Three words can't describes this book. Real life love story, funny in parts and very hot sexy love scenes.
Marin, she fearful, loving and sexy.
When Ewan and Marin first kiss. It's not what the sister at the Abby told her about kissing
When Ewan finally admitted he loves Marin.
I would listen to this book again and again when I want to listen to a love story that could happen in any century.
The narrator had a great voice and their brogue for the Highlands of Scotland was perfect. She also did a great job distinguishing between men and women.
The h's relationship with the H's son Crispin. It was sweet and everything you would want in a parent/child relationship.
This is one of my favorites
I love Crispin. A sweet child that doesn't come across like an idiot. I really hope he gets his own book one day.
She did a good job differentiating of characters' voices. She is very articulate and easy to understand.
I don't generally laugh or cry at books, so no reaction like that, but I did really enjoy it.
I have read this book many a times before I broke down and got the audio book. This is not going to be a history lesson, or immersing you into life in this era. This is a romance novel, teetering on being a fluff piece. But it doesn't pretend to be anything else. It is an enjoyable piece when all is said and done. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it so much if it would be so faithful to its setting, so I can't say that is a flaw. I don't regret getting it, and have listened to it several times. One comment, though, is something about the ending doesn't sit well with me, don't enjoy it, so usually stop reading or listening a ways before the end; I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy the last part of the story.
I did enjoy it for the most part. Thought some of the scenes were a bit over the top and somewhat formula based.
I love stories about the Scots.
Narrator's attempt at a Scottish accent came off as slavic.
I will want to listen to books 2 and 3. Rionna was my favorite character.
These are not the best, but in the same vein as Julie Garwood.
I haven’t read a historical romance is quite sometime (with the except of Kristen Callihan). I always want to go back and read one but somehow they get pushed to the way side. Luckily there was an Audible $4.95 sale and I figured this would be the perfect time. I’m so glad that I did.
In Bed with a Highlander starts off great. Within 2-3 chapters I was completely invested in this book and didn’t want to stop. There is so much that happens in those first few chapters that really sets the scene for this book.
Mairin is one tough cookie and was a great heroine in this book. She is the perfect mate for the Ewan. She’s not whiny or prissy. She will take whatever situation she finds herself in and she makes the best of it or she will get out of dodge. She’s a fighter, which I love. I also very much enjoyed how sweet and kind she was to Crispen, (name makes me think of Bones, hehe) Ewan’s 8 year old son.
Ewan wasn’t ready for Mairin, she completely blind sided him. He’s used to woman just listening to him and not questioning him. Mairin of course did the total opposite. He was firm and tough with Mairin but never crossed the line. Ewan was fair handed, trustworthy and respected by everyone. He was kind to his wife and took very good care of her.
Mairin and Ewan fell in love quickly. There was great chemistry between the two of them. Their love making scenes were very sweet but also hot. Ewan is a well experienced Scottsman and taught his wife well. :-)
The conversation between Mairin and the ladies of the McCabe clan were some of the funniest moments of the book. They had to give Mairin some womanly advice about the bedroom that had me giggling out loud when hearing Mairin’s reactions.
The last Maya Banks book I tried (also audio) I didn’t really like. I could tell though by her writing that she would be great with a historical. I’m glad that I tried her again because I look forward to hearing about the other 2 McCabe brothers.
Narrator note: Kristen Potter did a great job in this audio. This is my first listen from her and she had the Scottish accent perfectly. She’s a very popular narrator so I’m glad I liked her. Each individual character had their own voice and were very distinct. I look forward to hear more of her work.
I think it was overpriced. I also think the title & cover were not really a good fit. You would think it was a lot steamier than it was - especially for Maya Banks.
Anyway, that said, it really was a good story & I enjoyed that, which is why I gave it four stars. I also thought the narration was good, although she sounded more Irish than Scottish at times. The audio volume also went in & out a bit, so the sound quality could have been better.
I'd say it was worth a credit if you're into Highland romances. But I wouldn't pay $20 for it...and there are books on my wish list that are higher on my list for credits so I'm not sure if & when I'll get to the others in the series.
I did enjoy this novel while listening to it. Attractive and likeable protagonists, drama and plenty of loving this story hit all the has plenty in it to make you want to continue to listen. I have to say I am really looking forward to listening the other two books in the series. Of the three brothers I found Ewan to be the least compelling so I am anticipating liking the other two just as much if not better. My reasoning for giving this story only three stars is that there was nothing unique about this novel. Upon reaching the end and looking back I can't really find anything to set it apart from all the other highland romances. This is perhaps "steamier" than most but that's about it.
Kristen Potter does a more than passable job with the accents and didn't detract from my listening experience but did not earn a 5 star rating, from me, for this one.
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 loved Ewan and Mairin, they made a sweet and interesting couple. The story takes place in Scottish Highlands in the past and the story has a pretty good plot that keeps things interesting.
Mairin is the illegitimate daughter of a King. She's been put in hiding in an Abby until she's married as many would forcibly marry her for her dowry. She's sweet but also has a bit of a fiery spirit and is just hoping she can find a husband that will treat her well. She ends up being kidnapped from her Abby by a man that tries to force her to marry him but she manages to escape along with a young boy she helped.
Ewan is the leader of his clan and a good man. His first wife died and he's spent his time building his clan and raising his son. When his son, Chrispin, goes missing Ewan is beside himself and search parties are sent all around. When Chrispin is located he's in the company of a beautiful woman whom his son insists they must help.
Ewan agrees to help Mairin since she was good enough to help his son. The man that tried to force her in to marriage is a sworn enemy of their clan and Ewan has no problem with an excuse to fight him. He does still want to know why Mairin is so important. When he finds out who she is and about her dowry, Ewan realizes that marrying her would be of great benefit to the clan so he sets out to convince her. Admittedly, Mairin and Ewan feel an attraction to each other but Mairin is very annoyed by Ewan and just wants to leave (even though she has no real place to go that's safe). Ewan does manage to convince her that marrying him would be beneficial to them both and Mairin starts to look on their marriage with hope that things will turn out alright.
Unfortunately, bad plots are afoot and Ewan's enemy continues to cause problems as Mairin and Ewan's marriage starts. Fortunately, Ewan's clan embraces Mairin as their own and she settles in well. That doesn't mean everything is smooth though and there were some issues that Mairin and Ewan needed to get past as they learn each other and settl in to their marriage. Although there are some fights, Mairin and Ewan work things out well and I liked seeing the feelings grow between each other. They have some tender moments and eventually they truly fall in love with each other (such a sweet scene when they admit it!).
But the bad plots against them are still active and they find out that the threat is bigger than just Ewan's enemy. Mairin and Ewan are separated for a time and Ewan and his men have to go against heavy opposition in order to get her back and keep her safe. Things don't look good for a while and I have to admit I wondered how things would be resolved but in the end they were and we get a great ending with a satisfying HEA.
I really liked this story. Mairin and Ewan were great and a really sweet couple (Ewan is a kickbutt warroir but he could still be very sweet). The story was well written and interesting and leads in to the next book of the series nicely (without a cliffhanger). I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
I haven't read many romance novels but this was wonderful. It was a little bit like Fifty Shades (with much better romance) meets Braveheart. I can't wait to read Book 2 of the series. I do wish they would take that picture off the front cover. It's nothing like I would have pictured either of them.
Listen to this, sit back and enjoy.
It ranks pretty high. I have listened to many audiobooks and this is one of my favorites.
I really just love Ewan and Mairin. They are just so sweet.
I loved the way she read the book. Her voices were amazing and her enthusiasm while reading is unmatched. I would find more books read by her just to hear her voice.
I loved the part when Mairin is listing different suggestions on what to do with the traitor and Caelen says she is so bloodthirsty. I love it!