A historical mash-up of Dirty Harry in a kilt with a Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe. This banter-laden historical romance proves kilts have never been more fun!

Publishers Weekly Starred Review Author Lisa Rayne Never Cross a Highlander

Key Tropes:

  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Journey Romance
  • Forced Proximity
  • Only One Horse 🐴
  • Bodyguard/Protector


Genre: Scottish Historical Romance, 1600s
Series: The Shadow Lairds (Book 1)

AILSA CONNERY has waited three long years to finally escape her enslavement at Stirling Castle and reunite with her clan. But all her carefully laid plans are completely destroyed by the arrival of the fierce, Highland warrior known as Dubh Mahoun, the Black Devil, who has plans of his own.

KALLUM MACNEILL’s fearsome reputation has long allowed him to keep hidden his secret double life of freeing enslaved captives across the land. Only, it works against him when he inadvertently kidnaps a servant lass he assumed had gone astray from the group he’d come to free. When he discovers she has plans to head in the opposite direction, he can’t leave her to travel alone . . . or risk her exposing his true identity. Escorting a lone woman should be easy, if only the beauty didn’t oppose him at every turn.

As they make their way to the Highlands—one feisty hellion fighting the strong, prideful devil—their heated sparring leads to heat of a totally different kind. But the perils Kallum must face to get Ailsa home, safely and untouched, are nowhere near as dangerous as what lies in wait for them.