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Peek Inside The Highlander Who Loved Me

Johanna Templeton is on a life-and-death quest. Swept into an intrigue that rivals the tales she pens, she joins forces with a Highland rogue to find the treasure that will save her kidnapped niece. He’s as seductive as he is bold...but he may also be the enemy. Connor MacMasters, spy for Queen Victoria, is a man on a mission. Trailing the American novelist who holds the key to the treasure should’ve been simple, but torn between duty and desire, he wants Johanna in his bed. Loving her would be a fool’s game. Blasted shame his heart doesn’t agree.

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The newest book from bestselling author, Tara Kingston.

Johanna Templeton is on a life-and-death quest. Swept into an intrigue that rivals the tales she pens, she joins forces with a Highland rogue to find the treasure that will save her kidnapped niece—a prize the Scot seeks for reasons that have nothing to do with ransom. Engaging the Highlander in a sizzling battle of the sexes, Johanna shields her heart.

Connor MacMasters, spy for Queen Victoria, is a man on a mission—keep a legendary gemstone from an evil man. Trailing an American novelist who holds the key to the treasure should’ve been simple, but Johanna awakens feelings he’d long thought dead. Torn between duty and desire, he wants her in his bed, but loving her would be a fool’s game. Blasted shame his heart doesn’t agree.

Each book in the Highland Hearts series is STANDALONE:
* The Highlander Who Loved Me
* Lady Evelyn's Highland Protector
* Tempting the Highland Spy


5 stars: "The book is well-written and interesting. It's quite an intricate story, involving a writer, a kidnapped child, a family of spies, and a valuable ruby.  There is passion, mystery, and intrigue in this story, as well as an HEA." - Pamela J., NetGalley review
4 stars: "I enjoy that the book is fast-paced with lots of action and adventure." - Courtney, review
5 stars: "This is an absolutely fascinating story... The characters are fun and at times maddening. A book you will not be able to put down once you start. I loved it." - Petula, review
4 stars: "Beautiful debut for her new series, Highland Hearts! You'll love following these sweet characters on their wild journey! Truly an intriguing adventure to follow!" - Nicole L., review
4 stars: "I am a big fan of historical romance, and this book did not disappoint... This is a series I am eager to follow, and I am also very interested, now, in other books by Tara Kingston. " - Tam, review
5 Stars: "Sometimes teamwork and trust are hard lessons to learn- and make a great romance too. Fast-paced mystery, puzzle, and passion." - Nikkia A., review
"Johanna has to be one of my favorite romance heroines in a long, long time. I really enjoyed the budding romance between Johanna and Connor as it took its sweet time. Great pacing. Fantastic mystery to unravel. Highly recommended." - Megan A., NetGalley review
5 Stars: "A great mystery, passionate romance, and, of course, a Happily Ever After. Actually, I have never read this author, however, I am now hooked, and can't wait to read of the rest of the family! I am in love with Connor myself! Sigh! I highly recommend!" - Carol B., NetGalley review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757790
Series: Highland Heart, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 12, 2016
Page Count: 454
Imprint: amara next
Genre: highlander, historical, historical victorian
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, enemies to lovers, overcoming odds, revenge

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By Elaine December 13, 2016

This is the first in a new historical romantic suspense series set in the Victorian era. Johanna Templeton originally came to England from America to look after her ailing sister and her niece, Laurel. After her sister's untimely death, Johanna remained to care for Laurel whilst her brother-in-law c ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review December 12, 2016

'The Highlander Who Loved Me' by Tara Kingston is the story of Johanna Templeton and Connor MacMasters. Johanna is originally from America but had come to London to care for her dying sister and help with her niece. After the death of her sister her brother in law had decided to take his daughter to ...more

By Fizza December 12, 2016

Another awesome read. This is a great book. I enjoyed reading it. The story is quite intriguing, it was hard to put down once I started reading it. Although that was kind of annoying because the book is very lengthy. ;) lol In any case I loved it and I'd be recommending it to anyone who enjoys histo ...more

By Jessica June 08, 2019

I must say, this story kept me hooked from the beginning. It's not a short read, but you don't feel its length once the story starts to unfold. The intrigue mixed with suspense and who done it makes for quite a captivating read that makes time fly. I especially liked that the mystery stays a mystery ...more

By Nicole November 24, 2016

A real page turner!

Lots of twists and turns in Tara Kingston’s book, The Highlander Who Loved Me. What happens when a brave highlander and spy for Queen Victoria, meets the sweet and charming Johanna!
Sparks flare all over to ignite a great passion. This story is fast-paced, action packed, fun adven ...more

By Stacy February 07, 2017

Lovely read ...more

By Maria December 30, 2016

An American Tempts a Highlander Spy!

Johanna Templeton is an American author of Gothic Romance. She's traveled to London to care for her dying sister and her young daughter, Laurel. After her sisters death, her brother-in-law takes her niece to Scotland so they can spend time together. She doesn't be ...more

By Sportochick December 14, 2016

Author Tara Kingston puts together a well written feisty female heroine and a rough well meaning hero that makes this book work in a spectacular manner.

The MacMasters family is introduced in this first book to the series and as a reader I could see an huge opening created for their stories in future ...more

By Courtney November 14, 2016

I’ve been on a Scottish Highlands kick recently in my choice of books and was looking for another good one. I found this on netgalley and received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. And, I can honestly say I liked it and will happily recommend it to others.

I enjoy that the book is fast paced w ...more

By Jessica December 12, 2016

I devoured The Highlander Who Loved Me. It was a book filled with clever, likeable characters who are caught up in an exciting adventure. Their drama was thrilling and I highly recommend checking this romance out!

When Johanna came to London to take care of her ailing sister and niece, she had no clu ...more

By Debbie December 21, 2016

The Highlander Who Loved Me has Connor MacMasters as our sexy, handsome Highlander on the chase after a scoundrels known for their smuggling of antiquities. Miss Johanna Templeton is an American and an author who gets caught up in the middle of the scoundrels schemes. She’s been taking care of her a ...more

By Tam November 23, 2016

I am a big fan of historical romance, and this book did not disappoint. I loved the dynamic between Johanna and Conner and also Conner and his siblings. Johanna's deep love for her niece is so touching, and I spent the whole book anticipating their reunion. I think this is a great start to a series ...more

By Petula November 29, 2016

This is a wonderful Victorian, adventure romance.
Miss Johanna Templeton is an American and an author. She came to London to care for her dying sister and her daughter. Now her brother in law and niece have disappeared while on holiday in Scotland, and a ransom has been demanded.
Connor MacMasters i ...more

By Janice January 08, 2017

Did I ever enjoy this Highland romance! Johanna, an American author of adventurous romances, sets out for Scotland to rescue her niece after her abduction by an unscrupulous character. The unscrupulous character believes that Johanna is in possession of a priceless artifact that gives the holder imm ...more

By Books Bottles Babies December 21, 2016

This was a fun, quick read. I loved that this was a historical romance that was full of action and adventure. I love historical romance, especially with a Scottish theme so I expected that I would enjoy this and I wasn't disappointed. The characters were great in this one too! Johanna is fun and fei ...more

By Lori November 18, 2016

I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review. I loved the storyline and the different characters who all came together to make the book as good as it was.

I was a little shocked at how long the book was and thought maybe it could have been made into 2 books, but am now glad it was not.

I ...more

By Ann L December 12, 2016

If you like secrets and spies, then this is for you. I loved Connor and Johanna's story and I loved the banter between all the characters, thoroughly enjoying it

I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy from Netgalley and all views are my own. ...more

By nikkia December 10, 2016

Thanks Entangled Publishing, LLC and netgalley for this ARC.

Sometimes teamwork and trust are hard lessons to learn- and make a great romance too. Fast paced mystery, puzzle, and passion.

By Tammy December 12, 2016

I really liked this historical read. Great characters and a story with lots of suspense and drama. Connor and Johanna have great chemistry and the story is fun and entertaining. ...more

By Anissa March 26, 2019

Johanna Templeton was given a rare 1st edition book from her brother-in-law. Now the evil man who has killed her brother in law is holding her beloved niece hostage. She must make an exchange, the book for her niece. She is about to make the exchange when handsome highlander, Conner MacMasters "resc ...more

By Amy December 24, 2017

I LOVED Johanna and Connor's story!!

Johanna was a strong heroine just trying to save the only thing left of her sister, her niece. Connor was trying to duty his duty for his country, but his heart kept getting in the way!

A strong start to a new series and I can't wait to see what Kingston has in st ...more

By Eva May 20, 2017

unlike the darkest london series, which i am also currently reading, the highland hearts series does not deal with things that go bump in the night. at the very least there are no werewolves or vampires or demons to worry about. but in the highlander who loved me there are thieves and murderers and ...more

By Angel April 18, 2017

Johanna Templeton came from England to America to look after her sick sister and niece Laurel. Johanna’s sister passes away and Johanna stays to take care of Laurel while her brother in law continued to disappear from business trips. When he decided to take Laurel to Scotland Johanna didn’t know any ...more

By Tommie April 06, 2017

Mystery, Intrigue and Romance Galore

I really enjoyed the dramatic story of Connor and Johanna. If you enjoy intrigue, mystery and a hot passionate love story; you are sure to enjoy this book,
The drama of the villains kidnapping Johanna's niece and lureing her into their lair is a thrilling account. ...more

By Jan April 19, 2017

My favorite read is one that is fast paced with lots of action, has danger, intrigue, villains, and likeable characters especially when one is a Highlander. His book as all that and more. Throw in an ancient artifact that gives off evil vibes and you have a great reading adventure. And this book is ...more

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Tara Kingston

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Tara Kingston

Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern Navy brat transplanted to a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara’s a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases and collection of unusual bookmarks. It goes without saying that Tara’s husband is thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another bookcase. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys cycling, hiking, and cheering on her favorite football team. Learn more about Tara at

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