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The Laird's Forbidden Lover

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Farm lad Iain Munro knows his love affair with Tavish MacIntyre, future Laird of Creachann-Dubh, is dangerous—discovery could mean disgrace and death. But they’ve been in love since they were boys, and they’ve never been able to resist each other, dishonorable though it is to deceive their families.

Young men now, their sexual explorations have deepened and their love for e
ebook, 78 pages
Published May 6th 2013 by Riptide Publishing (first published May 5th 2013)
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Jan 04, 2014 Mona rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, netgalley-arc
"Stay with me, love. I cannae bear to be apart from ye."


A sweet, but difficult love story between a young farm lad, and a future laird. Iain and Tavish, distant cousin's, discover a forbidden passion for each other at a young age, during a yearly festival held at Creachann-Dubh. Keeping their feelings and affair hidden from family and friends, the two await eagerly for their yearly visits, to explore the strong attraction they share. And along the way Iain and Tavish's love grows to the point
May 14, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
Let me begin by stating what I loved most about this book; it took the fist genre of romance I devoured as an early teenager embarking on my hopeless romantic journey into Historical Romance and combined it with my current hopeless romantic obsession with male/male Romance. How could a girl ask for more? She couldn’t, I didn’t but I am oh so glad I picked up this gem of a story.

Iain Munro has been enamored of Tavish MacIntyre for most of his young life. Tavish, having set his sites on another is
2.5 Stars

This was a tale of forbidden love. Farm lad Iain Munro knows his love affair with Tavish MacIntyre, future Laird of Creachann-Dubh, is dangerous and taboo. Despite their strong feelings for each other, Iain "breaks it off" with Tavish citing the insufferable consequences if they are caught. Tavish loves Iain with all his heart, however, and cannot imagine life without him. While Tavish is attending festivities in another village as a representative for their clan, Iain conspires with Ta
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

Aye, I cannae tell a lie I enjoyed this. I still have no clue what exactly a Laird is but who cares? You start throwing words like ‘bonny’, ‘lad’, ‘lass’, and throw in some kilts, long plaited hair and… seriously? I have to sell it further than this?

How about this?

or this perhaps?

Maybe this?

Alright I’m getting carried away here. Let me try to get this thing back on track after I take one last peek at the kilted boys. Really, what’s not to like here?

*Fair warning t
A few days ago, I found myself craving the m/m equivalent of a good, old-fashioned historical highlander bodice ripper. You know the type: feuding clans, a kidnapped bride or marriage forged between enemies for the sake of a strategic alliance, tilted kilts, yummy accents, and true love discovered amongst scenic lochs and fields of heather.

Sounds delicious, right? The only problem was that the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I'd never seen this staple of the mainstream romance
Jun 21, 2013 Kazza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical

4.5 stars rounded up

I really enjoyed this novella from Amelia C Gormley. I like historical reads, with an emphasis these days on historical M/M, and I do like a man in a kilt. Very sexy, very romantic tale of two young men, cousins, over a four year period from a rocky beginning to a realistic but good ending. I read and loved the Impulse Trilogy Inertia, Acceleration and Velocity and The Laird's Forbidden Lover just added to my desire to read all of this author's books as they come out.

If you
Vanessa North
Jun 04, 2014 Vanessa North rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vanessa by: Loki (of Smartassgard)
Well, that certainly satisfied the "hot men in kilts" craving. It was hot, and sweet, and well written. Heavy on under-the-kilt action, a little lean on plot, but the conflict felt believable and the resolution worked for me.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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I loved the characters and their story but hated the set up with the alternating flashbacks. I liked getting the flashbacks, just not how they were was too abrupt and confusing; constantly interrupting the flow of reading both ways and negatively impacting my enjoyment of the story. The flashbacks also ended up separating the story into short vignettes and kept me from seeing the natural development of the MCs' relationship.

Another drawback was the ending. I didn't like how the confli
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

Iain Munro and Tavish MacIntyre are two Scottish lads from completely different life circumstances. Iain lives on a farm with his father and brothers working the land and Tavish is the future Laird of Creachann-Dubh. Falling in love as young men, they spend the next several years trying to sneak time together and learning each other and their desires. Responsibility to family and clan will ultimately come between them, making th
Mandi Schreiner
May 15, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m, novella
I enjoyed Amelia Gormley’s self published m/m trilogy so when I heard she was writing a m/m scottish historical for Riptide I got excited. She writes a passionate novella (coming in at 78 pages) but I had some problems with it too.

This is the story of farm lad Iain Munro and a future laird, Tavish MacIntyre. Their families know of one another, which is how they meet as boys. As they spend time together growing up, they realize they have secret, forbidden feelings for each other. The book starts
ARe Cafe
Nov 05, 2013 ARe Cafe rated it really liked it
Shelves: vals-picks
The Laird’s Forbidden Lover by Amelia C. Gormley is a must for fans of Scottish Highlander historical romance. The smooth writing and relatable characters are an added bonus beyond the strong Celtic atmosphere. The time period is unspecified, but medieval. The dialog is laced with Scottish dialect spelling (e.g., cannae, och, bairn, wee), which might not be the preference for some readers, but I thought it added to the book’s atmosphere instead of becoming a distraction.

While the solution leadin
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
May 08, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Iain Munro and Tavish MacIntyre have grown up together and they have fallen in love.

Both recognize a future for them is impossible. Scottish law makes such a relationship illegal and Tavish will soon become laird of Creachann-Dubh with all the responsibilities that title brings, including marriage and an heir.

As their attraction deepens, the best the lovers can do is to spend time together when Tavish can persuade Ian’s father to let Ian travel with him. The soon-to-be heir believes he ca
Liz (Bugetta)
3.5* Sweet romance but I didn't like how it skipped back to the past every other chapter.
Thomaidha Papa
May 09, 2013 Thomaidha Papa rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot, m-m, historical
4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Have I mentioned how much I love historical romance? Or better yet, have I mentioned how much I love Scotts? This novella has it both and I’m glad to say I enjoyed it immensely. I’ll also have to say straight on that the speech was disturbing there at the beginning, that is until I got used to it, because damn it was Scottish all the way through. I had this horrifying fear there for a moment that I won’t be abl
May 14, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I love a nice, lengthy historical novel. I was really drawn to this book after seeing the blurb, but I was still a little worried the author wouldn’t be able to pull me in with a novella.

What made it work for me was that the author never used a bunch of facts or history to immerse the reader in the time period. The vernacular used in the dialogue went a long way in getting me comfortable with the historical setting. I appreciated that the location and time period was shown through the conversati
After I started this book, I discovered that it wasn't quite what I thought it would be- in a good way, I might add. I was leery of the possibility that it would be filled with high doses of angst based on the premise, but it wasn't. It was a coming of age story wrapped up in a forbidden romance that didn't seem to have a chance at happily ever after. Once it got started, I recognized the only possible solution if they wanted to be together and was right, but even then I was still eager to read ...more
books are love
Feb 23, 2014 books are love rated it liked it
I received this from netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

this is a sweet book. Different from her Professor's rule series that is for sure. Here Ms. Gormley brings you back to a time and place where M/M relationships are a sin and these two lovers are trying to find their place in this world. Iain and Tavish have loved each other forever. Sometimes this wasn't seen and that is because expectations for Tavish were high. When Tavish did show Iain he cared I thought it would be to late but d
The Window Seat
May 09, 2013 The Window Seat rated it it was ok
I am not going to lie... the reason I chose to review this all goes back to Lover at Last. I was interested in other ways that M/M books were written and I wanted to give it a try. Well... I think that I am sticking to M/F... or at least non-historical M/M! :)

Tavish is the Laird of his clan and he is gay. More than that, he is in love with the farm boy, Ian. What follows is a tale of two men who are deeply in love, but fighting against clan, family, and society pressure. How can this possibly en
Dec 30, 2013 Julesmarie rated it liked it
This is a prime example of why I've started to avoid historical fiction m/m.

The story itself was lovely. The setting was nice, the characters were interesting, and their chemistry was fantastic.

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Leta Blake
Apr 25, 2013 Leta Blake rated it it was amazing
I read this book in an earlier draft and it was marvelous, sexy, delicious, and absolutely wonderful. Given the fact that Amelia expanded on that draft, I imagine it can only be better than what I saw. I'm happy to give it 5 stars based on what I read and look forward to seeing the final sexy outcome of her hard work.
May 09, 2013 Carey rated it really liked it
I liked this but it felt like I was just plodding along because the dialect slowed my normal reading speed. Tavish & Iain were sweet though.
Dale Hankins
Oct 27, 2016 Dale Hankins rated it really liked it
i really liked the setting for the story, it take a few pages to get used to "dialect". i liked the main characters.
Vanessa Mulberry
Oct 21, 2016 Vanessa Mulberry rated it it was amazing
Smut with kilts. I loved it.
Lena Grey
May 15, 2013 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
What would you be willing to do to be with the person you loved? Iain Munro of Amelia Gormley's book called 'The Laird's Secret Lover' loves Tavish Macintyre and, more than anything, wishes he could be with him all the time. Iain is torn between his desire and what he knows to be practical. When Tavish's sister comes up with what could be a solution, he sees no other way but to comply and hope for the best.

Tavish is young, impetuous, and very much in love with Iain. He refuses to believe that th
-Bookish Gal-
Sep 03, 2013 -Bookish Gal- rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
The synopsis of the book made me curious enough to want to read it but it was a hell of a disappointment. I expected a story of couple in love in a time when people considered it, sometimes still do - as an unnatural act. I expected to read about a love which is forbidden and yet can't be helped. I thought I would read a sensitive portrayal of the love life of two men, who can't be with each other as much as they want it due to societal pressures, a fear of what it would mean to their families ...more
Susan Laine
Nov 04, 2013 Susan Laine rated it really liked it
This was an erotic historical tale about two young men who love each other but who can’t seem to find a way to be together. The blurb pretty much covers the story.

The future laird, Tavish, has only one passion: Iain, the farmboy. They got together by chance and by proximity, really, but their connection is deep and true. But Tavish’s mother, the lady Morna, and Iain’s father, Aonghus the farmer, throw a monkey wrench into the machinery, each for their own reasons, one more out of caring than the
Becky Condit
Aug 11, 2013 Becky Condit rated it liked it
Please leave comments on Josie's 3 sweet pea review at

The Laird’s Forbidden Lover by Amelia C. Gormley is the story of Tavish, MacIntyre, future Laird of Creachann-Dubh and his distant cousin Ian Murdo, lovers since their teens they now face the reality of commitments and responsibilities and a future apart.

Iain hero worshiped his cousin growing up but when Iain is 15 and Tavish a few years older they meet at a family gathering and an attraction develops
May 15, 2013 Geoff rated it liked it
Where to start with this book… It’s not that it was a bad book, but it wasn’t a great book either. Overall the story was good and the writing was better than many of the romance novels I’ve read, but at the same time I felt the author could have done better.

I have to partially wonder if I stack the decks against this type of novel when I generally read them after having finished a tome of a classic (this time it was Middlemarch). But at the same time I have to think that it should still hold up
Feb 14, 2014 Teetee rated it really liked it
Once again, I’m surprised by the relatively low ratings on this book when I thought this story to be very well written and quite sweet. Two lovers, very distant cousins who know it’s wrong to be together but can’t seem to help themselves, try to find a balance in their relationship. Iain is the poor, dependable farm hand who tries to do the right thing; he helps his father raise his brothers and knows his place. Tavish is the wealthier, amorous pursuer, determined to be with Iain, thinking that ...more
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