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Peek Inside The Beast of Aros Castle

On the run from a dangerous man, Ava Sutton flees to the Isle of Mull off the coast of Scotland. Ava must convince the cynical and darkly handsome chief of the Macleans of Aros to wed her before the devil tracks her down

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Can love build on a lie?

Ava Sutton is on the run from a dangerous man and makes her way safely to Scotland. Masquerading as a titled, English lady, she must convince the  darkly handsome chief of the Macleans of Aros to wed her before she is tracked down. 

Tor Maclean, the new chief of Aros Castle, has sworn off marriage. Despite his efforts to scare away the Englishwoman his father arranged for him to wed, Tor is nonetheless drawn to her passion and beauty. But he doesn't know if he can forgive the untruths that have come to light for a chance at a once in a lifetime love...


5 Stars: “Tor, from the start, added a few beats to this reader’s heart ;) Even the secondary characters in the story were stand-outs in what was a stellar start to the Highland Isles series.” – Talking Books Blog

5 Stars: “I loved it! A fun romp through the highlands with enjoyable characters.” – Karen S. review

4 Stars: “One of those books that keep me reading till all hours of the night (morning!) because I couldn't put it down… Tor and Ava's romance is so beautifully written.” – Linda, review

5 Stars: “I love the mystery and suspense! Once again I fell in love with Heather's Clan and can't wait to read more about them! I hope! Each character has such emotion and the sense of humor in Tor clan mates and friends make you want to read about each one of them separately!” – Anissa, review

4 Stars: “The story is entertaining and at times emotional. There are some very funny moments, some steamy loves scenes, lots of secrets, a jealous ex-lover, some terrifying and violent moments and a whole host of secondary characters.” – Tracy, review

5 Stars: “There is SO much to love about this book!...  It's passionate and steamy and I loved every passage and word. Tor is a magnificent lover and with Ava, they literally set the pages on fire.” – Kilts and Swords

4 Stars: “I was glued to the pages of this fascinating dramatic romance. Ms. McCollum did not disappoint me with her vivid descriptions, her captivating characters and the storyline was intriguing and masterfully written.” – April, My Book Addiction and More

4 Stars: “Honestly, I loved this book and enjoyed it more than I probably should… If you’re looking for a fun, familiar Highlands romance, I can enthusiastically recommend this one.” – Courtney, review

5 Stars: “This book has so many depths that I had to go 5 stars. It touches on life and emotions. It has loyalty of kin, loyalty of love as well as loyalty of family. It shows the scars and blemishes that can occur in relationships while still finding love. A mystery, a crime, passion, romance, stubbornness.” – Anna S., review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758810
Series: Highland Isles, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 20, 2017
Page Count: 266
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: highlander, historical
Tropes: enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience

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By Mei March 01, 2018

This is the story of a lie told to save a life, but that grew and grew until it came out at the worst moment possible!

I'm not overly fond of lie trope, but here the heroine told it for a worng reason. I understand that Grace is afraid, but why keep telling the same lie when you met the hero and u... ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review February 20, 2017

'The Beast of Aros Castle' by Heather McCollum is book One in the "Highland Isles" series. This is the story of Tor and Ava. Ava was taken in by Grace's family when she was a baby. Grace and Ava are like sisters with Ava being the more protective one of the two. So after Grace's mother died there... ...more

By Treece July 04, 2018

Rating: 5 stars

Though I dislike stories where lies and deception are part of the plot, I really like the h, Ava Sutton, and the reasons binding her to the deception made me feel sympathy. Tor Maclean, called the Beast of Aros Castle, is everything you could want in a kilt-wearing, sword-wielding... ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review February 20, 2017

The Beast of Aros Castle 'The Beast of Aros Castle' by Heather McCollum is book One in the "Highland Isles" series. This is the story of Tor and Ava. Ava was taken in by Grace's family when she was a baby. Grace and Ava are like sisters with Ava being the more protective one of the two. So after... ...more

By tess75 September 11, 2019

Le résumé a attiré mon attention (sachant que ça fait un bout de temps que je n'ai pas lu un roman, c'est un exploit) et l'histoire s'est montrée à la hauteur. Il y avait quelques anachronismes, mais rien de très dérangeant. J'ai beaucoup aimé la relation des héros, surtout au début, et l'on a le... ...more

By A February 18, 2017

It’s a classic, folks. The Beast of Aros Castle had all the classic elements I’ve come to enjoy in a great romantic read from this particular genre. Reluctant to love doesn’t even begin to describe Laird Tor. This handsome, mountain of muscle has been manipulated in the past, and he’s too manly t... ...more

By Karen February 05, 2017

I enjoyed this book. I'll admit I mostly read fantasy but once in a while I enjoy a historical fiction and this book delivers. There weren't any surprises, in fact I found the book fairly predictable but I was satisfied. A fun fluff read! ...more

By Erin February 22, 2017

I’ll admit it: this is another one where the cover absolutely was the reason I wanted to read the book. In fact, I was slightly worried with the word “beast” in the title that it might be too… something … for me. But, I love highlanders, and I love the tiny islands that surround my dream land of... ...more

By Talking February 06, 2017

I heart author Heather McCollum's books. :D The characters she brings to the pages whether they are dastardly, comical, charming or downright sizzling - they never cease to entertain from one page to the next. In Ms McCollum's latest novel, The Beast Of Aros Castle, Ava and Grace's crusade held a... ...more

By Courtney February 10, 2017

I found this book on netgalley and received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I was initially drawn to this book for a few reasons. The cover caught my eye (yummy!) and the blurb sounded fun – who doesn’t love a good Highland story every now and again? While I have never read anything... ...more

By Tracy February 07, 2017

*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

I liked this book.

Ava and Grace are desperate to escape Grace's vile half brother Vincent. So they hatch a mad scheme to marry Grace off to a business associate of her father's in Scotland.

Tor is the chie... ...more

By Srishti March 01, 2018

3.5 STARS ...more

By Lover of Romance June 16, 2018

This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

I will be honest that this book took me over a week to read, and I don't think it was the actual story and the writing, but I just wasn't in the reading mood this past week. I did find this book pretty intriguing even if it contains secrets... ...more

By BigComfyChairBookReviews February 22, 2018

A Perfect Highland Romance
I loved this book! Is it a generic Highland romance? Yes! And, that is exactly what I was looking for! The mistaken identity conflict with Ava and Grace is pretty contrived, but I understand why the author did it. The H&h’s relationship was very sweet and moved at a... ...more

By Clarice March 21, 2018

Ava is on the run from a dangerous man. She will take the place of an English Lady sent to marry the new chief of the Maclean clan. Tor Maclean has sworn off marriage after his first wife tricked him into it. Tor has tried to scare Ave away, however, Tor is drawn to Ava's fire, courage, and beaut... ...more

By Coral May 24, 2017

Plot: 3.5/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5 ...more

By Andrea February 20, 2017

I loved this book. It was the cover that originally drew me to this. Tor and Ava are a great couple. Both damaged by their past. It was nice to see them being put back together little by little. 1st book I've read by the author and it won't be the last. ...more

By Anissa January 12, 2018

I loved this book. Ava and Grace scheme to get away from Grace's brother by coming up with a plan for Grace to marry an Highlander! On their way, Ava agrees to be Grace and Grace becomes Ava. Ava's plan to make Tor McClean fall in love with her, marry her and then she will tell him that she is re... ...more

By Anna February 08, 2017

Definitely a buy buy buy book..... in my opinion. I try to not slant reviews and to be honest with all I write in them. So I am going to try again to justify my 5 stars though.... arguably it could be 4. This book has so many depths that I had to go 5 stars. It touches on life and emotions. It ha... ...more

By Cameron March 06, 2017

Originally posted on the blog What the Cat Read.

This was an enjoyable read, and as the first in an all new series, I can say that I’m looking forward to reading more. If you enjoy historical romance novels, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR pile.

Ava was a fun character. She’s mischievous, g... ...more

By Angel October 08, 2017

Grace’s family was a noble family and Ava was a commoner but Ava had been taken in by in by Grace’s family. Ava and Grace are like sisters. After Grace’s mom died there was only the girls and Grace’s sickly father and her step brother Vincent. Vincent had tried to force himself on Grace and he ha... ...more

By The Book Junkie Reads . . . March 22, 2017

Hot. Sexy. Alpha. Protective. And we must not forget broody.

The beast was not exactly what I was expecting but more than I could have desired. Tor was all that I have come to love in a highlander. Hot. Sexy. Alpha. Protective. And we must not forget broody. He had extra elements to intensify his...

By Iza August 01, 2017

As usual, I read book 2 first, but it didn't bother me at all.

Ava and Grace grab the first opportunity to leave their home when it becomes dangerous to them. That opportunity happens to be a wedding proposal Ava has accepted for Grace.

The problem? The husband would be the Beast of Aros Castle. H... ...more

By Jan May 22, 2017

I have read many books written by Heather McCollum and seem to enjoy each one more than the last one I read. The Beast of Aros Castle is no exception. She blends a wonderful story with some danger, great characters, and of course, a villain. Grace and Ava, her maid need to escape their home and G... ...more

By Julie (Jewlsbookblog) January 31, 2018

This was an engaging read! It starts with mild drama between Ava, Grace and Grace’s truly horrid stepbrother. Then Ava’s teeny tiny lie to Tor when they make it to Scotland kind of spun itself bigger than intended..I mean, geeee...imagine that happening! (I’m saying that with tongue in cheek ) ..... ...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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