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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new historical romance yet!

Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan...with the most sinful of curves.

Joan promised her mother that she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling alone is dangerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved...until he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that prove her disguise hasn't fooled him. As their passion ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding...and lead to a love she's never known?

©2014 Lynsay Sands (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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another beautiful story

I loved it very much the story was wonderful intrigue and some sadness. I am glad the story picked up on the first book. and blended the two family's together

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Good book

There a few predictable turns but it's enjoyable. Some of her other books have stronger plots and more interesting characters, but I listened to this book all the way through. It does have a sweet ending. I'm still very much a fan of Lynsay Sands.

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A Rollicking Good Romp&A Cool Storyline to Boot...

We start out on a long journey to Scotland from England. Our heroes' pig-bladder has broken, and he won't risk getting a woman with child, and so he leaves his inn (with the lusty tavern wench,) to go home to Scotland. As such, along the road, he finds what appears to be a boy, being beaten senseless by three thugs. Saving the boy and fighting off the robbers with his sword, Lord Campbell Sinclair (Cam to his friends,) is stabbed in the back and nearly dies. Thanks to the peasant boy, "Joe," whose mother was a healer and taught "Joe" everything, "Cam" is saved. Because "Joe" is travelling/going to hand his mother's final written letter/request to a Scottish Lady (from England) on foot, Cam offers his protection to "Joe" along the way to Scotland.

Here is where things get a wee bit muckle, because, in fact, when "Joe" goes to bathe in the stream, "Joe" turns out to be "Joan," a beautiful lass who travels as a boy in secret so as to be less of a target to bandits...And a little too much time alone together, and a lot of passion and Joan and Cam...

But the story doesn't end there. It turns out that Joan's mother is not her birthmother. Joan's travel to the Lady allows her to find out that she is, in fact, the niece of a noblewoman, and, as Joan gave Cam her innocence, they will have to marry.

Yet, the story doesn't end there. Poison, fainting damsels in distress, Joan's horrible cacaphonic attempt at singing, and nearly shooting Cam are all solid parts of this interesting story. Definitely worth a credit for the diehard romantic, in my opinion.

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Disjointed Plot

I have no complaints about the author's voice or the characterization, but the plot was irksome, to say the least. The first 1/3 of the book was full of romance, anticipation, sex, and some heart-pounding, worrisome moments, but the last 2/3 of the book felt like a completely different story. The sex and romance disappeared and a new villain, new problems, and new motivations were introduced. It felt disjointed.

I feel like Cam found out that Joan was a woman far too early. There were so many missed opportunities for humour between the two of them. Also, Joan gave up her virginity *really* easily for someone that's petrified of becoming pregnant. I realize that they were in the moment, but as a healer who has seen all sorts of gruesome births, how could that not have popped into her mind?

The latter 2/3 of the novel was painfully predictable, and as soon as the ladies are poisoned by the cider, it's obvious who the culprit is. I don't get why it's a mystery, and I certainly don't get why these obtuse characters can't figure it out from the onset.

The epilogue is heartily disappointing. Why waste all this time on a new villain and new problems in the latter 2/3 of the book, when there was a perfectly good problem *right there*, plugged in from the beginning? Both had horrible fears of a pregnancy! Shortly after marrying, they could have found out that she was with child, and they could have spent time initially grieving, then deciding to go on mini adventures, or picnics (etc) on their "last days" together, realizing that all they wanted before she (potentially) died was to spend every moment together. It would have been heart-wrenching and beautiful, and it would have made the ending that much more impactful.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good adventure in my historical romance. I love nasty villains and devious plots, but this one was introduced so late that it felt like it was the beginning of a totally different story. If the author was so keen on having a villain appear in the latter 2/3 of the book, then my advice would have been to sneak a few peeks into the villain's head in the beginning 1/3. We needn't know their name, but just having a few thoughts, like "when is Cam going to be back? I've been waiting with these awful women for too long!", then at least a villain has been introduced, and the book flows from beginning to finish without feeling so disjointed.

This was my first Lynsay Sands book, and I'm very disappointed. I've heard good things about her other books, though, so I might give her work another shot. Fingers crossed that this one was just a fluke!

The narration was done pretty well. I liked the guy's voice, but I found that he paused at the oddest moments (usually a spot that wouldn't have a comma, so they felt really out of place). I became used to the odd pauses and just enjoyed the timbre of his voice.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 2014-07-10

Adventure, Mystery and Romance. Its got it all.

This book is one great adventure from beginning to end. This is the story of Cam, who is sworn widower and Joan a young woman who's mother just recently died. They set out on a fast paced adventure that progresses from friendship to romance to love.

It is a well written book that is filled with charming characters, cute fun, adventure, mystery, and romance,. The narrator was wonderful and his accent was so........divine.

This one is worth a try especially if you enjoy highlanders.

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  • Kimberly Thomas
  • 2016-03-31

The voice

I am visually impaired so audio books are my way to escape everything. The story was good but mostly it was Keiran Elliott's voice it settles me gives me a peace, I did not suffer my headaches of trying to survive a visual world but gave me sight into a world thank you. fizer718@gmail.com

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  • D. Holloway
  • 2016-03-29

Going back for the other in series

Enjoyed the story listened almost completely straight through. My husband was most exasperated having to repeat himself because I was so engrossed.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 2015-08-20

FANTASTIC!

You can never go wrong with a Lynsay Sands novel! This one is especially well done. From beginning to end there isn't a chance your mind will wander.
I've listened to this one repeatedly and although there is little chance of forgetting it the fact is that it's so good that that doesn't even matter!
From plot and personalities to visuals this is a incredibly and thoroughly enjoyable book.

NARRATOR: Very good. This may be the only book I recall Keiran Elliott has narrated (that I've heard... ) and that is a shame because this performance is steller

CREDITWORTHY? Absolutely YES!

HEAT FACTOR: A full rolling boil!

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  • Cathy P.
  • 2014-07-08

Well written story. Narrator, brilliant!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not just a romance, which was was well written by itself, but a successful mystery as we'll. The performance of the narrator, Kieran Elliot, made this piece believable, authentic, and truly a joy to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joan and Cam both are my favorite characters. Joan for her strength, even though she doubted herself more than once, was courageous in solving the intrigue involving her and her new friends and family and risking herself to love completely without reservation. And Cam for his steadfast love and devotion to Joan in spite of her lack of ladylike qualities.

Have you listened to any of Keiran Elliott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My first listen of Keiran Elliott. I will definitely look for more of his performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Epilogue, when Cam discovered Joan in labor, Joan could not banish Cam from the birthing room no mater how hard she tried to spare him from possible death of her and the child. Love, joy, possible death, survival-what a rush of emotion the author and narrator thrilled us with to the end!

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  • Starlet M.
  • 2014-06-26

Excellent, well written story

What did you love best about To Marry a Scottish Laird?

The plot is very well written. The characters are developed well. This story has romance, mystery and suspense. I actually found myself avoiding talking to people because I didn't want to spend one minute away from this book. I was that involved.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Marry a Scottish Laird?

I am not one who writes a review giving away details of the story. People who do so give away too much information or spoil a critical point in the story. It is an excellent, romantic, sensual story with mystery and intrigue. What can get better than that.

What does Keiran Elliott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kieran Elliott is a breath of fresh air when it comes to a male narrator. I literally shuttered and got goosebumps when I heard him speaking in a sensual Scottish brogue. He did not make his female characters sound weak or simple minded while adding a softer side to his voice. The male characters were strong, kind and tender. Mr. Elliot is the first male narrator I truly feel encompassed all of the characters personality extremely well and created each character's voice in an appealing manner. I will listen to Mr. Elliot read anything.

Any additional comments?

Great book. Excellent narrator. Highly recommend it.

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  • MVA
  • 2016-11-22

A diamond in the rough

This story was awesome. I didn't expect it to be so good. It was a page turn all the way until the end, and leave it to Lynsay sands to add some murder mayham in the mix! Well worth the credit!

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  • Anne
  • 2016-07-19

That narrator's voice tho...

I would listen to the narrator read the phone book. This book was great too!

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  • ToriD
  • 2016-04-26

great story

fantastic boom. takes a bit to get into it but well worth it. Definitely a re-reader.

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  • XmasMom
  • 2015-08-31

Another hit for Lynsay Sands

Kieran Elliot, narrator...love this man's voice.It was perfect for this story.

Fun story with a bit of mystery in it.Just a tad long at times.
Really liked Joan, she as spirit, she is fun and lovable.
Cam is also a good lovable man. The secondary characters are also fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful