Loved the balance of historical fiction and romance in this story. The performance was great with well developed personas of each major character and the Scottish accent was so fun!
I'm sure the story is good, but it dragged on in places with Fiona's "stubbornness." Whoever recorded this, her voice is too tremulous frequently and in inappropriate places. It was difficult to finish listening.
No. The story dragged too long
Her voice change and tremors.
Not really. Story is too slow.
I really enjoy this audiobook. But i was really amazed by the presentation of the narrator. She took me in with her performance. I am going to find more books read by her
Married and sent behind enemy lines, Fiona must save her pride, her clan, the king, and keep her husband...
I rather liked this Scottish romance. I'd say of all the romances set in the Highlands that I've read in the past few years (maybe a dozen), this ranks in about the top half; out of all of the romances in any sub-genre that I've read in the past few years (above two dozen) it's definitely nearer to top ten. If I could, I'd give the story 4.5 stars, but it wasn't quite a 5.
It had multiple conflicts driving the plot -the murder and subsequent clan feud, the newlyweds dealing with each other, and the larger issues of loyalty and treason both to family and king. What I liked was that the author gave different perspectives, by narrating from different characters' points of view. They were primarily Fiona's and Miles' viewpoints, but it was rounded out by John's as well occasionally.
Poor Fiona had her whole life turned upside-down when she was married into the clan she'd been raised to regard as a brutal enemy, and then again, when she began to learn that all the convictions instilled in her may not have been well-founded. It was quite an adventure of ups and downs for the couple, and more secrets and danger were revealed as time went on. I found the king to be an entertaining character, and quite enjoyed how Fiona and he first met. And thank goodness for Vivian, a woman without whom Fiona would not have gotten along very well in her new home, and who turned out to be helpful in unexpected ways. The scene picking out nightgowns with her was one of my favorites. Without making it too much of a spoiler, I was glad John was able to do what he did at the crucial moment. Such a treacherous time to have lived in... and of course it all came down to the final clash of sides. Some tense moments, but I'm glad things worked for the heroine and hero as they did.
Oh, and I liked the geography that was described as they traveled, from what I know of Scotland, it seemed at least relatively properly mapped. (I've been on the shores of Loch Ness and Loch Fyne, both mentioned, and it made me quite nostalgic.)
The narration was good, a few varied Scottish accents, a few French as needed, and decent male voices. The issue I took was something about the breathiness of Coomes' voice, and how she tended to sound overly desperate and melodramatic because of the cadence and pitch modulation she constantly used. (I've listened to other books she's read in the past, and didn't like them BECAUSE they were overly melodramatic, and her voice was more fitting there.) It bugged me most early on, so I either got used to it as I listened further, or she toned it down appropriately after Fiona was feeling less constantly under threat from every direction.
A fun escapist romance/adventure, with a twist ending no one saw coming. Well worth a credit, though I am happy to have gotten it on sale.
A forced marriage between two opposing clans. Misinformation and lies make for an adversarial relationship to start. As the truth comes to light and Myles and Fiona get to know (yum!!) each other, the marriage becomes very dear to both. Political intrigue, danger, and revelations make for an exciting read!
I highly recommend the audio version! Accents are lovely and the performance enhances this wonderful story. Steal of a deal: If you buy the Kindle version for $2.49 you can add the audio for an additional $1.99!!
Never Seduce A Scot by Maya Banks. Accents are wonderful in that one, too.
From the author, yes, from the narrator--NO.
While this is a relatively standard forced-marriage trope book, the author showed some signs of being able to write a good story. I would give her another try, in print or with a different narrator. As it was, I only got through 12 chapters of the audiobook before I had to give up and download (purchase) it for my Kindle to finish it.
As a narrator for this story, Sarah Coomes is horrible. She's so slow, I had to speed up the playback time to 1.25 for it to even approach something that sounded somewhat normal. I tried it on 1.5, but that was just slightly too fast. About 1.3 or 1.4 would have been better.
In checking out the samples from some of the other books she's narrated, it sounds like British may actually be her real accent. But it's so overwrought, so over-enunciated, so poorly spoken (many mispronunciations---and I know how certain words are pronounced by the British; it seemed she just didn't know them and took a shot in the dark and missed), and so . . . broken . . . up with pauses in strange places. It was. As if there, were; punctuation. Marks indicating ...hesitations. And pauses in weird. Places? Not to mention her bizarrely inappropriate emPHAsis on certain words that shouldn't be EMphaSIZed.
And she seems to have learned her "Scottish" accent from watching Mel Gibson in Braveheart one too many times. Not good at all.
When I finally made the decision to stop listening and switch to reading a text version of it because I couldn't listen to one more minute of it.
Nicholas Boulton or Ashford McNabb or Bianca Amato or Rosalyn Landor or Lucy Scott or Davina Porter or Steve West or Katherine Kellgren or Susan Lyons or Helen Stern or Justine Eyre or Susan Duerden or Charlotte Parry.
I have audiobooks by all of these readers, and they're wonderful narrators!
Will be returning this one.
Excellent narration. I love listening to the Scottish accents.
A great romance also with mystery and suspense thrown in.
A marriage planned from birth to a family that you have been taught to hate.
Luckily, even though the family may be evil, his/her forced marriage is not what you'd expect. Husband & Wife have never met and have been growing up being taught to hate the other's family. How will the husband treat his new wife? Will the wife escape? Accept? Give in?
Why do the families hate each other?
Read this very enjoyable book to find out.
I read the reviews and decide to give it a chance and i'm glad I did.
didn't want it to end, this book draws u in and has you hanging on.
I can't wait for more from sarah coomes . loved the whole book and now its on my fav.
Say something about yourself!
Great highland story great chemistry between the two main characters. Very romantic everything you love in a good highlander story. Wish there was a book two.
Great narration hooked from the first chapter.
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
Sarah Coomes is the best narrator. This and every book I have heard her read just come to life in my head. She does a wonderful job moving from character to character.
Yes. I just hated putting it down.
I just loved this book. Once I finished it, I started it all over again and enjoyed it just as much the second time.