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Tempting the Highlander (Highlander Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004

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Catherine and her two small children travel to remote Pine Creek, Maine, to escape her abusive ex-husband, and then she runs away from Robbie MacBain after raiding his hen house for eggs. Robbie is impressed with his little thief, and hopes to catch up with her and help her as he does anyone in trouble. Robbie is the guardian for his unusual family--his parents, uncles, and four foster boys deemed incorrigible by the state--but that's not all that makes him unusual. Robbie's family has traveled from thirteenth-century Scotland to modern-day Maine because of a mischievous wizard who now needs Robbie to travel back in time. After Robbie convinces Catherine to become his housekeeper, he embarks on his journey, which takes him away at night but brings him home in the morning. Catherine starts to trust the imposing Scotsman but believes he needs someone to watch over him as he watches over everyone else. An improbable plot that works because of the interesting characters, this is a wonderful addition to Chapman's Highlander trilogy. Patty Engelmann
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A native of rural central Maine, Janet Chapman lives there in a cozy log cabin on a lake with her husband.  Three cats and a stray young bull moose keep them company.  The author of the hugely popular Highlander time-travel series, she also writes contemporary romances.
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Product Details

  • Series: Highlander Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743486307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743486309
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of rural central Maine, Janet Chapman lives there in a cozy log cabin on a lake with her husband. Three cats and a stray young bull moose keep them company. The author of the hugely popular Highlander time-travel series, she also writes contemporary romances.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. Thomas on June 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I view time travel romances that involve Scottish men and have the word "Highlander" in the title through a pair of very expensive rose-colored glasses. I am inexplicably and unabashedly in love with the genre.

That being said, my criticisms of the fourth book in Chapman's Highlander Series would likely be harsher was it not for the aforementioned factors. Even so, minus one star because it's not even close to being the best in the series. And minus another star because it was while reading one of Father Daar's comments to Robbie MacBain in this installment that I finally realized what it was about this author's written interpretation of a Scottish burr that bothered me the most. Way to go, Father Daar, you've messed up again!

"Do ya think I asked to be a druidh? It's not exactly something ya wish for. Providence decides our destinies. Yar own mother understood this, and it didn't stop her from having you. It's not a curse, boy," Daar snapped, leaning forward. "It's a gift. Yar mama not only gave ya life but the gift of yar calling. Embrace it. Use it! Explore the full extent of yar abilities, and thank God that ya have the means to protect those ya love."

So is it just me or does this sound more like pirate slang than a Scottish brogue?!? Yar! YAR!!!! Shiver me timbers, YAR!!!!

Once that thought occurred to me, my desire to write off the entire book became even stronger, especially since I couldn't quite get into the pairing of Robbie MacBain (the hero) with Catherine, aka Cat, Daniels (the heroine). Cat was too much of a cliche and as a result, their wimpy romance was just sort of okay. Because Robbie had played a role in previous books in the series, I'd hoped his story would have had more oomph.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 1, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Pine Creek, Maine, Robbie MacBain tries to catch the person raiding his henhouse but fails when the young woman outruns him though he is a warrior in great shape. His four teenage "delinquent" wards tease him.

Father Daar tells Robbie the guardian that the spell that brought the ten Scottish warriors with him from eight hundred years ago forward in time thirty five years ago is expiring. The survivors will return to their biological time. Robbie needs to steal the spell book of a rival wizard so that Daar can perform an extension spell.

Robbie learns that his thief is Catherine Daniels a woman with two young children who is divorced from Ronald who spent three years in prison for spousal abuse.

Robbie goes back in time seeking the spell book. However, he fails and is wounded severely so he returns home. Catherine and her frightened children find him injured. Robbie offers Catherine the job of housekeeper; she reluctantly accepts. Cat follows Robbie up the mountain. When the storm arrives, Cat and Robbie are back in the thirteenth century, but she thinks it is a dream. Cat tells Robbie she loves him. Robbie marries a stunned Cat before telling her he loves her too.

The latest Highlander tale is an exciting story enhanced by a wonderful support cast including those returning from previous novels and the six youngsters. Fans will appreciate the heroine who vows to watch Robbie's back and feel for her frightened children. Though two major confrontations (present time and eight hundred years ago), turn out to be anticlimactic, fans will enjoy this delightful entry.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on November 5, 2010
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Tempting the Highlander started out strong, but fizzled in the end. It had a strong plot line, loads of mysteries and smart-alic foster kids to boot....all in all it all adds up to the kinda story I enjoy reading....but unfortunatley I found myself waiting for the story to end...

I felt the author crammed way to much into her story and though the two main characters were interesting, I found it way to hard to keep up with their issues and remember who is whose uncle and who was whose mom...and I must say I am still confused... This is definetly one of those books that you will have to read and re-read...and even take an occasional note...to understand what the heck the author was trying to convey...

If you are interested in reading this book I would suggest that you borrow it from a library or a friend...don't waste your money buying it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2011
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I enjoyed reading about Robbie MacBain in Charming the Highlander (Highlander Trilogy) and Wedding the Highlander so I was happy to read his very own story in this book. I liked how the author plays up his calling as a Guardian by throwing him 4 foster boys to manage and getting involved with Catherine and her two young kids on top of watching over everyone who is a part of his family. It was also very touching to continue reading about his special relationship with his snowy owl, who carries the spirit of his deceased mother, Mary. Of course other characters and family members from previous books show up here and reading about them makes you just want to become a part of this group.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cat Lover on November 9, 2004
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I have read all of Chapman's books and never been disappointed. Tempting the Highlander was another fantastic story. Robbie is a big loveable guy. I liked Caroline, too. She grows from being afraid to learning how to defend herself. This was a good, satisfying, hard to put down story.
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