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Ransom (Highlands' Lairds #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  16,233 ratings  ·  664 reviews

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

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Published February 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1999)
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Dina
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...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
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...more
Eastofoz
Nov 15, 2008 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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'...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★½ 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.

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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
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...more
ivana18
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...more
Kathleen
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...more
Susanne
Nov 29, 2012 Susanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Tiko Telia
Shelves: giggles
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...more
KatLynne
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!
Sabrina Van Goethem
Ransom is the second book in the "Highlands Lairds" series, and Julie Garwood has delivered yet another enjoyable historical romance novel.
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
Zeek
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!)
Pamela(AllHoney)
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
Colleen
I've been a fan of Garwood's work for years, and rate several of her novels as among the best ever written in the genre. I love The Secret and was eager to read this sequel and to learn more about Ramsey and Brodick's quest for true love. Unfortunately, for me at least, this book fell pretty flat. The plot was needlessly complicated (I feel like a lot of explanatory details were left on the cutting room floor) and I think would have worked best as two separate stories. The entire Ramsey-Bridgid...more
Cheryl
Ransom was confusing to me. Especially in the first quarter of the book! It took me quite sometime to figure out who was who and what was going on. It jumped from story to story and I kept having to skim back over previous pages to keep up! Disappointed in this one, but still a huge Julie Garwood fan!

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
Me
Out of all the romance novels I read, too many which is too much which is never too good for you. This is the only one I have ever recommended to anyone, and would say is actually a pretty good book (overall). Julia Garwood is pretty ace in her genre, although most of her plots, themes, and characters, are overplayed. Ransom stood out completely, it's hands down the perfect love story in which I never seemed to deem lame stupid or the least bit unreal back then. My opinions rarely change this wa...more
Tonya
I absolutely adore this book. I've read it dozens of times and it never gets old!
Elise Wilson
"You know what?" was one of my favorite lines in this wonderful book. And, I loved Alec, the adorable young boy who kept asking that question.

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
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...more
Aquit
"Ransom" was the first book I read from Julie Garwood and THE one that got me hooked on real romance novels. "Ransom" is one of Julie's best historical book and all her contemporary pales next to it.

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 unlike her sister. Gillian risks her life to save a 5 year old boy from falling to his death and even after he cut her arm up she s...more
Katie
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
FlibBityFLooB
4.5/5 stars. By title, you would think that somebody was going to be held for ransom in this book. Maybe kidnapped against their will or something. Not really. Actually, I'm not really sure that this title was appropriate for this book. I might have called it The Traitor instead or maybe The Box.

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
Michelle
At age four Gillian was separated from her sister while fleeing their home during an attack. Years later Gillian travels to the Highlands, in search for her sister, hoping she has the Box that will save her uncle. On her journey she saves a boy and brings him safely home. Broderick, the boys Chapmion and Laird to the Buchanan Clan, is amazed with Gillians strength and courage. Broderick is possesive and arrogant and Gillian is courageous and stubborn... a perfect match! Broderick is my favorite...more
Jennifer
this is my favorite julie garwood book... all of her stories follow essentially the same guidelines, but i LOVED the characters in this one... Brodick was exactly the guy to fall in love with... plus, it brought back the characters of Ian and Judith from "the secret", another of garwood's books that i enjoyed.
SheLove2Read
In the top 5 of my desert island keeper comfort reads. I've read this book so many times and yet it never gets old. ;-)
Amanda
When writing a review, I usually have a method to my madness. I start with some kind of hook to get the reader interested. Then I move into a brief synopsis of the plot. I then move on to some personal anecdotes outlining why I loved the book. Finally, I wrap it all up with some sweet thought that leaves the reader contemplating the values of humankind. Voila, my review! However, this time, I am doing things a little different. I'm just going to tell it like it is....I'm going to lay it on the l...more
Michelle Kelly
Updated review so I could transfer to my blog. http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspo...


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
Vallsykes
Good Lawd! Brodick, Brodick, Brodick! This is one hero that I couldn't get enough of. And wouldn't you know it! I enjoyed his Gillian as well. 1st I will start with Gillian (who is courageous and deliriously witty and "she won't make a sound" of surrender unless it's for her Brodick)...we first meet her accompanied by a very dark and Anastasia-like back story (though without the execution) and we immediately get treated with her adventure with Ian Maitland's lost son Alec. This part was a great...more
Kathie (katmom)
This is the sequel to The Secret. It takes place several years later.

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
Holly
Aug 13, 2011 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julie Garwood fans.
Shelves: favorites
I love Julie Garwood, she is one of my all time favorite historical writers. This book like all I have read by her was witty, humorous, sensual and intriguing, making me turn page after page!

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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Alec sen ne tatlı bir çocuktun öyle :* Sır kitabındaki İain'e odun demiştim. Ah, üzgünüm İain hakkını yemişim :) Brodick'i tanıdıktan sonra fikrimi değiştirdim ;) Gillian karakter olarak çok iyiydi yaa. Bu kitap için fazla söze gerek yok. Tek kelimeyle muhteşemdi. Gizem, sır, aşk, intikam, ihanet,... Ne ararsanız vardı yani. O yüzden okumaktan büyük keyif aldım. Ramsey'in hikayesini de sevdim. Belki ayrı bir kitapta anlatılabilirdi, ancak bu şekilde de yeterince iyiydi. Gillian'ın kardeşinin düş...more
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Julie Murphy was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri to a large Irish family. At the age of six, Julie had her tonsils removed and complications from the surgery resulted in a long period of recuperation. She fell hopelessly behind in school and never caught up. "I was a slow, slow reader," Julie says. "I hated it." At the age of 11, her mother discovered her daughter's secret and promptly enrol...more
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