Monday, May 2, 2011

Review & Giveaway : The Guardian (Return of the Highlanders #1) by Margaret Mallory

Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Forever (first published April 13th 2011)
044657516X (ISBN13: 9780446575164)

Received Book from publisher for review.

"Four young Highlanders - Connor, Ian, Alex and Duncan - hurry home from France after hearing news of the disastrous Battle of Flodden against Henry VIII's forces. With his father among the dead, Connor must take his place as chieftain. Before he can lead his clan through the perilous times ahead, however, he must first dislodge the usurper who has taken his family's castle and claimed leadership of the clan. 

Connor's cousins and best friend, Ian, Alex and Duncan, will stand shoulder to shoulder with him in every fight. They are willing to give their lives for their clan and their new chieftain. But taking wives to serve the clan's interests is a different matter altogether..."


Let me start off by saying this is my First, yes you read it right, My FIRST Highlanders book EVER and Mallory made it a wonderful experience that I could never forget. I was completely blown away! Not only do you have a forced marriage, but you also get a husband who deserted his wife. There is just so many twists and turns in this amazing novel, but I cant tell all because it will have you not only wanting but needing to find out the rest of what happens and how this story will end.

Ian was a wonderful character and I am so glad his story was first. This sexy, fierce warrior doesn't really know what he has until its too late. He was a believable character that I just couldn't get enough of. Being forced into a marriage has him leaving not only his wife, but his family as well. When the time comes for him to return, he realizes that all he has ever wanted was his wife, Sileas. The only problem with that is there is another man who is wanting her love. Not only is he trying to win back his wife but finding his homeland falling apart after the suspicious death of the chieftain. Ian and his friends must now find away to see that position filled. But one thing at a time. Right? Nope while all this is going on he is trying to find away to keep his wife and never make the same mistake of letting her go again. Ever.

Sileas is an awesome heroine. She was wonderful and I couldn't help but like her. She has been through some emotional and physical abuse. Although she had went through some things she always continued to be strong and loving. Backing down was so not in Sileas vocabulary. Even though her husband didn't want her she still was as faithful as can be which was honestly amazing. All of the characters in this book will keep you intrigued. And you cant help but love them. They had different personalities, but the way the story flowed made every single thing come off the page and into your heart.

This will be a series that I will follow until the very end. The second book in the series is The Sinner and that is set to be released in November 2011. And guess who that one will be about? Oh yes the dreamy Alex. The sneak peak we get is *shivers* just awesome! I hope you enjoy this wonderful read as much as I did.

This is a must read for any highlanders fans or even if its your first highlander book. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Margaret Mallory for popping my cherry!! I will never forget it.


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Grand Central Publishing, I am able to giveaway 3 copies of The Guardian to 3 lucky Followers! Follow the instructions below to enter:

* Leave a comment with your email address so I will be able to contact you if you should win
* Giveaway is open ONLY to followers in the U.S. and Canada.
* No P.O. Boxes please.

Please include email in comment if you want to enter giveaway. Giveaway will end on 5/8/11 at 12 pm. Winner will contacted via email and their name posted on the blog the same day. Please remember your copy will be sent out by Grand Central Publishing so please give the book ample time to get there.

Good Luck!!!!!


  1. I've never read a Margaret Mallory book but I do love Highlanders! Count me in!

    another_look_book_reviews at hotmail dot com

  2. I have never read a Margaret Mallory book either and I have had my eye on this one. I wish I would have seen the sign up post before, but I missed out so please enter me..


  3. I love Highlanders! I have not read any of Margaret Mallory's books but would love to read this. I love stories where the hero has neglected an unwanted wife until he falls in love with her and then has to work hard to get the heroine to give him another chance.

    Please enter me for the giveaway.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. I haven't read any of her books but who doesn't love Highlanders. Please enter me

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  5. I haven't read Margaret Mallory's books yet either but this sounds fantastic. Looks like there is tons of angst and action -I like that.
    Please enter me: vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. YAY!!!! you popped your highlander cherry! *snickers* Thanks for the wonderful review, this sounds fantastic! you know me and my <3 for highlanders! I can't pass ANY up!
    Please count me in!

  7. I am a big fan of Highlander books. Please count me in and thank you for the great giveaway.

    rjofus AT gmail DOT com

  8. Your first Highland romance & you gave it a "must read!" Yay! Thanks so much for reading & reviewing my new book. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it so much. :)


  9. I love Highlanders....can't wait to read this book.

    I am a GFC Follower

  10. Great review! Enjoyed reading your perspective as this is your first Highlander story :) Love highlanders, so please count me in for the giveaway!


  11. Sounds great. I love Highlanders.

  12. Sounds like a great book!
    Please enter me.

    susanmik AT gmail DOT com

  13. awesome! I'm starting this one tonight
    As you can tell, I love Highlanders ;)
    great review

    ---Laura Hunsaker

  14. I love Highlander stories. I would love to win this!
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  15. Glad to hear so many of you love Highlanders!


  16. Ooo! Sounds super good. Love me some Highlanders! :D Awesome contest and good luck to everyone!


  17. What a cover. I need one to pet *winks*.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  18. Yes, this is a great cover! I tried using it as wallpaper on my computer, but the gorgeous Highlander was too distracting.


  19. I love Highlanders book and your cover is rated yummy! Please enter me in your give-a-way!
    Linda T.

  20. Sounds like a great book, I love Highlanders!

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. I've really enjoyed Margaret's other books and looking forward to this one. Ty so much for the chance to win it!

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  22. Became a fan after reading your ALL THE KINGS MEN series....loved you are writing about Highlanders...can not wait for this!!

    respectfully a fan

  23. I love books about highlanders! Please enter me in the giveaway.