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Waiting for the Laird

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Will a ghost be the key to his past and their future?

Widow Lara MacLaren hungers for the hunky architect she hires to restore her derelict Scottish manor, but is she ready for a relationship...and is Ian ready for her twins?

Ian Paterson is eager to awaken Lara's passionate side. Yet, if he reveals his ancestral claim to her estate, he risks losing her and his job. His clan
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published October 19th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press
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Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Scottish Castle renovations reveal treasure, answers to heredity, and a guardian ghost. Lara's husband had a dream of moving his wife and twins from California to a historical castle. As the uncertainty of life presents itself the death of her husband leaves Lara with herself and children in a foreign keep in need of major repairs. Hiring contractor Ian Paterson presents secrets and romance to Lara. Quick read with a unique visitor. "A copy of this book was presented by The Wild Rose Press via N ...more
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Widow Lara MacLaren is fulfilling her late husband’s dream of restoring their Scottish manor but the last thing she expected was to fall in love with her architect/restoration project manager. He’s awakened emotions she hasn’t felt in years. Is she ready to let a man into her life and into her bed? She’s unsure but her twin children have already taken a liking to him. It’s only when they uncover a secret room filled with Jacobite treasure and unleash a ghost that their relationship is put to the ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After the sudden death of her husband, Lara MacLaren, decides to stay in Scotland and finish the work she and Angus started on their Scottish manor. The hot architect she has hired to help her finish the restoration has her thinking that life will go on without Angus.

Ian Paterson wants Lara but if she finds out who he really is he is afraid that will be the end of them before anything can get started. When they uncover proof of who Ian really is he knows he has to come clean with Lara. With the
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Willa Blair has outdone herself!

I just finished reading Waiting for the Laird, written by Willa Blair. This author has done it again! I got so captivated as soon as I started turning the pages—from the first page until the very end. A real page turner! This story was fantastic! This author is a high quality writer who knows how to pull you into her story with words flowing. I could feel Ms. Blair's interest in the history and tales of Scotland. When you start this novel, you won't be able to st
Waiting for the Laird by Willa Blair is yet another fantastic Scottish Romance by this author! I adore her storytelling and was not disappointed in this intricately woven tale.

This is the story of young widow, Lara MacLaren and Ian Paterson, the handsome artitect she hires to help renovate her Scottish Inn, and Lara's mischievous young nine year old twins, Amy and Alexander. Set amidst the Scottish Cairn Dubh Manor. Steady paced with engaging characters and a uniquely intriguing storyline. Fille
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story!

Ian and Lara's story absolutely magical! All through the ups and downs of their feelings for each other and the restoration of Cairn Dubh. Ghosts lets not forget ghosts. This is a story you can't put down because you can't wait to get to the end and at the same time hope it never ends. This is definitely going into my keeper stack.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a intriguing, romantic, thrilling and entertaining story. Ian is kind caring, unassuming and stubborn. Lara is strong, determined and tough. Lara's husband Angus dies not long after buying a scottish manor to refurbish. Not knowing why Angus wouldn't hire Ian to do the job, Lara hires him. In the beginning Ian just wanted to make sure the house was safe and done right, and hoping that he might find something that pointed to it being his ancestral home. But along the way he develops feeli ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lara is a wealthy young widow and the mother of twins, Amy and Alex. She lives in a castle which is in the process of being repaired and updated.

Ian is the contractor who has assumed the job of doing the renovation. He has become fond of Lara and her children. He actually has fallen in love with all three of them.

But, there are secrets. The entire village has helped Ian keep his secrets.

This is a fun and lovely story. The castle has a ghost as well as hidden rooms and treasure.

Ms Blair has cre
Nicole Normand
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from Hidden Gems; this is my honest review.
-This story pulls you in from the very beginning. The mystery of the man and the secrets around town were kept until the end, even though you could somewhat figure it out by yourself.
-Fun read. Sometimes I could feel the cold up my spine when the friendly ghost was talked about or appeared in some way.
-There was a bit of drama that lasted about 3 pages, so it was resolved quite fast.
-This is a clean Scottish paranormal romance. The rom
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light 💕romance set in Scotland with a heap of the 👻supernatural! Fergus, heel or disappear!
October 12, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Nice, cozy ❤ romance set in Scotland, I liked the Scottish touches and customs and the mystery of the manor's hidden places but found the way the heroine and her kids reacted to the idea of a ghost in their house a bit over the top, as was the Halloween night encounter with their surprise visitor. The romance got passionate but not graphic. It's pretty light and none o
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put down

It's been awhile since I've read a book that all I can think about is picking it back up every free minute! This book did just that. An added bonus is that this is a modern day love story. It is so hard to find great modern love stories based in Scotland. You will want to figure out Ian and the secrets he holds. The chemistry between Lara and Ian jumps off the pages. I was a little bummed with the ending. While it was the happy ever after the reader would want, for some reason it
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copy, paranormal
A little paranormal, A little American and a whole lot hunky Scottish romance. This story was a tad slow going but it was still fun to read. I loved how the twins never ceased their attempts to get into trouble. It was interesting to see Alex being the mediator and Amy being the willful child. The budding romance between Ian and Lara was interesting to see it come to fruition. And of course Fergus took the whole show! Although this is my first book by Willa Blair, it surely won't be my last.

I wa
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lara’s husband died and she has 9 yr old twins Amy & Alex to raise in Scotland where she is restoring the ancient home Cairn Dubh. She hires Ian to continue the renovations her husband started not knowing of his ancestral connections to the place. Ian falls in love with Lara but is afraid to tell her how he’s connected to Cairn Dubh. he surprise is who is waiting for the laird. I enjoyed reading this wonderful story with a HEA. ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this read so much, it might not be that long compared to others but for me the story flowed well and was well written. It had good relationships, chemistry, strong family bonds and some mystery. A nice little read for this halloween. I am voluntarily leaving this honest review after receiving an ARC.
Danielle Carpenter
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun story, with a ghost and a castle. Love comes a second time for Lara Maclaren in the form of Ian Paterson. Only Ian holds a secret that can shatter Lara's heart. It's the reason that Her late husband didn't hire Ian for the renovations. I loved the story but I felt that the climax was a bit rushed.
Judy Landry
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for the Laird

Interesting book, especially in Oct.-- Spooky time. It has a touch of history and comedy as well real life times with kids. I recommend this book for 'easy racing's
Sherry Westendorf
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good, exciting, enjoyable, emotional read. Storyline and the characters is a mesh of good writing. It could use more physical interaction between the two main characters. I was given a review copy by hidden gem and voluntarily review it.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Widow Lara MacLaren and architect Ian Paterson work on her home but Ian is keeping a secret. A well-written story that I enjoyed reading. I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Willa Blair

What I liked:
The writing style
The setting

What I didn't like:
No chemistry between the main characters

I will try another book by this author.
I voluntarily received an ARC from NetGalley.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The good storyline and well rounded characters made this book a total pleasure to read! I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up reading this book in one sitting!
Seanna Yeager
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Highland haunted romance, with plenty of heart and passion. This is a fun one.
Jan Goodard
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I am familiar with Willa Blair's Highland historical romances, this is the first contemporary book of hers that I have read. Though I tend to prefer the historical reads, I did enjoy this one. After all, with a setting in an old Highlands castle, a treasure to be found, and a ghost dog,what's not to like? It has been a year since Lara's husband died suddenly leaving her with nine year old twins and a partially restored castle. Ian Paterson has been hired to complete the restoration. Ian ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Title: Waiting For The Laird
Author: Willa Blair
Published: 10-19-2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 196
Genre: Romance
Sub Genre: Holidays; Ghosts; Paranormal
ISBN: 13-978-1509210701
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I received a copy of Waiting For The Laird from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Lara MacLaren, a recent widow, has hired Ian Patterson, an architect to help her remodel the Scottish Manor she and An
InD'tale Magazine
“Waiting for the Laird” is a paranormal romance novella combining a light romance with a ghost guarding a hidden treasure and a set of trouble-seeking twins.

Read full review in the 2016 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a nice fun read that you wont want to put down recommended to all.
Nov 05, 2016 added it
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Read my review in the December 2016 release of InD'Tale's magazine.

Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lara, her husband and her twin daughter and son decided to buy a house in a small village in Scotland and reformed it. Unfortunately, in a trip back to the US, the husband, Angus, died unexpectedly. With the loss still fresh Lara decides that the best thing for her and her children is to go back to Scotland and finish the reforms in the house. To help with the construction and the reforms she hires Ian Paterson, a Scottish and handsome man who is interested in the house history and his connectio ...more
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Willa Blair is an Award-winning Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author of Scottish Historical, light Paranormal, and Contemporary romance. She has been featured on and contributes to USAToday’s Happy Ever After romance blog, Savvy Authors, Romance University, and more.

Her books have won numerous honors, including the Marlene, the Merritt, National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, The Reade

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