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tamed by a laird

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance)

Released July 1, 2009

From Amanda’s website:

Baroness-in-her-own-right, Jenny Easdale is ready to accept her fate. She’s agreed to marry a man she will never love—yet not before slipping away for one last adventure. Following a traveling minstrel troupe, she’s whisked into a world of intoxicating freedom. Then, all too soon, she finds herself in danger—from a vengeful political plot against Scotland and from the man who has come to take her home. 

Dutybound to return with his brother’s wayward bride, Sir Hugh Douglas is not prepared for how her quick wit, courage, and laughing eyes touch his warrior heart. Now, as the merry minstrels play matchmaker and passion sparks between Hugh and Jenny, the conspiracy against Scotland builds…and threatens all they hold dear.

I really loved this book.  Tamed by a Laird was my introduction to Amanda Scott, and she didn’t disappoint.  Unlike most Scottish romances that I’ve read, this one is very Scottish in speech.  Sometimes I had to slow down and sound everything out in my head so I could make sure I understood what the characters were saying.  It was almost like reading another language, which was neat.  But that had nothing to do with how it was written, so I don’t mean to push you away with talk of how I couldn’t understand what I was reading.

I loved how the heroine Jenny was both naive and strong at the same time.  It made her a much more realistic character, and also lent to some of the tension between her and the hero Hugh.  Hugh constantly tries to tell Jenny not to be so naive about anything, that danger can lurk around any corner.  And in the case of the situation(s) the characters find themselves in, he was absolutely right.  I was very satisfied with Tamed by a Laird throughout.

After finishing the book, although I felt all the loose ends were tied up and everything was resolved, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something.  When I read the author’s note to the reader at the end of the book, I read that Tamed by a Laird is the first book in a new trilogy.  I’m happy that I get to spend more time with these characters.  The next book is Seduced by a Rogue, with its release date to be January 2010.  Also by reading the author’s note, I realized just how much effort was put into researching all the places and characters mentioned in the book.  And believe me, it certainly seems to be pretty extensive.

I could not put this book down!!

Rating: 5/5 stars

To read the prologue and first chapter, click here.

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tamed by a laird

From Amanda’s website:

Baroness-in-her-own-right, Jenny Easdale is ready to accept her fate. She’s agreed to marry a man she will never love—yet not before slipping away for one last adventure. Following a traveling minstrel troupe, she’s whisked into a world of intoxicating freedom. Then, all too soon, she finds herself in danger—from a vengeful political plot against Scotland and from the man who has come to take her home. 

Dutybound to return with his brother’s wayward bride, Sir Hugh Douglas is not prepared for how her quick wit, courage, and laughing eyes touch his warrior heart. Now, as the merry minstrels play matchmaker and passion sparks between Hugh and Jenny, the conspiracy against Scotland builds…and threatens all they hold dear.

Thanks to Anna at Hachette, I have permission to give out 5 copies of Tamed By a Laird by Amanda Scott.

Giveaway ends July 30th at midnight EST.  Only open to residents of the US and Canada, no PO Boxes.  Sorry international readers 😦

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  • +5 for referring someone here and they tell me you sent them
  • +10 for voting in my book giveaway choices poll (if you already have, please mention it in a comment on this post so I know to give you credit)

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Good luck!

Enter my other contests as well:

The Sword, The Wolf, and The Master by Jean Johnson

One Scream Away by Kate Brady

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