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Outlaw King

(Renegade Scots #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  50 reviews
A deadly game of war entangles them. Deception endangers them. Only an impossible love can save them.

When headstrong Elizabeth de Burgh’s evil father threatens to kill her beloved cousin unless she seduces his enemy Robert the Bruce, she begrudgingly agrees. But as she grows close to the arrogant leader of the Scottish rebellion whose savage good looks whisper of plea
Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published August 31st 2018
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Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outlaw King is the first book in the Renegade Scots series by Julie Johnstone, and what an amazing book it is.

From the very first pages, excitement abound, pages in which rightful heir to the throne Robert the Bruce meets Elizabeth de Burgh when she ends up amidst a battle between her father's and his men. He doesn't see her again until years later but in that time he has never forgotten her, nor she, him.

The battle to keep Edward from gaining control of his beloved Scotland sees Robert taking
G.A. Hurst
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outlaw King is book one of the new Renegade Scots Series by Julie Johnstone. It’s a historical romance that relies on historical research and a bit of literary license by the author to make the story flow and engaging to the reader.
This is the story of Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh.
It begins in 1296 AD in Northern Scotland. This is a complicated story of not doing what you want, but what you must do to survive. Robert the Bruce’s father is old and probably soon to die. Bruce, the elde
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outlaw King is the story of Robert the Bruce’s fight to save Scotland from the English King Edward. Though this tale has truth woven into it, it is a work of fiction. I loved every heart stopping minute of it. Elizabeth and Robert’s characters sprang to life and held my attention. A fantastic tale of page turning romance, murderous intrigue and betrayal. I can’t wait to read the next in the series - Renegade Scot.
Kathy Bunbury
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
History comes to life vividly in this book. Palace intrigue at its worst, betrayal around every corner and a love story for the ages! This epic love story is based on true to life events and the author does a wonderful job of bringing the period, the characters, the Royal plots and schemes into perspective. The different points of view of the key players in this difficult time in Scottish history are defined and readers will get a better understanding of all the nuances, twists and turns and cha ...more
Maggie Whitworth
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt the best thing Julie Johnstone has written.
The history is stunning, the action is Gripping and the characters are enticing and have you rooting for them from the minute their eyes meet .
It tugs at your heartstrings and gives you flutters in your stomach with the strength of love and emotions between these two , I only hope they experienced some of those feelings for each other in real life.
The Scottish history books are full of stories from the Great Bruce himself , it’s
Tracy Emro
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
What Braveheart was to William Wallace, The Outlaw King is to Robert the Bruce.

This is an amazing blend of fact and fiction, that will hold you in thrall until the very last page. Based on the struggle of Robert the Bruce to claim his crown and his relationship with second wife Elizabeth de Burgh.

This is a beautifully written tale filled with intrigue, betrayals, secrets, lies, desire and love. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this story, too many times fictional recreations of historical figures
Kimi Court
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW, this is an awesome book, the feel, the story, the excitement. Its all in their. Trust and loyalties are tested. Love and pain, from family who are evil and wicked.
When you start this book, you will not want to finish it. Julie keeps you glued to the pages. She brings history to life and makes you want to know more about whats to happen next.
Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh, I loved them both. The characters were realistic, you could relate to what they were going through and wanted t
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book mixes accurate Scottish history with a lovely romance. Robert the Bruce meets a young English girl, Elizabeth de Burgh, when her father was invading the Moray’s castle. Robert, and his friend Niall Campbell, had been commanded to invade the castle but they realize they’re on the wrong side. Elizabeth, disguised as a lad, was supposed to set fire to the outbuilding housing some captured Scots, but opened the door for the men to escape. While Robert, Niall, Lady Moray and their men fough ...more
Kat Wiley
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have finally read the perfect book! The Outlaw King by Julie Johnstone is the 1st book in the Renegade Scots series and I am holding my breath for book #2. This amazing story of Robert the Bruce and his 2nd wife Elizabeth takes you on an adventure like no other. I can’t even begin to imagine how much research Julie had to do to write this story. There are so many true characters, places and events that reading this book not only gave me a romance but a history lesson as well. Julie is truly on ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Renegade Scot looks like it will be as promising a series as the highly coveted Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series from Julie Johnstone. I love the Scots of old. This one takes things a bit further by adding renegade, king, and a bit of a history lesson to the mix. Robert the Bruce meets Elizabeth de Burgh and their lives take on a new direction. One that neither of them would have or could have imagined for themselves. The two of them meet for the first time only to be separated and many ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Julie Johnstone

Robert the Bruce will do anything to release his country from English rule. After all he is the rightful heir to the Scotish throne. He has enemies on both sides and must be very weary. One wrong step could topple his nation and cost him his life and though he has vowed to never love one woman temps him and threatens his mission as no other ever has.

All Elizabeth de Burgh wants is freedom in a time when women don't have any. So when she is finally brought back to court from Ir
Lori D
1296 Northern Scotland. As this book started, I had no warning of the emotions that would come through as I turned each page. Robert the Bruce and his fated love Elizabeth de Burgh come to life through the pages of this amazing story of the fight for Scottish freedom over the English. As rightful heir to the Scottish throne, Robert is forced to make some hard decisions that bring him so close to death. In feigning loyalty to the English King Edward, he is walking a slippery slope to free his peo ...more
Lynne Wilson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outlaw King:
After reading The Highlander Vows Series I didn’t think the wonderful Julie Johnstone could do better but I was wrong. In this new book she has brought together the history of Scotland’s battle for freedom with a fantastic love story between the mighty Robert the Bruce and his Queen Elizabeth. It has drama, treachery and intrigue of the royal court, it has loyalty to a cause so great that it’s worth fighting to the death for. It has suspicion that pushes a great love to the brink. On
Vero Stro
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Book 1 of a new series by Julie Johnstone named "Renegade Scots". What a wonderful feeling we have when an author we are following and reading from the beginning of her career gets better and better each time! This is a wonderful read. The book is the perfect blend of historical accuracy and a great love story!
This is the amazing tale of Robert the Bruce and his second wife Elizabeth. The characters are greatly done and the book is awesome from the very first page until the last one. Thi
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
In Outlaw King Julie Johnstone’s creative talent brings together an absolutely awesome blend of history and romance. Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth de Burgh are supposed to be enemies. They come together and fall in love in the chaos of the Scottish Rebellion. As they struggle to determine the right path to take, the way is made harder by the uncertainty of friend and enemy, subterfuge, and betrayal. This is a real page-turner. These characters come to life and the story that surrounds them pull ...more
Molly Plant
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dangerous love

I love Julie’s Johnstone books! Her passion for authenticity comes out. Even though it is fiction, one could imagine that this could be Robert Bruce and Elizabeth story. You feel as if you drawn in time, and you can feel the danger of loving your enemy. I appreciate the descriptions that you give the feel that you are right there watching as the story unfolds. I really don’t give a synopsis of the book. I prefer you to draw your own conclusions as you read. I love all of Julie’s bo
Sydnee Walsh
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very informative historical read. Yes it didn’t have all the facts but it was told in a way that made you think you were reliving the past. To write this good takes great powers😁. The story was action pack and the chemistry between the two characters was great. I loved the main heroines take charge ways from start to finish.
Julie Whitman
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite stories of Julie Johnstone! She has a way of weaving a tale so that you feel as if you are a part of the story. Robert had so much strength and determination to do the right things for his country and family. Elizabeth showed strength and love through difficult times. This is a must read!
Sally Hannoush
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Renegade Scots series and a wonderful start is is! Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth were well written. I enjoyed all the characters in this book. There is a wealth of history in these pages but it is not overwhelming. The emotional ups and downs were a plenty. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series. Great read! And a wonderful love story.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always love Scottish Romance. Many books of course mention Robert the Bruce in passing as part of a larger plot. This is the first book I’ve read with him as the main character.

I am excited to see what this author does with the next book in this series!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outlaw King was amazing! I felt like I was right there living through everything with everyone in the story. I was worried how I would feel reading a novel based on real people but Julie Johnstone handled it beautifully. I can't wait to read the next in the series!
Dee Deacon Foster
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
History and romance collide in this fabulous tale of the man destined to free Scotland from English rule and the woman sent to destroy him.

I will be completely honest, I wasn’t sure if I would like a story based on real people and actual events. Having thoroughly enjoyed Julie Johnstone’s books in the past I knew it was well worth a try. Boy, am I glad I did…this book is FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC! The perfect blend of history, fiction, and romance.

Ms. Johnstone’s writing skills were shining brightly as
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love stories about Robert the Bruce, and this one did not disappoint. Romance, action, deceit … it has it all and is very well told. I was drawn in to the story by the author's writing.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For those who are may go a little nutty as this book is not all based on historical facts.

This book was great. It hit pretty much all my personal markers for a great read. Main characters, secondary characters, humorous, movement of the book, writing/conversation and romantic/sexual content was throughout the book.

Looking forward to the series (wish they made this book into the Netflix movie instead of the outlaw king they did do; super disappointing). Would recommend this book
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Publisher's Description:

She’s the weapon intended to destroy him. He’s the key to her freedom.

Dark days have come to medieval Scotland, and fierce warrior Robert the Bruce would do anything to release his country from English rule—and not just because he’s the rightful heir to the Scottish throne. As the bloody war rages on, enemies on both sides of the fight surround him, and Robert must dance a dangerous line between truth and deception. One misstep could topple his nation and cost him his li
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book: Outlaw King by Julie Johnstone

Series: Renegade Scots, Book #1

Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
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3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars/Kilts

1296 Northern Scotland

Robert I, popularly known as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. Robert was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, and eventually led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence agains
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book immediately captured my attention, I love a story written around actual historical events and this one did not disappoint. I know the author had to do a ton of research given all the details of historical events leading up to the rebellion of Scotland. I always consider the Bruce to be a flip-flopper and chose the side where he would benefit more but this book tells an inside story of his inner battles to scheme his way close to King Edward while he played his cards for the future. You ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This legendary story of Robert the Bruce was incredible. The story grips you from the beginning and doesn't let up. Its starts with Robert fighting alongside King Edward's man Richard Og de Burgh , de Burgh is about to lay siege to Moray castle. Robert refuses to burn men and women alive so he disobeys de Burgh's orders. While trying to figure out how to free the Moray soldiers from a building before de Burgh can burn it a young squire throws the torch into the moat and releases the men. de ...more
Debbie Glenn Brown
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Robert the Bruce fierce Scottish warrior would do anything to release his country from English rule even rebel against English rule. As the war wages around him Robert is surrounded by danger all around him with enemies on both sides out to get him. Elizabeth de Burgh finds herself ordered by her ruthless father and her godfather, the King of England, to seduce the leader of the Scottish rebellion. Robert remembers her when she was a young girl disguised as a squire in her father’s army and she ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Robert the Bruce is a man torn between his love for Scotland and the lives that he must protect. He can't afford to let himself feel, or he will weaken. The burden he carries is terrifying. The last thing he needs is to be attracted to the woman deliberately set in front of him by his enemies.
Elizabeth du Burgh has discovered just how ruthless her father is. He will use anything and anyone to get the power he wants. King Edward is her Godfather and a cunning and devious man who controls the liv
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