She saves a wounded Jamie and takes him in a secret hideout of hers to take care of him. In the course of taking care of the man, funny things happen. I loved how Jamie would find her breasts no matter the situation, which proved him to be a seasoned womanizer. When he regains consciousness later, Jamie is determined to abduct his pretty bride and take her with him. But Cat beats him to this, sending some of her trusty men to bonk him on the head and carry him out of the Highlands.
A year passes by in between. He was again living his dissolute life, whoring and gambling. We get to see some detailed scenes of him with two whores at a time and more from his own musings. More examples were ahead. Not something I care to know about, thank you! Jamie had his life planned, to marry that heiress and have his own lands and money.
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But his world became upside down from the moment he met Cat. But I also understood that they were strangers and this was an unwanted marriage to begin with. Yet I was very annoyed. Then came the information on his thousand mistresses, here and there, ruining the fun for me. It seems like everywhere he goes, there are a few; be it England or Ireland, wealthy women or barmaids! In return, they paid off his debts. So can I call him a gigolo?
As I said, he did anything to survive. He took care of his servants, pets and his women, the throngs of them. None of his whores can complain about his prowess in bed or his genial behavior towards them. The only person, apparently, Jamie cared about was his Irish servant Sullivan.
Sullivan is actually his friend of sort and has a partnership of breeding horses with Jamie. She finds him in his house, with whores, drinks and cards, with Buckingham and their cronies. So far, no one believed in his Highland wife, until she stepped into his house. There is trouble brewing in her clan. For that Jamie has to be a faithful and attentive husband. How sad, really. After he gets back his lands and his place in court, Cat would leave him with a good amount of money for saving her life and so on and have the marriage annulled.
So they make their debut as a couple soon. Another thing that bugged me was Cat never confronting Jamie about his cheating and becoming more and more besotted with him as she got to know him, the tales and array of his mistresses notwithstanding. In court, it seems like he has slept with almost every woman there.
Jamie was always honest about this part of his life, ruthlessly so IMO. He never made a secret about his womanizing. The charmer played his parts and she forgot. These parts of the story bored me much. Even though I liked reading the historical facts and figures, I wanted something solid to bloom between them. After almost a year of being together, touring London and making a mark at court, Cat wants to be more intimate. They play this on and off game, never going all the way, mostly Jamie pushing her away because he thought about the annulment, not knowing the marriage has already been consummated.
Cat was a bit scared of telling him but when she finally does, Jamie mocks the whole thing like it was fun. Jamie was concerned what to do since all his English properties are being forfeited. Cat advises him to move to his property in Ireland; they should be safe there as long as the King forgets. On the way to Ireland, they have some fun.
Jamie shows Cat around, along with an old cottage he uses on occasion. Here, when he goes to his tavern, we get to meet one of his sluts, the owner herself. Now his mind is full of his wife. Soon they end up having sex. When there is no trust, is it possible? As Jamie plans his betrayal to James, he would work as the bearer of the message to William.
Once he mentions it to Cat. So before he leaves, Jamie writes a note to Cat. When she finds the note, Cat is mad and follows him, only to find him in the same tavern, with the same slut all over him- still rubbing and making propositions.
Funny thing was, even though Cat was sure he was cheating on her It does really hurt, huh Cat? In the meantime, her uncle Jarrod comes to take her back home, informing her about the trouble in the clan. Cat also learns some distressing news, like Donald and Rory has died in a clan feud sometimes ago. She leaves him with a letter, where she hopes that someday love will find him.
Meanwhile, Jamie is restless because he has been missing Cat too much. Here, again, I find that the H and h are apart for long long time, which seems like a favorite with JJ. His life is dull without Cat. You see, this is where I began to see the real man underneath, though sadly, it took him frustratingly long time to come out. And there was no question about the love between them, as Jamie finally confesses about his feelings and that he has indeed been faithful to her all these time.
The ending scene was beautiful. I loved it and cried. In the end, I felt this book was worth my time, simply to watch Jamie fall. I wished them all the best! Jul 22, Marie rated it liked it. This is an adventurous novel about Jamie Sinclair, a never-do-well but gorgeous guy who impulsively saves a woman from a horrible fate by claiming her as his wife. The woman he saves is one who he believes to be a poor camp follower, and little does he know that she could be the answer to his prayers.
Jamie Sinclair has all we need to empathize with him; he is mistreated by the noble ladies, and his own parents didn't want him around when he was growing up so he has been doing the best he can by This is an adventurous novel about Jamie Sinclair, a never-do-well but gorgeous guy who impulsively saves a woman from a horrible fate by claiming her as his wife. Jamie Sinclair has all we need to empathize with him; he is mistreated by the noble ladies, and his own parents didn't want him around when he was growing up so he has been doing the best he can by switching allegiances as needed during the rough political times between Charles and James II.
Once James II was king, his subjects and parliament disapproved of him, and our Jamie was doing all he could to stay under the radar.. She is Catherine Drummond, who her father had chosen to rule his clan after his death, but her family would not allow this to happen. They chose for her a husband, and she disobeyed their wishes when she explained to them she was married to an Englishman. She then has to run to find him in England and see what she can do to get an annulment, or go against her nature and follow her dreams instead.
The events that follow is a rather slow rendering of a cat and mouse game between Catherine and Jamie, although the novel got off to a promising start. The romance angle was over done with the same thing happening over and over they get close, and then they scare each other off. Amidst the back and forth romance the author does a thorough job of defining the aura of the turbulent times without feeling like a history lesson.
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In fact, the most interesting parts of the novel were when James was reacting to the political events. I enjoyed the book for the plot and the clever story angles, such as Cat dressing as a man to disguise herself, but I think it could have been a four star read for me if it had cut out about pages in the middle of it. The historical nature of the book which encompasses Scotland, England and some France were the highlights of the novel and were well told with attention to detail. The author seemed to want to add all of her research and ideas into this one book, and sometimes the back and forth romance got in the way.
The fact that the title Highland Rebel could refer to either Cat or Jamie adds to the drama, as the heroine Cat is a force to be reckoned with. This would be a wonderful read for those who like a little history mixed in with their romance reads. Read an Excerpt here and you'll see that the story starts with some wild fun. There are some high ratings for this book on Goodreads, check out the reviews here. The author Judith James has also written Broken Wing, which is set in the Napoleonic era and I plan to read that as well.
May 09, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: own , This is the second book by Judith James that I've read, and although I don't think it's quite up to par with her debut, it's definitely better than a lot of historical romances out there. I won't go into specifics, but Catherine is "rescued" by James when she is caught in a battle. He marries her, but little does he know what he's just gotten himself into.
Judith James has a style o This is the second book by Judith James that I've read, and although I don't think it's quite up to par with her debut, it's definitely better than a lot of historical romances out there. Judith James has a style of writing that just seems to flow and I really enjoy her characterizations along with the history she brings to the mix. I also love that her characters work for their happiness and nothing is just given to them wrapped with a bow. I also really liked the ending which I thought suited the characters perfectly. However I also have to say that the levels of denial in these characters, although realistic for the most part, became taxing in the number of back-and-forth should we or shouldn't we.
The middle dragged a little for me and I think it would have been a little more interesting if we had tagged along with James to see exactly what he was up to instead of talking about whispered conversations, I wanted to hear them. So overall I love the time the author takes to make the relationship between Catherine and James realistic and poignant, but this time around it seemed to miss a certain something I can't quite put my finger on, but all-in-all still a great story. I get too spoiled with her writing so I can't wait until her next one. I'll definitely be back for, Libertine's Kiss , which she says is a "dark Restoration era romance.
This is a Historical Romance. Jamie Sinclair finds himself in a battle against the Highlanders. He has pledged his allegiance to the current King of England. He will change his religion or his support depending on who can help him maintain his fortune and his way of living. After a battle, a highlander is captured. To his surprise it turns out to be a female. He can't let the men at camp rape her and to his own dismay decides to protects the woman. He is told that in order to save her life and ma This is a Historical Romance. He is told that in order to save her life and maybe his own he will need to marry her.
He does this against the advice of the Priest. The woman who is unknown to him is Catherine Drummond, the heiress to her clan. After the wedding is over, she is able to escape. When he discovers her missing, he follows her trail. When he catches up to her, her family tortures him and almost kills him.
They don't know this is the Englishman Catherine has been forced to marry. She is able to saved him and later on forces him to leave on a ship. A year later, Catherine travels to London and finds Jamie. He teaches her how to disguise herself as a young lad and takes her to places she would not have been able to visit. Their passion continues to grow. With another battle brewing, will Jamie switch sides again? Will they become enemies, fighting against each other?
If London, Ireland or the Highlands are not safe, where will they go? The author has done plenty of research to portrayed the distress of the era. To the point that sometimes it takes away from the romance between Jamie and Catherine. The constant escaping each other or leaving each other also becomes tiring. Sep 14, Gaby rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-romance. The story opens on the battle field, seen through the eyes of Jamie Sinclair. Jamie is the sort of romantic hero that is fun to read about. What with these mad Stuart kings - Protestant one day, Catholic the next - a fellow needed to be quick.
Fortunately, he was: quick witted, quick with a sword, and more importantly, quick to recognize which way the wind was blowing. Possessed of a cynic's keen percep The story opens on the battle field, seen through the eyes of Jamie Sinclair. Possessed of a cynic's keen perception and willingness to shift with the political tide, he switched masters, mistresses religions whenever the need arose.
He is careful when and how to display it. When he chooses to risk his person to protect Catherine Drummond, you can't help but root for him. Fortunately, Judith James isn't one to write a simple love story. There are twists, upsets and adventures - enough to make Highland Rebel much more than the usual historical romance. Many highland romances feature a strong highland warrior protecting his beguiling English wife and Judith James gives us something different yet again. Though set in a completely different place and time, Jamie Sinclair reminded me of Rafael Sabatini's Scaramouche, "He was born with a gift of laughter, and a sense that the world was mad.
Courtesy of SourceBooks and Judith James. Jan 01, Mary Mans rated it it was amazing. After my holiday Judith Jamesathon I feel a bit like a crusader, wanting everyone to read these refreshingly different books and love them like I did. What you will find here? The highlands in all their majestic beauty, witty dialogue, complex charming somewhat flawed characters, a After my holiday Judith Jamesathon I feel a bit like a crusader, wanting everyone to read these refreshingly different books and love them like I did.
The highlands in all their majestic beauty, witty dialogue, complex charming somewhat flawed characters, and a wonderful love story told in the context of real historical figures and events. No history as wallpaper or cookie cutter characters here. One of the most entertaining and exciting reads of the year for me. Both the cover and title suggest standard Scottish romance fare. I suspect some readers who would really love this blend of love story and historical adventure will never pick it up for that reason.
At the same time other readers may pick it up expecting a genre romance and be frustrated that it's not what they expect. I blame the publisher not the author for this. Highland Rebel is a beautifully written love story filled with humor, history and adventure, and big ideas. A must read for those who enjoy that type of thing. Aug 17, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews , historical-romance. They say opposites attract, and that stands true in this book. Both Jamie and Cat were sure of their destinies and even more sure they had nothing to do with being together.
But fate had other plans. Highland Rebel is the second novel from Judith James. Wonderfully written. It's captivating and heart wrenching. I was sucked into Jamie and Cat's world. Both having interesting personalities. It was fun seeing them fig They say opposites attract, and that stands true in this book. It was fun seeing them fight, play their games and eventually come together. What I love about reading a Judith James book is her attention to detail. Always thorough and grabs the reader. The research she does, shines through in her writing.
Not only do you enter a different world, but you feel as if you've been transported there.
Nov 03, J. While still on my romance novel kick, I thought I would take a stroll into the historical romances. This was a very interesting read with a lot of historical tidbits that made it quite educational. I'm not so sure if I loved the plot, but I really loved the characters. I loved the dialog a While still on my romance novel kick, I thought I would take a stroll into the historical romances.
I loved the dialog and how they react to one another. I will say one thing, there was a lot of near-misses between these two characters and it nearly drove me bonkers, but it kept tugging me along to see if there is finally a connection. Jul 21, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: highlander , judith-james. With so many negative reviews, I wondered if I would change my mind about this book by the time I finished it. I loved the book. The author has done her research!
I loved Jamie, the hero. His quick wit had me laughing out loud! Since there are so many reviews, I won't try to write one other than to say I highly recommend this book.
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Yes, it has a lot of history through out the story. Delightful read! Jul 05, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance. Entertaining romance set in post-Restoration England and Scotland between a willful and beautiful Scottish lass who also happens to be the laird of her clan and a handsome, rakish, devil may care English lord who may or may not be spy.
He impulsively marries her to save her life which sets in motion of series of events that makes this novel exciting, romantic, amusing and a pleasure to read. While I enjoyed the characters, the setting and the excellent writing, I found the plot frustrating. Desperate to protect her clan, she asks the king to choose a husband for her who is both a mighty warrior and one who will consent to take her surname so that her family name will not die out.
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