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Lessons in Loving A Laird (Highland Knaves #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  166 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
From award-winning romance author Michelle Marcos comes Lessons in Loving a Laird--the second installment in the "Knaves of Scotland" series. As rugged and bold as the Scottish hills, the Highland Knaves take no prisoners when it comes to love…

Thrust into indentured servitude as a child, Shona Slayter is counting the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she gains her
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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3.5 to 4 stars!

How fortunate that the last couple of days have been cloudy and cold--a perfect excuse to immerse oneself in an engaging, well-written tale. Within the first couple of pages of this book, I was tearing up. You know me, I love a good Scottish story.

Shona is a very strong-willed character. I would find myself laughing at what would come out of her mouth. She’s a joy to read about.

Conall was an ok hero. I didn’t like him as much as I thought I would but I still think this was a good
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Have you ever read a book where the prologue was the most exciting part of the tale? Well, this one is like that. I waited for the story to measure up to its beginning, but it never did, which is strange because the plot was intriguing (the surviving members of a family are separated and we're left wondering if they ever reunite), and the subplots had great promise, too. There's a wastrel brother, an ex-employee bent on revenge, and a forced marriage, but all of this still failed to breathe life ...more
Lady Lioness
I discovered Marcos when I was going through the RWA Literacy Signing author list. I haven't read the first book in the series, but it wasn't necessary at all. Lessons in Loving a Laird stood alone very well. However, I felt the hero and heroine didn't really fall in love so much as they had Puck magically sprinkle love-in-idleness in their eyes. There was very, very little development of their relationship. I also felt that the hero's brother and his plot arc could have been eliminated complete ...more
Lessons in Loving a Laird had a very good beginning, but the rest of the book wasn't quite as good. There were too many loose ends still left after things were wrapped up happily for the hero and heroine. Hopefully, questions will be answered in the next book. 3.5 stars
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-to-read
Shona watched her whole life change in an instant when her family was murdered in her family home. Her twin and her were branded as indentured servants until their twenty-first birthday. Shona and Willow were forced out of one prison and onto a crumbing estate. Shona became the apprentice and savior to their new master. Shona saw the only way out of this indentured service was to seduce the laird. But, he too, seduced her. Oh what sweet, simple romance. My only question, is the author seemed to ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was rather crude. When it comes to the characters, it's fine as that's how they are, but in the narrative itself? I also didn't think the match was plausible. Shona as his mistress? I can imagine that. But as his wife, meh no. It just didn't work for me.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had a decent story but I found only the beginning and end of the book held my attention. Everything else really felt like filler and I couldn't wait to skim throughout and make my way to the end.

The story starts out with a flashback 12 years ago when the MacAslan family was slaughtered by members of their clan. The 3 youngest children - 8 year old twins Shona and Willow and their 5 year old brother Camran - were spared but branded with an "S", the mark of a slave and taken away from th
Mary Gramlich
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Do all of our scars heal or are we destined to carry them with us forever?

Life was never easy for Shona MacAslan but she is so close to gaining her freedom and living life on her own with her twin sister. Shona has watched everything she loved be taken away and left her with horrible memories and an even worse future destined to be fulfilled by her enemies. Nothing will part her from her twin sister not even the new Laird of Ballencrieff, Conal MacEwan. Conal is making decisions that will alter
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lessons in Loving a Laird
Michelle Marcos
From award-winning romance author, Michelle Marcos, comes the second installment in the "Knaves of Scotland" series. As rugged and bold as the Scottish hills, the Highland Knaves take no prisoners when it comes to love…


My Thoughts

First time author read for me and I throughly enjoyed this book.Of late I have read some real crappers and this was such a nice and funny refreshing read.It is really just a cute love story
Romancing the Book
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’ve never read a book by Michelle Marcos before, but one of my very favorite authors gave her an AMAZING review so I knew it had to be awesome. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed. There’s something magical about Highlander books.

We were immediately thrown into Shona’s life as a little girl as she watches the murder of her family and is left with her little sister. Through a series of ev
Virginia Campbell
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author Michelle Marcos offers a very strong and feisty heroine in "Lessons in Loving a Laird". As young girls, Shona MacAslan and her twin sister Willow were forced to watch the murder of their parents and older brothers and the kidnapping of their younger brother Camran. A bloody clan feud robs them of their home and happiness and propels them into a life of indentured servitude. To show their lowly class station, the backs of their hands are branded with a snake symbol, and they are given the ...more
Philisha Stephens
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm not quite sure what to say with this one. As the book progressed, I become more and more interested in the characters only because I have a peeve about not finishing a book. I eventually after the third chapter forced myself to quit noticing the issues I had with the writing and tried to focus on the plot. The main character Shona is supposed to be skilled with farm animals but she milks cows from the back. Huh? Anyone that farms knows you milk from the side. Some of the research done to wri ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable introduction to Michelle Marcos for me. I’m a big fan of almost any Scottish historical and this was a really fun read. It’s the second in the series and I don’t feel there was anything I missed by jumping right in with this title. I loved how sassy and spunky Shona was and how hard she fought for her family. I really enjoyed Conall’s dedication to his family as well and I loved how he was able to see Shona for the wonderful woman she was. There was some great conflict and I’m ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Indentured in service since she was a child, Shona Slayter can hardly wait days until her twenty first birthday. She will be "free" to live her own life with her twin sister Willow. But unfortunately Shona plans will have to be derailed because of the new owner has taken over the family estate and her indenture too! Even though the new "laird" is Scottish, he was raised in London. Conall MacEwan is bossy, infurating, handsome lout Shona has ever met. Conall thinks Shona is bossy, undisciplined, ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the prologue, the author used the phrase I hate the most: "She opened her mouth like an O with surprise." I nearly threw the book down at that moment, but I decided to press on.

I actually liked the book. The heroine was strong, but not annoyingly so, and I thought she was funny.

The book got a bit cheesy/sappy at the end, but overall, a pretty nice read.
Tabetha Waite
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm always skeptical when it comes to a sequel, but again, the author delivers! The heroine was strong, but not overly so considering her past and all she had been through. While I would have liked to have her reunited with her brother from the previous book, I was very pleased with the read and as the overall plot is left hanging, it will just keep me on my toes for the next one!
Joan Osborne
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book. Shona was such a fun heroine and I enjoyed her confrontations with Conall which often had me laughing. The story was highly entertaining, so much so, that I did not want to put it down.
Furlac Baker
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This book started off extremely tense and sad.
I immediately fell in love with the characters and wanted so badly for it to end well :)
This is a smooth story with a great plot and happy ending. A must read!
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Good story
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Filled with passion and humor! I read this in one sitting - just could not put it down. Ms. Marcos brings the highlands alive in this absolutely delicious tale.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Not the usual Regency hero and heroine, but all the more admirable for winning through with their spirit and intelligence.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online at: March 2012 edition.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, soft-copy
Second time reading this book and I didn't like it as much as the first time but still great writing.
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