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The Highlander's Prize (The Sutherlands Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
In 15th century Scotland Clarissa of York is sent to be the king's mistress and produce an heir. She is a bastard of the English King, her royal blood is highly coveted, and she has never needed a miracle more. But the brusque Highland laird who kidnaps her is a bit too rough to be considered divine intervention.
With rival lairds determined to steal Clarrisa from him and royal henchmen searching for her all over the Highlands, Laird Broen MacNicols has a mess on his hands.
Though he stole Clarissa for political reasons, there's a magnetic attraction between them, and his betrothal to another is just one of the things standing in their way.
But even an independentminded lady like Clarissa knows that a Highlander always claims his prize...
A romantic tale of the Scottish highlands, readers of Lora Leigh, Connie Brockway and Amanda Scott will be hoping for their own Scottish Laird.
The Sutherlands Scottish Highlander series:
The Highlander's Prize, Book #1
The Trouble With Highlanders, Book #2
How To Handle A Highlander, Book #3
The Highlander's Bride Trouble, Book #4
What readers are saying about The Highlander's Prize:
"FORBIDDEN LOVE in an era when marriages were arranged for the sole purpose of increasing power. Great read..."
"I compare other books to it...still trying to find one that measures up!"
"a SEXY ROMANCE with indepth characters and story"
"Characters you will love interlaced with smoldering sensuality and quick paced dialog"
"plenty of humor, adventure, romance, and history."
"Sexy Highlanders, dangerous plots and a feisty heroine"
"This book is full of SWEET AND SPICY confrontations between the hero and heroine."
"A fast paced, action filled story of love, romance, trickery, treachery, with a complex plot, Scottish and English alliances"
What reviewers are saying about The Highlander's Prize:
"Fiery passion as elemental, raw, and beautiful as the Scottish Highlands." -Long and Short Reviews
"[The characters] fight just as passionately as they love while intrigue abounds and readers turn the pages faster and faster!" -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
" an exciting and romantic adventure about a fantastic couple and their impossible love."-Romance Reviews
"Highlander's Prize is another Mary Wine historical for the book shelf-a keeper to be enjoyed more than once."-Long and Short Reviews
"Highlander's Prize is a very good book, I really enjoyed the ups and downs of the story." - Seductive Musings
"My first Mary Wine novel but rest assured it won't be my last!" - Tyra's Book Addiction
"The Highlander's Prize is an excellent read, combining the fierceness and determination of the Highlanders with an unlikely romance that captured my attention and kept me reading late into the night." - Book Savvy Babe
"One gripping plot twist follows another: dastardly English trickery, complex Scottish alliances, and kilt-tossing, sheet-incinerating lovemaking." - Publishers Weekly
"A wonderful, sensuous, highly charged romance. Cleverly written, totally believable and nearly impossible to put down, this is a winner. 4 1/2 Stars" - RT Book Reviews
"The love scenes are hot. The supporting cast has a story all their own and there is certainly a lot of potential for more books in a great new series. Wine is a great Scottish author and one I prefer to read over and over! 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!" - Debbie's Book Bag
"THE HIGHLANDER'S PRIZE is an exciting and romantic adventure about a fantastic couple and their impossible love. Great characters, thrilling drama and a smoldering passion make this a 'must read' novel. ...There are simply too many things to love about this novel. ...Author Mary Wine has written a splendid Scottish historical. The dialect is accurate and humorous while the characters are lively and vivid. Her descriptions take you to an exciting world that you will have trouble forgetting. ...THE HIGHLANDER'S PRIZE is a fantastic romance that will sweep you off your feet. After reading this book you'll have to agree...love in the Scottish Highlands has never looked so good." - Romance Reviews
"I liked the historical background and the visual settings of the story. The romance is prominent but there is an underlying intrigue and political circumstance that add an extra obstacle of interest. This is an easy read and I recommend it to readers who enjoy passionate romance with a strong-willed and confident Highlander hero." - Martha's Bookshelf
"Mary Wine does a fantastic job of weaving together a very troubled time in history, amazing descriptions of Scottish castles, the unyielding environment of the Highlands, and horror of battlefields. She engages all the reader's senses and pulls the readers into the time, place and action of the incredible characters. She weaves in the Scottish humor, sense of honor, Highland culture, beliefs, and fealty to clan. Best of all, she makes the reader feel the primal, sexual attraction of the hero and heroine. She delights with their posturing and their challenging each other as they find their way to awesome love that sparks and sparkles. Societal rules create trials and troubles for them, but their love transcends all and even reaches out to help others have and hold their own true loves. Highlander's Prize is another Mary Wine historical for the book shelf―a keeper to be enjoyed more than once." - Long and Short Reviews
"Oh there's nothing like a steamy story featuring a six foot plus Highlander treat. ...The story is quick paced with tons of action, steamy romance, hawt sex that will sizzle your fingers and deceptions aplenty. ...I love Mary Wine for a fantastic Historical Romance that will make me long to be a personal part of the story with her descriptive narration. My senses are as taut as a piano string waiting to be plucked as I turn page after wonderful page." - Yankee Romance Reviews
"Read The Highlander's Prize if you are looking for a straight-up Scottish Highlander romance. You'll find betrayal, lust and a happily ever after." - Scooper Speaks
"I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Scottish historicals, or anyone who just wants to escape into a well written book." - Guilty Indulgence
"Wine is a great Scottish author and one I prefer to read over and over!" - Debbie's Book Bag
"You'll fall in love with Broen and Clarissa as they discover each other on their journey." - Page 317
"I have to give this book five out five stars. In my eyes, it was the perfect historical novel as well as a historical romance that didn't hold anything back, I enjoy a book that doesn't make concessions." - Booked Up
"Satisfying, sexy, and well-written romance." - Historical Novels Review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B007HB5SJI
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 1, 2012)
- Publication date : April 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1081 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #444,654 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Top reviews from the United States
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The ending was awful and because of that I almost rated it two stars, so unsatisfying. Yes we do get HEA but unfulfilling HEA. I invested a lot of time in this story and felt cheated with the ending. There is some cliffhanger with another couple, but you are also left with what is happening to our main couple. It's as though you have to finish the ending yourself and assume what happened to another couple, would be true for an ending for our H/h. I agree with another reviewer, it's as though our author was tired of her own story and ended it.
Also be wared the Lord's name is used in vain a lot.
I feel sorry for those that are on the fence to purchase this story, because there are many positive reviews. I am not going into the blurb just what you may feel reading it.
I've read two other books by this author and those were both strong 4 stars, so give this author a try, it is just this one didn't do it for me. (ljb)
Secondly, I loved the plot, which was multi-layered and complex without being so twisted that I lost track. There was a lot of historical background information, which added depth to the plot and offered an interesting read. However, I felt that the dynamics between the main characters faltered towards the end of the book and didn't reward me with a worthy HEA. Taking the plot elaboration into consideration, I expected more drama and romance.
Anyway, this was a very enjoyable historical romance and for lovers of this genre a must read.
Nevertheless, the intertwining of the story with the history is fantastic, showing how things were changing in the Lowlands and Highlands with the death of His Majesty Edward the IV.
Broen and Clarrisa make for a fantastic pairing that spark off each other early and never stop. Definitely, I recommend you read it!
The Verdict: I both hate and love when I fall into marketing traps. You see, I grabbed this book on Amazon a few months ago when it was free, thinking it would be a nice distraction when I felt like reading something a bit different from all the contemporary romances on my shelf. But now I’ve enjoyed it far too much, and it’s inevitable that I’ll end up buying the other books in this series. I’m such a sucker.
Set in the late 15th century, the story does a wonderful job of transporting readers back in time. I’m certainly no expert on the period, and unless it was something obvious like a Toyota parked in front of the keep, I wouldn’t be able to pick up on anything out of place. But the way in which things are described, Clarissa’s observations about Broen’s home compared to others she’s seen, and the language itself are all like a time machine, making the story a journey instead of a second-hand tale.
Clarissa and Broen can certainly see each other’s beauty, but it’s more intriguing than it is instant attraction. After all, Broen is one of the savage Highlanders she’s always heard about, and Clarissa is an enemy simply because she exists. Broen’s not quite the unfeeling brute she pegs him for, but he’s also used to traveling with his men, without a foreign woman to worry about, and as a result, he thinks more of safety than of her comfort. And Clarissa, though used to having her life decided for her, is no shrinking violet. She holds neither her temper nor her tongue, unwittingly making herself more interesting to Broen than he ever thought she would be.
For his part, Broen is a responsible laird, proud of his people and heritage and driven to secure peace in their future. But at the same time, he’s playful, quick to trade barbs and show his wit, and when he finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Clarissa, he doesn’t bother hiding it from her. Somehow he manages to be pure alpha while completely endearing, and it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.
Of course, there are forces at work outside their walls, rival clans and looming battles, and Clarissa’s royal blood is coveted by others. I don’t want to spoil things by describing all the twists, but suffice it to say there are enough moments of danger to keep things very interesting. I don’t read as much historical romance as I did back when I was borrowing all my mom’s paperbacks, but I do love the genre, and this is one you should definitely pick up.
Top reviews from other countries
I do not want to say anymore about this as so much happens it would be too easy to give the story away. What I will say is that this is a wonderful story, filled with fabulous characters that come alive on the page. Clarrisa is a very determined and brave young woman, and compliments the hero Broen. There are a full cast of side characters who are very well developed, I am hoping that some of these other sexy highlanders will be getting their own stories. If you are looking for a story that is passionate and romantic, with plenty of action and intrigue, then you need look no further. A fabulous book my congratulations to Ms.Wine, she certainly knows this period in history, the attention to detail is brilliant. Highly recommend.