Highland Captive (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod, #4) By Alyson McLayne

Quite a good adventure, but I didn’t connect with the characters as I have in other books .

May have just been me , so don’t solely judge the book by this one review. Please read others to get a good overall picture.

Good writing in general and the storyline was great . It’s got a beautiful romantic element that is really good. That I did enjoy!
The two are perfect in so many ways and they do light up the pages with their love .

I’d give it Three and a half stars.

I received an Arc copy of this book and chose to post this review
448 Maybe 3.5

For two and half long years Gavin MacKinnon, Laird of MacKinnon has searched for his young son Ewan. Ewan disappeared when Gavin’s wife Cristel took the boy to a market day gathering, she returned ill with the plague and died without giving Gavin any information about what happened to Ewan. Most believe the boy perished, but Gavin refuses to consider the possibility and will never stop searching for his boy. A lead about Ewan has brought Gavin back to the same gathering that he disappeared from.

Deidre MacIntyre nee MacColl is at the gathering at her husband Lewis’ request when she sees Gavin and knows that he is the father of her son Ewan, seeing him terrifies her and when he confronts her about her interest in him, fear sends her running back to her home and her son, wondering what Lewis has done.

Gavin is sure Deidre is the woman the witness saw with Ewan. So he along with his foster brother Kerr follow her to her home and find Ewan, but even then, Deidre denies that Ewan is Gavin’s son and much to Gavin’s dismay, Ewan doesn’t know who he is and refuses to leave his “Mama”. Left with no choice, Gavin takes Deidre and Ewan back to his keep. He plans to send Deidre back just as soon as Ewan becomes comfortable with him again. He knows that taking Deidre is likely to cause a clan war and he welcomes the fight. But what he doesn’t plan on is falling in love with her or the trouble brewing within his own clan!

This was a good story, but compared with the previous books, I didn’t feel like it was as well thought out and plotted. At the end of this book, I had more questions than answers and was truly baffled about a few things. I also had a hard time liking Deidre at the beginning, I sympathized with her pain – but Ewan was not her son and she knew Gavin was his father, but she lied and tried to keep Ewan from Gavin, even knowing the pain he has suffered for years without his son, that just seemed beyond cruel to me. But Gavin wasn’t much easier to like, he was just so angry and determined to get rid of Deidre that it was a bit hard to side with him. The writing in general was good, but the first two-thirds of the book seemed to drag and then the last third flew by in a flash, with multiple villains, shocking secrets, a long awaited love scene, more questions than answers and an epilogue that left me feeling a little disappointed. This is the fourth book in the series and I would recommend reading the books in order rather than trying to figure out the ongoing mystery of who is trying to destroy the Sons of Gregor MacLeod by starting with this book first.

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.* 448 3.5- 4

I liked the story and the plot line. Kept you reading. It bogged down though and I wanted the story to get to the point in many places. I loved Gavin and how he changed throughout the story. Deirdre too went through a transition from a mouse to a lion. I enjoyed the story.

Received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. 448 Highland Captive by Alyson McLayne is book 4 in The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Series. This is the story of Deidre MacIntyre and Gavin MacKinnon. I have read the previous books but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Gavin's wife took their son Ewan to a festival where she ended up dying and his son thought to have died too. But Gavin thinks he is just missing and has been looking for him for a few years. When he gets a lead as to who may have him he goes forward to find him. Deidre was forced to marry at a early age to a husband she hadn't met who happen to bring her a child for her to raise who he said was his. Now in their present day she see Gavin and knows that he must be Ewan's father but is unsure what is going on. Gavin ends up taken back his son but Deidre won't let him go without her. This opens Gavin up to either giving Deidre back on keeping her when they come to get her.
Enjoyed their story.
448 3.5☆ 448


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She wasn't just his son's savior.
She may be his as well...

Laird Gavin MacKinnon is a changed man―and not for the better. Ever since his young son, Ewan, disappeared two years ago, Gavin has grown callous and bitter. Scouring the countryside, his search leads him to a mysterious woman who maintains the boy is hers. He decides to take them both and ask questions later.

Deidre MacIntyre will go with the brooding laird if it will keep her son safe. Gavin has to admit that the beautiful lass has a bond with Ewan, and things aren't adding up. When Deidre's clan comes to claim her under threat of war, Gavin has a choice to make: fight for her or let her go. Highland Captive (The Sons of Gregor MacLeod, #4)

Just okay

This is not the best book of the series. It was good and I am glad that Gavin found his son. The heroine was different too. I liked her but there was just something odd about the whole book.lots of evil people and an unknown adversary so there must be another book. Probably about Isobel and Kerr. I do like this authors writing though and I really liked the other stories in the series. 448 Highland Captive
Alyson McLayne

Highland Captive by Alyson McLayne is book four in her Sons of Gregor MacLeod historical romance series. Though part of a series this novel reads well as a standalone. However, I do plan to read the previous books in the series and any future installments.

Laird Gavin MacKinnon is one of five clan leaders previously fostered together by the great Gregor MacLeod, in order to create allies and bring peace to the Highlands. Gavin’s personality has changed for the worse since his not quite two-year-old son, Ewan, went missing two years ago. Word has reached Gavin that his son has been claimed by the wife of the heir of Clan MacIntyre.

Deidre MacIntyre, born in Clan MacColl, now wife of Lewis MacIntyre, son and heir of the ruthless Laird MacIntyre, claims Ewan is her son. Upon seeing Gavin MacKinnon, Deirdre begins to fear that she has been misled, but she loves her young son and will never leave him.

Gavin never gave up his certainty that his son was alive. He now knows where Ewan is and wastes no time retrieving him. He has to bring Deirdre along too, because she refuses to leave Ewan, claiming he is hers. Gavin and Deirdre clash but soon realize that they must put aside their differences for Ewan’s sake. Deidre’s husband, father-in-law and brother arrive, bringing the promise of war with them. Will Deirdre be returned to her family?

There’s nothing else quite like a Scottish Highlander, and I love reading about them. Highland Captive met my high standards. Ms. McLayne has acquitted herself well. I want to keep visiting with these interesting characters she’s created. I love the intense familial bonds. The plot holds the attention and has great twists. I loved the story and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to all readers of historical romance, especially lovers of Highlander romance. There is some explicit sexual content that may be offensive to some readers.

My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
448 Series: The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #4
Publication Date: 7/30/19
Number of Pages: 448
**4.25 Stars **

Laird Gavin MacKinnon is a very, very angry man, filled with rage, and he has every reason to be that way. Two and a half years ago Gavin’s almost-two-year-old son, Ewan, went missing. Others thought he was dead, but Gavin was convinced that he still lived. Ewan disappeared when his mother took him to the fall festival against Gavin’s wishes. While she was there, she contracted the plague and died – and Gavin went missing. Some thought that Ewan also died of the plague, but Gavin just didn’t believe it.

At this year’s fall festival, Gavin is meeting an informant who says she knows where Ewan is and for a reward, she’ll tell him. As Gavin is walking the streets he notices a woman watching him. Could it be the informant? He recognizes the woman as the wife of the future laird of the MacIntyre clan. Why is she looking at him like that? When he confronts her about it, she flees.

Deirdre MacIntyre is the wife of the next laird of the MacIntyre clan and the youngest daughter of the laird of the MacColl clan. She was married at the age of fifteen to a man she’d never met. About two-and-a-half years ago, her husband, Lewis, brought home a small child and gave him to her. He told her the child was his illegitimate offspring and that she was to raise him as her own. His name was Ewan.

When Deirdre saw Gavin on the street during the festival, she panicked. He looked exactly like her Ewan – and she was sure – no matter what Lewis told her – that this was Ewan’s father. But, he was so very angry.

Gavin’s men finally take him to meet the informant – and the name she gives him – is Deirdre MacIntyre. When Gavin and his men tear off looking for Deirdre and Lewis’ camp, they find that she’s already fled. They’ll find her – and she’ll pay for what she’s done!

Gavin rescues Ewan, but Deirdre refuses to let them leave without her. Gavin lets her come with them, but fully intends to send her back as soon as they arrive and get Ewan settled.

This was a good story that kept me moving from page-to-page. I liked Deirdra, but I didn’t like a few of the things she did in the beginning. However, she quickly redeemed herself in my eyes and I really admired her for the woman she became. I loved Gavin from the first page to the last. It was lovely to watch them grow to care for each other and support the other in sharing Ewan’s love. One thing that I really liked was the way the author chose to take care of Deirdre’s marriage so that she and Gavin could have their HEA. I could actually put myself in both Deirdre’s and Gavin’s place and believe that I could very easily act as they did, so I found it easy to forgive them.

You could read this book as a standalone, but to understand the whole overarching theme of the books, you should probably read them in order. I believe there were some good hints about the ongoing mystery of the man who is trying to destroy Gregor MacLeod and his sons – and now, I can’t wait for the next book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
448 Review will be through the Steeped In Romance Podcast. Be dropped on September 30!!! 448 His child was taken. She was gifted a child to raise as her own. When the Highland laird found his son and the woman he called “mother,” he had no idea that his life would change for the better or that his heart would finally be healed. But how could he trust the fiery and protective woman who refused to return his child?

HIGHLAND CAPTIVE by Alyson McLayne takes us back to the time when brawny lairds and strong women could brave harsh times and love fiercely. A tale of romance, filled with turmoil and even some incredible deceit that was riveting from the start. Ms. McLayne takes us into her world of passion for family, loyalty and bravery while heating her words with the sparks of romance.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca!

Series: The Sons of Gavin MacLeod - Book 4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 30, 2019)
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance
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