Spotlight and Giveaway–When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats


When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats

Genre: Historical, Scottish Romance

Elements/Tags: medieval, 13th Century

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Publishing Date: May 6, 2014

Series: Claimed by the Highlander, #2

Format: Print and Ebook

Words: 368 Pages

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In the Highlands of Scotland, honor and loyalty are worth more than life itself. But when a haunted woman meets a wronged warrior, love will prove more powerful than anything they have ever known.

Isabail Grant has had to be strong all her life. Over the years, she has lost everyone close to her, and now she’s seeking justice for her brother’s murder. But en route to Edinburgh to petition the king, she is kidnapped by a fierce warrior—and is shocked to find herself irresistibly drawn to her captor.

Aiden MacCurran is an outlaw. The laird of a small clan, he’s been falsely accused of killing the king’s courier and stealing the Crown’s property—and the key to clearing his name and redeeming his clan lies in Isabail’s memories. But Aiden and Isabail must first weather deceit and treachery before they can find the truth and claim the love that’s growing between them….


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Meet Author Rowan Keats:

Rowan Keats pens historical adventures involving hot Highland heroes and the women they claim. Both TAMING A WILD SCOT and WHEN A LAIRD TAKES A LADY have earned 4 1/2 star reviews from RT Book Reviews, which labelled her “a rising star of medieval romance.”

When not writing, Rowan can frequently be found in a dark movie theater indulging in a large bag of popcorn, or watching the sunrise with a mug of steaming coffee wrapped in her hands. She lives in Central Canada with a goofy black lab, a very talkative cat, and a daughter whose own creative talents awe and inspire her every day.





I love Scottish heroes. They maybe a little rough around the edges, but they fight for what they believe in…and that usually involves the heroine. Any Scottish warrior is worthy of a sigh, but a Scottish laird—especially a medieval one—can truly make your heart pound. What makes a Scottish laird so interesting?

He lays siege to castles and to hearts…


Niall marched across the camp to Aiden’s side.”You’ll never believe who we found in the woods.”

Aiden glanced about. “Who?”

He followed Niall’s pointed finger, and found the disheveled yet still amazingly lovely face of Isabail Macintosh. “Bloody hell.”

As she stepped out of the woods accompanied by two of his men, Aiden shook his head. “How is this possible?” he asked her. “How did you get here?”

“Never mind how,” she said. “I’m just glad I arrived before you laid siege to the keep. I will go to the castle and demand entry. They are my men, so they’ll raise the portcullis and we can enter without bloodshed.”

He sighed heavily. “That won’t work.”

“Of course it will.” She shot him an exasperated look. “Why is it men always want to solve problems with their swords?”

He grabbed her elbow and led her out of the earshot of Niall and the others. He was tempted to kiss her, but thought better of it. She might get the idea that he approved of her reckless race across the countryside. “It won’t work because {spoiler} has replaced all your loyal soldiers with mercenaries from France.”

“What?” She blinked at him.

“Mercenaries,” he repeated. “The villagers confirmed it.”


She looked so absolutely shattered by his news, that he tugged her to his chest. “I know you were attempting to aid Jamie, and your efforts are appreciated,” he said softly into her hair. “Even though I should paddle your arse for coming all this way on your own.”

“My bottom is quite sore enough,” she said, her voice muffled against his lèine. She sagged against him. “I truly believed I could help.”

“I know.” He tipped her head up and planted a firm kiss on her lips. “Now, I must ask you to stay here, and wait patiently for my return.”

“Where do you go?”

“We enter the keep tonight.”

She frowned. “How?”

“Promise me, you’ll make no attempt to follow.” When she nodded, he explained. “Up the cliffs.”

Her hands gripped the front of his lèine. “You’re mad. That’s a sure way to meet the Maker.”

“For lads born in the Highlands, ’tis a simple feat,” he assured her, even though it was no such thing. “And these Lowlanders will never expect it.”

“I’ll be praying for your safety.”

“Will you?”

She looked at him, her eyes dark and serious. “Do what you must, but come back alive.”

“I’ll do my best.” He kissed her again, then let her go. “Stay out of trouble, lass.”

“What trouble can I get into here in the wood?”

He snorted. “You’ve a knack for finding it wherever you might be.” He turned to leave, but she caught his sleeve.

“I love you,” she said quickly, as if haste would somehow minimize the importance of her words.

His heart thumped heavily in his chest. He took her chin and peered into her face. It was a moment that begged for heartfelt words and promises of devotion, but saving Jamie would not wait. “I’m going to hold you to those words, lass. When I come back, we’ll have the discussion we ought to have had some time ago.”

And then he kissed her again. Hard. “Godspeed, lass.”

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5 thoughts on “Spotlight and Giveaway–When a Laird Takes a Lady by Rowan Keats

  • May 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hello Rowan. I’m so glad I “met” you on this tour. I started reading, and loving, Scottish 20+ years ago and am still loving them. My maiden name was Logan and supposedly our ancestors came from the Isle of Skye (MacLennan clan). I think that was only partly the reason I started reading and loving romances about brawny guys in kilts with brogues and red-haired lasses with lots of fiery spirit. I also love the wild landscape and the struggles the Scots had for years with the English. I even visited Scotland for a week in 1986 and still dream about the things I saw and felt when I was there. I would love to go again and again. Anyway, I’m so glad I have another author of Scots stories to read from! Thanks for the post.

  • May 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Rowan who was the first Scottish historical romance author you ever read and or deeply admired? Congratulations and wishing you loads of success on your brand new release!!!

  • May 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    What book or author was the first Scottish historical romance you ever read? Congrats on your release!

  • May 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    like Scottish heroes

  • May 9, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I love Scottish Highland romances and the kilted man on the cover is yummy.

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