The Laird by Grace Burrowes is the third book in the Captive Hearts series. This historical romance is currently scheduled for release on September 2 2014. While reading the previous books can give you some great insight into a few of the characters, each book in this series can also stand on its own. After years at war Michael Brodie returns to his Highland estate to find that the bride he left behind has become a stranger. Brenna is self-sufficient, competent, confident-and furious about Michael's prolonged absence. Brenna is also hurt, bewildered, and tired of fighting for the respect of those around her. Michael left her when she needed him most, and then stayed away even after the war ended. Nonetheless, the young man who abandoned her has come home a wiser, more patient and honorable husband. But, if she trusts Michael with the truths she's been guarding, he'll have to choose between his wife and everything else he holds dear.
If you have read my previous two reviews of books in this series, The Captive and The Traitor, then you know that I enjoyed The Captive and liked The Traitor even more. Well the trend has continued. I had trouble putting The Laird down on several occasions when I relly needed to do important things like get my kids to camp in the morning or myself to work in the morning or to bed at night. Michael is a compelling character, and has had me curious through the previous books. He is strong minded and determined, but bares some scars and emotional baggage. He is loyal to a fault, and honest with himself and others. A great hero on several levels, including some inner scars and flaws you do not fully understand until the very end. Brenna is my favorite heroine in the series. She has overcome huge obstacles and still does her best to help everyone regardless of how they feel about her. She is resilient, and honest to herself. The pacing of their romance is just wonderful, no assumption of affection, rather a true romance including wooing.
I would recommend The Laird to everyone that enjoys historical romance and main characters that come into the story with emotional scars. Readers that have enjoyed other books by Burrowes should label this a must read. It has a true love story and multiple subplots running that all come together beautifully.
Now for the giveaways! First, the official giveaway from Grace Burrowes and her publisher:
And for a second chance to win, I also happen to have a full set of paperback galleys of this series at home. Would you like a chance to win them? Well, then enter this giveaway too: