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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (6 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848452594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848452596
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"Cornick gives the Regency historical a deliciously fresh twist." -Booklist on Whisper of Scandal

"A rising star of the Regency arena." -Publishers Weekly

"Nicola Cornick creates a glittering, sensual world of historical romance that I never want to leave." -Anna Campbell, author of Untouched


"Cornick gives the Regency historical a deliciously fresh twist." -Booklist on Whisper of Scandal



"A rising star of the Regency arena." -Publishers Weekly



"Nicola Cornick creates a glittering, sensual world of historical romance that I never want to leave." -Anna Campbell, author of Untouched


"Witty banter, lively action and sizzling passion."-Library Journal on The Undoing of a Lady --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick has written over thirty historical romances for Harlequin and HQN Books. She has been nominated twice for a RWA RITA Award and twice for the UK RNA Award. She works as a historian and guide in a seventeenth century house. In 2006 she was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Ruskin College, Oxford, where she wrote her dissertation on heroes.


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In this story, Nicola Cornick has spun a web of impossible obstacles yet somehow, the dashing hero overcomes them and while proving his rugged determination to protect what is his, he shows great tenderness towards the damaged heroine. We follow their adventures from the ballrooms of Edinburgh up into the Highlands and eventually into the Islands. The scenery forms a wonderful part of the story, giving us a flavour of a harsh but beautiful country with doughty folk, loyal to the true laird. There is a most horrible, slimy and sinister villain and I love the way he keeps reappearing, determined to protect his own evil interests, and wreaking havoc on everyone else. The last part of the story is so full of action and suspense that I couldn't put it down until I reached the end. And then I wished it was longer.
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Set a few centuries later than most Scottish romances, THE LADY AND THE LAIRD has a more dignified, refined feel to it. More like a Regency romance. As a lover of the more rugged, warrior types and more basic way of life, this aspect didn't really work for me as well as I'd hoped it might, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.

The premise of a scandalous erotic letter ruining Robert Methven's chance at a marriage that would have secured his family's lands, causing him to seek retribution - and a replacement wife - in the letter's author, was fun and not something I've read before. The idea that a virgin would know how to write such salacious offerings? Well, you may have to suspend your disbelief a little on that one, but it was definitely an interesting idea. I found the stuff involving Lucy and the Blue Stockings Society quite entertaining as well, and the sexual tension between her and Robert during that time was thick. Cornick wasn't shy with her sensual scenes, either, and there were some seriously scorching chapters!

After appreciating the tension and slow build of Robert and Lucy's romance, I then found the pacing and tempo towards the end of the book a little quick for my liking. There were some emotional scenes as well that I wish we could have slowed down and explored further. But, it's no secret I'm slightly masochistic in my desire to be emotionally drained by my books, so that could well just be my opinion, and mine alone.

All together THE LADY AND THE LAIRD was a bit of a mixed bag for me personally, but Cornick is definitely an author to watch - particularly for fans of Regency style historicals.

3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2013
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This is a Romeo and Juliet style story, in which Robert Methven and young Lucy MacMorlan meet after Lucy's father decides to disregard old clan rancour and invites Robert to dinner at his ducal home. Other guests do not welcome Robert.

In 1812 Lucy, single at twenty-four and working on mathematics, as a change from provocative erotic poetry, puts the pen down to talk to her mischievous brother Lachlan. He wants to marry a girl, but Robert Methven has asked for her hand too; can Lucy help? Robert had made good money trading timber in Canada and has now inherited a title on his brother's death. Lucy is a red-haired, blue-eyed girl, and when Robert's intended jilts him Lucy is in the church... feeling guilty. The rival clans gloat and Lucy's cousin Wilfred, whose pockets are to let, would like to marry her money. Robert then informs her that due to a complex will, if he doesn't marry a descendent of the Earls of Cardross within a year he will forfeit his inheritance. Lucy has unknowingly played into his enemies' hands.

I found Lucy overly benevolent, donating all her money to foundlings' hospitals when in cold castles she would have wanted to buy books and clothes. She has to be chaperoned, but oddly the older lady doesn't take her job too seriously. Lucy complains of stifling rules, yet she has not been obliged to marry and is allowed to attend political and economic lectures. The laird at this time might force tenant farmers off the land, making more from sheep or sales than the meagre rent. Robert is determined to see that this doesn't happen to his tenants. He is a strong character, versed in astronomy and navigation. I liked the Highland Ladies Bluestocking Society. The landscape descriptions are nicely atmospheric, with mists, glens, choppy seas and pewter skies.
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I enjoyed this book very much - Robert Methven is irresistible and Lady Lucy worthy of him. The story line was interesting and kept me reading right to the end. What I most like about Ms Cornick is that she does not 'over Scotticise'. She rightly knows that the nobility in the 19th century spoke largely standard English and she resists the temptation to 'write Scottish' for the lower orders. Although she takes a bit of poetic licence with Scottish geography, nothing is jarring.

I have already ready read the other two books in this series (the second one, One Night with the Laird, is my favourite - well up among my Regency Romance top books!) and would say that the standard does not drop off across the set. If you haven't discovered Ms Cornick yet as an author, now is the time to do so!
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