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X Marks the Scot (Bad Boys of the Highlands #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  485 ratings  ·  100 reviews
He was a Highland rogue—
wicked with a bow and just as wicked with the ladies.

Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She never asked for a bodyguard…

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
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In Book two of Victoria Roberts Bad Boys of the Highlands Series we meet the every smexy Declan MacGregor *sigh* excuse me while I swoon just a bit. and the oh so unique Lady Liadain Campbell, a Campbell with a conscience.

Declan MacGregor, the womanizing Rake.. ready to tup just about anything in a skirt. Fun loving, passionate and loyal, To clan, country and king. Because of that loyalty he was left at court to stand for his clan while the rest of the family returned home. While he found it an
By: Victoria Roberts
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Bad Boys of the Highlands #2

"X Marks the Scot" by Victoria Roberts was a good 'Scottish Medieval historical romance and is the second in this series: 'Bad boys of the Highlands #2. This was a fast paced read and will kept you hooked all the way through the novel. The plot coming from both point of views was quite intriguing and I found all of the charac
After buying this Victoria Roberts romance based off the beautiful rogue on the cover and the quick excerpt on the back, I was rather disappointed from the story itself. The romance just doesn't live up to the "heat" the cover illustration puts off. The developing relationship between the hero and heroine was never able transmit the sexual/emotional desire and passion the writer attempted to portray to the reader. There was just very little, if any, sexual tension produced. Although there was gr ...more
Steph at  Starry Night Book Reviews
I received this book for free from NetGalley for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading this a lot, as I love my Highlander books! Victoria Roberts did a wonderful job writing this. I loved seeing Declan and Liadain grow throughout the book. Declan is a bit immature at first but he grows into a wonderful sexy man! I had no trouble with keeping interest at all, once I started there was so stopping me till I was finished and I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author.

Declan is impossib
4.5 stars. Such a good story. I am loving this series. Declan MacGregor is in King James court, having escorted Liadain Campbell there after the death of her brother. Without family she belongs to the King until he can figure out to do with her. What begins in Court somehow follows Declan back home and trouble happens. I love her writing style and her development of character. Well developed plot with a predictable ending but still a good story.
Linda C
Declan MacGregor, is at King James court in 1604, watching out for Liadain Campbell until the King decides what to do with her. Her step-brother has just been killed in his greedy attempt to take over neighboring lands and those lands were then put under Declan's brother's control. When Declan wins an archery contest, the King gives him Castle Campbell and orders him to take Liadain as wife. Declan is something of a ladies man and not ready to be curtailed and Liadain is a healer who only wants ...more
Lori McD
3.5 stars

There's something very comfortable about this book... it plays by the rules of both Highland stories and romance stories. But it's... predictable. Well-written (I've come to expect that ebooks have typos in them) and picking up with Declan and Liadan from the 1st book, it's a great afternoon read with your favorite hot beverage and decadent box of chocolates.

Declan isn't as swoon-worthy as in the 1st book, but that's because, despite being a "bad boy", Declan is really the hero and lova
Sandy M
I really liked Declan MacGregor in the first book in this series, Temptation in a Kilt. He was a real bad boy – drinking, wenching, and rebelling against older brother Ciarnan’s rule. I had high hopes for that bad boy to give us a good time in his own book.

And while he does deliver on one level a good story, it’s not as the bad boy I’d hoped for. In fact, in the beginning he’s a tad on the mean side, but he does realize that early on and tries to tone down. He’s at court looking out for Liadain
Becky Condit
5 stars and a Recommended Book!

While I loved the plot, I loved even more the characters. For as different as Declan and Liadain are they are perfect together. They would be getting along famously one moment and then the next at odds. They are both attracted to each other but Declan can’t get over her being a Campbell. Throughout the novel they would each say things that were really innocuous but to the other it would hit a raw nerve. It seriously made my heart ache in parts because you could fee

X Marks the Scot is the second book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series by Victoria Roberts and I was so glad to finally knock this one off my mountainous TBR pile, and frankly I really wanted to see how the author's second historical romance would compare with the first book in the series which I absolutely loved.

The events in X Marks the Scot take place perhaps a couple months after Temptation in a Kilt left off and this book centers around the youngest MacGregor brother Declan and the
Romancing the Book
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reviewed by Robin
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As a big fan of Highland stories, I jumped at the chance to read this one. You can never read too many. But, as it seems to happen at times sometimes you choose a book by the picture, title or even the name of the author thinking this is going to be great and although you tried to find the greatness it just didn’t capture your heart like you were hoping. It was a good story, but nothing special that stood out.

In X Marks the Scot, w
I really, really enjoyed X Marks the Scot. I didn't realize it was part of a series when I first picked it up, and while it does read as a standalone I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I read the previous book in the series and there are probably quite a few spoilers for the first book. However, despite this I did really love this book. There were great characters, humor, romance, witty banter and beneath that - a rather clever and carefully organized plot to overthrow the King.

I lov
Vicki Lake
I was unsure how Victoria Roberts would ever be able to top her first book, Temptation in a Kilt, well I found out! In X Marks the Scot, we learn more about the rouge brother, Declan. He is a sexy, hunky highlander in a kilt, that is all that needs to be said! I love that we learn there is so much more to Declan than his rouge ways. I loved meeting Lady Liadain Campbell in Temptation in a Kilt and was so happy to get to know her in X Marks the Scot! Victoria Roberts became one of my favorite aut ...more
The Window Seat
I chose this book because it was “right in my sweet spot!” It had all the earmarks of a perfect book for me - early 17th century Scotland, kilted warriors that were more bonny than the women, intrigue, nefarious plots, evil lurking around every corner… but I was disappointed. The idea was wonderful; the execution just fell a little short.

Declan MacGregor, third son and notorious rake was sent from Glen Orchy in the Highlands, to the King’s Palace at his brother, the Laird’s request. He was to wa
Mary Beth
I received this book for free from NetGalley for an honest review.
This book is the second in a series, which I didn't read, and relies on the fact that the reader is familiar with all the characters. Since I had no idea who anyone was, it took a while to get into it. Once I did it was a decent story, but nothing new or original. It followed the same formula of most highland novels.
1. Roguish gorgeous highlander that all the women want
2. Female that is different than all the others because she is
This was a great story. I've never read this author before and only read the book because of the title. I am reading A-Z for a Goodread Challenge so this was my "X" book.

Liadain is the half sister of a wicked man who was killed by a man who will become her brother-in-law. When she goes to Parliament in defense of the man who killed her brother, she is watched over and protected by his brother, Declan. But then King James is convinced to play a trick on them. Declan wins her old home in a tourna
Declan is a rogue. A verra, verra handsome rogue. As a third son it was his strongest talent and he went with it. Unlike his brothers he was not lethal with a sword but he shot an arrow with pinpoint accuracy. This became crucial later in the story when King James is shot by an arrow that could only have been done by someone with exceptional ability.

Liadain is a healer. But she's also much more than that. Her brother was the "bloody Campbell" from the previous book and an enemy of the MacGregors
Once a Rogue, Always a Rogue?

Liadain a healer and the half sister off the body Campbell tries to keep at arms length to the ugly fighting of her sibling. It is the last straw for Liadain when her sibling steels the neighboring clans women and a baby. She leads the women and child to safety though the secret passageways and into the arms of their clan coming for her brother.

Forced to travel and clear the name of the innocent MacGregor's with the king Liadain finds herself traveling with the rogue
Lori Meehan
This is an enjoyable story with a suspenseful story line and a cast of fun and lovable characters but was a bit of a slow read. Declan does not want to escort Liadain to English court but with no family left, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection. Declan and Liadain had great chemistry. Declan's protection of Liadain at court which she felt was unneeded, their banter and sexual tension was fun to read. The secondary characters to me made this book more enjoyab
X-Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts

Liadain, helps save the MacGregor men's women from an evil plot by her half brother. Because of Liadain's part in saving his family, Declan MacGregor stays with her when she is taken in by the King as his ward and is forced to stay at court. The King then orders Declan and Liadain to marry. Neither are thrilled about this but eventually find their way to each other.

This book had bad guys, evil plots against the king, lots of sweet humor and happy ever after.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who actually bothers to read my blog, or check out my Cannonball progress, that I read a LOT. So much so that, fingers crossed, while I severely doubt I will be able to complete the triple Cannonball this year (it nearly killed all my joy of reading last year), if I actually manage to complete my current backlog of reviews and keep going, I will at least have completed more than two and a half the requirement, which isn't shabby, by any means.

Because just co
Blodeuedd Finland
We have a healer from an enemy clan, and the rake who has bedded half of Scotland. As you can imagine they bicker constantly ;)

Declan is a no good rogue who loves to bed women. Liadan is a gentle healer who only wants to help people. They met in book 1, but you do not need to read book 1 to follow the story. This is a new story, their story.

At first we have court intrigues, and a sinister plot in the making. You will see what when a certain character shows up, and you will know at once. The rom
Aisha Oaktree
Originally posted on Bewitching Bibliophile

I was totally looking forward to reading Declan's story especially after he annoyed me a bit and intrigued me in the first book, Temptation In A Kilt. When I dived in, the story moved pretty fast in the beginning, then dragged a little in the middle then quickly wrapped up in the end.

Declan is the irresponsible child because he is the third son, nothing much is required of him and so he spends his days wenching, drinking and dithering his life away, af
Sharon Tyler
X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts is a historical romance currently scheduled for release on February 5 2013. This highland romance is the follow up to Temptation in a Kilt, but is still a solid read to those that might not have read the prior book. In X Marks the Scot we met Declan MacGregor, a classic and not unexpected highland rouge. He has some serious skills with a bow and arrow, as well as with the ladies. Although, he seems to have trouble getting himself out of the connections he for ...more
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Jul 01, 2013 .þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I LOVED this book. It was an excellent historical romance, just wonderful.

I adored the first in the series, so I hoped for the best with book 2. And, wow, did it deliver. With its combinations of delicious romance and nefarious plots, this book keeps you on your toes.

Liadain is a strong woman. After all she has gone through, she refuses to let it get her down. She held strong through all the political intrigue and plo
My Book Addiction and More MBA
X MARKS THE SCOT by Victoria Roberts is an exciting Scottish Medieval historical romance. #2 in the "Bad Boys of the Highlands",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Temptation in a Kilt". Declan MacGregor,is wicked with the ladies as well as with a bow,which could be deadly. Lady Liadain Campbell,a healer,whose brother was a traitor and an evil man. Follow them on a journey of treason,betrayal,danger,Scottish Highlanders,secrets,intrigue at court,passion and love. As treason is on every corner ...more
An exhilarating Highlander romance! Taken from my review at

Liadain Campbell, a healer, is the half-sister of Archie, the Earl of Argyll, the enemy of the MacGregor clan. After Archie imprisons two of the MacGregor women, along with a baby, in his dungeon under vile conditions, he is killed by Ciardan, the MacGregor laird. In the meantime, Liadain helps the captives escape. Archie had been one of the king’s men, so the MacGregors face charges. However, Liadain travels to the c
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.

X Marks The Scot is the second book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series, however I found that it could be read easily as a stand alone novel.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book to start with. Honestly the only reason I even read it was so that I could have a book that started with the letter X in my A-Z Reading Challenge. However once I started to read this book I found it fairly enjoyable. I can’t say that it
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Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. RT Book Reviews named her "one of the most promising debut authors across the genres," and she was also a 2013 RT Reviewers' Choice award winner for X MARKS THE SCOT.

Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of Ameri
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Bad Boys of the Highlands (3 books)
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