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The Devil of Jedburgh

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  123 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The only thing worse than being hand-fasted to the Devil of Jedburgh was falling in love with him.

Raised on rumors of The Devil of Jedburgh, Breghan McAllen doesn't want an arranged marriage to the beast. The arrogant border laird is not the romantic, sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of—despite the heat he stirs within her.

In need of an heir, Arran has finally agreed
Published February 6th 2012 by Carina Press
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I really enjoyed this one, provided by netgalley. What's not to like about a hottie in a plaid? Even the cover's hot, although I'll be honest, I don't think they really went in for chest waxes in those days.

The plot was a leetle bit formulaic (Scottish hottie seeks bride, marries into the clan next door to resident spitfire, we follow their attempts to make it work etc. etc), but there were a couple of things that made this much more enjoyable than that cynical synopsis (try saying that with you
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Feb 08, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
Breghan's father has promised her hand in marriage to a neighboring laird with a fierce reputation. Arran is known as the Devil of Jedburg for his ruthlessness, his skill in battle, and a string of terrible rumors that follow his family. Breghan is a headstrong young woman, with her own ideas of how she wants to spend her future. Ideas that don't have anything to do with a wild beast of a man. She runs away, but only manages to incense her husband-to-be. Instead the marriage everyone expected, t ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Arran is on his way to claim his bride when he is side tracked by a girl found hiding along the road. One of his men stabbed her thinking she was a boar. The girl is actually his betrothed who was running away from the pending marriage due to his reputation as the Devil... Every choice she makes from then on spirals her fate downward.

I got so caught up thinking... geez! shut your mouth! Everytime she started, she ended up sticking her foot in her mouth & getting into more trouble & with
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
This is my 1st book by Claire Robyns and it was a very good book from start to end. This is a "read in a day" kind of book. It was hard to put down. I really enjoyed this book and was entertained with their characters as well as their interactions.

There are many humorous parts that will have you chuckling. So I highly recommend this novel, then judge for yourself if you liked it or not! Great book to read about Scottish Highlands.

** I would like to thank the publishers and the folks at Net Gall
Aug 13, 2012 BlackTulip rated it it was amazing
Reviewed By BlackTulip for Booked Up

The story takes place in the Scottish Lowlands, in a context of high instability and open rebellion. The reign of Mary Queen of Scots was marked with murder and scandal, her court was a viper's nest, where betrayal and plot were commonplace and where murder was often the easiest and quickest way to erase obstacles along the way to power.

The superb opening scene definitely gives the tone for the rest of this compelling story that keeps you in suspense page afte
Jan 21, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers
I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This review does not include any mention of spelling and/or grammatical errors.

This book seems at first glance simply a historical romance like so many others, yet it appealed to me for two reasons - a strong-minded, strong-willed female MC and an equally stubborn, pigheaded male MC.

Arran aka the Devil of Jedburgh, Laird of the Kerrs, must marry to produce an heir. His search for a wife is not defined by love but by finding a woman strong
Jan 22, 2012 Nita rated it really liked it
Breghan McAllen's father has promised her hand in marriage to the Laird of Kerrs, Arran. He is known as the Devil of Jedburgh, because of rumors of his evilness. He's finally looking for a wife in order to get an heir. He choose's Breghan thinking she will be someone who can handle giving birth to a large baby. When he finally meets Breghan, though, he finds a much tinier woman than he expected. He suggests a handfasting instead of a marriage. Breghan agrees, looking forward to the freedom to ch ...more
Krista Ashe
Jan 28, 2012 Krista Ashe rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-112-of-2012
Probabaly 4 1/2 stars. A hot love interest who wears a kilt and talks with a Scottish accent? Um, yes, please!!

I've been reading outside my YA genre lately, and since I love historical fiction, I decided to give historical romance a try. The Devil of Jedburgh didn't disappoint.

I loved that Breghan was a sassy, spunky woman of the 17th century. Even though she'd heard horrible stories about Arran, she always stood her ground and stood up to him and the patriarchal society she found herself in.
Kayla Tocco
Feb 28, 2012 Kayla Tocco rated it really liked it
To find this review and others visit http://www.wholelatteromance.blogspot...

Publisher: Carina Press
Published: February 6, 2012
ISBN: 9781426893162
Genre: Historical Romance

May I just say that I loved this novel. I didn't feel disappointed at any point during it. Claire Robyns' weaves a tale that has you unable to put the book down from the start. She's created vivid and lively characters that complement each other well.

The Blurb:

Raised on rumours of The Devil of Jedburgh, Breghan McAllen doesn't
Scooper Speaks
Feb 23, 2012 Scooper Speaks rated it really liked it
Favorite Lines: “He wants to dally for a while afore choosing a more appropriate wife and I want to earn my freedom. We both win.” (p. 71, egalley)

Men are convoluted thinkers and the most alpha of them all is Arran. Known as the “Devil of Jedburgh” he is a vicious fighter who will do whatever it takes to secure his family’s hold on its land, Ferniehirst. Even if it means marrying an ugly, stout woman to give birth to his sons. He’s even found the perfect woman, Breghan McAllen. Her mother had
Jun 20, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
A lovely read - good historical with passion, gripping plot and deep characters. The hero took me by surprise - he wasn't the usual cliche romantic hero, but I could see why the heroine loved him - he was sexy, fully male, passionate and real. It had smackerings of a 'beauty and the beast' theme which I love.
Jun 09, 2012 Lorraine rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. I couldn't put it down. Really loved the heroine and the hero. Many of the mistakes they make is based on fears but eventually everything turns out great! I recommend to all my friends. Very passionate couple.
Tracy's Place
Jan 25, 2012 Tracy's Place rated it really liked it
4.25 out of 5
Apr 03, 2012 Amyra rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The only thing worse than being handfasted to the Devil of Jedburgh was falling in love with him.
Cresciuta con i pettegolezzi che circolano sull’immagine del Diavolo di Jedburgh, Breghan McAllen non vuole un matrimonio d’interessi con quella bestia. Quell’arrogante signorotto dei confini non è il marito romantico e sofisticato che lei sogna… nonstante il calore che riesce a farle provare.

Avendo bisogno di un erede, Arran si è finalmente detto d’accordo a prendere moglie, ma quando vede la fragil
Feb 18, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Breghan McAllen decides to leave her home when he father insists she marry Arran Kerr (aka The Devil of Jedburgh). She has heard all the rumors about him, how he murders women, killed his own mother and in general is considered the devil himself. Unfortunately for her, circumstances didn't bode in her favor and instead of marrying Arran she ends up hand-fasted to him for a year. Her father promised that if she remained hand-fasted for the year that when she returned she could pick and choose her ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

The beautiful Breghan McAllen has been having nightmare about the Devil of Jedburgh since she was a child, so when she finds out she is to wed him, she finds herself giving serious consideration to running away. But, whilst on a long ride she unknowingly runs into him. Arran, Devil of Jedburgh needs a wife, a sturdy wife who will bear him sons and daughters without imperiling their lifes. Breghan, however, with her slender beauty isn't what he is looking for despite the raging desire an
Feb 25, 2012 Lynnea rated it liked it
This was a pretty good story. I am a complete sucker for anything to do with Scotland so I jumped at the chance to read this story from NetGalley.

Arran has a reputation, a HUGE reputation. He is known as the Devil of Jedburgh. Breghan's father sets up a marriage between the two of them and being afraid Breghan runs from her house the night before the wedding. She meant to cool her head and return but she gets shot by an arrow and is cared for by a gentleman and his two companions. When she finds
Judy Croome
Feb 10, 2012 Judy Croome rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical romance fans, anyone who loves brave men in kilts
Ms. Robyns demonstrate an excellent command of historical detail in this romantic tale set in the midst of the royal intrigue of Queen Mary of Scotland’s court. The intertwining of actual characters with the fictional characters (and some dramatic scenes of the harsh cruelty of the age) contributes to the realism and magnetism of the growing relationship between spirited Breghan McAllen and the Devil of Jedburgh, Laird Arran Kerr.

Frightened by the dark rumours of the Laird’s reputation, Breghan
Mar 10, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Feb 09, 2012 Marlene rated it really liked it
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The Devil of Jedburgh is a title granted by superstition to Arran Kerr in Claire Robyns' historical romance set in the Scottish Lowlands during Mary, Queen of Scots reign. There are no actual devils or demons involved. But if you have a taste for historical romance, this story is wickedly good.

Breghan McAllen's father has promised Arran Kerr of Ferniehurst that he will give his daughter to him in marriage. The marriage will unite two of the str
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Mar 04, 2012 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it liked it
The Devil of Jedburgh was just OK. I liked the characters, especially Breghan. She was a strong woman who knew what she wanted and went for it. Arran was an alpha male but I found him to be a little too unyielding in his opinions and attitudes. The story had familiar elements and Claire Robyns did her research before including historical elements. If I had a problem with the story it was with historical political elements. The elements were correct but they seemed to be inserted without any buil ...more
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Oct 22, 2015 Jenika Ioffreda rated it liked it
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Leonie Anderson-steinhauer
Feb 08, 2012 Leonie Anderson-steinhauer rated it it was amazing
I LOVED reading 'The Devil of Jedburgh'! It's a real page-turner, and has all the classic ingredients of a Scottish Medieval Romance: a dramatic plot with lots of spice and historical intrigue; a gorgeous hero (strong, sexy, arrogant, yet loyal and honourable); and a brave and feisty heroine who's determined to fight for the man she loves and the principles she holds dear. I found the characters in this book very engaging, and the dialogue was both witty and entertaining. The rich historical det ...more
Mar 03, 2016 India rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

It was well written. The main characters spent a lot of time fighting even though it became obvious they loved each other.

Feb 18, 2012 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, net-galley
Enjoyed the witty conversation between Bree & Arran at the beginning, but soon Bree seemed spoiled and bratty. After a while, she was really getting on my nerves. I tolerated her.

Some points, love and sex, for example, were discussed and beaten to death. Others, like interactions with England or even certain omens (yule log), relatives, etc. were kind of just thrown out there and then dropped. The inclusion of the politics of the time seemed forced and I think the story would have been fine
Jun 12, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval-romance
4,5 stars
Jan 26, 2014 Rose rated it it was ok
Shelves: kobo-purchase
Took a long time for me to finish this book. The writing seemed flat and dry. I just didn't care for it.
Mar 28, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
I adored this book! there were funny parts, loving parts and it all blended well. the characters were just made for each other. I'm probably going to reread this several times.
Apr 02, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
A fairly predictable historical romance which hits the spot if you're in the mood for the strong alpha hero meets sweet heroine with inner strength.
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“Arran Kerr had no interest in his bride's character or looks. Only one thing filled his mind and she refused to play third party to a union between this man and her womb. -Breghan McAllen” 1 likes
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