Deception of a Highlander

Heart of the Highlands

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In this “tightly-plotted” Scottish romance of ardor and adventure, a desperate woman finds herself losing her heart to the very man she must betray (Publishers Weekly).
 
Young, beautiful Mariel Brandon never wanted to be a woman of intrigue. But when she and her young brother became indebted to Aaron, a fiendishly brilliant Englishman, he trained her to become a master spy and seductress—to be used however and whenever he wished.
 
Mariel’s latest mission is to gain the confidence of Scotsman Kieran MacDonald, whose powerful clan holds a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye. Mariel is to convince Kieran to take her there. If she cannot do this, she is to kill him. And if does not succeed in that, Aaron will most certainly kill her brother.
 
What Mariel doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now she must keep her deadly secret from him as she devises a plan to save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s cruel dominion, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.
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Madeline Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters and a menagerie of pets. She graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and works for corporate America. Her hobbies include rock climbing, running, doing Mud Runs and just about anything exciting she can do without getting nauseous. She grew up in Europe and still enjoys traveling overseas whenever she can find the time to get away. Her favorite place to visit thus far: Scotland.

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Diversion Books
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Jul 5, 2015
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Pages
292
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ISBN
9781626816312
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Scottish
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"A little bit of English, a little bit of Scotland, a pinch of humor...spies and adventure, all mixed together, making this the perfect recipe for a highly entertaining story."-Clue Review

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure the Highland captain's company for weeks.

The Laird's Captain of the Guard, Fagan Murray has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

Opposites and enemies attract in this Scottish Historical Romance perfect for fans of Lynsay Sands, Suzanne Enoch, and Hannah Howell.

The Highland Spies Series:
My Highland Spy (Book 1)
Kilts and Daggers (Book 2)
Kill or Be Kilt (Book 3-coming May 2016)

What readers are saying about Kilts and Daggers

"Kilts and Daggers sizzles, simmers, and boils over with fighting, treachery, clan loyalty, and love."

"A book filled with adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance."

"I just didn't want to miss a thing, and therefore couldn't put it down until I finished."

"This book has passion, adventure, intrigue, and humor. It catches your attention right from the beginning."

"...a spirited romantic adventure with a hero and heroine who spar as well as they fit together."

What reviewers are saying about Kilts and Daggers

"Filled with intrigue and a wonderful cast of characters you can't help fall in love with."

"I got so lost in the story that I swear I was there and for me that is the best kind of story."

"With smooth, lyrical prose, Victoria Roberts creates a delightful, delicious love story that is blended with political intrigue, savagery, the beauty of Scotland, and diverse customs of the English and Scottish people."

"Neatly mixing in intrigue, English and Scottish society, a few braw highlanders and some lovely dialogue and I was ENAMORED."

"...a tale of how opposites attract, two people who are as different as fire and ice....but a fierce passion erupts and a deep love builds between them."

What people are saying about Victoria Roberts

"Victoria is one of the top writers today to find adventure, romance and highlanders in one wonderful book."

"Victoria Roberts is an author to watch; her writing will keep you captivated and enthralled the whole way through."

"An author who manages to snag her reader from start to finish."

"Victoria has a true talented way of bringing the reader straight to Scotland through her written words."

"Victoria Roberts's writing is captivating and makes you laugh... A delightful, exciting, and romantic highland book"

"Victoria Roberts is a very talented author who will draw you right into her book and keep you hooked until the very end."

A refined Scottish courtier. A rugged British spy. And an affair that will change the course of history. Everything changes when the shocking deception is revealed in this seductive novel from USA Today bestselling author Sharon Cullen.
 
Ladies in waiting can’t help noticing more than they let on. After so many years at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, Emma Howard sees quite plainly that the royal couple is anything but happy. Reeling from a failed marriage herself, Emma sympathizes with her beloved queen. But the last thing she wants is for the king to be murdered, let alone to witness the shocking act herself. With her whole world turned upside-down, Emma is saved by the quick thinking of a lowly printer . . . who, unbeknownst to her, is one of England’s most daring spies.
 
At Queen Elizabeth’s behest, Tristan has been stirring discontent against the Scottish nobility. Now that the king is dead, his mission is even more critical. There’s only one complication: the exquisite courtier who’s unexpectedly fallen under Tristan’s protection. Emma rouses his body and his soul. But after she learns that he’s a traitor, the fate of two nations hangs on her response. Tristan’s prepared to risk his life in exchange for hers. Will Emma do the same for the man she’s come to love?
 
Don’t miss these novels in the All the Queen’s Spies series:
WED TO A SPY  | BOUND TO A SPY
 
And look for all of Sharon Cullen’s delightful historical romances:
THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE | LOVING THE EARL | PLEASING THE PIRATE | HIS SAVING GRACE | SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY | THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS
 
The Highland Pride series: SUTHERLAND’S SECRET | MACLEAN’S PASSION | CAMPBELL’S REDEMPTION
 
This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Blistering seduction meets international intrigue in the Highlands as a veteran spy infiltrates the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. There he matches wits against a tantalizing enemy: his new wife.

Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.

Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him.
 
Look for all of Sharon Cullen’s delightful historical romances:
 
The All the Queen’s Spies series: WED TO A SPY | BOUND TO A SPY
 
The Secrets & Seduction series: THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE | LOVING THE EARL | PLEASING THE PIRATE | HIS SAVING GRACE | SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY | THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS
 
The Highland Pride series: SUTHERLAND’S SECRET | MACLEAN’S PASSION | CAMPBELL’S REDEMPTION

Praise for Wed to a Spy

“The characters in this book were interesting and intriguing. The story was well written and sucked me in from the first page.”—Book Binge
 
“A captivating launch to the series.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“The character development was skillfully done, and the slow and sensual attraction between Simon and Aimee was slowly built and cleverly worked to perfection as Aimee discovered the difference between infatuation and true love.”—Color Me Read

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
"This book has it all, humor, mystery, suspense, and sexy Scottish men in kilts, oh my!"BETWEEN THE SHEETS BOOK REVIEWS RED CARPET AWARD WINNER / BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do-he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess-a job easier said than done-she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

"He lowered his head and brushed a soft kiss to her forehead. "A rose...for the bonniest lass who ever graced the Highlands.'"

Romantic and funny, this Scottish Historical Romance will capture fans of Lynsay Sands, Suzanne Enoch, and Hannah Howell.

The Highland Spies Series:
My Highland Spy (Book 1)
Kilts and Daggers (Book 2)
Kill or Be Kilt (Book 3-coming May 2016)

What readers are saying about My Highland Spy

"The characters leave you in awe. The storyline is beautifully written with Highland intrigue and Scottish romance. A must for anyone who enjoys Scottish Highlanders, Warriors, and romance."

"This book has it all. A gorgeous English spy. A handsome Highland Laird with a heart of gold. And more treachery than anyone needs."

"A page turner, hard to put down!! I loved the characters and it had the perfect amount of romance and suspense."

"Mystery, sexy passionate romance, laughter, tears, drama, and action make this book A ONE SIT READ."

"I was unable to put the book down and go to sleep."

What reviewers are saying about My Highland Spy

"[A] love story that transcends time and place... full of humor, with solidly developed characters...it grabbed my attention from page one."

"Her lyrical prose grabs readers' attention, and the high level of emotional tension simply adds to the depth of the story. This book begs to be read and reread."

"An exciting Highland tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love with a braw Highland hero and strong English heroine any reader will love."

"There was humor and excitement and characters so rich they each had their own voices in my head."

"This book has become an addiction for me"

USA Today bestselling author Madeline Martin delivers the much-anticipated second in the Mercenary Maidens series, which thrills like only a stellar Scottish Romance can.

“A solid thread of teamwork and family, provided by the strong supporting cast of Ariana’s fellow spies underlies the romance...creating a community that will surely thrive as the series continues.” —Publishers Weekly on Highland Spy

Kaid MacLeod couldn’t protect his clan from an unimaginable slaughter that killed his father and took the lives of many of his people. Wracked with guilt, he knows retaliation will only bring more death, but his clan thirsts for revenge and all seems lost...until Kaid discovers his nemesis’s betrothed will be traveling through Scotland. Abducting this innocent woman will give him the leverage he desperately needs to end the continuing massacres and bring peace to his clan. Though he is loath to do so, it's the least bloody solution he can see.

Delilah Canterbury has been striving to make her own way for a long time. One of many children, with no money or noble blood to fall back on, Delilah dreamt of joining the court of King James. After her beauty earned her one tender night with the king, he spurned her on a whim, causing her to lose not just her chance at a better life, but her reputation. In dire straits, her life was saved when she was taken in by a group of female spies and taught their deadly skills. Now, testing her prowess, she is disguised as Lady Elizabeth, daughter of a well-known noble, betrothed of a Scottish laird, and a target in the war between clans.

Kidnapped by Kaid, Delilah's mission as a decoy is near completion, but when she finds herself attracted to the very man she's supposed to deceive, will Delilah lose control and risk her very life in the process? Will finding out who Delilah really is be Kaid's undoing, and that of his entire clan?

“A large cast of characters, plenty of adventure and heated love scenes.” —RT Book Reviews on Highland Spy
She has hardly any choices left, and they're all dangerous...

With her clan on the wrong side of the struggle for the Scottish throne, heiress Daphne Macleod, once the toast of the court, is out of options.

Norris Sutherland, heir to the Earl of Sutherland, once helped Daphne escape an unwanted betrothal, but she walked away from him without a backward glance.

Now after her fall from privilege and on the run from a vicious clan leader who wants to marry her, then murder her for her (supposed) hidden fortune, Daphne needs Norris more than ever. But he may be lost forever...unless she can somehow convince him to forgive her.

A romantic tale of the Scottish highlands, readers of Lora Leigh, Connie Brockway and Amanda Scott will be waiting to be swept up in this 15th century Scottish Historical Romance.

The Sutherlands Scottish Highlander series:
The Highlander's Prize, Book #1
The Trouble With Highlanders, Book #2
How To Handle A Highlander, Book #3
The Highlander's Bride Trouble, Book #4

What readers are saying about The Trouble With Highlanders:

"It is a love story and a struggle of trust between lovers, family and clan."

"love, romance, laughter, tears, heartbreak, anger, fighting, mystery, intrigue, and a very interesting ending!!"

"steamy romance and intrigue."

"Historical romance is truly alive and well"

"the passion these two characters shared that developed into such a beautiful romance."

"Power, Romance, and Action! What else do you need?"

"an EXCITINGLY SEXY Highlander romance"

What reviewers are saying about The Trouble With Highlanders:

"Wine's crisp writing, intricate plot, and deep insights into clan politics make this a fun and satisfying read " —Booklist

"I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good sizzling Highland romance." —Swept Away By Romance

"Magical...Mary Wine keeps the adrenaline pumping with sizzling love scenes."-Long and Short Reviews

"An exciting, sexy tale...action-packed, suspense-filled historical romance."-Romance Junkies

"This fabulous story...will remind you why Scottish highlanders are incredibly sexy."-The Romance Reviews

What everyone is saying about Mary Wine's Scottish Highland Historical Romances:

"NOT TO BE MISSED."-Lora Leigh, New York Times #1 bestselling author

"Whenever I pick up a book by Mary Wine I know I'm going to be engrossed in the story for hours. 4.50 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick" —Night Owl Reviews

"Satisfying, sexy, and well-written romance" —Historical Novels Review

"Mary Wine...makes the reader feel the primal, sexual attraction of the hero and heroine." —Long and Short Reviews

"Mary Wine brings history to life with major sizzle factor."-Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author of For Duty's Sake

"Dramatic and vivid...Scorching love scenes threaten to set the sheets aflame."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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