An amazing spin on the historical romance. Lord Ian MacKenzie, youngest of 4 Scottish brothers who's father ( a Duke) had abused them all as children. He believed he was "fixing them"
Ian wouldn't look at people , he could play complex music just by hearing it, he would refuse to speak for days so his father placed him in a institution because he was "mad
(more likely he was mildly autistic).
Ian meets a beautiful newly wealthy widow, and decides he must marry her.
Beth is a sweet girl who understands Ian and wants to protect him from people who want to destroy Ian and his brother, the currant Duke.
The brothers are difficult and complex, but they have a very close relationship, and will protect each other with their lives.
I loved Angela Dawe's narration, she has a melodic voice that really grabbed me.
I have read the whole series, and I was so excited to see the audio-book.
I can't wait for the rest of the series. Each book is fantastic, each brother has their own tragic life that becomes less tragic with the help of a special woman.
Well worth the credit.. You won't be disappointed.
This book was a great trip through Elizabethan England/Scotland.It begins approximately 2 years before the death of Queen Elizabeth 1.
The heroine Catherine (Cat) a Lady in waiting and dress designer to the Queen, and the hero - Patrick Hepburn son the exiled Scottish Earl of Bothwell ( who historically was a huge supporter of Mary Queen of Scots, King James' mother) They meet and initially hate each other , well, Catherine hates Hepburn. Hepburn is intrigued by the beautiful and vain Cat, but he doesn't go "ga ga" over her like everyone in the Queen's court.But Catherine can't help being draw to the 6 1/2 foot "Scots Barbarian" The story is long but it moves beautifully.
I love the descriptions of the fashions and fabrics of the period, the landscapes, the food.
It would make a great Movie!
I love books you could see being made into a movie or mini series ( but only by the BBC)
The historical/political intrigue, the characters and the dialogue
I love the narrator, her voices, accents, and tone is fantastic.My favourite of all her characterizations is King James and Maggie ( Catherine's maid and surrogate mother)
The death of a secondary character in the middle of the book, she had an impact on everyone.
I purchased this book on a BOGO special, and it's the best deal EVER. It is worth the credit on its own.Enjoy!
They are both fantastic, I like that I can listen to a book in the car on the way to work, and when I am unable to listen, I can read where I left off.
I really loved the opening story of Christina's Dakota Family. I was so detailed, it really makes the reader understand Christina later on in the story.
I also loved the interaction with Christina and one of Lyon's "ladies", it was HYSTERICAL!!
I loved Susan Duerden's narration. A lot of the reviews were complaining that she whispered too much. A lot of the dialogue required whispering, so I wasn't quite sure what the complaints were about.
Oh ya if I had the time, I would have. I did finish it in under 2 days though.
Julie's Historical's are ALWAYS worth the credit. I can't wait for Guardian Angel, The Gift, and Castles.
It started off great.Fantastic plot, characters, witty dialogue with a touch intrigue.
Julien Blackworth is caught in bed with the wrong woman, a spinsterish woman named Izzy. He was drunk, he went to the wrong bedroom, he got caught... Voila ! He has to marry Izzy. But Izzy, doesn't want get married, she wants to move out of her wicked cousin house, collect her inheritance left to her by her late mother, and go to America...
So Izzy convinces Julien to agree to a mock engagement (or so she thinks), and then in 4 months they can break it off. She will be of age to get her money and sail to America.
While Julien "agrees" to the plan, he has a plan of his own... He will marry Izzy, inherit the Dukedom, and set her up in the country all while continuing the way he is (a man-whore) with no thought for his wife.
But as he spends more time with Izzy, he begins to see her in a different light. He wants to spend time with her, he thinks about her when he is with other women, blah,blah, blah.
When his best friend Eric begins to show interest.... What a shock! Julien doesn't like it.
In fact while at a garden party with Izzy, Julien is in the library making his way up another woman's skirt. all the while Eric is escorting Izzy around the park. Julian happens to look out the window, while with this other woman ( that's nice). He is so furious he runs out of the library, runs into the garden and grabs Izzy away from Eric.
(Oh Please!!, What an ass!!)
Eric is a little shocked by his behavior because, he knows of Julien's plan for Izzy.
This is when it started to fizzle for me.
He loves her, but doesn't want to.... she loves him but she doesn't think he loves her.....
He thinks she is in love with his best friend Eric... she thinks he's in love with her best friend Celia...this went on for about 3 hours, with a few other things happening in between.
Ugggh, seriously! These people are supposed be be intelligent???
I really would have loved to see Izzy's maid Bette, take a brick upside both their heads....LOL
Susan Ericksen's narration saved this book for me, as did the authors writing style.
I just think that maybe another editor should have been given the original manuscript, and cut out about 3 chapters.
If your not sure whether to download it, if your local library has it, read it first, it may not bother you.
I would recommend downloading it when it goes on sale.
Both are brilliant, if you can't sit down to read it, you can enjoy listening to it.
In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks
Great voices, I love her narration, some people don't, but I think she is fantastic.
Yes, I actually read the book in one sitting over a weekend. I really couldn't put it down.
I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun & charming.
The dialogue between the Lairds, and there wives is brilliant.
The secondary characters are also lively and charming.
I love all of Julie Garwood's historicals, they are so worth the credits.
Yes especially if i need a good laugh.
The Deed by Lynday Sands.
I love Sarah Coomes. I know she always gets mixed reviews, but I have always enjoyed anything she narrates
I was laughing out loud at the scenes where certain characters are trying to move the dead body of an unkind Earl that nobody wants discovered (especially his wife, because if people know he is dead,, she would have to go into mourning, and could not be a sponsor for her sister who is looking for a husband)
Not your typical historical romance, but sometimes it's good not to be typical.
Top 15. It's a great story of long time love, loss, and discovery. Throw in that Julia Quinn character banter.
The way the main characters develop, it seemed like a natural progression without a rushed ending.
The book shop. Miranda is an avid reader, and wants to purchase a book that is sold only in a man's bookshop. Well Miranda doesn't care, and she wants the book, and then the fun begins.
Follow this up with " what happens in london and "10 things I love about you" and re visit these great Julia Quinn characters.
Oh Yea, I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun, quirky and charming.
The dialogue between Ian and Judith is fantastic.
The secondary characters, could have their own stories. In fact they do. Broderick and Ramsey re appear in Ransom. I hope will also be out in audiobook.
Judith is an English women travelling to Scotland to attend the birth of her best friends baby.
Francis Catherine and Judith met when they were 4 and stayed friends even though they were supposed to be enemies.
Iain Maitland is an extremely large Highland Laird and brother- in- law of Francis Catherine. He escorts Judith from England and is immediately attracted to him. Every one is afraid of Iain accept for little Judith.
Iain and Judith's wedding. By the time the scene is over Judith isn't quite sure who she married. It is a fantastic and cleverly written laugh- out- loud scene.
Loved both Judith and Iain. Also loved the old men on the counsel.
The Secret is Out!
If this was made into a movie I picture Emily Blunt as Judith and Richard Armitage as Ian.
Well worth the credit, you will listen to it over and over again.
Yes, it was fantastic listen. The story takes place during the up in Scotland at the time of Mary Stewart Reign. The story flowed, the characters were very real, the narration superb.
I loved Angus, the "most handsome man in Scotland" was noble, honest and quite "randy". He stays away from politics, to protect his small can.
His "plain wife" Anabella, who he married to obtain land her father owned. She is a a strong woman who does her duty, but with opinions of her own.
She was great, all the characters were great, her timing was amazing.
I loved this book. IMO it's the best of the series. The other heros of the Border series, were a bit arrogant, and some did stray from there "loves", some I would also consider borderline abusive... This book did not have that feel, which was a great change.
The book can stand alone. you don't have to read the others.
Well worth the credit.
This is the 2nd book of the Highland Series featuring the Murray brothers,It's 7 years later as we learn what happened to Nigel since he left Donncoill after losing Maldie to his brother Balfour.
Nigel becomes a mercenary, offering his sword and fighting skills to any French lord who pays the most. But when he wakes up one morning to find himself sprawled in the mud, having spent all night boozing with no recollection of how he got there, he knew it was time for him to go home and face reality. While deep in thoughts, he hears voices and checks to see whom they belong to. He spots two people deep in conversation but knew instantly that the one dressed like a lad is a woman.
Gisele Deveau is a hunted woman. Falsely accused of the gruesome death (no really GRUESOME) of her wealthy husband, she has been running away for a whole year. When Nigel ends up saving her life, she knows that he is her only hope.
Realizing that Gisele's life is in extreme danger, Nigel is overcome with the need to protect her, especially when he learns that she is pretty much on her own. And although she fears men in general Gisele has little choice but to trust the man who has entangled himself in her troubles.
Little do they know that they would be faced with another trouble: that of their growing attraction to each other. Nigel is torn and confused about what he feels for Giselle who looks very much like Maldie, his sister in law - and the reason he left home in the first place. While Gisele is terrified to put her trust in another man after what she has experienced at the hands of her husband.
Gisele is a likable heroine, very similar to Maldie but with a sharper tongue. Both characters are strong and well-matched and as passionate as the first book's characters. I
The homecoming scene was one of my favourites
I am beginning book 3 about little brother Eric
Quick plot overview. We open on Fiona Sinclair's wedding day. She has been betrothed to her most hated rival since birth, Myles Campbell. Their clan's have fought over the current King and the rivalry grew worse since the day of Fiona's mothers death. Fiona believes that Myles father murdered her mother.
1/2 way through the book, Fiona has yet to even show a slight defrosting towards her husband. All the while we know some nefarious plot is being set by Fiona's brothers and without Fiona's knowledge.
There are also great secondary characters which could very well translate into their own stories.
I loved the plot twists and the ah ha moments.
Now the narration by Sarah Coomes was FANTASTIC. I loved her Scots accent for both the men and the women.
I especiially loved Fiona's voice, it reminded me of my mom. especially when she's angry and her husband!! LOL
This was a great listen, and well worth the credit.
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