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.
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 !
Aye this was a really good book! The writing was engaging and the characters are well developed. This was my first Julie Garwood book and it will not be my last. I did not think historical fiction was for me, but recently I have read a couple, including this one and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. Of course they have all been set in Ireland, England or France...maybe that makes them even more appealing! ;-)
I was looking forward to this book with giddy anticipation. I even broke down and bought the audio just to get the true JG highland experience. Although the narrator did a decent job, she just couldn't measure up to Rosalyn Landor or Susan Duerden.
The book started off great. In typical JG fashion, we meet an unconventional little Brenna and the giant highlander she will marry. It wasn't until they were married and back at his Keep that things started going downhill for me.
The thing is, Connor left almost immediately and was gone for a good long while. In his absence, she was left with his evil step-mother and lecherous step-brother, with no clue of her authority or value to Connor. The step-mom constantly belittled Brenna and was downright mean. Why didn't Brenna put up more of a fight? She was Mistress there! I know she didn't want to upset Connor, but jeez! One of the things I love about JG are her feisty heroines. I just didn't get that from Brenna and was a little disappointed.
Then there was Connor. I know that he was supposed to be a hard man that would never fall in love, but he just came off as cold to me. He wasn't even nice to her, no wonder she was confused. I really really wanted to like him more. I just never warmed up to him.
Now don't get me wrong, I still liked the book. I just didn't love it as I was expecting to. And even though there were some really funny parts, they were too few for me. I know I'm in the minority here, but what can I say, I thought it was kind of boring and sad.
I love this book!! It has the right amount of romance and drama in it. I love the way the characters all interact with each other. I wish Julie Garwood would write more Historical fiction again.