I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I typically adore Julie Garwood's highland warrior novels, The Bride, being one of them, but something went terribly wrong with this one. I mean, was this book even written by J.G.? It had some of the qualities, but definitely fell short of a fabulous highland novel penned with her magic touch.
The problem is with Connor MacAlister, the protagonist. The problem is that he had the personality, understanding of women, and sensibilities of a rock. His flat, harsh personality made the dialogue portions between him and Lady Brenna dull and boring, because he's pretty much hollow.
I was surprised that characters from the previous book, The Bride--- Laird Alec Kincaid and Jamie's relationship didn't have that much of a strong impact on him---well, if it did, that influence didn't come out till the very end of the book...which made it too long for me.
In the previous book, when Alex Kincaid would say things to Jamie, such as, "you have value, but 2nd place to my horse," well the man was just kidding and pressing Jamie's buttons. Yet, with Connor, when he conveyed where Brenna ranked on his list of priorities and things he considered valuable, well he pretty much meant it when he named his horse as first priority. There was also distasteful violence against a horse in this book and soldiers. I thought that was too much, as well.
Regarding the heroine, Brenna was flighty, but very sweet and incessantly patient with the bad luck she had in marrying Connor. She loved him even though he said harsh things to her, and didn't really treat her well. He was also dismissive and did not inspire trustworthiness, and this left Brenna vulnerable to his enemies.
The change of heart and character came about way too late for me in the book. When the change of heart and promise of true love comes about in the last scene in the book, um....nope not good enough to be considered a good read/listen.
Regarding the narrator, Heather Wilds was really good. I enjoyed her performance.
Brenna is on her way to an arranged wedding when she is intercepted by a group of huge highlanders. Coerced into marrying their Laird, Brenna finds herself in the middle of a feud and married to a man that she cant help but fall in love with. Now, if she can only get him to care for her....
Connor is feuding with a man he believes to be responsible for his fathers death. Ordered to leave McNair alone unless he can find proof, Connor captures McNairs bride-to-be as a last insult. But Brenna turns out to be an anomaly that threatens both his peace of mind and his heart.
This is one of those stories that you keep coming back to. The beginning is filled with misunderstandings that will make you laugh out loud. There are a few moderate sex scenes but not too many. There are characters you will love and those you will hate. The mystery slowly reveals itself. My only complaint about the story is that the ending seems rather rushed.
This narrator did a fair job with this book. The book is written in such a way that it switches between the two main characters. the narrator didnt leave enough of a pause or inflection to indicate when she changed characters which caused some confusion.
the original narrator for this book is Steven Crossley. He did a far supperior job with this book. i am disappointed that Audible doesnt offer that version. But even if you cant get hold of the original, its still worth listening to.
I've listened to this about 5 times now.... still LOVE IT! Julia is my favorite historical writer! Excellent job of narration by Heather Wilds and I'm devoted Susan Duerdan narration fan now I have another!
Stacey is Sassy
The narrator does a great job and I had no problems telling when the characters changed. I loved The Wedding and I plan to listen to more Julie Garwood audios soon.
this is a wonderful book The narration was impeccable I always love this series and the author cell anything and everything about her is amazing in my eyes but this one was a little bit better than most in my opinion character building was phenomenal teamwork love all the emotions when they're great story I would recommend it to anyone.
The story is great but the reader is horrendous. The warriors sounded like little girls. At times you can't tell which character is speaking. The original reader was a man. The remake should have e been a man as well.
I loved this story, had me smiling alot of the times. Especially when alex first met brenna and had to leave the hall to keep from laughing. Later in book the clan Buchanan was mentioned I hope it wasn't Broderick !