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The Chieftain

Return of the Highlanders Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: Return of the Highlanders, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (638 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

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Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust... even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger - and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble.

With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

©2013 Margaret Mallory (P)2013 Tantor

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Love Comes To Those Who Wait.

What a great conclusion to this series! I know I'm not giving anything from the story away when I say that this book is filled with suspense, danger, passion, mystery, betrayal, romance and love. This story lived up to my expectations not only because of the love story between Connor and Ilysa but the story was exciting and held my attention to the end. It is sad that this is the last book in the series but each book had such unique angle that in the end it all came together to produce a great ending.

The narrator did a wonderful job and I highly recommend this series.


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FANTASTIC!

As usual the combination of Margaret Mallory and Derek Perkins is almost magical. These books absolutely grab my attention from start to finish! So much so that there is almost no reason to waste a review waxing poetic over it, as it is just that DAMN GOOD. If you have experienced one book presented by the talents of these two stars than you already know how good it is, (altho' this one is one of my favorites) And If you haven't yet experienced this pairing then WHAT are you Waiting for?

NARRATOR: Okay, I'll say it one more time.... I could listen to him all night long (oops, I already did, again!).

CREDITWORTHY? YES YES YESSS....!

HEAT FACTOR: Hot, steamy, and tender too.

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My Favorite

Loved the book! The Narrator is outstanding. Connor is by far my favorite hero. Strong,,devoted willing to put even love aside for his Clan. A great read.

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The best closing book there is.

loved it. The research that Margaret puts into her work is truly amazing. It makes you believe that this story could be real. I am truly sad to see this series end. Derek Perkins is amazing!

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Wonderful!

This is the fourth in a series that I have listened to time and time again. The narrator Derek Perkins is is perfect. And of course the author has such a great sense of humor and timing with each character.
Really a joy. Would like for Lauchlin and Neil to have a happy ending also. Can't wait for that

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The Best of the Serie

I've listen to this one the whole night, I couldn't stop until I finished it just now. The only bad in this book is that it is the last one. I would so hope to continue to listen to another one in this serie. Maybe Neal's or Lachlan`s? If you love Highlander Romance Novels you must listen to this.

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AHHHH...... M.M. KEPT THE VERY BEST UNTIL LAST

I'm bereft that this fantastic series about 4 best friends who grew up to became fearless handsome Highland Warriors is finally over and I have to say goodbye forever (sob sob) to characters that I've laughed with, cried with, fought alongside - but above all, I loved them all (oh where's the tissues?).

This compelling final book packs so much in as MM seemlessly whisks you away to the breathtaking Medieval Isle Of Skye where we find a Highland Chieftan, Connor, trying to rebuild the MacDonald Clan whilst also trying to battle between his duty and desire but honor, trust and sacrifice must be met and made for the chance of love and eternal happiness.

There's sub plots galore involving vengeance, greed, evil villains, traitors, spies, secrets, danger, magic, myths, legends and Clan alliances which makes for an action packed, tension filled, adventure that captures one man's plight and the woman who never gave up on him or her dreams.

Sooo many words could describe this listen:- addictive, exciting, emotional, bittersweet, action-packed, romantic, sad, passionate, a heart-wrenching love story but the one word I'm really left with, being a historical/romance lover, and after listening to this great book is UNMISSABLE.

Worth a credit? I do love my drool-worthy hunky Highland tartan clad heroes but Connor's story, for me, had the whole package - so that's a definite YES. Could be stand-alone but don't deprive yourselves of a great series - download all 4 then sit back with a really big bowl of popcorn and enjoy.

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The Chieftain

Another great story, found Connor to be more stubborn then Duncan. It seemed to take him a long time to trust the love of his life. The four warriors were great friends and loved each of them.

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I’m so glad the Laird got his Lass!

This couple’s story was a long time coming. I couldn’t have guessed how the author was going to get around the need for Conner to make a political marriage rather than an union of love. This story had a bit more angst then some of the others due to a misunderstanding between the Hero and Heroine; as most angst is developed in Romances. Fortunately, it was resolved fairly quickly and I was glad about that.
This book has several key resolutions and has several answers to long time mysteries. It’s definitely a worthy listen.

I downgraded the performance rating because Mr. Perkins doesn’t do female voices all that well. I will be really pleased when the concept of duet narration becomes standard in this industry!
-V from Kansas

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This is more like 3.5 stars for me

Tbh, I have only listened to The Guardian, and now The Chieftain. The reason is, I loved the concept of the the first book, Ian's story, but I didn't like Ian till around 75% of the book. So I was hesitant to read another. Then I saw this one about Connor which got glowing reviews. This was full of so much romance, intrigue, violence.. and for the most part it was done so well.
The reason I don't give it more stars , and this may be Spoilery, so don't read further if that concerns you.. But.. most of the plot points were predictable, out of all the reveals I can say only one surprised me which was at the very end of the book by the culprit. This book also had two things I really don't like in my romance novels or dramas.. and that is the heroine never gets noticed until she has a makeover.. She can be by his side for years but he only takes notice when he sees her dressed up with her boobs popping out. Ugh, shallow.. it's diminishing to her, which brings me to the other thing I hate in romances. The other choices the heroine is up against, her rivals so to speak, are not viable rivals at all. Which makes her win his heart almost by default. This story is much fuller and in depth that that, I don't want to take that away from the author, but those two points made less of Illysa imo. Also again, I didn't care for Connor too much for most of the book and began to really dislike him as: SPOILER:
he lay in bed with Illysa explaining how he was going to marry and bed another woman. UGH,.. kill the romance. He also asks something of her that makes me not care for him. I am glad how she eventually handled it. For me personally I need more of a deeper love connection than either The Guardian or The Chieftan gave me until at the end of both books.. Both men had the women in their lives but did not want them, for a great deal of the book. That's just not romantic to me.