Tempting the Laird

Tempting the Laird

by Julia London


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Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish Highlands

Unruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie’s reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that’s exactly what she does when Zelda’s legacy—a refuge for women in need—comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, Cat is soon caught up in the provocative rumors surrounding the dark duke. Never one to retreat, Cat boldly goes where no one else has dared for answers.

Shrouded in secrets, a hostage of lies, Hamlin must endure the fear and suspicion of those who believe he is a murderer. The sudden disappearance of his wife and the truth he keeps silent are a risk to his chances at earning a coveted parliamentary seat. But he’s kept his affairs tightly held until a woman with sparkling eyes and brazen determination appears unexpectedly in his life. Deadly allegations might be his downfall, but his unleashed passion could be the duke’s ultimate undoing.

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ISBN-13: 9781335477897
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Julia London is a NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel.

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Tempting the Laird 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series just gets better and better! I have been waiting for Catriona's story for awhile. It was amazing! Her curiosity about a Duke who has been accused of killing his own wife ends in finding her true love. I loved everything about this story. This is a standalone book but the way London had set up Catriona in the last few books you really want her to have a HEA and boy does she ever. Catriona and Hamlin are a perfect match and the ending is one of the best endings I have ever read. Very, very satisfying. Bravo Julia London!
nindilou More than 1 year ago
Tempting the Laird is book #5 in Julia London’s Highland Grooms series. As always, Julia never fails to draw you into the story and making you want to read until the very end. Catriona has always done things her way, even if it’s not fashionable for a lady of her time to be unwed in her 30’s. She has never come across any man that could hold his own against her. Helping her aunt, working with homeless women and their children consumes her life until her aunt passes away. The crown is trying to foreclose and the land, and Catriona is adamant that she will do what it takes to keep it. She is staying at her uncle’s house when she meets The Duke of Montrose: Hamlin Graham. He’s darkly mysterious and is rumored to have killed his wife. Each are very independent, but Cat feels drawn to find out the truth about Hamlin’s past. He has kept his secrets, and only Cat tries to find out what he’s hiding. I love Julia London’s books, and the Highland Grooms series will not let you down. This is a must read for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I have loved every book in the Highland Grooms Series, and this book was no exception! Tempting the Laird is the very lively, bold, and daring Catriona Mackenzie's story. Cat is a very outspoken, adventurous woman who doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks of her. It has been many years since she was considered a marriageable age, and Cat and her family have come to the conclusion that she will likely spend her days continuing on in the work that her late Aunt had started. Though she is not thrilled with the prospect of no husband, and children of her own she has resigned herself to it. But after losing her aunt Zelda, and facing the possibility of losing the safe haven that her and her aunt had built for woman, she must leave her home to go find a way to save the abbey. While trying to save her abbey the dark duke, Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose is brought to her attention and sparks her interest. Hamlin is a man with many secrets who has learned to keep his own company, but this beguiling highland minx is teaching him to open up and enjoy life again. I just can not say enough good things about this book. I was so excited to read Cats story, the characters all have such amazing personalities and passion, that it really was a pleasure to read. In fact I could not put it down! If you are looking for a story filled with laughs, love, passion, heartache, and also determination this is a great choice. Happy reading everyone!
LindaC1 More than 1 year ago
What a great read! I loved the heroine Catriona. She is fierce and strong-willed, fighting for her cause. She travels to her Uncle Knox’s estate to get his help in saving a beloved Abbey that she runs for wayward women and children. There she meets a brooding Duke, Hamlin. Rumors are flying that he killed his first wife who just disappeared one night. And of course Catriona, being Catriona, has to find out what really did happen. Along the way she and the Duke develop feelings for each other. Can she save her Abbey and find love too? A great story with mystery, romance and characters that are likeable. What could be better?
lcdolphin More than 1 year ago
Julia London has done it again - another incredible read. This is the 5th book in this series, but can be easily read without having read the others. Catriona is a woman who speaks her mind and does what she wants, "scandalous" for her time. Hamlin is a Duke who is quiet, closed in and unable to go into society because of his past. And yet, these two become fascinated with each other. Watching these two come together makes for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommend.
GwenL More than 1 year ago
In TEMPTING THE LAIRD, Book 5 of the Highland Grooms series, author Julia London again introduces us to a strong heroine who meets a hero with a tortured soul. But that’s where any similarity to historic romance clichés ends. Circumstances have forced Catriona on the shelf — a shelf much higher than we usually see for spinsters in historical novels. Meanwhile our hero Hamlin is surrounded by mystery — what happened to his wife, who is “gone”? The social mores of the time also become an important “character” in the book. What kind of life do women live if they lose their men? What scandals are completely unacceptable to society? The answers to these questions add even more complications to Catriona’s and Hamlin’s growing relationship. TEMPTING THE LAIRD was a quick read that kept me up at night because I didn’t want to put it down. Secondary characters are a true delight (I want to see a grown-up Eula in eight years entering society.) This book can stand alone. But after reading it, you’ll want to visit the first four books to see more of Catriona’s family.
Grottoes More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with a feisty heroine far ahead of her time. My favorite of this series. Her hero is a brooding secretive handsome sexy and perfect man for her. This is a serious tale of the times but also a very entertaining read. Great dialogue, as always. Wonderful characters and a happy ever after to warm your heart.
nku More than 1 year ago
Tempting the Laird (Highland Grooms, #5) by Julia London I have read all five of Julia's Highland Grooms ..thanks to Julia and NetGalley.. I have enjoyed each book and this one does not disappoint .. There are laughs and tears..steamy sex.. And plenty of drama. Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose.. Tall dark, handsome, brooding...Catriona Mackenzie ....33 single(on the shelf) add in a vanishing wife.. Uncle Knox.. Eula..Aunt Zelda..homeless women and children..the House of Lords..and you have a real page turner till you get to the HEA. I am looking forward to the next book SEDUCED BY A SCOT. I highly recommend this series.
ReadingGenie 7 months ago
"Tempting The Laird" by Julia London 2018 (Highland Grooms #5) Catriona MacKenzie was an independent Highland gal with a sparkle in her eye and the truth on her tongue. Unmarried (she found herself) and having just lost her favorite Aunt Zelda, she was manipulated into going to her Uncle Knox (Lord Norwood) for a visit. While visiting her Uncle at Dungotty, she met the Duke of Montrose whose seat was the great estate Blackthorn Hall. There were rumors that he killed his wife. Being as she was sooo bored and curious she decided she wanted to know what really happened. We all know what curiosity does- it kills the cat- but in this case curiosity stirred passions in Catriona that she never believed she would experience and Hamlin Montrose was the man for the job. Great Book! Happy Ready! ReadingGenie
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh goodness. This is definitely my favorite of the series! I loved Catriona and Hamlin's story. Ms. London kept me on my toes throughout--this story went in directions I wasn't expecting (and it took forever to find out what the truth was about Hamlin's past...geesh), but I loved what she did with it in the end. Hamlin, aka the dark duke, was absolutely delicious, and his relationship with his small ward (his wife's cousin's child) made my heart happy. I can't say enough about how much I loved what he does at the end to bring about their HEA...I'm bummed we don't get to actually witness it, but it makes sense that Cat (and the reader) are kept in the dark, and really, seeing her learn about it after the fact is almost as good :) Most of the story is Cat and Hamlin's, so it would work okay as a standalone. If you've read any/all of the other books, though, you're already familiar with Cat and seeing her get to an HEA of her own will be all that much sweeter. Either way, though--read. This. Book! You won't be sorry, I promise! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that we are finally getting Catriona's story. We have seen her growing up and being wild in her brother's books in the Highland Grooms series, but in Tempting the Laird we get full living out loud Cat! I knew that it would take a certain type of man to semi tame Cat and Hamlin is just the man for it. I love how in the beginning Cat doesn't let the bad rumors cloud her judgement of the Duke. I think this fiery love match was my favorite out of the whole clan!
JudiC More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable historical romance that is hard to put down. Catriona is a heroine whose dilemma centers on what to do with the rest of her life. Hamlin is the hero trying to deal with what life, and his ex-wife, has thrown at him. Together they shine. The supporting characters are an integral part of this story especially Catriona’s Uncle Knox and Hamlin’s ward, Eula. They cleverly gives us insights into the inner aspects of our hero and heroine. Tempting the Laird is part of a series centered around the members of a Scottish family , the Mackenzies. Part of the charm of reading books from this series is the cameos from members of the family who have featured in earlier books. Highly recommended
kendall0978 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I have loved all of Julia London's book. This book was not a disappointment, it had amazing characters, a great plot and was just all around good. It is refreshing to see a character so caught up when what she believes is right, even though most of the men and women keep telling her she should not be doing that kind of work that her and her Aunt Zelda did together for years. I love how Catriona and Hamlin met and how Catriona helps him get over his "wife". Catriona is a very intelligent, brave, independent lady, while Hamlin is brave, unwavering in his affection for his ward, and a bit resigned because of everything he had to endure from the neighborhood about his wife. It is always nice when an older unmarried lady is the lead character and that she got her happily ever after, even when she did not think she would get it. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves romance. I can't wait for the next book to come out, I am always ready for the next.
SusanGwis More than 1 year ago
I had two problems with this book. My first problem was that I ran out of book to read before I was even wanting to be finished reading. My second problem was that after staying up to read this in a marathon reading session, I was still expected to work the next day. I waited the entire series of books to get to Catriona's story and it did not disappoint. Hamlin was a great match for Catriona. It's a great feeling to have a book sweep you away and take you somewhere else sometimes. I truly enjoyed this book. It was fantastic!
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
Catriona Mackenzie has accepted her fate as a spinster and has thrown herself into helping the plight of her kinswoman. Those plans go awry on the day the clan celebrates the life her dearly departed Aunt Zelda. Now she must travel to deliver a letter to her Uncle Knox and hope to secure his aid to save Kishorn Lodge. Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, lives under the shroud of his wife’s disappearance. Rumors abound as to her fate. The most damning is that she dies by his hands. Cat is intrigued by the mystery of Hamlin’s missing wife. His character is completely at odds with a murderer. His interactions with Eula, his wife’s 10-year-old cousin, ender him to Cat. As the days progress, their attraction can no longer be denied. Cat must take her happiness in hand; least her opportunity passes her by. But is up to Hamlin, to secure their happy ending. I am so very pleased that Cat finally has her story. We find what we are looking for when we stop looking for it. Julia London has written another wonderful installment to the Highland Grooms Series. I do like this one better than the previous for its added mystery component. It added another layer to the story, which made it hard to put down. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Laura4183 More than 1 year ago
The Highland Grooms series has been my favorite Julia London series yet! Catriona “Cat” has been a part of the series from the beginning. Strong and independent, like her aunt Zelda, she is bold and strong, yet compassionate! As she attempts to carryon her aunts good work, just must seek support from her uncle. While visiting her uncle she meets Hamlin, Duke of Montrose. Hamlin is surrounding by mystery and some accuse him of murdering his first wife. Cat is intrigued by Hamlin’s story and the two grow close as she digs into his story. The attraction between the two is strong, but Hamlin’s desire for a seat in Parliment and Cat’s reputation do not mix well. Emotions swirl as the two determine they are better apart. Will their love overcome their circumstances for a happily ever after? You must read this steamy and heart-wrenching book to find out. As a side note-if you are reading this series: Cat’s Character is all that I could hope it would be and I love her story!
ReadsAlltheBooks More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books in a series that you anticipate from the very first book, yet have to wait until the end or near end to get it, but it is always so worth the wait. Catriona, the outspoken, determined sister of the Mackenzie clan finally get's her story but not with out great cost to her emotionally. I adored this story because it gives us a headstrong woman who is not afraid to live her life by her own rules. A woman who is not afraid to fight for those she loves and for those who can not fight for themselves. She is a woman who has a gentle soul, a woman who fears that she will never have the dreams she aspired to as a young woman, but will create new dreams for herself and will not be put 'on the shelf' just because she is a grown woman with no wanted prospect for marriage. I also love that her family standby her though they worry for her. There could not be any easy love for dear Catriona, it would take a man just as head strong, just as compelling, just as beautiful inside and out to capture this characters heart and wow do we get him, Hamlin, the Duke of Montrose! Hamlin, is a man who is living a lie...a lie that he allows to be perpetuated because he can not tell the truth. While a dark cloud may surround him do to secrets untold Hamlin is a bright spot in this story. I instantly fell in love with his heart and soul, his compassion for his ward and the people who rely on him. Hamlin and Catriona's story is one of fighting against their times societal expectations, rules, and norms. It was at times heartbreaking to see their love suffer because of the ideals of other people but I love how they still managed to come together, to find a way to make not only their love work but also their dreams for the future of their country and it's people, especially the disenfranchised. I loved the passion of these two, both that they had for each other and also that they had for making their world a better place. It's hard to really put into words how wonderful I think this story is for not only the romance but for what the author is showing us about the shaping of society, as well as a reminder of how we need to be more gracious in our own dealing with people who have 'lost all' and have no one left to turn to, especially toward the ones that deserve your grace the least..though I will say my vindictive side wouldn't have minded a little less happiness in the end for a certain some one, but again, this book is a nice reminder of why I need to set that little devil on my shoulder to the side. ;-) On top off all that there is Uncle Knox, oh Uncle Knox, how I adore you. His gregariousness, his love for his family, his honor, his generosity...but even more now, how I love him for what he gave up. I wish that we could see him getting an HEA especially knowing now all that he walked away from so he could be the man he is 'today'. It is a bit heartbreaking in truth and I wonder how much pain he hides behind his boisterous personality. It was lovely getting a small glimpse at all the couples that came before Catriona, to see how they thrive and continue to grow. I have come to love this little Scottish (or not so little) family, their loves, and their trials. Tempting the Laird is a truly sweet romance, with a touching story that transcends the 'simpleness' of romantic love and gives us a story of suffering and triumph over other's expectations. If you are a fan of Historical Romance these books are a must read and the
Gcwex More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book in this series, and this is no exception. Julia London does it again, takes us to the Highlands of Scotland in a time when being unmarried at 30ish is just not done. But Catriona had other ideas, and marrying just to marry was not in her plans. Not that she didn’t want what her siblings had, she did, but wasn’t finding it. She was helping her Aunt tend to a group of homeless and unwanted woman when her Aunt dies and the Crown forecloses on the property. What comes next in her life leads Cat to a life she never expected.
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
Highland Grooms Book Five. Catriona Mackenzie has been alone for so long that she doesn't even know what she would do if a man showed her any interest. Now that her beloved aunt has passed, Cat is determined to keep Zelda's legacy going. The crown wants the land for its own, so Cat must seek the influence of her uncle. While staying at her uncle's home, Cat meets the mysterious Duke of Montrose. Accused of the murder of his wife, Hamlin Graham is seen as untouchable, but Cat has never stood for rumors. If you're looking for a highland tale with a bit of mystery thrown in, this is the book for you!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Catriona Mackenzie is a woman on a mission. She needs to save the abbey and the women who are sheltered there. The English King wants it forfeited as a punishment. Can this fiery woman accomplish her goal? Catriona leaps off the page and pulls you in with her passion for life and her desire for social justice. I cared for her. I wanted her to be successful. When she meets the dark Duke, she's intrigued by the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his wife. She doesn't believe the rumors that he killed her. Hamlin may be a Duke but society has shunned him. I sympathized with him. I disliked how he was treated. The way he cared for his ward showed the Duke's real character. Catriona brought love and laughter into his life. Their dialogue was humorous and sassy. These two are perfect together. They deserve happiness. I wasn't sure it was in the cards. Julia London has a writing style that makes these characters come alive. I couldn't put down Tempting the Laird. I fell in love with Catriona and Hamlin.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year ago
As with each of her novels Julia London brings her characters to life. I admit her books often move me to emotions, whether it is laughter or tears...and this book was no exception. In it we revisit the Mackenzie clan. Catriona is morning the death of her dear Aunt Zelda with her family. When an unexpected visitor causes her to see help from her Uncle in order to save the abbey that her aunt established to help the less fortunate. Little does Cat know that it will set her on a path that will change her life forever. Hamlin, the Duke of Montrose, has been an social outcast every since he wife disappeared. He knows that everyone thinks he done something to her, but it is better to let them think that then to let the truth be known. Life can be lonely, but he will survive. That changes as soon as he meets Catriona. He has never met someone like her, bold and daring she ignites something in his soul that he cannot deny. As the two begin a summer love affair, both try to not think of the future. They are living in the moment. When they both come to love each other dearly, they are at a loss of how to move forward given their different paths in life. When Hamlin's past comes back to haunt him, Catriona steps forward and sacrifices in order to save him. Returning to the highlands without him and nursing her broken heart. But Hamlin is determined to come clean with all the secrets. It is the only way he can live with himself and salvage a chance to be with his love. Great book! Hamlin is the strong silent hero. Not willing to make others look bad, even if it reflects negatively on him. Catriona is trying to save the women and children at the Abbey, but she still longs for a husband and family. Book is the 5th in a series, but can be read as a standalone.
lvsgund More than 1 year ago
Tempting the Laird is an incredible love story that demonstrates how finding true love is worth the wait - even when all hope of finding it is gone. The heroine of the book is Catriona MacKenzie, whom we've grown to love throughout four other books in the Highland Grooms series. She is as much a free-spirited tomboy as she is a beautiful redhead with a smart wit and sharp tongue. Catriona wants nothing more than to live the life that her brothers and sister enjoy with a loving spouse and children to raise. However, living in the Highlands made it hard for her to find a suitable husband, especially after the Battle of Culloden where so many young men lost their lives. Now being 33-years old, Catriona is resigned to never marrying. Instead she's devoted her life to sheltering women and children at a rundown abbey. The story essentially begins when Catriona is informed that the abbey is being seized by the English in a few months. In an attempt to save the abbey, she visits her English Uncle who has vast connections in parliament. It is at her uncle’s summer home that she meets his neighbor, Hamlin Graham, the intriguing dark Duke of Montrose. It doesn't take long before Catriona's vivacious personality breaks down the walls that Hamlin's built around him, his home, and his heart. [Despite having been in a love-less marriage for 8 years, Hamlin demonstrates an extremely good-hearted nature in his interactions with his ex-wife's young cousin. Despite being of no relation to the young girl, Hamlin finds the time to visit with her and teach her proper etiquette. I think Catriona fell in love with Hamlin when she realizes he loves the young girl. And I, in turn, fell in love with him.] Julia London has a way of writing that doesn’t give away secrets easily. Rather, juicy tidbits are parceled out throughout the book, which makes you eager to listen faster and long past your bedtime! For example, from the very beginning we know the Laird’s charismatic wife went suddenly missing and all the town’s folk believe he killed her. We slowly - very sporadically - learn the truth of what happened to her. While I don’t want to give too much away, I am happy to report the Laird is not a murderer. :) I listened to the audiobook of Tempting the Laird, which is narrated by the highly talented Derek Perkins. He is simply amazing, providing varying voices for both male and female characters and inflecting just the right amount of emotion in all the right places. I can't wait to listen to other audiobooks in this wonderful series!
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Man this book will keep you on your toes and I had forgotten how much I love historical fiction and this one was a doozy my friends..So we have Catriona "Cat" Mackenzie who if you ever read a historical know that at the age of 33 you are on the shelf, considered and old maid and Cat is just that but she is an awesome commendable lady who to me is beyond her time, she lives her life and doesn't really care what anybody thinks, good for Cat. She ends up meeting and falling in love with the "Dark Duke", who has that name due to rumors...There is just so much I can say about this book, but I am going to implore you to read it, you will not be bored..Enjoy!
babslighthouse More than 1 year ago
Catriona MacKenzie has been sheltering women and children at an abbey after the Battle of Culloden and has recently been told that it is being seized by the English. She asked her Uncle Knox for help to see if they can do something. Hamlin Graham is about to get voted into the House of Lords, but will the rumors surrounding him make any difference? When Catriana introduces herself he finds it hard to fight the feelings for her. Can these two come together and get what they want? A lovely story by the author that keeps romance alive. You will want to turn the pages to see how these two make it through the drama and mystery to love. The story was a fun read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
This was a fun quick read and pleasurable historical romance set in Scotland, one of my favorite locales. This is book five in the series, but can easily stand alone. Catriona has been allowed to do as she wishes and, as such, has not been pressured to marry. When circumstances send bring her to spend a few weeks with her Uncle, she is brought into direct contact with the mysterious Hamlin, Duke of Montrose. Hamlin has had his own issues, and as Catriona determines to unravel the mystery surrounding him, they both realize what they have been missing in their lives could be right in front of them, if they can overcome the hurdles and grab onto their future happiness. These two characters are so much fun, and the secondary characters, especially Knox and Eula, were just as interesting. I enjoyed London’s writing and characters, and the humor kept me giggling. #JuliaLondon #TemptingtheLaird