4* for The Laird’s Forbidden Lover by Amelia C. Gormley ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

Aye, I cannae tell a lie I enjoyed this. I still have no clue what exactly a Laird is but who cares? You start throwing words like ‘bonny’, ‘lad’, ‘lass’, ‘wee’ and throw in some kilts, long plaited hair and… seriously? I have to sell it further than this?

lairdTitle:  The Laird’s Forbidden Lover

Author:  Amelia C. Gormley

Publisher:  Riptide

Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

From the Publisher

Farm lad Iain Munro knows his love affair with Tavish MacIntyre, future Laird of Creachann-Dubh, is dangerous—discovery could mean disgrace and death. But they’ve been in love since they were boys, and they’ve never been able to resist each other, dishonorable though it is to deceive their families.

Young men now, their sexual explorations have deepened and their love for each other has strengthened. But Iain’s father fears for his eldest son’s future, and Tavish faces dangers and duties of his own: his demanding mother would see him respectably wed, and his interfering sister knows too much—and has schemes of her own.

Facing a lifetime apart, Iain and Tavish must leave their childhoods behind for good as they choose between honor and love, innocence and happiness, and their vows before God and to each other.

My View

How about this?


or this perhaps?


Maybe this?


Alright I’m getting carried away here. Let me try to get this thing back on track after I take one last peek at the kilted boys. Really, what’s not to like here?

*Fair warning the MCs are cousins. I’ve NO idea what “cousins” actually means in clan era Scotland-1st, 2nd, 23rd no clue-but you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Tavish is to become Laird of Creachann-Dubh by birthright. Problem is he has no desire to be Laird of Creachann-Dubh AND he’s in love with his cousin, Iain-not exactly Lairdly behavior. Oh who am I kidding? I don’t even know what a Laird is much less what their behavior should be. What I do know is apparently Tavish canoodling with Iain is frowned upon. Tavish dinnae want to conform to societal norms though! He wants to be with Sweet Iain. Did I mention Iain’s a ginger?

The Laird’s Forbidden Lover takes place over the course of four years told through both MCs memories in “flashback” form. Sometimes the time jumps were a bit jarring, but on the whole not too bad. I was able to keep up and appreciated the relationship development. For all intents and purposes, their relationship is long distance over this time; they typically only see one another annually. So, needless to say, they make the most of their time together-lots of time in the stables. Poor guys. All I could think was, ‘itchy, sneezey, pokey’ (not the good kind of pokey either) but you gotta make do with what you’re given, right? Lemonade out of lemons and all that.

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of character development for a short story. Tavish is jealous and possessive and a little bit of a hot head while Iain is logical and level headed; good complements of one another. I enjoyed the story arc quite a bit. It was dramatic at times, but I found it befitting of the era. I mean, let’s face it those guys carried swords around all the time. So, the push/pull between the MCs felt credible and authentic. They just want to be together in a world where they’re expected to produce offspring to carry on the line, not buggering each other in the stables. What I found interesting/amusing is their “secret” really is no secret at all. Pretty much everyone knows they just look the other way. As they age and their responsibilities come to the fore, their parents are less and less willing to look the other way leaving the boys feeling desperate and a little resigned. Never fear a conniving sister can be a good thing! Sometimes. Not always.

I’ll tell you I’ve been to Scotland and only understood about 50% of what they were saying. I got by on, what I like to call the international communication system, which consists of nodding and smiling. However, having seen it in a written form the language makes a bit more sense. I’m still unsure what exactly ken’ means-something in the know family… knowing, knowledge, something. *shrug* At any rate, if I ever go back maybe I won’t be so lost. Maybe. Hopefully. Probably not. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed The Laird’s Forbidden Lover. Good story. Good characters. Well written. I know. I’m not fooling you. You’re thinking it was the kilts and the accent. It so was. 

Final one


If you like historical smut The Laird’s Forbidden Lover should be right up your alley.

Kilts! Men in kilts! Go read it. Quick like a bonny bunny! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “4* for The Laird’s Forbidden Lover by Amelia C. Gormley ~ Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

  1. Loved the review, I giggled a lot and loved your men in kilts! Do ya ken means do you understand? A Laird is a ‘Lord, same as Lord of the Manor. What is it with the m/m community and ‘ginger’ haired men?

  2. That was such a fun review, and now I’ll be forced to add this to my list lol.
    Fantastic! 🙂
    Men in kilts… in Scotland. That’s all I needed in order to be sold. 😉

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