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Peek Inside Highland Deception

Scotland, August 1642

Lachlan Cameron is honor bound to see a wounded lass to safety, although the lovely maid harbors a wealth of secrets, some of which, he suspicions, may threaten his clan. Maggie Murray has fled her home to avoid a political marriage to an abusive man, but the honor of the handsome Cameron laird who rescued her will force him to send her home. Despite their growing attraction, she can’t disclose her identity and will be safer in a convent. But with each passing day, and Lachlan’s gentle urging to trust him, keeping her secrets grows increasingly difficult.

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National Readers Choice Finalist and Holt Medallion Historical Finalist

Scotland, August 1642.

He has sworn he will never marry.

Lachlan Cameron is honor bound to see a wounded lass to safety, although he has well learned women are deceivers, and this lovely maid harbors a wealth of secrets. But Maggie’s free spirit and charms enthrall him while he works to discover if she is innocent…or a spy scheming with his enemies to destroy his clan.

She has sworn she will never fall in love.

Maggie Murray fled her home to avoid a political marriage to an abusive man. Salvation comes when the Cameron laird, unaware of her identity, protects her as she escapes. His kindness slowly warms her, and she’s tempted to confess her real name. But his strong sense of honor would force him to return her to her father…and torment at the hands of her scorned betrothed.

“Lori Ann Bailey makes a fun and fabulous debut with HIGHLAND DECEPTION!” – New York Times bestselling author, Teresa Medeiros

Highland Pride Series

Book 1: Highland Deception
Book 2: Highland Redemption
Book 3: Highland Temptation
Book 4: Highland Salvation
Book 5: Highland Obligation


"Lori Ann Bailey makes a fun and fabulous debut with Highland Deception." New York Times bestselling author - Teresa Medeiros

"It had everything that made it impossible to putdown; treachery, betrayal, suspense, romance and love."~MommyReads at Midnight

"I had to make certain that this was a debut effort as I was amazed at the quality of the story as awhole." ~Brenda, Goodreadsreview

"An emotionally charged Scottish Romance that will pull any Scottish lover into the story and hold them in rapture."~My Book Addiction and More

"Bravo Ms. Bailey, it is obvious you picked a craft you were born to do!" ~Celtic Barb's Kilted Tartan BookReviews Blog

"I loved the romance and the story line had me hooked the whole time..." ~Once Upon a Bookish Time

"This was a good story of love, trust, betrayal and faith." ~The Book Binge

"Fans of Scottish romance stories will definitely enjoy this one." ~Two Ends of the Pen

"This book was great!!"~Lissette Hicks, Goodreads review

"I enjoyed Lori Ann Bailey's Highland Deception, it was a well written, passionate historical romance." ~ Amanda Richardson, Goodreads review

"Pick up Highland Deception for a charminglove story between two strong characters for a weekend read." ~MaggieJo, NetGalley review

"This book has everything you want in a Highland tale. History, memorable characters, suspense and a wonderful story line." ~ Marlene Sanders, NetGalley review

"I really Loved this book, it's a gripping page turner and I highly recommend it." ~ lu dex, NetGalleyreview

"This is a great love story! You would never know this is a debut novel.Such a beautiful story of two people who had given up on love and happiness. I couldn't put it down! Definitely a MUST read!!!" - Ida, Goodreads

With characters I adored, along with suspense, chivalry, and love, why would I want to leave? - Diane,

For a Highland romance, Highland Deception is a lighthearted tale of happy endings and sizzling chemistry. I'd highly recommend it to fans of Outlander seeking something to quell the obsession. I'll be keeping an eye out for other books in this series. I have a feeling they'll be good. - Austine,

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757417
Series: Highland Pride, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 22, 2016
Page Count: 295
Imprint: amara next
Genre: highlander, historical
Tropes: mistaken identity, royalty

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By KAS May 17, 2017

It has been a long time since I have read a great Highlander historical romance. Highland Deception was an absolute treat! This is Ms. Bailey's debut novel, and I can't wait to read her next release. I loved her writing style and enjoyed it was told with a dual POV.

Lachlan and Maggie were so endeari ...more

By Fizza August 22, 2016

It's an interesting read. I loved the story and the characters. Set in Highlands, the story revolves around Maggie who runs away from home so that she can avoid a disastrous marriage. But on her way to the convent, to safety, she found trouble. Lachlan has a mission. He must protect a boy and expose ...more

By Barbee August 12, 2016

Book: Highland Deception by Lori Ann Bailey

Reviewed: by Barb Massabrook

Heat Rating: Smokin Hot

Overall Rating 5/5 star

Release Date: 8/22/2016

Background with historical detail:

Setting in 1642 Scotland was on the cusp of Another religious civil war or a third Bishops wars, as it was called. As the Cov ...more

By April August 07, 2016

Highland Deception (Highland Pride, Book 1) by Lori Ann Bailey. WOW! What a captivating and seductive Scottish Romance set in 1642 Scotland. Hard to believe Ms. Bailey is a debut author!

Thqis is the story of Lachlan Cameron, Laird of Cameron and Maggie Murray, betrothed to a brutal, abusive man. The ...more

By Brittany July 31, 2016

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a good story. I enjoyed it a great deal. Maggie is looking for her freedom and runs away from home to avoid being married to a horrible guy. Lachlan is a man trying to save his clan and protect his allies. The romance between ...more

By Lissette October 02, 2016

This book was great!! Hard to believe that this is her first book. I loved all the characters and can't wait to read Alan's story. She writes a beautiful story and she does an excellent job describing Scottland. I loved it!!! ...more

By Carmella August 09, 2016

I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

Lachlan has sworn to never marry after the woman he was betrothed to since they were kids betrays him. Maggie has run away from home as her father planned to marry her off to a sadistic, abusive man.

Maggie is on the run, dressed as a boy. Her p ...more

By 1-Click Addict Support Group August 21, 2016

So disappointed this is a debut novel—I wish there were more!

I was in the mood to escape and that is exactly what I did in this romance set in the historical Scottish Highlands. Maggie is running from a brutal life she sees no other escape from. Her plan may not have been well thought out—with her b ...more

By Amanda August 09, 2016

I enjoyed Lori Ann Bailey's "Highland Deception", it was a well written, passionate historical romance. Maggie wants to escape a betrothal to a cruel man and decides the only way to accomplish that is to run away. Lachlan previously had his heart broken by a beautiful woman, they were engaged and he ...more

By Brenda August 03, 2016


Scotland, August 1642

Maggie and Lachlan must fight their growing attraction, battling suspicion and intrigue as religious and political turmoil threaten to tear their clans apart.

He has sworn he will never marry.

Lachlan Cameron is honor bound to see a wounded lass to safety, although he ...more

By Anita August 18, 2016

In 1642, Lachlan Cameron is a man who has learned that women can’t be trusted. While in battle, he mistakes a maiden who is trying to help with one who kills. He feels honor bound to see the wounded lass to safety, but doesn’t know whether she’s a friend or a spy sent to destroy his clan. Maggie Mur ...more

By Debra August 07, 2016

I was impressed with this debut book by Ms. Bailey. There was a solid plot with a few twists thrown in. The descriptions of landscapes were vivid and brought them alive for me. She did a good job of letting us know what Lachlan and Maggie were thinking and feeling. Their growing attraction despite L ...more

By Laura September 03, 2016

I am finding it hard to believe this is a book by a debut author. It was as woven together and solidly written as some of my favorite Highland romance authors. It had everything that made it impossible to put down; treachery, betrayal, suspense, romance and love.
Maggie was a strong female character ...more

By Ann L August 19, 2016

I would never have known that Lori Ann was a debut author, I was captivated by this story from the very first page and couldn't put it down. I loved the characters, especially Lachlan , my new book boyfriend, and thought they interacted really well, I do hope she keeps them in mind for other books. ...more

By Petula August 22, 2016

Maggie Murray has run away from from her father's castle. She will not marry the monster that she has been betrothed to. Her father and brothers don't believe her when she tries to tell them what he is like. During her escape she finds herself in the middle of a battle. She must not let anyone know ...more

By Debbie August 24, 2016

Maggie Murray has ran away from a marriage to an abusive tyrant that her father insist is best for the Clan. Lachlan Cameron is a man who has learned that women can’t be trusted so when he meets Maggie trying to stab his brother he’s definitely leering of her motives. He is suspicion she’s a spy sch ...more

By Tammy August 22, 2016

Great historical read. Maggie is running away from home to escape a horrible marriage to an abusive man. When she is wounded she is rescued by Lachlan Cameron as their attraction grows for each other, Lachlan wonders how much he can truly trust her and what will he do when he finds out her identity. ...more

By Bridget August 27, 2016

Lori Ann Bailey wove a wonderfully magical tale in this book. The plot was well thought out and the characters were artfully defined. There were just enough heart pounding moments to make keep you captivated. Lachlan and Maggie are a very entertaining match, each with their own idiosyncrasies to kee ...more

By Diane August 21, 2016

*4.5 stars* ...more

By Ida Oakes August 23, 2016

This is a great love story! You would never know this is a debut novel. Such a beautiful story of two people who had given up on love and happiness. I couldn't put it down! Definitely a MUST read!!! ...more

By Isabelle September 10, 2016


Highland Deception

Highland Pride #1

Lori Ann Bailey





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Big alpha male; kick-ass female; exhilarating romance!!!

He wanted-no, needed to see those blue eyes filled with pleasure, her head tilting back as she accepted his body into hers. by Lachlan


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Great cover! I can see the ...more

By Majanka September 05, 2016

Book Review originally published here:

After watching season one of Outlander, I was in the mood for some Scottish historical romance, and Lori Ann Bailey’s novel, Highland Deception, certainly fit the bill. Maggie Muray fled her home to avoid a political marr ...more

By Denise August 23, 2016

Even though this is the first one for this author she still will be able to weave magic enough to enthrall you with her tale. Also it takes alot any more for a another to entice me away from my op romances and paranormal of my norm lately which she did with the storyline and cover. Political unrest ...more

By Holly August 28, 2016

Fast-paced Scottish historical romance with plenty of action, in all manners of speaking.

Maggie is our spunky heroine, desperate for freedom from her father's rule and her betrothal to a man who has promised her a marriage that would be nothing short of torture. Her escape attempt leads her to our ...more

By Stacy September 11, 2016

I enjoyed Highland Deception and I am looking forward to more books in the series. Our heroine Maggie was pretty wonderful and it was her character that drew me into the story. She was witty, beautiful, tenacious and easy to fall in love with. Which was what our hero did despite his misgivings and t ...more

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Lori Ann Bailey

About the author

Lori Ann Bailey

Lori Ann Bailey is a winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Holt Medallion for Best First Book and Best Historical. She has a romantic soul and believes the best in everyone. Sappy commercials and proud mommy moments make her cry. She sobs uncontrollably and feels emotionally drained when reading sad books, so she started reading romance for the Happily Ever Afters. She was hooked. Then, the characters and scenes running around in her head as she attempted to sleep at night begged to be let out. Looking back now, her favorite class in high school was the one where a professor pulled a desk to the center of the room and told her to write two paragraphs about it and the college English class taught by a red-headed Birkenstock wearing girl, not much older than she, who introduced her to Jack Kerouac. After working in business and years spent as a stay-at-home mom she has found something in addition to her family to be passionate about, her books. When not writing, Lori enjoys time with her real-life hero and four kids or spending time walking or drinking wine with her friends.

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