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Highland Betrayal

The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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The third book in an exciting series from Wattpad author Alyson McLayne, featuring the loyal, brooding heroes of the Scottish Highlands and the beautiful lasses who steal their hearts. 

Scottish historical romance: Laird Callum MacLean vowed to marry Maggie MacDonnell. But when his father's supposed suicide makes him Laird of a clan, he's too busy unmasking his father's killer to bring her into his dangerous new home. 

Maggie's home isn't any safer, so she does what any resourceful Highland lass would do. She escapes - and finds herself toe-to-toe with Callum, who's determined to fulfill his promise. Maggie can't bring herself to trust him with her heart again. But with a traitor still at large, they must rely on each other in every way, or their clans - and their love - will be destroyed.

©2018 Alyson McLayne (P)2018 Recorded Books

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A Heroine who REALLY likes pointy things

Summary: After years of being betrothed, Callum didn’t marry his lady because he thought she’d be safer in her home clan since his father’s murderer is somewhere lurking around his home – probably. He discovers that’s Maggie is indeed not safe, and he tries to save her, while keeping her in the dark, which leads to her feeling betrayed (in the highlands). Maggie does NOT like to be the damsel, and keeps taking things into her own hands. Also in her hands, she frequently has daggers, and sometimes ropes and pulley systems. Entertaining conflicts around gender roles and Maggie's reluctance to get married ensue. There’s a happy ending for the main characters, and all of the MacLeod foster brothers get to both harass and croon over the happy couple in the end.

I am enjoying this series a lot, so far. While I like highland romances, sometimes… sometimes I don’t. Male characters can be a little domineering, demanding, and demeaning of women (also dumb, despicable...) If I want to strangle the hero and yell at the heroine to leave his sorry tail, for me, that detracts from my enjoyment of the story. Not so with McLayne’s books - or hardly ever.

I think this series excels in how the main male characters respect and value their female counterparts (in comparison with many other highland series). They start out being frustrated and mystified by their lovely ladies, but end up validating and affirming them in ways that make my Social Worker heart rejoice. Those views may be a little uncommon for the time, but I appreciate the men not being quite so overbearing.

Maggie is tough, smart, and spunky, while also being rather caring. Callum was a little less interesting to me, but he’s protective and admires Maggie’s strengths and talents. The only time he’s a downright a-hole is during a very poignant scene where Maggie accidentally insults/rejects him and the notion of getting married to him. The emotional tension in that scene was on point!

Comparison to the first two: I liked the preceding books slightly more. I liked the journey to Callum’s home and his attempts to woo/defeat Maggie. But overall, I think I enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and plots a little more in the first two.

While not strictly necessary, I recommend reading these in order. Depending on how fast your listening speed is, this is a good 8-10 hours of entertainment! Romance with a little adventure and suspense thrown in.

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