- Series: Highland Heroes
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451204166
- ISBN-13: 978-0451204165
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,386,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Highland Heroes: The Pretender Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002
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When Lady Elizabeth Drayton's father, the Duke of Sudeleigh, finds out that she's the author of subversive feminist writings, he sends her and her sister off to their aunt. On the way there, her sister confesses they're really en route to the Scottish estate of Lord Purfoyle, whom Elizabeth's supposed to wed. Angered by the secret arrangement, Elizabeth vows that she'd rather marry a common stranger than the aging nobleman. A Scotsman comes to their rescue when their carriage breaks down. Later, at the inn, she tricks him into sleeping with her. But Elizabeth isn't the only one capable of deception--the "commoner" is really Douglas MacKinnon, a Scottish lord, and because he's forced into marrying her, he decides to punish her by allowing her to believe he's poor. Set against the intrigue of the Jacobite Rebellion, this book, the first in the Highland Heroes series, is a delicious blend of humor, history, and adventure--a story readers will truly savor. Shelley Mosley
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"Sub-genre fans will relish this novel, looking forward to Jaclyn Redings tales starring Elizabeths four younger siblings." -- Harriet Klausner
"The Pretender is a fast-paced read. Ms. Reding sketches a touching love story against the backdrop of turbulent political times." -- Romantic Times Magazine
"The tables are turned on an unconventional heroine... colored with drama and humor, this one is a winner." -- Rendezvous Magazine
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On the trek to Scotland, the carriage becomes stuck in mud. Douglas MacKinnon helps pull the carriage free. Elizabeth, learning she is to marry, concocts a plan to pretend that Douglas is her fiancé. However, a few drinks later and by morning her sister Isabella catches the duo in bed together. Though both insist nothing happened, Bella insures they marry. Alaric learns that Douglas is a noble seeking the return of his family lands taken because his father participated with the Jaocbites at Culloden. Alaric blackmails Douglas into remaining as Elizabeth's husband for two months. The couple falls in love, but what will happen to their relationship once Elizabeth learns the intricacies of the deal between her beloved and her father.
THE PRETENDER is an entertaining Scottish historical romance that provides a vigorous look at the too often written post Culloden English-Scottish relationship. The lead couple is a delight with their own agenda that love ravages. The story line is loaded with plots and counterplots that feel like an espionage tale, but instead provides a robust historical romance. Sub-genre fans will relish this novel while looking forward to Jaclyn Reding's tales starring Elizabeth's four younger siblings.
The story itself is a great adventure with an English duke's daughter and a Highlander. Lots of tension and spark between these two as they are thrown together, literally, and come to terms with it. The love story that comes from it is filled with fire and tenderness, too, in the vulnerability of the heroine, which she tried to hide -- and the hero's sensitivity.
I also recommend the second book in this series, THE ADVENTURER, which I just read and LOVED! Don't miss either of them.