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Peek Inside Highland Renegade

Emily now owns MacGregor lands but Ian aims to scare her away. Except…things heat up between them. Ian must choose—his Highland clan or the countess who’s taken his lands and his heart.

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Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start...without a man. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be?

When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life without her servants…and if he happens to give her the coldest and most remote rooms, all the better.

Despite his best efforts to freeze her out, things between them heat up. But Highlanders hate the Sassenach, so Ian faces a dire choice—his clan or the irresistible English aristocrat who seems to have taken not only his lands, but also his heart.


A lush, evocative, and sizzling-hot historical romance that is sure to take your breath away!” --P.L., Goodreads

A well written engrossing read that ticked all the boxes for me.” --Janet B., NetGalley

A romantic fasted paced who done it with complex situations..” --Margaret M., NetGalley

An enrapturing historical romance.” --Erika C., NetGalley

“This book is very hard to put down. It's so well-written and has so many interesting characters that you simply don't wish it to end. Such an interesting story, which is not a simple romance novel, but also has a hint of mystery, intrigue, and family drama set in the Highlands. In any case, I absolutely loved it!” --Fizza Y., Goodreads

Wonderful and captivating.” --Ann L., Goodreads

“Such a great slow burn with plenty of mystery to keep you entertained.” --Alicia M., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370587
Series: Children of the Mist, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 21, 2020
Page Count: 349
Imprint: amara
Genre: highlander, historical
Tropes: enemies to lovers

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By Cheryl September 07, 2020

This was a most entertaining read that moved along at a good pace. I enjoyed the banter between both sets of siblings. There was so much to love about this story, the attraction between Emily and Ian, the dispute about regaining their name and possibly their lands and how this would affect Emily and ...more

By Maggie September 08, 2020


I could easily become addicted to Cynthia’s wonderful characters and Children of the Mist’s beautiful and adventurous world.

This book was so good to read , sometimes you just need a really great Highland adventure to hit the right spot and this was perfect.

Excellent characters, that I c ...more

By Janet September 17, 2020

Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands, MacGregor lands,and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start with her two younger sisters. She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for ce ...more

By Carole August 29, 2020

This was a very enjoyable story to read and it had my interest from start to end. If you like sexy Highlanders, mystery and romance, you'll enjoy this one as well:)

Emily and her two sisters arrive in Scotland to take over the lands she has received title to. They are certainly not well received by ...more

By Julie September 17, 2020

When Emily, the Countess of Woodhaven, arrives with two younger sisters in tow to take over the lands she received titles to, Ian MacGregor and his kin determine to convince the Countess to return to the niceties of London. Showing her the hardships of living in Scotland doesn’t deter Emily, a widow ...more

By Traci October 14, 2020

Emily, Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, survived marriage to her abusive husband to be left with nothing when he died. She was given some land in the Highlands and since she and her sisters had nowhere else to go, they decided to move to the Highlands. The land had belonged to the MacGregor clan and t ...more

By Tonya September 28, 2020

Every now and then it is nice to enjoy a lovely historical fiction novel filled with suspense and a bit of sass. When The Dowager Countess of Woodhaven (Emily) shows up to claim her title and home, there are plenty of people who notice and don't like that an English lady is taking over their Scottis ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review October 03, 2020

Highland Renegade by Cynthia Breeding is the First book in the Children of the Mist Series. This is the story of Lair Ian MacGregor and Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven. Emily is a strong women who has survived a lot including a very abusive marriage that has left her wanting to never marry ...more

By Michelle September 21, 2020

This was a fun light hearted read. Plenty of great banter, some heat and a dash of action. The fantastic group of supporting characters made this an enjoyable story. Emily & Ian definitely don’t get off in the right foot and I was happy to see them get their HEA.

I received an arc of this book. ...more

By Diane October 15, 2020

Highland Renegade is sensual, romantic story steeped in Scottish history. An interesting plot situation creates natural conflict. The author clearly did a great deal historical research about the conflict between England and Scotland in 1774, nearly 30 years after the Jacobite Rebellion. It is the f ...more

By Fly Girl September 21, 2020

This was a fabulous quick, suspenseful, angsty romance set in the Scottish Highlands. I do love a historical romance and if you've read a few of my last reviews I was highly disappointed in my last one because I felt it was too over the top on behavior. This one however was more to my liking. It was ...more

By Frankie October 05, 2020

Firstly, can we just take a moment have a little swoon over the cover?
My goodness, isn’t it amazing? It’s super pretty and with the burst of purple, it very striking, I love it!
This is not only a brilliant introduction to a new-to-me author’s work, but also a fabulous start to what I’m sure is going ...more

By A September 24, 2020

Rating: 3.5 stars

Sacrifice and compromise is what made this gracious, but strong willed, lovely, determined leading lady stand out, my fellow romance book loving friends. It seemed Emily was always willing to see the world through other’s eyes and tried to juggle what would work out best for all par ...more

By Fizza September 16, 2020

This book is very hard to put down. It's so well-written and has so many interesting characters that you simply don't wish it to end. Such an interesting story, which is not a simple romance novel, but also has a hint of mystery, intrigue, and family drama set in the Highlands. In any case, I absolu ...more

By Connie September 23, 2020

I received a complimentary copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This is a wonderful story to just get lost in. To venture back in time when things were simpler but harsh at the same time. Dowager Countess Woodhaven travels to Scotland with her two younger s ...more

By Mary September 02, 2020

This was a 5 star read. This was a book, maybe part of a series, I don't know because I read it out of order, I don't care, it was so good.
A widow who has survived an abusive marriage, but is now penniless because her old husband smoked up enough opium to bankrupt them, has a property that was besto ...more

By Shelagh September 16, 2020

I’d never heard of Cynthia Breeding before receiving an ARC of Highland Renegade but I’ll certainly be looking out for her books from now on. Set in Scotland in 1774, the story is planted firmly in a time and place where the English and the Scots were not on the best of terms and where the arrival o ...more

By zhane September 04, 2020

4/5 stars!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A very engaging read. I loved the mystery element in this book and how it is incorporated into the plot. The plot of this book delivered what I expected and ...more

By Pamela September 10, 2020

Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, is glad her abusive husband is gone. After his death, she was given a title to some lands in the Highlands. Emily takes her younger sisters there meaning to embark on a whole new life. Unfortunately, the MacGregors aren't happy with them laying claim to thei ...more

By Brittany September 06, 2020

I was sent an advanced copy of this via Netgalley.

I have to preface this with the fact that I am obsessed with Highlander romances. I just love everything about them. I love how the male lead tends to love with his whole heart and just wants to worship the woman main lead.

This book did not disappo ...more

By April September 26, 2020

HIGHLAND RENEGADE by Cynthia Breeding, book 1 in a new series, "Children of the Mist". Awesome beginning to what promises to be an intriguing and captivating series! I throughly enjoyed HIGHLAND RENEGADE!!
A quick, intriguing tale set in the Scottish Highlands. Well paced, with intrigue, mystery, sus ...more

By Aisha August 30, 2020

I recieved a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. I didn't initial request this ARC but I am so glad I changed my mind.
Emily is determined to protect and find a home for her sisters. She has been granted a land deed in Scotl ...more

By Erin September 24, 2020

When Emily, the dowager countess of Woodhaven, sets out for the title to the lands she received after her abusive husband died she never expected to meet such strong willed characters as the MacGregors. Ian leads the MacGregors and has tried to keep them from being kicked off their ancestral lands f ...more

By Alicia September 20, 2020

Such a great slow burn with plenty of mystery to keep you entertained. 

Emily the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven is travelling to Scotland with her sisters after the death of her husband to make a fresh start. 

Ian MacGregor is prepared to make the dowager countess's visit as unpleasant as possible in ...more

By Petula September 14, 2020

After the death of her abusive husband Emily,  the dowager Countess of Woodhaven takes her two younger sisters with her to claim her lands in the highlands of Scotland. She has no intention of turning out the Clan that have lived on tbe land for centuries but she needs to live there. 

The last thing ...more

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Cynthia Breeding

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Cynthia Breeding

Cynthia Breeding is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and twenty-four novellas. She currently lives on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her absolutely-not-spoiled Bichon Frise and enjoys sailing and horseback riding on the beach.

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