The Making of a Highlander

· Midnight in Scotland Book 1 · Elisa Braden
31 reviews

About this ebook

In Elisa Braden’s enchanting new Midnight in Scotland series, the unlikeliest matches generate the greatest heat. All it takes is a spark of Highland magic. 

“Make me a lady, and I’ll make ye a Highlander.” –Mad Annie Tulloch, Scottish lass

“Challenge accepted.” –John Huxley, English gentleman

No lady can tempt him more than the next shore

Everyone wants handsome adventurer John Huxley to settle down—family, friends, London society. Everyone except John. He’s evaded too many scheming title huntresses to trust in happily-ever-after. Now, a vow made to a dying friend has him locked in a land dispute with a stubborn Scot who offers one way out: Win the Highland Games. John likes a challenge, but this one’s impossible. Still, with training from the Scot’s stepdaughter, victory might be within reach. He only has to teach the fiery, foul-mouthed, breeches-wearing lass how to land a lord. It seems “impossible” is just getting started.

She’s no lady—she’s Mad Annie Tulloch

Everyone calls her Mad Annie. True, her best friend is a ghost. And yes, her greatest talents involve cooking for giants and taunting ridiculously handsome Englishmen. But she’s not mad—she’s desperate. To save her friend, Annie must marry a lord. The trouble is no lord will look twice at a hoyden like her. This calls for “Lady Lessons,” and she knows just the uptight Englishman to provide them.

When did a simple bargain become a battle of desire? 

Amidst cursed castles, caber tossing, and questionable chaperones, John and Annie’s wildfire attraction threatens to send their plans up in flames. And when Annie’s family is targeted by a dangerous enemy, John is tempted to stay, to fight, and to win the greatest prize of all: A fiery lass’s tender, loyal heart.

31 reviews
Carole Burant
April 14, 2020
It's official....Annie Tulloch is now my all time favourite heroine! Oh my goodness, what a character she is and I absolutely loved her to bits. Her mouth has no filter and she's rude and crude, wears breeches and has no idea how to ever act like a lady but she does have a heart of gold and takes care of her stepfather and her 4 stepbrothers. John Huxley finds himself having a deal with Annie. If he teaches her how to become a lady so that she can marry a Lord (the reason for this is extraordinary in itself!) she will teach him how to caber toss so that he can win a competition against her stepfather. Weeks and months go by as they each try to help each other but he doesn't know how to handle such a hoyden and she does everything to aggravate the uptight Englishman! I can't say enough how much I loved this story, a lot of humour and characters you won't soon forget. Annie's "chaperone", Mrs MacBean, is an absolute hoot:) The story also has a lot of passion, heartache, loyalty, danger, suspense, etc. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, it certainly deserves it. Elisa Braden has outdone herself and I'm soooo looking forward to the next books in this series. I was given an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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JD Easter
April 26, 2020
A little difficult to get into at first, but the banter between the 2 characters was hilarious!
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Polly Adkison
April 20, 2020
I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down! Loved the interplay between the two leading characters and the love and support of the families. You will love it.
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About the author

Reading romance novels came easily to Elisa Braden. Writing them? That took a little longer. After graduating with degrees in creative writing and history, Elisa spent entirely too many years in “real” jobs writing T-shirt copy ... and other people’s resumes ... and articles about giftware displays. But that was before she woke up and started dreaming about the very unreal job of being a romance novelist. Frankly, she figures better late than never.

Elisa lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, where you're constitutionally required to like the colors green and gray. Good thing she does. Other items on the "like" list include cute dogs, strong coffee, and epic movies. Of course, her favorite thing of all is hearing from readers who love her characters as much as she does.

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