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The Laird (Captive Hearts #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,356 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
After years of soldiering, Michael Brodie returns to his Highland estate to find that the bride her left behind has become a stranger. Brenna is self-sufficient, competent, confident--and furious about Michael's prolonged absence.

Brenna is hurt, bewildered, and tired of fighting for the
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Some stories are hard to hear, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be told. All three books in the Captive series deal with abuse in all its forms and effects. The Laird is about child physical and mental abuse, I mention this because of how this can be a trigger for some but know that it is never gratuitous and except for two scenes it is more about the emotional trauma such acts can cause in individuals.

Michael Brodie is finally coming home after 9 years away at war and with very minimal communi
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, but am leaving it at 5 stars

This is the final book in Ms Burrowes’ Captive Hearts trilogy, which has focused on three men who were profoundly affected by their experiences during the Napoleonic Wars. In the previous book, The Traitor, we learned that Michael Brodie, half-Scot, half-Irish, had been sent to protect Sebastian St. Clair – or Robert Girard as he was then known – while he carried out his work as an interrogator in the French army. The reasoning behind Mi
Kathie (katmom)

This is third book in the Captive Heart Series. It stands alone, but St. Clair and his wife from The Traitor make a very welcome appearance.

This series is darker than many historical romances. It deals with the real issue of child molestation and that may be a trigger for some. While I give that warning, I must also say that Ms. Burrowes deals with the subject matter in a very sensitive manner. I was impressed that she put an author's note at the beginning of the bo
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Regency England

4 1/2 Stars

The Laird is the third book in the Captive Hearts series, and what a great book to finish this trilogy!
Michael and Brenna's story is disconnected from the other two except for the backdrop of the Napoleonic War.
It is also a different "second chance" at love story than the others as well. I found it to be slower in pace and less dynamic (a good thing for this one) as it worked well and was tender and touching, but still had the author's usual flare to create a p
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own, reviewed, netgalley
THE LAIRD, the third book in the Captive Hearts series by Grace Burrowes, who I have considered a master storyteller for quite some time was indeed a captivating story. The Laird goes beyond the long delayed reunion of Michael and Brenna Brodie to the heart of the love, loyalty and sacrifices they have made during the nearly ten years of separation and what it has cost them both.

I was excited to finally get to read Michael's story. He was so mysterious in The Captive and in The Traitor so I was
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this review copy for the release day event. Thank you to Grace Burrowes and Sourcebooks for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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As I was reading The Laird, I imagined Odysseus at the end of his travels and Penelope was waiting faithfully for him. Is that the end of the story?

For Grace Burrowes's Michael and Brenna, the homecoming is only the beginning of the story. Michael's been away at war for a number of years, and, when the war ended, he stayed two year
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is one of Burrowes’s strongest books, and she’s written some excellent ones. It’s not five stars because it’s not, it doesn’t make me soar like it needs to, to get that top title, but it’s < > this close.

This book follows on from the events of The Traitor but can definitely be read as a standalone. I think Burrowes is best when she’s writing from her distinctive historical and style perspective but isn’t utterly wedded to the massive web of the Burrowesverse. It’s great at ti
Angie Elle
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

*possible spoilers for previous books in this series

The Laird was such a wonderful love story about a husband and wife who are trying to find their way together after years of separation.

In true Grace Burrowes fashion, this book was brimming with emotion and beauty. Though their marriage was settled years in advance, it wasn't a typical arranged marriage story for Michael and Brenna. What made this unique was that though
Aug 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Une cata, alors que ça se passe en Écosse je m'étais dit que j'allais adorer. Mais non, aucune passion entre les héros, un oncle abuseur sexuel! Vraiment où est la romance !!! Fuyez!!!
Michael Brodie left his new bride to fight a war that took years to finish, even after it did he still stayed away but now he is back home and is surprised his wife Brenna is not happy to see him. Brenna put up with nine years of gossiping about why her new husband would walk away the day after they married, the rumors swirled whether he was alive or dead for years and now he is back Brenna is ready to walk away from the marriage but Michael wants there marriage and plans to woo his wife. Can Br ...more
Lover of Romance
Michael and Brenna have been married for over ten years, and were betrothed since childhood. Michael left ten years previous to fight in the war, and now he has returned and he barely knows Brenna. Brenna has had to fight for keeping their home, she has had to face enemies within the clan to keep them above water, and now her husband has finally remembered he has a wife and people who care about him. In the beginning of his return Brenna has inner demons that is keeping her from being fully Mich ...more
*The Angry Reader*
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
So. Dang. Good.

Michael has been in the previous books - quiet and guarded. Here we see him return home and blossom.

Brenna, michael’s wife, has a secret that makes their marriage difficult. But Michael is patient and perceptive - and a dramatic resolution comes about - during a surprise visit from St Clair.

As with the previous stories Burrowes’ pacing is flawless. She lets the story unravel at the perfect intoxicating pace - helping a reader fall in love with her characters as they fall in love
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The final book in Grace Burrowes' Captive Hearts trilogy and I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy it as much as I had the first two in the series, although I couldn't put it down, so compelling was it, I'm still not sure that 'enjoy' is the correct adjective. It started off rather slowly and I felt frustrated at my lack of understanding as to why Michael had stayed away from his young bride for nine years. Okay the first seven years could be explained easily enough but another two when he sho ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plutôt 2,5/5.

Oui Ok, on m'avait prévenu ! (:D) Mais comme j'avais un avis positif et un très négatif, j'hésitais toujours.
Bref, c'est vrai que c'est un livre assez plombant. Les relations entre les protagonistes sont assez froids une grande partie du livre. J'ai eu du mal à comprendre les non-dits qui durent tout au long de l'histoire (surtout de la part de Brenna) et qui auraient pu avoir des conséquences fâcheuses (sur la petite soeur).
C'est dommage, Brodie avait du potentiel, je l'ai bien ai
Lady Wesley
I chose this book, and the entire Captive Hearts trilogy, as one of the Best of 2014 at Romantic Historical Reviews.

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I haven't had time to write a proper review of this amazing book, so I'll just direct you to my friend Kyraryker's review.
Lisa Creane
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As I slog my way through the Lonely Lords series where absolutely nothing of importance happens, I see that those books are character studies for the Windham series, the Highland series and now this Captive series of Grace Burrowes, where she delivers drama not in the form of action, but resolution.

Almost all of her books rely on a character experiencing a trauma before the story starts, burying it, and then slowly working it through so that they can be the person they want to for the one they'
Cardyn Brooks
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Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why give this volume five stars when the preceding two volumes of the series only received four? That's simple: This third volume perfectly encapsulates all the themes of the series in its pages, as well as dealing sensitively with a very delicate issue. (I won't say more than that to avoid both spoilers and possible triggers.) Brenna and Michael are a lovely couple and their journey back to each other's hearts unfolded slowly and beautifully. For all of its heavy--some would say dark--subject m ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderful ending to the trilogy, but loved the 2nd book more. It was tough subject matter, but I thought she handled it well.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This was my least favorit in this series... :(
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Tory Michaels
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As always, I stand in awe of Ms. Burrowes and her talent for coming up with unique and exquisitely delicate ways of dealing with some of the harshest of realities.

This is the third book in the series and it deals with Michael, who served as "the Traitor's" assistant while he was in France doing what he was doing. Michael hasn't been home in ten years and he left a wife behind when he fled (in part because he didn't know how to be a husband). He comes back and finds a strong woman in place of the
Jonel Boyko
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I quite enjoy Burrowes’ writing style. She’s eloquent yet fun. This author paints a breathtaking picture of the highlands. Not only can you see it, but you can smell it and all the castle’s surroundings. I’ve never seen an author bring your olfactory senses so far to the forefront of a novel before. She captures your heart and mind with the possibilities in this magical novel. Burrowes also deals with some topics that are not only difficult today but would have been indescribably taboo at the ti ...more
Sharon Fournier
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After first meeting Michael in The Captive, then again in The Traitor, I was anxiously awaiting Michael's story. This book begins with Michael returning to Scotland after a ten-year absence, where we find out he left Brenna, his (untouched) wife of one day, prior to joining in the Napoleonic War. As they attempt to settle into a real marriage, we find Michael feeling remorse for being away from his clan for so long, and Brenna harboring secrets from her childhood that she fears will turn Michael ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
The Laird is the final book in the Captive Hearts series and I have to say it's my favorite of the three. Yes, I'm biased because a rugged Scottish laird in a kilt and the Highland setting always makes me happy. Michael and Brenna are married, but have spent no time together and their marriage is one his family does not want to continue. After years spent away at war, Michael returns with an additional title and a desire to begin a new life with Brenna.

After being left so long among people who d
"The Laird" By Grace Burrowes - the third installment of the Captive Hearts Trilogy and my absolute favorite!! I truly enjoyed Michael in "The Traitor" although he was quite mysterious. He was wonderful in this book. He is kind, passionate and most importably, patient with his wife, Brenna. Michael struggles with his feelings and this I found even more endearing. Brenna is a strong woman but, at the same time, extremely vulnerable. She has many secrets, especially from her husband. This is the s ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
my second book from Grace Burrowes, and my last. the writing is good, but I don't like the way she tells her story. it seems she favors gentle men and a heroine who has suffered some kind of male violence in her stories. I keep asking myself: is this page 20 or 200? she builds no foundation for the characters to know each other well enough to be having the conversations she lets them have in the story. characters are not coming to life. it's not an awful story, and I might even finish this one. ...more
kathy kemmerer
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a good story.

Michael and Brenna needed a happy ever after. A lot of sad things happen in this book but it was a very good story. Hopefully all the characters in this story resolve them and go on to a happy life. Thank you Grace Burrowes for writing books that are not all sugar coated but real life .
Sometimes there are books you think you should like but just can't get into. This is one for me. It was okay, but never warmed up to the characters, Michael in particular, and felt it dragged the whole thing too long. Not bad, just didn't grab me. Might need to be a re-read in the future.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful book by Grace Burrowes. Please read my full review at my blog:
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 12, 2015 12:01PM  
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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