When a Laird Loves a Lady
Julie Johnstone
Medieval Historical Romance

A need to belong drives her. A longing to forget compels him. Fate may send them into each other’s arms, but only love can mend their hearts.

An Outlander

Raised by a tyrannical father, Marion de Lacy yearns for the comfort of belonging to a loving family. So when her father announces her betrothal to an evil knight in exchange for his help to overthrow the king, she concocts a desperate scheme to avoid the marriage: feigning her own death and then fleeing England. But when her plan goes terribly awry and she’s captured by the knight, not even her careful preparations could ready her for the Scottish barbarian who rescues her and then informs her that he’s to marry her by edict of her king. Certain her father will defy the king’s orders and wed her to the knight if she refuses the Highlander’s hand, Marion agrees to marry the strangely compelling but obstinate laird of the MacLeod clan. 

A Highlander

After the death of his beloved wife, Iain MacLeod has no desire to marry ever again. Yet when he finds himself obliged to do so to secure the freedom of his childhood friend and king, he reluctantly travels across England to collect his unwanted bride, expecting to find a cold Englishwoman. Instead, he discovers a fiery, bold beauty who is fiercely loyal, protective of those she loves, and defies him at every turn, challenging his certainty that his heart is dead.

Ensnared

Following a hasty marriage and perilous journey to Scotland, Marion harbors no illusions that her new husband loves her. Still, her heart cannot resist the noble, brave warrior, and she cannot suppress the hope that she has finally found where she belongs. However, the harder she tries to fit in with the clan and gain Iain’s love, the farther away her dreams drift. Iain is more than willing to give his respect to his courageous wife—her kisses and caresses even ignite his blood and demand his passion—but he refuses to give up his heart. That is, until enemies near and far threaten to take Marion from him. Now the demons that haunt him can only be conquered by surrendering body and soul to Marion, if only it’s not too late…

Uncaged Review: My first time reading a book from this author, and I am hooked. This book is a bit longer than most books these days, coming in a bit over 400 pages, but there was very little “fat” in this book. Everything mattered.

Our heroine of the story, Marion, tries to fake her own death to get away from her evil father trying to marry her off to a greedy man, just to gain him as an ally to try and other throw the King. When she is rescued by Iain, a big Scot, she learns that he was coming to marry her to by word from the King. Seeing no other option, Marion agrees.
This is a story of love, courage, danger, suspense and family. The author does a good job with keeping the reader turning the pages, from danger in Iain’s castle for Marion, to her cruel father and man who wants to capture her and bring her back to England.

My only negative to this book was Iain’s inability to let go of his dead wife’s memory, I think that aspect was taken on a bit too long, but overall, this was a good read and I look forward to the next in the series. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars