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Highland Rebel: A tale of a rebellious lady and a traitorous lord by [James, Judith]
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Editorial Reviews


                             One of the best of 2009 Barnes and Nobel
                              Historical Novels Review Editors Choice
                                One of the best of 2009 Dear Author
"Grand in scope and entertainment... high art, indeed."
~Michele Buonfiglio Barnes and Noble
"Highland Rebel represents the best of the genre: carefully researched, with complex, compelling characters and a good, galloping plot... Upscale historical romance at its best! Highly recommended."
~Eileen Charbonneau Historical Novels Review
"The novel is working on several levels at once, juggling multiple big themes - loyalty, authenticity, fidelity, vulnerability. Highland Rebel is a rich and ambitious novel with compelling protagonists and an expansive political and geographic scope...definitely a book for all those readers of Historical Romance who like their history as much as their Romance"
~Janet Dear Author
"Highland Rebel is filled with a rich historical background. Jamie and Cat are two polar opposites that simply sizzle together. The fireworks between them is phenomenal and the romance is tender, yet molten hot. The repartee between the two of them had me in stitches. Highland Rebel is a historical romance treat you won't want to miss."
~Wendy's Minding Spot
 "Jamie is strong and capable with a caustic sense of humor. Catherine is independent and courageous, more than a match for him. Their verbal sparring, at turns funny and biting, were my favorite parts of this excellent novel. Add the sweeping vistas of the Highlands and the lush valleys of Ireland and you have a winning combination. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy Highland Rebel. I know I did!"
~The Tome Traveller

From the Author

Dear reader, if you are an old acquaintance then welcome back! If you are new and looking for a traditional light romance where history stays in the background my stories might not be for you. I don't write traditional romance in the current sense of the word, but rather dark, sexy, historical fiction with a bit of a literary twist and an angsty love story at their core. I can promise passion and a happy ending, but for my characters these are things that have to be earned. If you like complex characters and big stories peopled with real historical figures though, you are in for a treat.

Highland Rebel, my first foray into the 17th century, is a historical fiction and love story, chosen as a B&N Book of the Year. Highland Rebel takes place in England, Ireland and Scotland after the death of Charles II and the ascension of James II to the throne. The 17th century coffee houses, called penny universities, and the court of James II at Whitehall feature prominently. The love interests are Cat Drummond, a Scottish heiress trying to keep her clan neutral and out of the brewing Jacobite rebellion, and Jamie Sinclair, a cynical English mercenary soldier and courtier who changes religions and sides as he operates as an agent for both James II and the man who would usurp him, William of Orange.

While researching this book I fell in love with the period which I find to be one of the most vibrant and colorful times in European history. If you enjoy Highland Rebel, you might want to take a look at my Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration series. Libertine's Kiss features a character based on the 17th century libertine, poet and friend to King Charles, John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Soldier of Fortune, previously titled The King's Courtesan features a character inspired by Nell Gwynn. The adventures and exploits of real-life highwayman Swift Nick, and the observations and writings of 17th century travel writer Celia Fiennes are woven throughout The Highwayman, coming in September 2014.

Last but not least, if you haven't read the award winning Broken Wing yet, take a look at some of the reviews. Set in the early years of Napoleon's rise to power, this one is very dark and intense, but if you love tortured heroes and stories of redemption, you'll really want to give it a try.

All the best, and may every book you read take you someplace you've always wanted to go.

Judith James

Product Details

  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031LJ4J8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Jenner on September 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In her second book, Judith James has written another wonderful story.

First off, anyone expecting this to be an ordinary romance may be disappointed. Highland Rebel is different. When I started reading, they didn't have the same kind of romance they do now. I grew up reading Daphne Du Maurier's King's General and Frenchman's Creek, Raphael Sabatini's Captain Blood and The Black Sway, Anya Seton's Katherine and Green Darkness as well as most of Mary Stewart and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

I loved these books; their sense of adventure, their all encompasing stories and wiled away many an hour reading and rereading over and over again. But as much as I loved them, there was something missing. Although they are all very romantic, there just wasn't enough romance, even though they were romance. They have stayed with me for years

And then the romance genre in it's present form came into being and I love it. But I really miss those sweeping sagas I used to read; the 'swashbucklingness' of many of the romances of yesteryear; the real sense of the times that is often missing in historical romances of today. There are very few historicals I read anymore that make me want to look further into the history of the times they were written in. I used to do that all the time in my beginning romance days.

And then I read Highland Rebel and it is an incredible hybrid of both. Ms. James has created a story and time that is vivid in it's richness. Very seldom anymore am I pulled so deep into a different time. Highland Rebel is a sweeping epic that takes the readers from the Highlands of Scotland to the court of James II to the island of Ireland.
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There's nothing like a deliciously handsome bad boy and a wonderfully strong heroine to kick the day up a notch. For that matter, this pairing tends to kick the evening up a notch as well. HIGHLAND REBEL by Judith James was a wonderfully passionate and action filled romance that left me flipping back through the book, searching for more. Her writing flows nicely, her characters come alive and the story was so beautifully developed that the pages would just fly by without me even noticing.

Jamie is the hero of this story and what a hero he is! He's definitely not your typical knight in shining armor. He can be polite and chivalrous, but typically his demeanor can be described as that of a rogue. Growing up in a tough environment, Jamie had to learn early how to detach himself from the world. He lives his life attempting to create something for himself out of nothing. Jumping back and forth between religions and political side, the only thing he cares about is his self and his own advancement. That is until the day he sees a helpless woman get captured by the band of bloodthirsty and cruel soldiers he is supposed to supervise.

Catherine was her father's favorite child and often reminded that it was a shame she was born a female. Nevertheless, she spent her childhood in her father's footsteps and has grown up into something of a tomboy. She accompanies the men on fishing trips and raids, much to the disappointment of her brother and cousin. It's the latest mission, a mission to rescue one of her kind caught in a battle with the English that might spell Catherine's demise. Surrounded by men looking for a bit of entertainment, the only prayer in sight is the strange gentleman with the hard eyes and devious scheme.
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In Judith James' Highland Rebel Jamie Sinclair is a solider, a master of disguise, a little bit of a rogue, and almost penniless. Nevertheless, the ladies love him and he has a promising future with a woman waiting for him back home in England who has money. His hopes of a well off and comfortable future are dashed in the heat of battle when he meets and marries a young Scottish girl- Catherine Drummond. Jamie does not know it at the time, but she is rich... very rich. Jamie's intention for marrying her is to save her from the evil thoughts and hands of his bored, blood thirsty soldiers. Catherine soon pays him back for his `kindness' by nursing him back to health when he is all but beaten to death trying to get her back once she inevitably runs from the marriage. Beaten over the head and sent back to England in disgrace, Jamie is left penniless again and falls out of favor with the King for snubbing his former soon-to-be wife for a Scottish rebel girl.

Catherine, however, finds that she quite likes being married without the burden of having a husband around. Years pass, but circumstance takes Catherine to England to meet the King and hopefully begin to sell her people's whiskey to the court for a profit. When she sees Jamie again, they come to an understanding that they will pretend to be married for a while before splitting amicably. Catherine promises Jamie that she will pay him handsomely for playing his role.

Problem is, they soon begin to develop a powerful attraction toward one another. It is hard for Catherine to endure Jamie playing his charms on other women and not her, and Jamie feels increasingly possessive of the beautiful and charming Catherine.
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