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Digital Released: October 2013
ISBN: 9781301138494
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Print Release: February 2014
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BOUND TO THE HIGHLANDER
Series: Highland Chiefs Series, #1
Author: Kate Robbins
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Digtial Price: $0.99
Print Price: $9.99

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TARA Award Winner for Historical Romance
2013

Aileana Chattan suffers a devastating loss, then discovers she is to wed neighboring chief and baron, James MacIntosh -- a man she despises and whose loyalty deprived her of the father she loved. Despite him and his traitorous clan, Aileana will do her duty, but she doesn't have to like it or him. But when the MacIntosh awakens something inside her so absolute and consuming, she is forced to question everything.

James MacIntosh is a nobleman torn between tradition and progress. He must make a sacrifice if he is to help Scotland move forward as a unified country. Forced to sign a marriage contract years earlier binding Lady Aileana to him, James must find a way to break it, or risk losing all -- including his heart.

From the wild and rugged Highlands near Inverness to the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle, James and Aileana’s preconceptions of honor, duty and love are challenged at every adventurous turn.

Excerpt
Near Inverness, Scotland, April 1430

A horse’s scream pierced the air sending a chill down her spine. Brèagha. Aileana Chattan quit pacing and dashed to the window. Thank God, they were home at last.

She strained toward the eerie quiet below just as the procession crested the hill beyond the gatehouse. She was right, it was her uncle’s horse Brèagha, but the poor beast hobbled as three men grasped his leather reins and struggled to keep the distressed animal in check. Bile rose in her throat when she spied the body face down across its back.

She tore through the hallway, down the winding stairs and raced out into the courtyard. Cold mud soaked her feet and her heart pummeled as the somber hunters approached. She looked to Andrews, her steward, to confirm her fear.

“I’m sorry, lass.” He shifted his weight, but did not look up.

Her gaze returned to the body. Fiery red hair hung in tangles and pale, limp hands were red streaked. Shivers coursed through her as she beheld his unmoving form.

Her uncle, their chief, was dead.

A soundless ‘No’ faltered on her lips. Men and horses spun around her, threatening her balance. She reached out to cling to something. Anything. Air slipped through her fingers as she stumbled forward. Andrews caught her the moment her knees buckled.

“I’ve got you, Lady Aileana. Come, we must get him inside.”

He placed one strong arm around her shoulder and kept her moving forward, her feet skimming the ground.

No one spoke as they entered the large stone and wooden stable. The huntsmen pulled her uncle’s body from the horse’s back and laid him at her feet. She dropped to the ground beside him. The foul stench of manure filled her nostrils and she fought the urge to retch.

“Why did you bring him in here?” The stable was no place for their chief.

“He ordered us. We had no other way to get the laird’s body home and he wanted us to save Brèagha for you,” Andrews said.
Her gaze shifted between her uncle’s body and the horse’s wild eyes. She swallowed the thick knot which had lodged in her throat.

“What happened?”

“We were tracking deer when something spooked him.” Andrews’s voice was low and grim. “Your uncle’s sword was drawn. They were both injured when they fell.”

The horse snorted and bobbed his head up and down. Aileana stood to view his injuries better. A deep gash oozed jagged crimson lines down his flank, pooling at his hoof. She moved to Brèagha’s side and buried her fingers in his mane. His coat was covered with a sheen of sweat.

“Dear God, you won’t see week’s end.” She must save him. “Andrews?”

“Get Argyle’s surgeon,” Andrews said. The stable hand took off to do his bidding.

There wasn’t much she could do for the faithful beast, but she had to try. Uncle Iain had wanted it. Aileana returned to kneel by her uncle’s side and brushed a lock of red, matted hair from his brow. She gathered his limp hand into hers and searched for any remaining hint of life, but there was none. Aileana closed her eyes, spilling tears onto her cheeks.

She pictured the two of them walking through the glen with the heather splashed mountains all around. She had loved his tales of legends and victories and could feel warm air caressing her skin and fluttering her skirts. He smiled, giving her all the comfort she needed.

Brèagha’s grunt brought her back to the present and her eyes flew open. In this story, there was no victory. Her velvet gown was no protection from the cold, uncaring earth beneath her, and the image of Uncle Iain and the colorful mountains faded to gray.

The men, her men, encircled her. They waited for her signal to move the body to his room for cleansing. Blood pounded in her ears as she struggled to do what she must, though she hated to release his hands. She cried out when she tried to fold them across his breast, but they slipped to the ground.

“Let me help, m’lady.” Andrews’ strong, weathered fingers covered hers and together they laid her uncle’s hands across his chest. Andrews pulled her up and held her close. His strong arms tightened around her, reassuring her as she tried to contain her grief.

“Move him,” Andrews said. “Now.”

Thank God for Andrews. He didn’t want his chief laying in filth any more than she did. The men nodded and encircled him.

“What’s this?” The familiar voice boomed from the doorway. “What’s happened?”

Gawain Chattan scanned the stable until his gaze landed on the body. His tall, thin frame was a silhouette against the gray sky and his expression was masked, even as he lifted his eyes to meet hers.

“The laird is dead,” Andrews said.

His words pierced her. This was really happening.

What the reviewers are saying
Oh my word this is wonderful
Did not take long to read. Because I could not p it down. Great characters, felt so real. Description s of the highlands was indeed great and I felt I was there. ~ Kate Archer, Amazon

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Not only are the main characters of "Bound by the Highlander" completely engaging but the supporting ones as well play such an enhancing role . . . Aileen has an appealing gentleness and kindness about her yet she is courageous. James is hot-tempered, fiery and impetuous. The perfect balance is struck between these two with a love that grows, not only by attraction, but by mutual respect over time. Events turn quickly throughout the story, leaving never a dull moment! . . . The politics of this era adds excitement and intrigue with the promise of adventure. Overall, a heroic and passionate Scottish treat! ~ Margaret Faria, InD'Tale Ezine

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This is no stereotypical romance but a hot, hot, hot romance mixed in with fascinating Scottish history. The story is obviously well-researched and no one character remains simply characterized; add to that some interesting facts beyond the history books that explains much about the love-hate relationship between the clansmen and their King. This is a fine debut romance and historical fiction novel that makes this reader look forward to more installments of the Highlander Chief series. Well done, indeed, Kate Robbins! ~ Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews

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Bound me to the Highlander!
What a great novel, you are transported to the Historic Scotland Highlands where you become part of watching a great romance unfold in front of your eyes. The whole book brings you through a range of emotions that catch you off guard as you turn the pages. Could not put it down and cannot wait for the next novel. Two great characters, James and Aileana, have been created from the mind of a great new writer. ~ JK Janes, Amazon

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Bound to the Highland harkens back to classic Scottish romances written by the greats -- Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Iris Johansen, Elizabeth Stuart, Bertrice Small . . . the list goes on. This story delves deep into Scottish history but is equally played out against a love story so emotive you may find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat. Kate expertly weaves strong characters, rich culture, and a twisting plot that drives the reader forward through the story until the final page comes too quickly. For those who say Scottish romance has been played out in the industry needs to think again. This book is a fresh and welcome addition to decades long Scottish romance storytelling. ~ Heart of Fiction

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Not your average romance novel
In a (gently overused) word.... EPIC! . . . This is a meticulously researched and well-written story; A thinking woman's romance. New author Kate Robbins introduces us to alluring characters in a veritable political backdrop that is nothing short of fascinating . . . A fantastic read. One flaw: You'll finish it too quick. Fear not: There's more to come where this left off. Bound to the Highlander is first of a three book "Highland Chiefs" series. ~ Nancy Burden, Amazon

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This is the kind of book you want to curl up with on a cold, stormy day. Nothing compliments a fuzzy blanket and blazing fire like a historical romance . . . As much as I loved these characters, for me, the historical elements of the novel stole the show. Robbins picked a fascinating period of Scottish history in which to set her story. The time of King James I was filled with political intrigue - and the fact that she gives the reader a glimpse of the man himself, was a fun detail. Of course the highland landscape, period clothes and descriptions of the castle and estates all provide a wonderful richness to her story and helps set it apart from other novels in her genre . . . I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her Highland Chiefs series. ~ Valeria, Amazon

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Great Scot! This is one highland romance not to skip
If you like your highland romances with a good dose of political intrigue, historical realism, and a smokin' hot hero, then Bound to the Highlander is for you . . . There are several things that make this novel stand out. It's set in a period of Scottish history that few authors have chosen for their romantic setting. It's also a traditional Scottish romance. Robbins' makes you wait for her characters to meet, let alone get together. If you're looking for bodice ripping in the first few pages, move on. But if you're looking for a true romance, one that has you on the seat of your chair waiting for their combustable union, then read on, friends . . . I can't wait to read the next Kate Robbins' book! ~ Vicki, Amazon

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Do you love romance? Do you love Scotland? If so then this is the book for you!
. . . Kate Robbins' writing is rich and full of life. After reading this you will long for more! . . . I can't wait to read the rest of the Highland Chiefs Series! ~ Jenna Da Sie, Amazon

 

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