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X Marks the Scot

by Victoria Roberts

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'An exciting Highland adventure with sensual and compelling romance.' - Amanda Forester, author of True Highland Spirit on Temptation in a Kilt He was a Highland Rogue Wicked with a Bow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies. Declan MacGregor hadn't a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman... until he had to escort Lady LiadainCampbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can't just abandon her to that vipers' nest without protection. She Never Asked for a Bodyguard... Liadain wasn't thrilled to be left in the care of her clan's archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust...… (more)
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If you read the first book of the series Temptation in a Kilt (which you really should) then you know we have already been introduced to Declan and Liadain. For the majority of the first book Declan was a drunk man-whore who frequently conversed with horses. By the end of the first book he was starting to shape up and had met Liadain when he put a knife to her throat.
This book starts off not long after the end of the first book. Declan has escorted Liadain to court where she is now a ward of the King. She doesn't know what the King will decide her fate is. She and Declan have developed a friendship while navigating the treacheries of court. When they get thrown even closer together sparks fly. But being together won't be easy when treason threatens them.
Of course we get to see what is going on with the rest of the MacGregor Clan which is always nice to see how their lives are progressing since they found their HEA. ( )
  SweetLiar | May 5, 2016 |
We have a healer from an enemy clan, and the rake who has bedded half of Scotland. As you can imagine they bicker constantly ;)

Declan is a no good rogue who loves to bed women. Liadan is a gentle healer who only wants to help people. They met in book 1, but you do not need to read book 1 to follow the story. This is a new story, their story.

At first we have court intrigues, and a sinister plot in the making. You will see what when a certain character shows up, and you will know at once. The romance is slow building, as they of course bicker. She is the bloody Campbell's sister of course, while she is mostly annoyed by his presence. The love, when it did come, did feel too fast. It was more like, banter banter, lust lust love. For her yes perhaps, him, I just do not know. But then how much time can they have since the book ends ;)

And now I really want a book with Montgomery as the hero, or that cousin from book 1. Yes please.

A hunky highlander meets a feisty lass. That's the story ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
By: Victoria Roberts
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Bad Boys of the Highlands #2
Review:

"X Marks the Scot" by Victoria Roberts was a good 'Scottish Medieval historical romance and is the second in this series: 'Bad boys of the Highlands #2. This was a fast paced read and will kept you hooked all the way through the novel. The plot coming from both point of views was quite intriguing and I found all of the characters so well developed in this story. I loved the way this author put these two different people finally together (hero & heroine)coming from two different clans. This is were we find Declan(bad boy) not liking the Campbell clan. How will this turn out...you will have to pick up "X Mark the Scots" to find out. Be prepared for a lot of twist and turns. However, before our hero and heroine can come together there was a lots of angst between the two clans and then you have the kings involvement. Being a Highland read you will get many issues such as the arranged marriages, the consequences of treason that went on in that era. I will say there was never a dull moment and if you like a ' Scottish Highlander' where a lots will be going on I would recommend "X Marks the Scot" to you as a good read. ( )
  arlenadean | Jun 1, 2013 |
I love me some Declan. *swoon*

X MARKS THE SCOT picks up where the first book (TEMPTATION IN A KILT) ended. Laird Ciaran MacGregor's youngest brother Declan is sent to the English court as an escort for Lady Liadain Campbell, and neither one is happy about the arrangement. It *might* be because their clans have been mortal enemies forever and ever, and Declan would rather drink and bed the lasses than be responsible for anything.

In spite of the fact that he's a naughty rogue, Declan takes his job as Liadain's protector very seriously, and my goodness, she needs one! Liadain is an expert herbalist and healer, which ends up getting her in some trouble at court. In a strange twist of fate the two are forced into marriage and sent back to the Highlands, and their new relationship as husband and wife does little to ease the bitterness between them.

Declan and Liadian are both strong-willed, passionate characters, and soon the animosity turns to yummy sexual tension. But just as things start to change between them, lies, betrayal and political intrigue threaten to tear them apart.

X MARKS THE SCOT was an entertaining historical romance with an intriguing story and great characters. If you haven't read the first book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series, I would recommend doing so before reading this one. I think it could be read stand alone, but knowing the back story will make it even more enjoyable. 4-stars!

Review copy courtesy of NetGalley. ( )
  bookofsecrets | Feb 17, 2013 |
posted on Romancing the Books blog
reviewed by Robin
review copy from Netgalley

As a big fan of Highland stories, I jumped at the chance to read this one. You can never read too many. But, as it seems to happen at times sometimes you choose a book by the picture, title or even the name of the author thinking this is going to be great and although you tried to find the greatness it just didn’t capture your heart like you were hoping. It was a good story, but nothing special that stood out.

In X Marks the Scot, we find strong willed Lady Liadain. Being surrounded by many strong willed men Liadain proved that she was just as good as any of the men. She wasn’t one to lie down and get walked all over. She stood her ground. Not only was she strong but she was just feisty enough that she kept men off kilter not knowing what to expect. But when all is said and done she is gentle just a woman should be.

Declan even though he tends to be portrayed a little immature most of the time, he also has a sweet yet funny side to his personality. He is also portrayed as a bit of a lady’s man. His take on things is that if the ladies are willing why then shouldn’t he help them out.

Having been thrown together in a marriage of convenience he blamed Liadain at first. The more time spent together he soon learned she wasn’t to blame for their situation. Declan always the one to look after the ladies feels that Liadain needs to be protected. She soon shows him otherwise. The longer they are together the spark/chemistry grows. To me it seemed rather a slow process. Which at times can be nice but…

Overall I enjoyed Ms. Roberts Highland story of X Marks the Scot. This is the second in her series of bad boy highlanders. Anyone who is a fan of highland stories will fall in love with this even if it is slow in spots and somewhat predictable. So grab this story when it comes out and travel to court with Liadain and Declan as they find themselves thrown together as he starts off as her bodyguard and moves to being her husband. ( )
  RtB | Feb 11, 2013 |
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'An exciting Highland adventure with sensual and compelling romance.' - Amanda Forester, author of True Highland Spirit on Temptation in a Kilt He was a Highland Rogue Wicked with a Bow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies. Declan MacGregor hadn't a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman... until he had to escort Lady LiadainCampbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can't just abandon her to that vipers' nest without protection. She Never Asked for a Bodyguard... Liadain wasn't thrilled to be left in the care of her clan's archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust...

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