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Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws toge Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of violence bounce right off him. Offers of gold seem to entice him even less. Desperate enough to use the pleas of the village children to sway him, she’s shocked when he’s completely unmoved. There’s only one tactic left for her: seduction. Her hasty proposition falls completely by the wayside, though, as she and the Highlander come together in a carnal inferno. But bringing him into her life also brings his enemies to her clan’s doorstep—the very clan Kára is trying to protect. And as their feelings deepen, Joshua will have to decide between duty and love once and for all.


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Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws toge Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of violence bounce right off him. Offers of gold seem to entice him even less. Desperate enough to use the pleas of the village children to sway him, she’s shocked when he’s completely unmoved. There’s only one tactic left for her: seduction. Her hasty proposition falls completely by the wayside, though, as she and the Highlander come together in a carnal inferno. But bringing him into her life also brings his enemies to her clan’s doorstep—the very clan Kára is trying to protect. And as their feelings deepen, Joshua will have to decide between duty and love once and for all.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbee

    Book: Highland Warrior by Heather McCollum Series: Sons of Sinclair, Book 2 Publisher: Entangled Release Date: April 27, 2021 Overall Rating: 5/5 stars True history: Robert Stuart/ Stewart is the 1st Earl of Orkney and Lord of Zetland was a recognised illegitimate son of James V, King of Scotland, and his mistress Eupheme Elphinstone. Orkney Isle, Scotland 1589 The hero: Joshua Sinclair, was the second male born in his family and also known as the horseman of war. He had been trained by his father to Book: Highland Warrior by Heather McCollum Series: Sons of Sinclair, Book 2 Publisher: Entangled Release Date: April 27, 2021 Overall Rating: 5/5 stars True history: Robert Stuart/ Stewart is the 1st Earl of Orkney and Lord of Zetland was a recognised illegitimate son of James V, King of Scotland, and his mistress Eupheme Elphinstone. Orkney Isle, Scotland 1589 The hero: Joshua Sinclair, was the second male born in his family and also known as the horseman of war. He had been trained by his father to put war before anything else, this was due his father grieving his mother’s loss. Now his father was dead and his brother is the clan chief: Joshua previously had been upset by the way his brother is leading their clan as the new chieftain, as Cain ( Book #1) he is bringing peace and solitude to the land instead of planning battles and war to rule all of Scotland. In this you see Joshua’s immaturity and bloodlust for warfare seeing how he only desires power and felt the Sinclair clan was powerful and strong enough to rule all of Scotland! Yet his brother the new Chief is seeing other peaceful alternatives and saving lives. Unhappy Joshua leaves his clan to become a mercenary, training men for gold in other clans. His current assignment is in the Isle of Orkney, training Robert Stuart’s men to defend themselves and turning into warriors. Also since this was a noble clan Joshua had to be very careful or he could end up having his own head lopped off- due to Robert Stuart’s royal connections. As he is Uncle to King of Scotland King James VI and I. Now Joshus was starting to see things from his eldest brother’s view especially after a young boy from a recent battle is killed. As his side supposedly won which was giving Joshua a bad taste for war! In addition, he had enough of working for this oppressing Earl, including training side by side with an enemy from his previous battle. This mercenary was nicknamed “the Brute” by the local islanders, but his real name is John Dishington, who never felt any remorse-no matter if it was a man or a child who was killed. It was definitely time for Joshua to leave this life and return to his family at Girnigoe Castle, at the mainland of Scotland. The. heroine: Kára Flett daughter of murdered Norse King, who is young widow with a nine year old son, Geir. Tára’s son actually tries to steal Joshua’s warhorse, Fuil who loves turnips. She also knew Joshua Sinclair (Horseman of War) was the leader training Robert Stuart’s warriors to butcher her people, as if they hadn’t already done enough against them already!This includes taking their King! So luck comes calling as he comes to their deserted village tavern on his way home. As he wants to be home on the mainland of Scotland in Caithness, at Girnigoe Castle, for Samhain to honor loved ones who had died this year. Joshua wanted to honor his deceased father’s spirit for this occasion. So Kára comes up with an idea to seduce him and get her with a child. It was a way to connect him to her clan, as they are desperate as they recently took King Eric into custody not even knowing if he was dead or alive! Now she must convince him to stay and train her people so they can defend themselves. Robert Stuart and his warriors have destroyed Kára’s clan by starving them by stealing their food, livestock especially their horses and abducting their women. Now they are in ‘hiding and need someone to train them desperately! The problem is Robert has noble family connections which could bring war right to Clan Sinclair’s door. His clan could lose their castle, property and cherished horses. As this would be considered treason! Joshua is immediately attracted to Kára and finds her very enthusiastic in bed, well she was actually the best bed partner he’s ever had and thinks she’s ruined him for other women. Yet he sees through her manipulation and he does not like being deceived and feels that is it exactly. He is disappointed feeling she is using him like so many other women. Until he realizes it is desperation as he did not realize how Robert Stuart has been mistreating and abusing her people not allowing them to hunt, forcing free labor on his grounds, abducting women, even their healer and stealing their livestock. The treatment of the islanders is horrible so he does show them self defense and makes an offer instead of fighting. Unfortunately that is what they really want for to lead them in this fight. Will he stay or leave? Has a women who never wants to wed captured his heart? Plus Kára as many in her clan wanted her to marry Torben who only wants her for her title. She feels nothing for him plus her heart has been closed since her husband died. Now she is very attracted to Joshua Sinclair besides knowing how to operate her body he seems to answer her mind too. So will she get him to stay or will he catch the next ship to Caithness? Will Kára’s heart be broken when he leaves? Has a warrior Queen finally captured the heart of the Horseman of War? What lengths these two will go to realize love really does conquer all! This book totally captured my heart-a magnificent read from start to finish. I can’t recommend it enough. One of my favorite reads of 2021. Heather McCollum is one of my go to authors. I have read every book this author has written, but I must say I think “Highland Warrior” is my absolute favorite! Plus the lengths Joshua and Kára go through to save her people and try to find a better life is definitely mind blowing! This includes my favorite style of reading true history with a fictional romance and Robert Stuart, first Earl of Orkney was a real person in history who was an illegitimate son of King James V and had nine legitimate children, including many illegitimate children from mistresses, plus he treated the island people horribly. He definitely was a monster, so not the best role model for his children. So a big BRAVO to author, Heather McCollum for writing an incredible book that really touched this readers heart. Mòran taing which means many thanks in Scottish Gaelic. This book is definitely one to put on the shelf keeper and to read again. It’s has all the elements that historical readers love from weaving true historical facts with an extraordinary fictional romance. Each chapter starts with a quote from ancient military strategist Sun Tzu. It was filled with a breathtaking setting and dialogue including superb characters but I think it was the plotting that gripped me the most. The plotting I felt was so inventive yet astonishing never knowing when the next bomb was going to explode or where. To me it was what made this book so much fun to read plus the chemistry between Joshua and Kára was off the charts! A book I definitely recommend and one readers do not want to miss! I can’t wait and look forward for book #3 Gideon Sinclair ‘s story who is the Horseman of Justice. 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  2. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Joshua Sinclair has spent his life at war, becoming famous and revered throughout Scotland for his skill and ferocity. A recent battle whose victory came at too high a price has soured his desire for warring and left him uncharacteristically craving peace. When Kára Flett, chief of her small clan of Orkney natives, recognizes Joshua in her village’s pub, she resorts to outrageous methods in an effort to convince him to aid her clan against the tyrannical lord who now claims rule over the isle, th Joshua Sinclair has spent his life at war, becoming famous and revered throughout Scotland for his skill and ferocity. A recent battle whose victory came at too high a price has soured his desire for warring and left him uncharacteristically craving peace. When Kára Flett, chief of her small clan of Orkney natives, recognizes Joshua in her village’s pub, she resorts to outrageous methods in an effort to convince him to aid her clan against the tyrannical lord who now claims rule over the isle, the very lord whose men Joshua has been training. When all her efforts fail, she attempts to seduce Joshua into staying to help. Kára and Joshua come together like fire and ice, but his friends turn enemies and he finds his loyalties shifting as his eyes are opened to the true way of things on the isle. As their feelings deepen, Joshua and Kára must determine if there is any way they can be together and keep her people safe against impossible odds. This book kept me on the edge of my seat much of the time. Joshua was likeable and easy to root for, especially as he grew and developed as a man with his own notions of right beyond just following the path his father wanted for him. Kára was harder to warm up to, especially when she was blindly stubborn for much of the book and unwilling to listen to Joshua’s sensible suggestions until it was nearly too late. I didn’t really care for her manipulation of Joshua without really trying to talk to him first, but he was a good man and she showed growth as a character as well when she began to think more clearly. I did like these two as a couple; though their HEA wasn’t quite what I was expecting/hoping for, it was still very satisfying and original. Joshua harkens back to the traditional strong, alpha Highland warrior and I almost always love reading them. This was an entertaining, action-packed story and I look forward to the next series installment. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    **I received a copy of Highland Warrior from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions are my own and not solicited in any way.** Highland Warrior by Heather McCollum is the second book in her Sons of Sinclair series. This is Joshua Sinclair AKA Horseman of War and Kara Flett's story of war and love on the Isle of Orkney. I love a good Highlander story but this one goes way beyond that showing the other side of Robert Stuart (Stewart) and his s **I received a copy of Highland Warrior from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions are my own and not solicited in any way.** Highland Warrior by Heather McCollum is the second book in her Sons of Sinclair series. This is Joshua Sinclair AKA Horseman of War and Kara Flett's story of war and love on the Isle of Orkney. I love a good Highlander story but this one goes way beyond that showing the other side of Robert Stuart (Stewart) and his sons thirst for everything on Orkney including Kara. This book is well worth 5 stars and more. Joshua Sinclair has grown tired of training Lord Robert Stuart plus he wants to go home before winter little does he know that when he stops a young boy from stealing his horse Fuil (Who loves turnips) he'd meet Kara Flett who desperately needs Joshua to help her train her people to fight against The Stuarts. They have taken not only stolen horses, but food and women but will he stay to help or go home to Scotland and his family? Joshua will fall in love with the strength the people of Hillside have when Henry attacks Kara on Samhain. When Kara's son is taken by the Stuart's can either of them trade their lives for a young child? There will be surprise revelations in the ending that will have you cheering for the village and also for the men that realize Joshua's training also gave him friendship needs during a battle to see right from wrong.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    So, this is my first foray into the Scottish Highlander historical romance genre...and I am not disappointed. This is a fun, sexy book. I also like the historical time it's set in. Joshua and Kara's relationship is very insta-lust, and I'm here for it. But once you get beyond that, I love that they talk to each other and care about what the other needs, and are able to work through the political situation they are in. The author keeps you captivated and you start to really care for the character So, this is my first foray into the Scottish Highlander historical romance genre...and I am not disappointed. This is a fun, sexy book. I also like the historical time it's set in. Joshua and Kara's relationship is very insta-lust, and I'm here for it. But once you get beyond that, I love that they talk to each other and care about what the other needs, and are able to work through the political situation they are in. The author keeps you captivated and you start to really care for the characters and the situation they are in. I look forward to reading more from this author and more in this genre

  5. 4 out of 5

    A Klue

    The Sons of Sinclair certainly have a lot to live up to, my fellow Scottish romance book loving friends. Thanks to their tough hearted daddy's expectations and the unusual declarations he assigned each of them at birth, they are saddled with some OTT big roles to play. Lucky for them (and us) they all are built like Thor and have the same swagger and attitude to back up those unusual labels. In this instance, Joshua (Horseman of War) has it going on in more ways than I can count. What he wasn't The Sons of Sinclair certainly have a lot to live up to, my fellow Scottish romance book loving friends. Thanks to their tough hearted daddy's expectations and the unusual declarations he assigned each of them at birth, they are saddled with some OTT big roles to play. Lucky for them (and us) they all are built like Thor and have the same swagger and attitude to back up those unusual labels. In this instance, Joshua (Horseman of War) has it going on in more ways than I can count. What he wasn't counting on was falling for Kara, the determined clan leader desperate to save her people. We watch up close and personal this main couple's back and forth dance as they try to figure it all out. You'll have to decide for yourself if you think her tactic of seduction strategy was acceptable or not. It certainty set the stage for some verra hot, graphic smexy scenes. I'll keep most of my own musings on that matter to myself, folks, because though it was consensual it kind of belittled both of them in some aspects initially at least, IMHO. I did ding the stars here a little for Kara not getting with the program fast enough and making what I felt seemed the obvious best choice right away. Sure, she had some pushing her to not grab such a generous life line, but I was dumbfounded at her initial hesitation. With what appears to be a year between releases, I have to wait awhile to catch up with what Gideon (Horseman of Justice) will get into. Looks like a lovely MacKay law breaking lass is sure to shake up his world, folks. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ Graphic steam starts off early on here. Joshua can't seem to say no to such an easy, tempting offer of no strings smex with a willing bonny woman like Kara. She's been a widow for a long time so Joshua's strapping body made it easy for her to decide to seduce him into staying to help. He still seems set on leaving though. OM in her clan has been pushing her to marry him so they can rule together. She's repeatedly turned him down in the past. No OW drama. (hide spoiler)] Title: Highland Warrior, Series: Sons of Sinclair (Book 2), Author: Heather McCollum, Pages: 400, pub date: 4/27/21, stand-alone but part of series, determined desperate clan leader heroine, widow married really young has kid heroine, loved her husband, afraid of loss heroine, Thor like hero, verra graphic smex scenes early on, romance safe enough for me, OM wants to marry her, evil villain. Book 1 - Highland Conquest (Cain), 4/28/20 Book 2 - Highland Warrior (Joshua), 4/27/21 Book 3 - Highland Justice (Gideon), 4/26/22 (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review. There is no relationship or affiliation between this reviewer and the author, publisher, NetGalley, or any PR firm.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reading

    4.5/5 First off, what is up with the horses? They just care so much about the horses, which is not a bad thing, but I just found it a weird quirk of the books and it made the books unique in their own sense. Wow the names in this book were beautiful and I loved the meaning behind them. Kara means love and Joshua is biblical meaning Jehovah is salvation which I felt really represented their characters in the book. Kara does everything she can for her clan and Joshua being the Horseman of War. Also 4.5/5 First off, what is up with the horses? They just care so much about the horses, which is not a bad thing, but I just found it a weird quirk of the books and it made the books unique in their own sense. Wow the names in this book were beautiful and I loved the meaning behind them. Kara means love and Joshua is biblical meaning Jehovah is salvation which I felt really represented their characters in the book. Kara does everything she can for her clan and Joshua being the Horseman of War. Also the attention to every little detail was phenomenal. I felt like I was in 1590 Scotland and I don’t normally feel like this with a book. Plus there were these little hilarious jests that were just delightfully thrown in that would bring in light to a dark situation. Probably the best thing about this book is that you really see Joshua grow up in a sense. In Highland Conquest, you saw him as very war-hungry and just wanting to jump into battle. However in Highland Warrior, we see him actually trying to move away from war, wanting to go back to his family. I thought that McCollum did such an amazing job on transitioning his character between the two books and his character growth was on point. Then there was the instant connection between the two characters from the moment they meet until the very end. They were a very refreshing couple and I liked that Kara never gave up on him. Last thing I am mentioning is the quotes and research. Every chapter at the beginning included quotes from The Art Of War by Sun Tzu. This was a nice little touch that I felt really tied into the book bringing it a lot of character. And the amount of research that went into this book was incredible. At the end it included the true story behind it and the language was just beautiful. This all just made the book tie together oh so perfectly. Thank you to Entangled Publishing for allowing me to read this advanced copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Penelope (The Reading Devil)

    Review is up on my blog! http://thereadingdevil.blogspot.com/2... Or read below! I've been getting right into the historical romance genre lately, and so when I saw this I knew it was something I wanted to read. I was right! This was a fun, sexy read with lots of layers and twists that I wasn't expecting. While this is technically part of a series, it's definitely one that you can read out of order as each book is based on different main characters and written well enough that you don't really fee Review is up on my blog! http://thereadingdevil.blogspot.com/2... Or read below! I've been getting right into the historical romance genre lately, and so when I saw this I knew it was something I wanted to read. I was right! This was a fun, sexy read with lots of layers and twists that I wasn't expecting. While this is technically part of a series, it's definitely one that you can read out of order as each book is based on different main characters and written well enough that you don't really feel like you are missing things. I am new to Heather McCollum, but I must say I am impressed! I thoroughly enjoyed the style of her writing, and loved all of the different elements she was able to incorporate into this book. It was funny, sensual, serious when it needed to be, and just had a really nice overall feeling to it. The book starts with Joshua leaving Robert Stuart's castle after training his men to fight and guard it. Joshua is on his way home when he meets Kara who decides after seeing him that she must get his help to train her people to fight Robert's tyranny. The book continues with Kara trying to convince Joshua to stay and help the people of Hillside. I loved the sense of community we see from the people of Hillside - it felt so real and special! They were small in number, but large in heart. Kara Flett was the main female lead in this book and I found her to be such a great character. She was fiercely loyal to her people and willing to do whatever necessary to save them from Robert Stuart's tyranny. Joshua himself was absolutely hilarious, yet also intimidating and very straightforward. I loved that he always said exactly what came to mind and didn't give a hoot what those around him thought. He was sexy and bold, ruthless when necessary yet a bit of a softie at the same time. It was a great combination and written really well. The humor thrown into the book was really well placed - it was always at just the right time, and said in just the right way. I found myself snorting out loud in public and getting the oddest looks lol. I always love it when a book can do that, and take me completely off guard! Very interested to read other books by Heather now as I quite enjoyed this one. I will likely start with the first Sons of Sinclair book and then go from there! Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves romance with a Scottish twist xD

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    Highland Warrior Sons of Sinclair Series #2 Heather McCollum https://www.facebook.com/HeatherMcCol... Release Date 04/27/2021 Publisher Entangled Amara ➪ https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B087ZY1XPX/r... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly shel Highland Warrior Sons of Sinclair Series #2 Heather McCollum https://www.facebook.com/HeatherMcCol... Release Date 04/27/2021 Publisher Entangled Amara ➪ https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B087ZY1XPX/r... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of violence bounce right off him. Offers of gold seem to entice him even less. Desperate enough to use the pleas of the village children to sway him, she’s shocked when he’s completely unmoved. There’s only one tactic left for her: seduction. Her hasty proposition falls completely by the wayside, though, as she and the Highlander come together in a carnal inferno. But bringing him into her life also brings his enemies to her clan’s doorstep—the very clan Kára is trying to protect. And as their feelings deepen, Joshua will have to decide between duty and love once and for all. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Will she let her fear keep her away from love ... I do think this is my second read by the author, and the first was the previous book in this series, which introduced the four horseman of apocalypse, well, four brothers their father raised to be the best in their predetermined role. Joshua is known as the horseman of War, a title he wears proudly and effectively, he is one of the best at his job, he teaches others to defend and attack and when he leads an army, he always plans what to expect and even anticipates any disruption in his well planned schemes. Until one day, he acted too confident and let his guard down, which costed a young man his life. Since he has rethought the art of war. He now no more wants to run headlong in battle, he plots to minimize physical confrontation, to negotiate for fighting to be only the last recourse when everything failed before. Kára has been shaped by the harsh life she was raised in, it is a costly life in term of being, but it is also what she has only known. So when she crosses path with the warrior known as the Horseman of War, she believes she has the answer to her people’s plight. Alas he won’t be swayed. So she uses all her arsenal, which is very much limited to only herself. After an early widowhood and a premature birthing, she viscerally hates her liege and his kin for he is no good man, his offsprings follow his path, and use and abuse of their position on her people. But stopping his course is like warranting a death sentence. Yet Kára wants a different life for her son and her clan, but how to persuade a very determined man who wants the opposite of her. Sure, it is a clash of temper, but as time passes, Joshua sees the other side of the border, how himself had been misled and unknowingly wronged the poor inhabitants of the land surrounding the Earl he worked for. But will his pull to Kára be enough to revisit his own rules. The chemistry between them is over the top, and is well demonstrated along the plot, scorching many pages with the virulence of their attraction. The author with this moving non stop action tale reach out to two fiery tempers in need of a shoulder to rest, as whatever they tell themselves, they let loneliness engulf them, and while they are surrounded, their heart had a fence built around to protect them from too deep emotions. But when what began as a basic affinity deepens during the time they get to know one another, what path will they choose, war or retreat... 5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen detailed lovemaking scenes. I have been granted an advance copy by the publisher Entangled, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    After the death of his wife in childbirth, George Sinclair lost his mind to grief and believed that end of days were upon them, in his grief he declared his sons the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and raised them to fulfill their callings. This story is of his second-born son, Joshua, dubbed the Horseman of War. After his elder brother married, Joshua left Girnigoe Castle in Scotland in search of war and in doing so, lost his desire to battle. He ended up on the Orkney Islands training the Earl of Or After the death of his wife in childbirth, George Sinclair lost his mind to grief and believed that end of days were upon them, in his grief he declared his sons the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and raised them to fulfill their callings. This story is of his second-born son, Joshua, dubbed the Horseman of War. After his elder brother married, Joshua left Girnigoe Castle in Scotland in search of war and in doing so, lost his desire to battle. He ended up on the Orkney Islands training the Earl of Orkney’s men to defend themselves from the local inhabitants, who resented Scotland’s acquisition of their lands. It wasn’t until after he began training that he realized Robert Stuart, the Earl of Orkney and his sons are cruel tyrants and after a few months, Joshua decides to leave and return to his family. But with close familial ties to King James, the earl is a powerful man and Joshua must withdraw carefully, making sure the earl doesn’t take offense and turn the King against the Sinclair clan. He makes his goodbyes and sets out to find passage back to Caithness. He makes his way to a village and enters a tavern, hoping to find a ship sailing out and lodging for the night, but what he finds is trouble – in the form of a beautiful woman. When Kara Flett learns that the “Horseman of War” is the man in the tavern, she forms a plan to seduce him into helping her people fight against the earl. Since her uncle, King Erik was taken by Robert, her people have looked to her to lead them, but she knows the only way to defeat the earl is to have her people led by a true warrior and hopes that Joshua Sinclair will help them. After a dust-up with some locals trying to steal his horse, Kara takes Joshua back to her “den” to tend his wounds and they spend the night making love. The next morning, she asks him to lead her people against the earl – Joshua feels betrayed and used and refuses – mainly because he cannot risk the earl’s wrath against his family – as the illegitimate son of the previous king, the earl is the King James’ uncle and fighting against him could see his family ruined. But Kara doesn’t give up and asks him to meet her people. After seeing the conditions that they are forced to live in, Joshua offers them refuge with his family and agrees to train her men to defend themselves. After consideration, many of the islanders agree to move to the mainland and join the Sinclair clan, including Kara. But after a run-in with Robert’s son Henry and the return of her uncle, everything changes and when her son is taken, she refuses to leave without saving him. Joshua knows he must save her son and he also knows that doing so will endanger his family – so he does the unthinkable and cuts ties with his clan to save Kara’s son. But things go from bad to worse and Joshua’s sacrifice may not be enough to save Kara from the earl’s ultimate wrath. This was a well-written, fast-paced, amazing read and of all the books I have read by this author, this one might be my favorite. This book is a non-stop adventure from the first page to the last, it is filled with action, steamy love scenes, truly evil villains, amazing secondary characters, nail-biting fight scenes, shocking twists and turns, and an ending that is sure to bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face! I loved this book, it was very intense, and to be completely honest, it is a bit more graphic and steamier than most of the books I have read by this author – that is not a complaint – more of a heads up to readers that might be sensitive to that sort of thing. This is the second book in the series, but it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone title and I highly recommend it! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. *

  10. 5 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    Amazing story! Joshua and Kara are true warriors! There is so much that I loved about this story that I hardly know where to begin. Joshua is beginning to grow weary of his Horseman of War persona, though he has perfected his skills so that he's the most feared and formidable warrior in all of Scotland. He knows more than most the true cost of war, and has rarely seen a victory that was worth the sacrifice. Kara is the de facto leader of a small, close-knit community who are consistently abused a Amazing story! Joshua and Kara are true warriors! There is so much that I loved about this story that I hardly know where to begin. Joshua is beginning to grow weary of his Horseman of War persona, though he has perfected his skills so that he's the most feared and formidable warrior in all of Scotland. He knows more than most the true cost of war, and has rarely seen a victory that was worth the sacrifice. Kara is the de facto leader of a small, close-knit community who are consistently abused and oppressed by Robert Stuart, the uncle of Scotland's current king. She's determined to fight at all costs to free her people from him and his equally vicious sons, so she all but leaps at the chance to recruit Joshua to her cause. As a history buff, I really appreciated how the author handled the intermixing of fact and fiction. Robert Stuart is based on an historical figure, and the author makes great use of this person's known acts of tyranny while expanding on his activities to portray him as a cruel villain, though stopping short of changing the outcome of the story when it would conflict with the historical record. As a result, the victory here is not complete, though the author's note at the end gives us the satisfaction of knowing that justice was served within about ten years, and with the help of the Sinclair clan. The romance between Kara and Joshua begins with a fiery passion that is nearly all-consuming. But then real life steps back in, and they have to deal with much more pressing matters than their obvious physical compatibility. It is through this time of shared trials that the real love story takes place, and it's exquisitely delivered. It's almost a slow-burn romance at this point, which seems counter-intuitive against the backdrop of their insta-lust beginning, but I for one really enjoyed how they grew to love each other because of, not in spite of, all the obstacles that kept them from each other's beds. It was so perfectly fitting that not only was Joshua a student of Sun Tzu's The Art of War, but that the author included a quote from this preeminent work in each chapter's heading. These insights into battle strategy really helped to underscore the issues that dictated Joshua's decisions, and why he was trying to lead the Flett clan to a solution that seemed to be the opposite of what they thought they needed. The conflicts here are expertly layered, with both psychological dilemmas as well as physical threats. It was truly enlightening to see how each conflict had to be addressed as a battle of its own, and victory did not always look like they thought it would. When there's no clear path to justice, more than ever the moral character of the leader is his (or her) most important attribute. Just when you think they're backed into a corner with no possible way out, the author impressively takes the story around a few new corners until Joshua, Kara, and her entire clan find their HEA and can finally breathe easy, looking forward to a life of security and peace. Like the first in this series, this is a story that will stay with me for a good, long time. It's what I read books for, and I can't recommend this amazing story highly enough. If you love intelligent, thought-provoking historical romances that are both fully historical and fully romantic, this is the series for you. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Les Romantiques

    Review posted on Les Romantiques le forum du site Reviewed by Rinou Review copy by the publisher I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is the second volume in the Sons of Sinclair series, following the four sons of the former clan Sinclair’s chief who nicknamed them the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and made them play their role down to the last detail. Here we follow Joshua, aka the Horseman of War, when he’s been hired by the heroine Review posted on Les Romantiques le forum du site Reviewed by Rinou Review copy by the publisher I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is the second volume in the Sons of Sinclair series, following the four sons of the former clan Sinclair’s chief who nicknamed them the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and made them play their role down to the last detail. Here we follow Joshua, aka the Horseman of War, when he’s been hired by the heroine’s enemy. Concerning the four brothers we met in the first volume, Highland Conquest (see review here ), Joshua seemed to really possess the personality corresponding to the horseman he’s meant to represent, and I must say I was somewhat dreading his story. But in fact he has already evolved between the end of the first volume and the beginning of this one, and he has started to take a good look at what he has believed his whole life. Even if he still has warrior’s reactions and is quick to be angry, he’s also likeable with a kind heart well hidden, and sometimes he’s too candid which can be badly taken. He goes on using his reputation as the Horseman of War, even if inside he curses the cold or the lack of comfort of the role, and he’s reluctant to teach fighting to the villagers. Kára is a strong heroine, obstinate, who tends to rush headlong when it’s about protecting those she loves. She has suffered a lot of loss because of the bad guys – her husband, her parents, and her sister – and she refuses to go on hiding in order to survive. She’s ready to use seduction to convince Joshua, and she needs a lot of time before listening to his advice. Between them the attraction is immediate and the first love scene comes very early, but in the rest of the book there’s more sensuality than sex. As for the secondary characters we see the heroine’s clan, villagers bullied by the new lord of the island, and who hide in secret caves, and most of all the last members of her family: her son, her brother, and their grandmother, plus their best friends. At the opposite there are two kind of “bad guys”: the soldiers who’re only there to earn their living and appreciate Joshua, and the lord and his sons each more vicious than the next. There’s lot of violence and battle – and lots of nudity, the bad guys belittling the prisoners by having them stripped naked outside in the middle of winter… I was waiting for the hero’s brothers to intervene, but the author preferred to give prominence to the villagers and have them save themselves, even if we see the brothers at the end, and finally I wasn’t disappointed. I still found there were some lengthy parts, but I have a hard time reading actually so it can be me. In any case I liked this second volume and can’t wait for the next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Can the Horseman of War ever truly find peace? Joshua Sinclair is certainly going to try. He was raised by his father to be a warrior and to aid his clan in conquering Scotland. After disagreeing with his eldest brother in Highland Conquest, Joshua has set out on his own, training other warriors. But after truly seeing the cost of war Joshua is worn in spirit and looking for peace. It’s unlikely he’ll find it on Orkney Isle. After training the Lord Robert Stuart’s men Reviewed for Wit and Sin Can the Horseman of War ever truly find peace? Joshua Sinclair is certainly going to try. He was raised by his father to be a warrior and to aid his clan in conquering Scotland. After disagreeing with his eldest brother in Highland Conquest, Joshua has set out on his own, training other warriors. But after truly seeing the cost of war Joshua is worn in spirit and looking for peace. It’s unlikely he’ll find it on Orkney Isle. After training the Lord Robert Stuart’s men to defend themselves against the locals, he sets off for home…only to find himself captivated by Kára Flett, Chief of the Orkney people. Kára will do anything to defend her people, including seducing and trying to sway the Horseman of War to her side. Joshua cannot be swayed by anyone. Who will win the battle of wills? Heather McCollum had a bit of a hard task in Highland Warrior . Joshua was not the most likeable character in the first Sons of Sinclair book. Hot tempered and ready for war, I wasn’t sure he’d make a great hero. I was so glad I was wrong. The Joshua in this book is a wise warrior seeking peace. He has come into his own and is trying to do what’s best. He knows that isn’t working for the evil Lord Robert Stuart but he also knows he needs to extract himself diplomatically as the man is the king’s uncle. Kára has known so much pain and loss and she still keeps fighting to protect her people. I loved her spirit and determination. She’s doing what she can to save her people and years of pillaging, death, and the threat of rape have not broken her. She and Joshua come together explosively at the beginning of the story and from there things only get more interesting. The two of them make a good pair – each of them is honest, strong, and protective by nature. They aren’t perfect, but they’re doing their best. I liked them together and their love story developed organically. McCollum weaves fact and fiction together wonderfully in Highland Warrior . She also manages to keep this book moving at a fast pace despite the heavy topics and the threat Kára and her people are under – not an easy feat. I truly wasn’t sure how Kára and Joshua would make it out alive and though I won’t spoil it I will say McCollum made the ending feel earned. I finished Highland Warrior a well-satisfied reader and I’m looking forward to seeing what is coming for the next two Sinclair brothers. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”   4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill one another. To him was given a large sword.  Joshua Sinclair has lived his life embracing and being one of the biblical Four Horsemen since his mother’s death pushed his father into a grief induced belief that his four sons were the Apocalyptic Four Horsemen from The Book of Revelat 3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”   4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill one another. To him was given a large sword.  Joshua Sinclair has lived his life embracing and being one of the biblical Four Horsemen since his mother’s death pushed his father into a grief induced belief that his four sons were the Apocalyptic Four Horsemen from The Book of Revelations. Joshua was deemed The Horsemen of War and was raised to live and breathe all things war. After a disagreement with his older brother Cain, at the end of Book 1 Highland Conquest Joshua sets out on his own for some soul searching or hell raising-whichever he finds first. His travels bring him to The Orkney Isles where he spends some time training Robert Stuart’s warriors in the Art of War. When he is ready to leave and head back to Caithness where The Sinclair clan resides he stops in a small tavern seeking a warm bed, warm food, and a shelter for his horse, fuil. He doesn’t anticipate meeting the dróttning—chief/queen of the small clan who have been tormented by Robert Stuart, and he surely doesn’t anticipate that he will end up in one of the most important battles of his life. Thank goodness The Horseman of War is always ready to fight and knows when to battle physically, mentally, or both - he may now learn the hardest part of war, when to surrender or retreat. I really enjoyed this story. The characters and the situations they find themselves in range from humorous to sensual. Joshua is perfectly matched with his dróttning - two fierce warriors who go into every situation like it may be their last. The passion and chemistry between these two was pretty hot and it was nice to not have a fair maiden as the female MC. This book is part of a series, and I guess you could get away with reading it without book one, but I recommend reading the series in order. Now, I have to patiently wait for the next book in the series....I do really enjoy this authors writing and have read most of her books. 5 Stars for this Highland Warrior—I mean any man from 1589 who can help deliver a baby, deserves 5 stars!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I love Ms. McCollum's writing with her strong and powerful heroes and her fierce warrior heroines. Her characters are dedicated to their people and will risk everything to save them.  Joshua Sinclair, the Horseman of War, has studied war his whole life and only knows how to win. After losing a precious life after a battle that should not have been fought, and after completing his training for Lord Robert Stuart's men to fight, Joshua realizes war is not all he wants anymore and he prepares to go I love Ms. McCollum's writing with her strong and powerful heroes and her fierce warrior heroines. Her characters are dedicated to their people and will risk everything to save them.  Joshua Sinclair, the Horseman of War, has studied war his whole life and only knows how to win. After losing a precious life after a battle that should not have been fought, and after completing his training for Lord Robert Stuart's men to fight, Joshua realizes war is not all he wants anymore and he prepares to go home to the Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But fate has it that a fierce and determined young woman would change the course of his life. Kára Flett, Norse queen, is committed to her people. So much so, she would seduce the fearsome Horseman of War to lead her people to victory against Robert Stuart. The very army he just finished training. But she doesn't know he is done fighting wars. Especially a war that would mean sure death for her small village.  Until the unthinkable happens, and his growing affection for her and her people calls him to battle again and the performance of his life. I have enjoyed Joshua's mischievous side since book 1, though you don't see it as much in this book. It humanizes him and lessens the God's horseman mystique which he uses to his advantage in war.  In addition, we get to see his vulnerable side as he struggles with guilt from something he thought he could prevent.  Kára is also a great force in his life that he didn't expect and he refers many times to her presence giving him peace. Can you say soulmate? There is no better ally and companion for a formidable man than a brave female warrior who can steal his clothes, weapons, and heart in one fell swoop. Of course, Ms. McCollum includes a fun and diverse group of supporting characters who complement this fast-paced suspense-filled story.  The siege on Robert Stuart's castle is an exciting high-point where I cheered for all, as well as the nail-biting ruse at the end that had me guessing what would happen. I recommend this lovely Highlander romance novel that can be read as a standalone, but I suggest you read from the beginning because you will enjoy all of the characters and the amusing family dynamics.  I can't wait to read more about the Sinclair clan.  Thank you to Ms. McCollum, Entangled Publishing, and Netgalley, for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews

    “I love you. I need you to know that. I could not imagine the pain of dying without being able to tell you what I have only now discovered in my heart.” Joshua Sinclair was War incarnate, the second Horseman of the Apocalypse…at least that was what his father raised him to believe. Growing restless, Joshua leaves his home and Clan Sinclair behind to seek out those in need of his talents to train men for battle. But this fierce warrior’s world is about to turn on it’s axis when he stumbles upo “I love you. I need you to know that. I could not imagine the pain of dying without being able to tell you what I have only now discovered in my heart.” Joshua Sinclair was War incarnate, the second Horseman of the Apocalypse…at least that was what his father raised him to believe. Growing restless, Joshua leaves his home and Clan Sinclair behind to seek out those in need of his talents to train men for battle. But this fierce warrior’s world is about to turn on it’s axis when he stumbles upon a Norse beauty and queen of her people who offers him a night of pleasure that in turn becomes a temptation to help break her people free from the tyranny of the Stewarts. When setting out to teach the tactics of war, Joshua has met his match in the fair Kara Flett. But when her life is put in jeopardy, there is no fiercer foe than a highlander’s sword and his thirst for vengeance, and if that highlander just happens to be one of the fabled Horseman, let it be known there is no force on earth that will deter the mighty Joshua Sinclair from protecting what is his…“He had never seen anything so beautiful before in his life. He would battle a million wars to keep them safe, or sail a thousand seas to take them to safety, or build a hundred castles to protect them.” *Happy Dancing* Oh dear Reader, I am sooooo excited that Heather McCollum has returned to her Sons of Sinclair series! These four brothers have been raised by their father believing they are nonother than the four Horseman of the Apocalypse, and each of their stories thus far have matched the hero with a lover that is off the charts in chemistry, and offers them a happily ever after they never dared dreamed to receive. “Love was risky. It could tear one apart, but it could also build one into a mountain of strength. It made life sweeter, brighter, and so worth living.” While this is the second in the series, it is written well enough to be read standalone with no cliffhangers. If you are a fan of highland romances, I can’t recommend this author enough! Loved loved loved Joshua’s story and sooooo looking forward to the next installment! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Heather McCollum sweeps readers into a seductive world of high stakes, passion and danger with her latest captivating Scottish-set historical romance, Highland Warrior. Joshua Sinclair’s prowess on the battlefield is legendary. Joshua’s exemplary skills with a weapon earned him the reputation as the Sinclair’s clan’s fiercest warrior. All of Northern Scotland knew about Joshua’s exceptional abilities, however, Joshua’s days as a warrior were behind him. Nobody was ever going to convince Joshua to Heather McCollum sweeps readers into a seductive world of high stakes, passion and danger with her latest captivating Scottish-set historical romance, Highland Warrior. Joshua Sinclair’s prowess on the battlefield is legendary. Joshua’s exemplary skills with a weapon earned him the reputation as the Sinclair’s clan’s fiercest warrior. All of Northern Scotland knew about Joshua’s exceptional abilities, however, Joshua’s days as a warrior were behind him. Nobody was ever going to convince Joshua to take up his weapons ever again – until he crossed paths with the daughter of a fallen Norse chief who might just manage to change his mind: Kára Flett … When she finds herself sheltering the strongest and most powerful warrior in the land, Kára vows to bring him over to her side. However, convincing Joshua quickly proves to be easier said than done. He will not be so easily persuaded to take up arms again. He scoffs at her threats of violence and finds offers of gold laughable; even the pleas of the village children cannot sway him leaving Kára with no other option but to use the last weapon in her arsenal: seduction! The tension between Joshua and Kára had been palpable from the very first moment they met, but when they finally come together the explosive chemistry combusts into a passionate union that quickly gives way to something far deeper than either one of them was expecting. Yet Joshua’s presence in Kára’s life brings her ruthless enemies to her doorstep who will stop at nothing to wreak mayhem and destruction on the clan she is desperately trying to protect. Is a future for Kára and Joshua possible? Or will the heavy burden of duty lead the two of them to lose out on the love of a lifetime? Heather McCollum never fails to bring the magic, mystery and majesty of Scotland to life and in Highland Warrior, she once again weaves a beguiling spell upon her readers by writing a powerful and passionate historical romance that exquisitely blends drama, emotion and desire. Kára and Joshua leap off the pages and their love story is fiery, compelling and unforgettable and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Heather McCollum’s Highland Warrior is an evocative and enthralling Scottish historical romance from a very gifted storyteller. 4.5 Stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenene

    Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of violence bounce right off him. Offers of gold seem to e Joshua Sinclair was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. Except a beautiful woman, it seems. When Kára Flett, daughter of a fallen Norse chief, finds herself unexpectedly sheltering the strongest, most brutal warrior in the land, she throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of violence bounce right off him. Offers of gold seem to entice him even less. Desperate enough to use the pleas of the village children to sway him, she’s shocked when he’s completely unmoved. There’s only one tactic left for her: seduction. This book was several first for me. Its my first historical boo, first book about a highlander and my first book by the author. Overall I enjoyed the book. Joshua is a force to be reckoned with. He is a warrior and a self-proclaimed god. There were times he was rude and even aggressive, but most of that was molded by his past and by him trying to maintain how other perceive him. Throughout the book you can see that Joshua has a good heart and that his still stands for what is right. Kara is a strong and independent women who is driven by a combination of fear, anger, protectiveness and the need for revenge. When she realizes who Joshua is she tries to seduce him into doing what she wants. Things do not go as planned. From their first encounter there is a connection, but they are both stubborn. Little by little you grow to understand both of their viewpoints and respect why they feel so strongly about them. Keep in mind this is my first historical book and I went into the book openminded. I am giving this book a four out of five stars. While I enjoyed the read there were one or two times I felt that things dragged a little. There was romance, action and some angst in the book. There were things that I did not see coming as well as things that could've been prevented, which added to the excitement of the book. Their was a happy ending and I definitely will be back to read the rest of the brothers stories. The short history lesson at the end was also a pleasant surprise. This was a great first for me and I am glad to have been given the opportunity to read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cyle

    I came into this story knowing I was coming into it as the second in the series. Its safe to say this can most definitely be read as a stand alone. I would recommend reading the first however due to the fact on why Joshua the lead left his clan to train other clans. This was a wonderful bundle of historical goodness, the author crafted a world about real history surrounding Robert Stuart and his army. Highland Warrior follows Joshua Sinclair who left his clan after his older brother took over fro I came into this story knowing I was coming into it as the second in the series. Its safe to say this can most definitely be read as a stand alone. I would recommend reading the first however due to the fact on why Joshua the lead left his clan to train other clans. This was a wonderful bundle of historical goodness, the author crafted a world about real history surrounding Robert Stuart and his army. Highland Warrior follows Joshua Sinclair who left his clan after his older brother took over from their father. Joshua was trained as a warrior, war was in his blood, as his father made it be so. When his brother takes over he wants peace, but Joshua is the Horseman of War and he can see the peace that his brother wants. He leaves and trains other men, while eventually training Robert Stuarts men, but training them puts a target on his head at all times. When he sees what his brother wants is now something he wants after the death of a child, he leaves for home. But he comes face to face with a woman he can't resist, Kara Flett, the daughter of a Norse King. She needs his help and protection and will do anything to get it. I love reading stories of men who go on to find themselves, Joshua may have acted on immature intentions because of how he was raised, but he became the man he was suppose to be especially after meeting Kara and her people. I applaud the author for really showing growth in a male character, especially an alpha male, I really enjoy reading this. When Kara and Joshua meet its an intense attraction, the knows who he is and does something any desperate woman would do to save those she loves. The romance is passionate, intense and the connection between these two characters grows with every moment together, more so with Kara's son, her son was actually the one who won me over. In the end this is a great historical romance, lots of suspense and having the reader wonder how will they have their happy ending with all the dangers that keep coming their way. I did have a hard time connecting to Kara, her stubborn nature and how she just didn't listen didn't sit right with me. Overall her character should of been my most liked but I couldn't connect. But that did not take away from the wonderful writing and world building.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Highland Warrior Sons of Sinclair #2 Heather McCollum ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Joshua Sinclair is the second brother of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland, and has been raised to love war above all else. He is not happy with his eldest brother who is the new chief as his brother is bringing peace to the land so he decides to be a mercenary on Orkney Island spending months helping Robert Stuart train his men. Kara Flett desperately needs Joshua's help. She needs his help to train her people to fight against Highland Warrior Sons of Sinclair #2 Heather McCollum ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Joshua Sinclair is the second brother of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland, and has been raised to love war above all else. He is not happy with his eldest brother who is the new chief as his brother is bringing peace to the land so he decides to be a mercenary on Orkney Island spending months helping Robert Stuart train his men. Kara Flett desperately needs Joshua's help. She needs his help to train her people to fight against the mighty Stuart's. Robert Stuart and his sons have taken everything from Kara's people and that includes food, horses, and women. The problem is the people don't know how to fight so if Kara can get Joshua to stay and train her people they will at least have a fighting chance. Will Kara be able to convince the mighty Horseman of war to stay and train her people or will they forever be abused by the Stuart's? What happens next not only shocked me it had me reading long into the night. Heather McCollum is absolutely unmatched. This book is fabulous. I don't know another historical romance author who can do what this author does. Ms. McCollum pens a book that is rich with history yet has an air of lightness. I must tell you I was giggling from almost the start when Brenna had her baby. I could not believe what I was reading. I felt like I had traveled back through time and sat on the side lines watching the best movie I could ever have the privilege of watching. Joshua was amazing. He was strong yet light hearted. With a quick smile for those he liked. Kara was every girl's heroine. She was brave and would sacrifice herself in a flash if it meant saving one of her people. All of the characters in this book will forever hold a special place in my heart. She also had no problem drugging Joshua and stealing his clothes and weapons if it meant keeping him on Orkney to help her people. This has been the best book of the year and I can't wait to see what the next Sinclair brother gets up to. Thank you Ms. McCollum for bringing us a book that took me away from my daily life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    butterfliesandbooks

    My Review ...... Kara needs a champion, someone to teach the men of her clan to fight, and the clan needs a protector. Seizing her chance, she attempts to seduce and woo Joshua to her cause!! Joshua has had enough of fighting, he wants a quiet life now, he needs to atone for the many things he’s done in the name of war! This is the second book in the Sins of Sinclair Series. I’ve not read the first one and i don’t think you miss anything. The scenes with the rolling hills and the smell of the hea My Review ...... Kara needs a champion, someone to teach the men of her clan to fight, and the clan needs a protector. Seizing her chance, she attempts to seduce and woo Joshua to her cause!! Joshua has had enough of fighting, he wants a quiet life now, he needs to atone for the many things he’s done in the name of war! This is the second book in the Sins of Sinclair Series. I’ve not read the first one and i don’t think you miss anything. The scenes with the rolling hills and the smell of the heather, are so well written you can imagine yourself there. Nothing is superfluous, there isn’t anything there that doesn’t need to be there. Strong characters, a great cast of supporting characters too. I like Joshua, he’s no nonsense attitude had me smiling and agreeing with him. Kara on the other hand! She came across as a little immature! Not wanting to listen to anyone and their thoughts! Joshua has to pick a side. His eyes are opened to the way the people are being used and exploited! He can train and protect this new clan, or he can walk away.... And when people he thought were friends turn against him, it has Joshua looking at the bigger picture! Having been married before Kara never expected to meet and fall for anyone else, a widow and a parent, she has more than enough on her plate, oh and avoiding the advances of an unwanted suitor. She thought she would utilise Joshua’s skills, but spending time with him, she sees more than just a warrior. So can Joshua train the men he now calls clansmen? Can he forgive the way he was tricked into helping? And how much longer will he be able to stay away from the woman who’s captured his heart? I love the mixture of history and romance in these books. I like the fact the women that the author writes about aren’t weak and mild, they have a mind (and a mouth) and aren’t afraid to use it. I’m still not sure how I liked the way the end of the book finished! But it’s still a really good read, and I’d happily recommend the book, and grab the next one. Another really well written from an author I’ve got on my “automatic to buy” list. 🦋 I am leaving this review voluntarily after being sent a free book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Reads

    Well-written descriptive narrative of characters you will truly care about. Psst…with steam;-) This is the second in the Sons of Sinclair series. After their mother died and their father went crazy with grief, the four boys were trained to be one of the Four Horsemen from the book of Revelations from the Bible: Conquest (Cain); War (Joshua); Justice (Gideon) and lastly Death (Bàs). There is more back story which you will find in HIGHLAND CONQUEST, book #1. The glossary in the front and the histor Well-written descriptive narrative of characters you will truly care about. Psst…with steam;-) This is the second in the Sons of Sinclair series. After their mother died and their father went crazy with grief, the four boys were trained to be one of the Four Horsemen from the book of Revelations from the Bible: Conquest (Cain); War (Joshua); Justice (Gideon) and lastly Death (Bàs). There is more back story which you will find in HIGHLAND CONQUEST, book #1. The glossary in the front and the history in the back help with the colloquial words and story. Joshua Sinclair, the Horseman of War is unsettled after what happened at South Ronaldsay so he moves around selling his war skills as a mercenary. After living under the thatch roof of Lord Robert, Joshua has become disgusted with his treatment of people. As he travels through the small town of Orkney to hire passage on a boat to take him home, he becomes attracted to the bar wench, or so he thinks. She is really the “queen” as her uncle was taken prisoner, which Joshua had witnessed on his way out of Lord Robert’s castle. Whoa! This part sizzles. She needs his skills to rid their people of Lord Robert and he likes her “skills” elsewhere. Truly I was on the edge of my seat starting about 30% in. Joshua and Kára fight so many seen and unseen battles until they get their HEA. Best ending EVER! I’m sure this is a romanticized version of what life might have been like back then but so stirring. McCollum has made Joshua a very intimidating warrior with finesse like “007” and grit like “Rambo” with Kára his equal in fortitude. I can’t wait for Gideon’s book now. If you like historical Highlander fiction with steam, read this book. Btw, McCollum can write the most sensuous titillating scenes. You can almost feel the cloth as it slowly slips down their bodies. Get your fan! I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through Entangled/NetGalley and give it high praise.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Bush

    I didn't think I could love this book as much as the first one.. Joshua was not my favorite person at the end of the last book.. and boy was I wrong. Heather McCollum did an amazing job of turning in to a person we could all root for. Joshua has changed alot in this book, after a battle that left him feeling hollow he has decided that fighting isn't the only option. Joshua has recently been training Lord Roberts men on the best way to defend themselves if they are attacked.. and now hes tired of I didn't think I could love this book as much as the first one.. Joshua was not my favorite person at the end of the last book.. and boy was I wrong. Heather McCollum did an amazing job of turning in to a person we could all root for. Joshua has changed alot in this book, after a battle that left him feeling hollow he has decided that fighting isn't the only option. Joshua has recently been training Lord Roberts men on the best way to defend themselves if they are attacked.. and now hes tired of them.. all he wants to do is go home and see his family. When he stops for the night he meets Kara, who is a strong independant woman, and the leader of her people. She recognizes who Joshua is right away and starts doing her best to convince him to lead her people againt Robert and his horrible sons. Joshua and Kara have immediate chemistry, and when he finds out the truth about what has been happening to Karas people he decideds that he will help them stay alive.. Kara will do anything in her power to protect her family and people, and her hope is that Joshua will just lead an army against Roberts. However Joshua knows that no matter how well he trains Karas men, that alot of people will die.. Good people on both sides. All he wants to do talk Kara and her people into coming home with him to Scotland where they can be free, have plenty of food, and be protected by the Sinclair clan. . This book has alot of really great steamy moments, and alot of action. and some really great fight scenes. it was just really wonderfully written.. There werent any moments that I wanted to skim or skip over.. I needed to read every single word, and not miss anything that was happening.. . I absolutely cant wait for Gideons book next and see the woman that he will fall in love with.. . .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Joshua Sinclair known as The Horseman of War was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. He travels to Orkney & trains Robert Stuart’s men how to defend the castle if attacked. However he’s disillusioned & leaves to travel home for Samhain. When Kára Flett, leader of some local inhabitants, throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of Joshua Sinclair known as The Horseman of War was once the fiercest and most notorious warrior of the mighty Sinclair clan of Northern Scotland. But now there’s nothing and no one that can make him take up arms again. He travels to Orkney & trains Robert Stuart’s men how to defend the castle if attacked. However he’s disillusioned & leaves to travel home for Samhain. When Kára Flett, leader of some local inhabitants, throws together a risky and outrageous plan to bring him to her side. Threats of violence bounce right off him. Offers of gold seem to entice him even less. Desperate enough to use the pleas of the village children to sway him, she’s shocked when he’s completely unmoved. There’s only one tactic left for her: seduction. Her hasty proposition falls completely by the wayside, though, as she and the Highlander come together in a carnal inferno. This is the second book in the series & is very easily read on its own. Talk about action packed! It starts at a canter & very soon is galloping to the conclusion, the pages just flew by. I loved the chemistry between Joshua & Kara which was intense & electric. The author does a wonderful job of painting a picture not only of how Kara’s people had to live & the hardships they endured, but of the cruelty a power mad harsh despot could inflict. The characters have depth & you either love them or loath them. In places it's not a comfortable read but it's an engrossing one & I can't wait for the rest of the series. I’m so glad I started this early in the day as no way could I put it down My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    The beginning of the book has a glossary of a Scots Gaelic and Old English words used in the story. To be honest, it wasn't that hard to follow when they showed up in the story. Which I consider a good thing. Each Chapter also starts out with words from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. The author also included an interesting Historical Note at the end of the book. The people in the story were well developed starting with both of the main characters. Kára Flett is someone that Joshua begins to see rea The beginning of the book has a glossary of a Scots Gaelic and Old English words used in the story. To be honest, it wasn't that hard to follow when they showed up in the story. Which I consider a good thing. Each Chapter also starts out with words from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. The author also included an interesting Historical Note at the end of the book. The people in the story were well developed starting with both of the main characters. Kára Flett is someone that Joshua begins to see really is a warrior woman, a Warrior Queen. She is also a loving and fiercely protective person. Both to her young son and her people. She doesn't know what to make of Joshua Sinclair. She just knows that she has a mission to fulfill with The Horseman of War and she's not sure she can pull it off. One thing she is sure of is that she is wildly attracted to him. And he isn't slow to chase her either. They end up having "heated" scenes together but that doesn't overtake the story. The villains in the story were also easy to "love to hate." And there's a whole family of them along with an extra bully, The Brute. It isn't all about just the bad guys because there are plenty of good people in the story. But it's not hard to follow and didn't give the feeling of being overwhelming. Plenty of battles and makes you wonder if there's any way for a H.E.A. The twist at the end is a big one, a doozie of a surprise. I was happy to see that there was a Epilogue as well. "I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jade aka MrsTosh

    I am a fan of Heather Mc Collum after reading a few books from her 'Highland Isles Series' she write the alpha Scottish male and usually feisty female verra well. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book in the series, as I didn't know it existed. I am not sure it would detract in my enjoyment of this story but I am sure it would have helped to give me so back ground on Joshua Sinclair and his Kin especially Cain his brother and Chief of Sinclair. Joshua is a notorious warrior for hire, I am a fan of Heather Mc Collum after reading a few books from her 'Highland Isles Series' she write the alpha Scottish male and usually feisty female verra well. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book in the series, as I didn't know it existed. I am not sure it would detract in my enjoyment of this story but I am sure it would have helped to give me so back ground on Joshua Sinclair and his Kin especially Cain his brother and Chief of Sinclair. Joshua is a notorious warrior for hire, with a fierce reputation, travelling back home after helping train Robert Stuarts men to claim Orkney. Having been born to war Joshua doesn't really concern himself with the politics of it until he meets, Kára Flett, chief of her small clan of Orkney natives a brave lass who wants to protect her Island and her people and asks Joshua for his help. What is great about this book it that is partly bases on fact. "exert from google" - Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney and Lord of Zetland (Shetland) (spring of 1533 – 4 February 1593) was a recognised illegitimate son of James V, King of Scotland, and his mistress Eupheme Elphinstone. Robert Stewart was half-brother to Mary, Queen of Scots and uncle to James VI and I of Scotland and England. Scotland was brought frough out these times and it is something the author captures so well in the characters and the story. I will definitely be buying a copy of the first book in theories and reading those that follow. I loved it. Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Expected date of publication April 27th 2021.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jade aka MrsTosh

    I am a fan of Heather Mc Collum after reading a few books from her 'Highland Isles Series' she write the alpha Scottish male and usually feisty female verra well. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book in the series, as I didn't know it existed. I am not sure it would detract in my enjoyment of this story but I am sure it would have helped to give me so back ground on Joshua Sinclair and his Kin especially Cain his brother and Chief of Sinclair. Joshua is a notorious warrior for hire, I am a fan of Heather Mc Collum after reading a few books from her 'Highland Isles Series' she write the alpha Scottish male and usually feisty female verra well. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book in the series, as I didn't know it existed. I am not sure it would detract in my enjoyment of this story but I am sure it would have helped to give me so back ground on Joshua Sinclair and his Kin especially Cain his brother and Chief of Sinclair. Joshua is a notorious warrior for hire, with a fierce reputation, travelling back home after helping train Robert Stuarts men to claim Orkney. Having been born to war Joshua doesn't really concern himself with the politics of it until he meets, Kára Flett, chief of her small clan of Orkney natives a brave lass who wants to protect her Island and her people and asks Joshua for his help. What is great about this book it that is partly bases on fact. "exert from google" - Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney and Lord of Zetland (Shetland) (spring of 1533 – 4 February 1593) was a recognised illegitimate son of James V, King of Scotland, and his mistress Eupheme Elphinstone. Robert Stewart was half-brother to Mary, Queen of Scots and uncle to James VI and I of Scotland and England. Scotland was brought frough out these times and it is something the author captures so well in the characters and the story. I will definitely be buying a copy of the first book in theories and reading those that follow. I loved it. Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Expected date of publication April 27th 2021.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Highland Warrior by Heather McCollum Sons of Sinclair #2 In days of old When men were bold And women even bolder Came a warrior To an island To train soldiers on that land A fair woman To save her men Asked said warrior for a hand Is he swayed? Does he help? Or will he leave them to their fate? What I liked: * Kára: strong, smart, steadfast, capable, warrior, widow, mother, leader – great partner for Joshua. * Joshua: disillusioned, homesick, lethal, warrior, proud, seeking peace, honorable, brother, HOT – gre Highland Warrior by Heather McCollum Sons of Sinclair #2 In days of old When men were bold And women even bolder Came a warrior To an island To train soldiers on that land A fair woman To save her men Asked said warrior for a hand Is he swayed? Does he help? Or will he leave them to their fate? What I liked: * Kára: strong, smart, steadfast, capable, warrior, widow, mother, leader – great partner for Joshua. * Joshua: disillusioned, homesick, lethal, warrior, proud, seeking peace, honorable, brother, HOT – great partner for Kára. * The setting * That the story was based around historical figures and could have taken place in history * The idea of underground living as a way to avoid capture * The outsmarting of the Stuarts * The horses – hope to see more of them * The birth scenes and the new way of birthing that I was introduced to * That Kára was able to defend herself fairly well even against odds that were against her * The strategic moves and plans that were made to free a kidnapped soul or two and also to save a “couple”. * Knowing that there are at least two more books in the series to look forward to. What I didn’t like: * The Stuarts…all of them…deserve all that happened to them in the book…and in history * The oppression of people…and knowing it still happens in some parts of the world today * Having to wait for the next book in the series Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rose

    ***Thank you to Entangled Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review*** This is book 2 in the Sons of Sinclair series and you will definitely want to read them in a series like fashion. I believe you could possibly read this as a standalone but you will miss some of the back story on Joshua. Joshua Sinclair (who is referred to as the Horseman of War) was raised by his father to love war above all else. He is training Lord Robert Stuart on how to fight but he starts to tire of the trai ***Thank you to Entangled Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review*** This is book 2 in the Sons of Sinclair series and you will definitely want to read them in a series like fashion. I believe you could possibly read this as a standalone but you will miss some of the back story on Joshua. Joshua Sinclair (who is referred to as the Horseman of War) was raised by his father to love war above all else. He is training Lord Robert Stuart on how to fight but he starts to tire of the training. He wants to go back home so he leaves the training to head home. Kara Flett finds Joshua and is desperate for him to train her people on how to defend themselves against the Stuarts. She doesn't really divulge all the information at once to Joshua as to why she is needing this. As their time together increases you can tell the attraction is starting. Kara is attacked by Henry on Samhain and then the Stuarts take her son. Kara is a brave and fierce woman who will stop at nothing to get her son back. When Joshua realizes what has happened he wants to help Kara save him. The author is a master at historical romance where I felt like I was transported back in time and watching all this unfold as if I was just a passerby. The way that she has woven the world around them, talked about interactions with Kara and Joshua you feel as if you are there. This book was excellent and just another masterpiece to add to this series. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fizza

    So this is an intense read, but I enjoyed it. The story flows beautifully, full of action, romance, and drama; there isn't a single boring moment. I also loved the characters and ending was really well done. Totally expected, but in a completely unexpected way. I think that the last few chapters are the highlight of this book. I recommend this to every historical fiction fan out there, and if you love the books about fierce and loyal highlanders, then this is definitely for you. Joshua Sinclair i So this is an intense read, but I enjoyed it. The story flows beautifully, full of action, romance, and drama; there isn't a single boring moment. I also loved the characters and ending was really well done. Totally expected, but in a completely unexpected way. I think that the last few chapters are the highlight of this book. I recommend this to every historical fiction fan out there, and if you love the books about fierce and loyal highlanders, then this is definitely for you. Joshua Sinclair is a famous warrior. Everyone is afraid of him. There is a reason they call him Horseman of War. He kills without remorse so for the people of the small isle fighting for their freedom he seems like an ideal leader. Unfortunately, he refuses to fight. All he talks about is peace. In this situation, Kara decides to concoct a plan. She must keep him on the northern isle and somehow convince him to not only train her people but also lead them in a fight against their oppressor. Joshua likes Kara, and he wants her and her people to survive. But he also can't break his oath and fight a war they are sure to lose. In the end, he must convince these people to find new homes, far from here, and live peacefully. However, fate has other things in mind and what is in store for him and for Kara is yet to be determined. A very well-written and intense read. I absolutely loved it and enjoyed every moment of it. I hope others do too. P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The review is my opinion and has nothing to do with the author or the publisher.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Dickson

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5 Stars) Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. I’m not going to lie- I’m absolutely obsessed with this series rn. I went through a whole “highlander romance” phase back in October of last year and i dont know how I missed this author/series. I’m enamored, guys. The idea that these 4 brothers are raised to believe theyre the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse mixed with a Highlander flair is everything I didnt know I needed. T ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5/5 Stars) Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. I’m not going to lie- I’m absolutely obsessed with this series rn. I went through a whole “highlander romance” phase back in October of last year and i dont know how I missed this author/series. I’m enamored, guys. The idea that these 4 brothers are raised to believe theyre the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse mixed with a Highlander flair is everything I didnt know I needed. The raw burning beauty and possessiveness of our MC is absolutely everything I look for not only in a romance but in a highlander romance. I had to go back and read book 1 as soon as I read book 2 (I didnt feel like that messed anything up for me, having read them out of order. I didnt even realize when I read book 2 that I had missed a first book). And I’m so freaking glad to know that theres 2 more brothers I get to read about. I wasn’t bored for a single moment while reading this book. In fact, I could barely put it down (hence why I’m sitting at work absolutely exhausted right now lol). Theres action, beautiful romance and an amazing story. I loved both the mc’s and thought they were extremely well written. Both of them were super strong and ferocious in their own way and they just simply clicked together. I loved the idea of a Highlander and a Viking princess together, as well. Overall, this book was a 4.5/5 stars for me... and I can’t wait to read the following books!

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