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Highland Defender (Renegade Scots #2) by Julie Johnstone. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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To protect herself, she’ll deny her powers. To save her, he’ll break every rule he’s vowed to live by. 

Lillianna de Burgh knows all about the legend surrounding the women in her family—that true love awakens the gift of sight within them. But given the horrific betrayals the power has brought her ancestors, she wants no part in true love or the supposed gift. Avoiding her fate seems simple enough since men have proven time and again that they wish to use her, not cherish her, even her own kin. Thankfully, when she flees England to escape her evil uncle, she finds herself in the company of a seemingly hard-hearted Highlander who thinks the legend nothing more than a myth. As they travel together, she comes to discover that behind his cold facade lies a fierce and honorable protector, whose mere touch ignites the passion within her. Yet, the more she tries to resist it, the more she seems to fall.

Renowned Highland warrior Angus MacLorh lives by three principles: put country above self, protect family at all cost, and never become entangled with a lass—not again. So when his future king needs him to accompany the far-too-lovely Lillianna to safety, Angus agrees, confident he can keep her at a distance, as he does all women. Yet the gentle, fiercely determined lady intrigues and tempts him at every turn, and when his greatest enemy captures her, he finds himself breaking all his rules to save her.

As the fight for the Scottish throne embroils Lillianna and Angus deep in danger, enemies near and far hunt them threatening their very lives. When the truth of the legend finally comes to light, can a lady determined to escape her destiny and a Highlander bent on facing his future alone overcome the barriers they’ve created and trust in their hearts to lay claim to the most glorious of love?


Laird Angus MacLorh has been tasked by Robert the Bruce with taking a woman to safety.  She is related to a Scottish clan that is believed to have special abilities. Her English family have attempted to use her for years without success,  that makes her worthless.  Our hero is a no nonsense man who has been badly betrayed by a woman,  so will never trust another one,  and dies not believe in fantasy.
Lillianna watched her mother suffer for years because she had been betrayed by a man.  All men only want her because of her potential abilities.  Lillianna never wants to have them awakened in her.  The way to ensure that is to never allow a man into her heart. 
This is an exciting,  action packed story,  with great characters.  It does link to a previous book,  but  can easily be read on its own.  Lots of tension between families torn apart by war and guilt. 
I loved it. 



Julie Johnstone is a USA Today best-selling author of Regency Romance, Victorian Romance, and Scottish Medieval romance. She is also the author of an urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers.

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