REVIEW of Deception of a Highlander by Madeline Martin

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To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England’s deadliest minds. Aaron’s latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel’s young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt. If she fails, her brother will die.

What she doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.

What people are saying about it:

“Martin’s promising debut sets a dramatic romance…” -Publishers Weekly

“This is the first book by Madeline Martin and after blasting through this story, I have very high expectations of her career.” -Kilts and Swords Book Review Blog

Deception of a Highlander is enchanting, adventurous and down-right breath-taking!” -Lady A, Literary Junkie Extraordinaire

“An awesome story by a new author and one I look forward to reading again. A must read!” -My Book Addiction Reviews

My Thoughts:

This is an amazing debut novel from an obviously talented author. I look forward to more!
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I honestly enjoyed Deception of a Highlander. From page one it grabs and holds the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go. It is fast paced with unpredictable twists and turns, very steamy passion, mystery, action, and romance. Both Hero and Heroine are fighting for people they love most in the world yet strongly attracted to each other. The sparks fly between them from the beginning but neither trust the other. She must call on her special skills without letting him see. No matter his powerful attraction to her, he tries his best to ignore the passion. She is also attracted to him so she doesn’t make it easy. When Mariel discovers who the two people actually are she faces making some difficult decisions as she grows to care for Keiran, but she must save her brother, herself, and Keiran.

I highly recommend Deception of a Highlander by Madeline Martin to anyone who loves to read Highlander tales, or loves reading romance. If you haven’t tried historical romance you will become a fan after reading this book. This author, after her first book, has been added to my treasured auto buy keeper shelf list. I will mark my calendar for every future release!
I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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