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BORN TO BE HIS BRIDE?It is said that Braden MacAllister, English baron and proud Highlander warrior, can fell an enemy with a single blow—and a woman with a single kiss. But not Maggie, it seems. For the fire-haired beauty, determined to end the long running feud that rages between their clan and its common foe, is immune to Braden's attempts to stop her foolishness. But sBORN TO BE HIS BRIDE?It is said that Braden MacAllister, English baron and proud Highlander warrior, can fell an enemy with a single blow—and a woman with a single kiss. But not Maggie, it seems. For the fire-haired beauty, determined to end the long running feud that rages between their clan and its common foe, is immune to Braden's attempts to stop her foolishness. But stop her he will, once he gets the meddling minx alone and favours her with a passionate caress and an irresistible kiss.No matter how she trembles beneath Braden's sensuous touch...he has given his heart to none. But dare she dream that by assuring peace for her clan she may also be claiming the most magnificent Highlander for herself....

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ISBN : 9780380817894
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Number of Pages : 373 Pages
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Claiming the Highlander Reviews

  • Alp
    2019-02-23 13:14

    DNF at 65%I’m sorry. I couldn’t keep holding on anymore. It’s really painful for me to rate my favorite author’s book less than 3 stars. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's PNR stories so I hoped I would love her HR as well. The first book in this series was my successful read. It was surprisingly good so I had very high expectations with this one. Sadly, it was a huge letdown. I didn't enjoy the plot and the heroine at all.Maggie’s character ruined the book. She's twenty-two years old but acts as if she's sixteen. She's stubborn, annoying, and unreasonable. She made a big mistake but instead of accepting that, she tried to prove that she could fix it alone. She didn’t seem much concerned that her bad decision affected so many people, including her love ones. This was a big no-no!

  • Dina
    2019-03-03 15:21

    Kinley MacGregor's books are known to be funny and fast-paced, and I think this book is a good example of that. I was in the mood for something light, so I really enjoyed this read.Braden and Maggie were very likable, and I especially enjoyed seeing the small glimpses of their childhood friendship. Close in age, they had known each other since forever and it was charming to see them remember the several encounters they'd had over the years. They didn't know it - well, Braden didn't know it - but they belonged together since he first "saved her life", when she was only a fiery seven-year-old girl and he was a ten-year-old lad.The story took place mostly "on the road", following Maggie, Braden and his brother Sin on the way to try and negotiate peace with the MacDouglas's, a feuding clan of the MacAllister's. Obviously, Braden found himself falling in love with Maggie during their journey, finally catching up with her, who had always loved him. I kept wondering if Sin felt like a "third wheel" there, but I guess he was just cool and sarcastic enough not to care.As for the feud between the MacAllisters and the MacDouglases, I thought it was too easily solved. Call me bloodthirsty, but I wanted to see striking swords and battered bodies - something grand like what happened in the end of Master of Desire, the 1st book in the series. Oh well, it was nice enough to see Braden say he would die for Maggie, though. :)In the end, I closed the book with a smile on my face and the assurance that I can always count on Ms. MacGregor to deliver a quick and amusing read.

  • Quinn
    2019-02-24 12:27

    Often I prefer my romances on the darker side, moody and with some nicely drawn angst and maybe a tortured hero thrown in every now and again. But sometimes, I really enjoy reading something lighter and less taxing on the heart and mind.If you’re looking for a lot of depth, then this book probably isn’t for you. But if you’re in the mood for a light, quick, entertaining read, then Claiming the Highlander would be an excellent choice.Braden MacAllister and Maggie ingen Blar have grown up together. Since their first meeting when Maggie was seven and Braden, ten, Maggie has had a case of hero worship for her older brothers’ friend.Now a man of twenty-five, Braden is living a life of shameless enjoyment, living it up and making the most of his spectacular looks and appeal. Braden genuinely loves women and it is no hardship that they throw themselves at him shamelessly.Maggie, on the other hand, is still suffering the effects of the merciless teasing she suffered as a child due to her red-headed, freckled and gangly appearance. She is still beneath the notice of men and has yet to be kissed or courted. Still holding a candle for Braden, she knows a man such as he would never be interested in her. And nor would she want him the way he is. Maggie will accept nothing less than commitment and a faithful, loving marriage, something Braden is unable and unwilling to provide.When her radical plan to force two clans to cease their senseless feuding is about to fail with spectacular consequences, Maggie must journey to the rival clan, escorted by Braden and his dangerous brother Sin, in a last ditch attempt to stop more deaths.In the forced intimacy of the journey, Braden finds himself unwillingly and confusingly attracted to his friends’ sister, and Maggie finds herself painfully tempted to finally give in to her attraction to Braden. Each of them know that Braden will only end up causing Maggie pain and unhappiness, but death could meet them at the end of the journey, and temptation soon proves too difficult to deny.I’m really enjoying this series and the author’s easy, entertaining style. I enjoyed the characters of Braden and Maggie, and the way Maggie was able to show Braden that she sees him as the person he is - more than just a pretty face - and Braden finally overcoming his hang-ups with the help of some gruff, sage advice from Sin. Claiming the Highlander is the second book in Kinley MacGregor’s Brotherhood/MacAllister series, following Master of Desire. However, the connection seems only to be in the setting and this one would work absolutely fine as a standalone.

  • Alba M.
    2019-03-16 07:06

    Voy a confesar que aunque os sorprenda debido a la nota que le he puesto, en algún momento me planteé abandonarlo. Es que la historia se me estaba haciendo un poco pesada... no le veía un buen final no se soy muy rara.Amé este libro por Braden y por Sin. Esos dos son lo mejor que existe, Braden con su humor pícaro y Sin con su humor sarcástico! Son un poco tal para cual. En los momentos en los que se ponían un poco serios y profundizaban en los problemas familiares he sentido pena por los dos: por Braden tener que ver cómo se llevaban a su hermano y por Sin por tener una mierda de padres así. Odio a la madre de Braden está dicho. En cuanto a Maggie... que decepción de personaje al principio dios. No me gustó nada. Después ya hacía el final cuando dejo de ser una amargada petarda pues me caía algo mejor pero vamos que no está la cosa para tirar cohetes.Por último: ¿soy la única que ha pensado que el hijo de Kieran se llama como el caballitos de juguete de Braden? Jajajaja tan mono! Me ha gustado mucho la historia pero ni de cerca como la primera!

  • Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)
    2019-02-25 10:02

    3,5 puan.Cazibenin Efendisi • #kitapyorumuHer ne kadar ilk kitap Arzunun Efendisi benim için “eh işte” sınırlarında kalmış olsa da dün akşam aniden gelen bir istekle Cazibenin Efendisi’ne başladım ve oturduğum gibi bitirdim. Harika bir kitap mıydı? Değildi. Ama benim için ilk kitaptan bir tık daha güzel ve eğlenceliydi.En çok beğendiğim şey kitaptaki erkek karakterler. Hepsi son derece muazzam, kendine has özellikleri olan adamlardı ve hepsinin kendi hikâyelerini okuma isteğim var.Yazarın kalemi de çok akıcı. Saçma sapan gelen kısımlar olmasına rağmen kendini okutuyor, hakkını yemeyeyim. Kitabın başlarında yazar erkek karakterimiz Braden’ı bence çok fazla, gereksiz bir övgü yağmuruna tutmuş olsa da kendisi kibar, yakışıklı, ucundan azıcık serseri –yok bayağı serseri- çapkın, her ne kadar İskoç olsa da İngiliz bey efendisi halleri de olan bir adam. Tamam, ben de biraz övmüş gibi oldum ama inanın yazar başlarda bunun on katı gibi bir şeyler yazmış yani.Maggie ise tam benlik bir kadın karakterdi. Burnunun dikine giden, herkes gibi anında yelkenleri suya indirmeyen karakterleri severiz.İkilinin arasındaki iletişim çok güzeldi. Braden’ın çapkın lafları, her kelimesinde aralara sıkıştırdığı imaları çok iyiydi. İkilinin atışmalarını oldukça severek okudum.Olaylı kısımlar vardı ama detaylı anlatım yoktu. Bazı önemli meseleler üstü kapalı bir şekilde geçilip gitmişti o yüzden oraları pek sevmedim. Konu da bence giriş olarak çok saçmaydı ama sırf karakterleri iyi yazıyor diye yazarı sevdim.Daha güzel bir kurguyla ve bu karakterlerle harikalar yaratılabilir bana göre.Kısacası sevgili Epsilon’un asırda bir kitap çıkardığını düşünürsek eğer kitaplar elime geçmeseydi okumazdım. Arzunun Efendisi 2012’de çıkmış, Cazibenin Efendisi 2015. Pes dedirten cinsten vallahi. Azıcık hız bekliyor insan. Eğlenceli bir tarihi aşk romanı isterseniz sıkılmadan okursunuz.

  • Chitra *CJ*
    2019-03-15 07:20

    “Claiming the Highlander” is the story of Maggie and Braden.Basically the story is this- to prevent the deaths of more men due to a senseless war between two clans-MacDouglas and MacAllister, Maggie decides to rally all the women together so the men can agree to put a stop to the unnecessary deaths.The men, however disagree, as women are their chattel and decide to use the youngest of the MacGregor brothers, Braden- to convince Maggie of the same.We have a extremely handsome horn dog hero who sleeps with anything (that’s how the book starts)- a supposedly unattractive but brave and kind heroine who’s loved the hero forever- and then their “love story”.RANT(view spoiler)[I cannot believe this truly exasperating story. The hero was humping everything in sight- the book starts with him having an almost threesome- and even when he’s out with Maggie to meet the other clan he considers sleeping with another women!The heroine is constantly ridiculed for her looks and her love for the hero was heartbreaking- because he takes her as a joke through most the of the book. (hide spoiler)]I was not rooting for this couple.The book is full of sexist, unfaithful, abusive men- and I don’t care about the era- I don’t like it.Maggie you deserved someone way better. Unsafe 0.5/5

  • Kübra Yağmur
    2019-03-03 07:21

    “... Ama bence, kardeşim, sen asıl soruyu atlıyorsun. Ya güvenilirse?”“O zaman ben it herifin tekiyim.”

  • Netanella
    2019-03-24 12:15

    Anyone familiar with ancient Greek comedy will recognize Aristophanes' Lysistrata immediately - the town women, led by a brazen spokeswoman, rally together and withhold sex until the men stop fighting. MacGregor takes a classic tale and spins it into a lighthearted Scottish romance. There's not a lot of angst, emotional connection, or even historical detail to take this story to the next level. Rather, we have Maggie, a plain jane character with ugly shoes, who's fallen in love with the town's Casanova, Braden. Maggie and Braden's romance seem unrealistic in my eyes, and I'd bet my bottom dollar that in today's world this mismatched couple would end up a divorce statistic.I'm holding out for Born in Sin, the main reason why I picked up this series to begin with. Here's to dark, emotionally damaged dangerous heroes.

  • TJ
    2019-03-12 11:32

    Braden MacAllister is so heart-stoppingly handsome, devastatingly charming and passionately perfect that every woman who sees him either swoons or chases him down and demands he let them have their way with him ( 10 at once even). He, of course obliges with abandon, admitting anything with two legs wearing skirts will do and proceeds to prove it through much of the story. So is it any surprise I find it hard to believe when, at the end of the book, he pledges eternal fidelity to the rather dowdy childhood friend he never even noticed before? Although I understand why so many others rate this book highly, I just couldn't bring myself to like Braden enough to believe in his happy ending.Knowing this is totally a personal preference and not wanting to judge a good author because of it, I may still try the next in this series (besides, Sin, the brother, was much more intriguing to begin with.)

  • Sherry
    2019-02-27 13:28

    I love Kinley MacGregor's sense of humor. She has feel for humorous dialogue that is natural. She creates amazing characters that I easily become emotionally invested in.The plot for Claiming the Highlander was weak. At first glance it seemed that this would be an interesting read, but it was dull filled with a lot of flashback sequences that didn't really move the story forward. The hero began the story as a careless playboy and then in the middle he claimed to be the innocent victim of sex-crazed females. I like reading stories about people who are less than perfect, less than beautiful, with characters who stay true to their character. I like it when bad guys stay bad, people with good intentions mess things up, and playboys fall in love and vow to be faithful.

  • Zoe
    2019-03-25 10:23

    A plain Jane rallying town women to withhold sex and herself is in love with the town's Casanova? I will pass. (I wonder, was Maggie a virgin in the book? That would be tremendously ironic for a virgin to tell other women to withhold sex from men to get them to do stuff, no?)

  • Shawna
    2019-03-14 15:06

    4 ½ stars – Historical/Medieval/Highlander Romance

  • C Joy
    2019-03-07 07:24

    I enjoyed reading this a lot and I didn't expect to like the characters, but with the author's excellent writing style, it was a fast read for me and it provided the entertainment I was looking for.The first few pages about Braden made me instantly dislike him, he's portrayed as a shallow and hedonistic man who hops from one woman's bed to another; but as I read on, I realized his character had depth, and like all people he's afraid of trusting a woman, wary of a broken heart. His affairs are fleeting and impersonal, but he's a good diplomat and when it comes to family, his loyalty pegs no question.It's the same way I didn't instantly warm up to Maggie's character until I read further. She's one of the youngest (having a twin brother) and the only female in of seven children. It was touching how her eldest brother loves her, the one who perished in the squabble between the MacAllisters and MacDouglases, and it was a very good plan Maggie hatched, until some women were attacked by the males.The author lay a good foundation for Maggie and Braden's relationship, since they've known each other when they were very little. The development was there, both of them trying to fight it, but with the guidance of the most unlikely character, they each realized that they have to take a risk for that love. The little flashbacks helped in understanding the characters, and the horse as a gift, and Braden's comment about having a sister was really touching.The love scenes were written very well, both of them shared themselves in the present, not thinking of anyone or the repercussions, and it was noble of Braden not have taken advantage of Maggie out in the woods, and I admired Maggie for her resolve in fighting for Braden, the man she wants and the one she would only love. I agree with the saying, "one doesn't know what s/he has until it's gone", because it makes one realize the value of something or someone when it's not there anymore. I'm looking forward to reading the next!

  • Crazy4more
    2019-03-18 08:26

    5 stars...for sure.I loved this book and I still have 3 more pages to go. It dawn on me a thought, the past truly made who you are.For Maggie, it was been bullied-harrassed, lost her mother than later her father, raised as the youngest daughter and 5 brothers. She became a nuturer, smart-strong-detemined protector, a survivor at any cost and loved passionately the only boy who stood for her as long as she can remember, Braden MacAllister. As for Braden, the randy-assed rogue, he loved women and women loved him, single-married and all ages in between. His past left him withdrawn from such love given and received. To him love was a weakness, one that can force him to abandon his blood bc he'd seeing it done. A true warrior himself, a loving brother who would died for those he loved, a hero in Maggie's eyes yet he failed to see he'd deserved nothing more than tumbling in an out of varies beds. Oh...and let's not even talk about Sin, Braden's brother. That's the next book, but I can tell, it's a tear-jerker but hubba-hubba-hubba. Abandoned by his father and both mothers, given as hostage to King David of England. As it turned out, he's now one of Kind Henry's best friends, how fortunate and yet he carried such hatred for all that was Scotcland, can you blame him?This book had me giggled one moment and then brimmed with tears the next. I loved the richly drawn characters, the deep meanings behind the storyline, the romance and plenty of hotness that I couldn't get my butt to do anything and didn't want it to end...Definitely move this to your next highlander read if you're looking for one!

  • Fangirl Musings
    2019-02-24 08:08

    God what an incredibly sweet story!I am so in love with the character of Maggie, for she is definitely the hidden-beauty of strong character and fiery independence. Braden is equally a likable character for his strength and kindhearted ways, despite his roguish and debonair personality. The plot focuses around Maggie, who has grown to hate the MacAllistor/MacDouglas feud and in hopes of ending it, has prompted both the women of her clan, and the MacDouglas, to strike out; refusal of service, both in the kitchen and bedroom.Upon Braden's homecoming to his clan, from the get-go this plot is packed with hilarious moments, and heartfelt emotion. The large portion of the plot centers around Sin, Braden, and Maggie making the trek to the MacDouglas lands in hopes of making a stand-off beg for peace. While the character base is shorten to primarily three main characters, the story is so smile-worthy and touching, chalked with tons of entertaining scenes. The characters are, as always, strong and independent in personality- as always. Again, once more, another five-star book goes right to Sherri's throne.

  • Sha Mslvoe
    2019-03-01 11:32

    It's a enjoyable read to see Braden fall in love with Maggie as they work together to find a solution to end the war between MacAllister and McDougall. Although I enjoyed the story, I find it move slowly and a little drag. It's good, but it's not good enough to tempt me to give it a 4 star.Now I'm really anxious to learn more about the tortured Sin.

  • Linda
    2019-02-22 12:27

    Delightful romance,left me smiling! Maggie has always loved Braden MacAlister, but he has never seen as anything other than his friends little sister, until she stages a strike of all theclan women against the men and suddenly he is seeing her in a different light!

  • Louisa
    2019-03-09 14:26

    Really enjoyed rereading this book, loved her plan, and yeah, just so funny!*First read April 25th 2012*Oh, this was such a great book, really good, really enjoyed it, can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  • paperysoul
    2019-03-12 13:10

    I just enjoyed the sense of humour only. The rest, boring. Especially reminiscing on the past, it was too much of it.

  • Janja
    2019-03-10 07:20

    3,5Nice story and well writen .

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2019-02-22 09:31

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 2 parts.Alright, a bit more than halfway thorough the book and it's not as bad as I thought. The hero Braden is, of course, as bad as I thought but I'll survive, I guess. I'll come to that point soon enough but before let me start by introducing our charming hero!The story begins with the description of Braden and his love for women. He doesn't care about the size, shape, coloring- he just loves them. And, they love him back! Braden is good looking [read: pretty boy] with dimples and hard body. In the beginning, we find a stellar example of his wenching around. He's in England and entertaining 3 ladies ... at once ... and they're sisters! Don't even ask! Then unfortunately, the married sister's older husband returns and then, starts the Zorro-style escape, of which he's a master just as his bed skills (examples are aplenty in the beginning as well) ... again don't even ask! ... Braden is popular everywhere; more so in his home, the Highlands. Soon, he returns there with his older half-brother Sin.But, the homecoming isn't as good as he'd expected. No women of all ages to welcome him. Soon from his brother, the clan chieftain Lochlan and the other, Ewan he finds out one woman, Maggie hatched a plan for all the women of the clan to ignore their men and marital duties. No cooking and no sex. Oh the horror! This can't be happening, Braden even pales thinking of no sex! Men are getting restless and they need a solution. And Braden, being ever the charmer and negotiator, is selected by Lochlan to work on the matter.Maggie has always been dubbed as scrawny as a chicken with red-hair and freckles. She's always known she's 'homely', almost all the boys in her village have seen to that. Only the fact that she has 4 older brothers saved her from something dire! And Braden of course. Sadly, she's crazy about Braden, even after knowing about his scintillating character. Though the ever cautious and intelligent, Maggie couldn't help herself from falling. I did love the reminisces of her childhood when Braden wasn't a womanizer of the worst order and a kind of a hero to her since he saved her from her twin brother; she 7, he 10.Now, when she hatched this plan to save the rest of the men in village from the MacDouglas clan, Maggie didn't think it'd go wrong or that Braden MacAllister would come back to ruin it (and you know why!). Two of her brothers among many other men fell victim to this feud that's been running for the last 6 yrs. It was stated by a woman and her betrayal with one MacAllister brother, Kieran committing suicide over it. So, Maggie is kinda incensed that the MacAllisters send Braden to handle this. She's determined, anyhow, to end this feud. She has even managed to bring the MacDouglas women, including the wife of the chieftain, into this rebellion.Braden doesn't find Maggie ugly (wait a min, he doesn't find any woman ugly!). He's actually surprised that he'd never looked at her that way, even though he has been fast friends with her 2 older brothers. Me? I'm rolling my eyes by now whenever I'm reading about Braden's softer feelings. He's such a good man, in everything- sweet and kind and generous. But, when it's about women, he just can't help himself, it's like his 2nd nature! (trust me, Maggie reasons with herself to why she should hate him and this is one of the reasons she comes up with!) *rolls eyes even more with an exasperated sigh*I thought the women of the MacAllister clan and elsewhere were pea-brained and pathetic! They've been literally pouncing on Braden since he'd reached 15, there is actually an incident... But, Maggie had been there to save him. And, Braden of course never says never! Lord, by this time I was tired just thinking of his exploits. I actually hated that Maggie, who's very intelligent and a likable heroine, can't seem to toughen up against such a cad! But, she's been trying and she did give him some stuff back on his face. I only wish she made it all the more painful for him. But, Braden is shameless and has the skin of a rhino, so I wasn't really sure it'll work.But, things changed when they planned to go to the MacDouglas's. After some incidents and the men kidnapping Lochlan and Maggie's brothers, Braden goes to Maggie for help. Maggie comes up with the plan to go to the MacDouglas laird and reason with him. Sin, who is very brooding (his past is just so, made the man) and has a biting knack for sarcasm, agrees to accompany them. On the way, a new Braden is revealed, who doesn't only think of getting laid ... err, he still does (and now, it's all about Maggie) but he can actually think of other things too, such as: their childhood memories together. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't read it for myself. I thought only one of his heads work and the other is practically useless ... Hmmph!Maggie is a gone-case dreamer when it comes to Braden. Well, I know I've mentioned it before. She tries to tell Braden that his callousness did hurt her and there are scenes that made me sad for her. Her thoughts on Braden, her own father, oldest brother, men in general and their infidelities. It really was sad, I really felt for her. She knows Braden is no good for her; if she really wants to save her heart and herself, she'd have to ignore him, at all cost. But, it's easier said than done! When the said rogue is doing everything to get her attentions, how can she ignore him? And, Braden is. It started out as a plan between the brothers to seduce her and then bring the women out of the kirk but now, it's something different. He feels it and something of a seemingly unknown feeling is tugging at his heart. He doesn't care to examine it closely. He's aware of the bond they formed as a child, though it has frayed a bit mostly because of him. But, Braden knows to a primal level that he won't ever hurt Maggie and he's not the type of the man for her, the marrying, adoring kind with fidelity. Me? Thinking- "Lord, this is becoming really tiresome! I'm going to have a hard time believing him!"But as I got to know these things about Braden, the book started becoming more interesting to me. Before that, I was like- have to finish, review, rate and be done with it. I knew I won't care for Braden either way. But, I'm willing to see what he does to win Maggie. Already said, there are scenes between them as they're on their way to MacDouglas, scenes I really enjoyed and thought Braden could've been an adorable, easy-going hero. He actually has a soft heart, it's only when it comes to women he can't ... eh, no more! I'm not sure if I'll adore him (after reading "Master of Desire" and the hero Draven...) but I only hope he does something positively worthwhile and makes Maggie happy.***************Well, not much to talk about for the rest of the book. I liked some parts of it, while felt kinda bored and distracted by the others. After the first love scene and their entering the MacDouglas land, things were going fine. But, after that I kinda lost interest and then, again the solution to their initial problem and the ending were good. Things that annoyed me, number one was the talk of an illegitimate child at the MacDouglas's, whom at first glance Maggie thought was Braden's and I was like- oh plz, now she has to go through this exam, too??! [ref: Sin's past for 'why'] But, thanks the Good Lord, it wasn't Braden's but his deceased brother Kieran's. Another thing was, while in the MacDouglas land, they stayed with a farmer for a night and then they had to fight with the man's lusty daughters (I was so irritated and just couldn't believe it!) ... In a scene in between, Sin and Maggie talk while Braden was out. I didn't believe the number Sin gave to Maggie concerning Braden's affairs. Really? Well, the way Braden behaves and thinks (among other things), just doesn't add up with this certain number! Also, the starting of the book and Braden's reputation. But, in short, Braden is the victim of pawing here, not the other way around. He only humors them, if he feels like it. Also, the rumors concerning his affairs are mostly exaggerated. But, I got to know about Braden's vulnerabilities about love [ref: his brother Kieran's suicide], too. The fact that women tend to use him somehow was another matter. His musings were kinda sad regarding that and I thought it was understandable, the way he felt about loving someone and getting married. Still, I wasn't convinced about a lot of the information regarding Braden.The feud ended by another plan from Maggie. It wasn't as impressive as MoD but it was good. I loved seeing the laird of MacDouglas, Robby being brought down on his knees by his wife Ceana. The epilogue was ok. So, all in all, I was pretty distracted throughout the book so giving it a 3.25 stars.PS: Though Master of Desire is a part of this series, in this book I saw nothing common with MoD except the time frame, which is the reign of king Henry II.

  • Nina Ivanova
    2019-03-08 14:06

    Full review/цялото ревю - click, clickЩе си го кажа честно, без увъртания и направо - въпреки очакванията ми, тази книга ми хареса най-малко от поредицата досега (пишейки ревюто, вече съм прочела трета и четвърта). Наистина се опитах, и признавам, че и историята, и героите имаха страшно голям потенциал, но при мен не сработи.Още от резюмето човек може да си представи, че го очакват много забавни ситуации, една игра на котка и мишка, докато Маги и Брейдън се опитват да се надвият едни други. Авторката също е била наясно с тези очаквания, и се бе опитала да ги задоволи. Но, за разлика от прочетеното в предишната и следващите книги, тук не се бе получило толкова добре. Някои от хумористичните ситуации звучаха съвсем нереално и абсурдно - като "женската" приумица на Маги да носи при пътуването мокър парцал (средновековен еквивалент на влажни кърпички, утф?) или заклещването ѝ, при което се вдига полата (което се опитах да разиграя в съзнанието си, но не се получаваше, освен ако не изключех напълно физиката и логиката). Моментите, в които Брейдън бе преследван от зажаднели поклоннички, също се предполагаше да са забавни, но на мен ми бяха почти обидни по начина, по който почти всички жени в книгата бяха представени като нимфоманки. Изглеждаше като че ли авторката наистина, ама наистина се бе напъвала да пише тези моменти, но е била в онези кризи с липса на муза и като резултат хем те не бяха съвсем сполучливи, хем бе пренебрегнала други потенциални.. Всъщност, много по-силен заряд имаха репликите и епизодите, където този ефект не бе търсен - като така удобната за възглавница ръка на Брейдън или "Ей, красавецо, ела вътре, направила съм тюрлюгювеч" (цитатът не е съвсем точен, но гювечът е!)И поотделно, и заедно Маги и Бредън бяха интересни герои, но като цяло Маги ме спечели повече. И двамата силни, упорити, да не кажа инатливи - и с една непоколебима представа за другия пол в началото на книгата. Както се и предполага, с развитието на историята, двамата успяват да се вмъкнат под кожата на другия и да подронят тези идеи. Наистина, имаше силни и хубави моменти между Маги и Брейдън. Но у мен остана глождещото чувство, че на края на книгата те не бяха променили цялостните си възгледи, а само бяха приели, че един за друг - Маги за Брейдън и Брейдън за Маги - са изключение от правилото, от другите мъже и жени. Дори не съм сигурна, че смисълът на последното ми изречение е ясен. Просто не останах с усещане, че в края те израснаха достатъчно, за да се поставят на мястото на някого другиго и да разбират по-добре. Например Брейдън прие да се отдаде на Маги, но не беше съзрял достатъчно, за да се опита да погледне на нещата като майка си - дори и без да я оправдава.Добре, ще спра дотук с мрънкането и ще ви разкажа за най-големия плюс в книгата - Син. Въпреки че това не е неговата книга, Син понесе на плещите си голяма част от сюжета - включително и за финалната развръзка. И беше страхотен. Нямах пристрастия към този герой отпреди - мислех си: "О, поредният страховит изтерзан герой. Уау." Но тук Син наистина ме заинтригува и просто трябва да му отдам дължимото като движеща сила.Въпреки оплакванията ми относно някои детайли в изпълнението, все още намирам основната идея за очарователна. Същото важи и за развръзката, и за развитието, погледнато в по-едър план.Искаше ми се някои моменти да бяха разгледани по-нашироко за сметка на други, но ще го преживея :)"Покоряването на шотландеца" не беше лоша книга. Прочетох доста положителни ревюта за нея, и мога да кажа, че разбирам какво е спечелило авторите им, но при мен не се получи. Върна ме крачка назад в отношенията ми с Кинли МакГрегър, обратно на чувството за пропилян потенциал. Затова получава от мен три звездички.~~~After read thoughts:Well... I'll be direct about it. I had high hopes, but for now, this is my least favourite book of the series, and as I write this review, I read books three and four. I really tried and will be fair enough and say that both story and characters had great potential but it all didn't work me the right way.Starting from the blurb, one can imagine that there is lot of fun in store in this novel; the cat and mouse kind of game until the characters figure it out. The author too, seemed to have this in mind and tried to met the expectations... but didn't fully succeed in my opinion. At least, not in the level of the rest of the books. Some of the situations sounded unrealistic and almost absurd, like Maggie's woman whim to carry a wet cloth (is this some kind of medieval wet wipes?) or the episode where she got stuck. I tried to replay this last one in my head several times, but it just didn't work unless I ruled out some logic and physics. The episodes in which Braden was chased by girls were supposed to be fun was well but for me it was almost offending how nearly every woman in the book was a crazy nymphomaniac. Overall it seemd like the author was just trying really really hard to get these done, but was writing in a lack of muse. Actually, much more natural and amusing were the moments not intended as a humerous episode.Both Maggie and Braden were interesting, tho I was rooting for Maggie more. The two of them were equally strong and stubborn - and with the same unshakable mistrust regarding the opposite gender. As one may guess, as the story progressed the managed to get under each other's skin and change this opinion at least for one member of the other sex. Indeed there were strong and beautiful moment between them.But I was left with the rankling thought that they still didn't grow up enough to be able to fully see the other point of vue. I am not sure that I can even explain this properly. For example, I was disappointed that Braden never even tryed to understand his mother.But fine, I will stop the ranting now and focus on one of the best things in the book - Sin. While this wasn't his novel, Sin carried much of the stroy on his shoulders, including the conclusion of the conflict. And he was awesome. I didn't care much for him in the beginning, I was all like - oh look, the next big scary character with dark past! But in no time he has won me over and I just had to give him the due.While I didn't like the execution in some places, I still find the idea of the novel very good. I wanted some moments to go differently, or others to be more accentuated, but I was happy with overall path of the story and the conclusion."Claiming the Highlander" wasn't a bad book. I've read many positive reviews, and I can say I understand their authors point of vue, but it didn't work for me. It brought me down one step back in my relationship with Kinley MacGregor, back to the feeling of lost potential. And so, three stars from me.

  • Jeanne
    2019-03-25 07:31

    The only common point I found between Master of Desire and Claiming the Highlander was the simplicity of MacGregor's writing. Other than that, they're the exact opposite of one another. Master of Desire is cheesy, desperately flat and literal all the way through, which rapidly escalates into downright boring and eye-rolling territory. Ugh. I'd say it's one of those books that give modern romance a bad name. Claiming the Highlander, on the contrary, was... simply delish! Witty, funny and always somehow spot-on in its exaggerations. The relationship between Maggie, a plain, tomboyish and dreamy girl, and Braden, Scotland's worst womanizer and seducer, was adorable and hilarious. In fact, Claiming the Highlander is so far the only book that has managed to make the "irresistible hero" cliche work for me. Ain't that quite a feat!But my favourite part in that novel was the trip through the Highlands which Maggie, Braden and Braden's bastard half-brother Sin eventually undertake to resolve some conflict between clans. In age, Sin is the eldest MacAllister brother; except he's not really a MacAllister. Rejected by his English mother, spurned by his stepmother and ignored by his father, he spent part of his childhood in England (at Ravenswood, where the old Earl mistreated him), was later sold by Ravenswood as a slave to the Saracens in the Holy Land, where he learnt to be an assassin, before being rescued by Henry II of England. Heavy stuff, right?Sin is the archetypal tortured hero, who knows everything about pain, rejection and loneliness, and seemingly nothing about love. His life has led him to deny his MacAllister and more largely Scottish heritage, so he considers himself English, if anything at all. He wears black, speaks his mind, does what he must, never complains and never compromises. I wish I could get my hands on Claiming the Highlander again so I could recall why I loved his character so hard. In my memory, he was just to die for, and I felt like I absolutely must read his story (that is, Born in Sin) next. Sadly, as is sometimes the case, Sin turned out only half as exciting in his own novel as he'd been in Braden MacAllister's.

  • Shiran
    2019-03-21 12:28

    6 Stars! I have no words for the amazingness that is this book! When I initially read the summary of this book I wasn't so sure it would be exciting, but it is a Kinley MacGregor book and I learned long go never to underestimate her ability to create a mind blowing story, and needless to say I wasn't disappointed. Maggie ingen Blar is a woman on a mission. She is determined to end a feud between two highlander clans and save her brothers from dying. She comes up with a devious plan, she convinces the woman of both clans to refuse their men, no food will be cooked and no beds will be warmed until the feud is over. Braden MacAllister is every woman's dream, he is handsome and kind and has bedded many woman, but when Braden returns home from England to find the women have staged a coup he is determined to end it peacefully before all the men of the clan "take" their woman back. Braden's plan is to seduce Maggie but he finds she is more than capable of resisting him. Maggie will not give in until all the men she loves are safe and that might just include Braden.Claiming the Highlander is a fun, exciting book full of amazing characters and hot romance. Braden, Maggie and Sin banter and joke constantly keeping a smile on your face the whole book. I loved Braden and his view on the world, he jokes all the time and is definitely more a make love not war kind of guy. But he can still hold his own with a sword and many men fear him. Maggie is strong and independent, she has a goal and no matter what it takes or how scared she is, she's going to win and save her brothers. Sin is intriguing and hot! I cannot wait to read more about him and learn who he is and what he's been through. I think this is definitely one of the best books I've ever read, I just loved the storyline and the characters. It's definitely a book I'll be reading again and again.

  • Océano de libros
    2019-03-01 11:14

    Esta es la novela más flojita que he leído, en bastantes ocasiones me resultó muy pesada y aburrida.Braden MacAllister es uno de los hermanos de este clan escocés, el playboy de la familia por así decirlo, no hay mujer que se le resista exceptuando a Maggie ingen Blar, hermana de su mejor amigo. Sus intentos de seducción con la susodicha no dan resultado, ella es la pieza clave para evitar que las mujeres del clan desistan de su encierro. Su empeño de evitar los enfrentamientos entre los dos clanes es inevitable para Braden pero no para Maggie es por eso por lo que los dos junto con Sin MacAllister intenten negociar la paz con el jefe del otro clan.Todo el relato es sumamente lento y lleno de flashbacks de la pareja cuando eran más jóvenes, realmente no pasa nada interesante solo un mero y constante flirteo de la pareja, “que si te quiero, pero no puedo…”, así todo el rato. Nos introduce en el origen de ese enfrentamiento con la mención de Kieran el hermano de Braden. Por lo demás, los personajes principales no es que sean lo mejor: Maggie es inconstante, ahora piensa una cosa, después otra. Braden sí es acorde con él, qué se puede esperar, aunque luego lo intenten pintar de otra manera, me pareció bastante rápido ese cambio por cierto.En fin, en general la novela tiene el aprobado pero muy raspado con pocas cosas notables que comentar que impulsen a leerla.

  • Jess
    2019-03-01 15:11

    I flip flopped between giving this one 2 stars and 3 stars. Mostly because the beginning was boring to me. It didn't really start to pull me in until around page 120 or so. I don't know if it was more because I wasn't in the mood for it, or if the beginning was just slow. First, I was confused as to the connection between this book and the previous book in the series. It went from talking about Draven of Ravenswood to the Macallisters. At this point I can't find any connection. I did end up liking it and I appreciated the romance between Braden and Maggie, although at times I was a little sick of Braden fighting Maggie off and his talk of lack of trust with women in general. I understand where his feelings were coming from but I felt like I was being beaten over the head with it every other page. The plot was interesting and provided more than a few humorous situations. I also liked watching the Macallister brothers together, I felt like I was really there with them and included in their family hijinks. I'm anticipating the next book which is all about Sin!

  • Maqluba
    2019-03-04 10:07

    I probably should not have read book#3 before reading this one because every other one wouldn't be as great as Sin's story but Brandon held up pretty good in comparison. I probably should not be comparing but I can't help it whenever Sin has a part I let out a little squeal lol. I think I liked the heroine more than the hero because they were both very back and forth in their resolve but the hero always had that extra unnecessary angst about never marrying someone and trusting a female blah blah blah... I think I enjoyed the female empowerment movement and all that more than the romance (which is a surprise to me cuz usually romance trumps all in novels to me). I like that it shows all heck will break loose without the strength of women to help these men-- they even went against their Laird!! Lol silly men:)

  • Jane
    2019-03-06 07:07

    You know, I liked the first part in the series a great deal more than the second one. I'm not saying that the second book in the Brotherhood/MacAllister series is not quite enjoyable, because it is, it simply was not as enjoyable as the first book for me.I think I liked that the second book's and the first book's character didn't merge in this one, but I hope that the next books in the series will have some characters from the first two books. And I liked that both of the books can be read as standalones.More of my thoughts can be found HERE

  • NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews
    2019-03-18 12:26

    "For this moment in time, he was hers, and she would love him the way she'd always dreamed of loving him. With the whole of her heart."Maggie has been in love with Braden since they were children when he "saved" her from her brothers tormenting. They are thrown together in a plot to stop a feud, and Braden begins seeing Maggie for the woman she has become...one that may steal his heart.I'm in love with this series! Highly recommend!

  • Elaine
    2019-03-15 13:30

    A decent read but not very impressive. I didn't warm up to the heroine or the hero very much at first. Braden grew on me as the story progressed, Maggie sadly didn't. I really liked Sin though and I'm looking forward to reading his story in the next book. The story was interesting, even funny in some parts, a sweet one but not worth more than 3 stars in my eyes.