I am only partway through this audiobook but the narration has driven me to review early. I apologize that i have more to say about the narrator than the story. The story is good so far, nothing unique but im biased since this is my bread and butter genre. It takes a lot for me to dislike any type of highland romance. I don't care for how stubborn Fiona is. She's so angry at her husband when she has no choice in the matter. her attitude makes things worse for herself. She does eventually come around which is good and makes the story much more interesting.
The narrator is another story entirely. She does not do men's voices well and almost every sentence comes out like a question. It is annoying and is utterly destroying this experience. She is...I think the best way to describe it would be jerky. In some areas the emotion she tries to convey is completely wrong, and she occasionally gets shrill. In some places she over-articulates so much that you get distracted. It's like she's trying too hard. I don't know if I will ever listen to this or recommend it to anyone else because the narrator is...ugh. Her voice is very pretty, but the fact that every single sentence comes out as a question makes me want to pull my hair out. I can't get past that bit of annoyance. Not worth a credit, but if its on sale for less than 5 bucks just buy it if you can tolerate the constant annoyance.
I enjoy this highland romance. The characters were strong and the story exciting. However, Sarah Coombs put too much stress on too much of the narration. While the accents were good, there was no time to relax because stress was put on most of the narration. It's still worth your credit, but the narration can be irritating. I kept having to take a deep breath to relax my muscles!
I enjoyed "Never Seduce a Scot" better than this story. It's similar in content which is another highland lass forced to marry a laird who plays hard to get at first and then learns to love him. The love scenes are sort of steamy but there are not much of them.
Yes for Tracy Brogan not Sarah Coomes
All of them were good
To me she ruined the book.
She read it as if every sentence was an orgasmic sensation. It is really funny to think about it. So as you listen to it, everyone is high strung drama queens and all the people are in constant arousal.
I had to listen to it in parts from the constant high strung vibe from the orator. It took a long time to finish. It was like my break in between books - like a few hours then I had to have a break and would listen to something else.
The story is very good if you can get past the constant tension of the orator.
I love the highland stories, i love the time period, the country and the way they lived. Will always enjoy these stories.
Bookstore hobby-jobber, mom, gardener and former copywriter. Eclectic taste in books and audits.
Sophomoric narration and a really plodding storyline make this a good book to type to. In other words, rather than escaping with a good book, you want to find shelter from it.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Imagine being raised to hate a man who was responsible for the violent death of your beloved mother, only to be forced into marriage to his eldest son, and swept away to live among a sworn enemy…..This was the fate of Fiona Sinclair, eldest daughter of deceased Laird Sinclair.
Fiona was ushered as the sacrifice for peace between the Campbell and Sinclair clans, by decree of King James. Laird Campbell and her two older brothers, John and Laird Simon, follow the orders of the king in agreeing to the match and therefore establishing a fragile alliance.
Fiona is told that if she does not follow through with this arrangement, her 13-year old sister will have to marry in her stead. Feisty and beautiful Fiona faces her fate with courage, and an inner conflict that storms deep within her heart. But, as her fate is sealed through marriage, questions about a previous generation's actions and stories she has been told as a girl seem to meet the harsh truth that there are other family secrets that cannot be ignored, and a change of heart and mind toward her husband is inevitable.
I really LOVED the hero, Myles Campbell, the eldest son of the Laird & Earl Campbell, and I thought his approach with Fiona was just perfect in every step of their relationship. I felt sorry for the warrior because although he was taken aback, and very attracted to Fiona (since the beginning), for her beauty and fiery spirit, he was also in for a rough ride due to her scorn. I liked his strong principle and belief in marriage. Once he said his vows, his mind was set toward Fiona and he left his previous love behind and put everything into making his marriage work. He was constantly trying different strategies to make Fiona warm up to him. Myles is was a strong, confident and humorous man who had a great depth for compassion and love. He was immensely patient with FIona as he worked hard to reach out to her and persuade her that their marriage was one worthy of love and happiness.
Fiona was beautiful, passionate and fiercely loyal to those she loves, namely her family and clan. She was devastated to have to live with her sworn enemy and worse that her new father in law was responsible for her mother's death. Whenever I became annoyed with the way Fiona treated Myles (believe me her tongue had a sharp edge that could cut down any man), I thought about her pain which was palpable, as she mourned the death of her mother. It's hard to dispel years of being taught to hate.
However, when Fiona learns the truth surrounding her mother's death, she finally allows herself to love Myles, and her new family, and this part of the story is simply MAGIC. The love between the two is shared like a flood, and you just feel their absolute bliss and elation. The two give in to each other and there are moments of ecstasy, with steamy love and intimacy.
This story captured my attention from beginning to end. I was sad that it ended, but so relieved there was an epilogue. I would really LOVE to see this made into a series. There are many elements that just worked out so nicely in this story. This novel is very well written and enjoyable. There are many side characters to the leads who are wonderful and interesting. There is humor, persistent romance, great family moments, treachery, but also tragedy that make this a great, Scottish adventure.
By the way, the narrator was FABULOUS! I will be looking for other books narrated by Sarah Coomes…she's simply amazing and she really brought all of the characters to life. This was a nice little piece of delicious.
I will also be looking for other books by this author….I'm impressed.
Hey, I am Hiva I love listening while I am driving
Nice performance and readable story line
No, it was my first time
Laugh and also I couldn't put the book down
Took some getting used to..I would have preferred Susan Duerden.
When they realized they loved each other.
Worth every penny. I hope there is a follow up book.