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Highland Promise
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Highland Promise
The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Series, Book 1
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Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor...
Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can't be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both
When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what's rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Series:
Highland Promise (Book 1)
Highland Bride (Book 2)
Highland Betrayal (Book 3)
Highland Captive (Book 4)
Highland Thief (Book 5)

What People Are Saying About Highland Promise:
"Suffused with witty banter, adventure and passion, Highland Promise is a thrilling debut novel Scottish romance readers will fall in love with!"—ELIZA KNIGHT, USA Today bestselling author of the MacDougall Legacy series
"Alyson McLayne heats up the Highlands in the Highland Promise."—AMANDA FORESTER, acclaimed author of My Highland Rebel
"Heart warming and tender beyond measure, Highland Promise will brighten your spirit."—MARY WINE, acclaimed author of Highland Hellion

Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor...
Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can't be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both
When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what's rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

The Sons of Gregor MacLeod Series:
Highland Promise (Book 1)
Highland Bride (Book 2)
Highland Betrayal (Book 3)
Highland Captive (Book 4)
Highland Thief (Book 5)

What People Are Saying About Highland Promise:
"Suffused with witty banter, adventure and passion, Highland Promise is a thrilling debut novel Scottish romance readers will fall in love with!"—ELIZA KNIGHT, USA Today bestselling author of the MacDougall Legacy series
"Alyson McLayne heats up the Highlands in the Highland Promise."—AMANDA FORESTER, acclaimed author of My Highland Rebel
"Heart warming and tender beyond measure, Highland Promise will brighten your spirit."—MARY WINE, acclaimed author of Highland Hellion

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About the Author-
  • Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She's also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the west coast where she worked in film for several years and met her prop master husband.
    Her self-published works in contemporary romance include her Santa Barbara Billionaire Bachelor series: How To Catch A Bride, How To Claim An Heiress, and How To Outplay A Player. How To Catch A Bride (formerly The Fabrizio Bride) was recently nominated for a RONE award.
    Please drop by for a visit at www.alysonmclayne.com and look her up on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AlysonMcLayne) or Twitter (@AlysonMcLayne).
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 21, 2017
    McLayne (the Sizzling, Sexy Santa Barbara series) takes readers to 15th-century Scotland in this captivating series launch, her first historical romance. In an effort to unite five Highland clans, Gregor MacLeod fostered a son from each. One of those foster sons, Darach MacKenzie, is now a respected MacKenzie laird when he rescues Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of the Frasers. Caitlin claims not to remember her last name when Darach takes her back to his castle. Though Darach has no desire to marry after having been betrayed by a lover, he cannot remain unaffected by the beautiful Caitlin, who charms both his clan members and his animals. The attraction between Darach and Caitlin is enhanced by the harsh beauty of the Scottish Highlands. When his enemies appear at his doorstep demanding Caitlin’s return, Darach knows he can’t give her up. McLayne has created a novel rich with romance and imbued with realism, made complete by a host of multidimensional characters and the promise of future series installments. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2017
    When a Scottish laird rescues a woman from a rival clan in 1452, the pair's connection is immediate. But the secrets she carries could lead to war sooner than anyone expected.Darach MacKenzie is a good laird. Fostered at a young age to a wise laird from another clan, he learned how to take care of his people and his land. He's determined not to take a wife, though, thanks to having been betrayed in his youth, a betrayal that led to many deaths. But when he rescues Caitlin MacInnes, who's unconscious and bound to a horse, from the rival Fraser clan, he begins to question that decision. Caitlin is young, innocent, and impulsive, and Darach vows to let no one hurt her as long as he is able. Caitlin herself immediately bonds with her savior as the combination of injury and infatuation makes it impossible for the two to be separated--except when Caitlin is playing Disney princess with the animals of the forest. Unfortunately, scorned lovers, family secrets, and tribal warfare make it hard to keep promises in a world where a lack of the correct information can lead to death. In the first of five books of the Sons of Gregor MacLeod series, McLayne (The D'amici Mistake, 2016, etc.) introduces readers to a world of castles and clan warfare, setting up the other four heroes for their own stories in the process. While compelling, the book is a frustrating combination of historical detail and creative license. Perhaps as a reminder that the setting is the Scottish Highlands, overwrought Scots vernacular is used in dialogue ("I doona rightly know") even though it's been indicated that everyone is speaking in Gaelic, not English. And yet, the story still lacks a sense of place that might have added to the compelling love story and warfare. An entertaining yet frustrating introduction to an extended family of lovelorn Highlanders.

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  • Amanda Forester, acclaimed author of My Highland Rebel "Suffused with witty banter, adventure and passion, Highland Promise is a thrilling debut novel Scottish romance readers will fall in love with!"
  • RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars "With her American debut, McLayne begins the Sons of Gregor MacLeod series, which promises more adventure, passion, and hot Scots."
  • Smexy Books "Alyson McLayne's Highland Promise raises the bar of Scottish-set historical romances with an earnest heroine, a brawny hero and two clans on the verge of war."
  • Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author of the MacDougall Legacy series "My favorite part of this novel was meeting the McKenzie clan. Each supporting character was well crafted and his clan's solidarity, love and goodness was noteworthy. I so wanted to be a McKenzie!"
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