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Le maître chanteur (Highlands' Lairds #2)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  23,975 Ratings  ·  978 Reviews
Lady Gillian n'a pas le choix. Si elle veut sauver son oncle, retenu prisonnier par le félon Alford, il lui faut retrouver le trésor que convoite ce dernier et se rendre en Ecosse alors qu'une guerre sans merci oppose l'Angleterre aux Highlanders. Affronter les farouches habitants des Hautes Terres du Nord n'est pas une mince affaire. Pour eux, tout Anglais est un ennemi p ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Aventures et Passions, 508 pages
Published March 30th 2009 by J'ai Lu (first published November 1st 1999)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I'm going to keep this short and sweet! I loved this book too. I have pretty much loved every Julie Garwood book I have read so far. This book was like two love stories in one. The main love story was Gillian and Brodick. The other love story was a small side story that I felt really should have been it's own book. That side love story was Ramsey and Bridgid. I loved Brodick from The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood and he was amazing in this book. He was so rough, hard, kick ass, and so damn prefect that I just love the hell out ...more
Oh, crap. Did I really give this 5 stars the first time I read it?
Has this really been sitting on my favorites shelf?!


See? This is why it's dangerous to do rereads.
So, 5 years ago, I read this and thought it was A-MAZING.
Like, the bestest book evah! And I've been singing its praises ever since.


In fact, when I saw it was on sale a while back, I bought it!
Those of you who know me realize what a big deal that was. For those of you who don't? Let's just say...I'm cheap. Reallyreallyreally cheap!
Feb 03, 2009 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was only my 2nd book by Julie Garwood, following The Secret, and I think I found a new (to me) author to glom. I just loved these books!

Brodick Buchanan was a secondary character in The Secret that had "hero" tattooed on his forehead, so I was more than happy when I found out that Ransom was "his" book. He was the typical alpha hero and we all know what happens when this kind fall in love. They fall hard and forever, but not always have the grace of acknowledging the fall, LOL. Brodick was
4 to 4 1/2 stars

Ransom is the follow-up book to The Secret and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Not only did it include the secondary characters I loved but also gave me a hero and heroine I could fall in love with and a romance over which I could swoon. Like The Secret, this book focuses on the overall plot rather than just romance. Fortunately, the love story and chemistry between Brodick and Gillian more than makes up for it.

Interestingly, it was a five year old "wanna be Highlander w
Feb 25, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tammy / Readers who like epic-like medieval romances
Excellent! A+! A suberb medieval epic!!! The book is one huge mother of a read but you barely feel it as the pages go whipping on by.

You get two top notch alphas Highlanders: Ramsey and Brodick both lairds of their clan. They get what they want when they want except maybe the women they really love so they have to resort to trickery --especially Brodick-- to seal the deal with their lady loves. The word play in one marriage scene is so well-done that the reader feels like the heroine and doesn'
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Another book I thought I had read. Boy was I glad that I didn't. Read this for the Julie Garwood group read, and it was delightful. Julie Garwood books are definitely comfort reads. She understands why we read romance, and one of the reasons is we want heroines who we can root for, that we fall in love with just as much as the heroes. Her heroines have this tangible sweetness that makes me want to hug them, root for them, and to fight with and for them. Gillian is no different. My heart hurt for ...more
Lover of Romance
Gillian was just a child when her home was attacked, and her sister disappeared, and her father murdered in front of her, and the Baron Alfred took over and sent her away to her uncle up to northern England. Now its been ten years and she has been called back to the Baron, who wants to know the location of a box that belonged to King John, and thinks that the family still has possession over it. When she plans a escape with a child, Alec, who falls down a gorge, and she rescues him, they
Was this 5 star literature? No, but it sure is 5 star enjoyable. It's campy at times and I doubt the historical accuracy "and you know what?" I didn't care. I was so happy to get Brodick's story and Gillian was lovable despite being so perfect. I won't say much about this as it's been reviewed a zillion times. It's pure fantasy, but it kept me absorbed and put a smile on my face.

Susan Duerden was a fabulous narrator, as usual.
Lisa Kay
★★★★ I read this, the second in the Highlands’ Lairds series, years ago and thought I’d give it another go to see if it still held up. (It does!) There was also going to be a “buddy read” – something I find hard to resist, since I love a good discussion about a great book.

My image of green eyed, brown-haired Gillian.
Picture by artist, Cris Ortega.


Thank you, Pamela(AllHoney), one of my “buddy read” group, for introducing me to this talented artist.

What can I say about a classic Garwood Highland M
Lisa Kay
Castle on the cliffs of Scotland

★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Susan Duerden has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. In Ransom, one of my favorite Garwood books, she manages to elevate it even more! Awe-mazing.

I’ve read Ransom several times, but it was fun to hear it read to me. Ms. Duerden does a wonderful job on the Scottish accents and inflecting just the right tone for the characters and the situation. I don’t know how she got some of the deep voices for the men. Her pa
Dec 13, 2011 ivana18 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I've read another one of Julie Garwood's historical romance books and again I'm both disappointed and satisfied at the same time.

I don't know why she does this. She starts great, but then she kind of loses her mojo and she rushes things trough, and Ransom is no exception.

I loved the beginning, I liked how she took time to introduce the heroine, how she talks about her childhood, about the thing that happened when Gillian was 4 years old. I loved how protective Gillian is about the young boy t
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Wow I laughed a lot during this read which balanced out how many times I wanted to throttle Brodick. These brooding men who show their love but won't claim it till the end take my heart on a thrilling ride. I one moment want to cry with the heroine then the next I'm swooning all over again. Gillian was so enjoyable and funny. I liked that she didn't hold her feelings back. These two just worked for me. I really got angry at Brodick so many times but he kept making it right in his neanderthal way ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a child, Gillian saw Baron Alford slaughter her father. Her father's guards try to move Gillian and her sister to safety. Her older sister made it to Scotland, but Gillian wasn't so lucky. Now Baron Alford wants to find the King's treasure and believes Gillian knows where it is located. He blackmails her into traveling to Scotland to find her sister and the treasure. But Gillian has a plan. She quickly gains the help of Scottish Lairds Brodick Buchanan and Ramsey Sinclair. With their help and ...more
I have read it several times. Some parts are superb! Not my very-most favorite by Julie Garwood, but entertaining, amusing, and smexy.

Gillian was foolish to put herself in harm's way at the end, and I could not believe that she didn't realize what was happening to her, on the horse (snort). Her big sister Christen is a self-centered wimp, huh?

Of course, as always with Garwood, the characters are absurdly over-the-top, heroes and villains alike. It reads like a tall tale, a "great big fish" stor
4.5 stars
This book is so delightful because the heroine is so charming. I love that she is both naive and smart, assertive and shy. After reading it last month, I'm listening to it on audio and the story is even better with that Highlander accent. Ransom is fast becoming my favorite historical romance.
After another re-read, I still find myself loving Garwood's simple, charming, medieval romance. It includes great humor and one of my all time favorite five year old characters. Loved it!
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This one is a blast from the past for me and always has been a favorite of mine. Back during the period when I only read historical romances (and back when that was all she wrote), Julie Garwood was my go-to author for swoon-worthy, funny stories with extreme alpha-heroes and innocent heroines. Her stories have a sweetness in them that I crave, and which are a far cry from the dark erotica I enjoy now. But they just made me gi
Jane Stewart
Too annoying to enjoy.

I've read three Julie Garwood novels which were similar: The Secret, Saving Grace and Ransom. All three have an English heroine going to Scotland and falling in love with a Scottish laird. All three women were too saccharine for me. They bring some changes and knowledge to the Scottish people by telling them not to commit certain crimes, to be polite and to have better manners For example one heroine says never steal horses, just borrow them and return them later. One tells
Oct 18, 2012 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Tiko
Shelves: genre-historical
Highlander romance. 5 stars

Wow! This book is long but it never felt dragged out. It's about Lady Gillian whose father was killed when their home was invaded when she was just a little girl. His father gives her big sister Christen a treasure but the two sisters are separated in the flight and Gillian is captured. When we meet her again she's grown up and held captive by the baron who killed her father. He's taken her uncle hostage and if she doesn't bring back her sister and the treasure he will
The second book in the Highlands' Lairds series by Julie Garwood. What can I say about this one. It is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I never get tired of rereading it. I loved both Brodick and Gillian. Brodick is a large alpha hero who strikes fear in his enemies. Known by many as barbaric and savage. Gillian is an innocent, courageous, caring, English woman, on a mission. She must locate Arianna's treasure to save her uncle from the villainous Baron Alford. She must also rescue ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Carolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No recuerdo ni cuando leí El secreto. Fue de los primeros libros que leí, y solo me acuerdo de eso, de que lo leí. El rescate me ha gustado mucho, tanto como esperaba. Me hacía falta ya leer un libro así.
Ann Lou
Nov 09, 2012 Ann Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't count how many times I've read this. Still as AWESOME as ever. Brodick rocks!
María José
Había oído muy buenas críticas de este libro pero me ha parecido poco profundo, la historia es bonita pero los personajes tienen muy poca personalidad. No veo sentimientos ni emoción.
Loved listening to this old favorite, the narration was fantastic. Great alpha hero, with a beautiful, sweet heroine. Gotta love historical oldies!

4.5 Stars
Duchess Nicole
It took quite awhile for me to understand what the heck was going 100 pages awhile. I was in turns bored and confused, and the four main characters didn't even meet until page 120 of this 550 page book. I was thinking for a bit that I would be forever lost when it came to the plot of the story. I honestly felt a little dumb, thinking that I was just missing something.

The prologue is about Gillian's family getting slaughtered and her capture. Then we jump over to Ramsay Sinclair and hi
When rating a Julie Garwood historical, I suppose, I rate it purely with my heart. Is the plot exceptional? No, not really. Anachronistic? Yep...probably. Silly? Definitely, and I don't like silly romances. But, for some reason every Garwood historical I have read affects me the same. They warm my heart. The heroines are beautiful (although they themselves don't ever seem to know that), clumsy, and kind hearted. I'm pretty sure the heroes are all the exact same character. But, who cares? I refus ...more
 Simply Sam ツ
I really wanted to love this book but I thought the two female protagonists were both totally bland nitwits. Beautiful beyond belief with zero personality. Not even the Viking-like alpha Scottish lairds could make up for that. And while they were your typical HR fare (hard exteriors with ooey, gooey centers) they failed to illicit any real emotion. So yes, I read every word of every page but I rolled my eyes a million times (that may be a slight exaggeration) and laughed openly at the inconsiste ...more
Did a reread of Julie Garwood’s Ransom. I believe it might have been one of her last romantic historicals before she headed into the contemp/suspense waters. Though there are many of her old historicals that have a special place on my keeper shelf, this one has got to be one of my favs. Even as a reread, I still loved it. Usually it's the hero that makes me love a romance novel- but in this one it was all about the heroine, Gillian. (Although Broderick sure hits the mark too!)
Mar 02, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a reread of an old favorite. I loved Julie Garwood when I was younger. But rereads have proved that I have indeed changed. This book was more a 3 stars than 4 stars but for good old time's sakes I am going up.

So far only The Secret managed to keep its 5 stars status in my more mature mind. I regret to say that Ransom doesn't age well. I found Gillian and Brodie tiring. The secondary love story was worse with "I love you" coming out of nowhere.
I absolutely adore this book. I've read it dozens of times and it never gets old!
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With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa
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“Every man has a weakness!” he patiently explained. “I'll find theirs, I promise you.”
“Every man?”
“Yes,” he answered emphatically.
“What is your weakness, Brodick?” she asked.
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