I Loved this book!! Some of it broke my heart, it was funny at times, the characters were so amazing and enjoyable! I'm thoroughlyl enjoying the MacKenzie's and their extended family!!! And I wish all of my books could be read by Angela Dawe!!!!
The first formal dinner, with the chicken bag pipes and the "happy ending". Wow - what a great dinner that turned out to be!!
I thought Julianna was the best!!! Prim, proper and very organized. But became so disorganized to make her life with Elliott work. And his out-of-nowhere kissing her against walls and in various rooms and the gardens; how scandalous!! But loved her through it all!!
Read or listen to this series!!! It's one of the best ones I've ever read and I've read A LOT!!!
If your looking for a book about war time flashbacks or post traumatic syndrome I guess you would like this book, it jus t wasn't my idea of a highlander romance.
The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.
When the main characters first arrived at the estate. The author did a good job of using the house as a metaphor for Elliot's mental state.
Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.
Several moments of Elliot's vulnerability. The author does an EXCELLENT job of making Elliot human without making him wimpy or a liability for the female character. I think this is tricky, but she pulls it off!
Okay, I'm a fussy reader. That said, this is an entertaining book. It combines a troubled hero with a harsh backstory, a very sweet heroine, and tops it off with the most delightful group of secondary characters I've ever seen. The story has enough twists and turns to keep it unpredictable and fun. The writer obviously knows what she's doing. The narrator is Angela Dawes, and she does try. She's just not my cup of tea. When a novel is set in some place other than the US (where I reside), I do prefer a narrator that can handle the accents. There are plenty of narrators who can, but this one can't. Her Scottish accent needs work, and her English accent isn't any one of the broad spectrum of English accents I've ever heard. Bless her heart, she's probably a nice person. Sorry Angela.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
This is the fifth in the Highland Pleasures series. I cannot wait for more.
Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.
Elliot & Juliana's relationship evolution. I also LOVE that it starts out hot and continues throughout.
Elliot-Angela Dawe never lets me down with her Scottish accents.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
This book has a lot going for it, My personal favorite, a crazy person who knows they are crazy!! Can you beat that?
A historical afghan war vet. PTSD and second chance at love, now come on how can you go wrong with a recipe like that.
Ms Ashley does deliver. With new characters that blend in seamlessly with the old, glimpses of old well loved characters and a love affair that proves that yes! in deed opposites attract and first loves rule.
I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very, very long time!
There were too many to list, but I loved the slightly damaged Hero who was so compassionate and loving, and I loved the Heroine's unwavering love. I do not enjoy sappy hero's, Elliot was far from sappy. I cannot abide a over-the-top strong-willed heroine, one who is argumentative, misreads everything, or reads slights into every action. This heroine was not that. It was so refreshing not to have "misunderstandings" that torpedo the relationship. Loved this book!!
Ms Dawe's voice takes me a few minutes to get used to, but then it is fine. She ends her sentences emphatically, almost harshly. However, it did not, in any way, detract from the book.
Love the MacKenzie brothers series. "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie" is possible my favorite book in the light romance genre. This is something of a "spin off" of that series. There were things I liked. Won't attempt to spell the names of the Indian members of the household (the downside of audio books), but the manservant was a truly dear character.
I liked that the relationship moved quickly. The two main characters were childhood friends and more, so there wasn't a lot of hem-hawing around about whether they had feelings for each other. There was some behavior that didn't add up, even considering Mr. McBride's fragile mental health. Won't reveal more, but will just say its always a little unsatisfying when this kind of book tries to tackle heavy subjects like the long term affects of torture. Either write romance novels or write a serious work of fiction, don't try to combine them.
Angela Dawe's style is clear and easy to understand. If, like me you are uncomfortable with her fragmented style of speech, increasing the narrator speed to 1.5 does the trick.
I like Ms. Ashley's other books in my library, but not this one so much.
This is a must listen to again book. The story is a good one and the reader is really good.
I would compare this book to any of the others in the Mackenzie series, except for Ian Mackenzie's story which is one of the best book I have ever read or listened to.
I have always enjoyed the Highland romances but Ashley's books have made me look outside of the "traditional" highland romances with the feudal Laird.
I wish she had more of a Scottish brogue - I understand that the Scottish aristocracy adopted a more "English" accent but I like the brogue and the Mackenzies and McBrides tiake a great deal of pride in being "Scottish"
I think the plot which involves Elliot McBride being held prisoner and having to deal with those terrible demons was excellent. He's obviously suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The part of the story which revolves around Juliana making her lists and organizing and the fact that she thinks this could help Elliot recover is a little silly - but overall I enjoyed the book. I'm not sure how making lists and being organized is supposed to help someone with PTSD - at least not in the way that this part of the story is written.
You have to get used to Angela Dawe's narration, but she does a great job with the different voices and accents. I enjoy her interpretations and I often seek out her narrations.
I am still trying to figure out why this book is part of the Mackenzie series because the Mackenzie's barely have any mention in this book. I think the McBride's should be a series all their own and not included with the Mackenzie's. I know there's potential for another McBride brother love story although I don't know if there is any plan for Ms. Ashley to write this story or not.
Regardless, I really enjoyed this book and I'll definitely listen to it again and I would say that if you like a good highland, sex-filled romance, this is the book for you. Well worth the credit!