I was surprised to realize that this novel is actually a later effort than the author's own "The Scotsman". At times, it reads like a first draft of an earlier work. Some of the themes and motivations from "The Scotsman" are re-used and re-worked here, also. Is the author losing her edge?
However, that's not to say it's bad. Rob, the hero, the "Laird" of the title, is very strongly written and his characterization is perfect. The plot certainly moves right along. The heroine, I thought, could have been more individual. She's not totally blah, but there is something less than special about her. Unfortunately, while reading the novel, I kept thinking of her as Janet, not Judith which is her proper name. When you can't remember a heroine's name while reading the book, that says something!
I also have to say that I thought the hero's losing ALL his brothers, while apparently a historical accuracy, was a bit much for a romance novel. The hero's and his father's period of mourning, and the intense pain of such a loss, seemed too shortchanged.
I would still recommend the book, but I suggest the author's "The Scotsman" is the better novel. It contains many of the same themes & conflicts and is clearly the better-edited novel.