Review by Veronica

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Series Name: Lairds of the Isles, # 2  

“As if sensing his regard, the lady looked up. Never prone to shyness, Angus raised his glass to her and she lowered her head, seemingly lost in confusion. He stifled a grin. It had been a while since he had graced the Assembly Rooms of Edinburgh, but he had, it seemed, not lost the art of flirtation. And if there were many young ladies in London as pretty as this one, he would be content.”

A Laird in London is a fun and swoony love story that will capture your heart and attention. 

Angus MacDonald has just arrived in London to reclaim his land when he rescues Lady Isabella Wood from a cattle stampede! Their instant attraction is undeniable, but Isabella must wed this Season and Angus isn’t looking for a bride. His wild Hebridean home is a world away from London Society, so Isabella is completely out-of-bounds. Even if their connection is unlike anything he’s felt before… 

Reading this book was a fun way to escape an afternoon. I enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to see what direction Catherine would take in the series. And Catherine definitely does not disappoint her readers. A Laird in London was as entertaining, witty, and romantic as the first book in the series. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but if you are a fan of historical romances, I recommend checking out A Laird for the Governess (the first book) as it is such a swoony read. 

If you are a fan of the Bridgerton series, then you will enjoy this book. It has all those wonderful Bridgerton qualities we love, but with the bonus of a Highlander Scottish twist. Catherine did a great job creating this slow-burn forbidden love story. She made it so hard for me to put this book down because I wanted to see when Angus and Isabella would meet again. She would tease me with missed opportunities for these two to meet each other again and kept building up the anticipation. It was cruel and unusual punishment, LOL. But Lord, when they two were together, their interactions were addictive, and I wanted more. Both Angus and Isabella are perfect romance characters. They have all the qualities I expect from my romance characters: smart, kind, and witty. Their chemistry is undeniable, and I liked them as a couple and on their own. 

The overall story is filled with lots of delicious drama. You have the drama that often comes from a London season, but you also have this drama that comes from Isabella’s family. Freddy, who is Isabella’s oldest brother, only cares about his status and what looks good for his noble peers. He treats Isabella and her brother Max with cool disdain and forces Isabella to find a husband by the end of the season. Freddy got under my skin, and I had this strong urge to punch him in the nose. Catherine did a great job creating a character you love to hate. The story is so entertaining, and I enjoyed spending time with all these characters (even Freddy). 

I am super excited to read the next book in the series, which will focus on Max and Eilidh’s (Angus’s sister) story. 

A Laird in London is a satisfying, brilliant historical romance that is hard to put down. 

Thank you, Harlequin Historical and Rachel Random Resources, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.