The Highland Chieftain

The Highland Chieftain

by Amy Jarecki

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Fans of "romance à la Outlander" (RT Book Reviews), will love this sexy, action-packed Scottish historical as a battle-hardened Highlander will fight with all he has to save the woman he loves—even if she can never love him back.

After being unceremoniously jilted by her betrothed, Lady Mairi MacKenzie is humiliated and heartbroken - but she's not desperate. As the daughter of an earl, she won't give her hand to just anyone, and she definitely isn't swayed by a last-minute proposal from Laird Duncan MacRae. The powerful clan chieftain may be disarmingly handsome and charming, but he's not a nobleman. Mairi doesn't want his pity or his charity - even though his dark smoldering gaze makes her melt with desire.

Dunn may be a battle-hardened clansman, but he's always had a soft spot for Mairi. For years, she tormented him with flirtation - only to reject him. But he's not giving up. When Mairi is attacked by redcoats, Dunn goes after the woman he loves. Through brute strength and fierce action, he will protect her life at any cost. But to win her heart, he will have to show her the tenderness in his own.

Lords of the Highlands series:
The Highland Duke
The Highland Commander
The Highland Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538729601
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Lords of the Highlands Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 264,185
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Award winning and Amazon All-Star author, Amy Jarecki likes to grab life, latch on, and reach for the stars. She's married to a mountain-biking pharmacist and has put four kids through college. She studies karate, ballet, yoga, and often you'll find her hiking Utah's Santa Clara Hills. Reinventing herself a number of times, Amy sang and danced with the Follies, was a ballet dancer, a plant manager, and an accountant for Arnott's Biscuits in Australia. After earning her MBA from Heroit-Watt University in Scotland, she dove into the world of Scottish historical romance and hasn't returned. Become a part of her world and learn more about Amy's books on

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The Highland Chieftain 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
Mairi sees her life in shambles. I see she is her own worst enemy when it comes to self-esteem. She was betrothed as a young child to a boy child destined to be the earl of Seaforth, and her life was planned for her, which made life pretty easy, and rather suited her. But the unbelievable happens – the groom to-be breaks off the betrothal to marry someone else. Mairi is beyond humiliated, wishing to stay home and never show her face in society again--from the butterfly of the party to a dismal existence. A certain Duncan MacRae, chieftain of Clan MacRae obviously had felt sorry for her because he asked for her hand. She only became further embarrassed. She would take no pity from someone who only would pick up the shattered pieces of her existence. Her father made that clear to her – the man only felt sorry for her. Her father forces her to go with him to a gathering at Urqhart Castle. He wants her to marry well – perhaps a peer of the peerage. He will force her hand if necessary! Duncan MacRae, even though a chieftain, who works to protect Seaforth and family has always been smitten by the spitfire, Mairi. She is so vivacious. When Seaforth begged off on the marriage, Duncan presented himself to her father to ask for her hand. Alas, she was not to be his. Duncan is part of the festivities at Urqhart Castle and can’t keep his eyes off Mairi. While in the middle of the games, redcoats show up itching to make trouble and trouble they bring. Where is Mairi? She traipses off into the forest just before they show up. Duncan notes redcoats take the same path. Duncan isn’t in control of his emotions as he chases the men. He finds Mairi with her skirts up around her waist fighting off three lewd men. This scene is terribly exciting as danger surrounds Mairi and now Duncan for having killed three men. He wants to keep Mairi’s reputation and honor intact, but as events unfold, it begins more and more difficult to do so. Author Amy Jarecki keeps the tension coiling as they are chased through the highlands, but a Highlander knows his way better than any Redcoat while a Highland lassie pulls strength from her innerself. Now Mairi’s father is working against Duncan The man who saves his daughter is now being hunted with a bounty on his head! You will simply love this nail-biting tale. I, as a reader, highly recommend Jarecki’s work. Don’t miss the rest of the series. She'll keep you entranced.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
The Highland Chieftain is my first novel by Amy Jarecki. I met Amy at Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together this year and decided to try one of her books. If this is a sign of her work; I am hooked. Dunn is a hero in every sense of the word. From his physique to how he takes care of his clan to his letters and dialogue with Mairi. I am smitten. The book has a great cover but Amy’s descriptions of Dunn make him even more attractive. Mairi was a very likeable character. It appears as if her story may have started in a previous book where her betrothed breaks their engagement for another woman. She is humiliated but not really heartbroken. I also enjoyed her banter with her best friend Janet, and look forward to reading Janet’s story in the next release. Amy created a beautiful scene when Mairi and Dunn were on the run. You could imagine you were there hearing the waterfall and feeling the icy water while they were hiding in the cave. Let me also admit that I am not usually a fan of historical romance, but I am now a fan of Amy’s historical romance. She creates characters that you will love no matter which year they are living in. Sex - there are physical scenes with some description; there is also a conversation about waiting until after they are married once they are on the run again. For a secular book they did have a conversation and guilt over premarital sex which you typically would not see. Violence - 3 - three men try to accost Mairi, but are killed as a result, a few other deaths from fighting to defend themselves; someone has a knife to her throat. Language - they use the phrase Jesus Christ and Jesus Saint Christopher Christ 13 times, goddamn - once, Drinking -I don’t recall anyone getting drunk; they drink at their meals which typical for a historical I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy seeing the Scottish highlands thru Amy's writing. You get a real sense of the scenery, the characters and the danger in every word she writes. With Dunn and Mairi they seem to be doomed from the get go. With a heroic rescue turning into a headhunt for Dunn, he must do all in his power to keep the woman that has captured his heart safe. Even if that means from himself as well. Thru their journey and hiding Mairi has feelings of inadequacy. Dunn always cleans up after Seaforth so it was no surprise to her that he offered marriage after the fiasco. But she didn't expect it to hurt so much. Until he lays it all on the line and tells her what he really feels hiding in that cave. But she can't. Her father would never allow it. With her feel is growing towards the handsome and rugged chieftain,she must find the truth in her heart. But danger is on every hand and she must keep her wits. Dunn has vowed to protect Mairi from all danger. Even her own father. With roadblocks up every turn is more dangerous than the next. How can he return her home to a father that wants to marry her off to the highest bidder when he wants nothing more than to make her his. He must find a way. When plans go awry and Mairi is shipped away, Dunn will face death and hell itself to save her. But will it all be for naught? Does she love him as he loves her?  Will they even be safe or will treachery be the end of all he holds dear?
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
The Highland Chieftain features Dunn, an almost too good to be true, alpha protective, swoon worthy, selfless hero, who is carrying around baggage thinking he isn’t worthy of Mairi, the heroine. Not just because of her selfish, manipulative father’s place in society, but because Dunn has obviously put her on a pedestal for quite some time. He speaks of her like she is the most beautiful, wonderful woman of this world. This despite the fact his offer of marriage has been rejected. Yeah, he’s the one who’s been carrying around a torch of unrequited love. You’ve got to hand it to this laird of his clan lad. He doesn’t let his pride and feelings of rejection keep him from doing what needs to be done, protect Mairi at all costs. One thing some may consider minor but got my major attention was, except for Dunn’s occasional Scottish Brogue, he often sounded and acted very English, meaning he had very proper English speech and mannerisms. Mairi, likewise, came across like a noble English lady, more so than a spitfire Highland lass. For me that lessened the Scottish vibe. Dunn proved his devotion to Mairi many times over. He really was a dreamboat of a book boyfriend. He was the highlight of the entire book, in my opinion. Not surprisingly, Mairi soons falls for him, as well. Though it was super romantic he was so sweet on her, it occasionally could turn a tad sappy. I.e., I just couldn’t see this mountain of muscle, roughness, and toughness writing her genteel poetry, folks. At almost 70% into it, I reluctantly had to acknowledge the writing had slowly but surely become more mechanical, stilted, and less engaging. I also wasn’t really seeing why or what Dunn saw that was so verra special about this leading lady. Yeah, he might have thought, “There’s just something about Mairi”, but I really didn’t think so. To me she came across as quite average. Though I absolutely loved how he loved her. He was the real prize to be won, my fellow romance book loving friends. That was also the time I struggled to keep reading. You see, I was sure everything was going to eventually work out just fine for this couple so, since I had the gist of it all, why bother to continue. The writing and fallout/events that unfolded near the conclusion just weren’t scripted well enough to keep me completely riveted. The drama started to feel pieced together instead of flowing. However, I pushed on until 90%. Again, despite all the perilous drama happening, I found myself skimming through large parts of it. Perhaps it’s just me. I do prefer a “gives as good as she gets/doesn’t back down/can protect herself” type heroine. That seems to perfectly describe Janet, the heroine in the next book, The Highland Renegade. She’ll be giving Robert, an enemy of her clan hero, a run for his money and heart. Now that one should prove to be verra, verra interesting indeed. I do highly recommend book 1 and 2 of this series. Book 3, well, not so much. The main reason to read The Highland Chieftain would obviously be for Dunn. That man has done stole my heart, folks, and I'll never forget him. It was refreshing to see a hero so devoted and besotted, without sacrificing his pride and integrity. Title: The Highland Chieftain, Series: Lords of the Highlands (Book 4), Author: Amy Jarecki, Pages: 352, stand-alone but part of a series. This review is based on a NetGalley advanced reader ebook.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Highland Chieftain by Amy Jarecki Lords of the Highlands #4 Mairi MacKenzie, betrothed for years, was jilted by the man she was meant to wed. She has had another offer but turned it down due to something her father said. While walking in the woods during highland games she is set upon by three dragoons who soon meet their maker at the hands of Dunn MacRae. With more dragoons on their heels they run for cover, spend time together and are set with a number of difficulties. The biggest difficulty is Mairi’s father with his aspirations of a title for his daughter. Of course the two eventually do find their HEA ending but much must be overcome before that can happen. Did I like the book? Yes Did I like Mairi & Dunn as a couple? Yes Will I read more by this author? Yes Was it entirely believable? Perhaps not but it was a fun way to spend the afternoon. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Grand Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
Amy's stories always are my favorites be it a Highlander story or a Romantic Suspense. This one is one of my favorites a guardian protector. Poor Dunn MacRae, Laird of his clan but under the fealty of the Earl of Seaforth, Reid MacKenzie. He's always been in love with Mairi MacKenzie but she's the betrothed of his fealty lord Reid, an earl. Reid elopes with his ward as we saw in the previous book and he immediately offers for the jilted Mairi now that she's freed. Her Da declines without even consulting her as he has title plans for his daughter since she'll not be Reid's countess. Dunn has never felt worthy of Mairi since he's not titled but he loves her. His opportunity comes again and he finds himself on a journey with Mairi to protect her from her social climbing father mixed up in the soon to be explosive politics of Scotland and England. I loved the twists and turns in this story and being able to see another highland laird rescue a damsel in distress. Thank you Amy and Forever publishers for the opportunity to review this story.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Lady Mairi MacKenzie is humiliated. Her betrothed has decided to marry someone other than her. She is not overly worried though. Being the first daughter of an Earl, Lady Mairi won’t have to wait long before she is betrothed again. But, when Laird Duncan MacRae proposed marriage, right after being jilted, Mairi was mortified. She was not about to accept a pity marriage. So she promptly declined the Laird’s offer. Her father would not have allowed her to marry Laird Dunn anyway; because he was not a titled gentleman. Lady Mairi’s father was known for his cold, cruel, brutal ways. He was always kind to Lady Mairi, though, so she only half-believed what was said about him. But when her heart began to fall for Laird Dunn MacRae, Lady Mairi was shocked at her father’s reaction. He was not only cruel and ruthless to Laird Dunn, but also to her. Lady Mairi was left with a painful decision. Does she choose the only family she’s ever known, or does Lady Mairi, follow the man she loves, and become her father’s enemy? The Highland Chieftain is a captivating, romantic tale. If you enjoy adult historical fiction romance, you’ll love The Highland Chieftain. Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Another great story from Amy Jarecki! I loved the pace of the story and had to keep turning pages to see where this tale would take me. Danger, misunderstandings, a father who lost his path, and a love so strong it touched me deep, all of this combined to make a story worth reading and sharing. Mairi and Dunn made a great couple with the strength of their love and commitment to each other. I highly recommend this story. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Since having been jilted by the Earl of Seaforth, Lady Mairi MacKenzie has lost her sparkle; all joy seemed to have drained out of her. Duncan “Dunn” MacRae, who has fancied Mairi in secrets for several years, saw his chance when Seaforth cried off, but Mairi refused. But her father has not relented: she will marry into the nobility, which is why the MacKenzies are headed to Urquhart Castle for the Highland fetes. Unable to lift her spirits, Mairi wanders off in the wood for some peace and quiet, which was not to be, as she is accosted by some Redcoats. Dunn had been keeping an eye on her, and a good thing it was, because he arrived just in time to rescue her from the ill-intentioned villains. Alas, more are coming their way, and the only way out is to run for their lives … Amy Jarecki is always a wonderful writer, but with THE HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN, she has reached heights of uncommon brilliance. The author’s prose is as gorgeous as you will ever see: luminous, crisp, and utterly dazzling; the descriptions makes Scotland, voyages at sea, the Highland games, are as vivid and real as you can hope for on the written page; and the little trip to London Bridge was something I had never seen before. Ms. Jarecki sprinkles her narrative with delightful and enlightening historical details that make her story shine with welcome authenticity. Seldom have I read a historical romance that rang so true, especially a Scottish one, and the dialogues were utterly delightful as well, the author never straying from the era’s usage and still keeping the tone flowing and airy. Needless to say, the secondary characters, some recurring ones from previous books, are impeccably drawn; Lord Buchan was particularly intriguing … It seems I’m always repeating myself when it comes to Amy Jarecki, but every book in this fabulous series is better than the previous one. Dunn is a magnificent hero: big, brawny, manly, honourable, and with a real tender Scotsman’s heart; he is a true romantic, and I simply adored him. Mairi acts like a well-bred early eighteenth century woman, yet she is not a dishrag, nor is she a reckless fool; she stood her ground when it was required, and not out of stubbornness; she behaved sensibly at all times. The romance is passionate, and I felt the immense love that Mairi and Dunn shared. There is a lot of action and adventures in THE HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN, as well as a splendid romance, and the storytelling is exceptionally smooth, there is nary a bump on the narrative road. If you love Highland romances, THE HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN is one you will not want to miss, because I truly felt I had been transported in another time and place for the time it took to read this outstanding book!