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Product Details

  • Series: The Return of the Highlanders (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Reissue edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044657516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446575164
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"TOP PICK! 4 1/2 stars! Mallory imbues history with a life of its own, creating a deeply moving story. Her characters are vibrantly alive and full of emotional depth, each with their own realistic flaws. Her sensuous and highly passionate tale grabs the reader and doesn't let go."—RT Book Reviews

"Masterfully written. Margaret Mallory has created a series that every romance reader must read. THE GUARDIAN is truly a sizzling romance with high impact adventure that captures the Scotland readers long for."—FreshFiction.com

"For anyone who's watched "Game of Thrones," "The Borgias" or "Deadwood"... The Guardian manages to capture that very essence as the reader is swept off to a 16th century island in the Scottish Highlands where clan rivalries was a winner take all proposition. The author has set up a series with four strong heroes whose lives are intertwined and who despite their faults and problems they have each other. I'd say that was a winning combination and a great start to an exciting series."—Heart to Heart: The BN Romance Blog

'A dashing and delicious Highland romp that I couldn't put down!"—Karen Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Scandal in Scotland

"A heartwarming, emotionally gripping tale of destiny that will sweep you away."—New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty

"The romance community now has a new star in Scottish tales...Bravo, Margaret Mallory! Bravo!"—TheRomanceDish.com

"Top Pick! Mallory raises the genre to new levels."—4 1/2 stars, RT Book Reviews on Knight of Passion

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 a RITA© nomination, RT Book Reviews' Best Scotland-Set Historical Romance Award, the National Readers' Choice Award, and two Maggies. In addition, her last several books have all received 4 ½ stars--three of them Top Picks--from RT Book Reviews.

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 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, goofy dog and crabby cat. With her children off on their own adventures, she spends most of her time writing. Watch for her new Scottish historical series coming soon!

Readers can find book group questions, photos of Scotland, historical tidbits, links to Facebook and Twitter, and more on her website, MargaretMallory.com. Margaret loves to hear from readers!

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, www.MargaretMallory.com. 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.

Customer Reviews

It was a great story filled with an exciting plot and strong characters.
Suzy Q-ed
I fell in love with each of these Highlander men, Ian, Alex, Connor and Duncan.
L. Ryan
This is the first book in a series and I look forward to reading the rest!
Ronnie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Gramlich VINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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 By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
*DNF*

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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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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