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In 1304, amidst Scotland's continuing war for independence, two wounded souls are forced on a journey neither wants, resulting in tragedy and disaster.
Battle-hardened, untrusting and son of a Scottish Chieftain, Duncan MacThomas wants only to see his country free from English rule. Honor-bound to ensure his clan's financial future, Duncan reluctantly travels to England to wed a woman he doesn't want.
Wealthy and pampered, Catherine Gillingham anticipates a marriage to a Duke's son and is dismayed when her king decrees she must wed a Scotsman, the sort of man all of London despises.
Can these two opposites find love amidst war and lower their barriers to find the peace they seek within their countries and themselves?
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Catherine Gillingham stared out her chamber window at white clouds floating in the clear blue sky. Such a beautiful day and yet it would be the worst day of her life. Her brother, Trevor, sat on her unmade bed. She knew he made an effort to cheer her, but his silence told her he could think of no comforting words.
Struggling to regain her poise, she wiped away tears.
"Trevor, what shall I do?"
He rose and came to her side, holding her securely in his embrace. "Shh, Cat."
Fear of the unknown welled within her. "Oh Trev, I assumed Father would secure a good husband for me. Not be bartered off by Edward to some Scottish heathen in payment for Scotland’s loyalty." She sobbed, "Why can I not marry Marquess Pemberly? Have I aimed my sights too high? Jason cares for me."
Trevor said nothing, but stroked his hand over her back. She took his silence as agreement. "What about Lightsey? I overheard Jeremy ask Father for my hand."
"Overheard?" Trevor teased.
"Aye, I was—"
"Eavesdropping, as usual?"
"I do not eavesdrop, Trevor Gillingham. I glean facts. And the few I learned of this marriage make me wish to escape to a convent."
"We have no choice, Cat. Edward decreed it."
"Blast the king!"
Trevor whipped his head around to search the doorway, his face drained of color. "Hush, Cat. The king has ears everywhere. You must watch what you say, for all our sakes."
Seeking comfort, Catherine flung her arms around her older brother’s neck and sobbed. "How shall I manage without you? You were the one constant in my life." She raised tear-filled eyes.
"You shall be fine. You can handle anything you set your mind to."
"What if…?" Words failed her.
When the priest asked for Catherine’s consent, her eyes slipped sideways to appraise the angry man beside her. His stony silence seemed as eloquent as any bard’s tale. He wanted nothing to do with her.
He’d not joined them at supper the prior eve, so she’d still seen only his back and profile. His dark brown hair fell to his shoulders. When her father escorted her to the chapel’s outer steps, she’d noticed the man’s height and the breadth of his shoulders. He was large, taller than her father or brother. He wore a white linen shirt with a blue and green plaide revealing long, strong legs. His profile looked chiseled in rock, clearly revealing his anger.
She feared her knees might buckle. How could she bear the burden of her father’s expectations to wed as the king decreed? He’d been in Edward’s favor for years. Couldn’t he have changed the king’s mind? Was being granted a new title and another estate more important than his own daughter’s happiness? His sharp admonition ‘to make me proud’ echoed in her mind.
Her eyes sought her father’s, pleading for a final reprieve.
Shoulders stooped in defeat, Catherine turned back to face Brentwood’s priest. It felt like forever, yet mere moments had passed.
Her voice cracking, she barely whispered the words that would forever alter the course of her life. "I will."
The man beside her stood rigid as she gave her response. He exhaled loudly and said through clenched teeth, "Aye, I will."
The priest completed the holy message despite the palpable tension, then moved inside the chapel to offer communion and bless the marriage.
Catherine couldn’t believe the priest’s audacity when at ceremony’s end he smiled at Duncan and said, "You may give your bride the kiss of peace."
Duncan eyed the priest as if he’d lost his mind, then turned for the first time to face his lady wife.
Trying to keep his expression unreadable, his gaze traversed the length of her body, stopped at her breasts, her hips. Seal this unwanted union with a kiss to show the two families joined together with no ill feelings? He’d not do it. All he’d had to do was tell the priest he protested. The ceremony would have gone no further. He couldn’t do it. His clan needed him. Before he left home he’d decided not to stay with her after the wedding, wanting nothing to do with a woman his father selected. He planned to leave as soon as he took her to his home. He wouldn’t change his mind now.
He stood resolute—and unable to breathe—for he stared at one of the loveliest women he’d ever seen.
"Breathtakingly Passionate & Poignant Medieval" - Marilyn Rondeau, The Best Reviews
In the Library Reviews
Her Highland Rogue will become everyone's favorite book!
Leanne Burroughs continues the fiery tale of Scotland's history with Highlander Duncan MacThomas and his lady wife, Catherine Gillingham of England. They were forced to wed by King Edward's decree and for the purpose of binding Scottish nobles to the throne by marriage. Although both reluctantly entered into this union, their reserve slowly melts to a white-hot passion.
The creative blending of history and romance will appeal to readers on several levels. The author's research and understanding of Scottish politics is made evident through the characters' actions and dialogue. Leanne Burroughs has an obvious love for this country and its people. The setting is very realistic and is filled with many fascinating details.
Yet, this story shines most brightly through the main characters of Duncan and Catherine. Both of them have a vibrancy that pulses through these pages. Their personalities are strong and sensual. This author is also extremely skillful with dialogue and was able to make Duncan's Scottish burr seem almost audible. The rest of the characters move the story along with a determined purpose. The mixture of historical and fictional personalities gives the readers a more intimate look at this time period.
The sexual tension between Duncan and Catherine reflects their own inner struggles as well as their loyalties to their respective countries. There is a magnetism between them that literally explodes with energy. Readers will sigh, sob and squeal with delight whenever these characters are on the page! Every woman will want Her Highland Rogue!
~ Joyce Handzo,
In The Library Reviews
The Best Reviews
In a stunning sequel to Burroughs HIGHLAND WISHES, the reader will find a powerfully emotional and passionate love story that focuses on Duncan MacThomas, who was introduced in that novel.
As Duncan is summoned home by his father he is informed that, for the good of his clan, he has been betrothed to and will marry an English heiress Catherine Gillingham. Not only is this a 'fait accompli' by his detested father, but decreed so by the English King ‘Longshanks.’ For the good of his clan, he'd do his duty, marry and bed the lass, but then he would leave her, never to return! In a huff, he traveled to England and married the lass taking care to not even look at her. When he finally did get around to taking a good look at her, Duncan grudgingly had to admit he did not expect to find Catherine quite so appealing. Duncan took his time getting to 'know' her well, before he consummated their union, and their trip home was more than leisurely with many stops along the way. Duncan hated to admit he truly liked her company, but stubbornly his plans were made.
Catherine was no more anxious to marry Duncan than he was to marry her, but on the journey home she thought there was a real chance for happiness. Unfortunately, on her arrival her hopes were shattered when Duncan promptly announced he was leaving and would not return! Then he quickly left before the attraction he felt grew any stronger leaving him vulnerable and open for heartbreak.
Duncan was a terribly wounded soul who had lost all faith in love and no longer trusted that emotion, as much as he wanted it to be real. Abandoned as a child by his father, then again by his first wife -- he couldn't trust any love he felt for Cat to admit to, or risk being left again. Stubbornly Duncan would leave first before any feelings he'd developed left him open to that kind of pain. Only the fates would play a hand in showing him how wrong that decision was, as an old demented enemy stalked Duncan and Catherine ready to destroy any happiness they might achieve before they could confess to what their hearts knew best.
*** Against the sweeping backdrop of Scotland's war of independence, this author continues an epic of a heart wrenching and positively beautiful love story. Duncan and Catherine were painstakingly developed with such realism that you'll be sharing their emotional journey. At its very heart you'll share the love, the joy, the anguish, and the tears. Along the way, you'll revisit old friends, gain new ones, and thoroughly wish the story would never end. Burroughs gifts you with a terrific story, straight from her heart to yours! A most excellent novel that I whole-heartedly recommend!
~ Marilyn Rondeau,
The Best Reviews
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'Burroughs second book is a heart-stealer'
Leanne Burroughs' book HIGHLAND WISHES was a wonderful book. Her first, it was full of heart and so much love - of storytelling, history, of Scotland. She did the amazing Hat Trick of winning the 2004 Laurie - Readers' and Booksellers Best - for Best Historical Romance. Since HIGHLAND WISHES, from a small press, won over all those big named writers from the NYC power-publishers this says readers have found Burroughs and taken her to their hearts. In her second book, HER HIGHLAND ROGUE - you will be amazed at the growth of Burroughs talent. Her craft continues to mature, making this story so emotional, so moving.
It's the sequel to HIGHLAND WISHES. Set in 1304, while Scotland is still struggling to keep their independence, Edward Longshanks, the most ruthless king ever to sit on the English throne hopes to binds Scottish nobles through lands and marriages. The latter comes to plague Duncan Mac Thomas. A troubled man, a scarred man in many ways, the handsome Highlander finds his laird and father has betrothed him to a rich English woman, with Edward's blessings. Only, Duncan is a man not to be ruled. Despite his father's decree he accepts the marriage simply because he knows it will help protect his clan from Longshanks and give them the much-needed coin to see Clan MacThomas survives these troubled times. He may be forced to accept his English bride, but it doesn't mean he has to play husband to the lass. He plans to wed, bed her to solidify the marriage, and then leave her in the care of his clanspeople. Only, the arrogant Highlander comes to cropper with this English beauty now his lady wife.
Catherine Gillingham was raised to obey her lord father. However, she is shocked to find her father pledged her in marriage to a Scotsman. Unsure of this new man she now must call lord and husband, she doesn't let it bend her gentle spirit. She is a quite woman, a woman trained to be proper in all things. Underneath is a strength Duncan little expected, but soon comes to admire. In a marriage neither wanted, they suddenly find themselves falling in love.
Edward hopes to control this Scots noble through the marriage, but no one bribes Duncan MacThomas. When the call to save Stirling Castle comes, Duncan rises to the Scottish Banner, and along with Grant Drummond (hero from Highland Wishes), they rush to save the castle from Edward's war machines, nearly giving their lives to the cause.
Through the turbulent times, Duncan and Catherine learn to hold tight to each other, and fight the coming storm that threatens to destroy them both.
Burroughs has a true love of Scotland (and being a Scot I think I'm a good judge of this). She writes with amazing detail of the period and country. Only, it's through these two amazing characters she brings to life where she really hits her stride. Catherine is a gentle soul, yet there is such strength and determination in her. She is a heart- stealer. Duncan is pure Alpha male - arrogant, handsome, sexy, but a fully realized man with scars from the past. Duncan will leave the readers wanting their own Highland Rogue!
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