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A Scot on fire Wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by an unseen enemy, Broderick MacPherson lives for one purpose—punishing the villain who targeted him. But when a wayward English lass interrupts his revenge, he loses his enemy in the dark. Now, her compelled testimony could send Broderick back to the prison that nearly killed him. Unless they find a loophole—an inconvenien A Scot on fire Wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by an unseen enemy, Broderick MacPherson lives for one purpose—punishing the villain who targeted him. But when a wayward English lass interrupts his revenge, he loses his enemy in the dark. Now, her compelled testimony could send Broderick back to the prison that nearly killed him. Unless they find a loophole—an inconvenient, shockingly tempting loophole. A beauty under pressure For Kate Huxley, visiting her brother in the Scottish Highlands is a blissful escape from the stifling expectations of the marriage mart. Blissful, that is, until a scarred, beastly Highlander with a heartbreaking past frightens her out of her wits, making her a witness in a criminal inquiry. A match to light the darkness Kate has no wish to testify against a man who’s already suffered too much. But the only remedy is to become his wife. And she can’t possibly marry such a surly, damaged man… can she? Well, perhaps. If it means she can stay in her beloved Scotland. And if he promises they’ll never fall in love.


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A Scot on fire Wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by an unseen enemy, Broderick MacPherson lives for one purpose—punishing the villain who targeted him. But when a wayward English lass interrupts his revenge, he loses his enemy in the dark. Now, her compelled testimony could send Broderick back to the prison that nearly killed him. Unless they find a loophole—an inconvenien A Scot on fire Wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by an unseen enemy, Broderick MacPherson lives for one purpose—punishing the villain who targeted him. But when a wayward English lass interrupts his revenge, he loses his enemy in the dark. Now, her compelled testimony could send Broderick back to the prison that nearly killed him. Unless they find a loophole—an inconvenient, shockingly tempting loophole. A beauty under pressure For Kate Huxley, visiting her brother in the Scottish Highlands is a blissful escape from the stifling expectations of the marriage mart. Blissful, that is, until a scarred, beastly Highlander with a heartbreaking past frightens her out of her wits, making her a witness in a criminal inquiry. A match to light the darkness Kate has no wish to testify against a man who’s already suffered too much. But the only remedy is to become his wife. And she can’t possibly marry such a surly, damaged man… can she? Well, perhaps. If it means she can stay in her beloved Scotland. And if he promises they’ll never fall in love.

30 review for The Taming of a Highlander

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nazmin

    A new release by Elisa Braden is always an event for me. I am always waiting on tenterhooks with a mixture of anticipation, eagerness, and dread. Dread because I know that when I get my hands on it, I will disappear within its pages till it is finished far too soon and then I am back to waiting in agony for the next instalment. Which is exactly what happened this time as well. I read through the night. I could not put it down. I have not read a book of hers that has disappointed yet. The Taming A new release by Elisa Braden is always an event for me. I am always waiting on tenterhooks with a mixture of anticipation, eagerness, and dread. Dread because I know that when I get my hands on it, I will disappear within its pages till it is finished far too soon and then I am back to waiting in agony for the next instalment. Which is exactly what happened this time as well. I read through the night. I could not put it down. I have not read a book of hers that has disappointed yet. The Taming of a Highlander is the second book in Elisa’s Midnight in Scotland series and tells the story of Broderick and Katie. It can be read as a stand-alone although it involves then follows on from events in book one [The Making of a Highlander] but all is explained so you don’t feel as if you have missed out. Obviously, reading the first book will have set you up for this as soon as you start reading. Broderick MacPherson has survived unimaginable horrors having been wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by the machinations of an unseen enemy. His only aim in life now is to find the villain and mete out justice. Having cornered the enemy, he is accidentally interrupted in his ultimate vengeance by Lady Kate Huxley. His enemy disappears but Broderick is in real danger of being sent back to the prison that nearly broke him if she is forced to give her testimony. There is only one way to stop that from happening – and he is shockingly tempted. Lady Kate Huxley is on a visit to her brother and his wife in the Scottish Highlands and she has fallen in love with the place. She dreads having to return to the monotonous rounds of the marriage mart. She has found her muse. When she witnesses the terrifying, scarred Highlander about to exact his vengeance she is frightened. When she learns of his heartbreaking past she does not want to make life worse for him. But the only way to stop that is to marry him. Can Kate shine a light into Broderick’s damaged heart and banish the darkness within? Occasionally you read a book that touches every part of your soul. I cannot describe how wonderful this book is. This story really put me through the wringer. It is darker in tone than the first in the series and I was expecting that but when we are given the flashback to what actually happened to Broderick throughout his ordeal I was almost in tears. I almost didn’t want to read that part because you know what happens to him and it is beyond bearing but I was compelled to. Broderick emerges from that a completely changed man physically and mentally and your heart just aches for him. He is so strong to survive what he did. I fell in love with Broderick. He went through such horrors, but he did not lose his courage, honour, kindness, or gentleness. He was focused on his revenge, but he didn’t throw away his relationships or withdraw from his family. His love for them shines through. Kate threw him for a loop but although he was at first surly and distant, he was never cruel. In fact, he recognised fairly quickly what Kate meant to him and he did everything to keep her protected. I loved Kate. She is kind, sweet-natured, independent and will do anything for her loved ones. She is definitely a Huxley with that Huxley flush! She is also a ray of sunshine and joy in Broderick’s dark world. I love how she wants to protect Broderick and keep him from harm. Although it is slightly darker and there are elements of heartrending sorrow in parts, the story is filled with humour, charm, passion, hope and whimsy. Elisa’s writing is superb. She has the ability to make the reader feel what the protagonists feel. With a word here and a sentence there the reader is submerged into the world she creates. She really is a master of her craft. The story is scattered with so many sweet and humorous moments that steal your heart – Kate’s habit of touching Broderick’s scarred face for one, Mrs MacBean’s Stoat Tonic - and I have to admit that I did not realise what ‘coo’ meant till Kate giggled over Broderick’s pronunciation! The secondary cast of characters are as always wonderful. The MacPherson men – Angus, Alexander, Campbell and Rannoch, John and Annie, Sabella who breaks my heart, Magdelene, Francis and the fabulously eccentric Mrs MacBean. They all contribute to and enrich the story. I was gifted an ARC of this but will be buying my own copy and am [as expected] waiting with bated breath for the next story in this series. It goes without saying that I highly recommend you read this book. I know it will be a permanent fixture on my reread list.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    Every time I read a book by this author, I'm left in a happy haze. She's absolutely one of my favorites. This is the second book in her Midnight in Scotland series (which is brand new and I have to wait for the next one) which takes place near Inverness in a tiny town called, Glenscanadoo. It involves the McPherson family and and the Huxleys. Anyone who has read Braden's "Rescued From Ruin" series should love the Huxleys as much as I do. And the McPhersons are yet another quirky family that is hi Every time I read a book by this author, I'm left in a happy haze. She's absolutely one of my favorites. This is the second book in her Midnight in Scotland series (which is brand new and I have to wait for the next one) which takes place near Inverness in a tiny town called, Glenscanadoo. It involves the McPherson family and and the Huxleys. Anyone who has read Braden's "Rescued From Ruin" series should love the Huxleys as much as I do. And the McPhersons are yet another quirky family that is highly entertaining and lovable. In the last book we saw that Broderick McPherson was falsely accused of murder and sent to "The Bridewell", an infamous, horrific prison. Never tried, just held, he had been targeted by a minor lord who was jealous over his mistress's affection for Broderick. What a piece of shite that guy is. That's all I'll say about him. Kate Huxley is the last of our Huxleys to find her match, which is something she doesn't want. She wants to be independent and fancies herself an author or playwright, one of the two or both. She's adorable and lovable and, like all the Huxleys, sees beneath the surface to the person of worth beneath. Which is good because her love match is horribly scarred and damaged as well. Broderick and Kate work very well together and their love grew believably -- something at which Elisa Braden excels at writing. I'm so psyched for this series to continue, I'm going to launch myself into a reread of her other books. Just the thing for my happy, hazy book hangover!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Midnight in Scotland Publication Date: 12/8/20 Number of Pages: 404 Broderick MacPherson was wrongfully imprisoned because of the machinations of a very sick (in the head) man who had lots of money to buy or blackmail judges, jailers, criminals, etc. Broderick was horribly, horribly abused while he was jailed and would have died in that jail if not for the influence of his new English brother-in-law, John Huxley, who is heir to an earl. Broderick has been recuperating at home and doing his Series: Midnight in Scotland Publication Date: 12/8/20 Number of Pages: 404 Broderick MacPherson was wrongfully imprisoned because of the machinations of a very sick (in the head) man who had lots of money to buy or blackmail judges, jailers, criminals, etc. Broderick was horribly, horribly abused while he was jailed and would have died in that jail if not for the influence of his new English brother-in-law, John Huxley, who is heir to an earl. Broderick has been recuperating at home and doing his best to rebuild his strength with one single-minded purpose in mind. Revenge. The man who paid for all of his injuries and disfigurement will pay – with his life. He cannot be allowed to live because he’s after everyone Broderick loves – his entire family. Katherine “Kate” Huxley is enamored of everything Scot – the land, the people, the language, the stories, the lochs, all of it. After attending the marriage of her brother John and Annie MacPherson, she decides to stay on with them for a time while her parents return to England. Kate will cause you to shake your head – at times she’s a bit of a ditz – as in thinking she’s a writer of plays/novels and other times singing whatever she’d normally be saying. At other times, she shows how loyal, loving, and caring she is. Kate is the only brightness in an otherwise very dark book. Kate is very determined NOT to fall victim to the “mind infection” that has afflicted all of her sisters and friends when they married and had a family. They all seemed to change and lose themselves in their new families – she doesn’t want to lose herself. “To Kate, love was indistinguishable from a consuming parasite of the mind.” Kate has the habit of wandering the fields, woods, etc. all by herself – much to the consternation of her brother who is trying his best to keep her safe. During one such excursion, Kate becomes turned around – the night creeps in and rain starts – and then she sees a horrible monster – sees him clearly – and he’s beating another man to death. She scurries back and takes off running, but is soon rescued by her brother (or maybe it was a brother-in-law). When she describes what she saw, they all know it was Broderick who had cornered Kenneth Lockhart and proceeded with his revenge. The worry was that now Kate could be compelled to testify against Broderick – and the Sergeant on the case was relentless in his pursuit. He’d hound Kate until she gave the full information because one thing Kate could not do successfully was to prevaricate. Kate has an ingenious solution – SHE decides she’ll marry Broderick, and when he refuses, she blackmails him into it. To her, it is the perfect solution. It allows her to stay in Scotland, to be near her brother, to keep her from having to testify against Broderick, and there is no chance either of them will be afflicted by the mind infection. Kate and Broderick definitely had a hard-row-to-hoe in order to get to their HEA, but they finally got there. I thought the book was excellently written, the story well-plotted, and the characters were likable and compelling. The book was also very dark and intense. I had hoped some of the things Kate did would be enough to lighten the book a bit, but it was like a small candle burning in a huge dark cavern. Not quite enough. For my personal preferences, there would have been less graphic detail on the gruesome parts, but I still enjoyed the story and the characters. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jultri

    3.75/5. Ah, this one is a difficult one to rate. I adored The Making of a Highlander, easily the best new-release HR for me this year. There are much of the same charming humour and lovable characters. The affection that the MacPherson siblings share for one another just squeezes my heart. Broderick MacPherson has my heart. Tortured and disfigured while imprisoned and falsely accused of murder, his family secured his freedom and saved his life, but the handsome and affable ladies' man is no more 3.75/5. Ah, this one is a difficult one to rate. I adored The Making of a Highlander, easily the best new-release HR for me this year. There are much of the same charming humour and lovable characters. The affection that the MacPherson siblings share for one another just squeezes my heart. Broderick MacPherson has my heart. Tortured and disfigured while imprisoned and falsely accused of murder, his family secured his freedom and saved his life, but the handsome and affable ladies' man is no more. In his place is a raging, vengeful savage. Except Broderick is no savage. Yes, he has his moment of violent possessiveness: "If somebody touches ye apart from me, they’ll lose whatever part did the trespassin’.” But he's really a kitten in a lion's body. A giant lion's body. It really didn't take long for his forced upon unwanted, tuneless, English bride to tame the beast within him. “That’s where I live. In the black. But every now and then, my wee, bonnie wife smiles, and a bit of light comes for a visit. Then, she laughs, and that light dances.” After her initial night-marish encounter with Broderick, Kate didn't take too long to see the man behind the scars and grunts. And the effervescent Kate is not going to be stopped by a nae or three. “I thought that was what you wanted.” “What part of haud yer wheesht is confusin’, lass?” “The whole thing, really.” She lifted her chin. “You kissed me. How was I to think sensibly, let alone translate your nonsense Scottish commands into English?” Kate's character was a bit of a downer for me. She was off with the fairies most of the time, having grandiose goals for herself and by doing so, failing to see that she was just fine as she was. I really don't get her fear (view spoiler)[ of losing her identity before she discovers her full potentials (hide spoiler)] given that her sisters (featuring in Rescued from Ruin series) are happy and content and fully realised women. But Braden's writing is top notch with gems such as these that feel so authentic to the setting: And when she’d mentioned having his bairns—“one or two,” mind—he’d gone hard enough to sharpen his dirk. “The long nights turn a man’s ballocks into frozen baubles fit for naught but clangin’ together like two wee pebbles in a saggin’ sporran.” And so rounded up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deniz

    Must read, I couldn’t put it down ! I love Elisa Braden’s books and this one is an other excellent story. There was so much of humor , it was sweet, so emotional, romantic and HOT . It was such a pleasure to read it . I loved the H/h both. I always love how Elisa's heroines bring so much joy to the hero's life. Elisa Braden becomes one of the best authors I have ever read... Must read, I couldn’t put it down ! I love Elisa Braden’s books and this one is an other excellent story. There was so much of humor , it was sweet, so emotional, romantic and HOT . It was such a pleasure to read it . I loved the H/h both. I always love how Elisa's heroines bring so much joy to the hero's life. Elisa Braden becomes one of the best authors I have ever read...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    Guh, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book. This may be my favorite Elisa Braden to date. It had everything I love! Tortured hero, his woman in danger, beautiful avowals of love, great dialog between the H and h, some of which had me rolling. Just so much to love about this book. I'm not in the headspace to write a detailed review but I was laughing with this book, crying, and just loving it. Kate and Broderick get off to a rocky start but Kate, well, Kate is a unique individual Guh, I have no words to describe how much I loved this book. This may be my favorite Elisa Braden to date. It had everything I love! Tortured hero, his woman in danger, beautiful avowals of love, great dialog between the H and h, some of which had me rolling. Just so much to love about this book. I'm not in the headspace to write a detailed review but I was laughing with this book, crying, and just loving it. Kate and Broderick get off to a rocky start but Kate, well, Kate is a unique individual and she just never stops. Broderick never had a chance with her. With a woman who calls falling in love a "mind infection" and doesn't quite understand how she succumbed to it. Seriously, the interactions between these two is great. Kate says whatever is in her mind and Broderick is just baffled by it and well, it just makes these two adorable. Not to make it seem like they had an easy time of it, they didn't. What Broderick went through in that prison was so heartbreaking. Annie described it best and it is so haunting: 💔 “The devil came for him. And the devil won.” Broderick had much to overcome but Kate's spirit and her laugh, well, her laugh was his thing to obsess about as so many of Braden's past heroes have done with their loves, that he couldn't help but become entranced with her. We do get a wee bit of angst, which doesn't last long at all but was brutal to read at the time. However, it isn't long before Broderick realizes what a fool he was and let's Kate no in no uncertain terms that he wants her and only her. These two are just so sweet with each other and Broderick is so swoon worthy and doesn't even mean to be, he just wants to protect Kate. I really loved this book and I am eager for the next in the series. My guess it will be (view spoiler)[Alexander and Sabelle (hide spoiler)] which should be interesting since he can't stand her and he seems to be all she wants. Quotes & Faves: 💖 (view spoiler)[Even while he whispered, “I’ll keep ye safe. I’ll nae let them touch ye.” Whatever slim hope she’d had for keeping a piece of her heart for herself vanished. She was his. And he was her forever man. “I love you so much,” she choked. “My God, Broderick. How I wish I could take this pain from you.” “Ye do, mo chridhe.” His eye roamed her face, heated and raw. “In the Bridewell, the only safe place was the Dark Cell. No window. No light. I came to crave it, would have the gaolers toss me in there as often as possible.” He stroked her hair, knuckling the curls near her damp cheek. “That’s where I live. In the black. But every now and then, my wee, bonnie wife smiles, and a bit of light comes for a visit. Then, she laughs, and that light dances.” He quirked a smile of his own. “Ye’re a flame in my darkness. I wouldnae have predicted it, given how we met. But nothin’s ever been truer.” (hide spoiler)] 💖 He squeezed her tighter and braced her nape, his eye flashing like lightning amidst thunderous black. “I’ll nae tolerate yer pain, mo chridhe. Ye must glow for me. My heart. My light. ’Tis all I have to keep me sane.” 💖 The man may not have said I love you to her by this point but my goodness his way with words says everything! 💖 (view spoiler)[“But I’ll always love you more,” she despaired, cradling his beloved face and tracing the scars along his brow and mouth. “You own my heart, Broderick. I’ll never have yours.” “My heart? Christ, woman, dinnae ye realize yet?” “Realize what?” With a single thrust, he forged inside, driving a pleasured gasp from her throat. “’Tis you, Kate Huxley MacPherson. I didnae have a heart before ye wandered into the dark and decided ye belonged here.” He began thrusting rhythmically, forcefully. “Do I love ye? Aye.” More thrusts. His hand tangled in her hair. He lowered his head and breathed deep. “I love ye. But that’s a weak fucking word for what I feel, Kate.” (hide spoiler)] 💖 Gentle lips caressed hers. “Ye must awaken, mo chridhe. I’ll nae stay here without ye.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    The Taming of a Highlander Midnight in Scotland Series #2 Elisa Braden https://www.facebook.com/authorelisab... Release date 12/08/2020 Publisher Verity Jane Publishing 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 A Scot on fire Wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by an unseen enemy, Broderick MacPherson lives for one purpose—punishing the villain who targeted him. But when a wayward English lass interrupts his revenge, he loses his enemy in the dark. Now, her compelled testimony could send Broderick back to the prison that nearly killed hi The Taming of a Highlander Midnight in Scotland Series #2 Elisa Braden https://www.facebook.com/authorelisab... Release date 12/08/2020 Publisher Verity Jane Publishing 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 A Scot on fire Wrongfully imprisoned and tortured by an unseen enemy, Broderick MacPherson lives for one purpose—punishing the villain who targeted him. But when a wayward English lass interrupts his revenge, he loses his enemy in the dark. Now, her compelled testimony could send Broderick back to the prison that nearly killed him. Unless they find a loophole—an inconvenient, shockingly tempting loophole. A beauty under pressure For Kate Huxley, visiting her brother in the Scottish Highlands is a blissful escape from the stifling expectations of the marriage mart. Blissful, that is, until a scarred, beastly Highlander with a heartbreaking past frightens her out of her wits, making her a witness in a criminal inquiry. A match to light the darkness Kate has no wish to testify against a man who’s already suffered too much. But the only remedy is to become his wife. And she can’t possibly marry such a surly, damaged man … can she? Well, perhaps. If it means she can stay in her beloved Scotland. And if he promises they’ll never fall in love. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will they find their way to one another in the night surrounding them ... Why is it always so much more difficult to express my liking for one book more than an other. While there is no big fuss about the author, I await each new release like a gold digger scrutinizes his sieve. Each is a gem to cherish, and this one no different. This tale is more sober and more somber than its prequel, but it is still a recipient of the author’s narrative talent, of her skill to bring multidimensional flawed souls to life. I do remember when the Rescued From Ruin series ended having a thought for the last two Huxleys remaining unmarried. When John was a figure of the shadows, Kate was very much there, a lively young girl then miss during the span of years unraveling the different romances. Of all the Huxleys sisters, I thought her at first a bit on the meek side, afraid of her own shadow but it is a misleading impression, she is a babbling mess when stressed, her imaginative brain creates monsters when there is none, she is the worst liar possible while in fact she is made of magic, she sparks in the dark, she has been made to lighten even the darkest place, to ignite the closed place, to free the trapped soul and broken heart. She sees the good in people and by offering her backing, she releases them from their shackles. Why she is able to look past Broderick’s scars to comprehend the man behind the mask. How I was heartbroken for Broderick in the previous book, the horrors he survived were just inconceivable, all because of someone crazy wounded ego. Now disfigured, damaged, he is only breathing for his need to exact revenge. An eye for an eye. He has no other reason to live, and knows it might end with his own demise. Why he instantly builds a wall between him and Kate, she is too innocent to touch the beast he has become. But Kate is a force to be reckoned, she does not understand the meaning of “no”. And one brick at a time, she crumbles every wall he tries to erect between them. This is a moving but also scorching hot tale of a lady with a magic heart mending one caress after an other the crippled soul of a man who has lost his way. 5 stars I was granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  8. 5 out of 5

    kookyquinn

    Broderick and Kate are such a perfect couple. In this story you’re introduced to the pair of them but before the relationship can progress Elisa takes us on a detour that gives us a detailed reminder of where our broken hero has been and what he was up against. "White light flashed moon-bright, and for a moment, she was a rabbit pinned by a wolf." If you’re feeling like it’s been too long since you read the first book or you’re just now finding this series and haven’t read the first book at all. D Broderick and Kate are such a perfect couple. In this story you’re introduced to the pair of them but before the relationship can progress Elisa takes us on a detour that gives us a detailed reminder of where our broken hero has been and what he was up against. "White light flashed moon-bright, and for a moment, she was a rabbit pinned by a wolf." If you’re feeling like it’s been too long since you read the first book or you’re just now finding this series and haven’t read the first book at all. Don’t worry! Elisa makes sure no one is left behind and confused. “What happened in Edinburgh?” Blue eyes opened. Overflowed. “The devil came for him. And the devil won.” Once we get back to present day the story takes off like a shot and you’re reading a sweet and STEAMY (see: smoking hot smexytimes) that will make you swoon like crazy. “There willnae be a bride! Any lass worth havin’ would take one look at me and flee in the other direction.” I personally feel that the reason these two are so hot together is because of how they fill each other’s lives out of the bedroom. They’re each other’s missing puzzle piece. "Kiss me, my bonnie Kate. Let me show ye why ye were always meant to be mine.” Just like all of Elisa’s books there’s lots of humor and you’ll laugh out loud. There’s heartwarming family moments and rich descriptions of magical Scotland that makes you wish you could get on a plane and see it for yourself. Did I mention the heat? I did? Well it’s worth mentioning again. These two were fire! "If there’s breath in my body, I’ll always find ye. No matter where ye are or how dark it seems.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nicole

    Wow what a sweet, HOT, lovely and romantic book. Really this book has everything. Kate doesn’t want to become her sisters by losing herself in love... but then love happens and she just can’t help it. Broderick can’t lose one more thing he cares about... so he tries his hardest not to care... until he does with all his heart then holds on with everything he has. This is classic grumpy hero and sunshine heroine and guess what? It works! So so well. My only “complaint” here is that once again the Wow what a sweet, HOT, lovely and romantic book. Really this book has everything. Kate doesn’t want to become her sisters by losing herself in love... but then love happens and she just can’t help it. Broderick can’t lose one more thing he cares about... so he tries his hardest not to care... until he does with all his heart then holds on with everything he has. This is classic grumpy hero and sunshine heroine and guess what? It works! So so well. My only “complaint” here is that once again the story starts a bit slow. It takes a long time for Kate and Broderick to meet. They rehash and go into more detail on Broderick’s time at the Bridewell which is important to the plot but it was a bit of a slough to get though. There were parts that were repetitive to the plot in Annie and John’s book, the first highlander novel. This is GREAT if you want to read this book as a stand alone but definitely repetitive in spots if you’ve read the first book. However once Kate and Broderick meet everything takes off at the speed of light! In spite of Broderick’s hesitancy, they get married really quickly. They fall in love nearly as quickly. And the sex scenes might be the hottest I’ve read outside erotic romance. I mean scorching! The plot thickens and the characters begin to get to know each other as their drama unfolds. The plot continues somewhat from Annie’s story but there is really no need to read book 1 to follow the plot, it is pretty well developed and explained in this book from Broderick’s perspective. While you can’t call this insta-love, the romance feels whirlwind for sure. They are both absolutely sweetheart and are immensely protective of each other. These two were a pure joy to watch fall in love! I really recommend this book and more importantly getting past Broderick’s time in Bridewell, chapter 6 is where things pick up! Enjoy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Greta Barnhouse

    ♥️ I did not want to stop reading! ♥️ This is the second book in the Midnight in Scotland series. A beauty and beast, forced marriage scenario that can be read as a stand alone if you have not read The Making of a Highlander. Broderick MacPherson has a dark and damaged soul, scarred and battered from his time in jail. He was wrongly accused and kept there because of bribery where he suffered horrible atrocities. He has healed physically and now seeks his revenge and is in the process of retribut ♥️ I did not want to stop reading! ♥️ This is the second book in the Midnight in Scotland series. A beauty and beast, forced marriage scenario that can be read as a stand alone if you have not read The Making of a Highlander. Broderick MacPherson has a dark and damaged soul, scarred and battered from his time in jail. He was wrongly accused and kept there because of bribery where he suffered horrible atrocities. He has healed physically and now seeks his revenge and is in the process of retribution when Kate Huxley interrupts. Kate, John Huxley’s sister, stayed on in Scotland after his wedding to Annie Tulloch, Broderick’s stepsister. She did, so that she’s able to complete her Scottish novel/play. She’s naive and creative. She gets lost while out in the highlands and stumbles upon Broderick getting his revenge which terrifies her. I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first book, probably a little more because I tend to really like a dark brooding hero that falls in love and finds his HEA. I got all the feels while reading this book from heart break to laughter. It kept my attention so much so that I had to force myself to go to sleep one night sorry but 2020 has forced me to change my reading habits. But that being said I read through it quite quickly. I received an ARC of this book and chose to post my review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Since his wrongful imprisonment and torture, Broderick MacPherson’s long recovery has been driven solely by his need to seek vengeance on the man responsible and to keep his family safe. But a lost Englishwoman stumbles onto his land, interrupting his revenge in action and his enemy escapes into the night. Now, the lady’s testimony could put Broderick right back into the prison he barely survived. Lucky for him, she’s thought of a convenient way around this. Lady Kate Huxley has fallen in love wi Since his wrongful imprisonment and torture, Broderick MacPherson’s long recovery has been driven solely by his need to seek vengeance on the man responsible and to keep his family safe. But a lost Englishwoman stumbles onto his land, interrupting his revenge in action and his enemy escapes into the night. Now, the lady’s testimony could put Broderick right back into the prison he barely survived. Lucky for him, she’s thought of a convenient way around this. Lady Kate Huxley has fallen in love with Scotland on this visit with her brother and sister-in-law. She needed the escape from the London marriage mart and she’s enjoying a new muse for her writing. She’s enjoyed everything really, up until she stumbles upon a monstrous Highlander and becomes a potential criminal witness. When Kate learns of all Broderick has suffered, she knows she’ll do anything to prevent him suffering any further, and to be allowed to remain in Scotland, including becoming his wife. Besides, she knows she’ll at least not have to worry about them falling in love and risk losing herself. Y’all this book…it made me feel all the things. It did take a bit for me to get into the story as the initial setup took a while and Kate certainly had to grow on me. In fact, I really didn’t like Kate much at all until about the final third of the book. Yes, she was sweet and kind-hearted, but she was also rather vapid, frivolous, immature, and utterly oblivious. She had me rolling my eyes quite a lot and she threw too many tantrums for my liking, but this wound up being a good way for she and Broderick to get to know each other quickly. Poor Broderick is one of the most tortured heroes I've read and that, compared with the sheer pointlessness of the violence done to him, was just pitiful and difficult to read. He had so much damage to overcome and the fact that he became such a profoundly sweet, endearing, and protective hero after all that was just another testament to his excellent characterization and development. Once Kate and Broderick learned to communicate, I loved them as a couple. Kate wound up being extremely caring, she and Broderick both did a lot of growing, and their devotion to each other was palpable and lovely. I loved the camaraderie between the MacPhersons and the sheer competence they displayed. Broderick and Kate were explosively steamy together and I loved how she reawakened him and gave him hope for a future again, while he helped her realize that love wasn’t something to be feared or avoided. The climactic action scenes held my attention and had me turning pages rapidly. I can’t wait for the next book now and I’m quietly shipping Alexander and Sabella. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    There is a reason I count Elisa as one of my top favorite authors, the way she weaves a story is magical and never fails to pull me in completely. "Ye're a flame in my darkness" ~Broderick Broderick and Kate were utterly adorable together, they may have started out on rocky ground but it was apparent rather quickly how perfect they were for each other. Kate accepted and loved him for the man he had become and in doing so gained a confidence in herself that she could be both a wife and a woman wit There is a reason I count Elisa as one of my top favorite authors, the way she weaves a story is magical and never fails to pull me in completely. "Ye're a flame in my darkness" ~Broderick Broderick and Kate were utterly adorable together, they may have started out on rocky ground but it was apparent rather quickly how perfect they were for each other. Kate accepted and loved him for the man he had become and in doing so gained a confidence in herself that she could be both a wife and a woman with her own passions. Broderick in turn was able to move on from the pain and torment of his past and embrace a future that wasn't solely based on revenge. And let me just say the chemistry between them was off the charts hot!!!! The overall plot of the book flowed nicely and as always her secondary characters add so much depth and amusement by the end they feel like old friends. I can't wait to see where this series goes (I have my hopes on who will end up together!) but I know no matter what, it's going to be a beautiful journey. "Dinnae ken about legendary, mo chridhe. But if there's breath in my body, I'll always find ye. No matter where ye are or how dark it seems." ~Broderick

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen swoons...

    I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are my own. The Taming of a Highlander follows John’s sister, Kate, and Annie’s step-brother Broderick. Kate stayed after her brother’s marriage and loves Scotland and wants it to be her home. Nothing is for her in England - her sisters all married, she doesn’t want to return to the marriage mart she’s been in for a few years. She first sees Broderick during an event that makes her fear him. We get the back story that explains Broderick’s injuries. I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are my own. The Taming of a Highlander follows John’s sister, Kate, and Annie’s step-brother Broderick. Kate stayed after her brother’s marriage and loves Scotland and wants it to be her home. Nothing is for her in England - her sisters all married, she doesn’t want to return to the marriage mart she’s been in for a few years. She first sees Broderick during an event that makes her fear him. We get the back story that explains Broderick’s injuries. We learned some in book 1 but this detailed account makes you feel for all he went through. Now he’s bent on (understandable) revenge. They have a marriage of convenience of sorts. Convenient for her, but for him... well he makes it known he wants nothing to do with her. We all know how that’s going to turn out, right? It was a wonderful story of the hero denying he wanted love and denying he was falling. Their opposite natures make for some great misunderstandings and dialogs. The backdrop of the revenge is a written well plot and acts as a way to draw the two closer. The only small issue I had was how quickly the heroine fell in love but it does fit in with her character and all the quirks, so it does make sense. Braden is masterful as usual for the development of feelings between a hero and heroine. The falling was rewarding like Harrison or Chatham. Marriage of convenience, opposites attract, hero who doesn’t want to fall are all here as tropes. This series so far is different on tone than RFR. It is a bit more humor thrown into places. Both are wonderful and give both their own distinct mood. I’ll be rereading when it comes out! Events in this book are tied to different points of view of events in the other book so it’s best to read in order.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carole Burant

    Now this....this is why I love reading historical romances, it's books like this one that make me love them even more! I absolutely loved and adored Broderick and Kate's story. It touched my heart and it touched my soul. Elisa Braden has really outdone herself with this story!!! What Broderick goes through and how broken and scarred he's become had me reaching for the tissues. No one deserves to be loved more than him and when he meets his match in Kate, I couldn't help but smile at how the two c Now this....this is why I love reading historical romances, it's books like this one that make me love them even more! I absolutely loved and adored Broderick and Kate's story. It touched my heart and it touched my soul. Elisa Braden has really outdone herself with this story!!! What Broderick goes through and how broken and scarred he's become had me reaching for the tissues. No one deserves to be loved more than him and when he meets his match in Kate, I couldn't help but smile at how the two come together. I'm also still giggling at her "mind infection"! lol She's the light to his darkness and when danger follows them and then finds them, the strength of their love will bring you to your knees. When you finish reading a book and then want to read it all over again right away, that's when you know it's an amazing story! I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betty J H

    Enchanting Once again Elisa Braden has given us a story that has just enough of everything. She writes a story like a perfectly mixed recipe and the outcome is spectacular. Kate and Broderick are both beautiful people on the inside where it really counts. It just takes Kate awhile to make Broderick understand she doesn’t see his scars only his heart. The story has depth as the work together to bring the person responsible for Broderick’s suffering to justice and to keep Kate safe from him at the Enchanting Once again Elisa Braden has given us a story that has just enough of everything. She writes a story like a perfectly mixed recipe and the outcome is spectacular. Kate and Broderick are both beautiful people on the inside where it really counts. It just takes Kate awhile to make Broderick understand she doesn’t see his scars only his heart. The story has depth as the work together to bring the person responsible for Broderick’s suffering to justice and to keep Kate safe from him at the same time. If you haven’t read Elisa Braden before you are missing a wonderful author who skillfully mixed humor with a beautiful story and just the right amount of heat. Must read, I couldn’t put it down !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy B

    The Taming of the Highlander is book two of the Midnight in Scotland series by Elisa Braden. This is a stand-alone novel so you do not need to have read book one. This is the story of Kate Huxley, the daughter of an English Earl, who desperately is afraid of losing herself and becoming a boring London society wife and Broderick MacPherson, a Scottish Highlander, bend on revenge. She is an original with dreams of becoming a playwright and he is a man who was wrongly imprisoned and tortured. He is The Taming of the Highlander is book two of the Midnight in Scotland series by Elisa Braden. This is a stand-alone novel so you do not need to have read book one. This is the story of Kate Huxley, the daughter of an English Earl, who desperately is afraid of losing herself and becoming a boring London society wife and Broderick MacPherson, a Scottish Highlander, bend on revenge. She is an original with dreams of becoming a playwright and he is a man who was wrongly imprisoned and tortured. He is scarred but has regained his strength and is obsessed with finding the man who paid to have him imprisoned and tortured. The book is fast paced and I had a hard time putting it down. I love the chemistry between Broderick and Kate. I laughed out loud at many parts. Elisa Braden writes in a way that makes me feel the emotion between the characters in a way no other author does. Broderick is a large Scot with alpha male tendencies so I loved the steam between these two characters. Broderick had experienced such torture that he felt all the light had left his life. Kate was so afraid of falling in love and losing herself that she could not see what was right in front of her. Could this marriage of convenience become a forever love match? You should read and find out. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Wow! What a story! Plenty of passion, tense moments and dangerous times. Broderick was the ultimate hero, dark, brooding, very protective of his loved ones. He had suffered unspeakable horrors and it was only his strength of character and need for justice that enabled him to carry on. Kate was the extreme opposite, she was quite whimsical, making up senseless and tuneless songs and concentrating on possible scenes for her book. However, Kate had a very caring heart and she brought out the best i Wow! What a story! Plenty of passion, tense moments and dangerous times. Broderick was the ultimate hero, dark, brooding, very protective of his loved ones. He had suffered unspeakable horrors and it was only his strength of character and need for justice that enabled him to carry on. Kate was the extreme opposite, she was quite whimsical, making up senseless and tuneless songs and concentrating on possible scenes for her book. However, Kate had a very caring heart and she brought out the best in people. They were just so right for one another, they understood what the other needed. These are the sort of characters that stay with me, long after I have finished reading. This was an enthralling read and I can’t wait for the next in the series. There were a number of interesting secondary characters as well. Hopefully, they will get their stories!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    (I received an ARC from the author. All thoughts are my own) Le SIIIIIIGH. I have been in a bit of a reading funk. 79 books through Nov 3rd and then nothing... Well, I'm excited to say "Hello, Number 80!". I didn't read this book, I consumed it. A true five-star read for me. A hero struggling with dwelling in darkness. A heroine who is so full of love, she is incandescent. Irmagerd, the grumpy one loves the sunshiny one? THE GRUMPY ONE LOVES THE SUNSHINY ONE! HAS CHRISTMAS COME EARLY? Broderick is (I received an ARC from the author. All thoughts are my own) Le SIIIIIIGH. I have been in a bit of a reading funk. 79 books through Nov 3rd and then nothing... Well, I'm excited to say "Hello, Number 80!". I didn't read this book, I consumed it. A true five-star read for me. A hero struggling with dwelling in darkness. A heroine who is so full of love, she is incandescent. Irmagerd, the grumpy one loves the sunshiny one? THE GRUMPY ONE LOVES THE SUNSHINY ONE! HAS CHRISTMAS COME EARLY? Broderick is so profoundly wonderful. A soulful man who has suffered much but has not lost his capacity to love. Katie ("Katie-lass"❤️) is just a joy. Kind and quirky and so incredibly likeable. I think I fell in love with her right along with Broderick. ...and speaking of likeable. I think this is the first time I have read a book where I cannot wait for a HEA for every. single. secondary. (Not you Lockhart). character. That's it. That's the review. You're done reading here--- start reading THERE. (BUT CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE, N'KAY?) 💛💛💛💛💛

  19. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    It took me a long time to read this book. I love Elisa Braden but this was not one of her best works. It started of with all these chapters about Broderick’s past which I found throughly uninteresting. And then heroine goes from being scared of him to being attracted to him from one chapter to another. Their wedding didn’t make sense. Her infatuation and love for him didn’t make sense. I thought romance is about development of a relationship between two people. Relationship in this book was more It took me a long time to read this book. I love Elisa Braden but this was not one of her best works. It started of with all these chapters about Broderick’s past which I found throughly uninteresting. And then heroine goes from being scared of him to being attracted to him from one chapter to another. Their wedding didn’t make sense. Her infatuation and love for him didn’t make sense. I thought romance is about development of a relationship between two people. Relationship in this book was more like a switch that went from being off to on. Few Gaelic words were thrown in, few Scottish stereotypes to add the flavor and out comes the story. The meat of the story was all focused on the bad guy for whom I didn’t care for from the first book in the series and there was nothing in this book to make me change my mind. I am not sure if it is me who was just not interested in this shallow story or whether this book is really that basic. Cheerful, idealistic girl from good family vs monster with scars but good heart in a plot to find revenge. Would not recommend

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Williams

    An amazing second in series This is an amazingly written second story in a great series. The plot is brilliantly crafted, with just the right amount of suspense as well as plenty of emotional twists and turns. The characters are wonderfully portrayed with the strength to overcome their trials and enemies. This is a great book for all those who love steamy historical romances, that have plenty of suspense. I read an ARC copy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sookie

    Elisa, first of all thank you for providing me an ARC(advanced reader's copy) of this book. That is so sweet of you. The book was splendid and mesmerising. I adored Kate and Broderick. I felt so bad for Broderick for what he went through, but you made everything worth it in the end. Kate is the light to his darkness for sure. I have a "Mind infection" for this book as Kate puts it. You have ruined me for all the other books now. The supporting characters were the best. I love how u bring depth to Elisa, first of all thank you for providing me an ARC(advanced reader's copy) of this book. That is so sweet of you. The book was splendid and mesmerising. I adored Kate and Broderick. I felt so bad for Broderick for what he went through, but you made everything worth it in the end. Kate is the light to his darkness for sure. I have a "Mind infection" for this book as Kate puts it. You have ruined me for all the other books now. The supporting characters were the best. I love how u bring depth to every character in your books without overwhelming your reader with too much information. This book roused all my emotions, I was crying, giggling, crylaughting and so on. It is a page turner for sure. I feel for " Sabella" she reminds me of Hannah from your earlier books. I want her & Alexander's book soon( sorry for being greedy) but already the wait is killing me... I'm glad that I got to meet most of the characters from the previous books. Mrs Macbean for one, who is a gem. I do not want to give too much information as it is not out yet, I want the readers to experience & enjoy. Overall, this book is a keeper which I will be buying in Paperback once it is out. Thank you Elisa for such a lovely and wonderful book. You are the best.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Chatham who?? (Ok, just kidding. I think) Dear God Ms. Braden~How could you do this?! With this book you have put me through the wringer. You have ripped my heart out, then put it back and sent it soaring. I have laughed. A LOT. I have cried. A LOT. I have stopped reading intentionally just to make the story last longer. I LOVED the H&H! Broderick was everything I love in the best Heroes. Strong but tender, independent, scarred a little (or a lot) inside and out, loyal to a fault, etc... Kate was Chatham who?? (Ok, just kidding. I think) Dear God Ms. Braden~How could you do this?! With this book you have put me through the wringer. You have ripped my heart out, then put it back and sent it soaring. I have laughed. A LOT. I have cried. A LOT. I have stopped reading intentionally just to make the story last longer. I LOVED the H&H! Broderick was everything I love in the best Heroes. Strong but tender, independent, scarred a little (or a lot) inside and out, loyal to a fault, etc... Kate was everything I love in a Heroine. Independent, loving, sweet, kind and quirky! The way these two interacted and came together like a lightening flash electrified the story for me. It was very hard reading what was done to Broderick in prison, especially when he was falsely accused and imprisoned. The villain was truly awful. My heart hurt reading it. But the way Broderick loved Kate~I almost have no words for it. I'm still trying to find them. This may be Ms. Braden's best book yet. It had the perfect amount of push and pull, tragedy, desire, conflict and angst. And love. SO MUCH LOVE. Between the BOTH of them. I have probably already read the book twice at this point because I re-read so many parts that made my heart hit the high notes, zing around the room, and ping the walls before flying back into my body. I love you Elisa Braden!! As Cameron says to Ferris Bueller, "You're my hero!!"

  23. 4 out of 5

    SBJ

    This is the second book in the series. I have been waiting for Broderick's story and boy was it worth the wait. I was drawn right in with feeling like I was in Scotland. The author’s depiction of the glen, weather and mystery of our fated Broderick. This is a beautiful love story of two unlikely souls. One tormented and one tender hearted who feels invisible amongst her family. Duty and privilege means sometimes forgetting what one’s needs are. There is nail biting moments, laugh out loud and so This is the second book in the series. I have been waiting for Broderick's story and boy was it worth the wait. I was drawn right in with feeling like I was in Scotland. The author’s depiction of the glen, weather and mystery of our fated Broderick. This is a beautiful love story of two unlikely souls. One tormented and one tender hearted who feels invisible amongst her family. Duty and privilege means sometimes forgetting what one’s needs are. There is nail biting moments, laugh out loud and song that brings your heart to overflow for these two characters. Previous characters are included in this story from the first book which just adds depth to the story. The final chapter made me cry for joy for Katie and Broderick. Thank you Elisa for writing this story and sharing with your readers. I look forward to the next book in this series. I was given an ARC and was so thankful for it. I highly recommend this author and this series as I have read all her books ❤️.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Niki Bray

    Just when you think that Elisa could not possibly top the last book, she does it! Oh I loved this book. I read it in one day, I just couldn’t put it down. This is the second installment of the Midnight in Scotland series. While this is a stand alone novel, I highly recommend you read the first in the series. Broderick has been through hell. He’s was wrongfully imprisoned and has the physical and mental scars to show it. We do get a glimpse of what Broderick went through and it is so incredibly h Just when you think that Elisa could not possibly top the last book, she does it! Oh I loved this book. I read it in one day, I just couldn’t put it down. This is the second installment of the Midnight in Scotland series. While this is a stand alone novel, I highly recommend you read the first in the series. Broderick has been through hell. He’s was wrongfully imprisoned and has the physical and mental scars to show it. We do get a glimpse of what Broderick went through and it is so incredibly heart wrenching. Knowing what Broderick went through gives a better picture of the man he has become, and I was so glad that Braeden didn’t make this the biggest focus of the book. And the same with Brodericks scars. It wasn’t used as a deterrent for our H/h. Their love story happens quickly but it’s all believable. The story doesn’t end once they realize their love for one another. That’s one of my favorite things about Elisa Braeden. It’s not just a simple love story. It makes the characters seem much more real. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara K.

    Honestly I don't think Elisa Braden could write a book I didn't like, but this one may just be my favorite! It was such an original story with action, suspense and plenty of steamy romance! I've loved Kate, the youngest Huxley from the start and I love a scarred and brooding hero, and Broderick fit that to a T! I'm a little sad that this is the final book for a Huxley sibling as they are now all happily married, but I'm so stinkin' excited for the other MacPherson Brothers' books! I just know th Honestly I don't think Elisa Braden could write a book I didn't like, but this one may just be my favorite! It was such an original story with action, suspense and plenty of steamy romance! I've loved Kate, the youngest Huxley from the start and I love a scarred and brooding hero, and Broderick fit that to a T! I'm a little sad that this is the final book for a Huxley sibling as they are now all happily married, but I'm so stinkin' excited for the other MacPherson Brothers' books! I just know those hulking highlanders are gonna fall hard in love! I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Neyens

    Elisa Braden has outdone herself with this book. Brodick spent a year in prison for a crime he did not commit and is left badly scarred (inside and out). Kate is a fanciful, beautiful young woman. She is the baby of the Huxley family. They are forced to marry. The H does not want or need a wife. The h vows to herself that she will not marry and have children. This book is splendidly written. The chemistry between the two is so beautiful. Their relationship builds so beautifully. Each time that I Elisa Braden has outdone herself with this book. Brodick spent a year in prison for a crime he did not commit and is left badly scarred (inside and out). Kate is a fanciful, beautiful young woman. She is the baby of the Huxley family. They are forced to marry. The H does not want or need a wife. The h vows to herself that she will not marry and have children. This book is splendidly written. The chemistry between the two is so beautiful. Their relationship builds so beautifully. Each time that I read a book by this author, I swear it is my favorite. This book will definitely be read over and over again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    travelbug74

    She has done it again! Elisa Braden’s writing is sheer bliss. The last Huxley got her man. I loved how Broderick went from broken to loved. Kate was as delightful as her sisters. I can’t wait for the next chapter in the Highland series. I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Book 2 in Elisa Braden's "Midnight in Scotland" series follows the romance between Kate, the youngest and only unwed member of the Huxley family from her "Rescued From Ruin" series, and Broderick, the terribly wronged and damaged MacPherson brother from Book 1. "The Taming of a Highlander" was an engrossing read. I enjoyed meeting up with familiar characters and getting to know the MacPherson clan better. I was reluctant for the story to come to an end and I look forward to the next one. Kate and Book 2 in Elisa Braden's "Midnight in Scotland" series follows the romance between Kate, the youngest and only unwed member of the Huxley family from her "Rescued From Ruin" series, and Broderick, the terribly wronged and damaged MacPherson brother from Book 1. "The Taming of a Highlander" was an engrossing read. I enjoyed meeting up with familiar characters and getting to know the MacPherson clan better. I was reluctant for the story to come to an end and I look forward to the next one. Kate and Broderick's relationship gets of to the most unpromising start imaginable. Kate witnesses what seems to be the brutal murder of a much smaller victim by a huge, menacing and monstrous looking man, and flees in terror. It quickly becomes apparent to Kate's brother and new sister-in-law what has actually happened, and concern for Broderick's safety becomes central. Kate has watched each of her large group of siblings as they have fallen in love and as it appears that they have 'lost' themselves in dedication to the families that they're creating. She is determined to find a way to avoid this process herself, and feels that her new home in Scotland can provide the inspiration for her to forge an independent life. Then Broderick lands violently and shockingly in the path of her burgeoning plans. The schockwaves of this force her to re-evaluate how she sees her future. Broderick is not your average vulnerable character. He refuses to see himself as in need of protection, despite the real concerns of his family and, eventually, Kate. It takes some work for Kate to dominate his wishes, but she does so in order to stop her forced testimony about the violence she witnessed. The mystery of who the malevolent and vengeful villain could be was solved in the first book. Now the heroes are tasked with finding what his current plans might be and stoppping him. In the process there are interludes with Ms Braden's cast of loveable characters, witty dialogue, eccentricity, suspense, humour and pathos. Having already experienced the twists and turns of the "Rescued From Ruin" series, I'm anticipating that there are mysteries as yet unsolved and I'm looking forward to these being revealed in the next books. Ms Braden has a light hand with all the elements of this romance. The marriage of convenience trope is handled very well and has some unique elements. The pathos of the truly horrible experiences that Broderick has survived was well done - detailed enough to be compelling without being gory or traumatising to read. The friendships developing between various characters is something that draws me to the stories she tells, as does the humour that peppers the experience of her books. This book reveals enough of the back story that it could be read first or as a stand alone, but my strong recommendation is to read "The Making of a Highlander" first in order to get the full experience of character development. Then, if you haven't already, go back and read or re-read the "Rescued From Ruin" series. An advanced copy of this novel was supplied by the author to facilitate the provision of a review, however this has not biased my recommendation of the book. I have pre-ordered my own electronic copy and plan to purchase the Audible version as soon as it's available.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    At the end of The Making of a Highlander the reader learns who was responsible for Broderick MacPherson’s imprisonment, but the why was a bit vague. Well, in this installment of the Midnight in Scotland series we learn the whole twisted story! After the marriage of her brother John to Annie Tulloch, his sister Lady Katherine “Kate” Huxley decides to stay in Scotland for a while – she claims that Scotland is her muse and staying will help her finish her novel/play, but the truth is Kate doesn’t w At the end of The Making of a Highlander the reader learns who was responsible for Broderick MacPherson’s imprisonment, but the why was a bit vague. Well, in this installment of the Midnight in Scotland series we learn the whole twisted story! After the marriage of her brother John to Annie Tulloch, his sister Lady Katherine “Kate” Huxley decides to stay in Scotland for a while – she claims that Scotland is her muse and staying will help her finish her novel/play, but the truth is Kate doesn’t want to return to London and the marriage mart – she is the youngest of the Huxley children and has no desire to succumb to the “mind infection” like her siblings have – otherwise known as falling in love. But when she sees Broderick beating and possibly killing a man, marriage may be the only way to save him from returning to jail. Broderick MacPherson has endured more than any person should, framed for a murder he didn’t commit and then ruthlessly beaten in prison to save a friend, he is no longer the man he used to be. Filled with darkness and rage, he wants justice and to make the man who was responsible for his torture punished. He finally tracks down the man and is mindlessly beating him when he hears a cry –he leaves the man to investigate, only to find his prey has escaped when he returns. He has no desire to marry, but when Kate blackmails him, he has not choice if he wants to stay out of jail and get his justice. Kate figures marriage to Broderick is the perfect solution, she will be able to stay in Scotland, remain relatively independent and will be in no danger of falling in love – but things don’t always work out as planned and not only does she fall in love, but her desire to ease his pain almost gets her killed! This was a well written, fast paced, very intense and at times dark story with wonderful characters and moments of lightness to even out the darkness. Broderick and Kate are absolutely fantastic leads and you can’t help but root for their HEA. The story is full of emotion, pain, betrayal, witty banter, bad singing, steamy love scenes, mystery, intrigue, a VERY evil villain, a dash of paranormal, great secondary characters, hold your breath moments, a nail-biting ending and a much deserved HEA. This is the second book in the series (and it has ties to the Rescued from Ruin series) and while it could be read as a standalone title, I would recommend reading the books in order for the best reader experience. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz

    This is a story about a girl trying to live out her dreams and a man trying to escape his nightmares. They start out on completely opposite ends of a path that ultimately leaves them in the middle realizing they are the other half of themselves they didn't even know they were missing. Kate is the final Huxley; a family known for marrying well, breeding "prolifically," and then living happily ever after raising babies and mooning after their spouses. Kate rebels against these expectations. She wan This is a story about a girl trying to live out her dreams and a man trying to escape his nightmares. They start out on completely opposite ends of a path that ultimately leaves them in the middle realizing they are the other half of themselves they didn't even know they were missing. Kate is the final Huxley; a family known for marrying well, breeding "prolifically," and then living happily ever after raising babies and mooning after their spouses. Kate rebels against these expectations. She wants to be a writer and become independent. She is a "sing and dance like nobody is watching" type of girl with a heart of gold who loves singing off key, playing the piano, and reading Shakespeare. Broderick's path was set up in the previous story, The Making of a Highlander, when he was wrongfully imprisoned and savagely tortured for 6 months. He barely survived. Now he lives in rage and darkness, seeking revenge against an unknown enemy. I strange twist of fate basically forces Kate and Broderick to marry...match, meet gasoline. This one is definitely a scorcher. These two fall so hard it's insane. Suddenly they both find themselves struggling with an obsessive desire for each other, while at the same time trying to stick to their original goals. Eventually they learn each other enough to realize that life doesn't always give you what you want, but it does give you what you need, and they need each other. The villain and their motives do eventually come to light, and we have to live through a very close call, but, naturally, good prevails and we get our happy ending. There were several scenes that made me laugh out loud, which is something new that I am really enjoying in this new series. Comedy wasn't a big theme in the "Rescued from Ruin" series but it's a great addition to this one. I also loved that Broderick's scars and slight limp did not define him or the love story at all. Kate looked beyond Broderick's damaged exterior from the very start and he never really had to live with that issue hanging over his head. It could have easily been made into a focal point of their relationship and yet Elisa decided to go a different route. I think that was a great choice. 🙂 As usual, well done Elisa! I'm already looking forward to the next one. NOTE: I received an ARC directly from the author for the purpose of a voluntary, timely, and independent review, however this author is an automatic buy for me and my pre-order had already been placed prior to posting this review.

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