I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
The witty character interactions between Jamie and Alec. Julie Garwood is the absolute MASTER of character conversations. Most of this book IS the back and forth between Jamie and Alec and I was CONSTANTLY making me burst out with a laugh. This book is also much more sensual & sexy than some of Garwood's other books I have read.....she does a great job of writing the scenes and making them very sexy & steamy without getting too raunchy.
I will listen to the book again and again!!!
I loved the scene in the courtyard where Jamie goes after someone (no spoilers) with a club. Overall though I enjoyed the trip from England back to Scotland. The beginning of Jamie and Alec's relationship was great.
She does a great job of making this story come alive. I felt like I was there. She plays out the scenes so perfectly! Her male voices are good...but not the very best..so I really wish I could really give the performance 4.5 stars.
Laughed constantly. Cried a few times. Smiled through it all!
The Bride is so character driven - Jamie and Alec are great characters. There wasn't a ton of other drama going on...there was very little to detract from the building of Jamie and Alec's relationship. They are the MAIN focus of the book and that is what I loved....that being said that does mean there is not really another big story going on so I have to give the 4 stars.
Will do anything for books!
I do love a highland book, this brings us the mix of Highlanders and the English. Takes place in 1102/1103. Good story, sweet, scary, hot and the list goes on!! I LOVE this couple, perfect! Jamie (the heroine) is spunky and fun, quirky and very entertaining! Alec...well what can I say...YUMMY!! Hard, Strong, and of course STUBBORN!! Perfect dominant Highlander. I wish I could look under his plaids :)
I will say this is an excellent story will be a repeat listen for me! Narrator always does well and continued to do well this time.
I found that the vocabulary used in this book isn't nearly as authentic as some I've heard and honestly, that is a good thing, it can be difficult in some books to keep up and really get involved with the story when you have to focus so much on the language, that said, it sounds good and is very entertaining too, so really I'm good either way, but the point is that the language in this book is slightly closer to today's language than actual 1100's highlanders.
Sure. It has a witty and humorous leading lady paired with a gruff but loving man who are getting to know each other. It's a fun combination.
Jaime was my favorite lead and the priest my favorite supporting character.
When she unknowingly was crying in front of the king.
I can't think of anything witty.
I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did. It was delightful.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I love highlanders and Alec was a pretty good Highlander hero. Jamie is a sweet but spirited woman and I really liked her. This is the first book I've read by Julie Garwood but based on this book I'd try more by her.
Jamie hasn't had an easy life. She's the youngest of 4 sisters but has spent her life taking care of her father and sisters and that's all life seems to have in store for her. She isn't expecting an upset to appear in the form of 2 Highlanders that the King has decreed will marry 2 of the 4 sisters. Much to her dismay and surprise, Jamie is chosen by Alec to be his bride.
Alec is the leader of a Highlander clan. He was married once but when she died he had no wish to remarry. When his King decreed that he marry and English woman he's un-thrilled but accepts it as necessary. Alec becomes much happier with the prospect once he gets a look at Jamie.
Jamie and Alec are married while her sister, Mary marries his friend, Daniel. Once they're married, Alec and Daniel take their new brides and leave immediately for Scotland (much to Jamie and Mary's dismay). Jamie and Alec have a tumultuous start to their relationship. While Alec is kind to Jamie in some circumstances and he makes sure she knows he wont hurt her, he doesn't take it easy on Jamie. Alec seems determined to make sure Jamie knows her place and at times gets a little annoying while doing it. He's actually not that mean about it for the most part. It's more like her enjoys pissing her off and teasing her but is rather rude in the ways he does it. Jamie is exasperated and annoyed with him a good portion of the time at the beginning but as she learns him more (and experiences the intimacies of the marriage bed with him) she finds she likes Alec and wants to win his love.
Unfortunately for Jamie, fitting in to her new home and with her new husband isn't easy. There are multiple mis-communications and cultural differences they both have to get past. Jamie makes an efforst to fit in to her new life and does the best she can but she does some things that cause grumblings in neighboring clans which could lead to trouble (even though she really didn't do anything wrong). She does manage to win the love of her new clan though and things go relatively well in that area. Things start going better and better between Jamie and Alec as they start to get to know each other and eventually fall for each other. Unfortunately, while their personal lives are meshing, other areas start having issues. Jamie is almost killed and a couple of attempts are made on her life before the culprit is found out. I really liked how the story ended because some of Jamie's actions with the neighboring clans ended up turning out well and it leads in to a nice HEA for Alec and Jamie.
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Jamie and Alec and loved the banter between them. While the story wasn't humorous overall, there were some comments and scenes in the story that had me laughing out loud. I really liked the secondary characters in the story as well. They really helped make the story good. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
* note - The narrator did a good job overall but she didn't do a a very good Scottish accept IMO.
My oh my. Spunky leading lady puts every historical chauvinist in their unimaginable place. Is this why we love romances ? Women say and do rediculous things and are adored. If only.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Probably not. There was nothing wrong with the writing or narration, it was just a little too sweet and innocent for me.
There were several humorous moments, nothing memorable though.
I don't believe I have heard her before but she did an excellent job.
The narrator did a fabulous job, but it was other people's reviews that made me decide to read it.
That I was unable to predict who was trying to kill.
Her strength to continue on and fight a highlander.
like the story, Like story better when guy is guy voice and woman is woman voice
when jamie dumps water on soldiers
Refreshing story and love affair. A little too too much brutality for the bride but still a great listen.
I have not read anything by Julie Garwood that has disappointed me. This one however is one of my favorite historical stories. Starting with the little girls and the pesky bee. She has a nack for transporting a reader right back to what ever time she is writing about. Also love her contemporary book's as well.