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The Border Lord

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  433 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Ordered to marry, Laird Lachlan Kerr thought a betrothal to homely, timid Lady Grace Stanton was hardly worth the trouble of protest. Yet, despite everything, he found there was something about her that was...brave. All his life he had been surrounded by betrayal, and this woman, who believed there was still goodness in him, was special indeed.
Grace knew that the safety o
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I couldn't stay away from this book any longer. It sat on my bed, calling my name, and I dived in. This is a good book for those who like the English-Scottish conflict romances. It's got a healthy dose of the politics of that situation, but not so much that it's boring. The focus stays on the growing romance between Grace and Lachlan. Their relationship doesn't start out ideal, either.

First of all, Grace has a skin condition (I think it was probably eczema), that she was self-conscious about. Sh
Apr 04, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read. The only problem I had with this is that in the beginning, Lachlan had a mistress.
Apr 03, 2009 NorthernLightsGirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This turned out to be quite a story. I really enjoyed it even though it did have a small part of a story line I did not favor. The mistress angle.

4,5 stars and definitely a keeper.

this was my first book by Sophia James and I don't think it will be my last. Mrs. James has her own way of writing and it took me a bit to get used to it, but it is beautiful in its own way.

to keep the peace, Grace is forced to marry Lachlan Kerr - the brother of the one man, who is rumored to be murdered by her family.

Neither Grace nor Lachlan are very open with the truth, which results in a lot of mistrust and wrong accusations. nevertheless a relationship is
Dec 16, 2012 Suz rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This was a surprising read. It was another one that sneaked up on me while I was adding it to my database and I got caught up in and had to finish.

It was also another one that the hero was hard to warm up to but not so much that I couldn't appreciate his inevitable redemption.

The heroine was plucky and insecure and had an inner strength that eclipses most of the heroines in this genre.

FYI - this book was originally called Knight of Grace so if you're looking to complete your collection don't wor
Cona Hartwig
Oct 14, 2010 Cona Hartwig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable reading!! Love Hot, Scottish Lairds!
The author really did emphasize the historical in this historical romance. The historical time period is an interesting one. Scotland is now under the rule of King David, son of Robert Bruce. David has been a prisoner of the English for 12 years, and is now back on the Scottish throne. However, he is engaged in negotiations for a member of the English royal family to take over the Scottish throne. This was probably political maneuvering to keep England from taking advantage of its weakened neigh ...more
Grade: B

They did not speak afterwards, each locked in a silence that was their own, a thin and tenuous bond against the secrets that would divide them.

The happy couple....

Lady Grace Stanton is a political prize, but she’s less than a beauty. Lachlan Kerr is the reluctant laird of a neighboring clan.

The set-up....

Arriving a week late for the ceremony, Lachlan takes his late brother’s place as groom within an hour of meeting his plain, stammering bride.

The conflicts....

Lachlan is still bitter an
For a time back in the 80’s & 90’s, my reading material of choice was frequently bodice rippers, historical fiction, and regency romances with a few contemporary best sellers thrown in for good measure. Most of them were pretty steamy (blush) &/or overly romantic, but I read them during a time in my life when I found myself as a single parent, and these books fit the bill. I found them to be highly entertaining.

I recently donated a slew of them, but I wanted to catalog them all the same
Meg Kinch
Overall and in the end the book was good. However, I didn't care for the fact that the hero had a mistress for a good while. I don't like the fact that he basically shamed the heroine in front of his entire clan when they were back at his castle by embracing and heartily kissing his mistress. There were many parts of the book to me that felt disjointed and just thrown together. A couple of times I had to go back and ascertain what exactly was going on as the top changed rather drastically withou ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Feminista rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the idea of a virgin wife and a man who has unlimited experience, then this is the book for you. I can't impress just how sick I am of this repetitive theme. And trust me, I read the reviews before reading this book and no one (whose reviews I follow) mentioned her being inexperienced, his infidelity, his flaunting of his mistress in front of her or the parade of women whom he had bedded before her.

And then I realised that this is a Harlequin Romance. Enough said. My number one prio
Oct 26, 2013 Cherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, adult, europe
I kinda felt like this entire book was just a mash up of the typical romance novel scenes (particularly, from Julie Garwood books). Because of that, I had no connection to the characters.

*____________* review em breve
May 07, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highlander
I actually really liked this book. I loved the story and the characters. All the history was a little hard to wade through but even so I could not put this book down.
Karyn Gerrard
Apr 06, 2013 Karyn Gerrard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful historical read! Really like the cover as well!
Dec 28, 2012 Reginahrenah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
such an inspiring book with characters who are determined.
Some stars and enjoyment were lessened due to the attitude of the hero towards the heroine and the mistress angle.

By attitude, I mean his lack of trust and indifference to her feelings at times. He doesn't do anything purposefully or maliciously cruel, but his actions and words often served as barbs that cause the heroine to be upset.

The mistress angle, I won't get into all the details, but what really bothered me was the actual, near sex scene with her, after he was well and married (and havi
Interesting prose and more lyrical than I expect from a Harlequin. That isn't criticism of the prose (or a Harlequin, really). The language takes a little bit to drop into, but once you do drop, it's enveloping and easy to keep up with.

My infidelity squick was mashed a few times, and I wish part of the Hero's character wasn't being so so so SO very world-weary by way of how many women he'd bedded and just didn't care about, and continued to be cavalier about even after he knew about his feelings
DNF. It was okay, probably, for people who are not me?

Premise: homely - OR, possibly, super-foxy - Grace is married off to a hot/broke Scottish nobleman/warrior. She struggles to be integrated into the community of her new castle, people are mean to her, but she's awesome so they come around. Other stuff, I'm sure.

Prose/structure: prose quality is pretty decent, but the structure is weird. It kept skipping things that seemed like they should have been written. Like there is a sequence where Gr
May 16, 2013 Cerian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a little while since I read a medieval romance, and I was definitely in the mood for one! I really enjoyed Knight of Grace, more than I thought I would, to be honest.

There's a lot going on behind the scenes in this book. It's a really turbulent time between England and Scotland, with a lot of people trying to take control of Scotland. Lady Grace Stanton is forced to marry Laird Lachlan Kerr....after his brother dies at her family home. Suffice to say, he is suspicious and not very plea
Leila Anani
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Jul 29, 2014 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: escocia, espadao, medieval
Para começar esse é o tipo de histórico que eu gosto: histórico com história. E das brabas!

A mocinha, que é gaga e sobre de um problema de pele, tem de casar para honrar um compromisso de família, com um noivo pra lá de grosseirão. O cara chega e quer se casar ali mesmo, no pátio do castelo, colocar sua esposa na garupa do cavalo e se mandar para a Escócia o mais rápido possível, afinal ele está com saudades da amante. Grosso e xucro!! Igualzinho aqueles cavalões da Diana Palmer.

É impossível não
May 04, 2011 Rhapsody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
An okay book, although I got a little lost and impatient in all the politics and intrigue. Grace, an English noblewoman around the year 1300, is forced to marry Lachlan, a Scottish noble. He doesn't trust her because he suspects she's responsible for the death of his brother, to whom she was betrothed. He needs to marry her though because he needs her substantial dowry to fix his lands. Something along those lines. I didn't read it too carefully, but it was decent. Grace has a limp and some kind ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Nelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
"Me perdoem o trocadilho, mas a Grace é uma graça! Não há como não se encantar com essa "mocinha". Com tudo contra, ela demonstra uma força e postura admirável! Os fatos históricos complementam bem a trama... e no finalzinho o mocinho se redime... RECOMENDO!
Perdóname la broma, pero lady Grace es una gracia! Es imposible no si encantar por esta "chica" tan valorosa. Con todo en su contra,
May 22, 2016 SweetSue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good. The historical intrigue and the many convoluted relationships between family and friends and lovers is very well done. No one is all good or all bad - although our heroine is definitely mostly always good. Ms James starts with the common "she's not beautiful, but she's smart instead" troupe and enlarges it. It isn't the Grace isn't pretty - instead she has perhaps psoriasis, a limp from a past injury, and she stutters. But she is the brave, strong one, protecting her cousins, ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Runny Scrambled eggs. That's what I thought of after plodding through this book. Took a good egg and scrambled it so that it ran all over the place!

This was a short book filled more of history than romance. The H is a cheating, suspicious jerk. the h has so many contradictions. Plots and twists had me had me "what hell was that about?" and definitely not in a good way.

Just don't do it people!
The story kept me interested and the characters were well developed. I kept finding that the heroine was over burdened by her afflictions to the point that it was a tad on the unrealistic. If the author had chosen just one of them I would have been far more content with her. Instead I spent much of my time thinking about her afflictions instead of where the story was going. Otherwise it was a good read.
Apr 05, 2013 Aswathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didnt like the writting style much as it was not captivating....

Too much of history thrown in instead of the romance between the character.....there were many twists in the story like in a real life like the true demeanor of Malcolm who is the villian of the story in the begining but it felt as though the story was woven into the real facts in the history just to make a novel out of it..

I kinda regretted spending one night reading this book...
Apr 12, 2015 CNickerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Characters, plot and historical details.

I like the fact that the heroine is physically flawed. The hero is making the best of a difficult situation in several ways. Politics between kingdoms and mysteries keep things interesting as the relationship between the married couple becomes more involved. The battle scenes are good. I really liked this author.
Jane Truman
Nov 06, 2016 Jane Truman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recomiendo este libro porque es de fácil lectura y los personajes gustan y convencen. Me ha sorprendido gratamente viniendo de la editorial que es (mis anteriores experiencias con ella no han sido buenas). Mi reseña completa en el siguiente enlace:
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Georgette Heyer novels formed Sophia James's reading tastes as a teenager lying in the sun on her grandmother's porch overlooking a wild west-coast beach.

Her writing life, however, started in Bilbao, Spain. After having three wisdom teeth extracted she was given a pile of Mills and Boons--filled with strong painkillers she imagined that she could pen one, too.

Many drafts later she thinks she has t
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