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Claimed by a Highlander: The Douglas Legacy, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The Douglas Legacy

The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when their enemies strike, each Douglas lass will find she's been left to face them alone.

Claimed by a Highlander

Lady Sybil Douglas's fall from court favorite to royal enemy is swift after her brothers are charged with treason and flee Scotland. When a huge Highland warrior appears claiming they are bound by a marriage contract, she's desperate enough to ride off with him. She'll worry later about how to escape the wedding.

The last thing Rory MacKenzie needs is a pampered Lowlander wife. He traveled to Edinburgh in the hope of dissolving the ill-begotten marriage contract. But now that the Douglas men have abandoned his would-be bride, he's honor-bound to protect her.

Sybil and Rory fight scorching passion on their perilous journey to the MacKenzie castle, where murder and intrigue await. When everything is at risk, will they rely on each other and claim their unexpected love before it's too late?

©2016 Margaret Mallory (P)2016 Margaret Mallory

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  • Lady M
    Peoria, AZ, United States
    27/10/16
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    "Compelling."
    If you could sum up Claimed by a Highlander in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining Scottish narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rory and Sybil's perilous flight from the king's men as they flee to the Highlands unaware treachery and murder await them.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to several of his performances and they have all been good. He is a very talented narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, but it's a well written story with an interesting plot.


    Any additional comments?

    It's good entertainment with lots of twists and turns to keep your interest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • LilMissMolly
    Dublin, OH
    22/10/16
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    "Wonderfully complex female lead is extraordinary!"
    Any additional comments?

    Claimed by a Highlander by Margaret Mallory is an exciting historical romance set in early 1500's Scotland. Like all of Margaret Mallory's novels, it is well written with well developed characters. As an added bonus, you get several characters from the history books mixed in with the fictional characters featured in this story.

    Claimed by a Highlander centers around Lady Sybil Douglas who is fearing a hangman's noose after her infamous brothers commit treason and flee to France, leaving her behind to fend for herself. Once a favorite in the Queen's court, Sybil fears for her life as guards approach her family home in Edinburgh until a handsome stranger suddenly appears. Highlander Rory Mackenzie claims he and Sybil are bound by a marriage contract and he is compelled to protect her. After spending several nights in each other's company, and after escaping several terrifying adventures, Rory begins to see Sybil as not so much lowland baggage, but as a potential life partner IF she can learn to live in the Highlands.

    And, of course she can learn to live in the Highlands! Sybil is one of the smartest, politically savvy, badass characters I've read in years. She makes her husband and his clan much stronger because she can diffuse a clash between clans simply by inviting the opposing side to dinner. It's not quite that simple, but I enjoyed reading about all of Sybil's antics and how they turn out. Thank you, Margaret, for writing such a wonderfully complex female character!

    I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Derek Perkins. He did an outstanding job. He clearly differentiated between male and female voices and changed the tempo in the performance when warranted. His smooth undertones and character nuances made for an extremely enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this audiobook!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susynne
    hartland, VT, United States
    16/03/17
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    "Claimed"

    Well imagined, researched, written and craftily woven, then narrated by a master, makes this book a remarkable experience. It has none of the fluff of some "romance" novels, and all of the grit of the highlands in the age. Violence and love in equal measure and each served with the emotions and motivations that bring it to life. Such a good tale.

    Excellent performance.
    Steamy loving.
    Creditworthy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ladonna
    22/12/16
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    "The storyline and reading is just beyond great"

    Loved it!!!
    This particular reader was great. This is book 2 to the first one I have ever heard him read. so talented.
    Great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tanja
    28/10/16
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    "What a great series! Hate that it takes so long for next one!"

    This is another great book by Mallory! Well
    Written well read. Characters well developed. I can't really find any faults. You are kept intrigued throughout the listen. This book is well worth the credit and one of the ones you listen to several times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benita
    27/06/17
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    "bravo!"

    Historical done right! characters are strong and witty with plenty of drama. Story is well written with good background of information. Good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kjda
    31/05/17
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    "Decent Read But Not Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might, but there would be several other books I would recommend before this one. The story was okay, the characters were good enough, and the narrator was good.


    If you’ve listened to books by Margaret Mallory before, how does this one compare?

    This was fairly similar to another book I read of hers in the series. Good enough to listen to, but not a page-turner.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with the various characters and bringing them to life. Nothing to complain about.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosiereader
    North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    30/05/17
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    "Not as good as the first"

    This one was over the top...plot devices all over the place, and way too much purple prose for me. I remember enjoying the first of the series, but was disappointed with this one. Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator for Scots dialogue, you can practically smell the heather, but unfortunately, his narration can't redeem this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Townsend
    Florida, USA
    4/05/17
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    "Exciting action-packed Scottish historical romance"
    What did you love best about Claimed by a Highlander?

    Claimed by a Highlander by Margaret Mallory is an exciting, action-packed Scottish historical romance teeming with emotion, danger and intrigue. It is set in early 1500's Scotland and, even though, it is the second installment in the author’s exceptional Douglas Legacy series, it can easily be read as a standalone, if that is your preference. As an added plus in this series, the author has mingled actual figures from history in with the fictional characters. There is nothing that falls short in this book. It is well-orchestrated to keep readers on the edge of their seats from the beginning all the way through to the very end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    IF I had to pick a favorite character, I'd have to pick Sybil. But, together, they are stronger! He’s a rugged Highlander; she’s a highborn lowlander. They are both great characters. Rory is handsome, loyal, honorable, strong, smart and sexy! Sybil, on the other hand, is politically savvy and able to read people accurately. She’s a complex character who did not think she wanted a husband, until she met and came to know Rory. I was in awe of her as she adapted to camping. I laughed and swooned at the couple’s interactions. Their passion, charisma, and hot and steamy chemistry made for a fabulous read!


    What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Derek Perkins delivers a remarkable performance. He is one of my favorite narrators of Scottish historicals. He has a clear voice with perfect elocution. He distinctly differentiates between male and female voices with a delivery that perfectly complements the story. The audio book production is polished and well done and adds value to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    IF i had to pick just one - and there were many - I'd pick their first kiss. Here's an excerpt from that scene: “I’ve been wanting to kiss ye since the first moment I saw ye,” he said. “I’m going to do it now.”
    Sybil could not breathe, let alone form the words to object. When she moistened her lips with her tongue, she felt his heartbeat leap beneath her palm. Her gaze fixed on his mouth as he drew her to him ever so slowly.
    She had expected a sweet, teasing kiss, not this explosion of passion that seared through her body at the first touch of their lips. No one had ever kissed her like this before, as if he would die if he could not have his mouth on hers. With a will of their own, her arms wound around his neck and her fingers tangled in his long, thick hair as she pulled him closer.
    She was lost in the sensations and long past thought. As his kisses slowly changed from feverish to tender, she felt as if she were floating. She wanted this to go on forever.
    When Rory pulled away, she stared up at him, stunned.
    “That was promising,” he said with a wide grin.


    Any additional comments?

    Margaret Mallory has quickly become one of my go-to authors and this book is a perfect example of why. Well researched, craftily woven, then narrated by a master, makes this audio an outstanding experience for fans of Scottish historical romances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book junkie
    Pennsylvania
    25/01/17
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    "Not the Highlander for me"
    What did you like best about Claimed by a Highlander? What did you like least?

    The narrator was terrific. Rory was fickle.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Margaret Mallory? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd like to give her another chance. I love Highlander books.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    He was very easy to listen to and also tell all the characters apart. He made it exciting when it needed to be.


    Was Claimed by a Highlander worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next hero in Ms Mallory's book is not such a jerk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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