Book Review

Highland Spy – Madeline Martin [Spies + An Undeniable Attraction!]


I have become absolutely obsessed with highland / Scottish romancey books lately, and with Madeline Martin’s novels, in particular. A while back, I reviewed the second book in this series (yes, I know I have a problem with the natural order of stories!) and adored it. I also read a teensy novella of hers (remember, I don’t do novellas). Long story short, this woman is immensely talented.
Highland Spy
Mercenary Maidens #1
by Madeline Martin
Narrated by: David Gillies
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Scottish Historical Romance
Pages: 358
Length: 11 hrs 11 mins
Format Read: Audible & Kindle
Source: Kindle from Author for Review | Audible purchased
Buy: Amazon | Audible
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Story: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Narration: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reviewed by Megan

Ariana Fitzroy has lost her family and her fortune. The fight for survival leads her to the shadowed card games of court, where she discovers she has quite a talent for slipping cards into her favor. While the winnings are enough to sustain her at present, they will not last forever . . .

Connor Grant, trainer of the fallen women from the English court and personal assassin to the king, is just as broken as the women he trains. After losing his own land and all his people in a brutal attack from a trusted friend, he has no choice but to rebuild any way he sees possible – even if it means going against everything he’s ever believed in.

After catching Ariana cheating at cards, Connor has a new trainee to instruct at one of the king’s many confiscated castles. In the dilapidated ruins, he discovers Ariana is more than she appears and falls in love with her incredible tenacity and dedication – a love that is challenged by Connor’s chance at reclaiming the inheritance he once lost and has sought so desperately to regain. 


Oh the feels.

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I don’t think there was anything about this book I didn’t like. I read Highland Ruse before this book so, of course I already knew and loved Delilah’s character, but then you add in Ariana and Connor (and the way they skirt around their growing attraction for each other) and I couldn’t put this book down.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I then purchased the Audible companion to go with it. The free Kindle copy in no way influenced my opinions of this book. 

I am so glad I downloaded the audio to go with this book because I had always wondered how to pronounce some of the words and the narration (read by Dave Gillies) was fantastic! He really brought Connor and Ariana to life!

Of all, though, I think Percy quickly became my favorite. She was quiet and sweet and always so kind. She made me smile each time she showed up in this story, but I also loved her strength. And, how the others respected her for it.

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And wow, if that wasn’t the most romantic game of strip poker I ever heard of! Each book I read by Madeline Martin surpasses the one before it, leaving me eager for more!

Until next time 🙂


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