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Temptation in a Kilt

(Bad Boys of the Highlands #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 ratings  ·  180 reviews

"Filled with everything I love most about Highland romance."?Melissa Mayhue, award-winning author of Warrior's Redemption

She's On Her Way to Safety

It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of

Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published September 1st 2012)
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Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

3 1/2 Stars! Started off good, lost its way in the middle, but came back around with some excitement in the end.

Lady Rosalia Armstrong is running from the cruelty of her parents and the arranged marriage that she wants no part of, when she crosses paths with Laird Ciaran MacGregor and his men. They are returning home from the Royal Court in England when they find Rosalia passed out from intense pain from injuries she received at the hands of her parents. T
If a picture is worth a thousand words, so let this one talk on my behalf...

It's not that this is a bad book, it's that it lacks an unidentifiable something that I cannot describe.Plus after so many romance books this one here is the first I find with an unconsummated relationship! So, where's the love? Sorry, but no, I wasn't convinced.
It was a sad suprise - not to like this book - because I have read other books by Ms Roberts that I really loved. I guess this one proved not all books do the tr
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do not enjoy saying what I am doing to say but........

This book was amateurish at best.

This is a extremely typical highland romance with tried plots, only with a rather podgy heroine. I don't know why the heros are always so handsome and the heroines have to be sometimes plain and chubby. I guess it is the female version of the beauty and the beast?

I could have probably overlooked the boring plotline if the relatioship was romantic enough. But the book is also sorely lacking in that departme


Temptation in a Kilt implies to have everything a good Highland warrior novel should have – an interesting blurb, some action, some romance and even some danger, and while these elements are present, their presence is insignificant at best. Sadly, I really couldn’t bring myself to love this book.

It starts off promising enough, and maybe even interesting, but all the hype quickly dies down. The plot is cliche, the romance is cliche and non-existent (no sex sce
I started this one, provided by netgalley, when I had just finished a stressful, challenging and enjoyable project at work, and just really needed something a bit fluffy, a bit entertaining, and bit easy on the brain, and populated with a nice hunky, sexy hero and a not-TSTL heroine. This one fit the bill perfectly.

There something about a nice, sexy, muscled hunk-in-a-kilt that says relaxation to me. OK, so a nice, sexy, muscled pirate says a similar thing, and occasionally a nice, sexy, muscled
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Bad boys of the Highlands? Nah.. Even though I did love Ciaran. Rosalia not so much. She cried a whole lot.

And to be honest I am in no mood to write a review but it was a good highland book. Rosalia is not a badass heroine at all. She is weak and she does cry over everything. Ciaran is a typical highlander. I liked him. Thats all. There isn't anything special about the book but I did enjoy reading it.

Lover of Romance
Lady Rosalia has suffered abuse constantly at the hand of her mother. But when she refuses to marry a English lord, and will wait for love, she is brutally beaten. So Rosalia, cuts her hair, and dresses in men's clothing, takes her horse and heads up to Scotland to stay with her grandmother. But on her way up she collapses off her horse and blacks out. Ciaran MacGregor, is glad to be leaving London and heading back home. After paying respects to the King James, he is eager to return to his clan, ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Scottish Romance!
Ciaran MacGregor, Laird of Clan MacGregor and Glenorchy, wanted nothing more than to return to his home and attend his life and people. Court life was definitely not for him with all its finery and flippery. Thank God his brother Aidan traveled with him since his company and that of his men is the only thing that that kept the insanity and boredom at bay. He just prayed that his rogue of a younger brother was caring for his people and land better than he was surviving court life. A summons from ...more
Sha Mslvoe
Yeahhhh, the book has arrived safely in my mailbox today.

I saw the book from Netgalley, requested and been declined by the publisher. Reading all the glowing reviews of this wonderful story make me excited to read it and I pre-ordered from Bookdepository. The book was dispatched before the release date and I’m happy waiting for this.

This book held my attention till the end. Victoria has been placed in my auto-buyer. The story make you feel that you’re part of the family. I laughed, I cried, an
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok

I love myself a great Highland warrior, so I was really excited to get started on this, but sadly, I just couldn’t get into it. After reading through about 40% of it, I finally gave up. This is actually my first DNF, because I’m kind of OCD about finishing a book, but with tons of review books and stressful real life, I just couldn’t make myself continue to read it. Maybe if I had had more time on my hands, I would’ve stuck with it.

This book isn’t bad. It has all the right elements – a stron
Laurie Garrison
3 1/2

A sweet romance, that starts out with a bang, but slows at the middle and an abrupt ending. I really liked the story and the characters and I believe a lot of others will fall for this couple. If you’re looking for a hot steamy romance you won’t find it here, this more on the lines of a clean romance. What you will find is a heroine that is strong spite the fact of what she has to endure all of her life, I felt she truly deserved Larid Ciaran, they makes a sweet couple.
Annie Marshall
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Roberts has created a beautiful Scottish Historical Romance! I absolutely fell in love with the characters! My only complaint is that I wish it was a bit longer.
I can't wait to read more from Ms. Roberts!
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I won this book in 2012 and I have now gotten around to reading it. I cannot believe I waited this long. It has also been awhile since I read a historical romance and what a good place to start, in the Scottish Highlands. From the moment, I started reading I knew I would be in for a treat. This book delivered a wonderful romance, featuring captivating characters.

Temptation in a Kilt is the first book in the Bad Boys of the Highland series. This is my first time reading this author and it will de
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was okay, hence the two stars. Plot points were rushed and ignored, characters were boring and placid, and the climax was expected. Side characters were once dimensional. It was clear once one was introduced whether they were good or bad, and unlike IRL, people stayed good or bad with no nuanced thoughts. Honestly this seemed true for our main characters too. Overall I think I've been reading too many mediocre romance novels. ...more
First thoughts… It felt nice to be in the Highlands of Scotland again.

Second thoughts… hmm.

Final thoughts… Some things need to be worked on but I definitely want to pick up the next book in the series.

Rosalia (mind you, I say this using my Spanish tongue, and I love it), has been mistreated all of her life by her mother who has abused her mentally, verbally, and physically. Her father just sits idly by and lets it happen. Not until Rosalia’s mom wants to marry her off to a very nasty man for mo
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Rosalia's parents are almost out of money and in an attempt to fill replenish their pockets, they have arranged a marriage with a vial man. Lady Rosalia has stated such and has asked to marry someone for love as apposed to profit. In speaking so frank, Rosalia's mother has had enough with her daughter and does the unthinkable, beats the living daylights out of her. Even though this is nothing new for Rosalia, this is the final straw and she quickly flees her family in attempt to make it to ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Temptation in a Kilt is an incredibly sweet love story. With political intrigue and land conflicts thrown into the mix, this book was fantastic.

Rosalia was an admirable character. Her strength in dealing with her life with her horrible parents was incredible. Her mother is abusive and her father is indifferent. The story really begins when Rosalia gathers up her courage and runs from her parents and the arranged marri
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At first this started off as the typical storyline, girls runs away from a horrid family only to be saved by a rugged, sexy Highlander... But once the story unfolds there was so much more to it than that. Our heroine, is smart, courageous, and simply trying to escape her horrid, horrid parents. Her parents are using their daughter to fill their pockets, they are marrying her off to an rich English Lord. Rosalia takes a stand and tells her p
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Hmmm, this highland romance seemed to suffer from a lack of detail for me. The bare bones of the story are good, even though it's a plot that seems to have been done quite a lot, but there just isn't enough to back up the outline. When I started reading, I felt like I was just dumped into the middle of the story, without any background info on the characters. I really thought that I had missed a previous book in the series, because I just wasn't getting to know the characters or situation at all ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Highlander romance, awww, there is just something about those sexy Scots.

In this one we have poor Rosalia, she does not come from a happy home, and now she must marry some English idiot. She did not see herself as pretty, brave, or anything really. She was beaten down, but she learns her own worth.

Then we have the sexy Highlander she meets. Laird Ciaran McGregor who is trying to hold his household together while feuding with those bloody Campbells (and yes they were not nice at all.). He saves h
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Victoria Roberts by a good friend of mine and have been dying to read her books ever since! I was sent this awesome book from Sourcebooks and am so thankful! As my friend said, "You will not be disappointed!!" Well was she ever right! Victoria Roberts has a way with words! She makes you feel as if you are one with her story and characters! I felt all of the love, laughter, heartache and romance through out the entire story! I could envision everyone and everything described a ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
As debut novels go, this Victoria Roberts debut and first in Bad Boys of the Highlands series, is well written and fast paced, but it’s the main characters that drive this story.

I love my heroes to be honorable, yet entertaining and not boring, and that’s exactly who I got in Laird Ciaran MacGregor.

He’s had enough of the Royal Court and is ready to return to his home in Scotland and that’s where the story takes off, as he stumbles onto Rosalia who is on the run.

The heroine is someone very likabl
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I'm speechless!! This is definitely a sexy times novel!!

Lady Rosalia is being forced into a loveless marriage to Lord Dunnehl because her family doesn't have any money. Disagreeing with this decision her parents treat her cruelly. Forcing her to leave. Upon leaving she meets Laird Ciaran MacGregor.He agrees to escort her to her family's estate in the Highlands. However she stays with him and his family. Of course a romance starts between the two.There is a fight with the bloody Campbells.

Joy Grant
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Normally it takes me a while to get into a book, but this book caught my attention right from the start. I loved the characters! Big handsome honorably Scottish laird and fiery, sassy Highland lass. A true Highland Scottish romance. Really good. This is the first book I am reading from Victoria Roberts and I really like her writing and I felt like I got pulled into the story.
It’s rare to find a Highlander romance story that is clean and PG 13 so if you’re in the mood for a clean historical romance this book is for you. The narration was pretty good too and added the emotions needed for the story.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just want to say this just leave a wonderful feeling in my soul after I read it.

Thanks Victoria Roberts for such a wonderful book.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Light banterlike writing, enjoyable on a rainy Sunday afternoon... historical romance at it's best ...more
Tracy Kincaid
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't read many Highland books, but after reading this one I think I need to read more of them. Wonderful story on love. I look forward to what is to come in book 2. ...more
Sandy Frediani
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I like Scottish historicals and I really wanted to like this a lot, especially since I purchased others in the set. Unfortunately, I didn't. Given the contemporary tone of the title, it leads one to think "time travel," which it isn't. Yes, I read the blurb on the back cover so I knew it wasn't. Just pointing out the bit of a disconnect between the wording of the title and the story itself. Then there was Rosalia's "cut tresses." She cut her hair to disguise herself as a boy to escape her parent ...more
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Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was the recipient of the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice award for Best Medieval Historical Romance for X MARKS THE SCOT, as well as the 2014 BTS Book Reviews Red Carpet award for Best Historical and Best Book of the Year for MY HIGHLAND SPY.

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