Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.
©2010 Monica McCarty (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain 'Spoilers' " ;-)
I listened to this book later than many of the other reviewers so I had the opportunity to read the reviews before I listened. Because the reviews seemed mixed I didn't know what to expect. As anyone who reads my reviews knows.......I love historical romances, especially ones with Highlanders, so I eventually would have gotten to this one.
The Chief is a well written story and is a cross between historical fiction and a harlequin romance. History is intertwined nicely within the romantic story along with action, spies and a mystery. At times this book was predictable but it didn't take away any delightful moments of the story.
A few negative reviews of this book unfairly compared it to 'The Outlander' and I don't understand why. 'The Chief' is not paranormal and not 33 hours long. It is an entertaining romantic historical romance set in Scotland and that's where the comparison ends.
Overall, it was quite nice to escape to Scotland to visit an overbearing, stubborn, handsome highland chief and his curious, beautiful dreamer of a lass. Hope to visit them again in book 2.
Romantic, narrator was amazing. I love a book with a strong male lead and a heroine that can hold her own. Monica and the narrator really transported me back in time. It was wonderful!
This book (Book 1 of the third series of McCarty's historical romances) begins about two weeks after William Wallace was executed by Longshanks. It tells a very possible reconstruction of the events in Robert the Bruce's efforts to regain the Scottish crown. McCarty has woven a wonderful set of tales that are both entertaining and educational for anyone who is interested in the history of the Scots' efforts to regain their country and their freedom.
Monica McCarty brings history and romance to life in this historical romance novel. I recommend this book and hope that audible will add more of The Highland Guard Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Among the good ones.
The main chatacters, The Cheif, Christina and the Ranger.
Good voices for each one.
the way the Chief transformed and his hidden sensitivity.
Please get the Ranger and the Viper on audio books!!
I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.
I've listened to the first three in the series. I love the story behind the books. The secret guard, their women and Scottich history. Some chivilry, some great stories and some wonderful highlanders. Robert McNab is wonderful. It does take some getting used to him speaking as a woman but in time you get lost in the story and you don't even notice it. I can't wait for the 4th in the series to come out. These are definitely worth a listen.
This was a great story which utilized real history and characters. The narrator was very poor. He was difficult to listen to and very monotone. His voice did not lend to the emotion that the charaters were feeling. If the story itself had not been so good I would not have listened to it at all.
I loved the story of a man who dismissed a trap and turned it to his advantage.
The Chief could not be matched. He rose to meet every trial, reasonsed out every trap, and ultimately changed the circumstances to his advantage.
A complete disappointment. He made the heros sounds like cartoon book characters.
I wanted to know the ending but found the narrator's mighty mouse voice beyond annoying.
I finished the book despite the narrrator, but am hoping future books have a different narrator. The storyline is completely captivating and can't be ignored.
I loved this book!! It is full of emotion and I love a book that I can feel what the characters feel. I hope all of this series is released on Audible.
A Diana Gabaldon, one of the Lord John series.
Perhaps, but not if he's reading a romance.
I decided if the author used, when I was about 3/4 of the way through this thing "it was exquisite" one more time I was going to pan the book. Unfortunately, once you've listened to Gabaldon's Outlander series your expectations for description, characters, and the intelligence of female characters in particular, rises to the point where a great number of the romance writers are no longer able to meet your expectations.
And I had such high hopes for this book based on the synopsis.
Perhaps someone else will have better luck with this, I found it repetitive and predictable. And, of course, this meant I found the female lead naive to the point of absurd. Really, you're going to crawl into bed with a man, trusting your father, who you know to be manipulative and completely untrustworthy, to "rescue" you? You're going to rush off, defying logic and orders, because you're a clever girl who can read?
Disappointing, and read by a man, which was distinctly unsettling when "it was exquisite" was used repeatedly to describe any and all sexual arousal.
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