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Winning the Highlander's Heart (The Highlanders Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Spear
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Book Description

Lady Anice vows to flee the amorous advances of King Henry I and return to her home in the Highlands where she hopes to find a laird to wed. She soon discovers her staff has vanished. Premonitions of imminent danger warn her of foul play, and she is certain she is cursed when it comes to marriage.

The king orders the Highlander Laird Malcolm MacNeill, who is seeking an English bride, to provide the lass safe escort and learn what has become of her staff. Escorting her home safely proves a dangerous trial in and of itself and Malcolm has difficulty keeping his heart out of the matter. When the king wishes Lady Anice be wed to one of his loyal barons, the issue is further complicated. Losing his heart to the lass means Malcolm could very well lose his head.

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0978536835
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (August 30, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F76J1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Countess Anice would like nothing more than to return to her home in the Highlands and find a Laird to marry. As a ward of King Henry I, she's expected to remain with the court until he chooses a husband for her. Unfortunately, King Henry intends to wed her to a Norman lord. There seems to be no escaping Henry's inappropriate propositions for Anice until she literally drops into the lap of the Lord McNeill.

Lord McNeill is a titled lord without property. Marrying a Scottish lass would be impossible due to a past scandal caused by his father. Malcolm is seeking an audience with King Henry in hope of acquiring a propertied English bride. Malcolm never imagined he'd find the perfect Scottish lass to wed by visiting the English court or the danger that would come from loving Anice.

Anice is forced to flee yet another of the king's attempted seductions. This time she avoids his advances by climbing out the second story window and lowering herself with ropes to the ground below. Of course, her flight did not go unnoticed by the people already gathered in the bailey. One supposed gentleman in particular even thought to help by manhandling her when she refused to jump and let him catch her. Anice recognizes his Scottish burr and can't help wishing that he would take her back to her beloved home in the Highlands. Once she leaves the Scotsman who'd helped break her fall, Anice finds her cousin and King Henry's wife, Matilda, and begs her to convince His Grace to allow Anice to return home. However, Anice never tells Matilda of the king's advances, choosing instead to blame homesickness for her need to leave the court. While conferring with Matilda, Anice inquires about the Scotsman, only to learn that he's looking for an English wife.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Scottish medieval romance October 21, 2006
By n22v
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When Lady Anice, Countess of Brecken, swings from a tower window and falls into the lap of Malcolm MacNeill, Earl of Pembrinton, their lives become a rousing adventure neither anticipated. The king assigns Malcolm the difficult task of escorting Anice from England back to her castle in the Scottish Highlands and protecting her along the way. Once they get there, they must find out why members of her staff have disappeared.

Terry Spear has crafted a masterpiece in Winning the Highlander's Heart. Fans of Scottish medieval romance will delight in this page-turner which sweeps the reader back to England and Scotland during the reign of King Henry I.

I fell in love with the noble, sexy Highland hero who has a wonderful sense of humor and a caring heart. The saucy heroine is a challenge for him, yet his perfect match. Malcolm and Anice's verbal sparring is highly entertaining, and their attraction is deeply sensual. The secondary characters stole my heart as well, especially wee Kemp, a homeless lad they find along the way. This is a lighthearted, fun read, but at times the emotion was so touching it brought a tear to my eye. The skillfully interwoven suspense kept me wondering how they would escape the dangerous situations. I highly recommend this book, brimming in lush historical details, set in vivid locations, and peopled with true-to-life, lovable characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I loved the opening of this book where Lady Anice, Countess of Brecken, falls into the lap of handsome Malcolm MacNeill, Earl of Pembrinton. He's assigned by the king to escort Lady Anice back to her castle and protect her. Once they arrive there, the mystery begins. Why are people disappearing at the castle?

Once I started reading this book, it was hard to put down. I fell in love with the sexy hero and the verbal sparring between him and Anice was delightful. The danger and suspense woven into the story kept me turning the pages to find out what was happening and how it would turn out.

What more could I ask for in a book? It's full of vivid historical settings, lovable characters that I grew to care deeply about, like Kemp, the homeless lad that is such a perfect secondary character, and a love story that I remembered long after I'd finished reading the book.

Bravo to Miss Terry Spear, who has created a jewel among stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's not cursed, just betrothally disadvantaged May 26, 2012
By cathyr
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anice needs a husband, preferably a braw Highlander, to take back to her castle. Malcolm wants a nice biddable English Lady, but when Anice falls into his arms, he is lost to her. But getting their HEA may be harder than they thought what with the King wanting her to marry a Norman, murderous shenanigans at the castle, and even King Henry's brother trying to overthrow him.

- Historical (reign of King Henry, 1100s) romance.
- 7575 kindle locations, 92,871 words, 311 pages
- m/f - a little discrete kissing, some viewing of the ankles. A few explicit bedroom but spicy rather than erotic.
- Some formatting issues on my e-version. Nothing dramatic, just changing fonts between paragraphs. Irritating but you get used to it.
- The Accidental Highland Hero covers approximately the same time period, but focusses on the eldest brother and Laird James MacNeill.

"Winning the Highlander's Heart" is a highly enjoyable historic romance very heavily filled with historical references and characters, and a sweet HEA. It's placed well and truly within the time, with a fulfilling tale and liveable characters, but could be seen as slow or overly academic with all the little pieces of historic trivia Spear pops in. It wouldn't be ridiculous for the reader to simply want Spear to get on with the story!

But that said, I liked it. I like the historic trivia. I like learning about King Henry's World and the lives of his courtiers. It's like fanfic for history buffs. And for that I give it 4.5 stars, dropped to 4 because of the formatting issues which mean I simply cannot give it 5.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read!!!!
I read this one, and the second one in a bundle set, this is my review for that set: Terry Spear can sure spin a tale. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Tammy L. Sokol
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scottish lasses rule.
Published 18 days ago by Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable story
What a great story of love and danger in the highlands with some sexy strong warriors to save the day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dsaraceni
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book I've Every Tried to Read!
I thought this was one of the worst books I've ever tried to read... and I mean tried. Could not finish it. They kept repeating over and over and over the same thing.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the story
loved the story. But the narrator spoke in such a monotone voice it was difficult to continue listening at times.
Published 2 months ago by kim
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful tale of adventure and love
Terry develops great characters Anice has lots of spirit and Malcolm is truely a gentleman. The book could be improved with a few less side story lines being drawn into the main... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan McLennan
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So!!!!!!
I would have never bought this book, if it had mentioned in its description, that the hero was penniless and looking for a rich wife. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pumitq
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Reading this book was a very good choice. This was one of three that spear wrote on a family of brothers. I only hope the next book is on the youngest brothers taking a wife. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Saddlebags55
4.0 out of 5 stars it’s the perfect for a nice bedtime cuddle with your Kindle
Winning the Highlander's Heart (The Highlanders)
Terry Spear Narrated By Maxine Lennon
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Published 8 months ago by Maria Prieto
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Spear a compelling read
This author brings historical Highland Romance to the fore - a page turning read tumbling you back into peat fires and icy lochs - loved it
Published 8 months ago by Kathy Hare
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USA TODAY bestselling, and award-winning author and creator of award-winning teddy bears who have found homes all over the world including Australia, Switzerland, China, and Russia, and a retired officer of the US Army Reserves, I love to plant trees and flowers and if I could, I'd turn all the deserts green. Time travels are my favorite read, although I love to read most anything, and the Bourne series, Romancing the Stone, Sixth Sense, Legend, The Princess Bride, Stardust, Inkheart, LOTR, and tons of other movies are my favorites.

I love to research, to make urban fantasy worlds real, to bring a little of the paranormal into our world. Even in "Winning the Highlander's Heart" the heroine feels she is cursed and she has second sight. But I try to do it in a way that feels real, and not fantasized. :) Currently, I'm working on book 2 of the new jaguar shifter series, but still am working on wolf book number 12 and 13! So more hunky wolves to come! A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing has just released.

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