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The Rogue of Islay Isle (Highland Isles) by [McCollum, Heather]
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Cullen Duffie, a Highland warrior and charming rogue, is the new chief of Clan MacDonald. Determined to prove he’s not his father, Cullen works to secure his clan against the English. When a woman washes onto Islay’s shores, Cullen protects her from his uncles’ schemes.

Waking up not knowing who she is or where she comes from, Rose is at the mercy of the man who found her. Unable to speak from the swelling around her throat from a rope tether, she learns as much as she can about the new world around her and the powerful, sword-wielding Highlander who has sworn to protect her.

Through dreams and flashes of her past, Rose begins to rebuild her memories. But the more she recalls about the horror she escaped, the more she realizes the jeopardy she is bringing to Islay, Clan MacDonald and the Highlander who has captured her heart.

Each book in the Highland Isles series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The Beast of Aros Castle
Book #2 The Rogue of Islay Isle


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (15 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07169K9TT
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5.0 out of 5 stars #CANNOTGETENOUGHOFTHISYUMMYSCOT 24 May 2017
By Jennifer Pierson: The Power of Three Readers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really want to start out by saying that this cover is absolutely 5 stars on its very own, and I wish that it was a blanket so that I could curl up with this drool worthiness, as I can't stop looking at it. Now that I got that out of my system, on with my thoughts, and opinions! Cullen Duffie is a Highland Warrior, charming rogue, and the new chief of Clan McDonald. And he's bound and determined to prove he's not his father, so he must start with securing his clan against the English. Things take a weird turn when a female washes onto Islay's shores, and now Cullen must keep her safe against his uncles plots. Madeleine wakes up not knowing who she is, or where she come from, and is unable to speak due to throat issues, so she's at the mercy of the Highlander who rescued her. As her memories start to surface, she's realizing that she's bringing serious danger to Clan McDonald. So the hero and heroine are completely awesome, as I became attached to them quickly. Cullen may carry a heavy weight, but his protective instincts made him totally drool worthy (not to mention the whole kilt thing), in my opinion. Madeleine is a female to look up to, as no matter what she's going through, she never fell into self pity. It's been a long while since I read anything about a yummy Scot, but this story reminded me why I was so obsessed with them for years. Especially since I fell in love with Heather McCollum, and her very talented writing style that instantly transported me to Islay Isle, where I never wanted to leave! My obsession has been renewed, so I cannot wait to read more by this awesome author, (and Ms. McCollum, please think about blankets of this hot as hell cover, so I have it to cuddle everyday with)! Anyway, I'll cut to the chase and just HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND this fantastic story!
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms McCollum will melt your heart again! As a former rogue and trained courtesan go head to head. Totally exhilarating! Loved it! 17 May 2017
By Barb Massabrook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Book: The Rogue of Islay Isle
By Heather McCollum

Series: Highland Isles, Book #2

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook, Administrator at Tartan Book Reviews and Purple Tulip Book Reviews. Blogger at Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Setting: Smoking Hot!

Overall Setting: 5 Stars/Kilts

ISLE OF ISLAY, HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

DECEMBER, 1522

Cullen Duffie has recently been made Chief of the ferocious Clan MacDonald. His Grandfather recently died and made him Chief, skipping over his very own sons. Cullen was Tor’s friend in Book #1,The Beast of Aros Castle.

A woman named Madeleine Renald washes up on Islay Isle with a rope around her neck with cuts and bruises, but she cannot speak and has no memory, not even her own name! As MacDonald Chief, Cullen orders everyone to call her Rose. Since she had pretty roses embroidered on her gown. As Rose’s memory starts to return in little fragments, but soon pieced it all together and realises she has put The Clan MacDonald in great danger by just being here on Islay Isle!

When Rose is disgusted as she realizes how her very own mother abused and sold her to the highest bidder! That happens to be King Louis, King of France! This could put The MacDonald clan in a very bad predicament, as the English and French are foes at this time and could call The MacDonald clan traitor! They could exile them or possibly even have them executed! Now Cullen desires Rose like no other, he will not just hand her over to the evil Sassenach! Yet he does not want his clan in danger either. Plus he gave Rose his solemn oath he would protect her, plus he wants her like no other woman!

Yet all the mama’s on the isle want their daughter to marry the new Laird even by trickery.As healer Agnes’s daughter Beatrice, who keeps chasing Cullen as many females. They are hoping he will put a babe in their belly so they get a title and all the trimming that goes with being a Laird’s wife! It has nothing to do with feelings or love and everything to do with greed! This French lass impresses Cullen not just her beauty, but with her bravery and courage too! Rose finds Cullen pretty irresistible too, with his honor and honesty, which is so refreshing and the opposite of the men in French court.

Yet Rose/Madeleine is being hunted by those she ran away from, will she be caught? Will she vanish from Cullen's life forever? What is her future to be freedom in Scotland or slavery in France? You will have to read this spectacular read and find out!

Beautiful setting, amazing dialogue, and plots that have you holding your breath in anticipation, wondering what could possibly happen next? I absolutely loved
“The Rogue of Islay Isle book #2 in the Highland Isles series. I have read all the books in the series,they are all superbly written and just keep getting better if that is even possible!

This phenomenal riveting romantic adventure read is filled with treachery, jealousy, suspense, mystery, betrayal, mistrust, clan war, joy, faith, passion and love. All the things historical romance readers love!

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.

1.The Beast of Aros Castle,Book #1

2.The Rogue of Islay Isle, Book #2, Just released on May 15th

The Rogue of Islay Isle: Heather McCollum: 9781545553466: Amazon ...
4.0 out of 5 stars A reformed Casanova meets a "Helen of Troy" type heroine .... 15 May 2017
By FromTheSouth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Cullen’s career up until becoming laird seemed to be loving the lasses, and I’m not talking with his heart, folks. At least that is what is often implied here. It seemed all the clan’s lovely ladies were lining up outside his bedroom door hoping to audition for a chance to be considered for the role of the next Mrs. Laid of the castle.

With a deceased father that left behind a gambling and not so stellar legacy, Cullen already feels like he couldn’t do anything right. His overly critical, jealous uncles constantly have their eyes and ears on full alert, judging his every move, just waiting for him to make a mistake large enough to be ousted as head of the clan. But no trouble they could dish out comes close to the havoc and unexpected tenderness unleashed on his heart by a mysterious bonny lass that washes up on his shores.

Rose (aka Madeleine) is bearing bruises and barely breathing when Cullen comes across her. Neck rope burns and amnesia lead everyone to speculate whether she will ultimately be friend or foe. Upon regaining her voice, her first word leads many to fear the latter. Yeah, her accent definitely gives her away. When her past and the monsters she was running from come to claim her, Cullen must face down a formidable enemy to keep his “Helen of Troy” like lady love safe.

The writing flowed and kept me fully engaged. However, Rose’s bizarre circumstances and what was intended to be her future occupation did not quite set well with me. It just all felt rather disturbing. I personally wish it had been something different.

Having read and absolutely loved the first book, The Beast of Aros Castle, I was glad to see cameo appearances of that main couple. They did come across as mere bystanders though and didn’t overly factor into this storyline.

The next book’s details have not been released yet, so, my fellow Scottish romance book loving friends, I don’t know what the author has in store for us next. I am looking forward to it, however. I do definitely enjoy this author’s writing style.

Title: The Rogue of Islay Isle, Series: Highland Isles (Book 2), Author: Heather McCullom, Pages: 238, stand-alone but part of a series, very graphic/steamy scenes, former manho hero, amnesia heroine who has a strange/abusive past, several references to hero’s womanizing past, jealous OW, no love triangle, no cheating, brings trouble to their door, disturbing threats of rape/abuse, HEA.

Book 1 - The Beast of Aros Castle, (Tor and Ava), Pages: 266, 2/20/17
Book 2 - The Rogue of Islay Isle, (Cullen and Madeleine), Pages: 238, 5/15/17

(I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair review which was distributed via NetGalley. No compensation was provided to me, nor do I have any affiliation with the author/publisher/NetGalley.
5.0 out of 5 stars f you are looking for your next Highland Romance, then look no further than The Rogue Of Islay! 15 May 2017
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
How far would you go to save the woman you love?

Being the chief of Clan MacDonald brings with it prestige and great responsibility. Cullen Duffie feels like he is balancing on the edge of a sword as he tries to shoulder the responsibility of leadership. Not only that but there is a silent threat of war between England and France. If there is even a whisper of Clan MacDonald swearing allegiance to the French cause, then King Henry will not be forgiving. The last thing Cullen wants is to be found harbouring a mysterious French woman who was washed up on the beach. But harbour her he must, for she is in desperate need of refuge and he can not, in good conscience, turn his back on her.

Oh, I did enjoy this book. The Rogue Of Islay is one of those books where you want to shut out the world, curl up under a blanket and just read! Heather McCollum transported me back to 16th Century Scotland, and for a while, I was more than happy to stay there!

Madeleine "Rose" came across as a very strong heroine, despite all the terrible abuse that she has had to endure. She tries desperately hard to piece together her memories, even though she fears what she might discover about herself when she remembers. I thought her character was beautifully drawn and very real in the telling.

Likewise, Cullen was drawn with great skill. He has to do right by his clan, but he also has to do right by the woman that he has rescued. Cullen is honourable and not one to be swayed by persuasive arguments. It would have been very easy for him to abandon Rose, but he would never do something like that. So despite great opposition from his uncles, he stays steadfast in his decisions. He has promised Rose his protection, and that is the end of the matter.

The romance between Rose and Cullen was tender at times, passionate at others. Their love story is wonderful to read about and, more importantly, convincing!

The plot really speeds up so much towards the end of the book that it was simply unputadownable.

If you are looking for your next Highland Romance, then look no further than The Rogue Of Islay by Heather McCollum. You won't be disappointed.

I Highly Recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real historical romance! 15 May 2017
By Monique D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It was a dark and stormy night when Cullen Duffie noticed a ship off the coast of Islay Isle. Cullen has just been named clan chief, The MacDonald, he doesn’t even know himself if he’s up for the job. Fate decided to further complicate his plans when Cullen happens upon a beautiful young woman stranded on the shore. The woman is unable to speak, due to nasty injuries to her neck; was she destined to hang? Unfortunately, the woman has lost her memory, and she doesn’t even know her own name. Cullen settles for the name of Rose, as the flower was all over her sumptuous gown. But what if Rose is English? Will King Henry be grateful and reward the MacDonald clan, or will it mean problems? Rose starts to remember bits and pieces from her past, what seem like insignificant things, except that she must be wary of men, and that she had been a prisoner, but of whom? Why? Where? When eventually her throat is better, everybody finds out at once that Rose is not English!

Heather McCollum’s obviously thorough research really paid off, because the author made me feel I was experiencing Scotland in the year 1522; her descriptions are crisp and vivid, without being intrusive. Until the fracas at the end, the pace is rather leisurely, which is perfect for the tone of the story. While Cullen and the woman – whom I will refer to as Rose, although it is not her name; you will understand what I mean when you read the book – so although there is an attraction between Rose and Cullen almost from the onset, I appreciated immensely that there was no instalust nor instalove at play: Rose distrusts men, she doesn’t know who she is, and Cullen has to be careful for many reasons. He was once a rogue, he has changed his ways since becoming clan chief, and he is bound to protect his clan; Rose could be a spy.

Ms. McCollum concocted very ingenious ways to explain various events, such as Rose’s injuries – which made me laugh, as well as fear for what I might expect later on, which thankfully was unwarranted. There is the unforgettable moment when Rose remembers her real name; I get goose bumps even while writing this review. I also loved how Rose recovered her memory, which happened naturally and was not provoked by a fantastical event, and I must say that this raised my rating for the book, as her circumstances were something I believed I had never read in a historical romance before, and which I applaud as being realistic. I did not quite like Rose at the beginning, as she seemed rather haughty, distant, and her jealous reactions were not very pleasant, however this changed and made sense as the story unfolded; s had gone through quite an ordeal! Cullen is a perfectly wonderful hero: stalwart, honourable to the very end; gallant and mindful of everyone’s welfare, without being a wimp.

THE ROGUE OF ISLAY ISLE is very romantic while being a somewhat serious book, all this beautifully told by Ms. McCollum, whose prose is both elegant and economical; the sex scenes are a perfect example: they are subdued while still very sensual. There is a quiet sophistication that permeates every sentence, while the dialogues feel like everyday conversations, and I loved the exchanges between Cullen’s cousins, which were quite funny at times. I enjoyed the fact that I never quite knew what to expect, as some characters were very complex and oscillated between good and bad, which led to a tumultuous and action-packed ending. THE ROGUE OF ISLAY ISLE is a historical romance which at times almost feels like historical fiction as the setting is crucial for everything that happens; the historical theme is not incidental to the story. THE ROGUE OF ISLAY ISLE is an excellent read with believable characters, a solid story, plausible and unusual plot twists. Ms. McCollum is a new author to me, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. This review is also posted on Buried Under Romance book blog.

I give 4 1/2 stars.

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