Highland Surrender represents the best of what historical romance is all about. I love that the time period enables the author to play with the idea of an arranged marriage and the juxtaposition of a strong female lead in a time when women's rights were extremely limited. I think what I love most about this book is that Tracy Brogan has made Fiona a strong-willed woman who is extremely loyal to her family. But, while many authors would have taken Fiona's hatred too far--making her blind loyalty incredibly annoying--Brogan managed to balance Fiona's loyalty with the intelligence to see the truth. The male lead, Myles, is downright lovable. You'll seriously be cheering for him the whole time...anxious for him to finally win Fiona's heart.
I thought Sarah Croomes' narration was superb. Her accent is perfect and she does a great job differentiating the voices of the various characters. Overall, if you enjoy historical romance novels, especially those that take place in the highlands, this will be a great choice for you.
I am so picky when it comes to audiobooks and narrators. This was a great story, it held my attention the whole time. I love this narrator! The only negative is that I felt like it was a little light on the romance.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I found this book to be a frustrating reading particularly because of how long it takes for the leading lady of the book, Fiona, to budge in her hatred of he husband, Myles. It isn't until more than halfway through the book that she even tries to meet Myles halfway in trying to at least make their marriage bearable.
Her initial blinding hatred of Myles, despite the fact that he was being extremely nice to her, bothered me so much. Because of that, the majority of the story, I wasn't even sure I liked Fiona and we're suppose to be rooting for these two to get together.
And in terms of Myles, who I did like quite a bit, it annoyed me that at the same time that Fiona is behaving horribly towards him that Myles is constantly being turned on by her because she's beautiful.
In the end, I enjoyed the ending and all the twists that were involved a lot, but for me they had come a bit to late. By then, all that I didn't like about this book outweighed what I did like.
I read so I can write
This is an interesting, well written, enjoyable story. Great characters. Definitely worth reading. I look to forward to other books by this author.
Not really...it was hard listening to the characters monologue. The narration of the book was ok. It was just when she was speaking as the characters that made it bad.
This is my first Tracy Brogan book
The characters were unbelievable. It was hard to tell them apart.
Not sure, because of the narration it was a hard book to get into
A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.
The book itself has an interesting storyline and the narration is pretty good EXCEPT during sex scenes. During sex scenes, I had the feeling that the narrator has one of two things going on
-- 1) she either has no idea how ecstasy is SUPPOSED to sound, because she made it sound like a cat in severe pain... OR.....
-- 2) she had a contract that paid her by the syllable ( ie.. She said the word "Pleasure" repeatedly, but it came out more like Ph-lea-hea-shu-re). That is bad enough, but I could live with it; however, the word "Burst" ( which came out like Buuur-rrr-sss-stttttt with the inflection up and down and up and down on one freaking word!) will make you want to throw the speaker across the room... UGH!!!!! Otherwise, the narrator does a lovely job and has a great Scottish, French, and British voice, both male and female.
The story itself is pretty good. It has some mystery and an old hidden romance. It has some intrigue and a slightly clunky conspiracy theory to take over the throne. That gives the H/h a little bit of a struggle. I LOVE the Aunt (Can't wait for her story!)
I like the Heroine, but she is hot and cold. One minute she HATES the hero and the next she is trying to resist his kisses, then she wants him, and the next page she hates him again. The poor man can really do nothing right in her eyes, yet he keeps on trying.
The hero on the other hand... well.... He is kinda whipped. He seems tough and rugged but sensitive and sweet. Sometimes a little too sweet as his main focus in life is having Fiona's Kisses. There are points where you want to tell him "MAN UP!!" But I liked him alright UNTIL the point where he was absolutely sure that she betrayed him. It was resolved quickly, but wow, there is a MAJOR trust issue there and he doesn't even give the woman he professes to love the benefit of the doubt. That put a sour taste in my mouth for
him. Maybe I am just fickle...
All in all, it is not a bad choice. It's a pretty good book with a good story and some sex scenes that I bet would be awesome in reading them but not so much in listening to them. I didn't BUURRSSSTTT with love for the book, but I don't feel like I wasted my credit either. Pretty good...
Sarah Coomes, probably not.
In this book, her Scottish accent sounds more like she's constantly asking a question when she's actually making a statement. Like she's a Scottish valley girl, it's very annoying. She has a pleasant voice, though.
I haven't been able to finish the first part yet. The story is okay so far but I can't get past the narration.
Bodice ripping , soft porn junk don't bother even going there . I thought this book was a historical novel but naa just trite yuck
I have read a lot of highland novels this one was great not predictable. This was definitely worth the credit.
This is one of the more intriguing books I have listened to
The revelations between the two families
The accents. At first it was annoying, but as the story went on I got used to it and it didn't bother me that much. It actually made the story more compelling and entertaining
The Scottish Hatfield and McCoys in an unforgettable battle
Not a fan of Scottish novels, wouldn't have read it otherwise. Was a good listen and the plot twists were surprising. If you can tolerate the accents, you should enjoy the story alot.