Highland Guard (The Murrays Book 20)

By Hannah Howell

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Readers` Reviews

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tracy dorsett
Love Hanna
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sarah satho
I love reading Hannah books hope she has new ones soon.
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dion ario
I have read all of the Highlands (Murray Family) series and the first one is just as good as the next one in the series. I have some that are my favorites, that I have read more than a few times, and I still do when I need a good laugh or cry depending on my mood. Can't wait for the next one to come out. ?
If He's Noble (Wherlockes) :: A Murmur of Providence (The Clan McDunnah Series 1) :: If He's Daring (Wherlocke Book 6) :: Highland Champion (The Murrays Book 11) :: If He's Tempted (Wherlockes)
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mary cain
I love Hannah Howell's books! She draws you into the story with a sense of humor and strong characters that I enjoy.
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sarah wright
Excellent
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cara chubbs
Excellent. I love this series
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joselin
Hannah Howell always delivers the best I hope he keeps raining about to headMurray family, I never tire of the story
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banan almass
Love all of Hannah Howells books
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cindylu
Love all of Hannah Howell books Can't wait to the next one.
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courtney carlson
First half boring, second half better. Good story, just tired of reading the same info, over and over again.
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vamsi chunduru
Awesome reading! I find it hard pressed to put the book down
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janet boyle
I love the Murray Family books...we need more :-)
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ellie c
This story has all the elements I normally enjoy in Hannah Howell's Scottish alpha warrior a strong women and a good supporting cast. I think the premise of the sanctioned affair meant I felt I was missing half the story so it did t feel complete.
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eman nasr
I enjoyed this Murray family book I just love the series
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jovi
I always enjoy Hannah. Howells stories . Very entertaining .
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lizzysiddal
Loved this book!
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emma lindvall
Another great book from Hannah Howell.
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brittni lundie
Love the author. Book was amazing
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kathy bozek
It was a great story...couldn't put it down.
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chien chung
Great book! Overall I am satisfied!
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elinor
Great
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sanae
I like Hannah Howell's writing better on other books. Story line in this book is not as believable as I would have liked or expected.
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kate steigerwald
Another great book in the Murray family series.
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arpita paul
Another great Hannah Howell book.
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becki
Great
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paul walker
The book was in good condition.
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maggie redmon
As with all of Hannah Howell's books, this was great!
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collin
Welcome back to Hannah Howell’s Murray family! When Sir Harcourt Murray received a missive from Lady Annys MacQueen requesting assistance, he had no choice but to respond to her request knowing full well that after five long years away, his feelings for Lady Annys hadn’t changed.

After the late Laird David MacQueen had saved his life so many years ago, it was no hardship to repay the man who saved his life by agreeing to father a child on the Laird’s wife Lady Annys. Part of the agreement was that Harcourt would never be able to claim the child. But in the years that had passed, the passion he had felt for Lady Annys had also never wavered.

Discovering that Lady Annys’ deception was about to be revealed by a malevolent and cruel kinsman, Abbys needed Harcourt to protect her and her young son from the the treachery and betrayal that had already taken her husband.

I always expect some of the best stories from Ms. Howell and HIGHLAND GUARD did not disappoint. From the complicated deception of having another man fathering the heir for a gentle and beloved Laird who couldn’t father a child; to the child who wove his way into my heart. The romance and sensuality from the two protagonists was very well portrayed by Ms. Howell’s delightful prose. And Benet and his adoptive pets provided quite a bit of humor as well!

Bottom line: When I pick up a book that is so absorbing that it must be read in one sitting, you know that HIGHLAND GUARD is a book I am going to HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Don’t miss this one! Great writing from the first to last page!

Marilyn Rondeau
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haley kitzman
This was an interesting plot for a highland romance novel. Annys married a man who was gelded and couldn’t give her a child. Her husband needs an heir to stave off his kinsman who covets his land and unfortunately is the heir. He arranges with Harcourt to lay with Annys until she becomes with child and then walk away. David, Annys’ husband, is thrilled with the birth of Benet and claims him as his own.
Things are not as rosy for Annys. Harcourt’s touch and passion is all she has ever known. Her marriage bed was cold and as a young woman, the handsome Harcourt was intoxicating. The story takes place five years after Benet’s conception when Harcourt has come back into her life. Annys has lost David and Adam is challenging the legitimacy of Benet’s status. He wants the land for his own and will stop at nothing to take over the land.
All I could think about while reading the book was about the passion and heat between Annys and Harcourt. They smouldered with lust when they looked at each other. Being a perv, I wanted to know more about the trysts they had together. You know they want each other and I was impatient for them to get it on! I imagined Harcourt differently than the cover of the book and to be honest, I kept forgetting that Annys had red hair, but the scenes are exciting and exactly what you want. It’s so refreshing to read about a couple that has a past and already done the deed. You can just jump right into bed with them and the unquenched lust they have had for each other over the five years they were separated burns up the pages.
After Harcourt and Annys consummate their relationship again, the rest of the book is around Harcourt preparing the keep for invasion and battle with Adam. There was a lot of tension as the battle draws closer. The author uses this time to solidify the relationship between Annys and Harcourt and for Harcourt to get to know his son.
I really liked Harcourt. He’s more than muscles and battle plans. He longs for the son he walked away from. From the very beginning, he never wavers on the longing he has to claim his son as his own. The time he spends with Benet is precious and it just made me like him even more. The future is uncertain for him and Annys, but if I was her, I would follow him anywhere. He was a keeper. Maybe this was a flaw in the story as he was such a good, solid guy. He didn’t seem to have any flaws. However that is how I like my heroes in romance stories.
I liked Annys too. She has not had an easy life. Her parents were horrible people, who didn’t care for her. She was to marry David’s brother who vanished in France, and then she marries David who is not a true husband. She loves her son and is so grateful to her husband for arranging stud services from Harcourt. As a young woman, she longed for strong arms to hold her and thankfully her husband notices her stolen glances at Harcourt. She is loved by the people of her clan. It seems like an idyllic place to live.
The secondary characters really enhance the story. Their son Benet was priceless. He has a pet lamb that is ‘not for the pot’ and a cat that seems to have magical powers and rides on the back of the lamb. It provided great comedic relief and gave personality to Benet who was lynchpin for Annys and Harcourt.
This book has reunited lovers, passion, secrets and battle. I love books of the Scottish highlands. The author writes as the Scottish would speak. Once you get used to the burr, it makes the story realistic. I really enjoyed the characters and the setting. This is the second book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to her next publication.
Reviewed for www.kiltsandswords.com
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cynthia posthumus
This is book 20 in the Murray Family series.

Lady Annys MacQueen's home was under attack. She knew of only one person that she could call upon to help her, Sir Harcourt Murray. 5 years ago, Harcourt had agreed to father a child for Annys' husband to repay the debt of saving his life. Having gotten close to Harcourt during this time, Annys was heartbroken when he leaves without saying goodbye.

Annys has never been far from his mind, so when she calls for his help Harcourt rushes to her aid. It's hard to ignore the passion to simmers just under the surface whenever they are near one another. They soon give into it just as their enemy strikes.

Both have obligations to their home and people. Can they find a way to make their love everlasting?

I love Howell's Murray series and this one is no exception. With this being the 20th book in the series, you would think that Howell would run out of good stories to tell but she clearly hasn't.

I loved Harcourt and Annys. I hated that they had to hide their feelings for each other for the sake of her clan and her child. When they finally gave into their passions, I yelled a little cheer. Their son, Benet, was adorable and added much to the story. As did their pets, Roban and Roberta.

I can't wait to see what Howell has in store for the Murrays next, but I know it will be awesome!

Thanks go to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
marita
A nice historical romance that I ultimately enjoyed, Highland Guard was a lovely read. It wasn't perfect but I still liked it overall.

Annys was a heroine determined to protect her home. She knew that she wouldn't be able to do it on her own, so she called for Harcourt to aid her. I liked how protective she was over her son and her home. My only issue with her was that I didn't understand why she was so reluctant to be with Harcourt again even though it was obvious that they still loved each other and the obstacle that had been in their way before wasn't there anymore. Her reasons seemed vague at best. But, I still liked her.

Harcourt was a sweetie. He was determined to help Annys and would do anything for her. And I loved how he obviously cared for his son even from the distance that had been between them for the entirety of the little boy's life. He was great and I liked him.

The romance was good. It was clear that Annys and Harcourt still loved each other. And they definitely had chemistry together. Annys's reluctance did slow it down and keep me from really getting into the romance, but I still thought they were good together.

There were a few issues that brought the book down for me. First, I really wish we had seen more of Benet (Annys and Harcourt's son). I really wanted to see the building of a relationship between Harcourt and his son. Second, the story was predictable. I guessed exactly what was going to happen early on, so that kind of took away from any shock value. Third, and most importantly, the plot was slow. To the point where it dragged in some places. That kept me from getting completely drawn in to the story and the characters.

Despite these issues, however, I still enjoyed the story overall. It was a nice read and addition to the series. It just wasn't the best of them.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
martine liberman
My Musings!

I have been a fan of Hannah Howell’s ever since I read the first book in the Murray series. When the opportunity came up to review Highland Guard, I looked forward to reading it with great anticipation. I could not wait to be re-united with the Murray clan. That did not happen. This reads more as a stand alone than a book in that amazing series. I was a bit disappointed, but I still enjoyed the book, just not quite as much as I have enjoyed her other stories.

Sir Harcourt Murray comes to Lady Annys MacQueen’s side when he receives a message that she is experiencing great difficulties with one of her late husband’s cousins and believes her life and her son’s is in jeopardy. Harcourt and Annys have a past. Her late husband sustained an injury making it impossible for him to father a child, and he desperately needed an heir.

What follows in this review is the set up for the story and is expertly told in back story without being intrusive. When Sir David MacQueen found Harcourt gravely injured on the side of a road, he took him back to his Keep, and arranged for him to be nursed back to health. Once Harcourt recovered, he asked Sir David what he could do to pay him back for saving his life. Sir David told him that he wanted him to impregnate his wife. Although this went against all his principles, he agreed. After all, he did owe Sir David his life, and his attraction to Annys was more than he could resist.

Once Annys was with child, he took his leave even though it was one of the hardest things he had ever done in his life. Out of respect for his agreement with Sir David, he felt that he had to leave without biding the fair lady farewell.

When they are re-united again five years later, while this time Sir David does not stand in the way of them being together, Lady Annys is wary of Sir Harcourt since he left without a word to her. She harbors deep anguish and some resentment from this.

Sir Harcourt realizes that he has an upward battle winning the lady’s affections again. While he tries to find and end the problems with the evil cousin, not only is he constantly with Annys, he also has a chance to get to know his son.

After some time, he breaks through her shield, but so many things standing in the way of them having a lasting relationship with each other. Lady Annys must stay at Glencullaich to guard her son’s inheritance as Laird, and he has his own keep to protect. Can Harcourt find a way to fulfill Annys’s obligations without compromising his responsibilities to his brother and the rest of his clan?

As always, I enjoyed Ms. Howell’s writing style and her ability to bring her characters to life. She has such an astounding grasp of the Scottish dialect that her dialogue rings so true and helps to pull me in, putting me right there in the life of a keep during the time period. I would have liked a bit more information concerning the year, but this did not take me away from enjoying the book immensely.

I loved Harcourt’s character from the very beginning, and liked Annys a great deal and enjoyed their romance. Their little boy, Benet, stole the show, what an endearing little guy, and his lamb is just too precious, and the cat, Roban is charming. Who ever heard of a cat riding on a lamb’s back. It added greatly to the story, which did need a bit of help.

This is what gave me a bit of a struggle. The plot just did not ring true for me and was quite predictable. I easily figured out how the story would turn out well before the ending. Now it does have a very satisfying ‘Happily Ever After’, just very predictable.

Also I wanted to hear about the other amazing characters from the other twenty books, but none of them were in this story, which was disappointing. Hearing about these characters is one of the things that I enjoyed in her other books. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this character-driven tale and look forward to reading other books by this incredibly talented author.
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micah mcdaniel
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Another Murray delight from the hands of Hannah Howell!

Deception and Desire is the name of the game in Highland Guard and Ms. Howell puts a wonderful twist on her story. Especially since it is probably more realistic than we could imagine.

Lady Annys MacQueen married for the usual reasons, her family contracted it. Only the man she was supposed to marry went off to battle in France and Annys married his younger brother instead. A man she adored (in a sisterly manner) but who couldn't have children, who could barely consumate the marriage. So he came up with a devious plan to keep the land in the family so to speak.. Annys was coerced into sleeping with a man of his choice, an honorable man. A child was conceived and all was well. Except Annys had truly fallen in love and knew she could do nothing about it. Now five years later, her husband and best friend dead, her keep in trouble, Annys is forced to call on the only man she has ever loved for help.

Sir Harcourt Murray agreed to father the child of a man who saved him. A debt was due and Harcourt agreed to pay it. Only it was more of a business transaction and the fact that he had to leave both his child and the woman he cared for behind has ate at him for five long years. But now he has been called back and no way is he leaving anything behind.. only it might be a bit harder to figure out than he can imagine.

Sometimes the Murray books get a bit same old same old but this one.. well this one reminds me of the beginning. The family ties, the honor and passion, the battle for justice and the twists and turns to happiness.. Yeppers this was one excellent book!

Shauni

This review is based on the ARC of Highland Guard, provided by netgalley
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
limia
What a brilliantly lifelike story! Howell deftly recreates medieval Scotland for her readers, allowing them to walk back in time while enjoying a fast paced, intricate tale full of intrigue, betrayal, and romance. Her picturesque descriptions paint this world before your eyes. The consistent dialogue completes the transition, really making you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. I really enjoy how Howell presents life amidst chaos and betrayal. Romance and chemistry don’t take a back seat simply because something has gone wrong. At the same time, it doesn’t outrank that either. Balance is key.

Howell presents her readers with characters who are physically, intellectually, and emotionally developed. Not only are these characters easy to get to know but they are also easy to understand and relate to, regardless of the difference in time and circumstance. Both of the main characters were the type of individuals that one could easily fall for. At the same time the trials that they’d been through and the barriers to their relationship made my heart go out to them. The large cast, reaching out to clansmen, villagers, and even livestock and pets made me feel like part of this story, rather than simply part of the audience.

This was a brilliant return to the Murrays. Howell’s unique & wildly imaginative tale kept my attention, while the realism of the story made it infinitely more enjoyable. I would highly recommend it to all lovers of historical romance, whether they’ve read the rest of the series of not.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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judit
I received a complimentary book from Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I am not an historical reader, so I became a lover of the Scottish books not too long ago. One of my favorite authors in this genre is Hannah Howell. I have not many of her books, but I have read enough to know that she is a wonderful writer. Her books flow so well that sometimes I don't want to put the book down. Her characters are complex with many differnts sides to their personality and realistic emotions. Her plots, based on the books I have read so far, are complex and quite often unusual and unlike other authors.

This book is one of those. Annys is married to a man who cannot consummate his marriage. So obviously it would be impossible to have an heir. Her husband saved Sir Harcourt Murray's life so to repay him, he is going to father a child with Annys. They both fall in love, both say nothing because of the situation. Her husband dies and problems begin as a cruel cousin intends to reveal all in order to take over her lands.

I love that the characters in this book are strong and loving. Harcourt is a hero to die-for. Gentle, loving caring and protective of Annys and their son. Annys quickly looks for a way to save her lands and her family. She refuses to give up.

Even though all of these books are about the Murray Family, they all stand alone and can actually be read in any order. I would highly recommend Hannah Howell's Highland books!
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godot
For me Howell is one of those authors that I mingle with as I do with this series. Some of the books I have enjoyed others I haven't. Regrettably, Highland Guard was one of the books that I didn't like so much and is sad because I know how great of an author Howell is.

My biggest downfall with this book lays within the plot and in the romance. The plot just was not right for me. First I will start with the plot. It was terribly repeated throughout the book. I didn't have to wait for the ending of this book because I felt like it had already been revealed throughout the book. As for the romance it felt a little too dry for me and unreal to fellow romances that I have read so far this new year. I think Harcourt's love for Anny, the heroine was genuine but I felt like his love wasn't returned in an equal way. Anny came off overbearing instead of strong-willed and that was another turnoff for me with this book. I admire heroines that stand on their own two feet, but this just did not work.

As I have done before I am going to pick and choose the books I want to read from Howell. Some of her stories are worth applauding and others are not, but that's not going to stop me from reading future books from this author.
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virginia denlinger
I love my Scottish book boyfriends, and I have had many of them over the years all related to the Murray family! A great big thank you to Hannah Howell for introducing me to them.

Oh the twists & turns in this fabulous story! To repay a debt, Sir Harcourt comes to the rescue of Lady Annys. This puts them both in an awkward position. Can they overcome all the troubles brought on by the family of Lady Annys' husband? Will they rekindle their feelings from years ago? If the truth of the secrets held by Lady Annys come out, they may lose everything.

Hannah Howell's writing, allows you travel through time and witness the harsh life of medieval Scotland. Her words paint a picture in your mind's eye that run like a movie in your head.

It was wonderful to immerse myself back into the world of the Murray family again. Reading this series will always hold a very special place in my heart. As I would finish a book I would share it with my Mom, who also loved the Murray family. We would then anxiously await the next to come out. Mom has been gone now for almost 2 years and this is the first time I have been able to pick up a Hannah Howell book since losing her. Again, Thank you to Hannah Howell for giving me those special memories to hold in my heart!
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carly geehr
Historical Romance done right! I really enjoyed reading Highland Guard by Hannah Howell. We're introduced to Annys who is married to a man unable to produce a child though he is in need of an heir. Her husband arranges for her to sleep with someone else to bare a child that he can claim as his own and while things go as planned and she gets pregnant, she finds herself wanting Harcourt, the man she'd been arranged to lay with. The bulk of the story takes place 5 years after the birth of her and Harcourt's son and after the loss of her husband. There is passion and tension between our hero and heroine that leaves you eager to turn each page. When Harcourt comes to Annys' aid after she begins to fear for the life of herself and her son, we see just how much he cares for her and how hard it had been for him to walk away from her the first time around. Howell gave us a great story and solid character development not only in our main characters but in our secondary characters as well. The only draw back to the story for me was that it became a bit predictable but as a new reader to this series, I'm still very eager to dive into some more. I can't wait to read both past and future installments in this series and highly recommend this one to historical romance fans!
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zein
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Howell and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The dialect was a bit hard to figure out at the beginning, but once I got used to it, the book flowed nicely. Lady Annys MacQueen is the widow of the laird David MacQueen and her cruel and power hungry kinsman, Adam, wants the keep and the rich lands for himself. Annys will do anything to protect the keep for her young son and that includes calling on Sir Harcourt Murray for help.

From the moment Annys and Harcourt meet again, the tension begins to build. Annys and Harcourt harbor a secret that could destroy them both. Their scenes together are filled with heat and longing, but they must put their personal feelings aside while they defend the keep. Ms. Murray does a fantastic job of slowing revealing the back story for these two. I felt myself being transported back in time and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened. Fans of historical romance will definitely enjoy this book. Recommended.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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joyce
Hannah Howell is a very talented author who writes the most intriguing Scottish stories. It's nice to be back with the Murray clan and see what's up. Well, this tale is a bit different than the usual ones. First off you have Sir Harcourt Murray who slept with Sir McQueen's wife to get her with child. (McQueen was injured in that area and couldn't do the deed). I thought that put a lot of pressure on Harcourt but the man did desire Lady Annys McQueen and that was that.
Years later, Lady Annys husband is dead and now she fears for her son Benet's inheritance. So off goes a note to the one man she couldn't forget. Yep, you got it Sir Harcourt Murray. He finds himself still attracted and in love with Annys. He has to be careful and not get people suspicious in his interaction with his son he never thought to see. There is danger all around: Harcourt and Annys strive to be discreet but their love still burns hot. Harcourt will do everything to get Annys to trust in their love that will give them hopefully a happy ever after.
Thanks Net Galley for this ARC title for an honest review.
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adela
It’s been a few years since I’ve read a Hannah Howell book and I forgot how much I enjoyed her writing. This was an interesting plot for a highland romance novel. Annys married a man who was gelded and couldn’t give her a child. Her husband encourages his best friend Sir Harcourt Murray to give him an heir for his clan and then walk away from his child. The Laird claims the child as his own to insure his clan is taken care of and to stave off his kinsman who covets his land and will stop at nothing to get it. So when Sir Harcourt Murray received a missive from Lady Annys MacQueen requesting assistance, he felt he had no choice but to respond to her request. After five long years away, his feelings for Lady Annys and the passion he felt has not changed. Annys needs his help to protect her young son’s from treachery and betrayal to save his life and his inheritance. You will enjoy their son, Benet he is very entertaining as his adoptive pets provided quite a bit of humor as well. I highly recommend this books the story is a great read from the first page to the last. 5 STARS!!!
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pekky
First, a caveat to my review: Hannah Howell wrote the first romance I ever read (Highland Conqueror, which was the story of Sigimor and Jolene), and I just loved it, and have since read everything that Howell has published that I can get my hands on. I love how familiar characters pop up, or, lately, the children of familiar characters pop up in the later books. In Highland Guard, Harcourt (Brett’s brother from Highland Master) is called to help Annys, the widow of a man who once saved his life, from a relative who wants to take the land and castle away from her and her son. The full story is ably recapped in other reviews, so I will not repeat that here. This chapter of the Murray clan is wonderful. As always, the secondary characters are funny and loyal, and you can’t imagine the hero and heroine getting along without them. Benet is a typical little boy, not made out to be perfect or particularly bratty – just a regular little boy. The attraction between Harcourt and Annys is believable and, yes, we know they will be together in the end, but it is always fun to see how many trip wires Howell throws at them before they get to their happily ever after.
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angela garrett
"Highland Guard" by Hannah Howell. I have been a big fan of Ms. Howell's for a while now, enjoying her Highlanders. Although this one is not necessarily my favorite, I did enjoy it. In "Highland Guard", Harcourt Murray returns to help save Lady Annys MacQueen from losing her lands. She is the woman he loves and shares a child with, however, no one knows that! I liked Harcourt - he was genuine and would protect those he loved at all costs. My heart ached for him when he first sees his son. Annys, at times, did rub me the wrong way - I'm not quite sure what it was about her. I suppose it was because she believed she couldn't be with Harcourt. Of course, he had issues with believing he was good enough for her too. It frustrates me when true love is denied, especially for not such great reasons. Overall, the characters of the book were terrific and the story line was good too. This book read a bit slower than others that I've read from Ms. Howell but I still found it quite enjoyable. (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)
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max dionne
I have enjoyed Ms. Howell's books for many years and I am an ardent fan of her Highland series. I really enjoyed this book because it was a little different than her previous books where the hero and heroine are usually beaten senseless within a third of the way through the book. I like this book because it had less violence and more interaction between Annys and Harcourt. The dilemma of not being able to claim his son and the woman he love was an excellent catalyst throughout the book. Their son was delightful and he kept them on his toes.

I definitely loved how the villain was unable to win even with the small battles. One of the things that I like about Ms. Howell's books is that she has action and many events going on throughout the book. One of my biggest peeves is authors who are one note writers. Ms Howell never falls in that trap. I really enjoyed the ending and as far as I am concerned, she can write many more volumes in this series. I enthusiastically give her thumbs up for this story.
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mahboube mohammadi
Highland Guard has a likable hero and heroine in this Murray story by Hannah Howell. The tale is solidly written even if perhaps predictable. No problem with that for me. I like for the good guys to win, Harcourt and Annys are certainly two of the good guys. Both have obligations that they try their best to take care of, all the while tiptoeing around their strong feelings for each other. Howell adds an adorable child to the mix, which ups my desire to see this couple continue to work to end up together.

There are plenty of wonderful supporting characters even the animals are great. These help to round out this story. What a great imagination this author has. All in all, I find it to be a great addition to the historical Scottish Highlanders Series.

Be advised, if you have not read this any of this series that much of the dialogue is in thick Scottish brogue. At least that is how I’m hearing it in my head as I read it.

Copy provided by Net Galley for an honest review.
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micah mcdaniel
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Reading Hannah's books gave me my love for Scottish stories. This was a busy, worrying read. I thought one way. The story went the other. That just made me like this book better. Hannah always presents us with strong people-good and evil. She sure gave us enough spoilers in this story. Annys is alone as her husband David, the Laird, has died. Her Clan try to help her. Then her cousin, Sir Adam, threaten to take over her Castle and people. She calls on a friend of her husband for help. She feels better about not losing her home and son. Spoiler! Harcourt Murray comes to her aid with some of his friends. She is afraid as there is a surprise that is concerning the family. There are spies, bolt holes, her son Benet with his lamb riding cat and another major spoiler. You must get this book to decifer the spoilers at the end. Please choose this book! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
le chuck
If you are a Hannah Howell fan you will love this book. I have read many books from Hannah Howell and I reread them over and over again because her talent is out of this world. Howell's talent shows on every page with every word drawing you in more and more.

I received this book as an ARC from Net galley for my honest review. As mentioned above I love Hannah Howell books and have purchased them in the past. This book is a great story that catches us up on what happened in the past and gives us a present story that while good I must admit it is slow.

If you’re a fan you will love it because it is a great book that adds on to the series. If you are a newbie don't give up on the book, it’s great, this book is not filled with fluff but great content with twists and turns and romance. I recommend this book and can’t wait for more from Hannah Howell.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lee ratzlaff
Enjoyable historical fiction with an interesting plot, but it was a bit slow. I would have liked to have known more about their relationship between Harcourt and Annys five years prior before continuing in the present. The brief glimpses were not enough for me to understand the bond formed between them. Harcourt is a true hero, saving the day and getting the girl at the end. Benet was adorable and I wish there were more scenes between him and Harcourt. Benet's pets were adorable and added a bit of humor to the story. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Howell, and I look forward to reading the previous books in the series - I have a feeling there are plenty of swoon-worthy heroes to pick from.

ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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vedrana
This is my first time reading a book by Hannah Howell, and I really fell in love! I mean, nothing like being introduced to a new series when it is on #20.... talk about late to the party. Anyway, this book had everything I love in a romance. It had an exciting plot, very loveable secondary characters, mystery, and wonderful chemistry between the two main characters. I lost myself in the story and just enjoyed the ride.

Sir Harcourt Murray is the longtime friend of Sir David MacQueen, the Laird of Glencullaich. David was injured as a young man (he was a little too smitten with the ladies, and found a husband who didn't like to share) and as a result was not able to father a child, or even consummate his marriage with his wife, Lady Annys MacQueen. To ensure his legacy he asks his friend Sir Harcourt to sleep with his wife until she becomes pregnant and then David will claim the child as his, thus ensuring the fate of Glencullaich will stay out of the greedy hands of David's distant relatives. Sir Harcourt and Lady Annys relent, and in the process of making a baby, also fall in love (though neither will admit it). After the deed is done Sir Harcourt leaves since he cannot bear to watch someone else raise his child, a son (Benet) is born to Lady Annys, and David claims the child as his own. All is well for five years until Sir David dies, leaving Lady Annys and young Benet having to defend the keep from some of David's evil distant relatives. As a last resort Annys sends a SOS letter to Sir Harcourt asking for help. He arrives in Glencullaich, and finds that his love for Annys had not wavered in five years. Thus, their true story begins.

If you are a fan of Historical romance I think you will like this book! The language is written how it would have sounded in those days, but that doesn't distract once you get into the story. Also, I DETEST love triangles and cheating, and this didn't trigger any of those buttons at all. I'm glad I read this, and will be checking out more of Hannah Howell's books when I'm in the mood for some great Highland love in the future.

-This book was given to me, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.-
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steven turek
I know if I am in a reading slump I can rely on Hannah Howell to bring me back. I am a huge fan of the Murray Family Series and this one did not disappoint. After the death of her husband, David, once of his cousin’s starts causing trouble for Annys. To save herself and her son’s inheritance, she has no choice but to contact Sir Harcourt Murray. The last time he was there he left David and Annys with a precious gift and the knowledge that he loved a woman that he couldn’t have. Will he be able to leave her behind again knowing she is free? Loved this read, plenty of drama and suspense and the chemistry between Annys and Harcourt is wonderful. Loved it!
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meredith williams
With a dead husband and a cruel and truculent kinsman laying claim to her lands, Lady Annys MacQueen calls on the one person who might help. Sir Harcourt Murray. Five years ago Harcourt agreed to Sir David's plan to beget an heir on David's wife to ensure the entail.
Five years is a long time but neither Annys or Harcourt had forgotten the passion that lay between them.
But now is now and it looks like warfare is not far off. The passion is put aside, or is it?
I must admit I 'kenned' what was coming half way through, but still an enjoyable tale although a weaker cousin when compared to the rest of Howell's series.

A NetGalley ARC
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diana polansky
I did not care for this book and I have read a lot of Hannah Howell books, most I have really enjoyed. I did not care for this story line. The same things were repeated throughout the book (feelings, things that happened in the past) and it annoyed me. I felt like I was reading the same things over and over again. It bored me. I kept reading because I do like Hannah Howell as a writer and had to finish the book to give an honest review.
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cassie s
My only complaint is the most interesting parts of the plot happened before the book starts. There would have been lots to explore when David asked his wife and his friend to have a baby together.
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craig case
I became a fan of Hannah Howell's Highlanders a couple of years ago, after getting a book at a conference. I really enjoy her work. This book is one of my favorites! Her usual Highland hero is strong and caring, yet has his own inner turmoil. The heroine is warm and caring also, with her own past problems. The book has adventure, romance and is full of suspense. I rapidly turned pages to find out how they would resolve their problems and defend her home!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
george stenitzer
I loved every second of this book. Hannah will never write a bad book. You start her book and you will forget to do anything but the story. She writes a powerful, sensitive, wonderfully rich and rewarding story, It aims for the heart and never misses. There is intriguing plots, and fascinating twists and turns. A wonderfully written story. Thank you Hannah I give you 10 stars and highly recommend it. Debi Allen
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
clay banes
I received this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and a review
I have read a few of Hannah Howell books in my time and i no it wont be the last one, she has a way of drawing you in to the worlds she creates like no other author you truly believe you are there or living through her books.
In this book we meet Lady Annys MacQueen and she has no other choice. She is scared that the deception that enabled her to keep her lands safe is on the very verge of being Taken by a cruel callus kinsman. Annys nows in her heart of hearts she has to shield her young son from the sword and her fellow people from devastation,
so she has no choice but turn to the one man she could never ever forget. . .
Sir Harcourt Murray lives for duty and honor. he is one most honorable men you will ever come across. So the only way he could repay the laird who once saved his life, was to agree to father a child with Sir MacQueen's beautiful young wife Lady Annys.
Now the passion he has always felt for the lovely exceedingly beautiful strong widow consuming him with want and need and as perilous as securing her lands. But he has to convince her that his love is forever and real, and it also means confronting her fears and putting everything they treasure the most at stake.
There where many characters in this book i grew to love like young Benet he was such a sweetie, and of course the handsome suave Sir Harrcourt Murray i sensed right from the start he was a man of honor passion and true love as well as being good eye candy.
Lady Annys she has many worries after all another man claimed her boy as legally his i loved the factor how her first husband was a true man and did that for her,
5 Out Of 5 Hearts From Cariad Books
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katherine morris
I'm going to buy this book on Kindle now, as someone gave me their copy to read, but I want my own. I love all Hannah Howell's books and have every one of them. One of the reasons I love her books is the language. I hate reading a book that takes place in Scottland and they people speak perfect English with no Scottish brogue. This book, to me was just as good as all her other books. I really can't think of one that I didn't like.
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jessica jazdzewski
Book 20 in Hannah Howell's Murray series, and I just jumped right in, and I wish I hadn't. It wasn't bad but the majority of Harcourt and Annys' relationship takes place before the book. I don't know if the events of their relationship took place during another book but it was at first vague and then it was redundant. I had a hard time finishing it, it had a bunch of filler stuff could have been left out.

Lady Annys MacQueen needs help, she didn't want to ask Harcourt Murray for help but her husband told her if she needed help to ask him. Harcourt is the father of Annys' son and child who was being raised by another man, it was the hardest thing Harcourt has ever done. Harcourt was asked by Annys' husband, Daniel, to father an heir he couldn't get himself. Now that he is dead and the four year old child is now the Laird of the keep and everyone knows the truth about the child but because he was named Daniel's son and recognized by Crown and Court as his son everyone accepts him. Everyone except a malevolent and vindictive relative ready to smear Annys' name and take the keep by force if necessary. Nobody want him he would be bad for the people and the land so Harcourt and some of his men are training men how to fight and protect little Benet. Annys feels guilty for having feelings for Harcourt just having buried her husband but she never stopped loving Harcourt, and she is a little hardheaded about it. Harcourt when he realizes his true feelings isn't going to easily walk away again, but he has his own keep and she needs to stay there with Benet.

The ending was predictable and I really wish I had more of Harcourt and Annys before the events of this book. It was just ehh.
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deyna
Amongst the reality of war, spies and betrayal, this book relates a romance between 2 people. True love over time is detailed with rich characters not only here but those from Ms Howell's other novels. a good read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
brian cuddy
I love both this series and the Wherlocke series. The character types run pretty much the same, but I don't get tired of them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katy hartnett
one of my favorite authors
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