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It's a silly, typical bodice ripper, badly written - laughable actually - with EXCELLENT narration and production value! Phil Gigante talking in Scottish brogue is amazing! Pity about the actual STORY! LOL
While this isn't the best of Moning's Highlander series, it's a more-than-decent start.I've certainly found Moning to be the best of the Highlander genre.
I had hoped there would be a great story line that went with this romance, however, most of this was the he wants her, she wants him but won't say so, back and forth. There was no mystery, no intrigue, it was boring. Even the so called romance was boring. I listened because I paid for it. I can't say anything about her other series, but this one is not worth it.
Fun in concept, but only moderate in delivery. Personally I like a little less explicit disclosure and more subtlety in my romances. Every kiss seems to be a battle of the wills between the love (or sex or power) -starved. Plot offers promising twists and layers but the reader's breathless urgency mixed with the every-touch-a-love scene got old. If you are looking for an ongoing romp between the legs without much intellect, it is quite fun. And don't be lured by the "highlander" motif -- it is a setting, a premise for fairy manipulations of human fates. Gives the author little more than the chance to titilate the reader with worn out bawdy references to what men have under kilts. Depends on what you are looking for, but I think I will pass on the sequels.
It is hard to say if I would have enjoyed this book with a different narrator. This guy is absolutey terrible. His female voice for Adrienne is AWFUL. It is whiny and definately does not depict the supposed "strong woman of the 20th centurye". I am through part 1 and suffering the rest. I had high hopes for this series and I only hope the next books narrator does a much better job.
By the time I got to the middle of this book I wanted to scream with agitation, frustration and impatience. NO ONE could be as stupid and misbegotten as these two people. The silly assumptions and mis-communications ruined what could have been a really good story line. I know Ms. Moning has to be a better writer than this. I assume she is trying to stay true to the romance formula but really this took it too far. How can people who read these books be satisfied with the same plot over and over again.
I ran out of other fantasy paranormal books so I turned to this one. Unfortunately, it fell too close to my read of Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon and that's like comparing Stephen Hawking's superior mind! to a first grade primer.
I'm going to try and remember that frustration the next time I'm tempted to read a romance again. I gave it two stars because it had a good idea for the story. I'm just sorry she couldn't flesh it out better.
I like the books (the whole series). I read the entire series last year & am now listening to the books. Of course, they're exactly the same, and I still enjoy the stories but what knocks my review down to 3 stars is the narration...has anyone else noticed (and been cracked up by) the narrator's almost Jamaican accent when what he's going for is a Scottish accent? And the voices he does are pretty lame. But the Jamaican accent thing...I've actually had to stop listening to laugh!
if you like old world romance with a twist you will like this book it is predictable and fun i love it with the twist of fairies and time travel..I have gotten the next two in the series in the last three days that is how much this book has pleasantly surprised me.
I know from what I read before I purchased this book that there is a following for this story but it is not going to be me. I could not even force myself to listen to it on my trip and ended up listening again to an Odd Thomas book that I had recently finished. I imagine if you are a person who likes to read the "steamy" romance novels .. you know, the ones where the two main characters start out fighting or for one reason or another think they hate each other. Then they find each other irresistible but can't let it show. Later they start to soften up to each other but something happens and they again are at each other's throat ... back and forth, over and over and over. That is pretty much a review of the book, well as much of it as I could stand to listen to. Terribly boring and predictable.
This series was my introduction to highland historical romance novels. Its hard to find anything comparable. Karen Marie Moning has blended Historical and Paranormal Romance into pure perfection. The characters are colorful with their own personal flaws and challenges. The depth of their personalities could only have been developed by a master. The plot and all of its story lines weave a tale of such intricacy that not a single word is wasted, not a thread is out of place. The flawless melding of the realm of the fae, life in the 20th century, and medieval Scotland all tell the tale of love, betrayal, humor, mystery, magic, and mayhem .... AND the HEA we all need.
NARRATOR: Phil Gigante is a master! His performance is practically flawless. If it were not for the sometimes less than female voices of the women he would be uncomparable. Even with that singular imperfection he brings these characters to life. With his warm sexy tones the Hero's voice seeps into your heart and helps you fall madly in love With him. I was truly swept away and my Scottish Historical Romance addiction was born.
CREDITWORTHY? YES, YES , YES!
HEAT FACTOR: Hot steamy flaming joy.