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“HIGHLANDER CLAIMED by Juliette Miller is an interesting Medieval Scottish Historical Romance. #1 in the "Clan Mackenzie". An interesting story,written in first person. Follow,Wilkie Mackenzie,brother to the clan Mackenzie leader,and Roses, adopted by the Ogilvie Clan on a journey of duty,passion,secrets,betrayal and love. Laird Ogilvie,offers Roses an indecent proposal she flees,dressed as a boy,only to be brought down by the handsome Wilkie,who offers her his protection. While,this is an interesting story,I do not like first person writing. This story is well written,the characters engaging,but the first person writing always puts me off a bit. It was hard for me to connect to the characters with so many "I's" involved. I think if written from third person point of view I could have enjoyed the storyline more. If you enjoy first person,historical,romance, Highlanders,and Scotland you will probably enjoy "Highlander Claimed". Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, (Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)”
I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed HIGHLANDER CLAIMED. Usually I’ve only really hit it off with Maya Banks highlander books, but I will definitely be coming back for more clan Mackenzie!
Roses does not have a set in stone belonging. Her history is not known, except for a tattoo mark on her back. She was adopted by her parents and into the Ogilvie keep, but escapes from her clan after stabbing Laird.
A fight induced injury leads Roses and Wilkie Mackenzie on a forever path as they are taken with each other clearly from the first meeting. I loved both Roses and Wilkie. Both played their roles so well and had such strength. Wilkie as a warrior and when it came to protecting Roses and Roses when it came to standing up for herself and making a life.
Now Wilkie faces going against his Laird and brother’s orders as he’s not giving Roses up to marry in order to secure an alliance.
When Roses leaves the keep, believing she’d lost Wilkie to the arranged marriage, they are both captured while he’s trying to save her.
Once back at Ogilvie keep, he tries to force Roses into marriage (over the meaning of her tattoo marking) while beating Wilkie as an incentive. With help from old clans friends, they are able to escape, bring a few with them.
With clan Mackenzie close, a war is diverted and all are safe.
As the lost daughter to the king, their wedding is grand and now she has a history. Wilkie takes his place as the new Laird for the king and Roses discovers a baby’s on the way.
“Roses sets off on her own to find another destiny than the one guaranteed with the Ogilvie Clan. The laird attempted to rape her and had plans to force her to be one of his many mistresses. Having Wilkie Mackenzie interrupt her escape ended up being her blessing. To say he became obsessed with her is to put it mildly and her devotion to him didn’t fall far from the same.
This was an interesting story with an even more compelling conflict. Knox, the laird of the Mackenzie Clan and Wilkie’s oldest brother, had some very serious issues with Roses relationship with Wilkie. They were facing a potential war to defend the legacy of King William and the alliance formed from Wilkie’s marriage to the daughter of a neighboring clan was essential to their preparedness. Laird Ogilvie was also a constant threat as he was doggedly determined to get Roses back and not just because she injured him and ran away.
Wilkie’s obsessive love, however, was a bit of a distraction. I was willing to accept that he was lovestruck almost at first sight but the level to which he expressed his feelings was harder to swallow. He was willing to forsake just about everything to be in Roses’ constant presence. In spite of this, I thought their romance was sweet and pretty steamy most of the time. There are plenty of other feisty and interesting characters who I look forward to learning more about in the next two books.
Ultimately, I enjoyed the story, even though the first person narrative unnecessarily slowed the pace of the tale. Roses’ story has a twist (it wasn’t hard to deduce, by the way) that adds tension to the already boiling over conflict. I also plan to continue the series and am looking forward to the next book involving the youngest Mackenzie.
(I received an ARC from NetGalley)”
A truly romantic highlander tale.
My first thought upon beginning this book was,"First person narrative? Really? Not seen that before in my Hunky Highlander books!" But I have to say, I thought it worked brilliantly. I slightly favour 1st person perspectives in general as I find it easier to connect to the heroine—whose character I invariably like to drop myself into. Unless, you know, she's an idiot. Then I remove myself as far from her as possible and call her names—but I've become so used to third person in romances that it struck me as a bold choice. I think it worked really well here, not only in my connection to the heroine, but in making the hero seem more of a mystery to us as readers—What is he thinking? Why is he acting that way?—We have no clue; much like in real life! Men are from Mars and women are from Venus and all that. So, writing style-wise, this was a hit for me, and I didn't find it limiting at all.
As to the characters, both hero and heroine, Wilkie and Roses, were great. Roses is a blonde-haired, green-eyed exotic beauty with a secret. Wilkie is a tall, dark and handsome warrior, a hit with the ladies, and a thoroughly nice guy. Both were pretty flawless physical specimens, it has to be said. Although you got the sense that Roses didn't really realise her own appeal after so many years trying to hide herself away at her old clan. And for Wilkie, while it can't have escaped his notice that he turns female heads everywhere he goes, he's far from arrogant. In fact, it's him that's struck dumb initially by Roses's beauty. It was a fantastic first meet scene and made me see perhaps why the book is called 'Highlander Claimed' rather than, say, 'Claimed by the Highlander.' Because it's Wilkie that's been caught hook, line and sinker. He's finally met his match, and he is never letting her go!
The story, while enjoyable, wasn't anything ground-breaking and in fact, I'd read a similar story in another highlander book just this year that had used two of the same plot lines. But, to be honest, I found the romance so engaging I didn't really mind how obvious the big ta-da! moment was. Sure, the dialogue got a bit flowery at times, and Roses could be a bit too biddable and simpering on occasion, but other than that, I had a fantastic time with the book and am excited about the prospect of more from this author. And did I mention the sex scenes? H. O. T!
I shall be adding Juliette Miller to my list of Highlander romance authors I recommend. And I'm greatly looking forward to brother number two—Kade's book, which is called [a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16114579-highlander-taken"]Highlander Taken[/a] and releases on 1st May, 2013.
4 Stars ★★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
“ Highlander Claimed is a first person narrative from the view of the story's heroine, Roses. After stabbing the laird of her adoptive clan to avoid rape, Roses runs away. Like most unplanned escapes, things don't go well. The evil laird has his men hunting her down, plus she's unprepared and hungry.
When she's caught stealing fruit from a neighboring clan, Roses defends herself and injures Wilkie; brother of the Mackenzie laird.
If you like traditional bodice-rippers, this book is for you. It's very cheesey and big on fluff. While I do like that stuff, this felt a bit over-done. Still, I'd try another book by this author. I'm interested to know what's next for Clan Mackenzie. ”