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The Laird's Choice (Lairds Of The Loch #1)

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Lady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to sense others' most intimate desires, she knows her duty is to marry the man who will take the MacFarlan name as his own and help her father regain the chiefdom of their clan. But her unique gifts don't prepare her for the day when a mighty warrior suddenly enters her lif
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mary (BookHounds)
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it

Adrena McFarlan (Dree) lives with her father and two younger sisters,Lena and Murie in the Scottish highlands. There she seems to have a special gift where the animals in the forest and birds in the trees sense her feelings and keep her safe. Hawks are circling in the sky above her family's lands, letting her know that something there is amiss. When she meets three strangers there searching for an escaped slave and they beat a hasty retreat when the hawks come to her rescue, a
The Window Seat
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I was totally on board with this book all through the prologue, but when I got to Chapter 1 it all started to fall apart for me. The premise of this book is good; Laird looses keep and lands to evil cousin through a feud, so he keeps what is left of his family and retainers at a “mystically protected” ancient keep. In comes a stranger who escapes from said cousin’s evil clutches where he had been held as prisoner for almost 2 years. Then he marries the eldest daughter. Now, add a little politica ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
It's been 19 years since we left Amanda Scott's Scotland in Highland Lover (book three of her Scottish Knights Series) and Jaimie has come home as king. After years of a weak king, then ruled by the iron fist of the Duke of Aubry Scotland is in upheaval. The Duke may be dead but his son is if at all possible worse. At least the Duke was a strong will. Murdoch, the current Duke, is a weak, whimpy man who has allowed avarice and greed to rule Scotland.

Lady Andrena MacFarlan has a unique gift, she
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5. I am one who likes historical romance novels a lot, and having read some of Ms Scott's work previously, I have found her writing to be well done, full of very good research, and based solidly on historical reality. However, in this case, this particular novel is heavy on the "historical" and rather light on the "romance" aspect. That is not to say that both Magnus and Andrena don't continually figure prominently in the story. That would be inaccurate. However, their "romance" was a ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
ORIGINAL POST at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust 11/18/2012
LAIRD'S CHOICE Passion, Intrigue and Amazing Research!

Lairds of the Loch 1

Amanda Scott

Forever/Grand Central Publishing

December 18, 2012

Mass Market Paperback and e-Book

400 pages

E-Galley Loaned by Publisher via

No remuneration exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own except as noted.


Lady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to s
Paranormal Romance
The heroine has always been able to feel the emotions of others yet when she warns her father of trespassers on their land, he ignores them. Their castle is nestled so deep in the forest, so cleverly hidden and near impossible to get to due to raging rivers, so the idea of trespassers is absurd. Regardless, she feels their presence and after her warnings are ignored yet again, she decides to investigate herself. From a young age she was encouraged to travel the woods, to know them as well as she ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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While I found nothing truly objectionable about this book, I also didn't really enjoy reading it, but I suspect that lack of enjoyment has more to do with my personal pet peeves as a reader than with any real flaw in the book. The fact is, I'm just not a fan of historical fiction that has more history than fiction. I had a difficult time connecting to the characters, caring about their story, and that disconnect made it difficult for me to want t
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
This author can really tell a story. She gives a small cheat sheet of words and a map at the beginning, her Author's notes are very interesting and full of facts.
This book, had a bit extra in it I believe, yet left out some parts I would have rather seen.
Andrena is a special lady along with her mother and sisters. They all have a extremely special connection to emotions and surrounding animals. Dree can sense emotions of other people and tell when animals are distressed. In turn this causes her
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-history, romance
I think the heroine was so full of herself, I didn't like her.
I read this book several times before, and written in a more exciting way.
Elis Madison
Lady Andrena MacFarlan has a number of uncanny gifts. She can sense emotions in other people. And she has a way with animals.

After nearly two years of captivity as a galley slave, Magnus Galbraith finally jumps ship. He washes up on Tùr Meiloach, a mythical kind of place held by Laird Andrew MacFarlan. This puts him right in the middle of a clan feud between the MacFarlans and, well, the other MacFarlans, only they style themselves the Pharlains—probably because their upstart chief's name is Pa
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
This wasn't at all what I thought it would be. Based off of the synopsis I thought it would be a historical romance but instead the majority of the book is about the two of them running between clans trying to warn everyone of a plan set in motion to over throw the king. But let me back it up a bit.

Mag has been held captive as a slave for a year and a half now. When he finally manages to escape he washes up on MacFarlan land and ultimately meets Andrena. Her father seeks a husband for Adrena an
Nadine Jones
I picked this book up on a whim at the library quite a few weeks ago. When I started it, I was thinking "huh, this is really good - this is, like, the best highlander romance I've ever read!" And then, nothing happened.

Well, something happened. Magnus escapes his prisoners, onto Laird Macsumthing's lands. Laird's daughter had the second sense (along with all the other women in the family - I thought this might lead to some interesting plotlines, but ... not so much) and can sense that he's tres
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a trilogy that brings historical Scotland to life. The research I imagine that goes into this book makes it enjoyable, I love the feel and wonder of Scotland through Ms Scott’s words.

Magnus (Mag) Galbraith is wounded and on the run as he enters the forests of Tur-Meiloach with three men in pursuit. As he hides in a tree, he sees a young woman approach the men who tell her that they are following an escaped prisoner from Arrochar. She tell them they must leave the region
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is one of many examples where having won a Goodreads book I've looked for others in the author's series to read and review. This is the first in The Lairds of the Loch trilogy which I read after having won the second and third installments. They are all stand alone books revolving around the three MacFarlan girls during the time of Jamie Stewart's return from English captivity to resume the rule of Scotland.

I am particularly fond of this series for several reasons--the characters are so we
Lisa  Montgomery
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it

Lady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to sense others' most intimate desires, she knows her duty is to marry the man who will take the MacFarlan name as his own and help her father regain the chiefdom of their clan. But her unique gifts don't prepare her for the day when a mighty warrior suddenly enters her life. The attraction between them is undeniable -- and insatiable.


Hunted by brutal enemies, the wounded Magnus G
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
--I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Laird’s Choice (Lairds of the Loch #1) by Amanda Scott--

I found this story to be an interesting read. This historical, along with the paranormal mystical side of Andrena's family made for an interesting combination. Trying to determine if the strange things happening were really mystical or just happenstance kept me entertained. But then aga
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-goal
I'm giving this book 3 stars based on the fact it's better written than a lot of garbage out there. I would rate it a 2 on my own scale because the book was just ok for me. It started off good and then it just went downhill. Too many things were happening and we didn't get closure on a few of them. For instance, Dree's abilities. We never knew what happened in the beginning and then when her father tells the story we're left hanging again. I wish that could have been expanded upon.

I also didn't
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE LAIRD'S CHOICE by Amanda Scott is an interesting Medieval Scotland historical romance set in 1406-1425 Scotland. Book 1 in the new series "Laird's of the Loch". Slow to start specifically for an Scott story,but picks up as you go along. Filled with danger,passion,clan loyalty,Highlanders,treason,secrets,and love with a bit of mythical illusion. Written with great details,the exciting part to me was toward the end. While, I enjoy Ms. Scott's stories,this one was a bit disappointing at the beg ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm very middle of the road with this book.

The beginning started out strong. Mysterious, opinionated, lush characters. A forest to match. Historically inspired events weave through the story, setting it up for plenty of potential.

I know that this is the first of a new trilogy, but somewhere after the setup, the book lost its way. There were plenty of reiterations, endless talk of feelings and after the first fifty pages, very little action. Even the sex scenes were riddled with the heroine's scr
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a advance reading copy that I won from goodreads.
It wasn't what I thought it would be.
Now, I am a fan of romance, but this didn't have that much romance in it.
To me the love story wan't there. I didn't feel any connection between Andrena and Magnus.
They just travailed from one place to another. They meet, got married, traveled, strategized and try to figure out what to do. It did not keep my interest.
It was more of a historical fiction, not historical romance.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scott-amanda
While I love learning and reading about Scotland's history, it is normally the backdrop/setting to the main story. I realize that this particular book the set-up book to a new series; however, this is supposed to be a "historical romance." There was very little romance in this book.

I do enjoy Amanda Scott's book and will probably purchase the second book in this series. I was just a little disappointed with this one.
Gevera Bert
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get into this book. I didn't care about the characters. It was boring. It had no conflict. I've liked books by this author before so I'm not sure what the problem was, the writing itself was okay (a little too much Scotch slang). My mom said she really liked it; she's the one who gave it to me to read. Oh well.
Not going to rate this book. I DNF'd after chapter 8, because I'm utterly bored. The writing uses many, many words that presumably are from that time period, but it jars me out of the text every time when I have to figure out what the author is saying. It's too much, and I'm not enjoying it.

This is not the book for me.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Really enjoyed the mystical aspect of the female characters that wasn't out right magic. I also enjoyed how the Hero was willing to work and learn about his wife, even explaining how or why he felt certain ways. It was just a nice changed to a feudal story.
Dec 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Won this book with Good Reads Giveaway. Well written story good. I would have given a higher rating but I found the language put me off from the story with having to translate in my head while reading.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I liked Andrena and Magnus well enough, but I never really connected with either of them, and I definitely didn't feel a connection between them either. Mostly I was just bored, but since I did actually like the characters I stuck with the book until the end.
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is a lovely piece of historical fiction. The vocabulary took a couple chapters to get used to, though there was plenty of political talk to get confused. I was expecting more romance but enjoyed the book without it.
Sue Skerl
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
ehh.. It was o.k. I don't think this was one of Amanda Scott's best efforts. Maybe because it was the first book in the series. Maybe because I was really confused at the beginning with who was escaping and why.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Won this book through the goodreads give away section and I Loved this book! I loved the story line and the characters. I couldn't put the book down. I am eager to read the next book in the series.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great Read! Can't wait for more.
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Amanda Scott, USA Today Bestselling Author and winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA/Golden Medallion (LORD ABBERLEY'S NEMESIS) and Romantic Times’ Awards for Best Regency Author and Best Sensual Regency (RAVENWOOD'S LADY), Lifetime Achievement (2007) and Best Scottish Historical (BORDER MOONLIGHT, 2008), began writing on a dare from her husband. She has sold every manuscript she has written ...more
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