I would recommend it because Janet of Mar and Ewan Lamont made sparks fly. I absolutely loved Janet of Mar's personality and sense of honor. She was a great leading lady, 10 times better than her sister from The Recruit. Ewan was great but Janet was the star of this one.
Janet of Mar. She was defiant,determined, and willing to risk her life for what she believed in.On the flip side she was also vulnerable and still an innocent despite her age. I enjoyed seeing her evolve and especially loved how she went after what she wanted (Ewan).
When Ewan realized who Sister Genna was, he was furious!
The Hunter hunts the Nun
I was eagerly awaiting the sequel to For the Love of the Duke and within 5 minutes, I immediately knew that Christi Caldwell had done it again--later realized I was somewhat correct. I absolutely loved Anne and Harry from the very beginning. These two had so many pre-conceived notions about each other, quiet frankly, they didn't like each other... or so they thought. This is still a very good book but I felt that the conflict/angst factor went on too long.
Quick background. Harry was in the first book of the series. He tried to seduce Anne's sister Katherine but instead they became friends. Anne and Harry disliked each other with a passion. Harry thought that Anne was an airhead (simply put in modern day terms) with a sharp tongue. Someone who made impulsive bad decisions and never learned from her mistakes. Anne assumed he was a rogue who didn't have the ability to care, a man who lived to seduce wantons, widows and most infuriatingly, her twin sister. Then they spend more time together and begin to see each other in a different light. There were a lot of tender moments between these two as we see them slowly realize that they had been wrong about each other.
I smiled for a good chunk of the book. I loved the chemistry between these two. There were a lot sexually charged scenes but the sex scenes were pretty scarce but it wasn't a problem for me. Then 6 1/2 - 7 hours in and things went down hill. I hoped it wouldn't be drawn out. Anne confesses her love pretty early and I liked that. She accepted that Harry wasn't there yet but had hope that he would grow to love her. Truly, he showed signs of caring if not loving her. I thought that things were on the up and up.
Then the heroine finds herself in a compromising position and Harry offers to marry her but suddenly, she can no longer accept that he's not in love with her and flat out refuses him. She assumes that he only wants to marry her to save her reputation. Her greatest fear is that he will be resentful and regret his sacrifice. I will allow that her mother put a lot of garbage in her head and I will also allow Harry totally bungled things up when he attempted to explain himself but I expected Anne to "SEE" Harry's feelings as she did with the spectacles.
She doesn't see. She assumed that she knew his feelings and acted, like the rash Anne everyone knew her to be. She concocted a ridiculous idea to 'save' Harry from the marriage by doing something so despicable and heartless, I couldn't forgive it. She took his past hurt and fears and used it as a weapon. I felt devastated for Harry. Anne was miserable too but she'd made the sacrifice so that Harry could pursue what she THOUGHT he wanted so I had little sympathy for her. Then in a turn of even more ridiculousness, Harry blames himself for the way that ANNE treated him, say what? My sigh shook the rafters at this point.
Of course it always works out in the end so I won't get into the HEA. I was disappointed in Ms. Caldwell as she is a great writer and unique IMO. I felt that she could have created a better ending, not the usual historical romance cliche(s) of self-sacrifice, assumptions, longing and angst. You know, woman goes into relationship or partnership in this case with NO expectation of love > falls in love > hero wants to marry her for one reason or another > heroine flat out refuses because he doesn't love her. Another one of those sighs.
Even still I'm rating this book a 4. The first 6/12 - 7 hours were that good. If the angst fest hadn't gone on so long, this would easily be a 5 star read. The writing and characters were great, the buildup to the climax was too drawn out so 4 stars it is. 4 stars for Tim Campbell's narration. He wasn't bad, better than I've remembered him in the past. He does male voices better of course but held his own with female voices too.
Despite my criticisms, I know that the angst is part of the HR genre but sometimes you can't help but want something different. Bottom line, you will like this book, perhaps the drawn out self-sacrificing portions won't get under your skin as it did mine. I still highly recommend it--especially if you read the first book of the series. Chrisi Caldwell is easily becoming a go to author for me.
Let’s face it, I hate shrewish heroines. My heart sank when I read some of the reviews as some indicated the heroine was horrid. I remembered Julianne from book 2 and I didn't hate her but neither did I like her much, needless to say I had grave misgivings + the reviews… I almost considered not reading it but I have a knack for finishing a series. With that said, I made the RIGHT decision!!! Julianne is a fantastic heroine! She gives an aura of being a snob but underneath, she is very soft of heart. She has many layers and they make for a great heroine, probably one of my favorites.
I was engaged from the very beginning. One of the elements of the story that I enjoyed was marriage fairly early instead of the last few pages of the book. It allows the hero and heroine’s relationship to grow fairly easier (IMO) more so than clandestine meetings in a dark alcove. I liked the hero a lot, Patrick is overall a very good guy and it’s hard not to root for him. He really deserved better than he got. Despite it all he was willing to sacrifice himself for the good of his family and Julianne. He was in need of a HEA.
However, Julianne shined brighter IMO. She wants to right a wrong and will go to great lengths to do so (I.E. Flying off to Scotland, unchaperoned to beg a man she wrongly accused of murder to return and face charges because she now knows she made a mistake, reputation be damned!). As I mentioned before she does appear snobbish but she can wield it like a deadly weapon when needed; just ask the Vicar and Aunt Margaret. To sum it up her character development was great and was done In a manner that didn’t turn me against the heroine.
The mystery of the murderer held my interest. I had it all figured out or so I thought... JM threw a curve ball to rival a MLB pitcher! I can’t say it enough, this story has a fantastic plot, fantastic characters, mystery, and a good balance of romance and sex— much more than the first two books. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, they can’t hold a candle to this one! Although this book can stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series in order… It’ll make much more sense. Hands down this was the best in the series followed by What Happens in Scotland and then Summer is For Lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I wish that there were more.
Narration: Lana J. Weston – Lana was great. I felt like she got better and better with each book narrated in this series. She did a fantastic Julianne, she made her sound like she appeared, snobbish and an airhead but strong willed and defiant all in one. I enjoyed all of her voices. She makes a great duo with JMQ
We also meet the hero in JM’s new book The Accidental Wallflower.
I loved when Isobel confronted her father and declared her love for Marcus.
Everything! Nice tones/accents.
"A love that would not be denied"
This is a fantastic romance book. One of the things I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the love that Marcus and Isobel had for each other from beginning to end, it was so sweet and sincere despite the odds against them. There was an abundance of adventure and mischief; I found it to be engaging and it held my interest. I listened to this in less than a day. I also highly recommend reading previous books in the series first as it'll give you insight to other characters (and their adventures) from the previous stories.
I look forward to more in this series!!!
It’s been a while since I've had a chance to enjoy the delightful Paula Quinn. She was one of the authors who made me fall in love with Highlanders. So when I saw this book and The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd on audiobook, I pounced on both like a duck on a June bug. As always, PQ does not disappointment. I’m a HUGE Callum MacGregor fan and loved his story the best out of all of the MacGregor/Grant stories... With that said, this stories romance was very similar in some aspects to Laird of the Mist.
Edmund MacGregor was not born a MacGregor or in Scotland but his love for his clan and country is as strong as any native. Edmund is loyal, determined, a warrior and a fine leader. Edmund and his band of delicious rogues, Malcolm, Darach, and Lucan are on a mission. A mission that will prevent England and Scotland from uniting. In order to do this, they need to force the hand of the powerful Duke of Queensberry and Lord Chancellor Seafield. Killing both men will not stop the act from being signed so Edmund decides to abduct someone who is close to both men. Insert Miss Amelia Bell—who just happens to be the niece of Queensberry and betrothed to The Lord Chancellor. How can this be accomplished? Why by pulling out the Wig-work!
Miss Amelia Bell is a beautiful, delightful and an accident prone young lady. Her mother is a harpy who has nothing but criticisms about her. Her father dotes on her, flaws be damned. Amelia feels guilty because her ‘accidents’ have brought shame to her father whom she loves more than anyone. Although she does not love The Lord Chancellor, she is determined to marry him to make up for the “shame” that she has caused her father. Sarah, Amelia’s best friend and a servant is Amelia’s only other bright light in her life—despite that Mama Harpy has forbidden their friendship. Where’s there is a will, there is a way and thankfully so as Amelia’s disobedience is what leads her into the arms of one Edmund MacGregor.
The story is great and the plot develops nicely! I laughed and smiled a lot. Edmund and Amelia sizzle! There’s lots of action, witty dialogue and love throughout the book. The sex scenes were steamy too. PQ has a host of lovable and likable secondary characters. You’ll be in love with the highlanders within the first chapter. Sarah was a really nice addition as well. She’s tough, funny, outspoken and very supportive of Amelia. Oh and there may or may not be a secondary romance between a certain highlander and servant. Also, there was a Captain Pierce who works for Queensberry, an Englishmen but I LIKED him a lot. I wonder if PQ will unite him with one of our wee lassies from Skye. There’s a nice setup for Darach’s story towards the end of the book. The dogs in this story were amazing as well.
One of the things about this book is its set in the early 18th century but it has a medieval feel that I loved. If you’re a fan of historical romance, Scotland, Highlanders and a great plot then this story is for you. Even if you don’t like those things, I highly recommend this book to any romance or historical romance lover. You will thoroughly enjoy. I also highly recommend reading the books that lead to this series: Laird of the Mist, A Highlander Never Surrenders and the entire Children of the Mist series prior to reading this book. You’ll appreciate and understand the characters in this book even more… Want more Paula Quinn but English style? Then I HIGHLY recommend her Risande series set in Medieval England (Unfortunately Laird of the Mist, A Highlander Never Surrenders and The Risande series are not available on audiobook—HINT, HINT Audible!). Regardless to what route you take, you will be verra, verra pleased. 5/5 stars for this GEM!
Narration: Carrington McDuffie is the narrator. I've listened to her and enjoyed her a lot in the previous books. I went in with high hopes that were initially dashed. I thought “is this the same narrator as before?” It took me a few chapters to get used to her again. Despite the slow start she did a good job with the narration! One complaint is her voices are not as distinguishable IMO. She does the Scottish accents great but most of the men/women sound the same. Even still, I enjoyed it. 4/5 stars for her.
I was very upset when Ashford stopped narrating this series. I was so excited to see that she was narrating this one. However, I was a little disappointed with the narration. It wasn't her best performance. As others mentioned I hated the lisp that Phoebe's character had. I'd say that she did better with the male voices. I almost felt like she wasn't into it. Perhaps a revisit to the old books in the series to get back into character is in order? I'll give her a 3.5--will rank as a 4 just because she's usually so stellar.
I've been on a romance hiatus for about 3-4 months now. I was weary of the same format and needed a break. I bought Darling Beast when it first came out but held on to it expecting the ‘same thing.’ Boy was I wrong and in retrospect Mrs. Hoyt has never let me down so why I lumped her into the general category is beyond me. If I had to sum it up in one word: AWESOME! I don’t know if I can wait until 2015 for the next book. It feels like torture already.
We pick up where we left off for the most part. I started falling in love with Apollo from his previous appearances. I was not sure how I would feel about Lily Stump initially. However within a few minutes of the audiobook I knew that she was special. I loved little Indigo and Maude—although she was a bossy bit of goods. Daffodil was a delight as well, I wonder if she is Miss Puppy Pie in fiction form. Artemis & The Duke of Wakefield also make small appearances but we do get a chance to catch up with them.
The guy who really stole the show for me was The Duke of Montgomery. Very unlikeable initially but he grew on me; I looked forward to his scenes by the end of the book. Although I still am not sure if he’s good or bad, I want to see more of him. There was a moment where he ‘thought’ about a woman more than he usually did… Maybe he’ll get his own book or at least have a reoccurring role. Asa Makepeace aka Mr. Hart and Edwin were great as well. I would not mind reading a book about Asa. We also get a healthy glimpse of Phoebe and Captain Trevillion. Overall a very likeable cast who kept me engaged and made me smile.
The plot was engaging, there were some things thrown at me that I did not expect. The dialogue between the characters was well done. We didn't see many of those misunderstandings as in most historical romance. Lily and Apollo had great chemistry. I love that she never doubted that he was a good guy. She stuck to her convictions and stood by her man. There’s so much to the story surrounding Apollo and ‘that night.’ I was pleasantly surprised when things finally came to a head (although I saw some of it coming, it was nice to see it play out). Of course we get our HEA and I’m smiling. I smile even more because I had an audio preview of Dearest Rogue.
Is it 2015 yet? I'm so looking forward to the next masterpiece.
One of the best in the series IMO. Please keep steaming ahead Miss Hoyt, you do this genre JUSTICE! I ♥ Maiden Lane!
Overall: Story: 5, Narration: 3.5
This was a fantastic story! I must admit, it took me about 30 minutes to completely get into it but once I did, I was hooked. I listened in less than a day. I absolutely loved the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Their love was so beautiful and though it progresses quickly it was genuine. Sean de Lara is a most gallant and honorable hero, one to go down in history IMO. There’s much more to him than meets the eye. Sheridan is a marvelous heroine, smart, head-strong but not an overbearing harpy. Although there is an annoyance in residence and it goes by the name of Alice but even she is strangely endearing. There is plenty of action and tension due to the political nature of the plot. It’s pretty intense, I was on pins and needles; both nerves and anticipation!
The narrator, Brad Wills does this story much justice. This is not my first time listening to Mr. Wills but I was still blown away as if this were my first time hearing him. His voice was MADE for Medieval narration! The tones and voices were on point, I was easily able to distinguish characters and emotion. He nailed all of the different characters. I found King John to be harsh, childish and petty; his character was not favorable to say the least. As a result the narrator made his voice whiny and with a lisp, it was great! I hated the character but I thought this was his best narration as it conveyed the characters personality perfectly.
I can’t say enough about this book. Is it worth the credit? No, it’s worth two! I loved it so much I’ve purchased another KLV audio book, Guardian of Darkness which is also narrated by Brad Wills (I can’t get enough of this guy!). This is well worth your time and credit. This is now one of my favorites. Pass on this at your own risk! :)
This book was a great listen and made me happy after my disappointment of Kenneth's story (the heroin of the story was a fetus and extremely annoying). Anyway,I really loved this one. I loved the Scottish aspect and the h/h were great. Stephen's compassion was heart touching. He was a great hero, the best of the 3 IMO. I love that all 3 were heavily involved in this book, I felt like it was one big reunion! I would have given this a 5 star review if not for the 58 times "cornflower" blue was mentioned to describe the heroes eyes and the over description of the heroes frame, particularly his hands (I searched the book on Amazon and cornflower bought up 58 results). His hands were often described as 'great, large or massive' every time he touched the heroin--his body was described as well but not so much as the hands. Other than those annoyances, this was a great read.
4.5 read for me.
This was my first Stephanie Laurens. I absolutely love Medieval romance and overall this was a good one. It is nice to see an author with such talent step outside of her comfort zone by trying a new genre. It's a great first effort. I loved the h/h! They were perfect for each other. Alaun was so understanding, protective and loving towards Eloise. Eloise is strong, practical, wary and sometimes a big too stubborn. I enjoyed seeing their love progress. Secondary characters were engaging but didn't overshadow the h/h (Roland was a favorite and I enjoyed the scenes with King Edward III). The descriptions of the castle and surroundings were amazing,I felt like I was there!
I only had two issues w/ the book: The overall length and # of sex scenes. 1) While I enjoyed the plot, the story was drawn out. The book could have been scaled down some and still achieved the the desired result. I love long books in general but not when it is full of fillers. This book was 15 hours long--about 5 - 7 hours more than needed IMO. Which brings me to issue #2, I love a good steamy romance more than anyone else and enjoy the sex scenes but I found myself ffwd'ing through many scenes there were so many and they were over long at times.
Despite those two issues I really enjoyed it. Overall I'd rate this about a 3.7'ish. If you love Medieval and/or Stephanie Laurens, give this one a try. I am slowly starting to get into Regency and Victorian and SL's books are high on my list to read. I say that because I don't want to give the impression that the two issues I had with the story would keep me from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style, she writes beautifully.
The narrator Jim McCabe was great, I enjoyed his accents and tones. He was perfect for the time setting.
YES. I love Allegreto. The only thing that could have made this book better was more from Allegreto's POV and not so much of the dom/submissive relationship between him and Elena. Even with that, this book was fantastic! Lots of twists and turns, betrayal and redemption. Elena and Allegreto had a weird kind of connection but it was definitely love.
Allegreto of course. I loved learning more about this heartless assassin and we see him fall in love more and more as the story progresses. The relationship w/ him and Elena disturbed me initially but that feeling deteriorated more and more as I read it. I realized that Elena really did love him and though I didn't like some of her decisions, she had her reasons. We see him become less cold and I feel that though he's done some horrible things, he redeemed himself.
He brought a lot of character emotion to the reading, he's awesome.
Yes although I paced myself to enjoy the story more :)
I enjoyed this one better than For My Lady's Heart. This is worth the credit, no worth two credits! Don't pass this one up!
Yes, only if I was re-listening to the entire series. It was an ok story but nothing spectacular.
It follows a similar format of all of the Murray series books. I absolutely loved the Cameron's!!! They reminded me a lot like the Murray's. The h/h didn't have much chemistry IMO. I found Diarmot to be very stubborn. I wanted to hit him upside the head a few times. IIsa was great but had some annoying moments.
Yes and she's about the same in all of them. She has a nice voice.
I did not. Although I saw who the culprits were early on in the book. It was predictable but like-able.
If you're a fan of the Murray series then this book is for you. It was more like 3.5 for me.
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