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review 2017-08-07 01:08
Great Story and Characters
Highland Chieftain (The Murrays) - Hannah Howell

Bethoc Matheson lives in an abusive home, raising her siblings. On her mother’s deathbed, she swore she would take care of her little sister, forcing her to stay with her father. Walking to the cave she hides in, she comes across a severely wounded man. She’s able to help him get to her cave, where she slowly nurses him back to health.

This was a decent book. I felt bad for Bethoc as more and of her father’s deeds become unraveled. I loved how, almost right from the beginning, Callum could sense the abuse and wanted to protect her. Good story. I recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-07-08 23:44
Should have started at beginning
If He's Noble (Wherlockes) - Hannah Howell

2.3 stars


Thank you to Shannon Burke for recommending this to me :)


Coming in at book #7 really hurt me here, I felt lost with all the Wherlocke family talk and their abilities. 

It's a road romance where I thought the main couple fell in love a bit quickly while trying to find the heroine's brother and warn him about their evil aunt. 


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review 2016-10-10 00:00
Highland Chieftain
Highland Chieftain - Hannah Howell
Highland Chieftain

By Hannah Howell

5 stars
Reviewed by : Angels

Format : Kindle Edition

Published by :Zebra

Source: Purchased Copy

Gene: Historical Romance


The Murrays are back in this thrilling new tale from New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell . . .

Responsible for protecting her younger siblings from their abusive father, Bethoc Matheson is in no position to rescue another soul in Scotland. Yet when she sees a bleeding man on the verge of drowning, that’s exactly what she does, securing him safely in a cave where she can return day after day to tend to his wounds.

Sir Callum MacMillan can scarcely believe such a slight lass as Bethoc could save him from the grasp of death. But he knows the telltale marks of an angry fist on her skin, and he knows she has the soul of a fighter within her feminine frame. Raised to be a protector of the weak by his Murray clansman, Callum would prefer to be the one saving her—and save her, he will. If he can first survive the treacherous attack that led him into her irresistible arms . . .

Praise for Hannah Howell and her Highland novels…

“Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully as Hannah Howell.” —Publishers Weekly“Expert storyteller Howell pens another Highland winner.” —RT Book Reviews

Our Review

First let me start if by saying that I just love Hannah's novels and she is on my auto buy list regardless what stories she writes.I have been reading her novels for at least 25 years or more now and will continue reading her works as long as she is writing stories.

As always I enjoy reading about all those hunky highlanders.I have followed and read all about that delightful Murray family so any hint of them being in any current novel I am in.

This was a delightful read.I just love all the good characters.I thought that the two main characters Bethoc and the Laird had a great chemistry together.The plot of this story is not very involved with a lot of twists and turns but has enough going on to keep your interest.I love a novel when they have a tortured hero but in this story each main character can really relate to each other as they share a similar past.

I always have a favorite character to favor and in this story I would have to choose Bethoc. Why ? She just is an amazing person on the inside as well as out. With Bethoc growing up in an abusive household it would have you thinking that she would have been a hardened distant cold person but she was just the complete opposite. Bethoc had a big loving heart and a wealth of understanding for those all around her.I just love reading about her especially when she was giving herself a pep talk every time she starts to feel sorry for herself had me laughing out loud.

Bethoc was the perfect person to heal the heart of her wounded warrior.She was like sunshine to his darkness.Meeting Laird MacMillain was the best thing for both of these characters.It felt like fate stepped in to bring each of them into each other's lives for a very specific purpose.

If your looking for an enjoyable light read this story is for you.The story has two plots that need solving.It could be that we will be seeing one of these characters in a future book as there is a question to whether her talent lies along those lines of those in the Murray clan or has just been born with a precious gift.

I look forward to the next novels in this series.I just love reading books in series and following characters book to book especially when new characters are introduced.The Murray Family have been a blast to read about including there friends and family.

I found all the characters in this story to be enjoyable as well as like-able.My heart strings tugged for both the main characters as well as the other characters as they all had a sadness to them as well as pain and suffering . I loved the unfolding of the story as plots that were solved and the secrets that came to light.I loved seeing this couple slowly fall in love even if some of them didn't even realize they had fallen in love at all and that love healed a very emotionally wounded warriors heart.

ISBN-13: 9781420135053
ISBN-10: 1420135058

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About the Author

Hannah Dustin Howell is a best-selling American author of over 40 historical romance novels. Many of her novels are set in medieval Scotland. She also writes under the names Sarah Dustin, Sandra Dustin, and Anna Jennet (see below). She has also used the following pseudonyms: Anna Jennet, Sarah Dustin and Sandra Dustin.

Gene Romance and Historical Fiction


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review 2016-10-02 19:06
Highland Chieftain (The Murrays) - Hannah Howell

Bethoc is a strong young lady who lives a life of beatings, yet loves those around her. She is trusting and has a gift for knowing things about people. Callum also came from a brutal past, but he is loving, honest, loyal, and loved by his people. He battles through his own fears to realize that Bethoc is what he needs and loves. They journey together is full of danger, but they come through it together. I enjoyed this story and recommend it.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley.

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review 2016-09-04 16:18
Highland Chieftain (The Murrays) - Hannah Howell

I got this one from NetGalley and it has been more than 10 years since I have read a Hannah Howell romance.  This story progressed a bit slowly for my liking.  The plot concept was good and had potential, but I think the characters were not strong enough to move the plot along nicely and quickly. There were incongruities in the development of the relationship. If she came from such an abusive history, how could she trust him within a couple of days?  It went from them slowly getting to know each other to kissing passionately from one page to the next, and it just came off feeling hollow. When they came together there wasn't any consideration for her on his part, "I'm going to take ye now, lass" and then, wam-bam-thank-you-ma'am. And she comes across as super naive, like 15 years of age naive though she is 21, she was just not well developed.  There wasn't enough development between the two. She came across as weak at times. He was more interesting as a character but with his horrible past, I expected a harder edge to him and a harder time in trusting or opening up to her in the beginning of their relationship.  He had moments of potential but then his character would fall flat in other scenes. For example, he didn't come across as intimidating at all when he showed up at the jail in his lordly clothing. He then just turned around and left her there. He could have been so much more intimidating and interesting in that scene.

Other than the characters, the villain was a bit flat at times. There was no one central conflict or bad guy but rather smaller conflicts that sometimes didn't seem to move the story along well enough. Overall this one left me thinking about what I was going to read next and when I might be finished with this one. Coming from reading a Paula Quinn Scottish romance, A Highlander's Christmas Kiss, this one just fell flat. The story was slow and the dialogue at times weakly constructed. I was disappointed. This didn't stack up to a Paula Quinn, Monica McCarty, or Donna Grant romance.

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