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

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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…

Liad...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
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Shauni
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...more
Arlena
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
Review:

"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...more
Julie
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...more
Eileen
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.
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...more
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...more
Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
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...more
Kimberly

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...more
Romancing the Book
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reviewed by Robin
from Netgalley

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...more
Christyn
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...more
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...more
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...more
June
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...more
Kathy
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...more
Lori Meehan
3.5*
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Recommends it for: For charming rogues and smart heroines...
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Farrah
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

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...more
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
Dottie
An exhilarating Highlander romance! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:

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...more
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...more
Marcia
Declan MacGregor is the third son and all around ladies man. The only care he has is for family, which is the only reason he is at an English court chaperoning a Campbell. Lady Liadain Campbell saved his sisters by marriage lives. The healer, Lady Liadain is used to doing as she pleases, as the healer for the Campbell and all but forgotten half-sister, she is displeased with her new MaGregor bodyguard. When the two end up bound together for life in circumstances neither of them expected, they wi...more
Sandy
X MARKS THE SCOT is the second storyline (February 2013 release) in Victoria Roberts’s Bad Boys of the Highland series.

At the end of Temptation in a Kilt, the Laird MacGregor had killed the “Bloody Campbell” for abducting and threatening his wife, child and extended family. But the fact that Campbell’s half-sister is now without protection and a guardian, the MacGregor clan must make arrangements to escort the woman to King James’ court until the time comes when James decides what will be done...more
Diana N Neal
This story jumps right into the events after Temptation in a Kilt but can be understood if you haven’t read it yet. I will admit it took me a while to get used to all the ye’s but by the middle of the story, I had was so involved in the story I no longer noticed them. This is the story of the roguish, younger brother of the previous book’s main character and the sister of his family’s enemy. Sounds full of angst doesn’t it? Thankfully, this tension was used to move the story along but not so muc...more
Diana Leigh
I love me some Declan. *swoon*

X MARKS THE SCOT picks up where the first book (TEMPTATION IN A KILT) ended. Laird Ciaran MacGregor's youngest brother Declan is sent to the English court as an escort for Lady Liadain Campbell, and neither one is happy about the arrangement. It *might* be because their clans have been mortal enemies forever and ever, and Declan would rather drink and bed the lasses than be responsible for anything.

In spite of the fact that he's a naughty rogue, Declan takes his job...more
Proserpine
As you may know now, I do not only crave Paranormal Romance stories, but also Historical Romance and the ones with sexy Highlanders or Scotsmans are my favorite. I knew when I picked up X Marks the Scot, I wouldn't be disappointed.

First of all, this book is the sequel of Temptation in a Kilt, who was release in last September 2012 and I adored this book. I was easy to convince: the story combined everything I love in this genre. X Marks the Scot is Declan's story, Ciaran little brother and Liada...more
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Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as "one of the most promising debut authors across the genres" and 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...more
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