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Peek Inside Claiming the Highlander's Heart

Disguising herself as a Highland lass, Georgina joins a group of outlaws to find a stolen item, only to fall for their leader…but she’s the sister of the enemy he’s sworn to fight against.

Claiming the Highlander's Heart

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Georgina Townsend has never behaved like a "proper" lady. Her family accuses her of being impulsive, sometimes to the point of recklessness. And they must be right. Because when a band of Highland outlaws steals Georgina's late mother's music box, instead of letting the proper authorities take care of the matter, she disguises herself as a Highland lass and joins the group of outlaws to find the stolen item. She certainly doesn’t plan on falling for their charming leader…

Malcolm Stewart has never met a more bold and captivating woman than the mysterious lass who suddenly shows up to join his small band of outlaws. But while she fits in easily, she’s more distracting than he expected. When he returned from the war to find his life destroyed, Mal decided to get revenge on the Highland landlords, whom he blames for the death of his family. Falling in love isn’t part of that plan—especially not with the sister of one of the very landlords he's sworn to fight against.

Each book in the Townsends series is STANDALONE:
* Enchanting the Earl
* The Rogue's Conquest
* A Scot's Surrender
* Claiming the Highlander's Heart


“I absolutely adore this series! I especially loved the second and third book, and this is a wonderful addition. It is equally funny and sad, the characters are strong and different, and it was a delight to see some of the rest of the Townsends again. If you like your romances far from boring and clichéd, with strong, independent females and men who wouldn't even dream of holding them back, give this series a try. I cannot recommend it highly enough!” –Andrea D., Goodreads

The attraction between Mal and George is palpable from the beginning. I loved the tension! Such wonderful characters!” –Linda T., Goodreads

“Their story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking and I enjoyed it very much. Not too sweet with just the right amount of steam.” –Norah G., Goodreads

“This is a well written, well paced story with an unusual storyline as well as a heroine with a unique problem.  There is a lot of desire, some steamy love scenes, dangerous situations, an exceptional hero, very likable secondary characters, some heartache, some joy and a sigh worthy HEA.” –Flipping Pages Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636309
Series: The Townsends, Book 4
Release Date: Jul 9, 2018
Page Count: 260
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: highlander, historical, historical regency
Tropes: enemies to lovers, redemption, revenge

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By Andrea June 28, 2018

What if Robin Hood had stolen something belonging to Marian, and she decided to join his band of merry thieves to steal it right back?

"You're a romantic, Malcom Stewart." "No, I'm not. I'm a very practical person." "Because leading a group of livestock bandits in some tribute to the halcyon days of ...more

By Meags December 17, 2018

4 Stars

Claiming the Highlander’s Heart – the fourth (and final?) novel in Maxton’s romantic, humorous, and heartfelt historical series – had a Robin Hood type-vibe going on, with youngest sibling Georgina gallivanting off into the wilderness in pursuit of a band of thieves who have stolen something ...more

By Maria Rose July 25, 2018

Georgina and Malcolm are an unlikely pair in this opposites attract romance by Lily Maxton, part of her Townsends series (the first of which, The Rogue's Conquest was nominated for a 2018 RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for Historical Romance: Short!). When Georgina goes hunting for t ...more

By Tracy July 07, 2018

I have read a lot of historical romances and I think it is safe to say that I have never read this particular storyline before.

Georgina Townsend, the youngest and last unattached Townsend has just returned from a trip to Glasgow, while in town, she got some very troubling and unsettling news from h ...more

By Dorian July 15, 2018


What a pair we are, though... a thief and a liar. They really should write a ballad about us. Do you think it would end well?

A thief and an aristocrat. Georgina is not some princess in distress. She is a strong woman who takes charge in her hands. Malcolm is not some sweet prince on a white ho ...more

Claiming the Highlander's Heart by Lily Maxton is book Four in The Townsends series. This is the story of Georgina Townsend and Malcolm "Mal" Stewart. I haven't yet read the previous book but feel this was easily a standalone book for me.
Mal had went off to war and left his family but when he retur ...more

By Kacie July 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! I loved the concept. Georgina and Mal have a connection and I loved the way the author had Georgina have all these great qualities about her that she for right in with a band of thieves. I also liked how she portrayed Mal! I loved the Scottish aspect also. It gave the sto ...more

By Suzette July 09, 2018

The last of the Townsend series. Mal and Georgie make a fearsome couple. The author delves deep to show the type of effects that abandonment, childhood illnesses, death, war and other losses can impact a person and the types of bonds they form. Mal and Georgie were from different social and economic ...more

By Maggie June 28, 2018

Quite a good read
An interesting and inventive plot , and the characters have great souls.
I found the idea a woman would become an outlaw to rescue a music box strange , but in reading I accepted it and found the story enjoyable.
I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a ...more

By Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews June 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this! Plus, it had representation that not many other books have. My one complaint is the author's note at the back didn't mention it, which might be because I read an arc version. ...more

By Brenda July 10, 2018

Publisher's Description:

Georgina Townsend has never behaved like a "proper" lady. Her family accuses her of being impulsive, sometimes to the point of recklessness. And they must be right. Because when a band of Highland outlaws steals Georgina's late mother's music box, instead of letting the prope ...more

By Kat July 28, 2018

Oh, what a wonderful book! Thank goodness my boss was out of town and I had two days to read at work, because I did not want to put this one down. It's the fourth book in The Townsends series, but can totally stand alone. You won't be the least bit lost; you'll just want to go back and read the firs ...more

By Patrica July 09, 2018

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publishers for an honest review.
This is my first book by Lily Maxton and and I just loved it. With a touch of Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the guise of a Highlander and his band of thieves. They seek revenge on the Titled Men who have taken ...more

By Petula July 10, 2018

Georgina Townsend is furious when she finds someone has stolen her music box. There is only one thing to do, go and get it back. Our brave and independent heroine is part of a loving family, but has a health problem that is causing her heartache.
Malcolm Stewart is a soldier who came home to find hi ...more

By Linda June 29, 2018

When a precious music box from her mother is stolen by thieves, Georgina (George) cannot bear the thought of losing the one item that reminds her the most of her mother & takes off to recover it. Disguising herself as a Highlander lass, she manages to find the band of outlaws & convinces them to let ...more

By Janet July 03, 2018

Georgina Townsend has never behaved like a "proper" lady. Her family accuses her of being impulsive, sometimes to the point of recklessness. When a band of Highland outlaws steals Georgina's late mother's music box, instead of letting the proper authorities take care of the matter, she disguises her ...more

By Ann L July 12, 2018

I have found some interesting authors lately and Lily is one of them. This storyline is interesting and exciting, I couldn't put it down, I loved everything about this, it was funny, it was heart warming and the characters were very likeable.

I received a copy from Netgalley and I am voluntarily leav ...more

By Lori July 09, 2018

A definite twist and a different storyline that kept my interest. Almost reckless at times, Georgina Townsend is not your typical heroine. When a group of Highland outlaws steals her treasured music box that was her late mother's, she sets out on an intriguing journey. Disguising herself as a Highla ...more

By Mikala July 05, 2018

I love me a good romance novel. This book was great and I couldn’t put it down. Georgina and Mal’s story was so unique. This is the first book I’ve read by Lily Maxton, but won’t be my last. This was technically the 4th book in the series, but like most romance series, it doesn’t matter if you read ...more

By Anna July 02, 2018

A definitely read me book! So buy buy buy buy buy ....
One of the things about this book that absolutely enchanted me was the diverse plot line and characters. Not the normal Lords and Ladies book! From a thief and a lady... to the forest as well as all the episodes within it absolutely captured me. ...more

By Norah June 29, 2018

I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Claiming The Highlander’s Heart by Lily Maxton is the fourth book of The Townsends series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I do think you would enjoy it more if you have read the other books in the series. Ge ...more

By Amy June 22, 2018

I really enjoyed Georgina and Mal's story! I have loved Georgina since the series began and was so excited to see how she got her HEA!

When her home is broken into, Georgina is determined to get her music box back. Without her family knowing, she sneaks off and finds the group of outlaws. She works h ...more

By Carey’s Reviews July 09, 2018

4 Stars! This is my first time reading a book by this author (this book can be read as a standalone) & this isn’t a typical romance book! First off, the male main character is a thief. The female main character has medical problems & scars from small pox which she had as a child. This book was reall ...more

By Helen December 18, 2018

Oh god this was so beautiful. Heartfelt and gentle, but also heartwrenching in the best of ways.
Georgina is my favourite Townsend sibling and I was looking forward to her story so much and I can say it's definitely my favourite. The way the book dealt with her issues with so much care and understand ...more

By Lisa January 26, 2019

I would give this book a 3.7.
I devoured the first 12 chapters - those of Georgina and Malcolm together as thieves.
The ones that followed solved their issues, but were not as satisfying.

(spoiler alert)
I get that Georgina might not have a menses because of the pox years earlier. But I do not under ...more

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Lily Maxton

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Lily Maxton

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer. When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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