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The Bride Chooses a Highlander: The McKennas

Adrienne Basso

ISBN 9781420146202
Publish Date 12/18/2018
Format Paperback
Categories Historical, Zebra
List Price: $7.99

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Scotland, 1335: Marriage between clans is a matter of property and power, rarely love. But the only daughter of Laird McKenna longs for passion—and finds it in a Highlander’s arms . . .

The unconventional Lady Katherine McKenna has been granted a rare privilege: the right to choose her own husband. It’s a more difficult task than she expected. When at last she agrees to a betrothal, it quickly goes awry, leaving Katherine alone in the wilds . . . and rescued by Laird Lachlan MacTavish. She’s captivated by the proud, brooding chief who shows her such tender care. But with their clans on the brink of war, the honorable Lachlan resists his attraction—until Katherine proclaims to her family that they will wed.

Though stunned by her boldness, Lachlan is intrigued by Katherine’s beauty and spirit, and the MacTavishes will benefit from an alliance with the powerful McKennas. But with family discord, treachery, and deceit in their midst, can they save a marriage that is destined to blossom into incomparable love?

Praise for Adrienne Basso’s No Other Highlander

“Building a lively, convincing world of 14th-century Scottish Highland culture, Basso ratchets up the dramatic tension with friction between different clans. . . . This heartwarming, satisfying historical lays intriguing groundwork for the series’ next installment.” –Publishers Weekly

About Adrienne Basso:

Between stints as a corporate financial analyst, marketing consultant and public librarian, Adrienne Basso has parlayed her vivid imagination and desire to tell romantic stories into a twenty-four-year writing career. She has published contemporary, Regency, Victorian, vampire, and Scottish medieval romance novels. She enjoys the challenge of creating stories that emphasize the everlasting power of love and is truly delighted that her characters always achieve the fantasy of living happily ever after. A native New Yorker, Adrienne, her husband, and their incomparable dog now live in New Jersey. Visit Adrienne at or on the social media platform below. Facebook

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Adrienne Basso the Queen of Scottish historical romance! Absolute Masterpiece! (Tuesday, January 22, 2019)
Reviewer: Celtic Barb

The Bride Chooses A Highlander
By🎉🎈Adrienne Basso🎈🎉

Book: The Bride Chooses A Highlander
by Adrienne Basso

Series: The McKennas, Book Three

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of
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3. Celtic World of Historical Book Reviews
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Heat Rating: Smoking Hot!🔥🔥🔥

Overall Rating: 5 Stars and 5 Kilts

This is the third book of the McKenna series. Very romantic wish someone picked the most heather for me! 💜💟

Scottish Highlands
Winter, 1335

In this story, the heroine who is definitely ahead of her time, is independent, strong, adventurous, spirited, intelligent, bold, unique, beautiful daughter Katherine, of Laird Brian McKenna. She is this sister of Malcolm, James and Graham. Her parents gave her the rare privilege most women do not have, as she can pick her own husband. The problem is she is already 22! An embarrassment to her clan and family, so this decision lays heavy in her heart.

The problem is she wants a successful loving marriage like her parents and brothers. Yet she knows it has to be an advantageous match too. It must be rank high to her station in life too as a Laird's daughter, plus for her family one of their neighbors on their borders. She finally selects Hamish Drummond, heir to their neighbor Laird Drummond. She is pretty secure she will find love with him, just like her parents and brothers found with their wives. On the evening the betrothal ‘as contracts are signed and during the betrothal celebration, she catches her betrothed with another woman he is in love with. She knows this marriage will be miserable before it even begins. As Hamish won’t end it, so she writes a quick note to her parents and takes a few of her father’s guards with her and leaves. As far as she was concerned this marriage would never happen! Unfortunately she is kidnapped on her way home by one Aiden MacTavish!

Lachlan MacTavish, Laird of a starving clan, just because they choose the wrong side against “Robert the Bruce”. Unfortunately this happens often and the smaller clans suffer the most with healthy land, livestock and castles taken away. His clan is really suffering so when he finds out his jealous, vein younger half brother Aiden just kidnapped Laird McKenna’s daughter and lost her as well. He is absolutely furious! They were told their younger brother Robbie might possibly be imprisoned there. Aiden thinks he can do a trade, yet this is the richest clan with the strongest warriors in the highlands! Plus he went against Lachlans orders to do nothing! So Lachlan goes to locate the Lass and finds her very ill and this is when the attraction starts. He cares and heals her to the best of his knowledge and ability. This is where their attraction and feelings of love begins….

He knows it’s wrong to want the McKenna Lass as his clan is starving, but he just can’t help himself. He has to bring her back to her family ASAP. Then they find themselves near the McKennas enemy, Laird Archibald Fraser and lies to them about her identity-so they have another strong wealthy clan that might want to destroy them. Yet Lachlan will do anything to save his Lass, he knows of Archibald’s bad reputation of his cruelty and wicked temper. Yet when he finally does decide to bring her back to her clan, he knows things won’t go easy on him.

Will it be the end before it even begins for these star crossed lovers? On top of this Hamish wants to marry her immediately and accused Lachlan of stealing his betrothed!Yet it is only to be in the good graces of his father as Hamish loves another.

Now Lachlan knows he is not good enough for Katherine. Plus how can he ask a pampered princess to stay with him forever? Katherine knows Lachlan is the only man for her! In addition she knows his clan is in dire need of so much which she could help him and contribute to him and his entire clan. Yet will a prideful Laird Lachlan accept it or let her go? Due to his stubborn pride and foolish misguided honor!

What will her Da’s reaction be? Kidnapping a Laird'sm daughter and harming McKenna soldier guards is a capital offense! Will he allow Laird MacTavish to even live? After-all she had been been originally kidnapped by his brother foolish pigheaded brother Aiden. Even though Lachlan had no part in this stupid plot what will the McKenna possibly believe. Is this couple destined to stay together forever or live apart with shattered hearts?

I have been a fan of Ms Basso books for many years and each and every book are always action packed with captivating characters from heroines, hero’s to criminal, violent lawbreaking, villains. Always a riveting phenomenal read from start to finish, with breathtaking setting, brilliant dialogue, multi-dimensional characters that steal your heart! Plus amazing plots that has your holding your breath with your heartbeat racing wondering what could possibly happen next?!

I absolutely and unequivocally love Adrienne Basso’s Scottish historical novels and this one is an absolute winner!

The McKennas Series by Adrienne Basso
1)The Highlander Who Loved Me
2) No Other Highlander
3) The Bride Chooses A Highlander

Note: You can read all the books in this series as stand alone books. I personally like reading them in book order to connect the character dots. It’s totally a reader's’ personal choice.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy and 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.

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