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Defiant: MacKinnon's Rangers 3 by [Clare, Pamela]
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Pamela Clare brings her expert plotting, sizzling chemistry and thrilling adventure to her sweeping MacKinnon's Rangers series, in the grand tradition of The Last of the Mohicans, perfect for fans of Maya Banks, Monica McCarty and Zoe Archer.

They were a band of brothers, their loyalty to one another forged by hardship and battle, the bond between these Highland warriors, rugged colonials, and fierce Native Americans stronger even than blood ties.

Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth's niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her - and claim her himself.
Torn by tragedy from her sheltered life in London, Lady Sarah is unprepared for the harshness of the frontier - or for the attraction she feels toward Connor. When they reach civilization, however, it is she who must protect him. For if her uncle knew all that Connor had done to save her, he would surely kill him. But the flames of passion, once kindled, are difficult to deny. As desire transforms into love, Connor will have to defy an empire to keep Sarah at his side.

Be swept away by the other sexy MacKinnon's Rangers in Surrender and Untamed. Or take a wildly romantic ride with Pamela Clare's I-Team: Extreme Exposure, Hard Evidence, Unlawful Contact, Naked Edge, Breaking Point, Striking Distance, Seduction Game.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472223373
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (14 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Niz on 6 January 2016
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Lovely book keep me hooked throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saved the Day 5 July 2012
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Like everyone else so far, I think this book is great, and it was exactly what I needed to read, right now. The last two book reviews I've written have been negative and I was beginning to think I was just too picky--not so, those other authors aren't Pamela Clare and I'm just discriminating. ;)

If you're looking for a romance, this book is wonderful. I guess the two main characters, Connor and Sarah, are little stereotypical being an Alpha-male warrior and a literal damsel in distress, but somehow Clare is able to remind her reader of why those stereotypes started to begin with. Connor is heroic and sacrificing, while Sarah is innocent but tough. Clare creates a definite chemistry between the two and the sex scenes are pretty steamy with some explicit language. Also, the historical aspects of the novel are really well done without being heavy handed. Finally, Clare is just a good writer. While I was reading the novel, I couldn't help but picture scenes from the movie, "Last of the Mohicans," and I also felt the urge to read some actual history (not my usual cup of tea).

"Defiant" will work as a stand-alone story, but the previous two stories in this series would help a reader understand the animosity between Connor and Wentworth. Regardless, they are worth your money and time (although I don't think Morgan's story, book two, is quite as good).
5.0 out of 5 stars Pamela Clare is a terrific author. I love all of her books 5 November 2015
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Pamela Clare is a terrific author. I love all of her books. The plots are full of riveting action. Her main characters are believable and sympathetic.

Clare's novels are often about a period in American history about which I know very little - the early colonies in what is now in upstate New York near Albany. At the time Ms. Clare writes about, the French were trying to push the English out of there and to make it part of Montreal. In addition, the Indian tribes were still in tact and fierce. They were trying to get rid of these strange invaders. Into this cauldron poured Scots running away from defeats by the English and lower class English leaving for a life better than they could have in their homeland and English who were trying to escape from problems in England. Because the English also brought with them the class system, which had ruled their country for time immemorial, making an new start was difficult. But huge distances among dwellings and constant strife with the French Canadians made the class system increasingly impossible. The characteristics of the individual were becoming more important than his or her inherited position in society.

The British military, however, was structured according to the British class system. The commanding officers of the British armies were always sons of aristocracy. The upper class commanding officer in this book had no personal experience fighting Indians, Canadians, or British soldiers influenced by long experience with Indian fighting. The soldiers were commoners. the officers were from the British upper class. Therefore the British officers, all upper class, did not believe they had anything to teach them. Neither group was selected on the basis of merit. The commanders remained in a fort. The soldiers left the fort and learned to fight Indians and Frenchmen in the wilderness. Consequently the new Americans did not respect their commanders. And the British commanders thought their troops were disobedient. Therefore they gave physically crippling punishments to troops, who used tactics they had been forced to learn fighting in the wilderness. In the middle of all of this is the heroine - upper class by birth but forced to learn the new American culture in order to flee from a murderous uncle in Britain. Clare's attention to detail and interesting plot brings all of this to life. The plot is fun. The writing is excellent. I highly recommend for people who like to learn a little history while enjoying a well-written story with interesting characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and conclusion to the series :D 9 August 2014
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5 stars

What a great story and ending to the series! Sarah and Connor were a wonderful couple and their story was so good it was hard to put down. I only stopped reading it long enough to sleep. :)

Sarah is a young lady of high society, the granddaughter of King George and the niece of Lord William (who you'll recognize if you've read the previous 2 books). Sarah is in the colonies because she was wrongly accused of scandal and her parents wouldn't believe her, instead beating her and sending her away to the colonies to stay with the Governor of New York and an old family friend.

Connor is the youngest of the McKinnon brothers. Their family were branded traitors in Scotland when there was a revolution against the non-Scottish King (King George) and all shipped to the colonies to live. Connor and his brothers were blackmailed by Lord William (holding a death sentence over their heads for a crime they didn't commit) in to lead a Ranger squad to help with the war between the British and the French. His older 2 brothers have been allowed to step down but Connor still leads the Rangers.

The story starts out with Sarah on her way to see her Uncle, Lord William, in order to seek his help with her family issues. Lord William has always been kind to Sarah and she hoped that he might believe her about the scandal that took place and be able to help her with her future. Sarah is kidnapped along the way and taken captive by some Shawnee Indians. Soon after the attack, Connor & Joseph are sent after the raiding party to save Sarah. They figure out where she's being taken but the relations with the tribe are iffy so they're not sure how easy the rescue will be. Unfortunately, the tribe has suffered at the hands of the British and they feel that they need to take Sarah in order to satisfy the debt since the man that kidnapped Sarah lost his wife. He wants Sarah to replace his wife but isn't kind to Sarah at all so it's obvious she won't be treated well. Connor and Joseph try to get her freed but in the end the only thing Connor can do is to challenge Sarah's captor for Sarah. Connor wins the fight but the leader isn't happy about it and makes it a condition that Connor has to take Sarah as his wife if he wants to keep her and that they must consummate the union with a witness. Connor is a good man and he can't stand the thought of forcing himself on Sarah any more than he could live with her being raped by the man who kidnapped her. He give her the choice on how to proceed but explains how dangerous (and unlikely to succeed) and escape attempt would be. Sarah isn't happy about her position but realizes that she doesn't have many options and being with Connor is a small price to pay for them all to get out of there alive. She agrees to consummate the "marriage" but with it being witnessed Connor has trouble making things as pleasant for Sarah as they could have been.

They leave the next morning but the tribe warriors aren't happy about their visit or the fact that Connor beat their warrior (who also happens to be their war chief). Connor and Joseph are sure they're going to be ambushed on the way home and they take a different route in an attempt to avoid the ambush party. They avoid them but can't escape when the warriors come after them. It's not easy for Sarah but she does her best to keep up with the men and not hold them up. They end up having to fight though and Sarah shows her bravery as she does what she needs to do in order to help them get through the fight alive. Connor and Sarah are a little distant at first because she's uncomfortable with the desire she feels for Connor and he thinks she's shying away from him because of their "wedding night" and so he tries to stay away from her. Soon they realize the mis-understanding and they know they shouldn't but they do end up indulging with each other as their headed back to the fort and safety. After some stressful travel they get to the fort and Sarah is happy to see her Uncle but is sad that her and Connor's time is over. Regardless of their attempts to not see each other any more (and not feel anything for each other) they have trouble keeping their feelings in check. Things aren't easy for the pair and when secrets come out things get even worse. There are some very difficult times in store for Sarah and Connor and his brothers and their wives even get pulled into things. Things look very bad for the couple but do turn out alright in the end after the unexpected happens. The ending of the story is wonderful and I was very happy to see Connor and Sarah get their well deserved HEA.

I loved this series and this was a great addition and conclusion of the series. Connor and Sarah were wonderful characters and their story great and very engrossing. I loved seeing how things turned out for everyone and was surprised (happily) at Lord William discovering that he has a heart after all (and used it!). I will warn you to have some tissues at the end (there were a couple places where I teared up) as it was wonderfully touching (I'm tearing up a little just remembering it). Overall this was a great book and great series and I'd recommend the whole series. 2 thumbs up! :D

* note - I listened to the audio version of this and the narrator did a very good job. I really liked his accents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connor and Sarah's story 5 July 2012
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I have rewritten this review several times and am unable to do justice to this story. Defiant is the third book in the MacKinnon's Rangers series and my favorite of the three. I enjoy historical romances but often times HR are light on the history or light on the romance. Defiant tells the story of two people who meet under extraordinary conditions and despite the situation, their own personal demons and the factors and people attempting to keep them apart-fall in love. It is a love story that makes the pragmatist in me weep. And the history! The backdrop of this story is the French and Indian War in the 1750's/60's...a time I knew little about before reading these books. This series is very well researched and the presents the stories of the common people who lived in that time and place. THAT is the kind of history that interests me.

This is a fabulous story, very well written and captured my attention and imagination. I believe this is meant to be the third book in a trilogy...but I so want (NEED) to know what happens to Wentworth? What happens to Joseph? I am anxious to know their stories as well.

Pamela Clare is a wonderful author, she writes compelling stories (historical romance and romantic suspense) and I am always anxious to read her next book. I know that she will introduce me to interesting, multi-dimensional people and transport me to places, times and experiences that capture my imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Connor's story! 10 July 2012
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Lady Sarah Woodville is sent to the American colonies in disgrace over a scandal she doesn't even understand. Once in Albany, she plans to beseech her uncle Lord William Wentworth for help but along the way to visit him she is kidnapped by Shawnee Indians and her entire future changes.

Major Connor MacKinnon is now in charge of MacKinnon's Rangers after Iain retired to take care of Annie and their children and Morgan was kicked out for his marriage to the French Amalie. Connor is in a bad place emotionally, he feels a lot of guilt for his harsh actions to French soldiers while he believed his brother Morgan to be dead. Lord William commands Connor and Joseph, his Mahican friend, to find Lady Sarah and rescue her. They go searching for her expecting to find a spoiled princess and instead find a courageous young woman.

Connor and Joseph arrive at the Shawnee village and go thorough some trials to save Lady Sarah, who impressed them with her strength and bravery in the face of her captors abuse. Connor wins her freedom, but not without consequences which bring him and Sarah together. Over the long, dangerous trip back to Fort Edward, Connor and Sarah forge a relationship based on mutual attraction and admiration but know there is no hope for a future between a high born English lady and a Scottish frontiersman. But then a surprising turn of events causes Connor, along with help from his family and friends, to fight to have Sarah in his life forever no matter the danger and obstacles.

I loved Connor's book! What I love about all three MacKinnon brothers' books is that they are wonderfully written romances that are actually romantic and a joy to read. The hero and heroine are both good people who stand together despite what the world throws at them. This setting and time period (American colonies during the French and Indian War) fascinates me and the author has a way of bringing it to life so I feel like I am hiking through the forest, running from danger along with Connor, Sarah and Joseph.

Connor is a great hero who rescues Sarah from a harsh fate then finds himself falling in love with his worst enemy's niece. He tried to do what he thinks is the honorable thing and let her go, but fights for Sarah when she is put in harm's way by a vengeful Lord William. Sarah is an endearing heroine, you feel her love of music which colors her life and feel sorry for her rigid upbringing. She faces a situation that is completely foreign to her but comes through it with grace and courage, learning a lot about herself in the process which helps her stand up for what she wanted when it counted. I like how she never betrayed Connor even when it might have made things easier for her.

The background characters help make the story. Joseph is a great part of the story, he and Sarah have a nice brother/sister bond. I hope to see his story soon! Wentworth first makes you want to hurt him badly, then pulls an act which brings some redemption - we will see what his story becomes when Ms. Clare writes it, I have faith she can make him redeemable as a hero. I loved seeing a bit of Iain, Annie, Morgan, Amalie and the children. The Rangers make some smaller appearances, plus there is a great farewell at the end of the book that will leave you chocked up!

Defiant is a brilliant finale to the MacKinnon brothers' story. I love all three books, which tell the story of how Iain, Morgan and Connor survive the frontier and find love despite the war they are fighting. The ending of Defiant made me tearful and nostalgic to be reaching the end of the MacKinnon brothers stories but it was a great ending. I love this trilogy, Iain, Morgan and Connor have a special place in my heart for being such sexy, honorable men who really know how to protect, love and care for their women.

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