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A Rogue at the Highland Court by Celeste Barclay is book three in The Highland Ladies series. This series is a spinoff of Barclay’s The Clan Sinclair series.
Allyson Elliot, Scottish Lowlander and lady-in-waiting at the Scottish Highland Court, is happy because she has some freedom and garners a good bit of attention from the gentlemen at Court. She flees Court rather than marry Ewan Gordon, the man the king and her father have chosen for her.
Ewan Gordon and his identical twin brother, Eoin, are known for being womanizing lechers. He’s not happy when his father and the king arrange his betrothal to Allyson Elliot.
Ewan searches for Allyson when she runs away and during the chase and subsequent return the two discover that they have underestimated and misunderstood each other. They must overcome danger, her family and the past to realize the potential of their relationship.
A Rogue at the Highland Court is as well-written as previous installments in the series. Ms. Barclay highlights the intricacies of life at court. The characters are well-rounded and well-developed. The plot held my attention from start to finish. Be aware there is some explicit content. I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers of romantic suspense and medieval romance.
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Will their forced betrothal stand between them and keep them forever apart ...
I love how each three stories in this series were all very different, Mrs Celeste Barclay surprised me one more time. And when the two previous heroes were model men, even if they enjoyed their bachelor’s days, here I would have slapped Ewan. Sure, he has right to feel tricked but none to lash out on Allyson. Why, even if I thought a decision far from well considered, I understand a trapped animal would cut its limb if it might save its life, and it was like a caged animal she felt when the news of her impending marriage was put at her feet. The first part of the race pursuit was fun, as she was good at avoiding him, then things got serious and truly dangerous, which proved the weakness of her escape plan, or absence of plan. I loved the Twins relationship and how Eoin shook his brother to make him comprehend the wrongness of his words and deeds. While it is a romance and the story focused on the main couple, Ewan’s brother took part in his wooing as he was the one to show him how bad and worse were his actions. Allyson might appear as fickle at first light, but once her past and upbringing come to light, it is understandable she has in some way found a better home at Court, where she is seen and not forgotten. It was like there were two Allyson, the downcast version at her home and the lively and flirty self at court. Along Ewan’s wooing, she also grew up and blended her two selves to stand for the neglected one. Ewan, while not a bad man, had also to see his errors and how he wounded her with he carelessness and offended spat. Why I loved to see them walking side by side then toward the other to finally stand together.
5 stars for this story of healing the scars abuse leaves in one’s soul. I was granted an advance copy by the author, I preordered mine and here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Ewan and Eoin Gordon were identical twins. Their reputation preceded themselves as Rouges with quite a past. Allyson Elliot was the youngest daughter of the Laird. He had sent her to Court to be a Lady’s Maid. Having never felt comfortable at home she tried to make a life at Court I hate to stand corrected but, This is the Best of the three. I could not stop reading it. The story and characters were so Intense. They both had issues from growing up to deal with, along with their own Emotional feelings.The whole belittling and self worth brought up such feelings that hit home and was so relatable. The twist was unexpected. Yes this is Must Read with that will leave thinking afterward.
Ewan, the H, is an arrogant, licentious man and definitely not someone who would make a good husband. Allyson is a beautiful, lighthearted flirt. But as the story unfolds we find out that both of them are so much more than what they seem to be on the surface.
Allyson has a horrible family and Ewan is disgusted by the way they treat her. Drama, secrets and passion abound as the sometimes dangerous course of their relationship is traveled. Both lead characters grow and mature in wonderful, important ways. I thought this book was very well written and entertaining.
I absolutely loved this awesome book. Loved the intrigue, passion, chemistry, and all the emotions. There are ups and downs, and lots of surprises. I loved the Allyson and Ewan, the closeness and love the author portrays is great.
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Another great highlander yarn from this writer. Allyson Elliot is the sixth and youngest sibling in her family and she has been a lady in waiting at the court of Robert The Bruce for four years now. Identical twins, Ewan and Eoin Gordon are rakes and have no intentions of settling down anytime soon so Ewan is stunned and unhappy when his father tells him he will be betrothed to Allyson. She is equally upset and adamant that she will not marry that rake and end in a loveless marriage. But the more time they spend with each other the less reluctant they become especially after Allyson has rebelled and left the court forcing her family and Ewan to pursue her and bring her back. Her family is unkind to her and Ewan takes her side which brings these two together. Some scorching sensual sex scenes ensue. We have an HEA. I received this ARC and have voluntarily reviewed.
When Celeste Barclay puts her pen to paper something magical happens and she never disappoints. I loved the story, “A Rogue At The Highland Court”! Masterfully written, beautifully told amidst the intrigues and intricacies of the court of Robert The Bruce is the tale of Lady Allyson, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth Bruce And Ewan Gordon, a womanizing rogue and son and heir of his clan's laird. and of course things are not always as they appear.
I loved Celeste’s attention to detail and the way she seamlessly wove her story in into the history of the Highland Court, events of the time and around the king Robert The Bruce and various other historical When Celeste Barclay puts her pen to paper something magical happens and she never disappoints. I loved the story, “A Rogue At The Highland Court”! Masterfully written, beautifully told amidst the intrigues and intricacies of the court of Robert The Bruce is the tale of Lady Allyson, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth Bruce And Ewan Gordon, a womanizing rogue and son and heir of his clan's laird. and of course things are not always as they appear.
I loved Celeste’s attention to detail and the way she seamlessly woven her story into the history of the Highland Court, events of the time and around the king Robert The Bruce and various other historical figures.
The characters were well developed and portrayed. Our heroine is a strong woman who despite growing up with such a horrid family remained kind and good. Our hero was a rogue to be certain and appeared quite unkind and self centered but but time spent with Allyson and the connection they had forced him to rethink who he was and to want to be a better man, honorable, loyal and faithful. It was exciting to see the love story develop as they learned more about one another. I enjoyed the relationship our hero, Ewan shared with his twin.
The story is packed chock-full with drama, intrigue , and a mystery. This is the love they have to fight for making it all the more sweet. The dialogue was great and Celeste’s imagery puts you right in the middle of the story. She always holds me spellbound from the beginning to the end. You can’t go wrong with this story!
Thank you Celeste for such an exciting, well written, unpredictable story of adventure in love.
The youngest of five siblings, Allyson spent her childhood with a family who considered her to be beneath their notice and dealing with unsavory rumors about her birth. She blossoms into more of her own person when she is sent to court to serve as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth Bruce, up until an arranged marriage to an unrepentant rake shatters her world. Desperate, Allyson flees court in an effort to retain her ability to make decisions for herself.
Ewan Gordon is the son and heir of his clan's laird, but he and his twin brother, Eoin, have enjoyed life as fun-loving bachelors, not ready to settle down. Though Ewan is attracted to Allyson, he doesn't welcome the king's order to marry her. His views on marriage as a business arrangement and fidelity as unnecessary are unacceptable to Allyson. As he tracks down his runaway bride, Ewan soon realizes she's far more than she at first seemed and he finds himself rethinking his views on everything, including honor and fidelity.
As Ewan and Allyson grow closer and become a true couple, members of her family try to come between them and Ewan fights to keep Allyson from retreating into herself. Ewan and Allyson must rely on each other in the face of those who would push them apart.
I enjoyed this story overall. Ewan and his hypocrisy were hard to get past, but the fact that he recognized this in himself, paired with his lovely prayer scene and immense character development made him work for me. I loved how he stood up for Allyson and became so protective of her. The intrigue kept my interest and I was so happy that no tired plot devices were used and this hero was smart enough to save himself from entrapment. This was my favorite of the series so far and I look forward to more.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.