The Legend of Lady Maclaoch

The Legend of Lady Maclaoch

by Becky Banks

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ISBN-13: 9780578075662
Publisher: Ha'iku Press
Publication date: 05/28/2011
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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The Legend of Lady MacLaoch 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
amydelrosso More than 1 year ago
I want to go to Scotland and fall in love with someone exactly like Rowan! Okay. Okay. I know, I'm not into cheesy romance novels. AT. ALL. However, this is not your ordinary cheesy novel. Becky Banks has conjured up a story so real and true that it's almost tangible. I can taste the Whisky in my mouth and feel the cool rain as it dances from the sky. Banks has given us characters that jump right into our imagination. I've seen them, spent the day with them and even went with them exploring down the side of a mountain. After reading this book I can say that I feel as if I've met them. We have a charming yet powerful tale about the legendary Scottish curse of Lady MacLaoch, written full of charm and humor. Banks will enchant you with every word and leave you breathless . In this story you will meet various folks. All which whom, I think you will adore. You will go on journey after journey unimaginable - until you are in Scotland for awhile and you will meet the lovely people there that make the days go by. Our main character, Cole, takes you on these journeys with her and you will feel as if you are there with her. Cole is a stubborn American and will argue and fight for what she believes is true. Then we meet Rowan, our native Scotsman. He is rugged and handsome. And oh, the accent! Banks writes Rowan's POV in full Scottish dialect. How fantastic reading this. Stunning, really. I think Rowan's character came alive more and more after every sentence I read. Now, Cole and Rowan together. Wow! It is like magic. The fighting, stubbornness and heat that arises from the two of them is intoxicating. To watch the relationship with them grow scene by scene is absolutely sexy. I am left breathless. While Cole and Rowan take you on this trip so magical, you will believe it is a real life adventure. On this journey you will discover more about the legendary Curse of Lady MachLaoch and the full history behind it. Becky Banks has given us so much passion and excitement that I read the book in one sitting. In my opinion, The Legend of Lady MachLaoch is a must read!
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
The Legend of Lady MacLaoch by Becky Banks Release Date: May 23rd, 2011 Publisher: Ha'iku Page Count: 249 Source: From author, via Romancing the Book, for review as part of the Becky Banks blog tour A legendary love, an unforgiving curse, and the discovery of a lifetime. Centuries ago, a vengeful curse buried itself deep into the history of the MacLaoch clan and become a legendary tale told by all those not cursed by its words. In present-day Scotland, the laird and chieftain of the MacLaoch clan is an ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot who has been past the gates of hell and returned a changed man. Rowan MacLaoch does battle with wartime memories and a family curse that threaten to consume him -- unaware that his life and that of the history of the clan will be changed forever by the arrival of an American woman. Cole Baker, a feisty recent graduate of a master's program, stumbles upon the ancient curse while researching her bloodlines. Moved by the history of the MacLaoch clan and the mystery of its chief, she digs into the legend that had been anything but quiet for centuries. On their quest for answers, Cole and Rowan travel to places they have never before been and become witnesses to things they have never before fathomed. The legend -- one started with blood -- will end with more shed as its creator finally exacts her justice. What Stephanie Thinks: Cole Baker has always been proud to be Cole Baker -- all-American, no-nonsense, overly frisky Cole Baker. It isn't until one Christmas evening when her grandfather breaks news that her name isn't Cole Baker at all. She's actually Cole Minary, and is introduced a Scottish surname she's never even encountered in her life. Curiosity and a hard head have Cole setting out on a quest to find about her bloodlines, but she discovers more than what she could have ever hoped for, instead. Fictional Scottish history and dark, brooding mystery ignite the pages of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. An ancient curse brings Cole to Scotland and into the arms of Rowan MacLaoch, chieftain of the MacLaoch clan. He is the modern version of the sexy Scottish hero (kilts and all!!!!) and though I've never read a Scottish historical before, I'm pretty sure I could get used to them. Their chemistry is undeniable, and is a gorgeous demonstration that love can often both be happenstance and eternal, if not redeeming. Rowan is a romance hero I've gone ahead and fallen in love with (who saw that one coming?), and Cole is a independent, admirable heroine. She however, does come off as extremely rude at times. I know it's supposed to be portrayed as "feisty", but if I was acquainted with her in real life, I feel I'd constantly tingle with the urge to slap her. The plot is surprising, but not shocking in terms of the conclusion. It's fairly predictable, in fact, it's just that there are minor twists within the story I never see coming. Banks's writing is suspenseful and provocative. The story is consuming; I was unable to put it down! Her characters are witty -- a fine combination of hilarious and smart -- and in the end, they are definitely the type that linger. I am impressed by Banks's marvelous debut; definitely pick this one up if you're in the mood for heated romance mixed with a striking image of Scottish history, as well as the intrigue of mystery and revelation.
druidgirl on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book had a little bit of everything romance,hate,paranormal,mystery and handsome men. When I started reading this book I found that I could not put it down, I wanted to just keep reading. The plot had some twists that I did not really expect but I truly enjoyed this book.
elbakerone on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Cole Baker is a spunky American graduate with a passion for her family's past. In studying her ancestry she discovers a link to a Scottish clan with a strange history. Unable to sate her curiosity where myth and legends cross with reality she hops a plane overseas determined to find her family's roots. Rowan MacLaoch is the modern day laird of the clan linked to the bizarre story of ancient star-crossed lovers that Cole uncovers. Curses should be a thing of fairy tales but Rowan's people have a hard time shaking the superstitions they have lived with for centuries. Cole finds herself drawn to the secretive Scotsman but as a veteran of the RAF, Rowan lives with scars and shadows of his own past even on top of the legends of his clan. The Legend of Lady MacLaoch was a delightful journey through the past and present castles and highlands of Scotland. From the sights and sounds of lush gardens to the intricate tastes of Scottish whiskeys, author Becky Banks paints masterful scenery that leaps from the page in intricate details. Cole is a heroine to cheer for with equal parts smarts and sass and Rowan walks a delicious line between brooding heartthrob and renaissance man. From start to finish, the book was hard to put down and it seamlessly blends action, mystery, and romance with just a dash of magical realism. Not since Diana Gabaldon's Outlander has a book left me with such a desire to see Scotland for myself, but The Legend of Lady MacLaoch is certainly cheaper than plane tickets and makes for an excellent literary journey.
skfurlotte on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I am not normally a reader of romance fiction, but I very much enjoyed this book. The story is modern and the romance is nicely tempered by the supernatural elements. I also enjoyed the touches of humor in the story.
WillowOne on LibraryThing 21 days ago
During Christmas dinner, Nicole Baker¿s Grandfather drops the bomb. They aren¿t who they think they are. Their ancestors are not actually Baker¿s, but Minary¿s. Nicole decides after her graduation that she will spend some time in Scotland researching the family history of the Minary name but when she arrives she finds that maybe the name has been misspelled and it is actually Minory with an O not an A. Nicole then finds that there is a centuries old curse that surrounds the Minory name and she may be the only one who can break it.I loved this book, well except for some of the language. I felt it was a bit strong at points, but the rest of the story was great and I could overlook the small amount of language sprinkled through. The supernatural side of the story made my imagination soar and the normal side of the story made me think ¿what if¿. The thought of having such a long history and having it attached to a legend would be very intriguing.I have always yearned to go to the land of my ancestors. I read anything I can get my hands on Scottish and even though this is a work of fiction I still found that it kept my attention and my imagination full to overflowing. ¿leas leabhar¿ (I hope I used that correctly)My léirmheas is 4 1/2 stars!
JennyQian More than 1 year ago
After reading the book, I would love to have it in my Nook. Hopefully in near future I can buy it in Nook ebook. Amazon has it for US 0.99 . Well maybe just for 0.99 cents I will get it there but still ... I will wait for B&N.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
This book had a little bit of everything romance,hate,paranormal,mystery and handsome men. When I started reading this book I found that I could not put it down, I wanted to just keep reading. The plot had some twists that I did not really expect but I truly enjoyed this book.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Stephanie: Cole Baker has always been proud to be Cole Baker -- all-American, no-nonsense, overly frisky Cole Baker. It isn't until one Christmas evening when her grandfather breaks news that her name isn't Cole Baker at all. She's actually Cole Minary, and is introduced a Scottish surname she's never even encountered in her life. Curiosity and a hard head have Cole setting out on a quest to find about her bloodlines, but she discovers more than what she could have ever hoped for, instead. Fictional Scottish history and dark, brooding mystery ignite the pages of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. An ancient curse brings Cole to Scotland and into the arms of Rowan MacLaoch, chieftain of the MacLaoch clan. He is the modern version of the sexy Scottish hero (kilts and all!!!!) and though I've never read a Scottish historical before, I'm pretty sure I could get used to them. Their chemistry is undeniable, and is a gorgeous demonstration that love can often both be happenstance and eternal, if not redeeming. Rowan is a romance hero I've gone ahead and fallen in love with (who saw that one coming?), and Cole is a independent, admirable heroine. She however, does come off as extremely rude at times. I know it's supposed to be portrayed as "feisty", but if I was acquainted with her in real life, I feel I'd constantly tingle with the urge to slap her. The plot is surprising, but not shocking in terms of the conclusion. It's fairly predictable, in fact, it's just that there are minor twists within the story I never see coming. Banks's writing is suspenseful and provocative. The story is consuming; I was unable to put it down! Her characters are witty -- a fine combination of hilarious and smart -- and in the end, they are definitely the type that linger. I am impressed by Banks's marvelous debut; definitely pick this one up if you're in the mood for heated romance mixed with a striking image of Scottish history, as well as the intrigue of mystery and revelation. Quote: "'Mother, Roger is an ex-boyfriend from high school; one that was very sweet but incredibly unmotivated in life except for the pursuit of ***.'"
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Not as deep of storyline as Gabaldon's Outlander series, but a good quick fix if you are missing Scotland and a strong-willed couple in love.