a dispute between the two old families. The novel is full of period appropriate steamy fun that is never repetitive or clichéd. The powerful yet sensitive Magnus and the saucy and beautiful Arbella are a winning pair in this Scottish themed romance that even boasts cameos from William Wallace himself.
 
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5 Stars and Reviewer TOP PICK from Night Owl Romance! "The Highlander's Reward was an awesome read. I absolutely loved it. It will draw you in from the very beginning and you won't want to put it down. It is packed full of emotion, amazing characters, action, and intrigue. I loved Magnus and Arbella from the very beginning." ~Tigger9

From the Author

I'm thrilled to introduce you to all the full of life characters in my Stolen Bride series! I write alpha heroes and feisty heroines. Lots of adventure and sizzling chemistry. While each book in the Stolen Bride series does flow in consecutive order, they also stand alone.
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If you'd like to learn more about the setting for the Stolen Bride series and see some pictures, visit my blog: historyundressed.com/2012/07/castle-of-week-dunrobin-castle-and-bit.html
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Another great review...
4 Wine Glasses from Reading Between the Wines! "Arbella was a fascinating mix of sweet and saucy for an English Lady, and Magnus was rough on the outside but a big gooey Highlander on the inside. This book has some action, a saucy heroine who spends half her time blushing and the other half axing, knifing and knocking people the hell out, and a sometimes shy - sometimes witty romance. I'm looking forward to the sequel that involves Magnus' brother Blane!" ~ Crystal L.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1501 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eliza Knight (July 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KO9EV4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start to a new series!! July 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Eliza Knight has done it again. The Highlander's Reward marks the beginning of a new series that already has me panting (no pun intended) for more.

Arbella de Mowbray is tempted to ditch her father who is escorting her to her betrothed. She doesn't want to marry Marmaduke Stewart, an English Baron living in Scotland. Before she's able to come up with a plan, her party is attacked and she finds herself fighting for her life. In the thick of the battle, Magnus Sutherland, Laird of his clan, spots the beauty struggling with her attackers, and whisks her away to safety.

Magnus's party has just delivered his sister to her betrothed in the Lowlands, and with Arbella in tow, Magnus continues on toward home. An incident with one of his men when they stop for a break, convinces him the only way to keep Arbella safe is to marry her. His promise to marry another, and Arbella's betrothal, doesn't factor into his decision.

I won't tell more of the story so as not to spoil the fun. Ms. Knight has just added another wonderful story to her list of captivating books. And the fact this is the start of a whole new Eliza Knight series about Highlanders is exciting.

The writing is quick paced and lively. Humor is sprinkled throughout. Magnus is a bear with a puppy's heart, and Arbella is brave, honorable, and strong. They are a great couple.

The Highlander's Reward was my reward for being smart enough to grab this wonderful book as soon as it hit the cyber shelves. If you're smart, you'll grab it, too.

Well done, Ms. Knight! Another winner.

Callie Hutton, Author
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story and characters fell flat... March 29, 2013
By T.J.
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When her convoy is attacked by a band of rebels on her way to meet her betrothed, Lady Arabella de Mowbray of England finds an unlikely rescuer in Magnus Sutherland, a Highlander laird and the enemy of her people. In order to protect her against his own people's contempt and ill-intentions, Magnus marries Arabella, giving her his name and his protection as they journey back to Magnus' home. What had been intended as a marriage only in name until Arabella can return safely to her father becomes something more when Magnus and Arabella, unable to deny their attraction to each other, give in to their desires, discovering a passion and love for one another that eclipses the world of difference and rivalry between their people.

The plot was promising - a Highlander who steals the intended bride of an Englishman, a developing romance between two historical enemies, the "jilted" betrotheds of both hero and heroine seeking revenge for the humiliation, and the inevitable confrontation with Arabella's father once he learns that his daughter has married a Scotsman, the very act of which goes against a direct command from the English king who ordered Arabella to marry an Englishman. With all this going on, there's sure to be drama and there was, except I didn't find it to be the best delivery of the plot elements. A lot of the events that transpired and the interactions between Arabella and Magnus was so unbelievable it was hard to truly enjoy the book.

Arabella's characterization came off as childish and irrational and none at all what you'd expect out of a heroine.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Beginning! September 23, 2012
By Sheila
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This is my first time reading this author (but not my last). This is a very entertaining, sensuous and exciting read. Everything I love in a Highland romance was in this story. I just hated for the story to end. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

The H/h are both strong characters. It's actually fun watching them fall in love. They are both sensuous adults and the sex is steamy. I highly recommend this book. It is actually one of the better Highland Romances I've read in a while.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah! January 31, 2013
By Ronnie
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Not very exciting at all. I kept hoping it would get better. There's lots of sex between h/h. No real drama, she is stolen from a battlefield. She was in danger and Magnus rescues her. He of course marries her within hours of stating he will never marry. She's the dreaded english, but no problem they wed. She vows never to consumate the marriage, two days later they are going at it like rabbits. All the conflicts that come up are dealt with so easily! It was pretty boring and just a bunch of small problems easily overcome while they leap from one coupling to the next. Not worth reading.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious read! July 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When English lady Arbella de Mowbray rode with her father to meet her fiancé at Stirling, she hardly expected to ride straight into the middle of a battle. Nor did she expect to be swept off her feet by the enemy: Sutherland Clan's laird, Magnus. Coerced into marriage for her protection, Arbella decides the union would be in name only--after all, what self-respecting English lady wants a barbarian Scotsman for a husband?

Her determination is tested as her body responds to Magnus like they were meant to be together. Worse, her heart starts to yearn for more. She wants a marriage in truth, not just in name. Magnus is strong, virile, and nothing like the barbarians she's been told about. His gentleness and understanding take her by surprise, until she surrenders to their mutual desire.

For Magnus, Arbella is a welcome reprieve from an unwanted political marriage. Her beauty, her passion, her acceptance by his clan sink deep into his heart, and forces him to realize the truth of love's hold over him. He does not want her to leave, now that he has found his unanticipated happiness.
But worry and misunderstanding haunt them both. And those they spurned want their revenge, coming to claim it just as Magnus and Arbella finally understand each other.

In The Highlander's Reward, Eliza Knight has crafted a delightfully sensual love story filled with heart-throbbing tension. The bitterness and animosity between the English and the Scots during this era is well-depicted, bringing the history alive. The powerful emotions of two mortal enemies growing into mutual understanding and love are vivid and well-portrayed.

Highlander stories abound, but The Highlander's Reward stands out. The emotional intensity and lush sensuality are sure to draw in the most devoted highland story reader. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love the book!!
Published 4 hours ago by Jackie Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highlander's Reward....Very Nice Read!!!
Great start to a series.
Drama, action, suspense, steamy hot love scenes, laughter, romance all in all good times. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Dina Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Author as well as Exciting Adventure
Started reading in hope of finding an author I liked. There is only one other author I've read in romance and truly enjoy. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Patricia Keen
2.0 out of 5 stars Really?
If you are looking for a steamy novel to read - this is it. Setting aside the numerous sentence structure errors, I couldn't shake the feeling that this book was written by a girl... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Olga H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed The Highlanders Reward very much. Looking forward to Book two.
Published 9 days ago by dianne laroche
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good series I love Highlander stories
Published 10 days ago by Jamie Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lot of fun and a sweet story.
Published 12 days ago by Katherine K. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this book is a really good book. have started the second book good so far?
Published 12 days ago by Betty Jean Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun series
Very entertaining. Fun fast reading.
All around good book.
Published 18 days ago by melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love a good highland story. Definitely plan to read the rest of the series.
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More About the Author

Eliza Knight is the award-winning, multi-published, Amazon best-selling author of sizzling historical romance and time travel erotic romance. She runs the award-winning blog, History Undressed. When not reading, writing and researching, she likes to cuddle up in front of a warm fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or www.historyundressed.com




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