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Claimed by the Highlander by Julianne MacLean


Cover art: Claimed by the Highlander Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Claimed by the Highlander - 2nd in the Highlander series
Author: Julianne MacLean
Publisher: St. Martin’s
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-36532-5
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Kinloch Castle, Scotland, 1718
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Julianne's Website/Blog: www.juliannemaclean.com

Angus "The Lion" MacDonald has arrived to reclaim his inheritance. He wants Kinloch Castle back and has plans to keep peace at the castle between the MacDonald’s and the MacEwen's. He will take Lady Gwendolen MacEwen as a wife and their child will unite the clans and be heir to Kinloch. Too bad Lady Gwendolen is prepared to negotiate and she drives a tough bargain. She hopes to delay long enough for her brother to return from Spain and reclaim the castle. Surely he is now aware of their father’s passing and will be coming home.

Angus sees through most her plans; and while he agrees not to bed her until they are married, he takes precautions of his own. He immediately sets the plans in motion for their wedding—which will be a big celebration to unite the clans—and also sends out spies to either secure her brother’s loyalty…or kill him. Angus is tired of wars and fighting and truly wants peace.

Once married, Angus and Gwendolen discover a fiery passion exists between them. As they learn to trust each other, they come to realize that maybe they like each other a little bit. The hatred is slowly replaced with passion and perhaps a hint of love. But will either of them be willing to capitulate to such a strong emotion? Or will their marriage be forever doomed by the fates?

Gwendolen cracks me up. She is a smart and fiery girl, but she lacks the worldliness that Angus has. Since he’s definitely worldlier, he often sees where she’s maneuvering to and can outwit her. But never underestimate the power of a strong woman—she’s quickly learning her own ways to out maneuver her new husband. While resigned to a political marriage, she continues to long for, strive for and hope for a marriage of equality…one based on love. She and I often despaired of this happening, but you never know what hope and love can do!

While this is second in the series, it completely stands alone as a story. I loved the first book in this series and found that Julianne MacLean doesn’t disappoint in the second story. She molds the story into a work of art that you are compelled to keep reading and keep looking at. I couldn’t put the book down and am anxiously awaiting the third and final book in this series.


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