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(Highlands' Lairds #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  33,988 ratings  ·  1,557 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. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 546 pages
Published December 27th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published November 1st 1999)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I'm going to keep this short and sweet! I loved this book too. I have pretty much loved every Julie Garwood book I have read so far. This book was like two love stories in one. The main love story was Gillian and Brodick. The other love story was a small side story that I felt really should have been it's own book. That side love story was Ramsey and Bridgid. I loved Brodick from The Secret (Highlands' Lairds #1) by Julie Garwood and he was amazing in this book. He was so rough, hard, kick ass, and so damn prefect that I just love the hell ...more
Oh, crap. Did I really give this 5 stars the first time I read it?
Has this really been sitting on my favorites shelf?!


See? This is why it's dangerous to do rereads.
So, 5 years ago, I read this and thought it was A-MAZING.
Like, the bestest book evah! And I've been singing its praises ever since.


In fact, when I saw it was on sale a while back, I bought it!
Those of you who know me realize what a big deal that was. For those of you who don't? Let's just say...I'm cheap. Reallyreallyreally cheap!
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHH this was so amazing and I loved everything about it. Domineering Scottish laird. Headstrong English heroine. She says that they're engaged because she's in trouble, so he shows up to see who this woman is. Then they go on this whole journey and I just loved it. There is so much humor in Julie Garwood's books and I was laughing and smiling the entire time I was reading this. While the book is long, I was hooked the entire story. There's so much romance and action and secrets and it was am ...more
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4.75 one of my all time fave stars!

This is my favorite Garwood historical H (he's one of my book bfs so back off!), and one of my favorite HRs in general. The story line is action-packed; the h is a tough cookie; there is overlap from the first book in this series which was nice bc I liked those characters and it was like getting an update on their lives; the suspense aspect was solid; and the steamy goodness was yummy. I have read, re-read, and will most definitely re-read this one again!

 Danielle The Book Huntress
Another book I thought I had read. Boy was I glad that I didn't. Read this for the Julie Garwood group read, and it was delightful. Julie Garwood books are definitely comfort reads. She understands why we read romance, and one of the reasons is we want heroines who we can root for, that we fall in love with just as much as the heroes. Her heroines have this tangible sweetness that makes me want to hug them, root for them, and to fight with and for them. Gillian is no different. My heart hurt for ...more
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'
Lover of Romance
Gillian was just a child when her home was attacked, and her sister disappeared, and her father murdered in front of her, and the Baron Alfred took over and sent her away to her uncle up to northern England. Now its been ten years and she has been called back to the Baron, who wants to know the location of a box that belonged to King John, and thinks that the family still has possession over it. When she plans a escape with a child, Alec, who falls down a gorge, and she rescues him, they
Lady Nilambari Reads HR
5 Stars

After four back to back recommendations, I had to read this book sooner than later, and what a joy it was!

This is it. Bags packed, passport located, tickets booked, for I am going to Scotland. I have to buy my husband a kilt and teach him how to behave like a JG Highland Laird. I cannot believe that he lived in Scotland and does not own a kilt or a plaid! What good is he?

I don't know how she does it, but Ms Garwood makes us swoon for these craggy, high-handed highlanders, and she makes t
Melanie A.
DNF @ 74%

I know, I know . . . why not just finish it?

I just couldn't listen to another second of it. I know so many of you guys loved this one, but the romance aspect of the plot is moved ahead by making the heroine look like a fool; everyone around her withholds information, leaving her clueless and I just DIDN'T find it charming.

After the big 'reveal' in Broddick and Gillian's relationship evoked NO reaction in Gillian, I was too disappointed to continue despite the overall plot keeping me int

5 star rating, hands down.

Another wonderful romance by JG.

Gillian and Brodick, what a perfect match. And Brodick needed a Gillian; strong, brave and tenderhearted all in one, perfect compliment to who he was. Brodick was all alpha but couldn't hide his feeling or tenderness for Gillian though.

Action packed, lots of laughter and tender moments all wrapped up on one beautiful story.

I loved the second romance between Ramsey and Bridgid. Wish they had their own book/story.

Wonderful to see
Was this 5 star literature? No, but it sure is 5 star enjoyable. It's campy at times and I doubt the historical accuracy "and you know what?" I didn't care. I was so happy to get Brodick's story and Gillian was lovable despite being so perfect. I won't say much about this as it's been reviewed a zillion times. It's pure fantasy, but it kept me absorbed and put a smile on my face.

Susan Duerden was a fabulous narrator, as usual.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sigh!!! I loved this book, super sweet and endearing!!! Julie Garwood never does me wrong. I love her highlander series!!!
I can only say Brodick would be the only guy I would replace my hubby for - fortunately for my darling beloved, I have multiple copies of this book and can have them both.
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.


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
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
Justin Chen
3.5 stars

Pleasant enough, but still far from becoming a personal favorite, Ransom is extremely readable thanks to Julie Garwood's fluid writing, and features highly dramatic set-pieces (the tense, brutal opening immediately draws me in), endearing brotherly & sisterly bonding, and solid romantic banters. On the flip side, its excessive length definitely challenges my overall enjoyment, and now with another highlanders historical romance novel read, I can finally discern its pattern and safely sa
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Determined to have the last word, she took a step closer to him so she wouldn’t be overheard and then said, “I will not love you.”
He took a step toward her, no doubt trying to intimidate her, she supposed, and then he leaned down close to her ear and whispered, “You already do.”

YES!!! Loved this one even more than the first one. These are the types of characters I like, strong-willed and stubborn. The story was action-packed and kept me always looking ahead. It was somewhat predictab
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Wow I laughed a lot during this read which balanced out how many times I wanted to throttle Brodick. These brooding men who show their love but won't claim it till the end take my heart on a thrilling ride. I one moment want to cry with the heroine then the next I'm swooning all over again. Gillian was so enjoyable and funny. I liked that she didn't hold her feelings back. These two just worked for me. I really got angry at Brodick so many times but he kept making it right in his neanderthal way ...more
Debbie DiFiore
10th read and I still love it

I have read this so many times over the years and I still love it. It's a comfort read and I really needed something to help me through this quarantine. And there's nothing better than a good book. The story is about a very strong woman who is being held by an evil man. She saves the life of Ian Maitland's son who is five years old. Ian was in the book, The Secret which is another all time favorite. The interaction between the heroine and the little boy is so sweet.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brodick is the synonym for Alpha males and very savage but he is one of those Heroes you want for yourself , Aye Gillian and Brodick's story is heartwarming , Ramsey-Brigid's is like icing on the cake. I am glad I read it, Gonna dig for more Highland stories now. ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
 Simply Sam ツ
I really wanted to love this book but I thought the two female protagonists were both totally bland nitwits. Beautiful beyond belief with zero personality. Not even the Viking-like alpha Scottish lairds could make up for that. And while they were your typical HR fare (hard exteriors with ooey, gooey centers) they failed to illicit any real emotion. So yes, I read every word of every page but I rolled my eyes a million times (that may be a slight exaggeration) and laughed openly at the inconsiste ...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
❀ Rose ❀
Aug 04, 2022 rated it liked it
Nothing wrong with it but not my absolute favorite by this author (she’s still one if my absolute favs when it comes to HR though. That will never change).
Millie Razeh
As much as it pains me to give a Julie Garwood book 3 stars, I just had to be honest with myself: This book is like eating pizza with mostly crust. It's still good, but I'm here for the pizza, not the crust.

I was too preoccupied with the plot of the conflict that the romance sometimes became the side plot. If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, I'm referring to the obvious clutter in the story. I think Garwood had too many ideas on her mind and focused on including them in the story
Anna *Bran. San. Stan*
Anything between 3 to 4 stars. I really wish I'd love this as much as so many others seem to. I'm quite bummed about that, actually. Don't get me wrong, I did (mostly) enjoy this. For one thing, I liked the dialogues between our characters, which provided a couple of laughs, and the characters themselves were fun. Handsome, but intimidating Brodick from book 1 is the hero; pretty-boy Ramsey has a sub-plot. (Ever since GoT I can’t deal with this name.) Also, the writing is a lot better than in Se ...more
Sentranced Jem
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Fasten your seat belt cause we are going under once again ❤️❤️

Still so good!
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With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa

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