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Tempting the Laird

(Highland Grooms #5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  563 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish Highlands

Unruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie’s reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that’s exactly what she does when Zelda’s legacy—a refuge for women in need—comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by HQN Books
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ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Catriona is in a state of mourning for her dear Aunt Zelda, who she loved and idolized. She learns that the abbey that her Aunt housed homeless children and woman is now being seized by the crown. Cat (Catriona) was planning to continue for her Aunt work in the abbey. Cat is furious to learn that they believe her Aunt committed treason because s
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I knew it was going to take a special someone for Catriona MacKenzie to fall in love with and Tempting the Laird tells us that story of her finding the love she’s been long waiting for. Catriona MacKenzie has been sheltering women and children at an abbey after the Battle of Culloden and has recently been told that it is being seized by the English. She turns to her Uncle Knox for help and hopes he and his connections can get this act overturned. She meets her uncle’s neighbor, the Duke of Montr
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Catriona Mackenzie is determined to carry on her Aunt Zelda's legacy, by continuing to provide a refuge for women and children at Kishorn Abbey. During a farewell ceremony for Zelda, an agent for the English crown arrives to tell the Mackenzie of Balhaire that Kishorn Abbey is forfeited to the crown for helping traitors following the Battle of '45. Catriona's mother suggests she travel to Dungotty and seek out her Uncle Knox (Earl of Norwood) and his connections for help. Catriona doesn't want t ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I had read a few of the other books in this series and couldn’t resist.

I liked Catronia and Hamlin. They’re both similar in ways I didn’t expect and it was delightful seeing them find their happiness. I loved how sassy she was and how stoic he was and how together they were compatible.

Plot wise it was fairly repetitive. Lots of dinners, traveling to and from the dinners, riding to a secret glen, riding back from the secret glen, and so on. I get that a good portion of this story was that Catro
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Oh, my word! This is incredibly good! I have been a fan of Julia London’s work for ages now and I have been avidly reading this ‘Highland Grooms’ series with relish but this, I have to say is the best of the series, so far. I will admit that the last book; Aulay’s story didn’t live up to the previous book’s, after reading Rabbie’s and Cailean’s stories I didn’t think that this series could get any better and along come Catriona and Hamlin.

After her auntie Zelda’s death, Catriona is l
Tracy Emro
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-reviews
Catriona “Cat” MacKenzie is mourning the loss of her beloved Aunt Zelda when a representative of the crown arrives and informs her father that the abbey Zelda used to house homeless women and children is being seized by the crown. Zelda was accused of treason for sheltering rebels after the battle of Culloden and therefore the abbey is being forfeited to England. Cat is furious, she had planned on continuing her aunt’s work and will not accept the loss of the abbey. Her mother suggests going to ...more
The shadowed duke!

What a great read! I loved the character of Catriona Mackenzie, aka Cat. Her passion for her cause, her humor, her way of disarming a situation. The brooding yet resigned duke, Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, who the neighborhood is convinced murdered his wife. His ward Eula is such a poppet. It was charming the way Eula insisted on calling him Montrose and each time he would patiently correct her. As when Eula was tying the Duke's silk neckcloth,
' “You look very
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Tempting the Laird by Julia London is book Five in the Highland Grooms series. This is the story of Catriona 'Cat' Mackenzie and Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose. I have read the previous book but feel this can easily be a standalone book.
Cat is mourning the loss of her Aunt Zelda when they get word that the abbey that Zelda housed women and children to help they is being taken by the Crown because Zelda was thought to be a treason for sheltering rebels after the battle of Culloden. Cat's mother
Pelusa Rivera
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author.(netgalley) Man this book will keep you on your toes and I had forgotten how uch I love historical fiction and this one was a doozy my friends..So we have Catriona "Cat" Mackenzie who if you ever read a historical know that at the age of 33 you are on the shelf, considered and old maid and Cat is just that but she is an awesome commendable lady who to me is beyond her time, she lives her life and doesn't really care what anybody thinks, good for Cat. She ends up ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018reads, arcs
I liked this one better than the previous book in many ways. Though I've only read a couple of books in this series I can say I liked this one best of them. Catriona is an interesting character, outspoken, fierce, a bit brash yet reclusive. Both she and Hamlin share this sadness about them. Hamlin is secretive, he earned a reputation from the death of his wife, lonely from past events becoming an outcast of sorts. Catriona is intrigued by this man and wants to find the truth behind these claims. ...more
Dottie Legatos
The next installment of Julia London’s Highland Grooms series, Tempting the Laird, was one of my favorites so far. I know I say this for all of Julia’s books, but she just has a way to make me feel so comfortably engaged from the first chapter. This story, of Catriona Mackenzie, can be a modern day tale, with a very independent woman who hasn’t needed a man to make her life complete. Of course, in 1800’s Scotland, she is looked upon as “on the shelf” since she is in her early 30’s. Nonetheless, ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books in a series that you anticipate from the very first book, yet have to wait until the end or near end to get it, but it is always so worth the wait. Catriona, the outspoken, determined sister of the Mackenzie clan finally get's her story but not with out great cost to her emotionally.

I adored this story because it gives us a headstrong woman who is not afraid to live her life by her own rules. A woman who is not afraid to fight for those she loves and for those who can
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Catriona (Cat) Mackenzie lives her live on her own terms and does not care what polite society thinks. She, along with her Aunt Zelda, runs a shelter for less fortunate woman: those that society turned its back to. However, when Zelda passes she not only loses her mentor and partner, Cat discovers the British Crown is going to repossess their make-shift home. Petitioning her English uncle to help with the cause, Cat finds a new mission to occupy her time until she can return home; she plans to u ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catriona Mackenzie helped her now deceased Aunt Zelda give women and children shelter after the battle of Culloden as they had no other place to go. They lived at Zelda’s Kishorn lodge far into the Highlands and used a partially destroyed abbey for the women and children. While celebrating her Aunt’s life, Rhona MacFarlane who works in the abbey, arrives to tell her they have visitors. Years after Culloden, it seems that the crown wants the Abbey and she has 6 months to vacate. Her father inform ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-scotland
Did I imagine shades of Jane Eyre in this story?

This was an interesting story, I liked parts of it, but there were some holes which needed to be filled. Let's start with some of the issues. First off, the heroine – Catriona. I don’t remember her from the previous books, so I don’t have a memory of how she was represented in those stories. But in the opening chapters of this story, she is written as a person who has a drinking problem. Why she has a drinking issue is never fully explained. Oh sure,
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I am going to give 3.5 stars to the book because I feel generous today. The book wasn't one of my liking. I would have loved some romance that actually feels like romance. The developing love between Catriona and the Duke fell short and I would have liked something more passionate. We had many sub-plots that stole the spotlight from the couple. At least we got to see them slowly go from acquaintances to something more, so it's wasn't that insta-love theme that has found its way to the historical ...more
Rosemary K
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catriona Mackenzie is a woman on a mission. She needs to save the abbey and the women who are sheltered there. The English King wants it forfeited as a punishment. Can this fiery woman accomplish her goal? Catriona leaps off the page and pulls you in with her passion for life and her desire for social justice. I cared for her. I wanted her to be successful. When she meets the dark Duke, she's intrigued by the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his wife. She doesn't believe the rumors that ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, historical, romance
It's Derek Perkin's velvet voice--a Scottish burr for hero Hamlin Graham and a smooth British accent for heroine Catriona Mackenzie--that makes this book work for me. One of my favorite narrators, and I've always been a fan of male readers for romances, because, after all, don't we female readers provide the heroine's voice in our heads anyway? It's a steamy historical romance with a heroine who follows the teachings of her recently dead aunt and is outspoken, intelligent, and committed to provi ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
Catriona MacKenzie has been sheltering women and children at an abbey after the Battle of Culloden and has recently been told that it is being seized by the English. She asked her Uncle Knox for help to see if they can do something.

Hamlin Graham is about to get voted into the House of Lords, but will the rumors surrounding him make any difference? When Catriana introduces herself he finds it hard to fight the feelings for her.

Can these two come together and get what they want?

A lov
Christine Deaver
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to have an ARC provided by NetGalley and the author. This review contains my own views.

Another fabulous read in the Highland Grooms series by Julia London, this time focusing on a female protagonist instead of male as the other books in the series. I really enjoyed the perspective of an older (In terms of historical romance) woman and her strong sense of independence.

This romance proves that a woman can enhanced by the man she loves (and vice versa), not solely dependent on him
Lisa C
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julia London has done it again - another incredible read. This is the 5th book in this series, but can be easily read without having read the others. Catriona is a woman who speaks her mind and does what she wants, "scandalous" for her time. Hamlin is a Duke who is quiet, closed in and unable to go into society because of his past. And yet, these two become fascinated with each other. Watching these two come together makes for a very enjoyable read.
I was given an ARC of this book so that I coul
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was looking forward to Catriona’s story, and it didn’t disappoint. Loved her character, so strong, independent, and brave. But even Catriona had doubts her dreams would ever come true. A must read, to discover what her future holds, and if she will capture the heart of the brooding, mysterious Duke of Montrose.
Karen Darling
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rbdigital, library
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the heroin, smart, brave, does whatever she wants, does everything well, rides a horse, drive a carriage, shoots an arrow....Now the hero was a little standoffish. I never did find out what happened to his wife. I stopped listening before that part came up.
Locs and Lenses
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catriona Mackenzie’s Aunt Zelda, has died. Zelda and Catriona ran an abby that took in women who ended up in unfortunate situations. Some were abused by husbands or left pregnant. Some having to sell themselves to survive. The abby is now being threatened and Catriona is determined to save it. Her family has suggested Catriona visiting their Uncle Knox to help. However, the also want to save Catriona from herself. In her early thirties Catriona is considered too old to marry.
The Duke of Montros
Dawn Hembree
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julia London is one my favorites writers of the highlands. In Tempting the Laird, we once again visit with the Mackenzie’s to get Catriona’s story. Ms. London captures the time period and gives a story relevant to the politics of the time and a strong, independent heroine and a self-sacrificing worth hero in Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose. A great read for an afternoon!
Catriona Mackenzie’s wish is to keep the abbey going per Aunt Zelda’s wishes. But when the King determines the abbey is f
Joana V.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

I’ve received this eARC at no cost to the author.

I’ve read all the previous book on the Highland Grooms series and I have to say I really enjoyed reading this one.

Catriona Mackenzie is so fierce, she is amazing. She... reminds me of myself, to be honest, so I really identified with her character throughout the book (with her wishes and desires at least). Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, was probably one of my all-time male heroes, because he was a great man, a great warden, and
Romantic Intentions Quarterly
The Duke of Montrose is an outcast. His lovely wife has disappeared, and while there is no apparent foul play, it is felt in the countryside that surely, he killed her, and has gotten away with it, too, because he is a Duke, after all. Miss Catriona Mackenzie, a brash Highlands lass (but, you know, in her thirties), is on a visit to her indulgent uncle when she hears this outlandish tale, and at once decides to investigate. Surely a man so handsome, so intriguing, couldn’t be guilty of such a cr ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
No doubt fans of Julia London's Highland Grooms series will be excited to read this latest installment. Unfortunately, not even Catriona Mackenzie's sparkling personality can give this dull romance a much needed spark.

I've read quite a few of London's romances at this point, and I've been been impressed in the past with her writing style and character development. That wasn't the case here. Everything felt so sluggish-- the writing, the plot, the characters themselves. It felt like it was a cho
Heather andrews
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hamlin is just a sexy, broody man, "his gaze darkened, and moved down her body. “And like you, I am passionate about many things,”he said low." Hamlin isn't one for being told no, “for God’s sake, I am a bloody duke, I can do as I please.” I liked this book, I loved Hamlin and I loved how free-spirited Cat was.
Vagabonda Reads
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“But when the sun came up, all she could think of was seeing Hamlin again …. He was the pull of the moon on the sea of her longing . . . “

Tempting the Laird
p. 249

If that little quote doesn’t get your interest, then I despair for you, dear romance reader.

Julia London’s Tempting the Laird is the fifth book in her Highland Grooms series and it’s delicious. Oh, it’s the usual “brooding Scotsman brought back to life by Highland lass” trope, but in the masterful hands of author London, Tempting/>Tempting
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and ...more

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