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Highlander's Bride
by Deborah Gafford   

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Copyright:  August 8, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781465952936

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Katherine Gordon is unwilling to wed the unknown Highlander, Alexander MacGregor, but is forced to do so to ensure her own safety. Will they find love or will a secret in his past destroy their chance for love and endanger her life?

Katherine Gordon wants nothing to do with the arrogant Highlander to whom she suddenly finds herself betrothed. His handsome looks, intelligence and great strength mean nothing. Another man had seemed just as appealing, once. That was before she learned how men betray a woman's love. She would not let her heart be broken again.

But when her life is threatened, she is forced to accept the marriage. Would her new husband cherish her and keep her safe or would his secrets destroy any chance of love?

After a few moments Katherine broke the heavy silence. "Ah, Alexander, is this not a glorious view? I feel as if I could stay here forever just looking at all the beauty about me."

He agreed, his eyes never leaving her face. "Aye, lass, 'tis the most enchanting sight I've ever seen." Lifting the heather he'd picked, he smiled and handed them to her. He stroked her face gently and whispered, "These bonnie flowers should be with the others you've gathered." Just as he should be with her.
Leaning closer, he felt her breath touch his face with the gentleness of a butterfly's wings. "Lass, I fear you've put me under your spell. I want naught but you whenever I'm near you."

Her face turned a bright pink, and she toyed silently with the flowers in her hands.

He frowned slightly at the necessity of leaving the hilltop paradise and the tranquil moment, not wanting it to end. But Monique was concerned about her daughter's whereabouts. Reluctantly, he stood and reached down to help Katherine to her feet.

He pulled her up beside him, gazed into her eyes and drew a ragged breath in a futile attempt to clear his head. He watched in fascination as she smiled and closed her eyes, her thick dark lashes fanning out over her cheeks.

Hell, Monique could wait.

Alexander wrapped his arms around Katherine, pulling her close, and then slowly took possession of her lips. They were warm, soft. With a gentleness he hadn't realized he possessed, he teased her mouth, ran feather-soft kisses over her closed eyelids, down her face and the side of her neck. He nuzzled the crook of her shoulder, drinking in her scent. Then he traced the line of her throat with his tongue, and covered the moist trail with kisses. She trembled in his arms and murmured a throaty sigh.

That tremulous moan sent his emotions reeling skyward. He ran a hand through her hair, past her shoulders to the velvet expanse of skin just above the neck of her gown. The silky softness of her skin felt warm to his touch.

The shrill cry of a red tailed hawk jolted him out of his reverie. Startled, he glanced up at the sky. Och, not yet, you bugger. But the answer of its mate, somewhere in the distance, reminded him of his responsibilities. Alexander released Katherine reluctantly and his desire plummeted back to earth. He frowned at the sky. "'Tis late, lass. We'd best return to the castle now."

He burned with need for her. If they didn't leave soon, he'd not be able to control his emotions. "Your mother is worried about you. If I don't return with you soon, the whole clan will be out looking for you."

Taking her hand, he led her over to where Tursachan stood grazing. God, he wanted her. Just one more kiss. He thrust his fingers into the golden waves of her hair, leaned closer and bent his head toward hers. Another shrill screech nearly sent him tumbling on his arse. "Have you ever tasted roast hawk, lass? I'm told 'tis a delicacy if done correctly." With a smile, he lifted her to his saddle and silently swung up behind her, nudging his stallion toward home.

Professional Reviews

Sexy highland tale!
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review!

I really adored this book. It was very well written. The plot flowed perfectly from beginning to end.

This book had so many emotions coming out of me. I cried real tears. I laughed. I screamed and yelled. I loved that it brought out those feelings in me.

I read this book in one day. Not wanting to put it down. There was plenty of action and hot steamy romance.

Alex, a sexy highlander with honor doesn't want his Da making decisions for him, well at least not until he meets his soon to be bride.

Katherine, a head strong beauty finds out her parents made an arrangement for her to be married. She doesn't want to marry someone she doesn't love.

This book takes you on a trip. So get ready for a wild roller coaster ride of emotions. Treachery, betrayal, passion, lust, honor, and trust all have a big part in this wonderful tale.

You feel as if you are there within the book. The characters all shine in their own way. The secondary characters are unforgettable. The ending was beautiful!

I really enjoyed the Scottish dialog and the glossary in the back explaining it all.

I adore my highlanders and will be reading more of Deborah Gafford's work.

LOVE this book!
I read Highlanders Bride in one sitting! The romance between Alexander and Katherine is a fun, roller coaster ride through the stubborn pride of two people who don't want to fall in love, but do, despite all. Ms. Gafford paints a beautiful, realistic picture of 16th century Scotland that makes a vibrant, action-filled background for their budding romance. And who can resist a big, auburn-haired Highlander, right ladies? Alexander is the epitome of an alpha male who has met his match in Katherine. I love a romance where the couple have to fight to the bitter end to be together!

If you enjoy a good, Highland historical romance, laced with traditions and folklore, this is the book for you!

Highlander's Bride
A marriage is arranged between Alexander MacGregor and Katherine Gordon to be held within the week. Neither is happy about it and do not understand why their families have insisted on the marriage. Both had wanted to choose their own spouses for love. They go through the all the trials and tribulations of not wanting to admit that they love each other.
Without giving the story away, there is a villain and when we need to know about him in the story his identity becomes clear.
My favorite character was Alexander. Some of his thoughts made me chuckle and eventually he would always realize when he made a mistake.
The author did well in making the characters credible, they had depth and were easy to relate to, being realistic in their thoughts and actions. I thought the story flowed smoothly and was very easy to follow.
This story held my attention and I appreciated the fact that it wasn't filled with descriptions of the landscape that went on for pages. I read every word of this story. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and will read more from this author.

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