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Le Seigneur Arrogant

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Craighdhu : une île battue par la mer et le vent, au nord de l'Écosse. La silhouette fantomatique d'un énorme château fort émerge du brouillard. Depuis des générations, ce nid de faucons abrite les farouches seigneurs du clan MacDarren. Kate frissonne en contemplant ce paysage désertique et glacé. Comment pourra-t-elle vivre ici, reléguée au bout du monde sur ordre de la r ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published 1997 by J'ai lu (first published 1993)
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I loved this one, and I am loving discovering Iris Johansen's historical romances. I haven't read a bad one yet!

Kate has spent her life being watched over (and dominated by) Sebastian Landfield, at the request of "the lady", i.e. Queen Elizabeth I. The speculation has always been that Kate is the illegitimate daughter of Mary of Scotland, whom Elizabeth had imprisoned. Elizabeth, seeing the danger that could be posed should someone discover Kate's existence, has spent years trying to find the pe
Honestly, I was disappointed with this story. It started really great and I really liked it, but somewhere along the road to Craighdhu it all went down for me. It could be that the main heroine wasn't lovable to me, or stuff that came out of her mouth, or that I didn't feel that HR bliss of struggle/denial when it comes to love/passion, or that the main hero was actually sweet and not so much rogue as you expect. I also had a problem which I never had till now. I know that in HR heroines are rar ...more
Regan Walker
A Scottish Rogue to Love, a Tale to Savor—a Keeper!

Set in 16th century England and Scotland, this is a magnificent tale of strength born of hardship and love that develops even when denied.

He was the Black Robert of Craighdhu, a remote island castle in Scotland, where he was laird. Half Spanish and experienced in their tortures as well as their pleasures, he'd been a pirate and had incurred both the praise and anger of Queen Elizabeth, who has now seized him for another assignment: The Queen wa
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scottish Romanc/Historical Romance Lovers - Maybe?
He was Black Robert of Craighdhu, a rogue of the highest order, answerable to no one except the people of Craighdhu. There was nothing he wouldn't risk and nothing more important to Robert MacDarren than his Scottish Highland home. A man who really cares nothing for the political intrigue and machinations of the current "Royal Pains," he is caught in the middle of just such machinations. Forced to marry and protect a young woman, who has been placed in hiding, apparently, for her royal bastardl ...more
Angelyn Schmid
The heroine is the illegitimate daughter of MQS and for me rates a buy for presenting an interesting plot idea. The surprising twist in the end fulfills the buy. The secondary female characters and the heroine work to fulfill a modern goal that feels terribly out of place in sixteenth century Scotland. Men admiring strong women in this place and time is simply not credible.
Tam B.
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this book via a rant on SBTB. The sample I downloaded on kindle intrigued me but didn't convince me to ante up the price. However, my library had an e-copy (score!).

This is an enjoyable read. Set in Elizabethan times (but not perhaps with the language) with Elizabeth starring herself we follow the life of Kate the illegitimate daughter of a queen. She has been "sheltered" with an abusive cleric and is now given/married to Robert MacDarren the Earl of Craig Dhu (a scottish highland i
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful highlander to fall for. Kathryn has been in the less than tender care of a religious zealot most of her life. She has been told she will never deserve love and kindness because she is a born strumpet and destroyer.
When Queen Elizabeth releases Sir Robert from the tower she insists he take Kathryn as his wife and keep her far in the highlands on his island home. Niether of them like being forced to bend to another's will. A wonderful highland romancce with lots of action and politica
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Robert was not such a rogue when compared to other Highlanders. Found him a really sweet guy although I couldn't really get a fulll grasp on his character. Throughout the book I found him a bit elusive. Loved the story, enjoyed the romance. Had a bit of issue with the clean scents and clean linen description especially when Rob donned a garment after playing sweaty ball or cutting down and logging all those branches to the cave. A bit amazed too at how quickly Kate was able to ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She was a Princess who was taken away from a life of beatings, cruelty byBlack Robert of Craighdu. She deals with terror and hope for her future with Robert.

Black Robert was a arrior chief Scot, torn between durty and desire the Princess he must now marry. Together their lives change in oh so many ways!!! A great story!!! Queen E even makes a visit!!!
I'm at 65% on my Kindle and I just can't bring myself to complete this book. It'd be torture, complete and absolute torture! There is no love or romance or passion or tenderness. I don't find Robert to be very magnificent. I find him quite bland. So, I'm done.
I loved this book, I try not to give anything a 5 star rating, but this book was great from beginning to end and the story is so intriguing. I'm not a big reader of the Elizabethan era, you get past Henry VII and I am pretty much done when it comes to historical fiction. So I'm not sure about rather or not there is any truth to this story or if it is all just the great mind of the author. However it came about it is a hard to put down story and with history you just never know what could have ha ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book should be a three and a half star book instead of just three. The story itself was pretty good. I like that there were twists and turns throughout and that there was mention of people in history. Johansen did a wonderful job of keeping with the time but at times I thought the language was a little too modern.

I think that although Kate was the heroine, both Robert and Gavin stole the show for me. There was something that just rubbed me the wrong way with Kate but then again
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really this book probably deserves more like a 3.5 stars. it took a bit to get into the plot but I did finally. i found that I liked Kate quite a bit and also looked Robert. but my favorite was Gavin...I really liked his humor. as for the plot, not bad and the twist at the end was kind of fun. I really liked watching Late get used to her new home and befriending the housekeeper. she was also clever to think of finding a way to get the natives invoked in trade and mashing their own money.... very ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: it-s-getting-hot
A dark, sexy scot/spaniard,
A lustful, fiery maiden, put them together and...
What could be more magnificent?
Oh the fact that the fiery maiden is Queen Elizabeth's daughter...
or the fact that Elizabeth decides to name her the heir of ruling all England...
AND that in the end that same lustful maiden who is truly the daughter of the Virgin Queen gives up the thrown for the love of one man.
And quite a Rogue at that!
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would give this two and a half stars really. I didn't hate it, and it was good quasi-historical romance reading. Well written bodice ripper type of story...but with a bit of intelligence and real historical facts thrown in. Unfortunately the main characters, Kathryn and Black Robert, are a little annoying. Their characters really don't develop through the whole book and I never cared much about either of them.
Heh. This was great fun (and the male lead refreshingly not a douchebag), though it did make me wonder how I survived that certain era of my teenage years when I read nothing but romance novels. Still - Scottish highlands and swashbuckling and smut and soapy secrets from Elizabeth I's dirty laundry? What's not to love.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was my first IJ read. And of the few that I've read of hers so far, this is my most favorite. Why wouldn't it be when it oozes intrigue and oh, boy, do I love intrigues. Not to mention that the insert art is one heck of a picture. Mmm-hmm-hmm.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the heroine was only 16 years old, she comes off as this very strong, very self-assured woman. As a result, one can forget that the book is centered around a girl who by today's standard would be classified as a minor.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
started reading this book to help me get over the Outlander series of books. Unfortunately it doesnt come close to the quality of writing that I had got used to with Diana Gabaldon. Still not a bad read I suppose the trick is not to make it a rebound book (especially after Outlander).
Anna Mcfadden
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Kathryn Kentyre is snatched from her from a life of captivity by Black Robert of Craighdhu she is torn from fear to hope. Robert has been chosen as her protector and c force to married Kate he soon finds himself between love and duty
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely romantic tale. It could have been much more. I love when I find a good story. If the writer would have extended on the story with more detail on the adventures it would have been a great read. The bones are there.
Oct 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this one.. not as much as the other two but I still finished it in a day and will put it in my re-read 5 years from now book bin.
Bekki McClish
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite alpha male in the romance genre.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Love and skullduggery among the upper classes in Scotland and England. Who knew the child was a royal! Depends on who was her mother, no? Wonder if its true.
just bought it....
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
a lot of twists and turns, and politics. An interesting story.
Jacqueline L.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book contained alot of extricate twists and turns of emotions. However, the ultimate twist was in the final chapter. Definitely a must read for all :)
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect trashy historical romance where everything ends just as it should!! A guaranteed pick-me-up.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy "sigh"
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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