Lachlan's Bride: Highland Lairds Trilogy

Lachlan's Bride: Highland Lairds Trilogy

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by Kathleen Harrington

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The much-anticipated second book in the Highland Lairds Trilogy is here! First introduced in The MacLean Groom, Lachlan MacRath is a powerful laird, a mysterious pirate . . . and a legendary lover.

Lady Francine Walsingham cannot believe this warrior is to be her escort into Scotland. It is whispered that Lachlan MacRath has magical powers . . . how

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The much-anticipated second book in the Highland Lairds Trilogy is here! First introduced in The MacLean Groom, Lachlan MacRath is a powerful laird, a mysterious pirate . . . and a legendary lover.

Lady Francine Walsingham cannot believe this warrior is to be her escort into Scotland. It is whispered that Lachlan MacRath has magical powers . . . how else do you explain his success as a pirate? But trust him she must, for a treacherous plot is about to reveal all her secrets . . . and Francine has no choice but to act as his lover to keep her enemies at bay.

When Lachlan first sees Francine, the blonde beauty stirs his blood like no woman ever before. As luck would have it, they must now play the besotted couple so he can protect her . . . and Lachlan is determined to use all his seductive prowess to properly woo her into his bed.

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Laird Lachlan MacRath, known as the Sorcerer of the Seas, is a highly successful pirate who along with his brothers has been harassing English and Dutch ships for ten years. He is so successful that he is thought to have the powers of a wizard. Now the official Highland representative of Scotland’s King James IV, Lachlan is part of a delegation accompanying Princess Mary Tudor north to wed the Scottish king. Widowed Lady Francine Walsingham is a member of the English group on the journey. Both Francine and Lachlan are highly intelligent and multitalented, and they share an immediate attraction. Before too long, they are lovers. Plotting against them is the evil Lord Lychester, who has loved Francine since they were children and is responsible for a number of horrific plots, a rape, and a murder, all intended to make Francine his wife. There are also plans afoot to block the marriage of James and Mary for political reasons. Harrington creates intriguing characters while effortlessly incorporating historical information to add flavor. Interestingly, Francine’s main objection to committing to Lachlan stems from her belief that her feelings for him are manufactured by a spell he has cast, reminding readers that witchcraft was alive and well in the early 16th century.

Verdict A solid blend of multiple plot threads, interesting background characters, and protagonists one can invest in will leave readers looking forward to the last title in the trilogy.—B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L., Goleta Branch, CA
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Lachlan's Bride: Highland Lairds Trilogy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LACHLAN'S BRIDE by Kathleen Harrington is an exciting Scottish Medieval Historical Romance set in 1496- 1503 England and Scotland.#2 in the "Highland Laird's Trilogy",but can be read as a stand alone. What a wonderful story of trust,danger,secrets,passion and the power of finding love in the midst of turmoil. Join, Lachlan MacRath, Laird, privateer,King James of Scotland's emissary,some call him a Sorceror for the Seas,and a fierce Highland Warrior,and Lady Francine Walsingham,widow,mother,English Countess,with a deep dark secret. As they battle their attraction, Lady Francine is standoffish,beautiful and devoted to her King and her small daughter. Who doesn't love a small feisty child in a love story? But not only do they have to fight their attraction,but fight a treacherous plot to kill Lady Francine and her child in an attempt to disrupt the treaty between England and Scotland. Laird Lachlan has been selected to get Lady Francine and her entourage to Scotland safely,he also wants her in his bed. With danger,all around them,passion abounds,secrets are revealed,and love blossoms. A powerful story from beginning to the last page. Absolutely loved "Lachlan's Bride"! I can hardly wait to read the next installment in this fast paced, adventure filled love story of a Scottish Laird and his English Countess. Well written with engaging,charismatic characters and a plot to die for, or as I did, love. Well done! Highly recommend for any reader who enjoys Highland Warriors, romance, suspense,a bit of mystery, and secrets as well as passion. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Edelweiss. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
I've been on a bit of a Highlander kick as of late and who can blame me? They're just down right yummy and if the book is written well that just makes the whole reading experience all the more enjoyable. Lachlan's Bride is now probably one of my top 5 highland romances I've read. While it's part of a trilogy it is a standalone so if you're like me and hadn't read the first book in this series you can feel at ease knowing you can jump straight into Lachlan and Francine's love story. As a first time reader of this author I've gotta say I love how she was able to write a refreshing love story that had the comedic moments, lots of romance and enough action and intrigue to really grip a read and keep the story fresh. It was a very well paced novel and I just sped right on through it as soon as I started it. I loved the author's voice and I appreciate the fact that she's a seasoned author and that she clearly knows how to write a good romance that made me laugh and smile. The characters were very good. Lachlan was pretty amazing. He is definitely his own man but he isn't afraid to concede that he really isn't all knowing. I thought he was witty, handsome and loved the moments he had with Francine as well as her daughter. Right from the first page he was enchanted by Francine who was very nervous and standoffish at first. I wasn't really sure what to make of Francine until about a quarter of the way through the book and after that I really ended up enjoying her character. The best part about her was that she was strong, smart and fiercely protective of her daughter and the love she had for Lachlan and the love he had for her. I liked how the book had a wonderful sense of adventure. I liked the intrigue that the author implemented by using the history of the time and historical figures to her advantage. The best part of the book though was the romance between Francine and Lachlan. They just fit together so perfectly it was hard to think they might not end up together in a couple rough spots. Their romance was one that was built on mutual attraction and one that wasn't a case of the dreaded insta-love syndrome. Their love was slow to start but powerful in the end and I really loved reading about them. Overall, Lachlan's bride was a great read and I really enjoyed this highland romance. It had a good plot and great characters and was a refreshing read. I would highly recommend this to any and all fans of this genre as it is one not to be missed and I can honestly say that Kathleen Harrington pretty much has a new fan for life now and I can't wait to read my next read by her. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was very good even though I got annoyed by the heroine and how naive she was. I can't wait for the last book.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel Book provided by Edelweiss for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I have to be honest, this book started off a bit slow to me. I think it’s because right off the bat, it wasn’t what I was expecting, which in the end was a really good thing. ;) I was hooked the minute I started seeing more of Lachlans POV. I loved that he wasn’t the typical Scottish hero that seemed angry at the world. He desires to do his duty above all else, even if it means he has to push away the feelings he has for Francine, and believe me, he has a lot of feelings. Things take a turn for the worse when he’s forced to spend every day and yes every night in her presence. A man can only take so much torture. I loved that he let her decide what happened between them, but that he still pursued her. Francine frustrated me only because she was written as being a very strong woman, but she seemed so afraid to fall in love with Lachlan. She was terrified of what people would think, granted, that makes sense once you get her back story, but still. I would have liked her to stick up for herself a bit more. In the end I warmed to her, but it did take at least halfway through the book for me to get to that point. I’ve never read this author before. I have to admit I REALLY enjoyed the story and in the end had a smile on my face.  I’ll definitely be reading more of her and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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