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Publisher's Summary

Framed for a crime he did not commit, Duncan Campbell, the illegitimate son of a chieftain, has returned to the Highlands, determined to clear his name after ten years in exile. He is drawn to the unforgettable sensual beauty of Jeannie Gordon, the headstrong girl who once pledged him her love, gave him her innocence, and then betrayed him. Now, in the glow of the moonlight, she defiantly shows Duncan the bad end of a pistol.

Jeannie is stunned to discover that the broad-chested brigand she just shot is the rogue who broke her heart years ago. No longer a starry-eyed girl but a woman with dangerous secrets, Jeannie cannot forgive Duncan's shattering mistrust of her - nor can she sign his death warrant by turning him in. Soon passion flares hotter and bolder than before, sealing a fate the one-time lovers can no longer deny. Caught up in a deadly game of murder and intrigue, Jeannie is willing to risk everything for a man and a love she vows never to lose again.

©2009 Monica McCarty (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A fast-moving, emotionally intense and heart-wrenching love story filled with unexpected twists and a romance to make your heart sing." (Romantic Times)

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  • Kimberly
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 07-17-12

Extremely unromantic

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different leading male character entirely!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Highland pleasures series.

What three words best describe Roger Hampton???s voice?

Deep, sexy, well inflected.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highland Scoundrel?

Particular scenes were not the problem. It was Duncan's character in general that was reprehensible.

Any additional comments?

Authors, if you are going to make your lead male characters moody, disloyal, forever leaving, forever thinking the worst of your female characters, you had better be sure you have the skill to COMPLETELY redeem them. I got so sick of seeing Jeannie suffer because Duncan COULD NOT develop any kind of resolve to stay with her! Not sexy. Not admirable. Not romantic to be an angry, always-leaving kind of guy!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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hot hot hot

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, good highlander series..stongly recommend it

What did you like best about this story?

all books are great

What about Roger Hampton’s performance did you like?

it is ok..

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

no..just interesting

Any additional comments?

this entire series is worth it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Narration

What an excellent combination, Ms McCarty and Mr Hampton.His narration of this gripping series was what made the stories come to life for me. Authentic accents and accurate pronunciation....bliss

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  • J
  • Riverton, WV, United States
  • 05-12-12

Another great listen!

I love Monica McCarty her stories are captivating. I have listened to everyone Audible has & I can't wait for the rest of her books to become available!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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love this narrator!

This narrator is the best I've heard yet. Love Monica McCarty. Wish all her book were read by him. These 2 are the perfect match.

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  • GLR
  • Faribault, MN
  • 03-29-14

Enjoyed the Series

This series got better as it went, each book was better than the one before. I think it is because it was like more and more pieces of a puzzle that came together in this final book. I also like that McCarty sprinkles her historical books with some factual stuff which makes it all the more interesting. Worth the credits.

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  • Jeanne
  • Hutchinson, KS, United States
  • 02-17-14

Best series I have read so far.

What did you love best about Highland Scoundrel?

His loyalty to his Father and his only love.

What did you like best about this story?

Absolutely everything! The narrator is fantastic!

Which scene was your favorite?

The love scene at the Loch. This story puts you in every aspect of the book.

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

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

Listen to all three. I love the way Ms. McCarty connects the storylines in each book.

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Highland Scoundrel

What made the experience of listening to Highland Scoundrel the most enjoyable?

Roger Hampton is perfect for the narrator for the story. He infuses emotion into his voice when he reads capturing the "moments" of interest in the book. He also brings the Highlands home to the reader.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Scoundrel?

When Duncun realizes that he is the real heir to the chieftenship.

Which character – as performed by Roger Hampton – was your favorite?

Duncun

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

Some of the interaction between the hard headed Jeannie & Duncun was fun.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elio
  • Homestead, Florida, United States
  • 01-12-13

good!

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Liked it right from the begining loved the narrator if you like scottish romance you dont wanna miss this one.

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  • Benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 09-24-12

Love this book!!!! Duncan!!!! You are my hero!!!

4 1/2 Stars!! Great ending to the series. For highland lovers, Duncan is delectable, and McCarty has written one of her most steamy, passionate stories.

I absolutely could not stop reading this book! The build up to Duncan's story was very well-done. After reading the first two books of the trilogy, Duncan was as infamous to me as to the characters in the story.
I loved the way McCarty wrote this book; it begins with Duncan's return, then goes back ten years to tell the story of his exile. The transitions are masterfully written and kept me in eager anticipation of every word.

This book was 5-star worthy for the large majority of the story. Only a few minor issues that keep it from five stars. One is the heroine... Jeannie made me want to shake her. Early on, she does something that is hard to forgive. especially in the world of Romance novels. When Duncan returns, her obtuse blindness to the seriousness his plight and her unsupportable anger that she was wronged by him is all hard to digest. But she comes around.
While I did like her, I also found her choices and arguments extremely frustrating. She was just not the smartest of heroines...

The other issue for me was the anti-climactic ending. Duncan was wanted by the King for certain treason. He was the biggest outlaw of all. I obviously wanted an HEA, but I didn't understand how the evidence that Jeannie found and delivered to Argyll had any bearing on Duncan's guilt. Certainly not enough to keep him from Argyll's wrath.
I think McCarty could have written a more developed and compelling rationale for exonerating Duncan. I was completely underwhelmed by the "evidence" Jeannie found and also by the luke warm ending. (I would have liked to see more interaction btw Duncan and his son once he knew...)

Despite those flaws, I adored the book, and the series. Monica McCarty has fast become a favorite historical author of mine. I look forward to more of her Highland Guard novels!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful