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The Guardian (The Return of the Highlanders Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Mallory
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Book Description

Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.

After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past . . . and claim the bride he's long resisted.

As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. But when his rescue attempt compromised her virtue, Ian was forced to marry against his wishes. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants a second chance with Sìleas - and he won't take no for an answer.

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"A dashing and delicious Highland romp that I couldn't put down." ---Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Margaret Mallory is the author of the Scottish historical romance series Return of the Highlanders and the medieval series All the King's Men.

A native of the United Kingdom, AudioFile Earphones Award winner Derek Perkins's audiobook narration skills are augmented by knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents. He has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.

Product Details

  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y0EZG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ian MacDonald knew his destiny was never to be Chieftain but serve faithfully to his cousin when the same came and always watch his back. He accepted his duties and stood proud to serve but forced to marry Sìleas out of honor and not love was more than Ian could stand. He stayed away from her after their forced marriage for 5 years fighting every battle he could find. Upon his return, he finds her not the scraggly child he remembers but the type of woman he wants to spend his life pleasuring.

However, Ian has problems on several fronts to deal with. Sìleas is not going to run back into his arms after all these years of neglect and makes sure Ian knows that in order to share her bed and life he must figure out a way to win her over. There are many men standing in line ready to take her into their life but Ian has discovered that no other man will have, as she is his wife and his wife she will stay.

Between courting his enchanting wife and trying to keep his cousin alive to take his rightful place as their Chieftain Ian has his hands full. There is a castle to conquer, an uncle to over throw and deals to be made that come close to having him sell his soul. There are trust issues between Ian and Sìleas to resolve but a MacDonald is a right and true clan that prove every day that they are men of honor and pride. Secrets are overturned that challenge everything Ian believes in and make Sìleas question his motives but that is nothing to the reward Ian sees to keeping Sìleas in his arms every night.

This first book in the series is a complete winner and Ms. Mallory proves she knows how to write a winning historical story. Both Ian and Sìleas both have incredible personalities and such depth that you know the romance between them burns long into the night. I personally cannot wait for the next book!
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated the Hero August 27, 2011
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I've reached my limit with this book. It is too irritating for me to continue. The hero is an immature, selfish pig. He leaves for five years after being forced to marry his childhood friend and ignores any attempts from his father to get him to come home. He's angry that he was forced to marry Sileas--he's horrified at being stuck with such a scrawny, unattractive girl--and he blames her for getting them into that situation. In his mind he's not married since he didn't consummate the marriage. He doesn't care (doesn't even consider at all) how bad things might have been for Sileas after being abandoned by her husband. It's her fault after all...

For her part, Sileas is still pining for Ian. She has a great guy hanging around her who loves her and wants to marry her. He tries to convince her to ask for an annulment or get a divorce because he wants to be with her and give her everything Ian hasn't. He's convinced that five years is long enough to wait. Too bad he's not the hero! But Sileas is still waiting for Ian to show up and fulfill her dreams of really being loved by him.

Ian comes back and expects to be God's gift to his family for returning. He's still pissed that he has to deal with the wife situation, though. He just wants to end it and be done with it. At least until he sees Sileas. Suddenly all he can think about is how hard she makes him and how maybe it wouldn't be so bad to be married to her if he gets to sleep with her. Don't imagine that he got a clue--that would be expecting too much of him. He only changed his mind because Sileas is hot now. Apparently he thought she'd stay skinny and awkward and thirteen forever.

"He continued watching her as they ate their midday meal. With that full bottom lip, her mouth was made for kissing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Helena
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Margaret Mallery's The Guardian is an extraordinary medieval romance that absolutely encompasses the 3 Cs: clans, chieftains and castles in a perfect indulgence for readers wanting a hint of paranormal with the intoxicating combination of fearless warriors, loyal family, requited love and the unmistakable pull of the Scottish Highlands.
From page one, The Guardian was a non-stop read introducing the series, The Return of the Highlanders, featuring the story of Ian and Sileas MacDonald with a touch of paranormal sprinkled throughout the book thanks to the legendary seer, Tearlag and the ghost of the Green Lady of Knock Castle.
Mallery has brilliantly set the stage for the next of three books in Highlands following the life, loves and adventures of Ian's distinctive warrior kinsmen: the irrepressible Alex, enormous, brooding Duncan and the sensible, good-hearted Connor. The paranormal aspect gives credence to the Celtic myths and pagan rituals the isles are well-known for from the beginning when, as young lads the inseparable four-some visit the mysterious Tearlag for prophecies. It's her visions that set up the plot that flows effortlessly owing to quick dialogue, clan exchanges and deeply etched personalities and loyalties.
After five years, they have returned from France to their homeland on the Isle of Skye to claim their legacies only to find their clan in peril and preparing for war. Worse for the battle-hardened Ian, he must now face the wife he never meant to have when he was forced to wed his young friend, Sileas to preserve her honor and that of the clan's right to Knock Castle. He arrives home to find his father gravely wounded, his family in turmoil and Sileas struggling to keep together, his family and lands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story!!!!
Great read and can't wait to read Alex's story. This book is a keeper for me and will defiantly read again.
Published 18 days ago by Jennifer Passafiume
5.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoyed this Four Series group
I very much enjoyed this Four Series group! Each book was tied slightly to the others. It's best to read them in sequence.
Published 24 days ago by BeSota
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I would definitely recommend this series!
I enjoyed this series quite a lot. It has everything a woman needs to escape reality and be transported to a different time period. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bibliomaniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Ian
This is my first book to read by this author. Glad I took the chance. Will be reading more from her.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian (The Return of the Highlanders Book 1)
I will start by saying you are not going to like Ian the first 34% of the book. But once you get past that he is really sweet, and does what he can to make up for his bad behavior. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Romantic at Heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Once you read one in this series you have to read the rest.
Published 4 months ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Loved this series. You can kind of read them as stand alones..but why??? This is such a romantic book with love, excitement and intrigue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish historical romance
Great read excellent characters just love reading sets of this historical tim. Couldn't put the book down quick enough to read the next
Published 7 months ago by tess
4.0 out of 5 stars captivating
I very much enjoyed the intriguing and unique premise behind this story. Everything happens upside-down and backwards for the characters leaving them with a long and winding road... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pure Jonel
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More About the Author

Margaret Mallory is the award-winning author of the Scottish historical romance series, THE RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDERS, and the medieval trilogy, ALL THE KING'S MEN. Her books have won numerous honors, including, RT Book Reviews' Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance Award, a RITA© nomination, the National Readers' Choice Award, and two Maggies. CAPTURED BY A LAIRD is the 1st book in her new Scottish series, THE DOUGLAS LEGACY.

Readers can find information on Margaret's books, photos of Scotland, historical tidbits, and links to Margaret on Facebook and Twitter on her website, Margaret loves to hear from readers!

Margaret abandoned her career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist when she realized she'd rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highland warriors than write briefs and memos. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, which looks a lot like parts of the Scottish Highlands. Now that her children are off on their own adventures, she spends most of her time writing, but she also loves to read, watch movies, hike, and travel.

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