My Fierce Highlander

 EPIC Award winner | Amazon and Nook Top 100 Bestseller

Book 1 of the Highland Adventure Series -  Gwyneth and Alasdair's story

Released July 26, 2011

Note: Each book of the series is a stand-alone romance.​


Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?

Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves. 

This book was on the Amazon overall top 100 bestseller list at #47 paid. It has been #1 in historical romance, Scottish historical romance, and Scottish historical fiction. #8 on the overall Nook Bestseller paid list at B&N. #2 in historical romance paid at iTunes.


Available in Audio
Click cover to listen to a sample

My Fierce Highlander is now available in audiobook! You can listen to a 5 minute sample at Audible, Amazon or iTunes. You can also listen at YouTube. Andrew Bryan is the narrator. He has a great voice.

Foreign Editions




Reader Reviews
  • "My Fierce Highlander was an amazing read. I absolutely loved it and the characters."

    -5 stars, Top Pick from Night Owl Romance Reviews

    "I was expecting a good book when I decided to read My Fierce Highlander but I clearly underestimated the magnitude of how amazing it would be. This book surpassed all of my expectations and left me in a state of awe. This is an absolutely fantastic book and I'm only sorry I haven't read it before now! I can honestly say it's one of my favourite books... of any genre." Candace N. (Goodreads)

  • "The best book I have read in a long time..." Marilyn M. (Goodreads)

    "I loved this highland romance. Well written with a compelling story. A passionate romance with subtle humor as well. I enjoyed this novel far more than the last few novels by other authors. Sinclair gives so much more substance to her story than most romance writers!" Ruth (Kindle reader)

  • "Wow! I LOVE Highlanders and when I read My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair, I fell in love with Laird Alasdair MacGrath at once, and wanted to be the one rescuing him instead. Adventure, fighting, romance, the Highlands--what more can anyone ask for! Loved it!" Terry Spear, USA Today Bestselling Author"I loved the description of the Highlands. This compelling story of two wounded people who each heal the other is spellbinding and simply lovely. I WANT MORE!" -Cate Parke, author


    "I love this story . . . it’s wonderful!! You handle the complex mix of characters, dialogue, and action in a very readable, highly exciting manner. Great conflict . . . heroic characters, true emotion, fast-paced action plot."

    -Barbara Dawson Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • "This book starts off strong. I started around 10pm and ended up reading it straight through til 2am! I kept saying to myself “As soon as I find a stopping point, I’ll put it down,” but I just kept on reading... This was my first Vonda Sinclair read, and it won't be my last. The Highland Hussy decrees that Ms. Sinclair is a fantastic writer, who brought so much of the reality of fighting and feuding Highlanders to the pages, that it was easy to visualize and sympathize with Gwyneth." Demon Lovers Books and More

  • "Overall, I felt like I was reading a nice combination of Julie Garwood and Johanna Lindsey and although I have never heard of this author until now,  I am already a fan. Vonda Sinclair did an amazing job writing an entertaining highland romance. It was fluid and wonderfully paced which allowed me as a reader to savour the character's emotions and events written within the pages. I look forward to the next installment in this highly anticipated series."  -Escape Between the Pages

  • "Great book! I bought the other 4 books in the series after reading this one! Awesome storylines and memorable characters!" -Lisa, Reader

    "Beautifully written by Sinclair. You will be transported back in time to witness a great love story of courage and sacrifice."

    -The Pen and Muse Review

    "At times I could hear the distant sounds of bagpipes and see the heather dusting the fields of the Highlands. I wasn't able to put this down and read it from start to finish." -Romancing the Book

    "My Fierce Highlander is a story that grabs you and won't let go. [It] will be a keeper on my shelf."

    -5 stars, Toni at CBLS Reviews

  • "Wonderfully packed with stunning love and wild adventures, Vonda Sinclair's first book in the Highland Adventure series is just what an exciting Scottish historic romance should be... Possibly sporting my all time favourite first line of any book I have EVER read, "A stiff breeze carried the scent of bruised grass and blood on its icy breath." This line, for me, is instantly evocative of the battle that had took place and the harshness of the Highland weather....Gwyneth' s character is instantly likeable, within the first few pages you learn of her strength and bravery as she helps an unknown member of an enemy clan. You instantly know of her deep love for her small son and her aims for a better life for him....My favourite part of this book is probably the image of Alasdair standing before his fireplace and telling Gwyneth that he didn't want her to leave. A swoon worthy moment if there ever was one!!! I truly believe that the very talented Vonda Sinclair gives you a little bit of magic in her creations and I would urge anyone who hasn't experienced the delights of this author to do so now."  -Emma, Reader

  • "If you want to feel like you've traveled back in time to the Scottish Highlands, I highly recommend this book."

    -Amazon reader review

    "The imagery in this story is so beautiful you really feel apart of the landscape as well as the characters lives. The authors writing style is also worth a mention she has an amazing and elegant style that captures you from the very beggining and makes you hold on with everything youve got till the very end, where you still wont want to let go.

    This story is in no way predictable just when you think something is going to happen something out of the blue knocks you right outta there. Its is really action packed and the twists and turns make it a worthy read."  -Erica, Goodreads reader 

  • "Vonda writes with so much passion, you can feel like you are right there in the mist of what's happening... I do like historical but they have to hit me right in some areas that I am picky in, this one hits me right in all the right  ways, I was very impressed and screaming for more." -Laurie at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

  • "Vonda Sinclair captures the excitement and magic in romance with My Fierce Highlander! Her vivid story telling brought the Scottish Highlands to life with detail and accuracy. The language used was not complicated if you are unaccustomed to Scottish Romances, just enough of that sexy brogue and Gaelic to make you tingle. Sinclair delivers a plot that is enticing and moved fluidly with captivating characters full of dimension that were brought to life on the pages. The romance was balanced nicely with action and suspense. I was caught breathless during the most romantic scenes ever, being drawn in by Alasdair and Gwyneth’s sizzling chemistry and fiery passion. Then brought to desperation, my heart wrenching along with the characters, when Alasdair and Gwyneth reached their lowest; and my heart soared when they finally found their HEA. I was glued to this riveting story start to finish and did not want it to end. The secondary characters of Gwyneth’s son Rory (BTW, I just love that name), who was absolutely adorable and a key element to the novel, and Alasdair’s brother Lachlan along with the rest of his clan were all interesting in their own right and the ending left a nice little set-up for the next book in the series about Lachlan called My Wild Highlander, which seriously intrigued me. I would recommend this book to all Scottish romance lovers or romance/historical romance readers in general. A superb read that all you highlander hussies out there won’t want to miss! ;)"  -Crystal, Reading Between the Wines


"Ms. Sinclair pens fantastic historical romance. Her Highlander books are consistently fascinating, fast-paced and filled with passionate characters."

—Emma, Night Owl Reviews


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