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When a Laird Takes a Lady

(Claimed by the Highlander #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  42 reviews
In the Highlands of Scotland, honor and loyalty are worth more than life itself. But when a haunted woman meets a wronged warrior, love will prove more powerful than anything they have ever known.

Isabail Grant has had to be strong all her life. Over the years, she has lost everyone close to her, and now she’s seeking justice for her brother’s murder. But en route to
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Signet
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Dorine You're probably already finished by the time I'm answering but...I think you'll enjoy book 2 more if you've read book 1. Not that you'll be lost…moreYou're probably already finished by the time I'm answering but...I think you'll enjoy book 2 more if you've read book 1. Not that you'll be lost reading the 2nd one first, because things are pretty well explained, but I think the enjoyment of this series is the camaraderie and the ongoing mystery, so you'll miss some of that by skipping book one. Enjoy!(less)

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This one gets a D from me at AAR. I was considering a C- simply because of the fact that one of the characters is mauled by badgers, but nah, it's still a D.

I’ve said elsewhere that novels set in the Medieval Highlands aren’t really my cup of tea, given the fact that they all seem to utilise the same plot: Hero and heroine from opposing clans are thrown together and swear eternal hatred while trying not to screw each other stupid at every opportunity.

For some reason, I just can’t seem to get on
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring, boring, boring. The characters are boring, the plots are boring. I don't know what else to say. I will shut up now.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Also posted at with series links.

Once again we're immersed in Scottish Highlands history, enhanced by fun characters who are aided in their quest with a bit of magic. Enjoyable series!

Book two in the CLAIMED BY THE HIGHLANDER series continues where book one left off. WHEN A LAIRD TAKES A LADY reads fine as a standalone novel but reading or re-reading TAMING A WILD SCOT, first, will renew your excitement when reacquainted with familiar characters.

I'm not always crazy about
Leaps and bounds better than the first one. However, I still felt like it suffered from pacing issues. Very slow moving and it felt like nothing was going on even though there is a swirling mess of "who dunnit?" afoot.

Aiden, the lead Laird and Isabail, the lead Lady, were good (not great) characters. Aiden had definite potential in the beginning and there were flashes of strong, caring, and dark/complexity, but his character suffered from a lack of actions. He growled a lot but even that
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had a penchant for a historical medieval romance and it was just a bonus that it was set in the Highlands of Scotland. I haven't read this author's work yet so I eagerly dived right in and got lost in the surprising story because I didn't realize that I was also getting a strong intrigue element along with a slight magical one on top of the period backdrop and romance. The story's tone isn't one that stayed put in that many of the events and situations should have made for a more serious, ...more
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Originally Posted At My Blog Addicted To Romance

Isabail on route to see the King in order to make a plea to find justice for her brothers murderer, finds herself kidnapped and at the mercy of a outlaw, Aiden MacCurran. The man who is known as a traitor and the man who murdered her brother. Aiden, was framed and now he and the few people left from his clan alive are just trying to stay ahead of those that hunt them. Aiden needs the information that he knows Isabail is keeping from him and he will
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
She falls in bed with the villain awfully rapidly, which I was dubious of.
Although our two lovers reach their Happily Ever After, the book ending does not wrap the mystery up, leaving me feeling like I'm still hanging. This incentivizes the reader to read the next book, To Kiss a Kilted Warrior, which will be released in December 2014.

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Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alright, apparently my theme this time around is to read books from authors I have never even heard about. So far, I am having fun enjoying new things whilst discovering new authors; but one thing I would LOVE to know, is their a sequel to this book because seriously, Rowan Keats left me hanging.

Check out my blog for the rest of my review at:
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed this book. the only thing that bothered me though, was that Isabail was "run through" with a sword. And a day later she went riding off to save another character. I don't think that is an injury that just goes away because the character (or writer) wants it to. She should have struggled with to get where she was going due to blood loss or pain or both. But none of that happened. Almost like it didn't happen.
Other than that the book was well written and enjoyable.
I recommend these books read in order and there is a bit of a cliffhanger the h & H's story is complete but the mystery that started in book 1 is not and there are 2 more books from the series. Fortunately the books are all offered in the audible romance package so I will finish this series because both books so far are pretty good.
Didn't like this one as much as the first book in the series. I had difficulty feeling the connection between the characters in both books, but the plot and setting kept me reading. I'm a sucker for historically accurate medievals and they will always draw me in because history!
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deception and greed seems to be the trait of that time.
It was very difficult to live than.... anyone could tarnish your name for their own gain without pause.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-own
Liked the first book in the series much better. The heroine of this story was hard to like.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on my fabulous blog, FANGS, WANDS & FAIRY DUST on March 26, 2014:


Disclosure: E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

This story grabbed me immediately with the paradox of how it is going to be possible to overcome the way this couple meets with the probability they will hook up. It’s a romance
Debbie Lester
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
When a Laird Takes a Lady is the second book in the Claimed by a Highlander series written by Rowan Keats. This is a novel based on the ideas of honor, loyalty and trust, which are themes common in Scottish romance novels. Keats writes the highland people with respect to their way of life and understanding of the essential values that governed them. Romance readers and Scottish enthusiasts alike will find this book irresistible. Keats has a way with dialogue and originality that keeps her books ...more
Book Reading Gals
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historicak, romance
Title: When a Laird Takes a Lady
Series: Claimed By the Highlander bk 2

Author: Rowan Keats
Genre: Historical Romance

In the Highlands of Scotland, honor and loyalty are worth more than life itself. But when a haunted woman meets a wronged warrior, love will prove more powerful than anything they have ever known.

Isabail Grant has had to be strong all her life. Over the years, she has lost everyone close to her, and now she’s seeking justice for her brother’s murder. But en route to Edinburgh
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Recently, I've become obsessed with the show Outlander and all I want to do is read books about highlanders. There's just something about a strong man in a kilt that just gets to me…so I knew it was about time I picked up my copy of this book from my shelf.

Isabail Grant has lost those closest to her throughout the past couple of years and she'll to anything to seek justice over her brother's murder. On her way to Edinburgh to petition the king, though, she's kidnapped by a fierce highlander who
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
When a Laird Takes a Lady, Claimed by the Highlander #2, by Rowan Keats
Grade: C-

“I would dispute who is the prisoner,” he responded quietly. “I have but to look into your eyes and I am captured.”

Isabail Grant is the key to Aiden McCurran clearing his name and getting his land back for his outlawed clan. After being falsely accused of stealing a present meant for the king’s fiance, Aiden and the rest of the McCurran clan is outlawed with Aiden jailed. With help from his brother, Aiden is able to
Adria's Musings and Reviews
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been a long time since I read a Scottish romance novel, let alone a good one like When a Laird Takes a Lady. It was a long time coming but I’m glad that at the last minute I asked to review this book. I missed the previous book and I didn’t want to pass up the chance to check out new to me author Rowan Keats.

Even though it’s a historical romance, it leans heavily on the themes of
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highland-romance
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Mandy Saial
When a Laird takes a Lady was a Great Highlander Historical read.
It follows Strong willed Isabail Grant , who is looking for vengance against the person responsable for her Brothers death. When she is kidnapped by Aiden MacCurran, a Fierce warrior Accused of stealing precious jewlery and killing the kings Courier.The only way to clear his name is to find out who that person is and Isabail is the one who has to remember that night.
I enjoyed the Story , at times aiden was a Rogue to the core ,
L.A. Miller
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though I read this book prior to reading book one, I loved this book. Who wouldn't want to be kidnapped by a tall handsome warrior, held captive yet not violated, at least not until you were willing. Ms. Keats paints a vivid picture of the time era, her scenes come to life and the characters are well developed. The struggle Isabail goes through, having lost a brother and believing Aiden is responsible for that death is believable. Living now among him and his people, seeing how he fiercely ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story continues when Aiden MacCurran kidnaps Isabail Grant in order for her to give him the names of all that were there the night his life changed. Of course she is the sister of John Grant, the man who accused him of stealing the Queen's necklace. He wants answers before his land and his clan's home is given to someone else. Isabail doesn't cooperate at first but she ends up confused for her feelings for her kidnaper. Ana and Niall are involved in this story as well and play a part in ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading When a Laird takes a Lady written by Rowan Keats, her second book in the Claimed by the Highlander series. It was a fun medieval Scottish romance! I liked her two main characters Aiden, a small clan Laird and a charmer, and Isabail a brave widow. En route to Edinburgh, she is kidnapped by this fierce warrior, then they will embark on a long journey of twists and turns. Well written, the plot was well developed. I preferred her first book Taming a Wild Scot much better! Looking ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and though it's not required I felt I should give back in a way.
This book was great in the sense of action and romance! The love story of Aiden and Isabail is quiet eventful with the charges against Aiden and Isabail's grief over the loss of her brother. With the circumstance of events I felt the mood in some parts of the book should have been a little more serious than they were. I felt the parts with Morag and Magnus/Wulf were more random than important until the
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This second novel in the series deals with the disposed Laird searching for the Man in Black, the man who killed the Kings messenger and stole the ruby necklace. Lady Isabelle believes Aden is the man who killed her brother so when he kidnaps her to force her to tell what she knows about the Man in BLack, she is confused. They journey to his home land but upon arrival her brother's lover, Daniel, is found to have followed them. He is obsessed with the ruby necklace he believes Aden and his ...more
Jena Lang
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book has an interesting plot with a few twists, action, a believable mystery (not resolved), and a good cast of characters. It took me a while to connect with the heroine. Her chemistry with the hero lacked the tension and excitement I like in romance novels. The chapters told from the point-of-view of minor characters were well written but slowed the pace. That said, I did enjoy the story.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
This author has a good story line with this series. I am not fond of her heroes. Not only is Aiden arrogant and domineering, he can be quite mean. This is the second book and a familiar thread between the two are hormone driven sex and lack of real romance. Neither hero thus far has shown much honor when justifying bad behavior due to duty to clan. So much potential.
Allison Diepen
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and deeply romantic, I loved this book!
D Nichols
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting concept - a capture, fighting but falling in love, a secret passageway, a king's jewels.
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Claimed by the Highlander (4 books)
  • Taming a Wild Scot (Claimed by the Highlander, #1)
  • To Kiss a Kilted Warrior (Claimed by the Highlander, #3)
  • What a Lass Wants (Claimed By the Highlander, #4)