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"Filled with everything I love most about Highland romance."—Melissa Mayhue, award-winning author of Warrior's Redemption
She's On Her Way to Safety
It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her ...
"Filled with everything I love most about Highland romance."—Melissa Mayhue, award-winning author of Warrior's Redemption
She's On Her Way to Safety
It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control...
He Redefines Dangerous...
Ciaran MacGregor knows it's perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he's stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity. When temptation reaches its peak, he'll be ready to show her how he really is...on and off the battlefield.
Royal Court, England, 1603
Sometimes being a Highland laird was a royal pain in the arse.
Laird Ciaran MacGregor of Glenorchy was tired and wanted to be home. It felt as if he had been attending court for more than a fortnight. The courtly games alone were enough to make a man impale himself on his own sword. As soon as he was finally granted the audience he had requested from King James, Ciaran and his men would depart.
Sounds of laughter and snatches of song filled the air. As Ciaran glanced around the great hall filled with several hundred members of nobility, he was thankful to have discovered an unoccupied wall. Frankly, everyone was grating on his nerves. Men socialized and were dressed in their finery. To him, they all looked like exotic birds-peacocks, perhaps. The heat was so unbearable that he did not know how the women managed with so many layers of clothing. He pulled at his restricting silk doublet at the thought.
"Ye have held up exceedingly well, my laird."
"Aye, as well as can be expected in this madness." Ciaran scowled at his brother and knew his vexation was evident, but frankly, he did not care.
"We are all ready to be off," said Aiden, slapping him upon the shoulder. "Have ye given any thought to whether Glenorchy still stands with Declan in your stead?"
Running his hand through his hair, Ciaran sighed. "I think of it often. He had best be out of his cups and have ceased his wenching before we return. I only hope my walls still stand."
Only a king's summons would have forced him to leave his reckless fool of a brother in charge. At least most of Ciaran's actions were defended at court-well, except his skirmishes with the bloody Campbells. Hence the reason for his delayed departure. If upon his return he found Glenorchy destroyed by the bloody Campbells or under siege by Declan's wenches, he would not be shocked. He hoped that leaving additional guards behind would have protected against both.
When Ciaran received the summons, he had no doubt Aiden would prove more beneficial at court. Had he brought his younger brother... he shivered at the mental image. Between constantly worrying about the neighboring clan's machinations and wondering if his home was still in one piece, he needed a drink.
Recognizing his familiar expression, Aiden cast a wry grin. "Ye worry overmuch. He knows the duty that befalls him. I cannae speak to whether he is in his cups, but Aisling would have speech with him if he was wenching within your walls. Of that, I have nay doubt."
"I have noticed your wee wife has found her voice since she is with child."
"Ye've noticed, have ye?"
"Brother, we can hear her bellowing at ye from across the bailey. At least ye seem to be the only one provoking her ire as of late." A smile played on the corner of his lips.
"'Tis only because ye run at the sight of her, ye coward." A flash of humor crossed Aiden's features. "She says she cannae find comfort and I must suffer as well because of her condition."
It was difficult not to notice how much his brother had changed since Aisling had become with child. Even though his lady wife would cry, laugh, and call him to the devil in the same breath, Aiden seemed to be both happy and content. Ciaran hoped Aiden's contentedness would rub off on Declan-well, one could always pray to the gods for a miracle.
They exchanged a subtle look of amusement. "And I wish ye luck with that. Praise the saints, I donna yet have a woman to make me suffer. Howbeit I do have enough troubles with Declan," Ciaran grunted, rolling his eyes.
"He may go knee deep into his cups more often than he should and he may also wench a time or two or thrice, but ye know if ye needed him he would be at hand. 'Tis ironic to hear ye speak as such lest ye forget it wasnae long ago when ye fondled a lass with one hand and held a tankard in the other," Aiden smirked. "Granted, ye took your responsibility seriously when Father passed. Listen to reason, Ciaran. All Declan needs is to find a strong woman and wed. Aye, mayhap he will even be lucky enough to find himself a lass with Aisling's ire." A mischievous look twinkled in Aiden's eye.
That was surely something to think upon. Perhaps a wife was what Declan needed. Ciaran could go daft remembering all of the times he had tried to save his brother from himself. His head was starting to throb. No longer interested in having this discussion, he was about to take his leave for some much needed air when a raised voice held his attention. His private wall was no longer his own.
"How many times have I told you to watch that Highland tongue of yours, Rosalia? It makes you sound daft. I will not tolerate your deliberate attempts to thwart your chances with an English gentleman. You are one and twenty. How many chances do you think you have left? No one shows interest in you. Did you notice your midriff is much larger than the other women in attendance? I will not tell you again-do as I say or suffer the consequences."
Ciaran watched the English she-dragon spread her wings and fly across the floor, but not before she pinched the young woman in the arm. Stains of scarlet appeared on the woman's cheeks, but when her heightened color subsided, her features were exhilarating. Loose tendrils of hazel-colored tresses softened her features, and her fully rosy lips beckoned to be kissed. She had more curves than most, but she was a wild beauty.
For a brief moment, her azure eyes met his. He attempted to ease her embarrassment by offering her a gaze as soft as a caress. She returned a shy smile and inclined her head in a small gesture of thanks before she walked off in the wake of the fiery beast.
"Och, I pray for a son," murmured Aiden, a suggestion of annoyance hovering in his eyes. "We need women such as that on the battlefield-aye, brother? Her venom alone would bring a man to his knees."
Ciaran shrugged dismissively, but his eyes still followed the young woman.
"Ye know, Ciaran. Mayhap while we are at court ye should seek a wife." His brother shifted, giving him a better view of the woman.
"How many times must we speak of this? Ye know I cannae seek a wife until my vow to Father is fulfilled."
"Aye, the vow," Aiden drawled with distinct mockery. "And ye think Declan will straighten his path because ye made a promise to Father?"
Ciaran's body stiffened in response. "I gave my word." He was tired of having the same speech with his brother. He needed a respite-from everyone.
Lady Rosalia Armstrong of Mangerton was crimson with humiliation. She prayed no one had heard her mother's venomous tongue. When she discreetly glanced around to ensure no one had overheard their words, she saw him standing there, devilishly handsome. She did not know who he was, but his profile spoke of power and ageless strength. Even in a crowd, his presence was compelling.
He was over six feet and stood tall and formidable. He had a generous mouth, a straight nose, and a smile that was a dazzling display of even, white teeth. He had a ruggedness and vital power that definitely attracted her. His full chestnut hair brushed the rich outlines of his broad shoulders which strained against the fabric of his clothing. The muscles under his silk doublet quickened her pulse, and she found it impossible not to return his captivating smile.
Keenly aware of his scrutiny, Rosalia could see that he obviously pitied her. Taking a deep breath, she brightened her smile and straightened her spine. She had to step away from his observant eyes before she was made any more the fool. Seeking her mother and father in the crowd, she finally found them huddled with a man in deep conversation. Upon her approach, the man lifted his head and openly studied her. His dark eyes shifted and seemed to undress her.
A shudder passed through her.
Walking casually to her father's side, Rosalia remained silent, trying to watch that Highland tongue of hers. Her father cleared his throat. "Lord Dunnehl, allow me to present our daughter, Lady Rosalia Armstrong." His eyes were intent on watching Lord Dunnehl's reaction to her.
Lord Dunnehl gave her a low bow and then stood. When she extended her hand, he brushed a brief kiss on top, his expression one of faint amusement. "A magnificent creature indeed. Clearly, she gets her beauty from you, Lady Armstrong."
"You flatter me, my lord." Joy bubbled in her mother's laugh and shone in her eyes.
Rosalia was unimpressed. "A pleasure, my lord," she responded with a nervous smile.
During the discussion that followed, Rosalia did not pay attention. There was no need. Her mother and father entertained Lord Dunnehl with pleasantries and she was happy for the respite. For the first time, Rosalia was grateful for her mother's endless prattle and it gave her an opportunity to inspect the "English gentleman." Rosalia swore if she heard those words one more time, she would surely lose her contents.
Height was definitely not in his favor. Although Rosalia was taller than most women, she was at least a head taller than he. His eyes were of a muddy brown color, and the few hairs he had left on the top of his head were a thin tawny-gold. He was quite large around the middle, and the courtly fashions did nothing to flatter his appearance. A man of his station would be expected to dress in such a manner, but the clothes made him look like a peacock.
With a sigh, Rosalia shifted from foot to foot. Her eyes darted around the room, and when she found the man with the handsome smile, he was looking directly at her. Quickly, she lowered her gaze.
She could not resist another peek at the man. Every time she glanced at him, his gaze returned to her. She tried not to be caught staring and found a joyous satisfaction in studying his profile. Her mother's firm nudge brought her back from her woolgathering.
"Rosalia!" her mother repeated with authority.
"Lord Dunnehl has taken his leave. You could at least have feigned an interest in the conversation," she said curtly.
Rosalia nodded briefly, turning to her father. "Father, who is that man standing..." When she twisted around to show her father, she spotted his broad back walking briskly out of the hall.
Her father glanced around her. "What man?"
"It does not matter what man," said her mother, attempting to correct their brogue. "We leave for Mangerton on the morrow. Your father must see to the crop, and we need to prepare for an important guest."
Rosalia raised her brow searchingly. "An important guest?"
Her mother smiled at her knowingly. "Lord Dunnehl."
Posted February 17, 2013
I just finished reading "Temptation in a kilt" of the Bad Boys of the
Highlands serie by Victoria Roberts. It's a sexy scottish historical romance
as I like them. I loved her characters Laird Ciaran MacGregor and Rosalia Armstrong,
I also liked the other members of the MacGregor's family, Ciaran's two brothers
Declan and Aieden married to Aisling.
Rosalia was a woman who was beaten by her mother and forced, by her
parents, to wed a Lord, she did not want to marry. She only wanted a husband
who would loved her and wanted her. So she decides to escape and go to her grandmother
who lives in the Highlands. She disguises herself as a young man and leaves her family.
While running away, she falls off her horse and is recued by some men. One of them
is Laird Ciaran MacGregor..... I will stop here so you can read what happens!
It was a marvelous scottish aventure with tenderness and sexual chemistry
between Ciaran and Rosalia. The moment I started reading this wonderful
adventure, I was hooked and could not put it down. Very well written by Ms. Roberts.
She is a very descriptive writer, I could almost visualize the people and theirs surroundings.
If this is her first romance, then, I better watch her second book. It was a delighful read.
Victoria Roberts is an author of Highland romance full of tenderness and passion!
If you are a fan of Highlanders and Warriors you will live a great adventure and will not be disappointed by this book! I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Roberts
I devoured this book! I highly recommend this scottish romance!
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Posted September 19, 2012
Lady Rosalia's parents are almost out of money and in an attempt to replenish their pockets, they have arranged a marriage with a vial man. Lady Rosalia has stated such and has asked to marry someone for love as apposed to profit. In speaking so frank, Rosalia's mother has had enough with her daughter and does the unthinkable, beats the living daylights out of her. Even though this is nothing new for Rosalia, this is the final straw and she quickly flees her home in an attempt to escape to family up north where she will be safe. But the beating she took proves to be too much for the long journey and before she knows it, she's awoken surrounded by Laird Ciaran and his men. It doesn't take long for Ciaran to realize that the poor lad they found laying in the fields is actually a lass. He takes her to his land until he can safely accompany her up north to her family, but the more time they spend together, the less likely he is to let her go.
Rosalia is a very strong characters but she has a problem with her weight. She isn't as thin as all the other woman and she tends to dwell on that a bit and thinks that she's not beautiful. I like the fact that the leading lady of the story wasn't super model perfect but I did get tired of her telling other people how she wasn't pretty. Even Ciaran makes a point of throwing her over his shoulder when she has a bout of "I'm too heavy" just to prove that she's not as big as she thinks that she is. But then again I guess all woman have something that they would like to change on their body.
Ciaran made a vow to his dying father that he would look after his youngest brother Declan and set him on the straight and narrow. He's somehow concocted in his head that that means that he cannot marry and have a life of his own until his brother is set on the right path. Never before has he been so pained by making that vow though. All he wants is to make Rosalia his but he can't until Declan stops his roguish ways.
I don't know what it is but lately I have been in a Highlander Romance mood lately and I don't know why. Normally I am more the paranormal romance type but I guess there is just something about a guy in a kilt? Who knows. This was a great book to read.
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Posted October 7, 2012
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Fun, easy to read book. I love the characters - Ms. Roberts might just get me into reading historical romance of the Scottish type on a regular basis!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2014
It was wonderful! This was my first Victoria Roberts' book, and I immediately fell in love with the characters and the story. Rosalia has had a horrible life, but it has made her very tough. I admired the way she just took off, and left everything. Kudos to her for that, but thank goodness Ciaran and his men were able to help her! I really like the Bad Boys of the Highlands! I also really like that they seem to be good guys as well. It is such a great combination in a guy. The story was exciting and entertaining. Watching Rosalia and Ciaran's relationship evolve was amazing. The ending was full of action. You definitely can not deny that these guys are indeed bad. As if I didn't want to go to Scotland bad enough, this makes me want to go even more. I can't wait to pick up the next book, and head back to the Highlands with the Bad Boys!
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Posted May 25, 2014
This is my first book by Victoria Roberts and it will not be my last. I love highlanders and I totally want to read the rest of this series. Ciaran MacGregor is on his way home from court when he comes across a lad he believes thrown from his horse. The lad turns out to be a lass. Rosalie Armstrong is a strong heroine I really liked her character. She had such a terrible up bringing but when she was faced with life or death she choose to live. I really enjoyed the build up to Ciaran and Rosalia's love and respect for each other. X Marks the Scot is the next book and Declan story.
Posted March 3, 2014
Thought the story was great with details of how the characters looked. A little disappointed that Victoria Roberts didn't give us the final matrimonial act. . .I mean we read about his lust, satisfiying her and himself, why couldn't be read the consummation? I fell in love with Declan so I am now reading his book X Marks the Scot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2014
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Posted September 30, 2013
Temptation in a Kilt is Victoria Roberts’ debut novel introducing the Bad Boys of the Highlands series. It is a fantastic historical romances set in Scotland that kept me turning the pages well into the night. I am very glad that I had the opportunity to read this story because I love it when an author can draw me into a story so well that I can picture everything in my mind as I’m reading, and Ms. Roberts was definitely able to draw me in with this one. I look forward to reading more of her books. If you like historical romance set in Scotland, then, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Lady Rosalia Armstrong is older than most women when they marry, but that hasn’t stopped her from desiring a marriage that includes love. Even though she has not had a happy life growing up with a mother who she can never seem to please she will not settle for anything less. When she learns that she is to marry a man who makes her skin crawl in order for her parents to replenish their coffers she cannot hold her tongue and voice her refusal. Unfortunately, it does not bode well for her, so she decides the only choice that remains is to run. The only place she might feel safe is with family that she does not know in the Highlands. Traveling there cannot be any worse than what she has dealt with all her life, and to be able to make her own choices will be worth anything she may have to deal with to get there. There is one thing she never planned on…running into Laird Ciaran MacGregor.
Ciaran was finally able to leave the courts to head back to his home in the Highlands when he and his group of warriors came across Rosalia in their travels. He promised to escort her to her destination after stopping at his home, but the weather in the Highlands is unpredictable in the winter months, so he promises to leave with her when the weather gets better. She intrigues him at every turn, but is it possible for him to be with a beautiful Lowland lass? The more time he spends with Rosalia the more his feelings for her grow, but he has made a promise to his father that he will see his youngest brother settled and cannot do anything about his life until he completes that task. Will Ciaran be able to let Rosalia go when the time comes for him to escort her to her family?
I won a print copy of this book through a contest that Victoria had for her newsletter subscribers.
Posted September 6, 2013
What a heart-tender story. Victoria Roberts had me sitting with a box of tissues, laughing, crying, I didn't want it to end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2013
Loved this book. Already bought the next two in the series and can't wait to get started on them! Loved Ciaran. But I liked Declan also
ready to read his story.
Posted September 3, 2013
I just finished reading this book and although I liked the story very much, the steam factor just wasn't there for me.
I love anything Scottish historical romance and this was a really good story, which is why I gave it 3 stars. I felt as
if I was waiting for the book to take off and it felt like it took awhile to do that. But in the end, I appreciate a good
story. For those who like their romance novels turned up a bit, you won't get that with this book. But you will get a
Posted July 24, 2013
Temptation in a Kilt
What can I say except Scottish Highlanders, adventure & mystery.
Laird Ciaran MacGregor is at Court in England to see the King about disputes in Scotland.
He sees and overhears a conversation with a mother and daughter.
Lady Rosalia Armstrong is at court with her parents who are trying to find a husband for her (
unbeknownst to her). While in a "conversation" with her mother she sees a very handsome man.
Rosalia runs away from home when she finds out her parents have arranged for her to marry
a man not of her choice whom she is not very fond of either. While doing so she meets up with
Ciaran, who is on his way back home.
Ciaran brings Rosalia to his castle until weather permits before escorting her to her grandmothers.
Any more details and it may spoil the story for you.
I highly recommend this book.
Posted March 20, 2013
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I do love Highlanders!!!
This hot new series follows a trio of Highland lairds, who are driving King James crazy with their constant clan battles and uproarious way of life.
Laird Ciaran MacGregor discovers the beautiful, wounded Lady Rosalia Armstrong while journeying to the king's court. Already burdened with the task of maintaining the peace in his lands, Ciaran has very little patience for this headstrong woman. She's as fearsome as the men trying to kill him for his lands, and their verbal sparring leaves him burning for a more intimate relationship. And if Rosalia's not careful, she'll soon discover his prowess...on and off the battlefield.
The book was slightly disappointing to me as I expected more. I did enjoy the book but for me it was more of a "formula historical romance" than truly anything original to the genre. I felt that the author had taken bits and pieces of my favorite historical romance authors works and created a story line and characters of her own out of them. Normally I would say that while that does not totally bother me I was going on my gut feeling when I read the book synopsis that the story would be more dynamic than what it turned out to be. While I admit that I truly love anything and everything written that features the Scottish Highlands, the highlanders themselves, the people and their politics just really think that it is always best when I find an author who does it without drawing upon tried and true scenarios from other books. At the same time each story is unique unto itself, Temptation In A Kilt has it's own appeal. I truly think that it's target audience will love it completely, unreservedly and look forward to the next book in the series.
It is true that there was enough action and suspense in the telling of the tale, there was enough romantic interludes and there was a believably sensual relationship between Ciaran and Rosalia but at the same time I could not help but feel like some of what happened to the characters was forced. The scenes did not flow as easily as I thought they could have and as others have said there was too much predictability in what would happen at times as well.
For me the most fun part of the book were the scenes between Ciaran, his brothers Aiden and Declan especially the ones that highlighted just how different their respective personalities and outlook on life really were.
Ciaran is the ultra responsible laird and older brother, Aiden is the married middle brother who is like a breath of fresh air when he dotes on his wife and newly born son and Declan is the bad boy youngest who is rudderless and feels misunderstood more often than not hiding his true feelings by drinking and playing the buffoon who would rather while away his time on women and wine than grow up.
All in all an enjoyable read that while for me it is not a "keeper" to read over is one that I am glad to have had the chance to see for myself what others who read it liked or disliked.
I feel that the author has a good start and if she continues in the same vein the next in the series and the one to follow should be better, at least that is my hope. I truly would love to read the next book which is Declan's story as he is such a riot, a beautiful man with such a tortured soul that he hides behind a veneer of indifference and bluster. Hopefully in X Marks the Scot Bad Boys of The Highlands-Book 2, Declan manages to totally redeem himself by getting past his own demons and grow into the man that I know he can be!
For lovers of the Highlands, the Highlanders and the fiery lasses who win their hearts this romance will be one you will enjoy as it has everything in it that makes what readers of the genre look for as long as you do not mind the fact that you will basically know what is going to transpire in the story before the scenes are acted out completely.
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Posted September 10, 2012
Posted September 6, 2012
Temptation In A Kilt is the first in Victoria Roberts new 'Bad Boys of the Highlands' series and what a great start it is!
From the moment I met Laird Ciaran MacGregor on page 1, I was hooked, and evidently so was Rosalia Armstrong. Their brief eye contact at English Court haunts them both. Rosalia is the only child of Caroline and Ronald Armstrong. They have foolishly frittered away their wealth and are now offering their daughters hand in marriage to an elderly and unsavory Lord Dunnehl in exchange for money to replenish their coffers. Rosalia, of course, objects. In her heart of hearts she hopes to, one day, wed for love. Caroline Armstrong puts Cinderella's evil step-mother to shame and orders Rosalia to not only prepare their home for the arrival of Lord Dunnehl but then to also 'entertain' him with no denial of any request. Lord Dunnehl's visit does not turn out well and Rosalia decides to flee her home and make a better life for herself in Glengarry with her Grandmother. Borrowing clothing from her best friend since childhood, James, Rosalia manages to disguise herself and escape a dismal future with Lord Dunnehl.
Returning to his home at Glenorchy, Ciaran, his brother Aiden and their men come across Rosalia who has fallen from her horse in exhaustion and hit her head hard enough on the ground to knock herself out. Disguised as a lad the men try to determine her injuries and help. Ciaran discovers her subterfuge and thus begins our Highland love story. Through many trials and misunderstandings, Ciaran's perceived call to duty is a constant threat to their growing feelings for each other. Ciaran portrays all of the stubborness and tenderness of every Highlander we have ever loved and Rosalia is our strong, and equally stubborn, heroine.
Through all the pitfalls and plot turns I was swept away by Ciaran and Rosalia's story and I anxiously await the next book in this series. I believe Ciaran's brother Declan will be every bit as deliciously exciting as Ciaran was.