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The Maiden's Defender

(Ladies of Scotland #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Training men to be ruthless soldiers is a skill at which Highlander Teàrlach MacGregor excels. He can kill three men with nothing but a sword and a couple of daggers. After he rescues a ward of the king, the beautiful Lady Madeline Crawford, the fierce warrior begins to yearn for a cottage of his own in the Highlands, with the sweet, delicate Madeline as the mother of his ...more
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Published November 13th 2017 by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Amara)
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Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
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The Maiden's Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson
Book Two of the Ladies of Scotland series
Publisher: Entangled Amara
Publication Date: November 27, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle copy

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Training men to be ruthless soldiers is a skill at which Highlander Teàrlach MacGregor excels. He can kill three men with nothing but a sword and a couple of daggers. After he rescues a ward of the king, the beautiful Lady Madeline
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Maiden's Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson is the story of Teàrlach MacGregor and Lady Madeline Crawford. Teàrlach once was Madeline's father guardsman so he has met Madeline before and had feelings for her. But when her father was sent to prison for some evil doings the King places Madeline in the care of lair Henry de Moreville. This lair place her in a small place on his property with two elderly people to look after her. But even those elderly people are doing her wrong and Madeline ...more
Cathy Geha
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Maiden’s Defender by E. Elizabeth Watson
Ladies of Scotland #2

Madeline Crawford is a mouse…a mouse that has learned to creep around without incurring the wrath of her father. She is nothing like her stronger sister who appeared in book one of this series. Well, Madeline finds herself as the ward of the king with Lord DeMoreville the man in charge of taking care of her and he is a no good rotten scoundrel…to say the least. On her eighteenth birthday she is out and about enjoying the
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
It was a really lovely story and I really liked ithe story of Tearlach and Madeline .
It is very well written.
Amanda Richardson
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved "The Maiden's Defender" by E. Elizabeth Watson. Medieval romances are my absolute favorite and I keep hoping they make a comeback. Lady Madeline's evil father has been displaced and she has been taken pseudo hostage by the Scottish King. She has a ward, but lives alone with just two feeble servants in a deserted keep. Madeline is sweet, kind, and very, very naive, she can't read or write and was cowed by her father for most of her life.
Tearlach is Madeline's father's former commander and
Mari's Struggle is Real
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a new author for me and I am already a big fan. Madeline really transformed into a confident women throughout the book and I could feel the connection between her and Tearlach. I loved to read their interactions. They are one of my favorite fictional couples of 2017.
*ARC graciously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Tearlach McGregor is the right man to train soldiers how to be ruthless, especially since he can take on a number of men and come out on top in a fight. But the moment he rescues Lady Madeline Crawford, Tearlach begins to wish his life could be different and he could give her the life she deserves including love, family and happiness. Yet, when Madeline is informed she's betrothed to another, there's no way Tearlach can stay only to lose the woman he loves. However, Madeline is determined not to
books are love
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received in exchange for a honest review

I love Tearlach. that is the sweetest guy under that tough exterior. How he is with Madeline just has you melt.

Here Madeline is free of the shackles of her father but no hindered by the Lord who the king is having take care of her. He is a horrible cheat. And greedy to boot. But Madeline is grateful just for her freedom and doesn’t say anything. Seeing Tearlach again has her wary but as she gets to know him and she sees how kind and caring he is she falls
Debbie Glenn Brown
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Teàrlach MacGregor a ruthless soldier and skilled at training men. On his way to his next job he hears a woman crying for help and comes upon his former employer’s daughter the beautiful Lady Madeline Crawford. Madeline is sweet, kind, and very naïve and has been cowed by her father for most of her life. After her father was taken prison for treason Lady Madeline became a ward to the King. Teàrlach find out Madeline’s in the care of laird Henry de Moreville his new employer. He soon realizes she ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Training men to be ruthless soldiers is a skill at which Highlander Teàrlach MacGregor excels as a fourth son he has to make his own way. After he rescues a ward of the king, the beautiful Lady Madeline Crawford, she begins to see a side of Teàrlach that nobody else has witnessed. The strong silent Highlander takes her to her first fair, teaches her to read, and bestows upon her a passionate kiss. Madeline is under the guardianship of the laird Henry de Moreville, who is stealing from
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh I absolutely loved this book. It was the kind of sweet that makes your toothache. Right from the first page I was drawn in and hooked. What was even better was how Madeline grew. She went from being this timid, quiet girl who never spoke up, to this powerful woman who went after what she wanted. Tearlach was the perfect gentleman. He wanted the wee lass right from the start when he was working for her father. I loved watching him struggle with his wants and needs when it came to Madeline. ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the sequel to an earl for an archeress, the maiden's defender picks up on teàrlach macgregor's feeling for lady madeline crawford and gives them a chance to grow and blossom into something deep and meaningful and able to withstand any trial.

when teàrlach discovers maddie at the bottom of a ravine he is incensed to realize that she is being neglected by her guardian. having previously witnessed her father's abuse and neglect of her and her sister, teàrlach is unwilling to stand by and see her
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What does highlander with nothing to his name but his skills to do when the lady he loves is betrothed to another?

I enjoyed this book with its simplicity. The plot is simple and straighforward but the way it is weaved with the character-driven story is seamless. The author really knows where to put the emotional scenes that pulls the reader's heartstring. Its a complete departure from the previous book where I found the characters boring despite their complexity.

Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Ann L
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a lovely story, well written and I was intrigued from the beginning, Madeline and Tearlach may have the same problems as many highland stories, but E Elizabeth Watson, has done a good job in making this her own. Getting back to them, their chemistry is wonderful, I couldn't wait to see if they get their HEA and thwart the awful warden.

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley and voluntarily leave my own opinion
Laura Larocca
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable read this book was!I love Scottish based stories and this one hit the spot.Great characters,Tearlach whom I imagined looked like the cover model was a genuinely good guy and Maddie who got a raw deal in life because of her father needed to get ahea.Well paced book that had my full attention from start to finish.I read this book as an arc from netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
Adriana Koog
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book!!! I loved it!!! Teàrlach and Madeleine's story is fantastic!! I hope Robbie's story is next!!!!!
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since her father's imprisonment Madeline Crawford has been under the guardianship of the King until he finds her a suitable husband. He sends money to High Sheriff Moreville to look after her. The Sheriff has his own agenda and is slowly putting things in place as he wants them.
Tearlach MacGregor once worked for Madeline's father. Now he is on his way to work for her temporary guardian. What he discovers when he finds her, angers him on her behalf. He will do his best to improve her lot until
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tearlach has cared for Madeline since he was her father’s chief guardsman. Even though he soon learns that her father is a cruel, unworthy lord, he stays for Maddie’s sake, always keeping an eye out for her. But being the 4th son of a Scottish lord, Tearlach doesn’t think much of his prospects to win her hand.

When Maddie’s father is convicted for seditious plotting and imprisoned she becomes the ward of the King who puts her under the guardianship of the laird Henry de Moreville, who houses her
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tearlach is a warrior and trains men to be ruthless soldiers. When he rescues the Kings ward his mind turns to a wife and family but sees no chance in being with Madeline. Will he find a way to claim her as his own? I liked this Highlander read. The story is fast-paced with plenty of drama and the chemistry between Tearlach and Madeline is amazing. I was hooked from beginning to end.
Sally Bossert
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I am enjoying historical love stories more than I thought I would. Learning about another time in history and the characters are fantastic. Each chapter is full of all emotions. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Tamra LeValley
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I rarely give 4-stars to a love story. This book was really good though. Very impressive
T. Anderson
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. The chemistry between Tearlach and Maddie is obvious - to everyone except them. He's admired her from afar for many years, but because of her beastly father he never even tries to speak with her. She notices him, too, but is too cowed to think he'd ever be interested in her. Complicating matters is the fact that she's a noble and he's a guardsman. And then they're separated when her father is imprisoned.

Jennifer Rupp
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored the hero in this book - the tortured, self-sacrificing, honorable, fourth son Tearlach. He loves but will not allow himself to have that which "belongs" to another man, even if that man doesn't deserve the bonnie lass. Author E. Elizabeth Watson does a skillful job of ramping up the sweet agony of unrequited love until our hero unleashes his desire. Great read. Great writing. Great story-telling from Watson. I look forward to many more.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a nice read. It brings a choice between love and duty, which may people face during this time period. Lady Madeline Crawford is a meek individual due to the upbringing by her father. She never complains or voices her opinions, which frustrated me since I felt she needed to speak up for herself, which she will gradually develop throughout the novel. She becomes a ward of the king due to her father's imprisonment.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Teàrlach MacGregor.... swoon worthy. Man of few words, but manages to win over Lady Madeline. She is living quietly with a few servants awaiting news of a betrothal from the King. She sees herself as weak and slow, but is none of those things. She has a core of steel inside her. Teàrlach sees it and falls in love with her.

Their romance was built up quite well. I enjoyed seeing them at each stage, cheering for them. Letting loose a few tears for them. A very enjoyable historical romance for me.
Linda Fausnet
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first time I can remember reading a Medieval Romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It features my favorite romance novel guy – a swoon-worthy protective hero. Who doesn’t love a sexy highlander?
Madeline is an uneducated yet smart and strong heroine. She started out as fairly meek and with good reason. Her father was a brute who oppressed her horribly and refused to let her learn to read. She was illiterate through no fault of her own, but she was also inquisitive and highly
Maitee Arocho
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
To me, this book really rates as a 3.7.
I'll share first what I loved and then what I hate. This review won't have any spoilers, which is probably one reason why I rated it low.

I really liked these characters, Tearlach and Madeline. I thought that they made a great pair-ish. I thought that he was the perfect hero, perfect protector and I thought that their relationship was really sweet. The tension was built up perfectly and I thought it really made me feel like I was Madeline, blushing all the
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! E.Elizabeth Watson’s artistically superb writing draws you right into the story of Tearlach MacGregor and Lady Madeline Crawford. The human condition, strength and weaknesses, are born out through a tale of secret love and the hierarchically societal norms of the times. The reader is taken through all their own emotions of frustrating young love, hardships, heartbreak, and then elation and cheering as the two find their way. These were two of my favorite characters of Ms. Watson’ ...more
Karen Janet
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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Carole Burant
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I actually cried while reading a book and felt like my own heart was breaking, that's how powerful the author's words are in this story. You feel every emotion the hero and heroine feel!! I thoroughly and absolutely LOVED this book, could hardly bear to put it down until I was finished reading it. A solid 5 stars and wish I could even give it more!
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Greetings, readers! I love writing romance, and write primarily medieval and Scottish romance. In 2017, my first two books with Entangled Publishing were released, entitled An Earl for the Archeress, and Maiden's Defender. In 2016, my book, Prince of Lions, was a top 10 download on Amazon in the categories of Scottish and Medieval historical romance. In 2014, my unpublished manuscript entitled Two ...more

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