Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty

Posted June 8, 2013 by Amanda in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Highlander Untamed by Monica McCartyHighlander Untamed by Monica McCarty
Series: MacLeods of Skye Trilogy #1
Published by Ballantine on July 31st 2007
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Rory MacLeod is a bold and powerful Highland Chief with only one allegiance—to his clan. He vows revenge against the rival MacDonald clan, though duty demands a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald—a bride he does not want and has no intention of keeping. But Rory couldn't have anticipated the captivating woman who challenges his steely control, and unleashes the untamed passion simmering beneath his fierce exterior.

Blessed with incomparable beauty, Isabel MacDonald is prepared to use every means possible—including seduction—to uncover her husband's most guarded secrets. Instead Rory awakens Isabel's deepest desires and her sweetest fantasies. Now Isabel has found the happiness she's always dreamed of with the very man she must betray, and discovers that passion can be far more dangerous than revenge.

 

Fantastic historic highlander read!!!

This book has everything a Scottish romance needs.

Highlander Untamed is a great start to this trilogy. It begins with the eldest MacLeod brother, Rory, who is chieftain of the clan. In order to appease the king and to settle a feud, he agrees to handfast with his enemies daughter for a year. Rory has every intention of picking up the feud when the year is out and has created an alliance with a fellow clan – he is set to wed another.

Isabel MacDonald arrived at Rory’s home intent on not only acting/living with him as his wife for a year but also betraying him. She desperately craves the love of her family and is willing to do anything to gain it. But as time passes, Isabel begins to have doubts and her feelings for Rory grow. She is strong and determined to follow her heart.

The romance and slow relationship building was great. The side characters were very interesting. Rory’s sister, Margaret, was great. Her back story really tugged at my heart. While Rory’s brother, Alex, had a fun-loving teasing personality.

What kept me from giving this book a perfect 5 of 5 stars was the pacing. At times, it really captured and held my attention, but it also dragged and slowed to a crawl in some sections. The romance was wonderful, I really liked how hard Rory fought not to give into his attraction for Isabel.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of highlander romance novels. And, I have to add, I’ve already begun reading book 2, Highlander Unmasked.

About Monica McCarty

Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three).

Law School was where I fell in love with Scotland. In my third year, I took a Comparative Legal History class, and wrote a paper on the Scottish Clan System and Feudalism. So I immediately dropped out of law school and went on to write Scottish Historical Romances…well no, not quite. You see, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. My father was a lawyer, I was a “poet” (i.e., not into math), and I love to argue. It seemed natural.

So I finished law school, got married, passed the CA bar, moved to Minnesota (with a few stops along the way), waived into the MN bar, worked as a litigator for a few satisfying years, moved back to CA, had a couple of kids, realized that a legal career and being a single parent for most of the year (due to husband’s career) would be extremely difficult, and THEN decided to sit down and write.

And how did I end up writing romance? It’s not as divergent as it seems. What I loved about being a lawyer are the same things I love about being a writer—research and writing. The only thing missing is the arguing, but that’s what a husband and kids are for, right?

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Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time at a cosmetology school. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs, a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious blackmouth cur mix. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
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