Time travel, romance, and mythology collide in Catherine Bybee's Binding Vows. Striking Scottish prince Duncan MacCoinnich is, by vocation, a ladies' man, tasked with bedding virgins across history lest they find themselves targets of an evil curse. Nevertheless, at a 21st-century Renaissance Faire Duncan finds himself hopelessly smitten by modish maiden Tara McCallister, and decides to forsake his womanizing ways. Unwittingly whisked away to Duncan's estate in 16th-century Scotland, Tara must adapt to her new environs even as she's pursued by evil forces. At turns playful and provocative, saucy Sottish performer David Monteath perfectly personifies Duncan's devilish allure. Navigating disparate cultures 500 years apart, Monteath provides colorful character acting whether he's playing a cool and coy contemporary Californian or a regal Renaissance aristocrat.
Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock hand-fasting binds them.
When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland she could accept that. But when she finds herself in the sixteenth century, away from her modern life, can she forgive? And is it love they feel? Or something else?
©2009 Catherine Bybee (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I read a review on Audible that claimed this book was funny. There were only a few instances that I found even slightly humorous, and I don't think that humor was the tone Bybee was going for. If she was, well, it missed the mark. That may have something to do with Monteath's grave and somber performance, or maybe not. It was a fairly decent story, certainly not memorable. A day after I finished listening to this book and I was already having a hard to time remembering the major plot points.
There are dozens of other time-traveling historical romances that I would recommend before this one. If you've already listened to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and/or Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, then try starting Brenda Joyce's Rose Trilogy or the first book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series.
This is book 1 in a series. Audible isn't showing the series properly and book 4 came out first and confused many buyers which is a shame as I'm sure that affected the love of these stories to unexpectedly plop late into the series, so the books come in this order.
#1 Binding Vows
#2 Silent Vows
#3 Redeeming Vows
#4 Highland Shifter
#5 Highland Protector (not out in Audiobook yet)
This is a GREAT series, funny, serious, lots of twists and turns, and parts will make you cry. Love the books. AND the narration by David Monteath is PERFECT and frankly that alone is worth the listen. It's great to hear a Scottish man read for the male characters for a change as it really adds to those characters in an addictive sexy way. He's now one of my favorite "readers" (and I've heard many).
The books blend time travel, history, battles, humor, suspense, magick and romance (and some sex) in just the right blend. Each book picks up pretty much where the previous book leaves off and you'll want to go through the next all as soon as each one. It's more a tale of all these great characters, so it's a great family tale not just a romance based on "where can we insert plenty of sex scenes".
While some argue there's enough explanation in each to have them stand alone, since characters' histories and actions span multiple books, do yourself a favor and read them in order!!
Love these books, hope this series continues on and on....
I loved the story and can't wait to hear the rest of the series! My only complaint is the narrator's voice for Tara. It wasn't a great heroine voice and kind of obnoxious at times. Other than that, it was a credit very well spent!
This book was just barely okay to me. I thought it was strange story line. I also felt like there was too much filler in the book and found myself skipping several chapters without missing anything. There is sex in this book and a lot of dialogue which I did like. But overall the story wasn't that great.
I don't think I will read anymore of the books in this series.
The narration was not very good. It is better if you listen to it on 1.25 speed.
Credit Worthy? Not really.
Well it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it - and it's down to 16th Century Druids Duncan and his brother Fin. The job, de-flowering Virgins at the Renaissance Faire before an evil Witch can Hubble Bubble herself into a lot of trouble which will end the Curse put on her.
Duncan's immediately drawn to Tara, a beautiful, strong, stubborn, modern-day, kind Virgin so he gives it his best shot to try to seduce her but binding vows once said can never be broken and, before she realises it, he's whisked her away through time but, unfortunately for Duncan, she's anything but happy about it. Yes, he's a bonny kilt wearing broad Scotsman but she's left her family and friends behind and there's no indoor plumbing, heating, electric or modern medicines AND she has to wear dresses!! (Mmmm what or who would you choose I wonder?).
It has it's predictable, cheesy and stupid 'don't do it' moments - but it's also an enjoyable, light, funny, touching time travel romance with magic, mayhem, danger, action, murder, humor, with great secondary characters, and a nice romance but very light sex scenes. This is a very addictive listen as Duncan and Tara's relationship is forced upon them both it then grows naturally (after a period of 'adjustment' for Tara) and, with the help of his loving family, their touching, tender feelings for each other eventually turn into love.
Worth a credit? A credit or on sale for cash, it's an easy light listen, yes I would have preferred a little more 'heat' but, as Tara realised, you just can't have everything.
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