Book Review

[Review] Highland Ruse – Madeline Martin [Book Birthday]


Happy Book Birthday to one of my new favorite authors – Madeline Martin – and her newest book, Highland Ruse! It just came out today and is the second book in the Mercenary Maidens series. Even though it is only the second book I have read by Madeline Martin, I am totally in love!

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35428001.jpgHighland Ruse
The Mercenary Maidens Series #2
by Madeline Martin
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance
Pages: 322
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Author for Review
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Kaid MacLeod couldn’t protect his clan from an unimaginable slaughter that killed his father and took the lives of many of his people. Wracked with guilt, he knows retaliation will only bring more death, but his clan thirsts for revenge and all seems lost…until Kaid discovers his nemesis’s betrothed will be traveling through Scotland. Abducting this innocent woman will give him the leverage he desperately needs to end the continuing massacres and bring peace to his clan. Though he is loath to do so, it’s the least bloody solution he can see.

Delilah Canterbury has been striving to make her own way for a long time. One of many children, with no money or noble blood to fall back on, Delilah dreamt of joining the court of King James. After her beauty earned her one tender night with the king, he spurned her on a whim, causing her to lose not just her chance at a better life, but her reputation. In dire straits, her life was saved when she was taken in by a group of female spies and taught their deadly skills. Now, testing her prowess, she is disguised as Lady Elizabeth, daughter of a well-known noble, betrothed of a Scottish laird, and a target in the war between clans.

Kidnapped by Kaid, Delilah’s mission as a decoy is near completion, but when she finds herself attracted to the very man she’s supposed to deceive, will Delilah lose control and risk her very life in the process? Will finding out who Delilah really is be Kaid’s undoing, and that of his entire clan? 

Megan's review

This book had so many different things going on!

First we have Delilah. She is this kick-butt woman who’s learned to fight and not only protect herself but others. I loved her character! And she shows multiple times throughout this book that she’s willing to help others, even if it goes against her orders. Oh, and the maternal instinct that comes out when she meets little orphaned Claire (one of my other favorites – what a sweet little girl!).

Kaid. Sexy, strong. Hurting. Guilt-ridden. His clan was attacked by the greedy (dare I call him evil?) Laird MacKenzie. Many people died. Kaid’s father died. And he blames himself for not being able to protect his clan. Then he hears that the greedy Laird is getting a bride so he decides to kidnap her and ransom her to him. Kaid’s not a bad guy, though. He’s trying to help his people in the least bloody way he can. I can respect that.

Donnan and Leasa. Supporting characters. Sometimes comic relief.

“I think we’ve all been poisoned.” -Leasa

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There’s also an obvious romance going on between the two of them (though it never really gets addressed). Personally, I am hoping for another book dedicated to them 😉

Then we get to Kaid’s home and see how his people have been hurt by Laird MacKenzie. Madeline Martin did an amazing job making your heart hurt for them, making you wish you were in Delilah’s place and could help them. And then little Claire! I adored her so much. She’s a sweet little girl who has lost everything and then meets this beautiful “Lady Elizabeth”. The two of them connect right away and it added a wonderful layer to this book!

I was amazed by some of the twists and turns, especially toward the end. Characters you didn’t expect to hear from. Unexpected villains. The last few chapters were written so well that I really didn’t have a clue what the outcome was going to be. It could have gone either way and, although I want so much more of these characters, everything wrapped up neatly.


I adored this book. I haven’t read the first one yet (this is getting to be a bad habit) so now I’m off to check that one out! What a great story 🙂 Like I said with the last Madeline Martin book I read, I am hooked!

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Happy Tuesday (and don’t forget to get your copy of Highland Ruse and join the adventure today!)
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17 thoughts on “[Review] Highland Ruse – Madeline Martin [Book Birthday]”

  1. Not really my kind of read, but you have written a lovely review. Not heard of Mercenary Maidens series before. (This is the third series tonight I’ve not heard of, call myself a book blogger!!)


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