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The Laird Takes a Bride

(The Penhallow Dynasty #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series continues as a Highlander marries against his will — and discovers he may have found the perfect bride.

Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan and master of Castle Tadgh, is forced to end his carefree bachelorhood, thanks to an ancient decree that requires him to marry. But Alasdair’s search for a biddable wife comes to a screech
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Published August 29th 2017 by Avon
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Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of some Ye Olde Tymes Nonsense, Alasdair Penhallow is told he has 35 days following his 35th birthday to pick a bride from amongst the daughters of the clan chieftains. Fiona Douglass is one of the lucky bachelorettes! SPARKS, CAMERA,—a terrible accident that leaves Fiona as the only option??—CUE THE BONERS AND THE MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE, FOLKS!

1. I liked this: this was a pretty solid MoC book with decent relationship development and no Scots dialect even though it was set in Scotland.
Erin Kelly
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Laird Takes a Bride is my first book by Lisa Berne, but I was pleasantly surprised. A true Scottish historical (not a Regency disguising itself as Scottish), this marriage of convenience story definitely provides a different spin on the trope.

The Story-
Fiona has had her heart broken, and she has given up on love. Alasdair was enjoying the bachelor life, but when an old edict is uncovered, he's going to have to make a big change.

My Thoughts-
I really enjoyed the "Bachelor" set-up, but was di
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Laird Takes a Bride' by Lisa Berne is Book Two in "The Penhallow Dynasty" series. This is the story of Alasdair Penhallow and Fiona Douglass. I have not yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book.
Fiona has lost her heart once and she swore she would never give it away again. Fiona is now a spinster at 27 years and would stay that way if not for her parents who ask her to go to Castle Tadgh where Alasdair has put in a request for near by Clans to bring their single dau
Okay, really torn about my rating here. I did not enjoy this book at all, but I am also willing to concede that listening to it as an audiobook may have made this worse. Two stars is the absolute ceiling on this book for me though, so I'll be generous and land there but I reserve the right to come back and revise it down later.

I'll start with this: there was entirely too much food description here. When you're getting at times two and three meals in each chapter, and every dish is described, it'
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Go figure! The first book in this series has a low rating and I loved it! This second book in the series, The Laird Takes a Bride, has a higher rating than the first book... and I didn't care for it at all. The only thing that ruined it for me was the heroine. I actually loved the writing style that Lisa Berne uses, I loved the banter among all characters, the heroines propensity to always be making mental Things To Do lists, the heroines individuality... but she just came across as a shrewish b ...more
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Surprisingly I really enjoyed this one! Why was I surprised? Firstly, Lisa Berne is a relatively new author....this is her second book and it's not often I like newer authors, as I seem to prefer the writing style of older romances. Secondly, it was full of historical anachronisms....yeap all throughout the book and this is a massive pet peeve for me, but the story had already drawn me in so I
Jessica Grogan
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book so much better than the first! Can't believe this is just a second novel for an author!

I honestly don't remember Alasdair much from the first book but I know I was excited to see he'd be getting his own HEA. He was a great guy that respected Fiona and her wishes even if he didn't particularly like her. At first.

The real star of this show, to me, however, was Fiona. She is SUCH a stick-in-the-mud for part of the novel and it was fantastic to see her transformation. And I didn't
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh boy, this was a challenge to finish. Both characters were so stubborn and I felt like they were consistently going around and around in circles.
Hawk's Angel
Tears, oh so many tears!!!
Such real complex emotions! Truly beautiful!
Lover of Romance
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

The Laird Takes A Bride is the second book in the Penhallow Dynasty and this is where we have Alasdair's book so I was pretty eager for this one, because I adored his character in the first book "You May Kiss The Bride".

In The Laird Takes A Bride we have a story that begins with our heroine. Fiona has witnessed multiple marriages of her family members and clansmen and women, but has never found a marriage of her own. She has had to watch a
Rose Blue
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Fiona Douglass has just watched another of her sisters get married. At the age of twenty-seven, she’s considered a spinster, and is happy to be so. Her one venture into romance ended disastrously for her. She was in love with, and all but engaged to Logan Munro, when her younger sister presented an opportunity for Logan to have a larger dowry. He seized the opportunity and became Fiona’s brother-in-law, breaking her heart, and causing her to s
Tonally, this was really different from the first book - much more serious & character vs shenanigans focused - but I very much enjoyed and was almost surprised by how much. I don’t normally like quieter marriages of conveniences, but this had just the right balance of drama and romance, and I loved watching the characters grow to love each other - seriously a great book.
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
well this was a big improvement from the first book. this book would have been perfect if it weren't so rushed in the last few chapters. ...more
Elley Murray
I really appreciated a heroine who is very thin. I feel like there are more and more plus-sized heroines, which as a plus-sized gal myself I really love and appreciate. I don't see many books featuring a heroine at the opposite end of the spectrum, so I loved that Fiona is almost painfully thin despite having a very healthy appetite. As someone who struggled with depression, I also really connected with Fiona and her own struggles with what I interpreted as depression and possibly OCD. What a fa ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My mother won this as a giveaway on Goodreads and I promptly borrowed it before she had a chance to read it.

This book. Ahhhh. I never expected it to be this good. I just finished it and I'm sniffling from the crying I did a bit ago. It make me so happy at the end, but sad to see it go. I haven't had a book in a while that sucked me in so splendidly. This book was so much more realistic than most other romance novels I've read and it only made it better.

I loved the characters - fully formed as
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best romance books I have ever read. My only complaint was some plot stuff was rushed, but otherwise, it was so good!
Karen Hill
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
So many twist and turns it was hard to keep up. Lots of death.
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May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in the early 1800s Scotland, this is a very readable romance. Fiona Douglass is now 27 and she has attended so many weddings that she tends to just daydream through them (as well as compose her latest 'to do' list). Fiona is a competent woman who has given up on romance ever since she was jilted at 18 by a man who fell in love with her sister. Life at home gives her many outlets for her formidable organizing skills and a way for her to talk herself into ignoring her yearning for something m ...more
Despite finding Lisa Berne’s first book, You May Kiss the Bride, lackluster, I picked up the second book in the series. And I found that I had the same reaction to this one. And while it had its good points, the romance wasn’t really “there” for me.

I think the first mistake was having this book be about Alasdair, who I don’t even remember being a big part of the first book, than about Hugo, who interested me much more. And with his character, I didn’t get the sense there was anything new being b
I really wanted to like this book but, like this author's first book, it moved VERY slowly. There were long passages and chapters where nothing really happened or were focused on people or events that had, really, nothing to do with Alasdair and Fiona. Truly, I felt like large portions of the book could have been removed and the story would still be in tact and would have moved faster.

The beginning was fun and interesting, like The Bachelor, Scottish edition. But then that ended rather, er, bad
Ashy Khaira
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Marie Andersson
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An emotional story!😍I really enjoyed it! 😄😃Scottish men are better! 😉😍😘😚
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alasdair Penhallow was enjoying his careless, roguish, fun-filled life until one fine day – or rather, it had been fine until that moment – when he learned of a decree saying that the Chieftain, Alasdair himself, had to marry thirty five days after reaching his thirty-fifth birthday, which was now. Alasdair had no intention of obeying the ancient decree, but with the punishment if doesn’t obey being death, well, it doesn’t leave one much choice, does it? But his Uncle Duff MacDermott tells Alisd ...more
A Klue
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are a lover of relationship angst and don’t mind a selfish at times, knucklehead laird hero who always does right by his clan but takes a very long time to come to his senses and be all that he should be as a husband, you might enjoy this main couple’s complicated, hot mess of an unfolding relationship.

With it’s “The Bachelor” reality dating competition type beginning, you’ll have to witness three OW vying to become his bride. Fiona is the fourth and only one not fawning over him contende
I'm not typically a fan of how most historical Scottish romance is written, and the premise for this book (The Bachelor: Scotland Edition) didn't appeal. But the advance chapter with the previous book hooked me, and here we are.

Fiona is the spinster daughter of an abusive clan-leader father and rather weak mother, who is publicly super competent and secretly pines for her sister's husband, Logan Munro. Alasdair, mentioned in the previous book as a potential heir and general master of depravity,
The Laird Takes a Bride is book 2 in The Penhallow Dynasty series. I thought Lisa Berne's debut book, You May Kiss the Bride was quite well done so I knew I had to grab this installment. We've changed over to a new set of characters, Alasdair Penhallow and Fiona Douglass and boy are they headstrong. It lead to a really entertaining read to see what would happen next.

We start off finding out that Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan is now 35 and unwed. That cannot be since there is an ancient c
N.W. Moors
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alasdair Penhallow is the laird in the title. Since he just turned thirty-five, it turns out there's a rule that he must find a bride or lose all, including his life. Fiona Douglass is an unwilling candidate for his hand according to the rules, but both decide fairly quickly that marriage between them won't do. So Fiona watches the other three candidates vie for Alasdair's favor in a series of Bachelor-type contests.
As it turns out, Fiona and Alasdair are married much to their dismay and must fi
I'm not as much a fan of this one as the others. The misunderstandings and hurt pride interactions went on too long for my taste and I thought that the Tome (basically a big ancient book full of Scottish clan lore and laws) played an outsize role in the plot. Fiona, who has had to watch her younger sisters marry before her, is summoned by the Tome rules to Castle Tadgh, the demesne of Alasdair Penhallow, who has a reputation has somewhat of a rakehell, insofar as one can be one in the Scottish h ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great love story by an author who gets the complexities of human emotions.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book In the Penhallow Dynasty series it was this one that moved Lisa Berne onto my favorite authors list.
We meet a couple, one who is emotionally stagnant due to loss the other rigid and insecure because of betrayal. While they do fall in love, the journey is not without pain and this is where the mastery of this book lies. The author's ability to understand human frailties and put t
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The Penhallow Dynasty (6 books)
  • You May Kiss the Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty, #1)
  • The Bride Takes a Groom (The Penhallow Dynasty, #3)
  • Engaged to the Earl (Penhallow Dynasty, #4)
  • The Worst Duke in the World (The Penhallow Dynasty, #5)
  • The Redemption of Philip Thane (The Penhallow Dynasty, #6)

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