When a Laird Loves a Lady by Julie Johnstone
He felt as if he had suddenly been robbed of his ability to breathe. His lungs tightened. Love. He had no use for the emotion or the word. It pained him to know what he was about to say would hurt her, but he wanted to be certain she understood. ‘I want no part of love.’ She quickly glanced back up at him, her gaze locking with his, and her lips parted slightly. ‘You cannot mean that.’ The misery that still haunted him from losing Catriona wedged especially heavey in this moment when faced with the stark truth that he was marrying yet again. ‘I do mean it, Marion, and I’m sorry. I have been married before. I loved my wife, and when she died, so did my desire and my ability to love that way again.’
Can the death of a loved one stop someone’s heart from loving again? Johnstone’s historical romance really exposes the raw emotion of love for what it is—vulnerability that can be harnessed into strength. This tale is of a Scottish Laird who has fallen victim to the King’s orders of marriage to ensure safety in exchange for a man’s release from imprisonment. When a Laird Loves a Lady holds depth, historical adventure, emotional prevalence and timeless romance. Johnstone provides a riveting and fascinating story that will captivate readers who enjoy this genre.
Iain and Marion are two individuals who are looking for their freedom within their own means. Iain must strike a bargain with King Edward for David’s release. Marion must free herself from an unwanted marriage to a vile man named Froste. Both Iain and Marion, in their own way, are lost souls who are searching for happiness. Iain has the strength and knowledge of a warrior, but Marion has the mindset and emotional capacity to withstand anything, even a thick-headed brute like Iain. She is all too determined to marry for love, especially after watching her mother perish at her father’s expense. He never loved her mother, nor her. His words spoke volumes, but his actions were unforgivable. With the help of a friend, Angus helps Marion escape—only to be caught by the one and only, Froste himself. With her options now running out and her distress caused from her friends punishment in aiding her escape, who will save her from the pain and brutality that her father is forcing her to bound herself to?
Johnstone almost has a poetic vibe to her words and the rhythm with which she carries the story. It is clear that she has a profound knowledge of history and a lot of research went into her story. This author does a superb job with character development and originality. The pace is very fluid and quick, but not so quick as to hinder understanding or perception. As this story progresses, it becomes more of an adventure for both Iain and Marion. If you are a reader of historical romance, this may be an exciting read for you.
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