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No Other Highlander

by Adrienne Basso

Series: The McKennas (2)

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Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .   Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband--a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.   Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed--and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .   Praise for Adrienne Basso's The Highlander Who Loved Me "In this sensitive, compassionate romance that will touch those who savor second-chance romances, Basso showcases love's power to erase the horrors of the past." --RT Book Reviews… (more)
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I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I enjoyed it, it was a typical highlander romance. No surprises and nothing really stood out, but it was nice and easy to read while waiting for my flight at the airport. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
Very few men want a woman who is strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and speaks what is on her mind. I would hazard a guess that even today, a man would rather have a sweet, docile woman to do his bidding, not creating discord. Some would, however, take the challenge. Sir Malcolm, it seems, took the challenge and was rewarded greatly with a deeply felt love. The process of making that happen is what the story unfolds. A story of second chances; it is also a story of knowing what you want and finding the will to fight for it.

Lady Joan could not be further from a paradigm of a woman. She, an only child, had just about anything she wanted as a child, therefore terribly spoiled. She hides real feelings behind a hauteur quite off-putting and consequently she is shunned by both male and female. She is insecure. Having been wed, now divorced, to a monster of a man who beat her verbally and physically, she uses her abrasiveness to push people away. Her father wants to remarry and wants her out of his home. She fears another marriage like the one she had and has every reason to run from her situation. But where can she run?

Sir Malcolm is in a bit of a pickle. He may have impregnated a young girl when he was highly intoxicated during one of the festivals. Rather than fight with the woman’s clan, he is willing to do the honorable thing if he truly did have sex with the woman.

While trying to resolve the matter, he meets Lady Joan. This isn’t the first time he’s seen her, but this is the first time his interest is engaged. She’s a beauty with a sharp mind, but with a reputation of being cold—a fate no hot-blooded man wants. Lady Joan's character catches Malcolm's interest. He finds her to his liking, rough edges and all.

I enjoyed many scenes in this story. Author Adrienne Basso’s writing style, and steady pace building the story, is full of texture and dynamic dialogue. Her characters are well-developed. I feel the honor that permeates the MacKennas and the strength of the clan.

The children and dog played an adorable part in the story. Lileas, a five-year-old demon on wheels, and Malcolm’s daughter is terribly funny with her insistence she is a motherless child and should be pitied. Lady Jane has her work cut out for her. There is a saying, what goes around comes around. You’ll appreciate what I mean when you read the story.

We are introduced to Katherine, Malcolm’s sister who I’m sure will have her own story.

We see the love between Malcolm’s mother and father and understand why Malcolm wants such a marriage.

If you are a reader who loves your hero handsome, quick-witted, just, kind and honorable step right up and read this book. You’ll fall in love with both Malcolm and Lady Joan.

This ARC was provided by NetGalley for an honest opinion of the read. ( )
  Eileen.Dandashi | Mar 10, 2017 |
Love and treachery!

Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser and Sir Malcolm McKenna's story is one of building trust.
1334. Joan has fled her abusive marriage to Laird Archibald Fraser. With her small son she'd returned to her home at Armstrong Castle. She'd married Archibald 'with blind naïveté, unaware of his true character.'
Joan's place in her father's home is tenuous and she knows that should her father marry the Lady Agnes that place will be even more so.
Meanwhile Malcolm has been accused of fathering a child on the daughter of Laird of the MacPhearson. Indeed, 'the MacPhearson laird is not only claiming that his daughter was seduced, but that she was promised marriage.' Malcom is shocked. He has no recollection of any such encounter.
A meet between the McKenna and MacPhearson clans has been arranged at the Armstrong Castle to come to an agreement or make restitution without bloodshed.
Unknown to Joan, her father has for his own reasons included her former husband in the negotiations.
Danger and betrayal surrounds Joan. Malcom offers her a way out. Is she courageous enough to accept?
A delicate balance of fear and desire threads the relationship between Malcolm and Joan. Malcolm must build trust with this abused woman who fires his heart. Malcom proves to be a man worthy of the task in this highly charged highland romance. As he says to Joan, 'Fate has seen fit to give ye a second chance. Take it.' Can Joan take what's offered?
A worthy follow up to 'The Highlander Who Loved Me.'

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  eyes.2c | Feb 28, 2017 |
No Other Highlander by Adrienne Basso
The McKennas #2

Great characters in a believable plot took me away to the Scottish Highlands of the early 1300’s. Malcolm McKenna was a wonderful book boyfriend – not perfect but oh so wonderful. Joan Armstrong was a woman of depth that needed a protector and found that and more in Malcolm. They had history that could have kept them apart – it didn’t. They had history that could have kept them from loving – but it didn’t. They faced trials that could have kept them apart – but they overcame them. This was a wonderful book that stood alone easily though it had a predecessor that told the story of Malcolm’s brother James and no doubt introduced the main characters of this book. I hope there will be more books in this series though I picked up online that the author might be heading to a different time period for her next book. This is the first book I have read by this author – I hope to find more of her books to read in the future!

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC. This is my honest review.

5 Stars ( )
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Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .   Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband--a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.   Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed--and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .   Praise for Adrienne Basso's The Highlander Who Loved Me "In this sensitive, compassionate romance that will touch those who savor second-chance romances, Basso showcases love's power to erase the horrors of the past." --RT Book Reviews

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