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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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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.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 03-16-17

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!

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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.

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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.

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Wonderfully complex female lead is extraordinary!

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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!

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Good Second Book!

4 1/2 Stars. This is a good second book. It was not as good as the first book. I liked that Lady Sybil is a strong female character and was very smart when it came to politics and avoiding problems. Rory was protective of Sybil. The story did get more entertaining as it got towards the end. Narrator did a good job.

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Claimed by a Highlander is non stop excitement!

I was fortunate enough to receive the audio copy of this amazing book in exchange for my honest review. I can honestly tell you that I loved every minute of it! There is non-stop excitement filled with a romance fraught with many of the same foibles we experience in our own relationships.... anger, jealousy, distrust, fear, as well as unconditional love and trust. If you enjoy reading historical romance novels, you may recognise several of the characters mentioned as having been actual historical people of the period, as well as many of the beautiful historic landmarks and sites steeped in Scottish history and still visited today. Derek Perkins does an amazing job of bringing the various characters to life through his exceptional vocal talent. He presents the story in such a smooth and seemingly effortless way, that you easily find you've become caught up in the story as if you were there. There honestly was never a dull moment in the entire story! I can't wait to hear Margaret's story next. This is a book I can easily recommend to anyone who loves this reading or listening to this genre of books. Don't miss out on this one! This entire series promises to be one of those you can't put down, and read or listen to again and again! 😀

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Just okay

This second book was only just okay for me, like the first in the series was. I had hopes about this one since the second book in a series can often be better than the first. I don’t know what it is, I just am blah about these

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I loved every second of this story!

Wow, just wow! The Story begins with Sybil, a lowlander, who is the woman Rory, the highlander worrior, is seeking to take as his bride. Rory has a contract he made with Sybil's brother 8 years previously in a card game that left the prize of Sybil as his wife.

Unfortunately for Sybil, the queen is trying to capture her as she is the only one from her family who is not able to protect herself due to the fact that she has no husband and her brothers have left the country to save their necks. But Rory is there to keep her safe and protected by claiming her as his wife.

The story revolves around the secrets and mistrust between Rory and Sybil. both of them have huge issues regarding their safety and what their lives are meant to be. the story is a a perfect blend of two lives that seem to be faded and destined to be.

I can't begin to tell you how much I adored this story and I highly recommend you read it. you will not be disappointed. the story seemed to be a work of art. I loved it and I know you will too.

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Claimed by a Highlander

Love just loved this book!! I do however have a problem with Audible puts 2 or 3 of a series and the last 1-2 they don't have on Audible. So the last book in this series is not available.(sad) Northbrook is great i do love the spunk this young leading lady has. Good read worth the mula

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  • 04-22-18

Heart breaking

This book was heart braking in part's. My heart was in my throat in parts as well.
I loved this book by Margaret Mallory and narrated by Derek Perkins.
Worth listening to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-03-17

Yep

Heaps good. Usual Scot dude all brawny and sexy and the woman fiery and yet soft. Sybil was a great character.