Date published: July 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained from the Publisher
Rose Lancaster had a sheltered upbringing in Hope Abbey, but learnt a lot from books. She loves the Arthurian tales and spends time with an elderly lady who also has an interest in magic. The local lord returns when she’s trying to get back to the abbey. Rose is intrigued but dislikes the way he rides through the townsfolk, without acknowledging anyone.
Lord Roxburge known as Ruark Kerr, has come home after being exiled more than a decade. He’s also named the ‘Black Dragon’ for the ship he sails the seas in. He’s almost a law unto himself and not many cross him and survive. Stopping off at the abbey, he meets Rose and learns she’s the daughter of his greatest enemy, Lord Hereford. Knowing his younger brother is a prisoner of Herefords, along with two cousins, he holds Rose hostage for an exchange.
CLAIMED BY A SCOTTISH LORD is one of the most interesting historical tales I’ve read this year. Ruark is a fascinating hero with a mix of danger and heroism in his make-up, plus he’s hot in bed. He’s also very likeable, mercurial with a lot of kindness hidden behind his harshness. Rose is an even more mixed up young woman, with a yearning for love after losing her mother early in life. Her father doesn’t seem to be interested and she has picked up a young orphan, Jack. As Rose is a Sassenach, until she can prove herself she will always be an out-caste amongst the clan.
There are many thrilling moments as danger is around the characters in many forms. The Scottish clan are an unruly bunch, but loyal to Ruark.
When a battle comes, the description is very well done, making this a memorable tale.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.