To Conquer a Highlander

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To Conquer a Highlander

The Highlander Series, #1

Scotland’s king has been murdered and his son, James II is yet a child. The Douglass is taking over ruling the country but others think that James II is not the rightful ruler and they’re willing to fight for that belief.

Shannon McBoyd’s father is one of those. His greed tells him that backing Athol will bring him more riches and power than backing James II. He’s even made arrangements for Shannon to marry Athol. Based on that and the belief that Athol will be sending reinforcements, Laird McBoyd attacks a holding of his richer, more powerful neighbor, Torin McLeren.

Torin doesn’t act first and think later but thinks things through. He knows that the McBoyd realize that he has the might to destroy them so what is behind the attack. When McBoyd sends his daughter out, Torin follows, discovering a plot against the king! To help foil the plan, Torin steals Shannon away and send messengers to the Douglass. Little does he know the trouble that Shannon will be and how his emotions will take him closer to her than he expects.

Mary Wine always does an excellent historical. Her books are exceptionally well researched and extremely authentic. She doesn’t gloss over hard times, which really brings the era to life. She also lets you know of daily life and it’s not always as you imagine.

The characters are very well done. There is life to them. From the main characters to the lowest characters each has a role and they play it well. There is lots of interaction between them giving all of them a well rounded feel.

Torin has a couple of good friends that hang around as he’s figuring out what is what. As this is the first book in a series, I’m going to assume that these friends will be the main characters in their own books soon. At least, I hope so as they are interesting and fun characters.

The only distracting aspect of this book was the dialog. It didn’t flow but felt stilted. Torin seemed to call Shannon lass at least every other sentence which didn’t feel right. Add a bunch of ye and a few other “Scottish” words, mix well and throw out there and that’s how bad the dialog read. However, the essence behind it was great. It was just getting through it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and ended staying up past my bedtime to finish it. The historical era that it’s set in is very interesting. The characters were intriguing. The situations are very realistic. The details are festinating. I can over look dialog that distracts me. And, I’m definitely looking forward to find out about Torin’s friend and his contract bride!


Book Blurb for To Conquer a Highlander

A fierce Highland laird ready to kill for king and country...

When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor's plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father's plot from going forward. But that leaves him with a woman under his roof whom he can't ignore, and not just because she's his enemy's daughter...

A woman who's as much trouble as she is temptation...

Shannon McBoyd decides to use her captor to experience passion for the first time, and then to destroy him. But her plan goes awry because once she has lured Torin into her bed, she no longer wants to hurt the one man who seems to value and understand her...

Even if her father will kill him-and her-when he discovers what they've done...


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.50