Perhaps it isn't reasonable - but the attitudes and actions of the characters seemed too modern and politically correct for the time period the story was supposed to have been set. It's got to be so hard to put an accent in a story, and the reader did ok when she did use the Scottish brogue ... but, wouldn't the characters thoughts have the same accent? I don't know - it was distracting. Accent on, accent off.I loved Josie Litton's trilogy - although not in set in Scotland, it was a similar historical period romance. Those stories were much more developed, consistent - with lovely themes. I expected this book to be as good. Not.I have no desire to listen to the rest of this series.
I am not a fan of Scottish romance. However, I read the book and it was great. The audio brought it to life in a fantastic performance. The accents were fantastic. I'd give this two thumbs up. I recommend this to anyone who likes Maya Banks.
Great Love Story
The characters are wonderful. So fully developed and likeable - even the ones you wanted to dislike.
Kirsten does a great job narrating this tale. Her wonderful accent lends a reality to this story that most do not.
This book played on my emotions and I laughed out loud - got frustrated and cried. So many twists and turns and just a great escape from a very long, cold winter!
Definitely worth the read...will come back to it again, and will purchase the sequels.
Second along with the other two in the series.
Hard to choose. Eveline or Graeme. I can't pick between them. Eveline is so strong and stubborn but loyal to Graeme and the clan. I couldn't help but laugh everytime she defied her husband. Graeme is a strong Laird and is so gentle with Eveline even though he and everyone else including her family believe her daft. Because he's so kind to her he quickly learns things about her that even her family doesn't know and protects her fiercly. He is a woman's dream.
The personality of each character and the accents of each. It takes you into the book as if you are there within the clan experiencing everything that is happening.
YES!!! I listened to it until almost 5am the first night!
I can't wait for more Highland books from this author!
It has a different feeling from the traditional romance novels. I love the main character for her quick wit and loyalty.
When everyone finally understood why she had not talked for 3 years.
When she got back on the horse to save him.
I laughed a lot when she was not talking. She was so firey that I loved to see how she would try to get her point across.
The only thing that really confused me is the girl on the cover is a brunette, but then they describe her as a blonde. Though I do prefer this cover to the one that is on the actual hard copy book.
This was my first book by Maya Banks and let me say I was not disappointed. The whole idea of the female lead in the story being deaf caught my attention first. Then once I met the male lead I was hooked. I loved that she was a spirited lead and that the guy was so sweet and strong in a gruff way. They made the perfect couple. The whole fued between the families and clans added to the story in a good way. If you want a sweet love story with likeable characters, a little misunderstandings, a crazy bad guy and of course a happy ending; this is the book for you. The narrator was very good -although sometimes I couldn't tell her male character voices apart. She really had the accent down pat. I can't wait to get the next book in the series. There were brothers in both clans that I would love to read about and I hope the author will eventually give Graham's sister Rory a story of her own. I would love to read that one.
Loved listening to this one! The narrator did an excellent job and her vocal changes were very appropriate. Some parts of the story relating to the heroine's affliction seemed unrealistic to me and I hate when romance authors get too cheesy with certain situations. I realize it's a fantasy, but for me, the best romance novel is one that keeps it as real as possible (no matter where or when it takes place). However, this was definitely one of the better romantic novels I've listened to in some time. It hooked me and I had trouble turning it off to do other things.
This was my first book from Maya Banks, and she is a very talented author. I'm totally hooked. The reviews are correct - this book rocks! Ms. Banks does a great job developing very interesting characters. The heroine, Eveline, is a deaf, strong, intelligent woman who I just loved, and Graeme, the hero, is a wonderful, rugged, almost perfect man. The comination of the characters made for a wondeful romance. The narrator, Kirsten Potter, is aboslutely superb - she is one of the best female narrators I've listed to. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!
Given an impossible situation and past, they overcame their family's hatred and her tragedy to forgive and fall in love.
My favorite scene was when they declare their love for each other.
Triumph over tragedy and animosity
The story is not cheesy like the book cover and title.