The Rebel - A Highlander Short Story

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
A Short Story Prequel to the Highlander Trilogy.

He is Alexander MacLean, a fearsome Highland warrior fighting for his true Scottish King. She is Elizabeth Curtis, a beautiful Englishwoman who wears the scarlet uniform of an English soldier and wields a sword like a seasoned fighter on the battlefield. Enemies meet and passions The Rebel
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About Julianne MacLean

USA Today Bestselling author Julianne MacLean is a three-time Rita Finalist and winner of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the Greater Detroit Romance Writers Booksellers' Best Award.

She has written more than 15 historical romances for Harlequin and Avon/Harper Collins, and is currently writing more books for St. Martin's Press.

She is a devoted wife and mother, and loves to travel. She has lived in New Zealand and Ottawa, and is now settled happily in Nova Scotia, while working on her latest historical romance.

Please visit her website at for more information about her books and writing life.

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Review by: Alisa Jenkins on March 3, 2015 :
A very good short read. This is a short story related to the author's Highland trilogy.
This book is great to fill in a gap of reading, if you just don't know what to read.
Short and sweet.
Has battle, and a quick love story.
Great read for Highlander lovers.
(review of free book)
Review by: katrina jones on July 25, 2013 :
Sweet short story!
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 6, 2012 :
Looking forward to reading the series!
(review of free book)
Review by: julie barrett on Dec. 16, 2011 :
REBEL By Julianne MacLean
Prequel to the Highlander Series
What got me interested in this was that it's about castles and sword fighting and
based in 1700's. Alex is in the middle of a battle when he's approached by a lad and
the lad takes a swipe at his thigh. He uses his sword and attacks him only to find out
that it's a female.
Elizabeth wakes up in pain and knows she must get back to Argyll's camp. She does not like
Scotland at all. He comes and gives her whiskey for her pain and finds out it's 10pm, she's
slept the day away when he didn't even know if she'd survive at all.
He allows her food and finds out that she's there to take revenge for her father and brother
dying in the rebellion. Problem is he's looked at her and has fallen in love with her looks
and her wit.
Others learn she is there and want to return her to her village as a spy. Alex won't allow
that to happen, she's under his protection now and he will see her back to the only living
relative she has, her uncle.
On their journey they talk a lot and find out about each others families and interests.
She now sees him as one who loves his family and wishes him no harm. He returns her and leaves
til 5 months later he is back and proposes to her because she is all he ever thinks about.
Sounds like a good series and the timeframe is ideal.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Lynne Colter on March 13, 2011 : (no rating)
A terrific short prequel to Julianne MacLean's new Highlander trilogy.

I don't want to post a spoiler review, so am not saying anything else.... Just hope we meet the hero and heroine in the full trilogy, which starts with Captured by the Highlander, released March 1 in print and ebook.

(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Review by: Patricia Kennedy on March 6, 2011 : (no rating)
Loved the way the hero and heroine interacted with each other, and it took you there as if you where there with them. Cannot not wait to read the whole series of these great Highlanders
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Review by: Robin Daily on Feb. 27, 2011 :
Very engaging characters! Well written introduction!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: Lizzielvr on Feb. 27, 2011 :
Good intro to the new series!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Norah Wilson on Jan. 14, 2011 :
Short, sweet, and positively yummy! A great warmup for the Highlander stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Renee Field on Jan. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
Wow. I devoured The Rebel by Julianne MacLean and it’s a great prequel to her new Highlander series which I can’t wait to get my hands on. From the moment when Alex meets Elizabeth sparks fly and while at first it has all to do with the swords they’re wielding at each, it quickly turns into a cute flirtation that reads true. It had me wishing to be Elizabeth just so I could meet the handsome highlander, Alex. I loved that Julianne set up the scene with fighting, letting Alex save the damsel in distress and then gallantly helped her find relatives so she could heal her broken heart because her brother died in the English/Scottish war. The heart-wrenching one kiss Alex and Elizabeth share is enough to make the reader weep because it’s fleeting, but true enough to make you want to shout at them to get it on. This book leaves you wanting to read more of Julianne work. Bring it on Julianne.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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