When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats
Series: Claimed by the Highlander #2
Also in this series: To Kiss a Kilted Warrior
Published by Signet
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
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Isabail Grant has had to be strong all her life. Over the years, she has lost everyone close to her, and now she’s seeking justice for her brother’s murder. But en route to Edinburgh to petition the king, she is kidnapped by a fierce warrior—and is shocked to find herself irresistibly drawn to her captor.
Aiden MacCurran is an outlaw. The laird of a small clan, he’s been falsely accused of killing the king’s courier and stealing the Crown’s property—and the key to clearing his name and redeeming his clan lies in Isabail’s memories. But Aiden and Isabail must first weather deceit and treachery before they can find the truth and claim the love that’s growing between them.
Isabail is on her way to Edinburgh when her party is attacked. Some of her guards are killed, some are left alive but the only ones that are taken are Isabail and her maid, Muirne. Isabail doesn’t have a clue as to why she’s been taken but soon discovers that the Laird wants information. He’s accused of stealing from the King and he and his people are run out of their homes – a ton of them killed. The Laird, Aiden MacCurran, wants the info that he feels sure that Isabail has so that he can get to the bottom of who actually stole the necklace, as he did not, and clear his name. He takes Isabail to the place that some of his people are staying and lets her know that as soon as she hands over the info he’ll let her go.
Isabail doesn’t believe that Aiden will let her go (she thinks he’ll kill her instead) and refuses to give him the info he seeks. A day or so after she’s kidnapped a man who used to be her deceased brother’s lover shows up. He asks her to search for the missing necklace and has her believing that maybe Aiden was the thief – except, he has honor and she’s torn as to who to believe. When matters come to a head she’s betrayed by someone she believed to be a friend and almost killed.
Rowan Keats certainly knows how to spin a story. She did a great job with WaLTaL and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Aiden and Isabail are perfect for each other and their interactions were mostly serious yet sexy. The romance in the story took a back seat to the intrigue but it was still wonderful. It seemed that neither Isabail nor Aiden were afraid to put themselves out there and their hearts on the line and it made for a very open and communicative relationship.
The intrigue was a bit confusing at times – especially in the begining – and I was sad that some of the story was left open-ended as Aiden never actually cleared his name. I would have loved to see that done but maybe the author has another story that will let us know what happened. Overall it was a good medieval romance.
Rating: 4 out of 5