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Outlaw King (Renegade Scots #1) by Julie Johnstone. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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She’s the weapon intended to destroy him. He’s the key to her freedom.

Dark days have come to medieval Scotland, and fierce warrior Robert the Bruce would do anything to release his country from English rule—and not just because he’s the rightful heir to the Scottish throne. As the bloody war rages on, enemies on both sides of the fight surround him, and Robert must dance a dangerous line between truth and deception. One misstep could topple his nation and cost him his life, yet one woman tempts him—and threatens his mission—as no other ever has. 

Elizabeth de Burgh longs for freedom in a time when women have none. So when she finds herself ordered by her ruthless father and her godfather, the King of England, to seduce the leader of the Scottish rebellion and reveal his secrets, she yearns to fight back against their cruel plot. But they threaten to kill her beloved cousin, leaving her no choice but to comply. As she grows close to Robert and the mask that hides the man who would be king is peeled away, she cannot imagine aiding in the destruction of the noble Scot bent on liberating his people. 

Bound by duty and honor but ensnared by passion, Robert and Elizabeth must determine if they are each other’s biggest threat or greatest source of strength. And moreover, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for the one thing neither ever imagined they’d find with the other—extraordinary, boundless love. 


Robert the Bruce is a man torn between his love for Scotland and the lives that he must protect.  He can't afford to let himself feel, or he will weaken.  The burden he carries is terrifying.  The last thing he needs is to be attracted to the woman deliberately set in front of him by his enemies.  
Elizabeth du Burgh has discovered just how ruthless her father is.  He will use anything and anyone to get the power he wants.  King Edward is her Godfather and a cunning and devious man who controls the lives of all around him.  
Elizabeth has been ordered to use all her feminine wiles to bring information to her father.  
Some parts of her assignment will be very pleasing,  but soul destroying as well.  
This is a huge fat book with lots of time to get fully involved in the lives of two of the most important characters in Scotland's history.  Naturally there is a lot of political intrigue and emotional upheaval.  There is also a fabulous love story that is so easy to believe.  
I loved every page. 




Julie Johnstone is a USA Today best-selling author of Regency Romance, Victorian Romance, and Scottish Medieval romance. She is also the author of an urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers.

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