The Laird of Blackloch:
Book 2 in the Highland Rogue Series
Following the Battle of Culloden, Alexander MacIvor returns to his ancestral home, Blackloch Castle, only to find the Earl of Tay, chief of the rival Clan Campbell, has laid waste to everything he holds dear. In the face of such devastation, Alex seems doomed to live the life of a fugitive Jacobite ... until a stroke of good luck allows him to escape the Highlands and begin again.
Years later, styling himself as a wealthy Englishman, Alexander reclaims his forfeited estate, becoming the new Laird of Blackloch. But it’s not nearly enough to quench his thirst for vengeance. Hell-bent on destroying Lord Tay, he single-mindedly sets about driving his nemesis to bankruptcy. When he learns the earl intends to marry the very beautiful English heiress, Miss Sarah Lambert, thus escaping penury, he devises a devious plan: kidnap Miss Lambert and ransom her to hasten Tay’s ruin.
When Sarah Lambert learns Lord Tay is not the man she thought he was during a masquerade ball in Edinburgh, she is devastated. Reeling from her discovery, things go from bad to worse when a mysterious yet charming guest by the name of Alexander Black turns out to be a true devil in disguise. Abducted and whisked way into the wild Highlands by Black, Sarah is imprisoned in a remote, island-bound tower. Refusing to be a pawn in Black’s diabolical plan for revenge, she determines that somehow, some way, she will regain her freedom. If only she could unlock Black’s secrets ...
Living in such close quarters, Alexander quickly discovers the spirited Sarah is more than a match for him, and even the best laid plans can go awry when passion flares and the spark of love threatens to revive his long-dead heart. When the shadows of the past begin to gather, will Alexander and Sarah find their way forward ... or will the threatening darkness destroy them both?
The Coffee Pot Book Club Review
The Coffee Pot Book Club Review
Culloden was just the beginning...
Alexander MacIvor has lost everything. The war. His ancestral home. His title. His family. And if he is not careful... His life. On the run from the English, this embittered Jacobite can do nothing but head for the Highlands.
Just when Alexander thought his life could not get any worse, an unexpected moment of good fortune falls onto his lap and paves the way for his escape from the hangman's noose or worse. But as he says goodbye to his beloved Scotland, he vows to one-day return, reclaim what is his and destroy the man who had so nearly destroyed him — the dishonourable and dangerous, Lord Tay. Alexander will stop at nothing to achieve his aims.
Many years later, rich beyond imagination, Alexander returns to his beloved country. He goes by the name of Alexander Black — for Alexander MacIvor is still considered a traitor to the crown. Alexander has bided his time, but enough is enough. He must have his revenge, and if that means abducting the soon-to-be-wife of his greatest enemy then so be it. But Sarah Lambert makes for no easy captive, and he cannot help but admire her. What he must not do is fall in love with the spirited young woman. If she were to find out who he really was, it would spell disaster for his plans and for his life. He must have revenge. Nothing, not even Sarah, would stand in his way.
You know you have read a great book when you sit up to the small wee hours turning those pages because you cannot possibly put the book down and go to bed. The Laird of Blackloch: Book 2 in the Highland Rogue Series By Amy Rose Bennett is such a book.
I have to admit I am a big fan of Amy Rose Bennet. Her books always have a wonderful sense of adventure as well as a compelling and believable romance. I am glad to say that The Laird of Blackloch did not disappoint. Once again, Ms Bennett threw me straight into the story and very soon I came to care about both Alexander and Sarah. Although Alexander's plan for revenge leaves something to be desired, his motives are kind of noble in a twisted sort of way. By abducting Sarah, Alexander is actually saving her from a lifetime of misery to a man who is nothing short of a monster. And although Alexander's actions at kidnapping the young woman can also be seen as monstrous, Alexander has a kind and caring heart. He is quite a contradiction!
Sarah was simply wonderful. She was probably the worst kind of person to abduct because she does not come quietly and she certainly gives Alexander a merry chase on more than one occasion. She is very strong-willed but also incredibly likable. She is one of those heroines that you cannot help but admire. Both protagonists are well drawn, and their story and subsequent romance is very real in the telling.
Lord Tay, the malicious villain to this tale, has to have a mention. He is suitable evil and it a very desperate and conniving character. His only thoughts are for the money that Sarah would bring to a marriage and in fact that is his first thought when he finds out she has been taken. It is her money he loves, not her. Lord Tay is totally lacking in morals and is a thoroughly detestable man.
The Laird of Blackloch is Book 2 in the Highland Rogue Series and it is certainly my favourite so far. Book 3 cannot come fast enough!!
I Highly Recommend.
Amy Rose Bennett
Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favorite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after.
Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, and a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback. She has been a speech pathologist for many years but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling—writing romance.