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ARC Review: Highland Spy by Madeline Martin

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Highland Spy

ARC Review: Highland Spy by Madeline Martin
by Madeline Martin
Series: The Mercenary Maidens #1
Also in this series: Highland Ruse
Published by Diversion Books
on January 10th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Scottish
Pages: 358
Format: Print
Source: ARC, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon |B&N
Rating: 5 Stars



Connor Grant is in search of a lady. Not a bride, but a woman to become a skillful and seductive spy in the service of King James. In addition to being the King’s personal assassin, Connor heads a group of female spies who aid him in his work, women with nothing left to lose.

Ariana Fitzroy is the perfect mark. Destitute, orphaned, and completely alone, she’s missed her chance at an advantageous match at court and cheats at cards to survive. When Connor catches her in the act, he threatens to expose her, unless she joins his elite roster of spies.

She agrees and is whisked away to a deserted Scottish castle to begin her training. Ariana quickly takes to her lessons in seduction, deception, and hand-to-hand combat, but less easy to fight are her feelings of lust toward the ruggedly handsome Connor, feelings she suspects may be reciprocated.

When Connor recruits her help on a mysterious task, the pair must work together to track a dangerous target. But Ariana suspects Connor isn’t telling her everything―not just about the mission, but also about his past. Will the secrets between them threaten their mission? And will they be able to fight their attraction as they wonder who they can trust?

ARC Historical Romance

Highlanders and spies come together to make the perfect match in this Historical Romance read. Highland Spy by Madeline Martin supplied a kick ass heroine and a troubled hero all in one page turning adventure.


Emphasis on kick ass.


It really is not just one lady who does the ass kicking, it’s several “broken” women taken in by Connor Grant and trained to become lethal weapons of mass… destruction? No, hmmm… manipulation? Well, they each have their own skill set. Ariana’s penchant for cheating at cards lands her in the arms of Connor who works for King James  as a spy and personal assassin.


Let’s go to Kindrochit…


Kindrochit Castle and it’s surrounding area is where most of the story takes place. It’s home base for the spy training and Ariana picks up fighting and seduction skills. Because you just never know when you have to try and seduce someone…

Ariana’s character was a somewhat easy going one. Even though she had the “I can take care of myself” mentality it was easier for her to adapt to being a spy because she didn’t have any family. She jumps to her own conclusions and stubbornness throws a kink between her relationship with Connor.

I loved the interaction between the other characters. The other women each have their own story to tell and I just can’t wait to find out what makes them tick. Sadness and loss are thrown in as well, so get ready to tear up in some scenes. Let’s just say a savvy kitten mends some broken hearts.

Ariana’s and Connor’s love starts off quiet but ends up sizzling between the sheets, or should I say rug? Ha. It wouldn’t be a love story without the usual misunderstandings, trials and tribulations, which we get a satisfactory amount of.

All in all, it was a fun story full of intrigue, backstabbing, secret missions, and most important: a kitten.



A little note…


-The story starts off in London but plays out in Scotland around the early 1600s.
-Can be read as a standalone, but you get a good introduction to the secondary characters in this installment.

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Highlanders and spied, now that sounds fun! I do like a romance without misunderstandings now and then, but they seem quite common. The characters sound interesting in this one. Great review!

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Ooh I do love Scots and spies and kick ads heroines! This definitely sounds right up my alley! Happy to see this was a 5 star read for you! Awesome review!

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