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Der Tag der Rache! Unter den mächtigen Stößen des Rammbocks zersplittert das Tor von Blackadder Castle. Highlander David Hume, Laird von Wedderburn, reitet in die Burg. Er ist gekommen, um die Ländereien seines Erzfeindes zu beanspruchen - und dessen Witwe Lady Alison! Kein Mitleid wird er mit ihr haben … Doch dann tritt dem breitschultrigen Hünen eine atemberaubende Schön Der Tag der Rache! Unter den mächtigen Stößen des Rammbocks zersplittert das Tor von Blackadder Castle. Highlander David Hume, Laird von Wedderburn, reitet in die Burg. Er ist gekommen, um die Ländereien seines Erzfeindes zu beanspruchen - und dessen Witwe Lady Alison! Kein Mitleid wird er mit ihr haben … Doch dann tritt dem breitschultrigen Hünen eine atemberaubende Schönheit mit schwingendem Schwert entgegen. Ihr rabenschwarzes Haar weht, ihre Augen funkeln und ihr rotes Kleid leuchtet - und übermächtige Leidenschaft für Alison überkommt David. Plötzlich denkt er an eine ganz andere Art der Eroberung …


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Der Tag der Rache! Unter den mächtigen Stößen des Rammbocks zersplittert das Tor von Blackadder Castle. Highlander David Hume, Laird von Wedderburn, reitet in die Burg. Er ist gekommen, um die Ländereien seines Erzfeindes zu beanspruchen - und dessen Witwe Lady Alison! Kein Mitleid wird er mit ihr haben … Doch dann tritt dem breitschultrigen Hünen eine atemberaubende Schön Der Tag der Rache! Unter den mächtigen Stößen des Rammbocks zersplittert das Tor von Blackadder Castle. Highlander David Hume, Laird von Wedderburn, reitet in die Burg. Er ist gekommen, um die Ländereien seines Erzfeindes zu beanspruchen - und dessen Witwe Lady Alison! Kein Mitleid wird er mit ihr haben … Doch dann tritt dem breitschultrigen Hünen eine atemberaubende Schönheit mit schwingendem Schwert entgegen. Ihr rabenschwarzes Haar weht, ihre Augen funkeln und ihr rotes Kleid leuchtet - und übermächtige Leidenschaft für Alison überkommt David. Plötzlich denkt er an eine ganz andere Art der Eroberung …

30 review for Der Highlander und die Lady in Rot

  1. 5 out of 5

    KatieV

    Ah, if this were written 30 years ago it could have been delicious. Alas, bodice rippers are no longer the fashion. He sieges the castle and forces the h to marry him, yes, but it was very sanitized. No forced seduction or executions of enemies. H was known to be a vicious warlord because that's what we're told. What we see is a good guy whose bark far exceeds his bite. Granted, there were some consideration to the plight of women and the hero did expect obedience, but he was mostly a marshmallow Ah, if this were written 30 years ago it could have been delicious. Alas, bodice rippers are no longer the fashion. He sieges the castle and forces the h to marry him, yes, but it was very sanitized. No forced seduction or executions of enemies. H was known to be a vicious warlord because that's what we're told. What we see is a good guy whose bark far exceeds his bite. Granted, there were some consideration to the plight of women and the hero did expect obedience, but he was mostly a marshmallow. Definitely a great guy to have in those days, but not as entertaining as this would have been circa 1985. YMMV, of course. This series seems quite popular and I liked it well enough to finish. The heroine was a bit TSTL at times, but she'd never been allowed to think for herself before due to her abusive first husband. The kids (heroine's little girls and the hero's little brothers) were cute additions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura the Highland Hussy

    review posted on Got Fiction? 4.5 The first line starts this off with a bang, "Burning her husband's bed was a mistake. Alison could see that now." Alison was married off very young to a middle aged man who berated her daily, and basically grooming her as she grew up. It's so incredibly creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. By the time we see Alison, we understand why she burned his bed. Because of the way her late husband treated her, he encouraged his staff to treat her just as poorly. The review posted on Got Fiction? 4.5 The first line starts this off with a bang, "Burning her husband's bed was a mistake. Alison could see that now." Alison was married off very young to a middle aged man who berated her daily, and basically grooming her as she grew up. It's so incredibly creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. By the time we see Alison, we understand why she burned his bed. Because of the way her late husband treated her, he encouraged his staff to treat her just as poorly. The Alison who we meet on page one is a timid mouse of a girl who is trying to find herself again. Thinking that widowhood will become her, Alison is actually eager to be free for once. Until she realizes what a mistake her little act of rebellion was. All of her warriors left. They were loyal to her husband and didn't respect her, and didn't appreciate her burning of their master's bed. But what Alison doesn't realize is that she is basically ripe for the picking from any neighboring border laird. with her warriors gone, it's only a matter of time. Enter David, the new laird of Wedderburn.Both his father and uncle had been betrayed and their heads placed on pikes. Deciding if he becomes the most feared man in the Highlands, his clan won't be vulnerable again, David sets off on reiving cattle and basically owning the Highlands. But the main thing he needs is Alison's castle and lands, and with those, Alison, herself. David takes the castle, and marries Alison, but he never expects to actually like her. Alison is trying to stop being the timid little girl she feels like, and act like the strong woman who is related to royalty that she really is. this isn't easy, and for his part, David is as patient as can be. These two are a great couple, without realizing why Alison needs time, he gives it to her, and he wins her over each day, little by little. Whether it's how he treats her daughters, or how he defends Alison from some nasty servants, he's finding his way into her heart. But this isn't just about Alison and David, because of course it can't be that simple, can it? Her girls are the rightful heirs to the castle, and her late husband's family plans on having the lands back. With or without Alison and her girls. With trickery and betrayal around every turn, who can Alison trust? Can she really put her faith in the man who took her castle and forced her into marriage? Does she have a choice? This is the first book in Margaret Mallory's latest Highlander Romance series, and it was absolutely worth staying up until 1:00 am and the lack of sleep the next day. Rich in history and vivid in description, you won't regret staying up late to read this beautiful Scottish Romance. ***ARC courtesy of the author

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    I liked it, but... It absolutely gets my goat when the bloody heroine leaves the safety of her castle to do something behind the husband/hero's back. Of course, she needed to be saved... Captured by a Laird was a fairly entertaining listen. Derek Perkins seems to be the "go to" narrator for highland historical romance. I'm quite fond of his voice and have no problems with his characterisation and pacing. Unfortunately, it's like listening to my father when Mr Perkins is performing...reading...acti I liked it, but... It absolutely gets my goat when the bloody heroine leaves the safety of her castle to do something behind the husband/hero's back. Of course, she needed to be saved... Captured by a Laird was a fairly entertaining listen. Derek Perkins seems to be the "go to" narrator for highland historical romance. I'm quite fond of his voice and have no problems with his characterisation and pacing. Unfortunately, it's like listening to my father when Mr Perkins is performing...reading...acting out the sex scenes. It's always a little trickier to "get" the right mood, feeling and emotions, when the narrator's voice sounds a lot older than the characters. The storyline was a little too predictable to give this one a 5-star rating, but I liked it. Lots of misunderstanding, sexist drivel, mixed with ambitious and greedy men fighting for land and title. It ends on a high and left me satisfied with the ending. I may go on with the series in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall rating: 4.5 stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ Nope (hide spoiler)] Previous love life of the MCs: (view spoiler)[ The heroine was married at the young age of 13 to an older man - around the age of 48. GROSS huh? She was forced into the marriage and had two children - Beatrix who is 10 and Margaret who is 6 years old. They are both dolls! Anyway, her ex husband died leaving her and the Overall rating: 4.5 stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ Nope (hide spoiler)] Previous love life of the MCs: (view spoiler)[ The heroine was married at the young age of 13 to an older man - around the age of 48. GROSS huh? She was forced into the marriage and had two children - Beatrix who is 10 and Margaret who is 6 years old. They are both dolls! Anyway, her ex husband died leaving her and the Blackadder's castle up for grabs. Now, David Hume's love life is not lacking. I remember him making a comment in the very beginning about women not minding the look of him based on them throwing themselves on him. Then later on in the book on page 239 of 311 to be exact you learn that he isn't "one to go from bed to bed" so "naturally, he has a mistress (the same one for the last two years)." So that tells you right there that he isn't a man whore. I guess that would be considered casually dating someone for 2 years in today's time? You don't know when the last time he slept with this mistress was. It's obviously BEFORE the events of the book take place and even long before that because he was in battle, then he had to avenge his father's death, etc. (hide spoiler)] OW/OM drama: (view spoiler)[ There is most definitely other man drama. The heroine's deceased husband's cousin wants her bad and he causes LOTS of trouble. Of course, the heroine wants nothing to do with the Blackadder family - at all. And David's mistress only shows up once in this story. Around the same page number as above - about page 240 or so she shows up. At this point in the story, David goes back to his castle and leaves the heroine at the Blackadder castle, giving her her freedom because he thinks that is what she wants. He is "setting her free" because he thinks he is unworthy of her and he thinks she doesn't care for him like he does for her. But let me reassure you, he does NOT even think about Gelise, his previous mistress. For those that are interested, I'll provide the quotes of the scenes she is in so you can make informed decisions on whether or not this book would be for you. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[ David refilled his cup with whiskey, tossed it back, and wiped his mouth on his sleeve. He did not miss her. And he most definitely did not need her. But when he closed his eyes at night, all he saw was Alison. He had to drink himself into stupor to sleep at all. Even blind drunk, he heard her voice, her laugh, her sighs. He remember exactly how her fingertips felt on his cheek. The woman's hand on his should was familiar, but it was not Alison's either. He felt warm breath in his ear. "Come to bed," the woman said. "I'll make ye forget her." "'Tis not possible." Even if it were, he did not want to forget Alison. Memories were all he had, and he clung to them like a man lost at sea grasping a broken plank from his sunken ship. "I'm willing to try," the woman said in a throaty voice. David shook his head, which made the room spin and blur. "Just pour me another." Soon after, his forehead hit the table and his vision went blissfully black. He had no idea if hours or days had passed when next he woke, but his neck was stiff from the awkward angle his head lay on the table. then the heroine arrives and that's that. Second and last scene that Gelise plays a part in "I see you're awake, Laird, "Gelis said, leaning in the doorway. David watched Alison eye her and wondered how in the hell she knew who Gelis was. He'd heard that women could sense that sort of thing, but he had not even thought of touching Gelis since he returned. "Now that you're awake," Gelis said, and sauntered over, swinging her hips, "a message came for ye earlier." She was doing her best to make Alison believe there was something still between them, judging by the suggestive look she was giving him. Ach, he did not need Gelis making trouble for him now. Not when he finally had Alison here. He pulled Alison tight against his side and kissed her cheek. "Gelis, this lovely lass is my wife, Lady Alison." His voice thickened with emotion at the word wife . "Ye can take the whiskey away. I've no need of it now." And there you have it. He never strays. No worries to my Safety Gang! (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes! (hide spoiler)] My review: This was a very pleasant read! Thanks RF for the recommendation!!!! Alison Blackadder is free at least! Her husband has died and she burned their marriage bed. But, is she? After the death of her troll of a husband, Lady Alison is now left vulnerable because her DOUCHEBAGS for brothers - Archie and George - basically leave her with NO men at all. She only has the Blackadder men who grew to hate her because her husband let them all disrespect her as he did himself. So she has no choice for to submit when David Hume and his men attack the Blackadder castle. David Hume will finally get revenge! Or will he find the love of his life and her two beautiful daughters who will wrap him around their fingers? David's father fell victim to a woman's charms and it made him weak. If it wasn't for him trying to rescue his current wife, David's step mother, he wouldn't have taken the word of his enemy and ended up getting killed with his head placed on a stake to warm all else who would cross Blackadder people. David knows he must fulfill his father's dying wish - to rescue his wife and help raise his brothers - 14 year old Robbie and 10 year old Will. Just loved those little boys too! :) And why not take over the whole Blackadder castle AND take the widow as a prize? He didn't plan on being struck dumb by the sight of her and her two beautiful "wee lasses." This was a beautiful story! I just LOVED the way David was with his brothers and the heroine's girls. I loved how he didn't force their "marriage" night like so many other warriors would have done in his shoes. He wanted Alison to WANT him and tried to woo her to warm up to him. There was definitely some misinterpreted situations that occurred to make these two distrust each other and fall away from each other. I was sad that (view spoiler)[ the hero decided to just leave her and let Alison "be free". But at the same time, I understood it and not only did it not last longer than a few days, but it didn't ruin the story for me. Even though Alison was the one to go to him, I understood that as well and it didn't piss me off. (hide spoiler)] I was glad to see Alison really grow as a warrior's wife (view spoiler)[ when she helped save David. (hide spoiler)] I can definitely see myself reading more of this author! Just please don't give those nasty ass brothers of Alison a HEA PLEASE! I would be interested to read about her sisters though. Poor girls! This is Safety Gang Approved! ;) "You're mine, David Hume," she said. "That I am, lass," he said as he drew her down for a kiss. "Now and always."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance

    TRASH So basically, this book was not well written at all, I felt no connection whatsoever with any of the characters. The hero and heroine were so BORING. Usually I'm not against the whole forced marriage thing especially medieval times, because it's historically accurate, but THIS WAS SO BAAAAAD. So we're introduced to Lady Allison right? She's supposed to be strong and independent and a little damaged after being married to an abusive, 30 years her senior husband for like 10 years. Then her hu TRASH So basically, this book was not well written at all, I felt no connection whatsoever with any of the characters. The hero and heroine were so BORING. Usually I'm not against the whole forced marriage thing especially medieval times, because it's historically accurate, but THIS WAS SO BAAAAAD. So we're introduced to Lady Allison right? She's supposed to be strong and independent and a little damaged after being married to an abusive, 30 years her senior husband for like 10 years. Then her husband dies. We meet her brothers. Her abominable, disgusting piece of TRASH brothers who don't give a FUCK about her. The fact that she didn't see that was like bitch how you so blind???? And then comes in the hero, and I already forgot his name oh wait it was David. ugh BORING DAVID WITH HIS STUPID FLAWED LOGIC. And he comes in and is like oooh she's the hot widow who I WILL FORCE TO MARRY ME. AND FROM THEN ON AN EXCUSE OF A "ROMANCE" STARTS. oh and there was something about family politics and Henry VIII that I couldn't give a flying squirrels ass about. so david is like, YOU WILL OBEY ME and then he's like MAYBE I WAS TOO HARSH ON HER I'LL JUST SEDUCE HER AND THEN THE FUCKING ASS IS LIKE NO I MUSTN'T FALL IN LOVE, LOVE IS FOR WEAK FOLK and aww poor poor david who's dad's love was his downfall, when it honestly wasn't lmao. DAVID MADE NO SENSE AND I AM DONE WITH HIM This was Allison (im really feeling these JT memes can you tell?) all she wanted was a decent husband BUT SHE GOT NIL CAUS ALL THE MEN SUCK MONKEY BUTT Margaret Mallory, I might try again, but for now

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary David Hume, is determined to make a name for himself and protect the only family that he has left. The next step is securing a marriage with the lovely widow, Alison Douglas. But first he will need to convince her to marry him and prove himself. Alison is recently widowed and so grateful for it. She is protective of her two daughters that are her life. She wants to enjoy her freedom from a husband and her "responsibilities" to This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary David Hume, is determined to make a name for himself and protect the only family that he has left. The next step is securing a marriage with the lovely widow, Alison Douglas. But first he will need to convince her to marry him and prove himself. Alison is recently widowed and so grateful for it. She is protective of her two daughters that are her life. She wants to enjoy her freedom from a husband and her "responsibilities" to her family and the crown. Upon their first meeting, Alison wins David over with her protective nature toward her two daughters and he knew he was hooked.. At first Alison doesn't want anything to do with David, but she soon realizes that her own family isn't going to come and help her and would force her to marry someone anyway. But at least with David, she gets a sense of who he is and trusts her instincts. Even though she feels like a pawn in a chess game, she can't deny the way David makes her feel. The Hero David Hume, is protective of those under him, but most especially his younger brothers who need him now more than ever. David has had to make tough choices and become the strongest warrior that he could be. He knows that he needs to build up his strength and make other fear crossing him especially in the way he lost his own father. David is a hero you can admire, he does what he feels is necessary even if its not easy. I really adored how he is with his brothers. But he is also a leader and must follow traditions. It was interesting to see how he finds a balance. I had a fun time with his character especially in the way he acts towards Alison and her daughters, quite heartwarming many times and his character put a smile on my face continually. The Heroine Alison Douglas had been married since she was thirteen and in a marriage that was very costly for her. The moment he died, all she wanted was to enjoy her new found freedom away from a brutal man's control over her. Her salvation has always been her daughters. Alison is strong willed but will do anything to protect her daughters. She has quite a bit of courage and is very tenacious and stubborn and she takes to David's brothers instantly. Alison is a very compelling heroine you want to cheer for. From the beginning we see the various facets of her character and I loved the depth of emotion we feel from her. Plot and Story Line I had such a blast with this book and I have no idea why it took me so long to pick it up especially since its been $.99 for quite a while now!! I LOVE this author, but since she went self published I haven't picked up anything from her!! Well, dang I have totally been missing out on her and yeah I have the feel of banging my head against the wall in shame!! hehe Now for those of you who have never read this author===change that RIGHT now because she is simply fantastic to read especially if you love a fun highlander romance!! And she writes the medieval time period so well. I just fell into step with this story and just couldn't put it down. So refreshing after my previous read "winter fire" where I honestly was relieved I was at home when I picked it up and had plenty of free time to enjoy what I was reading at my hearts content. The story sets off with an attack on Alison's home. But it doesn't last long, our beginning scene is where Alison is protecting her daughters against David and faints. Now she isn't a simpering miss, just gone without food for a few days so her daughters could eat. David on the other hand, handles the situation so well. I adored him from the beginning, because we see how gentle and kind he can be. He doesn't plow his way through and go alpha he man. He slowly wins Alison over and I love seeing the ways he goes about it. Now Alison isn't perfect, she makes mistakes along the way that hurt David but at the same time I could understand why and what I did admire about her character was how she admits when she has made a mistake and owns up to it. She takes responsibility for her actions. The romance that develops between these two is heart melting....I just wanted to "sigh" in so many moments between these two. I never wanted their story to end. So if you are intrigued by this genre and haven't picked this author up--seriously grab this one up. The Cover A Beautiful cover--obvious its an indie cover but still stunning!! I love the upside down pose here, and great clothing choices. I do love the 'castle" like backdrop. Seems so authentic and real. LOVE Overall View Captured By A Laird is a heartwarming and breathtaking romance that will make you fall head over heels in love with these highlanders that sweep you off your feet!! Click On Image For Buy Link [foogallery id="23171"]  

  7. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Because kilts. It's the start of a new year and I'm still in a holiday hangover stupor but kilts make everything better. Also... this one had kids that weren't just scenery and actually had character so... 4 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B- for narration and a C for content at AudioGals. Albert Einstein defined insanity as being the act of “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, I’ve said several times that “Highlander” stories aren’t really my cup of tea, yet I still read and/or listen to the odd one or two and end up saying the same things, which, in the light of the above quote, probably says more about me than anything else. Or perhaps I’m just an eternal optimist and I've given this a B- for narration and a C for content at AudioGals. Albert Einstein defined insanity as being the act of “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, I’ve said several times that “Highlander” stories aren’t really my cup of tea, yet I still read and/or listen to the odd one or two and end up saying the same things, which, in the light of the above quote, probably says more about me than anything else. Or perhaps I’m just an eternal optimist and hope to find one that works well for me. You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

  9. 4 out of 5

    BookLover

    I liked this story but didn’t love it. Unlike Margaret Mallory’s previous series, Return of the Highlanders, I didn’t really feel a connection between Alison and David. I had a really hard time getting past: 1) the way Alison’s brothers treated her, 2) the fact that Alison was forced into a marriage against her will and 3) David’s insensitivity towards Alison. I felts like the romance between these two came out of nowhere and didn’t feel developed. Overall, okay but not my favourite by this autho I liked this story but didn’t love it. Unlike Margaret Mallory’s previous series, Return of the Highlanders, I didn’t really feel a connection between Alison and David. I had a really hard time getting past: 1) the way Alison’s brothers treated her, 2) the fact that Alison was forced into a marriage against her will and 3) David’s insensitivity towards Alison. I felts like the romance between these two came out of nowhere and didn’t feel developed. Overall, okay but not my favourite by this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    That's me—nope, not unhappy with the book. I'm unhappy with the fact that I have to wait—MONTHS—for the sequel. I DO NOT like catching what promises to be a good series right when the first book is released. So here's the down-low: David Hume's father and uncle, under a promise of amnesty, walked into a trap and they were beheaded for their trouble. David, now the laird of his clan, is plotting his revenge… On his to-do list is Lady Alison Douglas, widow of one of his enemies. He'll take the man' That's me—nope, not unhappy with the book. I'm unhappy with the fact that I have to wait—MONTHS—for the sequel. I DO NOT like catching what promises to be a good series right when the first book is released. So here's the down-low: David Hume's father and uncle, under a promise of amnesty, walked into a trap and they were beheaded for their trouble. David, now the laird of his clan, is plotting his revenge… On his to-do list is Lady Alison Douglas, widow of one of his enemies. He'll take the man's castle and his wife. She's even more on his "to-do" list once he lays eyes on her. Only problem is, Alison's first husband was a nightmare, and she doesn't want another one. And David, bless his heart, is about as sensitive as a water buffalo. Alison's not the only person who resents the unwelcome marriage. Abductions, village burnings and other mayhem ensue. The best thing (to me) about this book is that it's truly historical. Even the main characters were real people, and their situations, are based on fact. The author may have taken license, but she definitely knew about the families involved during this period in history, and the wealth of detail gave me new information about the people and the period. Add to which, the story itself is a page-turner—I had a tough time putting it down even to eat. Which has me champing at the bit for the next book in the series. Which, unfortunately, is not due out for several months. 4.5 stars, and a spot on my keeper shelf.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    YO! This book was the shit!!!! I almost forgot what a kick ass story teller Margaret Mallory is! I usually like to do her on audio but book 2 in this series is not yet on audio so im gonna have to read it because I cant wait! :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Marcus

    I love Margaret Mallory's books, and this one was no exception. In typical fashion, it kept me up way too late and consummed my thoughts until I finished it. Looking forward to the next in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    **3.5 stars** I chose to read this book simply because of Derek Perkins, a recently discovered narrator which I really like. The story wasn't bad, very well researched, specially when I got to the end and found out that it was based on real people! What I didn't like was how the author didn't stay true to the real person and instead tried too hard to soften up the hero, which by all accounts was a tough SOB in real life. Lady Alison is a widow with two daughters when David Hume, the new heir of We **3.5 stars** I chose to read this book simply because of Derek Perkins, a recently discovered narrator which I really like. The story wasn't bad, very well researched, specially when I got to the end and found out that it was based on real people! What I didn't like was how the author didn't stay true to the real person and instead tried too hard to soften up the hero, which by all accounts was a tough SOB in real life. Lady Alison is a widow with two daughters when David Hume, the new heir of Wedderburn, takes her castle and forces her to marry him. However, he delays the consummation until she agrees to sleep with him of her own accord. I know the author did this to spare the reader's sensibilities but as a marriage wasn't real until it was consummated, this was the first thing that felt "off". Why go through the trouble of attacking a castle (risking life and limb) and then put the castle/land in jeopardy by not doing the thing that would guarantee your claim? Yes, I know we wouldn't have wanted him to rape her but I think he could have managed to seduce her without outright forcing her. Then this deal of the consummation was strung out for too long and took over the plot. David's issues with the Scottish regent (based on real life events) became secondary, when in fact, they were the most interesting part of the story! More to come...

  14. 5 out of 5

    HR-ML

    This story took place in 1517 Scotland. I made it to the 70% mark, which surprised me. Lady Alison's horrid husband (Blackaddler clan) who she wed at 13, recently died. He kept her passive and taught the servants to disrespect her. She symbolically burned his bed. Then came David, a new Laird of another clan, who lay siege to her castle and her heart. He wanted revenge b/c his father & uncle were unjustly accused of treason, and were executed. Alison & David wed. She played a will we/ won't This story took place in 1517 Scotland. I made it to the 70% mark, which surprised me. Lady Alison's horrid husband (Blackaddler clan) who she wed at 13, recently died. He kept her passive and taught the servants to disrespect her. She symbolically burned his bed. Then came David, a new Laird of another clan, who lay siege to her castle and her heart. He wanted revenge b/c his father & uncle were unjustly accused of treason, and were executed. Alison & David wed. She played a will we/ won't we game about consummating the marriage. But David wanted her willing. Alison questioned David about military strategy and discipline. She undermined him in front of his men and his brothers. She wanted to be the warrior? She made a TSTL decision & lives were lost. David deserved so much better. I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 b/c this author has written good books. Unfortunately this was not one of them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    3.5 RATING- Overall, I liked the story but didn't love it. Took off points because the heroine got on my nerves a bit. I understood her need to be indepedant but I thought she should have given in much sooner to the hero. Since her previous husband was so abusive, she actually should have felt a lucky to get the hero, considering she didn't have any other options. I'd definitely read more in this series. Note: At the time this review was posted, this book was available to borrow through SCRIBD. T 3.5 RATING- Overall, I liked the story but didn't love it. Took off points because the heroine got on my nerves a bit. I understood her need to be indepedant but I thought she should have given in much sooner to the hero. Since her previous husband was so abusive, she actually should have felt a lucky to get the hero, considering she didn't have any other options. I'd definitely read more in this series. Note: At the time this review was posted, this book was available to borrow through SCRIBD. To see other books available to borrow through Kindle Unlimited or SCRIBD, check out the Subscription Addiction group https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    Trop neuneu et superficiel. moi qui avait aimé l'autre série de l'auteur, je suis déçue!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crysa James

    Well-written and thoroughly enjoyable highland adventure. Kept my interest peaked. The hero and heroine both became treasured friends that, thankfully, prevailed in the end. Mallory crafted diabolical antagonists which heightened the rightness of good triumphs evil personifying this book. I like that, although fiction, this book regaled moments based on true events as well as actual people in history. The next book in the series is a definite TBR soon.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

    After a tumultuous ten year marriage to a much older man her family bound her to when she was only thirteen, the lady Alison Douglas is finally free from the ties that bound her in her unhappy matrimony. She has two beautiful daughters for doing her time with the Blackadder and now she prays she never has to marry again. So over her dead husband in fact that she burns the bed that belonged to the deceased Laird slept in. David Hume and his family have been through devastation. His father and brot After a tumultuous ten year marriage to a much older man her family bound her to when she was only thirteen, the lady Alison Douglas is finally free from the ties that bound her in her unhappy matrimony. She has two beautiful daughters for doing her time with the Blackadder and now she prays she never has to marry again. So over her dead husband in fact that she burns the bed that belonged to the deceased Laird slept in. David Hume and his family have been through devastation. His father and brother are executed and his step-mother has been taken hostage. David has now become the new Laird of Wedderburn and he is needs to have his step-mother freed, so her young sons can have their mother back and he wants to exact revenge on the Blackadders, by taking their castle and the widow, Lady Alison. Since taking over his lands and Hume Castle, David has gained quite the reputation for himself as the Beast of Wedderburn, a reputation for which he welcomes if it gains him the fear and all he covets. Lady Alison is having trouble with her people. They show her no respect since their Laird showed none for her when he was alive, and Alison is at a loss with how to deal with them. When she asks her Douglas brothers for help, they quickly push her needs aside to take care of their own lives, leaving her people on the verge of starvation since her lands are being raided consistently by the Beast of Wedderburn. After laying siege and capturing Blackadder Castle, the Beast forces the Lady Alison to marry him to use her as a tool to gain all he wants, but when he sees the beauty, he is out of sorts and in for much more than he bargains for. If he thinks that Alison is going to be a meek bride, he has no idea what he is in for. Alison vows she will never be mistreated again, but this leads to quite a few misunderstandings between Alison and her new husband. She yearns for his trust, but when she makes a serious miscalculation when dealing with her family, she causes a rift that may never be able to be repaired between she and David. At each turn their sad pasts create a bitterness within them the each attempts to heal in the other, but with outside forces hoping to destroy all they attempt to gain, it will take a miracle and no less for David and Alison to come to terms with what has them at odds. CAPTURED BY A LAIRD the first book in the Douglas Legacy series by the very talented Margaret Mallory is such a captivating read that I could not put it down once I began reading, David Hume's loss and Lady Alison's, so different, but such that it brings them both together. After making many mistakes in their new relationship, Alison tries to do all she can to tame David, but not so much that he loses all pride in himself. David's attempts to awaken the naive Alison while he cements his relationship to her, her daughters and his newly acquired people is a journey worth taking while reading each page of this touching tale. Revenge is what he seeks, but what the Laird of Wedderburn finds is so much more worthy in the end. I highly recommend this exhilarating story and I wait patiently (not) for the next installment of The Douglas Legacy by Margaret Mallory.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ivyd

    3.75 stars Alison Blackadder nee Douglas is a recent widow relishing her freedom and looking forward to controlling her and her daughter’s lives. Alison should certainly know that isn’t likely if the men in her family have their way or even the other border lords. While others wait for an opportune moment David Hume makes his own. David lays siege to Blackadder castle and weds Alison, taking control of her and her heiress daughters and their property. This is the first step in his revenge against 3.75 stars Alison Blackadder nee Douglas is a recent widow relishing her freedom and looking forward to controlling her and her daughter’s lives. Alison should certainly know that isn’t likely if the men in her family have their way or even the other border lords. While others wait for an opportune moment David Hume makes his own. David lays siege to Blackadder castle and weds Alison, taking control of her and her heiress daughters and their property. This is the first step in his revenge against those who betrayed his father and uncle. There is much David didn’t plan for though, Alison being the main wrinkle in his scheme. Alison and David’s story is set against the backdrop of Mary Tudor’s estrangement from Archie Douglas, Alison’s eldest brother, and the struggle over control of the young Prince James. CAPTURED BY A LAIRD opens with Alison’s burning Blackadder’s bed, a surefire way to snag my attention. Alison is petite, lovely, and quite the spitfire. In classic fashion after being freed from an abusive marriage by Blackadder’s death she wants to control everything and has trouble trusting and believing. There were times I felt she wasn’t being realistic in her expectations. Women were commodities, pawns used for gain. Despite wanting to pinch Alison once or twice I quite liked her. David Hume was driven to avenge the betrayal and death of his father and uncle. He’s had the care and upbringing of his young (step) brothers, Will and Robbie, on his shoulders. David has been positioning himself and his family to regain their losses and honor his father’s last request. He’s honorable, loyal, and respectful of women. Add those qualities to his good looks and they total a droolworthy hero. However, in typical male fashion, doesn’t understand women that well. His unexpected feelings for Alison have him over his head in uncharted territory. Alison’s daughters and David’s brothers are well developed and delightful. They add a lightness in addition to causing quite a bit of trouble. Alison’s in-laws, the Blackadders, are a nasty villainous lot who’d as soon stab you in the back as look at you. David won’t have Alison, her daughters, or the Blackadder castle and lands for long if they’ve anything to do with it. I have to confess that every time I read their name it brought to mind the British historical comedy starring Rowan Atkinson. CAPTURED BY A LAIRD has the complex characters, rich Scottish history - setting, intrigue, and heat guaranteed to make a historical romance lover’s heart beat faster and the pages fly. Added bonus for history fans, Alison and David did exist. Happy reading y’all! Reviewed for Miss Ivy's Book Nook

  20. 5 out of 5

    P.J. Fiala

    Captured by a Laird by Margaret Mallory Bravo to Margaret Mallory on Captured by a Laird. She wove a wonderful story of historical facts and those left to her imagination. Captured by a Laird was full of history, love, angst, and the maturing of two people destined to be together. Both had experiences in life that made them feel less than the people they would become, they were able to grow towards each other and fall in love amidst family strife, war, uncertain allegiances and past hurts. I reco Captured by a Laird by Margaret Mallory Bravo to Margaret Mallory on Captured by a Laird. She wove a wonderful story of historical facts and those left to her imagination. Captured by a Laird was full of history, love, angst, and the maturing of two people destined to be together. Both had experiences in life that made them feel less than the people they would become, they were able to grow towards each other and fall in love amidst family strife, war, uncertain allegiances and past hurts. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance and history.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bruna

    I read the first 2 chapters from the ibook sample. I thought it had potential, so I bought a paperback copy from Amazon.com. Well, the book is not bad, it's just boring and slow. No chemistry between the characters. Romance? I found myself dragging to go back to it and read another chapter, so I decided to just leave it. I didn't finish. I hate not to finish a book, but I am becoming more and more impatient with books that do not provide what they are suppose to, which is entertainment! My recom I read the first 2 chapters from the ibook sample. I thought it had potential, so I bought a paperback copy from Amazon.com. Well, the book is not bad, it's just boring and slow. No chemistry between the characters. Romance? I found myself dragging to go back to it and read another chapter, so I decided to just leave it. I didn't finish. I hate not to finish a book, but I am becoming more and more impatient with books that do not provide what they are suppose to, which is entertainment! My recommendation is: skip this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MsMari

    What a disappointing unuseful Heroine in the first 60% of the book! She got somewhat better by the end though. Guess I had high expectation of this new series after having so enjoyed the Return of the highlander 4 book series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    I love a novel about the scots. But I can't deal with the comical way these characters carry themselves. The style makes it impossible for me to respect and relate to these characters. This writer is not for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Jordan

    It's a read in one sitting kind of book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    Did i enjoy this book? No, not really. I disliked the heroine and nothing she did could have made her redeemable. She ruined the entire book for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bennet

    I found myself taking breaks with this read. The story begins with the reader finding out that Allison was given at the age of 13 to a man 30 years older than her by her family for gain with little concern for her well being. As if that is not bad enough the man spends the next 10 years degrading her and using her for his pleasure. I had great respect for how brave she was for all she endured and even at the age of 23 put her daughters first. When she finally gains her freedom upon his death the I found myself taking breaks with this read. The story begins with the reader finding out that Allison was given at the age of 13 to a man 30 years older than her by her family for gain with little concern for her well being. As if that is not bad enough the man spends the next 10 years degrading her and using her for his pleasure. I had great respect for how brave she was for all she endured and even at the age of 23 put her daughters first. When she finally gains her freedom upon his death the fear than is clear that with her daughters the heiress of the land and castle she will be an open target. The book took on a dark edge to it at times. I'll admit this is the first book for me where the h is so young and while I had such admiration for the h I could not say the same for David. His dark tale begins as he discovers his fathers decapitated head put on display to mock what the man stood for. David swears revenge and sets his sights on our h and her lands. As the book unfolds my hate for him grew I was not a fan how cruel he was to Allison. He was so gentle with her little girls but because he forces the wedding he does not trust her. you get his POV as well as Allison and his thoughts are constantly fighting his building feelings for her but time and time again they are masked with words he says and secrets he keeps from her. On more than one occasion he brings her close to tears and doesn't even flinch. He swears his protection and is patient at consummating their wedding. He says to himself he will let her in and trust her if she will give herself completely because by her doing so will show him her loyalty to him but as soon as she pours her heart at his feet and surrenders he once again makes her feel like dirt. The author doesn't cut her any slack imo and I felt she wrote in a way that leads the reader to feel sorry for David. I didn't he treated Allison with no respect and when she actually said as much he once again played tyrant toward her which was little different from what she dealt with before. He demanded everyone to show her respect but he himself did not. Even at the end it is Allison who has to seek him out even before she needs his help she feels she needs to go to him to prevent him from turning to his mistress. Now I will say he clearly has no interest in his ex mistress but the fact that he leaves his wife and goes back to his old keep to drink and feel sorry for himself was too much. Allison deserved a real man not just one who bragged how he would give her pleasure beyond her imagination but be so hard and unfeeling toward her emotionally. I found it unattractive how he would worry that she had feelings toward her ex husband and how angry he'd get at the thought of any other man touching her but because the author made such a point to show how David kept pushing her away and keep her out and show no weakeness toward her was almost like getting degraded all over again. She had dealt with so much from husband #1 I really didn't understand why the author didn't think she deserved more. For all these reasons the romance dwindled for me because a side character Brian showed more heart and devotion in my eyes for a woman he loved than the main couple themselves and I resented the author inability to show the depth of emotion. So much stubbornness and need to keep her in check instead of telling her his true feelings. When he finally quits denying another problem has now occured and needs to be dealt with and I just didn't care anymore I just wanted it over with. This is a 2 and 1/2 star rateing because I loved the h and her daughters but less than 3 becuse all the men in Allisons life were disappointments including her brothers.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie A.

    What a great surprise! This was really good, a perfect balance of angst, heat, and intrigue. The story starts off with a bang: Burning her husband's bed was a mistake. Alison could see that now. Yet each time she passed the rectangle of charred earth as she paced the castle courtyard, she felt a wave of satisfaction. Widowed Alison thinks she's done with loathsome men - that is until the feared laird David Hume besieges her castle as part of his master plan to avenge his father's murder and re What a great surprise! This was really good, a perfect balance of angst, heat, and intrigue. The story starts off with a bang: Burning her husband's bed was a mistake. Alison could see that now. Yet each time she passed the rectangle of charred earth as she paced the castle courtyard, she felt a wave of satisfaction. Widowed Alison thinks she's done with loathsome men - that is until the feared laird David Hume besieges her castle as part of his master plan to avenge his father's murder and reestablish his clan's supremacy in the area. This plan also includes taking Alison as his wife - a simple idea in the abstract, but one that proves much more difficult to deal with in reality. It's this push and pull between Alison and David that the story centers on - and I loved it! Well-written, entertaining, and based on solid, well-developed characters - I can't say enough good things about the first 75% of this novel. After that, the romance begins to be overshadowed by events that border on unbelievable and convenient, but by that point I was already completely enamored with Alison, David, and their story. I can't wait to read Sybil's story in book 2!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I’m calling this a DNF at 50%. I am not enjoying this story. The metaphors. The metaphors! Reading the metaphors are like having your eyes paper cut by bad metaphors 😆 “He felt strange, and his vision was distorted, as if as if he had swallowed a magical potion that narrowed his sight.” No I did not mistype the double as if. “His men parted, and there she was, standing under the arched doorway like an angel descended from the heavens” Honestly this just feels like a beginner book. It’s not horren I’m calling this a DNF at 50%. I am not enjoying this story. The metaphors. The metaphors! Reading the metaphors are like having your eyes paper cut by bad metaphors 😆 “He felt strange, and his vision was distorted, as if as if he had swallowed a magical potion that narrowed his sight.” No I did not mistype the double as if. “His men parted, and there she was, standing under the arched doorway like an angel descended from the heavens” Honestly this just feels like a beginner book. It’s not horrendous, if you can get by some of the writing style but I’m just so not invested in the characters or the problems or the outcomes at all. It has great reviews and over 4 stars so maybe it’s just picky Becky striking again... The plot is a highland Laird lays siege to the castle where our heroine (a recent widow) lives. There’s a lot of saying things but not showing them. I want to feel the tension between the two without reading “...and the tension flowing between them.”

  29. 5 out of 5

    Seffra

    1.5 stars Okay, I really wasn't feeling this book. I disliked our hero, his lack of trust in our heroine was so unwarranted and got boring after the first 70 pages. Alison was as boring as a wooden board, she lacked depth and I couldn't relate to her. I found many of her actions immature and quite dumb if I'm being honest. She defined the whole "damsel in distress" and "I NEED a man to fix my life." It's shocking because I really enjoyed this author's previous work. Her characters were awesome an 1.5 stars Okay, I really wasn't feeling this book. I disliked our hero, his lack of trust in our heroine was so unwarranted and got boring after the first 70 pages. Alison was as boring as a wooden board, she lacked depth and I couldn't relate to her. I found many of her actions immature and quite dumb if I'm being honest. She defined the whole "damsel in distress" and "I NEED a man to fix my life." It's shocking because I really enjoyed this author's previous work. Her characters were awesome and I enjoyed reading her stories. I did enjoy the side characters in the children and David's brothers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    A court de mots

    J’avais bien aimé la première série de l’auteure mais je n’ai pas accroché à celle-la. L’héroïne est plate, les dialogues sont mous et la romance n’a rien pour émouvoir Il est temps de changer de genre!

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