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Highland Rebel by Judith James


Cover art: Highland Rebel Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Highland Rebel
Author: Judith James
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2433-1
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1650’s Scotland and England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Judith's Website/Blog: www.judithjamesauthor.com

Jamie Sinclair is a mercenary who can switch sides as fast as rulers come into power in England. He is always looking out for his own best interest and is willing to switch religions and sides to keep ahead. He is finishing one last mission for the king in order to collect his reward. He appears to have no real heart and shows no mercy, until…

Catherine Drummond finds herself exposed and captured on the battlefield. When the men thought she was a boy, it was a safer fate. Now they know she’s a woman and they plan to use her to her death. She’s an heiress in her own right, but can’t reveal that information in order to spare her clan. She knows she will die when…

This woman who was fighting like a man on the battlefield takes Jamie aback. He can’t believe she’s a camp follower as the other men suspect. She’s too virginal and her demeanor suggests the upbringing of a lady. He makes a rash snap decision to marry her on the spot to save her life. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see him as a benevolent rescuer—he’s the enemy. She attempts to escape and even kill him to get away.

I was enthralled by this story from the first page to the last. It’s a Highland Romance mixed with the best of a Regency. Once I got beyond thinking Jamie was a heartless man who deserved to die, I really warmed up to him. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d find anything redeeming about him in the beginning of the story and I was waiting for the real hero to show up. I liked Catherine from the start, but when she allowed certain events to transpire, I wasn’t sure I’d stick with her or the story. But as the story unfolds, I found this book to be a true gem. It appeared to be an unpolished stone at first, but as you get just beneath the surface, the brilliance of the writing and the story shines forth.

I don’t want to spoil surprises for you, but I’ll at least let you know that Jamie’s ability to master disguises was fascinating to me. As a former actress, I fell a little harder for him as he acted his way through situations.

I found Highland Rebel to be a book that I could read again and again. I look forward to reading more from Judith James in the future.


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