Book Review – The Laird Who Loved Me

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen HawkinsTitle: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author: Karen Hawkins
Series: MacLean Curse – Book #5
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: August 25th 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4165-6026-5
Source: owned (paperback)


Handsome Alexander MacLean enjoyed his intoxicating flirtation with lovely Caitlyn Hurst…until she embarrassed him in front of the entire ton. Orchestrating Caitlyn’s attendance at a fashionable house party, Alexander plots her downfall. But to his fury, her charm and wit thwart his plan to ruin her.

Her disastrous London season left Caitlyn filled with regret and determined to make things right with Alexander. She’s delighted to find him at the house party to which she’s unexpectedly invited – but it’s clear that the sexy, arrogant Highlander hasn’t forgiven her. So Caitlyn comes up with a bold scheme, proposing an unusual contest drawn from legend: each must complete a set of “mythic” tasks. If Caitlyn succeeds, Alexander promises to relent and forgive her previous rash behavior; if he succeeds, she will join him in his bed! But can Caitlyn force Alexander to give up his quest for vengeance without giving up her heart in return?

My Thoughts

I did mention that I loved historical romance a few posts back and this book was no exception. I usually use a book in that genre as a pick me up after a really crappy day…or week and this book served it’s purpose. I spent a matter of hours reading it, and the book left me in an aura of belief that something like that could actually be out there.

The book was absolutely hilarious, the character’s crazy antics were one that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading about. Although this book is part of a series (number 5 in the series) this was the first of the series that I’ve read and I found that I don’t really need to read the other ones to know what was going on previously. The novel hinted with the tale of the curse and mentioned brothers and sisters of Alexander but not enough to leave you clueless. The author gave you enough to get you through the book without having to read the entire series.

I loved Caitlyn but I didn’t like how all the men were attracted to her, really can anyone have that much charisma that they attract an entire room full of men? I liked her personality and spirit, how she never gave up and always was looking to prove peoples (Alexander) wrong. I didn’t like  Georgianna, but I feel like her story or plot line didn’t quite get a finish, unless I missed something. Sure she had a hand in the fight between Alexander and Dervishton but was that it? Yes she made Caitlyn feel two inches tall the night she left but Georgianna wanted to ruin Caitlyn and felt that she didn’t try hard enough. I wanted Caitlyn to come out on top in the first place but I also would have liked her to have had the chance to knock Georgianna down a peg if she had tried like she had expressed to ruin Caitlyn.

I’m very glad that Alexander came back in the end because after everything they put each other through they really did deserve their happy ever after together. I even actually shed some tears in the end.

The end of the book hinted at maybe another book, with the next generation? Caitlyn and Alexander’s children, I think I would definitely read the rest of the series from start to finish.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author’s Website: Karen Hawkins


5 thoughts on “Book Review – The Laird Who Loved Me

  1. First off I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in
    which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear
    your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had
    difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

    • Hey,

      Thanks for the visit, I’m glad your enjoying yourself.
      As for centering yourself and clearing my thoughts I have to say that I don’t think I have that quite mastered. But I’ll try and explain how I write, and it may give you some insight and tips.

      I guess I do two kinds of writing, I like to write both fiction and book reviews. I vary in how I write with both of them.
      For my book reviews which I just started to do, after I finish reading a novel, I like to wait a period of time before I actually sit down to write about it. This gives me a chance to I guess “center” myself. It gives me time to really think about my feelings on the book. Sometimes I wait up to two days before I actually write the review because I don’t know quite how to put how I felt into words.

      With writing fiction it’s different, for me anyway. When I write, I don’t write in a uniform motion. I don’t clear my thoughts, I simply write what the thoughts are because those fuel my story. When you write, don’t force it, it should come naturally. Don’t try to organize them because often times I try to do that and I lose half the ideas buzzing around in my head. I write how they come to me, even if I’m in the middle of a sentence and I get another idea, the words flow right into that idea. I know it makes a mess for the editing process but that’s how it should be.

      Have you head of NaNoWriMo, if you have then great, but if not; it’s where an online community of people all over the globe strive to write 50,000 words in one month. I’ve never actually compeleted the goal though I’ve tried many times over, but I at least attempt to practice what they’ve preached as a tool for successful writers. It’s: don’t think, just write. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense or sounds “dumb”. It shouldn’t matter if it has a spelling mistake or grammar errors. You take care of that all in the editing process. They say to lock your inner editor in a box and pretend the backspace key isn’t there. < It works, it's worked for me though something in life always seems to get in the way.

      Anyways I hope my little rant helps, if you have any more questions, I'll be willing to answer.


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