The Highlander’s Challenge (Lairds of Dunkeld, #2)
Page Count: Approx 300 pages. Can true love make a way for two lonely hearts? A Determined Highlander… Duncan MacConnoway, son of a powerful thane and used to getting his way in life, is desperate to wed the woman of his dreams. Her uncle, the wily Earl of Lochlann, demands that he fulfill three tasks that even Hercules would struggle to finish. Their love is all that lights his way through this dark labyrinth, that if only he can hang onto it long enough... The wise woman… Alina du Mas can see things that no one else believes, so she usually keeps her secrets to herself. Plagued with dark dreams, all Alina knows is that she has the power to find a way through the frightening future ahead. She just has to figure out how. In the meantime, she fights for a love that her Uncle Brien seems determined to deny, though he finally offers an impossible solution... Deadly Family Secrets… Alina and Duncan soon realize that her uncle’s plan may be even more devious than they thought — he may actually be setting Duncan up to fail. Worse still, Uncle Brien’s plot leads to a deadly situation that convinces Duncan that his death may have been the goal all along. With the help of the rest of her family, it is up to Alina to discover the truth about the people she holds most dear, and pray that it is not too late for her ain true love... How can true love prevail against the iron will of a dangerous man? Can Duncan find a way to achieve the impossible without help? Should Alina trust wise Aunt Aili, sister Amabel or Broderick with the information that could save her lover?

The Highlander’s Challenge (Lairds of Dunkeld, #2) Details

TitleThe Highlander’s Challenge (Lairds of Dunkeld, #2)
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2017
PublisherMountainSky House Publishing Co.
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GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Medieval, Adventure, Love

The Highlander’s Challenge (Lairds of Dunkeld, #2) Review

  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    The Highlander's Challenge. Emilia Ferguson. The second son of Dunkeld, Duncan, faces almost medievally mysterious challenges to win the hand of his beloved Alina. The series is interesting, insofaras the women posses keen insight into the politics of the region and resources of the households. When they set out to help their men, they are foolish enough to go without men or arms, and both sisters so far suffer for this foolishness. Their resourcefulness saves them, but only barely. Uncle Brien, The Highlander's Challenge. Emilia Ferguson. The second son of Dunkeld, Duncan, faces almost medievally mysterious challenges to win the hand of his beloved Alina. The series is interesting, insofaras the women posses keen insight into the politics of the region and resources of the households. When they set out to help their men, they are foolish enough to go without men or arms, and both sisters so far suffer for this foolishness. Their resourcefulness saves them, but only barely. Uncle Brien, such an unfeeling old codger in the first book, shows a secretly romantic side, and a failed love from his youth. Birth and baby bearing abound. Midwife magic and healing. An action packed story with some mayhem, threatened rape, and a small touch of romance. A good read if you are more fond of faux historical adventures than sweaty thrustings.
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  • Starr
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible Emotional Story and Mysterious Story!If you enjoy reading stories that are filled with mystery, action, and love? If so you get it all in this fantastic book.Alina is a very sensitive young woman and people ten to think she's a witch, is she? And oh my what she has to go through to marry her love, Duncan. Duncan loves Alina and will do anything to be able to marry her. That's just what he's going to do. Her Uncle gives him three things that are mysterious to accomplish before he gives Incredible Emotional Story and Mysterious Story!If you enjoy reading stories that are filled with mystery, action, and love? If so you get it all in this fantastic book.Alina is a very sensitive young woman and people ten to think she's a witch, is she? And oh my what she has to go through to marry her love, Duncan. Duncan loves Alina and will do anything to be able to marry her. That's just what he's going to do. Her Uncle gives him three things that are mysterious to accomplish before he gives his ok for them to marry.So the big question is does he succeed? Do they survive what they each go through? Will they marry? One good way for you to find out is to do yourself a big favor and get the book and read it for yourself. I highly recommend this book! It's fantastic.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book and I loved it as I did the first. I was introduced to Alina and Duncan in the first book. I really enjoyed reading how their love evolved. Duncan will not get permission to marry Alina until he proves his worth until he completes three tasks set by Brien. With Alina's undying love and her visions there may be a chance. They are dangerous and mysterious. This is a story of deep love, romance, family, mystery, intrigue and danger. Add in the times in Scotland, it is the pe This is the second book and I loved it as I did the first. I was introduced to Alina and Duncan in the first book. I really enjoyed reading how their love evolved. Duncan will not get permission to marry Alina until he proves his worth until he completes three tasks set by Brien. With Alina's undying love and her visions there may be a chance. They are dangerous and mysterious. This is a story of deep love, romance, family, mystery, intrigue and danger. Add in the times in Scotland, it is the perfect historical romance novel. Although it can be read as a stand alone story, I would suggest reading them in order to get the true knowledge of the characters and story line. I can't wait to read the rest by Ms. Ferguson. Excellent read!!**"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book."
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  • Susan Shearer
    January 1, 1970
    Emilia Ferguson takes on a journey with the Duncan MacConnaway and Alina Lochlann in The Highlander’s Challenge. I felt like I was going home. I met these two families in Heart of the Highlander and knew they had to have their story. And Emilia not only didn’t disappoint, she captured my heart.Duncan and Alina want to be married but Alina’s uncle Lord Brien forbids until Duncan fulfils three (3) challenges. These challenges seem impossible but they are committed to fulfilling them.The challenges Emilia Ferguson takes on a journey with the Duncan MacConnaway and Alina Lochlann in The Highlander’s Challenge. I felt like I was going home. I met these two families in Heart of the Highlander and knew they had to have their story. And Emilia not only didn’t disappoint, she captured my heart.Duncan and Alina want to be married but Alina’s uncle Lord Brien forbids until Duncan fulfils three (3) challenges. These challenges seem impossible but they are committed to fulfilling them.The challenges contain death, life and love (besides Duncan and Alina). But who’s? Well, that’s what keeps you reading until 4 in the morning to find out. So get your book, tea (or coffee) and a cozy place to sit because you are not going to want to put this book down! Happy Reading!!!
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  • Georganne
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit! Emilia Ferguson has done it again. More love and adventures. The tension and the emotions can be felt by the reader. The descriptions are wonderful. The provide the reader a glimpse at the dress of lords and ladies as well as how they go about their daily lives. A page-turner, so see what happens next. Don't miss this one. I receive free books, but I always give a honest review.
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  • Leanne ~ Tales From The Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series and I quite enjoyed it. Siblings to the two previous characters share this story. A romance hoping to be a marriage is dependent on permission from her uncle. Tasks are set, seemingly impossible. Will he succeed and win his lady? Or will he perish trying?There were many twists and turns in this novel, just when it seemed all will be fine something else happened.An entertaining story, not my favourite genre so it was nice to dive in and give it a go.
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  • Lisa Denn
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the concept behind the plot and wanted very much to love the book but too much emphasis was placed on the lustful desires of Alina and Duncan that I soon found myself regretting ever opening the book. The characters had so much more to offer and surely would have delivered the author a five star rating had she stuck with focusing more on the story and less on the lustful desires of the young couple in my opinion.
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  • Tam
    January 1, 1970
    This is how Highland Hotties are done! Thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next one in the series! *I received a complimentary ARC of this story in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
  • Annette Drewett
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.A really lovely story. I enjoyed Duncan and Alina’s journey towards marriage. The book was filled with humor & secrecy as well as hope and love. I think that a part of Alina’s story has given a clue as to what may happen in the next book, but that’s just my opinion. I eagerly await more from this author.
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  • Debora Wolff
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this story. Given what looked like an impossible three tasks to complete to obtain the hand of his love he doesn't refuse the challenge. Lots of twists and turns.
  • Phylis Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Highlanders Challenge by Emilia Ferguson is an excellent regency story. There were twists and turns, and adventure. The characters I like, they are believable. My opinion. Thanks
  • Candy Briggs
    January 1, 1970
    Duncan is at Lochlann Castle to help train their men, at Alina's uncle's request. He is also very much in love with Alina and they want to marry. Uncle Brein, became Laird at her parents death. She is a seer, very calm and very patient. She had a dream, everything was black and slowly her family was engulfed into it. There is a lot of things happening in this story. The characters appear authentic and they love each other. The dialogue is believable and honest. The plot weaves all the little par Duncan is at Lochlann Castle to help train their men, at Alina's uncle's request. He is also very much in love with Alina and they want to marry. Uncle Brein, became Laird at her parents death. She is a seer, very calm and very patient. She had a dream, everything was black and slowly her family was engulfed into it. There is a lot of things happening in this story. The characters appear authentic and they love each other. The dialogue is believable and honest. The plot weaves all the little parts together into an interesting, even paced and well moving tale. I loved it. I especially enjoyed the interaction between the three girls, her cousin, her older sister and herself. They teased, giggled sewed and thoroughly enjoyed each other. It was with deep regret when Chrissie and Alina had to go home, they didn't want to separate. The author did an excellent job with this book. I have slowly come to the realization that she writes a high quality story. thank you for letting me read your book.I received this ARC and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Janica Gómez Verea
    January 1, 1970
    Lord Duncan MacConnoway wishes to finally wed his love Lady Alina du Maas and when he askes for her hand, her uncle Brien Lochlann, Laird of Lochlann Castle, denies him that unless he does a quest, getting three things that have been long lost to the family.Lady Alina is a seer and fears for her love's life. But he goes and starts accomplishing every quest with her help, always returning to her. Until she fears she gave him a wrong answer and leaves to follow him and let him know.In the end, all Lord Duncan MacConnoway wishes to finally wed his love Lady Alina du Maas and when he askes for her hand, her uncle Brien Lochlann, Laird of Lochlann Castle, denies him that unless he does a quest, getting three things that have been long lost to the family.Lady Alina is a seer and fears for her love's life. But he goes and starts accomplishing every quest with her help, always returning to her. Until she fears she gave him a wrong answer and leaves to follow him and let him know.In the end, all works out well for both, as he finally finishes the impossible quest, bringing answers to long lost questions and recovering his love. It has a HEA, a wonderful book that I read and voluntarily review, having recieved an ARC. It's a great book for those of us that love Historical Romance fiction giving it a 10 (out of 5) star rating.
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  • Penny Mooney
    January 1, 1970
    Alina was a ward of Lord Blaine MacNeil. Duncan MacConnaway was the second son of Laird MacConnay. Alina and Duncan were in love. When Duncan ask for her hand in marriage Lord MacNeil gave him three task to complete before the gave his permission. the story is filled with danger, suspense, twist, lust, and love. Will Duncan be able to complete the task Laird MacNeil has set forth? Will Alina be able to help? Will they find their happy ever after? Grab the book and read it to find out all the fac Alina was a ward of Lord Blaine MacNeil. Duncan MacConnaway was the second son of Laird MacConnay. Alina and Duncan were in love. When Duncan ask for her hand in marriage Lord MacNeil gave him three task to complete before the gave his permission. the story is filled with danger, suspense, twist, lust, and love. Will Duncan be able to complete the task Laird MacNeil has set forth? Will Alina be able to help? Will they find their happy ever after? Grab the book and read it to find out all the facts. I was enthralled the whole book.Emilia once again took her talents to write and excellent book. The way she builds her characters to interact with the plot and each other is amazing. I received an ARC and I am leaving a voluntary review.
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  • Lisa Eiff
    January 1, 1970
    A softly compelling historical romanceI enjoyed reading this book. Alina & Duncan both feel undeniably drawn to each other when found anywhere near each other, and both are in high hopes of a happy ending joining them together soon. A combination of dangerous circumstances for both parties seems like it may take one or the other out of the equation, but can true love prevail though it all?With romantic thoughts and dreams captured throughout the novel, even while managing to scout out Uncle A softly compelling historical romanceI enjoyed reading this book. Alina & Duncan both feel undeniably drawn to each other when found anywhere near each other, and both are in high hopes of a happy ending joining them together soon. A combination of dangerous circumstances for both parties seems like it may take one or the other out of the equation, but can true love prevail though it all?With romantic thoughts and dreams captured throughout the novel, even while managing to scout out Uncle Brien's long lost love, this book ranks high on the soft romance scale. If you or a fan of historical romance novels (minus the erotic edges many contain), then look no further.
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  • Mary Lynde
    January 1, 1970
    This is dramatic, suspenseful, romantic and sweet. Duncan is brave, determined and charming. Alina is impulsive, naive and stubborn. They wish to wed, but her crazy uncle decides that Duncan has to figure a out a riddle, successfully do the tasks and get an answer for her uncle. Alina and Duncan are desperate to marry, and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. There's danger, intrigue, and a whole lot of drama. It's romantic and engrossing, and the creepy people are very creepy. The end i This is dramatic, suspenseful, romantic and sweet. Duncan is brave, determined and charming. Alina is impulsive, naive and stubborn. They wish to wed, but her crazy uncle decides that Duncan has to figure a out a riddle, successfully do the tasks and get an answer for her uncle. Alina and Duncan are desperate to marry, and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. There's danger, intrigue, and a whole lot of drama. It's romantic and engrossing, and the creepy people are very creepy. The end is very romantic and sweet and satisfying.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it.
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  • Suzanne Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    This story brings us back to Scotland to visit with everyone from the first story, Heart of a Highlander. This time around, we witness the Earl of Lochlann demand the completion of three tasks by Duncan MacConnoway in order to wed the Earl's niece Alina du Mas. Duncan will do anything to be able to claim Alina as his for all time but can he finish these crazy tasks? Alina fears that it's impossible because she can see things others cannot and she sees something dark and foreboding. Obstacles app This story brings us back to Scotland to visit with everyone from the first story, Heart of a Highlander. This time around, we witness the Earl of Lochlann demand the completion of three tasks by Duncan MacConnoway in order to wed the Earl's niece Alina du Mas. Duncan will do anything to be able to claim Alina as his for all time but can he finish these crazy tasks? Alina fears that it's impossible because she can see things others cannot and she sees something dark and foreboding. Obstacles appear in the way of these two lovebirds at every turn in this wonderful story. Will they get their happily ever after? I voluntarily read an ARC of this book for review.
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  • Patricia Schuette
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting adventureThe story of Duncan (brother of Broderick MacConaway) and Alina ( sister of Broderick's wife). They met when the brothers came to Lochland so Broderick could meet and wed Amabel. Duncan fell in love at once but her Uncle Brien wasn't sure he was worthy of her so he so he gave Duncan 3 quests to prove himself.
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  • Cheryl Drake johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Historical romance where Duncan and Alina have fallen in love but Duncan is sent on a quest by Alina' s uncle Brien who seems to believe that Duncan cannot possibly solve the riddle that he has provided. Nice clean romantic suspense. I was given a copy of this book as a gift from the author. I am providing an honest review without obligation.
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  • Lena Claesson
    January 1, 1970
    Emilia Ferguson did it again, with the second book in the serie. Alina and Duncans book pulled me in from the beginning. The story, characters and environment is well described. I could see me in there. Can't wait for Emilia's next book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Patricia Myers
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this sequel a great deal. The storyline was interesting and kept my attention. I was hoping to find out the answer to the un asked question. The crap Uncle Brien pulled for Duncan to marry Alina was unreal. I was really hating him during the story. But was glad when it all worked out in the end. I received a ARC of this story.
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  • Sara Collins
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book as much as I did the first book I look forward to the next one in this series.. It has mystery an adventure and a little bit of romance without overly being sexualized like many historicals and its very very detailed.. I hope Emilia keeps going down this path.
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    I am happy to recommend this love story between Alina and Duncan in the Laird of Dunkeld series. Their characters are beautifully developed and I loved the challenge set forth by Alina's uncle that leads them to discover past secrets and ultimately brings them happiness!
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    A story of the lengths a man will go through to make a woman his bride. What makes it better is the bride can help. Together they can fulfill the quests. A fun adventure. I received a complimentary copy and I am reviewing voluntarily.
  • Pat Walley
    January 1, 1970
    This book hooked me from the very first page with the well written storyline that flowed so effortlessly throughout the whole book and the characters were so detailed that I was pulled deeper into Duncan's and Alina's story each page that I turned!
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series and I enjoyed it as much as the previous one. You can read this one first if you don’t mind a minor spoiler. An excellent romance/suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. My strong woman is here but sometimes she almost makes mistakes.
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  • Barbara Watts
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story it has everything you could want suspense,love, loyalty ,challenges. Well written story that had me wanting to know what next and would Duncan MacConnoway and Alina du Mas get a happy ending. I was gifted a copy and I am reviewing it.
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  • Pauline Walton
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderfully writtenIntrigue to solve for love to be won, captivating and imaginative descriptions and storyline! You won't want this one to end!
  • Rhonda Kordonowy
    January 1, 1970
    Who could ask for anything more? 2 people have never been more perfect for one another. While she can come off a bit prudish he burns like an LED lightbulb.
  • Sally Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Boring!Very juvenile and boring. My OCD made me finish it, otherwise I would have put it down. Don't waste your time!!
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