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I love Highlanders. And Quinn does them justice in this first book of a new series. The historical references make the story feel more authentic, something I need when listening to any historical romance - you know, setting the scene makes it all more believable. And, of course, the highland brand of romance was beautiful.
The narration was okay but I didn't particularly love MacDuffie's male voices. Her female voices were solid but the male voices sounded awkward. Still, it was good enough and I'll still be listening to the next book in the series.
Edwina "I Love Books'
about a 5, narrator was good. More reading then characterizations! Poor Scottish Brogue.
I don't have a particular one
I disliked the lack of Characterizations the voices mostly sound the same!!
Davina Montgomery Has been living in hiding at St. Christopher's Abbey since she was born. Hiding as a Novice in training. She is being guarded by 100 English soldiers lead by Capt. Edward Asher. The Convent comes under attack with the intent on killing Davina. Robert/Rob MacGregor heir to the Chieftain and Laird of Clan MacGregor is on his way to The Coronation of King James the 7th. He runs right into the battle taking place at the convent. Rob is asked by Capt. Asher to help Davina and get her far away. Of Course Rob rescues her as the chapel is being burned to the ground and with all the Nuns inside he gets Davina out but can't help the other sister.
Davina is hiding her true identity from Rob and his Clan. Rob soon figures out who she really is. They fall in love as Rob takes Davina into hiding on the Isle of Skye were his Clan lives. I love stories like this with all the history behide it but in this case I think a lot of it was fictional. Still the story was very well written with great seconday charaters. The storyline moves fast. After sacrificing all of her life she finally gets her HEA. There are no surprises you will be able to figure out the storyline pretty quickly. If I had one complaint it would be I would have liked to see a more detail account of how King James carried out his retribution of his enemies and those trying to kill Davina.
This is the first time that I have listened to a novel written by Paula Quinn. It was spectacular! I really enjoyed it. Very well written, great story line and well developed characters.
Carrington MacDaffie performed brilliantly.
I simply could not stop listening. It's worth the credit.
The best way to read.
The balance between the dilemmas of the time period, and family, relationships, etc. And big, tough guy has a sweet side.
It was easy to listen to and kept me wondering what would happen next. It is a mature book without all the simpering female stuff.
No. The whole thing was great but Davina was portrayed as a bit too excitable and spastic.
Almost tears when Rob has to sit back and allow the king to take the only person he LOVES away without a his customary chance to fight it out.
This book is totally worth your time. It is mature and has a great story above and beyond the romance aspect. The characters are genuine and work well with the story. It was enjoyable and a great escape.
The first two-thirds of the book moves along very slow. You keep waiting for some action, any action to start. The last third is very good but it is hard to stay with it to the end. That saved the story. Worth the read, but not the most exciting book.
Ravished by the Highlander was entertaining (and steamy in a couple of spots). The antagonist was heard throughout the story. And what I really liked is that even to the very end, the story wasn't predictable. It was refreshing and I enjoyed it.
There is some "meat" in the story, too, in the form of historic political connections/relationships that you have to pay attention to to really understand why some decisions are made. With this in mind, this isn't just a fluffy little story.
Carrington MacDuffie is an excellent narrator in this book. The mens voices were each very different and believable. She wasn't forced and was very conversational. I enjoyed her reading almost more than any other I've heard.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I was in the mood for "Highlander" when my credit came in &this was just a perfect fit for my craving…lol
The forbidden love between Robert MacGregor (first born son of Laird MacGregor) and Davina Montgomery (English lady) was sweet, scintillating and so enjoyable! The fact that Quinn used historical accounts as the backdrop for the plot worked perfectly for this love affair because as the tension and problems came from external forces, it allowed the love between Rob and Davina to build upon, effortlessly. There are no prolonged silly misunderstandings or lack of communication between the two.--It's all about timing as the two decide to give in to the flood of emotions and passion they feel for each other, and I think that's the best kind of romance.
I am excited to continue with the series due to all of the supporting characters & gorgeous Highland men as most will have their own book. Quinn created a very exciting landscape with interesting clan members, connections to the Throne and the English court etc.
I say that Davina was ravished by the right Highlander because with so many hotties introduced in this first start of the series---any one of them could have easily fallen in love with her….but, Rob was perfect for her. In guarding the secret to her origin and station, she needed a protector. Rob was salvage on the battle field in fighting those who hunted her, and he was the most tender, romantic and sweet lover. I really liked Davina's spirit, friendliness, and desire to be happy in life. She made all of the right choices!
The end to this story was fabulous and dramatic, but you can't have anything less when the rules around a "forbidden love" are being shattered.
Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie did a great job with the female voices. I particularly liked the sweet, ladylike and formal voice she created for Davina. Yet, her male voices & Scottish accent took some getting used to. I giggle each time she pronounced "father" as "feather" in her Scottish accent.
Overall, this was a great listening experience! No epilogue, but that should be ok since the series continues & everyone is very well-connected. LOVE ME SOME HIGHLANDERS!!!
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
Probably not...I have listened to better Highlander books. The narration is not the best and the main Highlander seems kind of sappy. He's strong and then so easily turns mushy....I don't know it just seems he changed too quickly for my taste.
I will only because I want to hear the rest of the brothers and family members stories.
I don't want to be cruel, but this is the worst narrator I have listened to so far after 4 years of audio books. She has a pleasant voice for females and her regular speaking voice is fine. The problem is the male voices ... at least the Scottish voices sound weird. I finally got to where it wasn't a major hindrance, but that took a few hours! The romantic scenes were slightly spoiled by the narration. The narrator just didn't seem to have the right inflection at the right times. I felt like someone was reading to me vs. feeling like I was in the story.