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VINE VOICEon July 26, 2010
Set in Scotland during the mid 18th century, Melody Thomas provides an interesting time and place for her latest novel, Claimed by A Scottish Lord. Usually titles like this hint at an earlier time period and truthfully several times I forgot the setting. This book almost feels like a medieval romance. I enjoyed portions of this novel immensely; especially the final third of the novel but the first two thirds were not as entertaining, mostly because I never really understood the heroine's actions and view point.

Since Rose was three years old she has lived a quiet life at the abbey, tending villagers with her herbs and conducting experiments in science, plus searching for Arthurian artifacts. Her world abruptly changes when the new Lord Ruark Kerr Lord Roxburghe returns after several years at sea. Ruark has a history and friendship with Father Tucker at the abbey so he meets Rose quickly after his return. Rose forms an instant like and dislike with this man.

Ruark is not overly pleased to be back in Scotland, he has only returned to free his half brother from Lord Hereford, an Englishman who despises Ruark. Realizing that Rose could be a valuable asset in his negotiations to free his brother, Ruark kidnaps her. Rose almost kills herself in escaping; she is saved by Ruark, who is enchanted with the tall statuesque beauty. Ruark's point of view is very well written, the reader knows exactly how he feels about Rose. I liked Ruark, he is honorable and patient and he is self sacrificing and loyal, traits I admire in a hero.

Rose is harder to fathom. I felt as if this story, at least the first half or so, detailed Ruark's thoughts nicely but Rose's were focused more on other things rather than the hero. When she does think of the hero it is mostly in a fearful or distrustful way. I did not feel that she really liked him until the latter half of the novel.

The last third of this novel though has a different feel mostly because Rose's inner thoughts are filled with her feelings for the hero. Here she is contemplative, less judgmental and more open open-minded. Her softer side showed in almost all of her actions as did her loyalty. I admired her courage but she was also vulnerable too.

Overall this novel has plenty of action and the hero is a delight but the heroine's feelings toward the hero were a bit murky whereas his were well thought out and insightful, however the last portion of this novel shows the heroine in a much better light and she becomes just as likable as her hero, 3.5 stars.
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on July 1, 2010
Twenty years old Rose Lancaster has lived her life inside the cloistered Hope Abbey. She has also dreamed much of her life of escaping from her gilded cage to see the world outside the cloisters and to meet her father. She finds an ancient ring that brings her new hope.

Thus in 1755 towering Rose is in a Scottish village when she learns of the return of Ruark Kerr Lord Roxburghe, who was away for over a decade. The Black Dragon as he is known has come home to claim his rightful position and ransom his brother from the English Lord Hereford. He seeks an edge when he negotiates with the tough border warden and knows he needs a chip; Hereford's missing (for years) daughter, Lady Roselyn. Ruark meets Rose because her height makes her stand out in a crowd. He believes she is Roselyn so abducts her to trade her for his brother. As they fall in love while he escorts her to Hereford, each will scrutinize their desire vs their family allegiance

This is a warm Georgian Era romance with a wee touch of Arthurian fantasy. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing of beloved enemies while her father is his and his clan's biggest adversary. Fast-paced throughout, fans will enjoy this straightforward by the book eighteenth century borders romance as the captor wonders just who is the captive.

Harriet Klausner
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on October 19, 2013
great Book to read..I read over 1000 books over the years , so it is hard for me to find a good book..It was not the best I read...but very entertaining..I love historical and paranormal romance books..It was worth my time..
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on June 8, 2011
Although Ruark Kerr and Rose Lancaster have just met, their lives are deeply entwined. Ruark has recently returned home after being at sea for the last thirteen years to set his brother Jamie free from imprisonment. Lord Herford, the warden who has imprisoned Jamie, is an old foe of Ruark's family and, as it turns out, Rose's father. Ruark takes Rose hostage intending to exchange her for his brother's freedom, but the more time they spend together, the more Ruark and Rose like each other. Fighting their attraction becomes impossible. If Ruark uses Rose to free his brother, he'll lose the woman he's come to love.

Rose is no docile captive in Claimed by a Scottish Lord, but she recognizes the futility of resisting her fate. Her attraction to Ruark adds to her acquiescence. Rose is graceful and dignified. She's passionate and strong. These traits, along with her beauty, are what draw Rurak to her. Ruark is a warrior, yet he is compassionate as well. He is in a seemingly impossible position. Does he free his brother or keep the woman he loves? The attraction between Rose and Ruark simmers with sensuality like magic in the air around them. Their desire for each other is tangible and their emotions easy to read. Claimed by a Scottish Lord is an enchanting and timeless tale where a perfect love is found in the depths insurmountable odds.

Nannette
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on October 24, 2014
this story has it all...love,hate,goodness and evil,woven together in a spell binding adventure.
A great read for the romantic in us all!
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VINE VOICEon September 27, 2010
Here is the deal I enjoy Melody Thomas novels and did finish this book in a day BUT it wasn't Melody Thomas best work. It was interesting book and great characters but expect more.

The story was about Rose Lancaster who has been living at the Abbey since she was 3 years old when her mother died. This Abbey sits on the Scottish/English border and now Ruark Kerr is back to claim the head of the clan. His 1/2 brother was arrested by English Lord/Warden and Ruark needs to find a solution to budding war - which might be Rose...

If you enjoy this genre here are a few of my favorite from this past summer;A Little Bit Wild,Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane),Ruthless (The House of Rohan)
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on October 6, 2010
This story was totally enjoyable. The characters were believable and the story had lots of turns to make it a page turner. A person always wants and expects a happy ending this book keeps you wondering if that will happen right up to the end. Rose is a wonderful heroine that you understand and do not dismiss. I will read it again!
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on December 20, 2010
the story line was ok, it felt slow at some points and there wasnt enough romance in it. didnt keep this one.
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