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Captured by the Highlander by Julianne MacLean


Cover art: Captured by the Highlander Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Captured by the Highlander - 1st in the Highlander series
Author: Julianne MacLean
Publisher: St. Martinís
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-36531-8
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Julianne's Website/Blog: www.juliannemaclean.com

Lady Amelia Templeton has led a sheltered life and is awaiting the return of her fiancť, Colonel Richard Bennett to the fort where he is stationed. He has put her into his suite while he is away so she will be comfortable and safe. So when she wakes up to see a madman about to separate her head from her body, she is rightfully scared. She figures out it is The Butcher, a terrible man who kills English like heís swatting at flies. And when he kidnaps her, she knows she canít possibly come out of the ordeal unscathed. Heís a brute used to gaining acquiescence with his strength; and when Amelia doesnít acquiesce, the sparks really fly.

As she travels with the Butcher and his company, she finds herself feeling protected by the brutal killer and worries more about his entourage. Then as she finally discovers his true identity of Duncan MacLean, chief of his clan and a man her father respected and loved, she has trouble assimilating the two people of Duncan and the Butcher into one man.

Duncan might be a fierce killer, but he has his reasons. Heís also a fierce negotiator, which makes his fighting friends uneasy. They donít want to talk to settle with the British, they want to fight in the fierce way that Highlanders have always fought. But Duncan is determined to bring about a new era of peace. The question is whether or not he can continue to pull off his double life.

When Duncan took Amelia, it seemed like the perfect way to avenge things in his past. In a way, itís an eye for an eye. As he gets to know Amelia, he is drawn to her and canít bear to part from her company. Even though he knows itís wrong and that she could bring about his death with one word whispered into the right ear. If he is ever discovered as the Butcher, he will not live to see another day and he knows it.

Their story is full of a lot of give and take. Trust tempered with mistrust. Feelings of affection mixed in with revulsion and hatred. It is hard to see how this could ever end well. I was cheering for Duncan after the first couple chapters and kept hoping Amelia would chose to love him. If someone ever needed love, it was Duncan.

I found this story hard to put down. Itís another fantastic offering from Julianne MacLean. I have enjoyed her Regencies, but her Highlander stories are my favorite. Fans wonít be disappointed.


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