Highland Escape

Cathy MacRae; DD MacRae
Highland Escape
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Short Dog Press
Release Date
May 2015
Book 1 of The Hardy Heroines series
Action/Adventure Romance, Historical Romance

Fleeing the English army that murdered her family before her eyes, Anna Braxton rescues two young women, kidnapped by a barbaric Highland clan, only to find herself unjustly imprisoned by the clan she aided. Disgusted by her treatment, she counters their belated offer of friendship with anger and distrust. But she does not count on the unexpected effect the laird's son has on her heart.
Duncan MacGregor does not understand his da's command to imprison the young woman who saved his sister's life. He is more than intrigued with Anna's skill with a bow and sword—in fact, he is fascinated by everything about her, in spite of her lack of feminine wiles. Straightforward and with a deep-seated sense of honor, Anna Braxton disrupts his entire notion of a suitable woman.
Trained as a warrior and unwilling to be any man's chattel, Anna shuns the idea of marriage—until Duncan coaxes her into a world of acceptance and passion she never knew existed. He wants her as his wife. She will agree, but only on her own terms—conditions Duncan is not sure he can accept.

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Sep 20, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
235 people found the following review helpful
HIGHLAND ESCAPE is a beautiful story of survival and love. The romance is very erotic and hot, too, giving readers a great storyline that is interesting and entertaining.

Lady Anna Braxton flees to escape an English Lord that wants her for her fortune and property enough to kill her father and brother and force her into an unwanted marriage. She is hiding in the wilds of Scotland when she hears the screams of another woman and goes to her rescue. After her rescue though, she finds herself imprisoned in another castle.

Duncan MacGregor sees the woman rescue his sister before he could get there and is totally enchanted by her beauty and abilities. This woman is very different from all the other women he has ever known. She fought fearlessly and quickly with great skill. He is amazed but his father the Laird is afraid of her abilities and imprisons her against his son's advice.

Anna resents her treatment but refuses to tell them anything because she fears that her grandfather could be in danger because of her. She does find a way to escape and demands an apology for her treatment. Anna's bravery only makes Duncan more enchanted by her charms.

Finally, word was given to Laird Kenneth about why Anna was floundering around in the wilds of Scotland alone. He feels very bad for putting her in prison and vows she will be adopted into his clan as his daughter but Anna isn't convinced. She doesn't trust any of them.

The other characters have their own personalities too, especially Laird Kenneth and his daughter Nessa. Laird Kenneth is thoughtful and protective of his clan and family. He cherishes his wife and daughter. Young Nessa is charming and filled with energy and youthful attention. She feels Anna is her sister truly after her rescue and they grow close.

Duncan is so in love with Anna you want to bite nails with him over his hidden desire. He tries to win her with all the skills he possesses. He is deliberate and smart with a strong sense of how valuable Anna is as a woman.

I enjoyed this historical jaunt into the past and recommend it to all lovers of romance and history with a little erotic thrown in for good measure. Enjoy the escape with Anna and escape into Scotland with a Highland romance. I gave it Five Stars for excellence.
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