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How to Lose a Highlander (The MacGregor Lairds) by [McLean, Michelle]
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Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away. Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she's not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him. Sorcha knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her father, yet the longer she's with him, the more she discovers he is nothing like she was led to believe. They'll have to fight their way through past prejudices and their own determination to destroy their union in order to gain their perfect HEA in this Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tale.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (15 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072L1B21M
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 37 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hysterical! 4 June 2017
By Sarah B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
​I've never associated historical romance with side-splitting humor, but here you have it: I almost died reading this book. I knew going in that Michelle McLean has a way with words, but playing witness to Sorcha and Malcolm​ trying to drive one another away has been one of the highlights of my reading life. The banter, jabs, and sexual tension...all fantastic. Even more remarkable is the author's ability to absolutely convince the reader that these characters are falling in love in the midst of all that verbal sparring. If they're fooling anyone, it's themselves, but the whole relationship is so organic and natural that it's impossible to believe they don't have actual descendants running around out there somewhere. HOW TO LOSE A HIGHLANDER is not only cleverly titled (read the book and you'll totally want to fist bump the author over that one) - it's the total package: heart-warming romance, brilliant banter, exquisite sensuality, and a happy ending that just might leave you wiping a pesky tear from your eye. I give it five outstanding stars and a sidenote that I'm officially dying for the next book in the series. (You know, if I recover from nearly keeling over from laughter over this one.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Passionate Battle of Wills and Wit! 17 May 2017
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The blurb for How to Lose a Highlander immediately captured my interest. I knew I had to read this book. I'm a HUGE fan of arranged marriages/marriages of conveniences, and throw in Taming of the Shrew, too? I was in. And, I'm SO glad I did. What a fun, laugh out loud, romantic, swoony, thrilling ride! I'm still laughing at some of the dialogue and back-and-forth between Malcolm and Sorcha as I write this!

Malcolm MacGregor and Sorcha Campbell (love her name!) are from feuding clans. Though they are at court for different reasons--to plead their case with the king on different sides of a petition--Malcolm and Sorcha meet at a masquerade ball and there's an instant attraction between them. They're unexpectedly drawn to one another... But when they meet with the king, and he demands they marry to end the feud, that attraction is pushed aside by fury. Neither is willing to outright defy the king, but forcing the other to request an annulment? That's fair game. What follows is a battle of wills and wit that will leave you breathless with laughter as well as the growing and simmering chemistry between them.

I've read contemporaries by Michelle McLean (writing as Kira Archer), but this is my first historical romance. I'm going to remedy that asap. I absolutely loved this book. There was never a dull moment. The pace was fast, and I think that was due to these two wonderful characters. Sorcha was so fiery, headstrong and smart. And Malcolm was equally headstrong, intelligent, stubborn and had the patience of a saint. LOL! Did I mention he was hot, too? :-) Even as they tried to drive each other nuts, that heat between them couldn't be extinguished. And I so enjoyed experiencing how their relationship turned from combatants to okay-he's/she's-not-so-bad to lovers. Sorcha showed him another side with her care and attention to his home and people, and his protectiveness offers Sorcha security. Their path isn't easy, though. Just when it seems like they're going to make it, trouble that seems like betrayal arises, and they have to decide whether their newfound love and trust is strong enough to reach that happily ever after. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that they do. ;-) It's a romance after all. But getting there. Whew. It was wonderful. This book has humor, shenanigans, romance, passion and swoon-worthy moments. It's definitely a keeper!
5.0 out of 5 stars Can each love the other after making it apparent they do not?!? 16 May 2017
By BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
With a B.S. in History, M.A. in English, a sense of humor by a woman who loves a happy ever after, Author Michelle McLean pens an entertaining tale.

Taking a feud of long-standing between the Campbells and the MacGregors, she weaves a tale which will keep you laughing, if for nothing more than the heated banter between Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor.

King Charles II is tired of this feud. He wants it to end, therefore commands this marriage to take place. Malcolm doesn’t want to displease the king, for he is a friend and he’s been good with the MacGregor clan. He cares not to have the king’s wrath and lose his standing. However, it isn’t below him to think of ways to get this marriage annulled, particularly since his new wife makes him wish he didn’t have ears. His plan is to have her proclaimed insane. He feels a bit guilty about it, but values his freedom above all.

As Malcolm wants his freedom, so does Sorcha Campbell. To be wedded to the enemy? Never!! She and her maid, Berta, work up a scheme which backfires a wee bit. Well, maybe a lot! Her plan is to ask for an annulment on the grounds of her new husband unable to consummate the union.

When I wasn’t laughing, I was rolling my eyes–scenes very cleverly written. These two totally deserve each other! Malcolm just wants to go back to the Highlands – alone. But it doesn’t work out that way. Sorcha’s duplicity very nearly gets herself imprisoned. Malcolm saves Sorcha from herself thereby sealing his fate — at least for the near future.

Malcolm is honorable to the end, although it may just kill him. Sorcha has a change of heart. Maybe she could live with Malcolm, but her maid has a poor influence on her, making her doubt Malcolm’s intentions. Malcolm has little faith in his new bride and easily thinks the worst of her. Can these two ever move forward, already? Outside forces create more havoc. This adds up to one fast-paced battle between Sorcha and Malcolm. Eventually, both hearts are ensnared, giving the reader a most satisfying happy ever after.

Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley for a fair review.
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Lose a Highlander Review 16 May 2017
By gigis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Forced into marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away. Malcolm knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but utterly perfect for him. Sorcha knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her father, yet the longer she’s with him, the more she discovers he is nothing like she was led to believe. They’ll have to fight their way through past prejudices and their own determination to destroy their union in order to gain their perfect HEA in this Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tale.

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Forced marriages never start out well...

This holds true for Sorcha and Malcolm. They meet not knowing who the other is at a masquerade ball and the attraction is quickly acted upon by each. That attraction is put to the test when forced to marry by King Charles to stop feuding between rival clans, theirs is not an easy start to marriage. Both try to manipulate the other into getting an annulment to the marriage with some fun and disastrous effects. Once they reach Malcolm's castle they both come to respect the other and the distrust and dislike starts to crumble. That is until trouble comes calling.

I loved this fun story! Both characters made me laugh and love them. I know it is a romance and we are almost always guaranteed a HEA, but I was still rooting for them because they were so perfect for each other. The book was engaging and had a little bit of action, romance, history, drama and sexiness to appeal to all. I have read this Author before, but it was a 1920's historical romance. I think she did an excellent job of switching time periods, everything made sense for the place and time of this book. This is the first in a new series, so I am very excited to see what comes next.

4.5Stars

*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
5.0 out of 5 stars Taming the Highlander 16 May 2017
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
How to Lose a Highlander
By Michelle McLean
Rating 5 stars
Heat. 4 🔥

Taming of the Shrew

Malcolm MacGregor has petitioned the king to put an end to the burning and plundering of his villages from his rival and feuding clan Campbell. The eve before his audience with the king he meets the most intriguing vixen that has him rethinking about taking a wife such was the spell she'd cast upon him. That being said his meeting with the king didn't go as planned, instead the king saddled him with a wife......none other than the Campbell lass!

Sorcha Campbell is at court to help persuade the king towards her father's petition, to rid them of the ever thieving clan MacGregor. What she gets instead is marriage to the feared laird of the MacGregor's! But how to go against what the King has decreed? There is no way out for her but to make her new husband as miserable as possible maybe then he'd be the one to bring disfavour and shame to his clan. Only if his kisses didn't make her melt and leave her senseless.

What an entertaining story, this was a cross between Taming of the Shrew and War of the Roses. I loved it, Malcolm and Sorcha both strong and stubborn characters that really were the perfect match for each other. Each thinking the worst of each other but yet there's the undeniable attraction and that works in their favour. Sorcha takes control of the keep making changes and improvements, visiting the tenants and seeing to their every need has Malcolm questioning his feelings for her. Just when it looks like their marriage has a chance betrayal will come and they'll both question their loyalty to each other.

Michelle McLean has a winner in this enjoyable witty romance, a swoon worthy highlander a stubborn and feisty heroine and of course a villain in their midst.
Highly recommend!

I received a complementary copy from the author for my honest opinion.

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