Ransom (Highlands' Lairds #2)
Overflowing with all of the majesty and intrigue of medieval glory days, this magnificent New York Times bestseller is a page-turner of passion and loyalty, justice and honor. Beloved storyteller Julie Garwood steps back to the silver-shrouded Highlands of her classic tale The Secret and hails the return of two unforgettable warriors: Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan...more
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...more
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...more
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'...more
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...more
★★★★★ (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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
In this book, we follow Gillian, who travels to Scotland to recover a lost treasure that just might help her to clear her father's name. Soon, she is caught in a web of treachery and intrigue, but with the help of a new friend, Bridgid, and the cunning and courage of 2 handsome lairds, Gillian will at least be able to lay claim to her home, her family and he...more
Review Update! 10-28-10
I must add as a note that I did not read the book that comes before this one, The Secret, before I read Ransom, which probably explains why I was so confused in this book! Had...more
This is my first book by Julie Garwood, but it won't be my last. Ransom has everything I look for in a good book -- engaging read, well-written, vivid and descriptive details, believable story and importantly likable characters -- especially the hero Brodrick and heroine Gillian. Their personalities were consistent throughout the book (not extreme changes...more
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...more
Gillian is a unique and refreshing heroine in every way. She's intelligent, protective, strong, brave, and she honest. She does not whine, is not deceitful, or a coward
It was a lot of fun to read, but the mystery aspects of the story were thinly veiled. I'm guessing that Garwood meant to make it surprising as to who the traitor was, where the box was, etc. However, th...more
Ransom is the second book in the Highland Laird series. I did not read “The Secret” first as it was proving to be a difficult book to hunt down. I did eventually find it and I'll update a review on here later. Regardless, I don’t think I needed to read the The Secret about the Maitland’s before this one.
Ransom was simply FAB-U-LOUS and it will go down as one of my most favourite historical romances that I hav...more
I loved this! It was such a joy to see the characters from THE SECRET again. I had enjoyed Brodick very much in that one and was glad to see him showcased here. Ramsey wasn't bad to envision either!
Gillian had a traumatic experience as a four year old. She saw her father killed and lost her voice for a year. Now she's back at the scene of the crime and takes a beating while trying to keep a young boy safe.
All of her focus is on...more
Gillian, I had never heard that name until I read this book, was to me a delight. She was funny, loyal to her family but also immune to Brodick's blustering anger, forthright manner and scowl "that could cleave a tree in half.". In this book Gillian is made by Baron Alford, the man who killed her father, des...more
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|Let's Talk About ...: Group Read for May (contains spoilers)||61||21||Jun 01, 2012 10:54AM|
|What's The Name o...: Medieval/historical romance with trick/forced marriage [s]||5||110||May 16, 2012 04:21AM|
|Novel Books &...: Garwood, Julie - Ransom - "Buddy Read" - Start Nov. 8th||128||49||Nov 14, 2011 10:23AM|
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“Was?” she asked. “I don't have this flaw any longer?”
“No, you don't.”
“Pray tell,” she muttered in exasperation, “what was this terrible flaw?”
He grinned. “You used to be English.”