Tempting the Laird Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish Highlands
Unruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie’s reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that’s exactly what she does when Zelda’s legacy - a refuge for women in need - comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, Cat is soon caught up in the provocative rumors surrounding the dark duke. Never one to retreat, Cat boldly goes where no one else has dared for answers.
Shrouded in secrets, a hostage of lies, Hamlin must endure the fear and suspicion of those who believe he is a murderer. The sudden disappearance of his wife and the truth he keeps silent risk his chances at earning a coveted parliamentary seat. But he’s kept his affairs tightly held until a woman with sparkling eyes and brazen determination appears unexpectedly in his life. Deadly allegations might be his downfall, but his unleashed passion could be the duke’s ultimate undoing.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 32 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 26, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #101,267 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Hamlin Graham, the Duke of Montrose is a murderer, if gossip is to be believed. Cat is fascinated by the tale of his marriage and the disappearance of his wife and decides to learn the truth. She doesn’t really believe he killed his wife, but the woman is missing, so something happened! She meets Hamlin and his delightful ward Eula when they pay a call to invite him to dine. Hamlin is taken aback by this vivacious woman, she is lovely and very bold, a combination that he is unwillingly drawn to.
Hamlin is basically an outcast, everyone believes he killed his wife Glenna, who was universally adored, but only a couple of people know the truth about her and her disappearance. Hamlin desperately wants to gain a seat in the House of Lords, a feat that seems almost impossible with the rumors of murder floating around. So when he is invited to dinner, his secretary insists that he attend, he needs to convince the voting members of the house, that he should be voted in. He reluctantly goes and is mesmerized by Cat – she is incredible!
They end up spending more and more time together and finally become lovers. Both know that theirs is not a happily ever after love story. He can’t marry someone with her tainted background if he wants to get a seat in the Lords and she has the abbey to manage. But neither can seem to walk away. They are so happy together and they begin to contemplate how they can stay together and what they are willing to give up for their love, when the truth of Hamlin’s first marriage comes roaring into his life.
Both Cat and Hamlin are heartbroken, but there is no way they can be together without hurting someone. They part and in a surprising moment of compassion, Cat makes an offer that will ensure they are never together, but will guarantee him a seat in the Lords. Hamlin is overwhelmed by Cat’s generosity and vows that she will never regret him – he will spend the rest of his life making sure she doesn’t.
I really enjoyed this book, but it will rip your heart out and stomp on it – it is entertaining, steamy, witty and heartbreaking. The love between Hamlin and Cat is a beautiful soulmate type love and your heart will break right along with theirs, the secondary characters are delightful, especially Hamlin’s ward Eula, the ending is completely breathtaking and sigh worthy! And if that was not enough, there is a wonderful epilogue as well as very informative Author notes and a glossary! While this is the fifth book in the series, but it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone title and I am happy to recommend it.
Tempting the Laird
If that little quote doesn’t get your interest, then I despair for you, dear romance reader.
Julia London’s Tempting the Laird is the fifth book in her Highland Grooms series and it’s delicious. Oh, it’s the usual “brooding Scotsman brought back to life by Highland lass” trope, but in the masterful hands of author London, Tempting the Laird is anything but your usual Highland romance.
Independent Catriona “Cat” Mackenzie has long given up on her dream of having a husband and children. At age thirty-three (!), the beautiful, intelligent woman has long embraced her reality, and along with her Aunt Zelda, Cat has spent her years caring for the abandoned woman and children of the Highlands. Upon Zelda’s death, Cat learns that the property used to shelter those helpless souls is to be seized by the Crown. Cat is ready to fight, but intercession by her family finds her instead spending her summer with her Uncle, the Earl of Knox. Uncle Knox apparently has all sorts of connections and there is some hope that he can persuade the Crown to abandon its plan regarding Cat’s shelter.
Enter Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose. Dark, handsome, fortyish, Hamlin is a neighbor to Knox. Immensely wealthy, Hamlin is also married— although his wife, the Duchess, has gone missing. Rumors abound concerning her disappearance; some even suspect that the Duchess was murdered by her husband.
Cat, a free-thinker, hears the rumors regarding the Duke and decides to solve the mystery of the missing Duchess. Upon meeting Hamlin, Cat is certain he did not kill his wife, leaving her more intrigued. Finding Hamlin attractive and compassionate, Cat cannot understand why the Duke allows the continued speculation that he is a murderer to continue.
Hamlin is struck by Cat’s generosity, intellect and beauty. Her wit and confidence appeal to him, and soon his thoughts regarding Cat take a deliberately passionate turn. The depth of his feelings for her shake Hamlin to his core — he’s never experienced the sort of desire he holds for Cat.
Luckily for both of them, Cat, realizing at her age it may be her last chance to experience passion in her life, goes for it and soon Hamlin and Cat are riding more than their horses. Lost in her feelings for Hamlin, Cat lets go of her worries — the shelter, the missing Duchess — she revels in her stolen moments with Hamlin. But soon, reality sets in and both Cat and Hamlin are forced to reveal the truth of their lives. As secrets come to light, is there any chance of a HEA for the two lovers?
I loved Tempting the Laird. This story had everything a good Highland romance should contain — the misunderstood, lonely Laird, the strong, independent woman who loves him, the fierce loyalty of clan, mysteries hidden in the moors — all wrapped up in a tartan of passion.
Wonderfully written, Julia London keeps the story at a fluid and smooth pace — no filler, no fluff, no extraneous characters or unresolved minor arcs. London’s storytelling is entertaining, her characters are engaging and the plot is engrossing.
Julia London’s Tempting the Laird gets my highest recommendation. If you’re a lover of the Highland romance genre, you will not be disappointed.
While visiting her uncle, she meets the mysterious Duke of Montrose, Hamlin Graham, and his 10-year-old ward, Eula Guinne. Eula is a cousin to his deceased wife. She likes the Duke and wants to solve the mystery of his wife. Eula adores her, and Catriona spends time with her, and Hamlin. She likes that his politics align with hers and other things about him. But there are questions to be answered (is his wife dead or alive?) and problems to be solved (what happens to women at the abbey?) before they reach their HEA. You’ll have a roller coaster ride of emotions. I think this is one of Julia London’s best and it will be on my keeper shelf.