Outlaw King

Outlaw King

by Julie Johnstone

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Overview

She's the weapon intended to destroy him. He's the key to her freedom.

Dark days have come to Scotland, and fierce warrior Robert the Bruce would do anything to release his country from English rule--and not just because he's the rightful heir to the Scottish throne. As the bloody war rages on, enemies on both sides of the fight surround him, and Robert must dance a dangerous line between truth and deception. One misstep could topple his nation and cost him his life, yet one woman tempts him--and threatens his mission--as no other ever has.

Elizabeth de Burgh longs for freedom in a time when women have none. So when she finds herself ordered by her ruthless father and her godfather, the King of England, to seduce the leader of the Scottish rebellion and reveal his secrets, she yearns to fight back against their cruel plot. But they threaten to kill her beloved cousin, leaving her no choice but to comply. As she grows close to Robert and the mask that hides the man who would be king is peeled away, she cannot imagine aiding in the destruction of the noble Scot bent on liberating his people.

Bound by duty and honor but ensnared by passion, Robert and Elizabeth must determine if they are each other's biggest threat or greatest source of strength. And moreover, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for the one thing neither ever imagined they'd find with the other--extraordinary, boundless love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538093412
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/25/2018
Series: Renegade Scots , #1
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 345,940
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

As a little girl I loved to create fantasy worlds and then give all my friends roles to play. Of course, I was always the heroine! Books have always been an escape for me and brought me so much pleasure, but it didn't occur to me that I could possibly be a writer for a living until I was in a career that was not my passion. One day, I decided I wanted to craft stories like the ones I loved, and with a great leap of faith I quit my day job and decided to try to make my dream come true. I discovered my passion, and I have never looked back. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate that I have been able to make a career out of sharing the stories that are in my head! I write Scottish Medieval Romance, Regency Romance, and I have even written a Paranormal Romance book. And because I have the best readers in the world, I have hit the USA Today bestseller list several times.

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Outlaw King 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the characters were enthralling... the book was disappointing. The Scots speech was more English than a true Scots. The many months Robert and his love were separated left huge gaps in the story. And the love scenes were way too bland. I think I will skip the rest of the series....
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
1296 Northern Scotland. As this book started, I had no warning of the emotions that would come through as I turned each page. Robert the Bruce and his fated love Elizabeth de Burgh come to life through the pages of this amazing story of the fight for Scottish freedom over the English. As rightful heir to the Scottish throne, Robert is forced to make some hard decisions that bring him so close to death. In feigning loyalty to the English King Edward, he is walking a slippery slope to free his people. He is brought together with Elizabeth, who is the goddaughter of the king and who has been made a pawn to entrap him. This amazing tale filled with lies, deceit, gut wrenching suspense and extraordinary love will take you away to another time and place and capture your heart. I have to admit I wanted to do real harm to King Edward and Elizabeth's father as they controlled her and Robert. Julie Johnstone has truly outdone herself with this extraordinary story that I feel bereft that it is over but can only hope her next book in the Renegade Scots series will be published soon!! I would give this a 10 stars if I could! Lori Dykes
Kat Wiley More than 1 year ago
I have finally read the perfect book! The Outlaw King by Julie Johnstone is the 1st book in the Renegade Scots series and I am holding my breath for book #2. This amazing story of Robert the Bruce and his 2nd wife Elizabeth takes you on an adventure like no other. I can’t even begin to imagine how much research Julie had to do to write this story. There are so many true characters, places and events that reading this book not only gave me a romance but a history lesson as well. Julie is truly one of the great writers of our time and this story is pure genius! This story comes alive in the 1300s when King Edward of England is trying to rule Scotland and all Scotland wants is to be free. Yes, William Wallace is also in this book. This story has evil, deceit, blackmail, love at first sight, trust, lies, prisoners, banishment, kindness, friendships, loyalties, honor, a coming war, cruelty, dishonor, enemies, escape, abuse, attempted rape, innocence and yes, even love. This is a must read story and I highly recommend you read this book. It is defiantly a page turner. ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.
clarkws More than 1 year ago
Outlaw King is the story of Robert the Bruce’s fight to save Scotland from the English King Edward. Though this tale has truth woven into it, it is a work of fiction. I loved every heart stopping minute of it. Elizabeth and Robert’s characters sprang to life and held my attention. A fantastic tale of page turning romance, murderous intrigue and betrayal. I can’t wait to read the next in the series - Renegade Scot.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this tale of Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh, and how they came together. This was such a gritty, dark time of history, and watching them fall in love through it all was good for my heart. Both were strong characters, doing what they had to, and I wanted to keep turning pages to see how much more they would have to endure before having their HEA. I recommend this story. I received an ARC of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Robert and Elizabeth's story. This story is a work of fiction about 2 historical figures. Is was enjoyable to read a story of what might have been. We'd like to think that they married for love and they might have, but we'll never really know. Johnstone has done a wonderful job of giving us a story that could have been! I'm excited to read the next book in the series!
Georgianna48 More than 1 year ago
Outlaw King is book one of the new Renegade Scots Series by Julie Johnstone. It’s a historical romance that relies on historical research and a bit of literary license by the author to make the story flow and engaging to the reader. This is the story of Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh. It begins in 1296 AD in Northern Scotland. This is a complicated story of not doing what you want, but what you must do to survive. Robert the Bruce’s father is old and probably soon to die. Bruce, the elder is basically a coward and refuses to fight the English. As his son, Robert is required to serve the man his father is allied with, so he’s in the process of helping the King take strongholds in Scotland. During this battle, Robert decides he is on the wrong side of the fight. It’s during this battle that Elizabeth de Burgh, disguised as a squire, helps to save many Scots from being burned alive by her father’s order. She must then return with her father and face his wrath, but first thanked Robert for aiding her… and that began their story. How they managed to actually fall in love, despite the circumstances was a remarkable story. The writing is excellent, the history interesting, the romance and love scenes hot, the action not too brutal. I loved this story and look forward tsandyso the next in this series. For me there’s no high as outstanding as a highlander renegade Scot.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Higher level of intensity, passion, protection, fierceness, loyalty, lies/betrayal . . . Renegade Scot looks like it will be as promising a series as the highly coveted Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series from Julie Johnstone. I love the Scots of old. This one takes things a bit further by adding renegade, king, and a bit of a history lesson to the mix. Robert the Bruce meets Elizabeth de Burgh and their lives take on a new direction. One that neither of them would have or could have imagined for themselves. The two of them meet for the first time only to be separated and many years pass by before the see one another again. This time there would be much at stake lives, futures, families. Robert finds that he is the leg that his country and countrymen would need to stand on. There are many things that he must do and all of them can make or break his people and their land. You are certain to get a chance to reimagine the history of Scotland and England’s relations. There are lies/betrayal, secrets, intrigue, intensity, romance, history. There was much emotion, sorrow, pain, disbelief and acceptance. At the heart of it all was a man that loved his country and a woman that he loved just as much but was uncertain if to trust her motives. Together they both, along with a country full of Scotsmen, work to save the land they loved and would do anything for to keep it and its people safe. I have reads many of Julie Johnstone’s books and all are about or based in Scotland. I have to say that there was something a little different in this read and lead of the new series. I loved it and cherished each and every turn of the page. There was an intensity in this one that felt bone deep and connected to the past of the land that I have come to love and appreciate over the years.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
In Outlaw King Julie Johnstone’s creative talent brings together an absolutely awesome blend of history and romance. Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh are supposed to be enemies. They come together and fall in love in the chaos of the Scottish Rebellion. As they struggle to determine the right path to take, the way is made harder by the uncertainty of friend and enemy, subterfuge, and betrayal. This is a real page-turner. These characters come to life and the story that surrounds them pulls the reader in. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next one in the Renegade Scots series. I received an ARC of this book. I reviewed it voluntarily.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This book mixes accurate Scottish history with a lovely romance. Robert the Bruce meets a young English girl, Elizabeth de Burgh, when her father was invading the Moray’s castle. Robert, and his friend Niall Campbell, had been commanded to invade the castle but they realize they’re on the wrong side. Elizabeth, disguised as a lad, was supposed to set fire to the outbuilding housing some captured Scots, but opened the door for the men to escape. While Robert, Niall, Lady Moray and their men fought, the English De Burgh tried to kill the lad. Elizabeth rips off her helmet and her father ceased action. A few years later they meet briefly in Ireland as Elizabeth and her cousin Lillianna tried to escape from her family to France. Unfortunately, the man they hired was a swindler and never showed to meet them. Robert has never forgotten her, but Scotland comes before love. They meet again at King Edward’s court where Robert agrees to a temporary truce and hopes to gain information there. Elizabeth is brought to court to seduce Bruce into spilling his secrets but falls in love with him. They marry and live at his restored home in England while he plans to keep Scotland out of Edward’s hands. They have ups and downs as they sometimes believe the many lies surrounding them. They return to Scotland to fight for independence, but even among the Lairds there is discord. I don’t think my review can accurately express how much I liked this book. It’s packed with romance, history, intrigue and wonderful characters - some real and others fictional. Julie Johnstone writes wonderful books Scottish books. I had a hard time not reading all night. It’s that good! I’m looking forward to the next one in this series.
Lcwilsom More than 1 year ago
Outlaw King: After reading The Highlander Vows Series I didn’t think the wonderful Julie Johnstone could do better but I was wrong. In this new book she has brought together the history of Scotland’s battle for freedom with a fantastic love story between the mighty Robert the Bruce and his Queen Elizabeth. It has drama, treachery and intrigue of the royal court, it has loyalty to a cause so great that it’s worth fighting to the death for. It has suspicion that pushes a great love to the brink. Once I started reading I could not put it down, the way Julie combines historical fact and romance is flawless, being a Scot myself I was intrigued to see how fact & fiction could be brought together. It is done in such a way that the history does not over shadow the romance. I cannot recommend it enough, it makes me excited for the next in the series.