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Peek Inside Crimson Heart

Highland warrior Searc Munro's dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father’s life is threatened, Searc’s secret is revealed. When Elena Seymour's lineage as the illegitimate daughter of King Henry VIII is discovered, she runs for her life

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Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. She has kept the secret of her lineage for years, but with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena's Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena's true identity, she must flee to Scotland to save her life.

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his dark, killing magic must never be known. When his father's life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan's suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland's regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must learn to trust each other if they want to live.

The Highland Hearts series is best enjoyed in order.
Series order:
Book one: Captured Heart
Book two: Tangled Hearts
Book three: Untamed Hearts
Book four: Crimson Heart
Book five: Highland Heart

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By All Things Urban Fantasy July 10, 2014

Review Courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

CRIMSON HEART marks the first time I’ve read a book in a series without having read the ones that came before – but kilts and magic? Then adding in the bonus of a historical bent? Come on. It’s a complete home-run, book wise. For me, anyway.

Truth told, if I we ...more

By Cinzia August 28, 2014

Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena's Protestant caretaker is being tar ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" July 24, 2014

Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Crimson Heart is the third book of the Highland Hearts series by Heather McCollum, but can indeed be read alone. If you love a great historical, highlander story with just a touch of magic and fantasy you'll love this book!

Searc Munro was born with a curse that he's hidden ...more

By Farrah June 14, 2014

With magic, secrets, and a lovely romance, Crimson Heart was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a wonderful addition to the series and I really enjoyed reading it.

Elena was lovely. She was strong and determined to live her life away for all the political battles that he ...more

By Samaris July 05, 2014

Elena has led her entire life based on a lie. Always hiding her true identity lest she be used by others for political purposes. Searc has led a great life in the Highlands but he too bears a secret, a secret which he fears once revealed will make him an outcast. One fateful day him and his father a ...more

By Lynn July 04, 2014

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

I received a copy of this book from the Entangled Publishing and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

This is not a story that you will want to skip around on. The author includes a mystery and if you skip around you may miss something and ...more

By eyes.2c July 11, 2014

...hearts of the highlands

1554, Searc Munro, a disgraced highlander flees from the dark magic he harbours. Elena Seymour, an unknown and unacknowledged Tudor princess, illegitimate daughter to Henry VIII, fearing being used as a political pawn is struggling towards possible safety in Edinburgh when ...more

By Charlene July 06, 2014

Wonderful book. I was given a e-copy of the novel for a honest review. I love reading about Scotland and Highlanders in particular. Without revealing too much, our hero believes that he cannot lead his clan because his special powers will get in the way. He leaves his clan and family. He runs into o ...more

By Kirsten July 26, 2014

Review to come... ...more

By CRISTINA March 21, 2018

I liked this book very much. The writer has a way to tell the story that keeps you interested all the time. The characters have strong personalities. They are brave and interesting. The descriptions are vivid. I enjoyed reading this book and It made me wish to read more stories from this writer. ...more

By Brenda L Brooks May 14, 2018

Highland Novels by Heather McCollum

As with all of Ms. BrOoklyn's books that I have read so far, this one holds your interest, is full of adventure and romance mixed together.
I know that anyone that likes this type of story will enjoy it as much as I did. ...more

By Deborah April 21, 2019

Heather just keeps these great stories coming................. ...more

By Landy October 30, 2017

My favorite of the series. Love Searc and Elena. ...more

By Judith March 14, 2017

Better and better

This series of Highland romances just gets better and better. Searc and Elana were ment to be. Both hiding secrets that could destroy many lives come together to find love everlasting. ...more

By Patty June 21, 2014

Crimson Heart (Highland Hearts, #3) by Heather McCollum
Heather McCollum

Do you love a land of mysterious legends, magical powers and let's not forget, the sexy and yummy men in KILTS? Then this book is for you.

Elena Seymour is the illegitimate daughter of King Henry VIII and has always felt like a burden on others. She has been hidden in Scotland, as ...more

By Shauni June 20, 2014

Originally reviewed for Tea and Book.

There is always magic in the Highlands and Heather McCollum does a wonderful job of explaining how those who have been steeped in their history and accept the magic must often walk a fine line between the church and the gifts that God gave them. Add to the fact t ...more

By Samantha September 30, 2016

I'm a sucker for kilts and they are my naughty indulgence when it comes to books. Those and pirates but those do not play in here. For me This book was good and I really enjoyed it, but the magic aspect for Searc and his family felt a bit lacking. Now don't get me wrong it's a historical romance wit ...more

By Becky August 12, 2016

Okay, I'll admit it. The shirtless guy in the kilt is totally the reason I picked this one up in the first place. Yep, I'm that shallow...even though a teensy part of me is concerned that this might be slightly inaccurate. (Shirtless? In Scotland? Isn't it a wee bit chilly up there? Elena often comp ...more

By ari June 12, 2014
Crimson Heart, third installment in the Highland Hearts series, heats up the spring whether, with its warming romance and dramatic family excess.

Searc Munro is the only remaining son of the Munro family, so when his magic is found to be different from the r ...more

By Denise June 22, 2014

I really enjoy a good historical romance and mix that with a little magic then definitely even better. This is the first time reading this author for me, the cover and title drew me first-highlanders being ones that have a special place in my heart love to read them. Once I begin I was soon swept aw ...more

By Anissa August 02, 2017

I was so excited to read about Searc in this novel. We first meet Searc in Captured Hearts as a young man. Now he is full grown and a lovable HUNK! He has powers like his mother but where hers are a healing blue magic his is a life stealing red magic. He feels he is a demon and leaves the clan. On h ...more

By Pam August 03, 2016

Searc has hid his darkness all his life. When he is forced to show it he leaves his home to get away from those that fear him. He comes across a girl in danger and saves her. He isn't done saving her even not knowing anything bout her he will do anything to keep her safe. Elena is on the run as well ...more

By Amy August 13, 2016

This is book 3 in the Highland Hearts series.

Searc Munro comes from a family of healers and when his killing magic is revealed he leaves his family in disgrace. While making his way to Edinburgh, he encounters a lady being robbed by thieves. After rescuing her, he offers to escort her to Edinburgh a ...more

By Crystal June 30, 2014

This book has a lot of things that every book lover wants. You have a highlander that has magical powers, you get romance, suspense, and secrets. It is bound to melt your hearts.

Highland warrior Searc Munro has powers that are different than his family. He has a dark killing magic. He is told to nev ...more

By Rosemary June 28, 2014

Searc leaves his clan. He sees the fear in their eyes when they see his deadly magic. Along his journey he rescues Elena. She has fled England to save her life. Searc becomes her protector. Now the real danger begins. Both have secrets that can kill them. They are a powerful pair who will fight to s ...more

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Heather McCollum

About the author

Heather McCollum

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor's dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum's heart and imagination every time she visits. The country's history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond. When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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