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Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1 | [Laurin Wittig]

Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....
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Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him....

Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees into the Scottish wilderness, determined to seek the king’s intervention. There she reluctantly joins forces with a handsome traveler, unable to anticipate the treacherous plot that will soon embroil them - or the passion that will ignite between them.

©2012 Laurin Wittig (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In this exhilarating Highlands adventure Wittig knows how to merge passion, wild adventure, history, and danger into a perfect tale that takes your breath away and tugs at the heart." (Romantic Times)

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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 09-17-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Well I liked it!"

    This was a nice distraction from my normal read...we have a hot guy who is destined to be chief of his clan, and we have an opinionated strong woman who is ticking all the men in her clan off because she won't act like a "proper" lady, she acts like a shrew...skinning them alive with her tongue!

    I found this book to be light, and charming, but with some real substance that I found very fun to listen to. And the accents....wow...swoon!

    I would get this book again in a heart beat :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet 09-11-14
    Starlet 09-11-14

    My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.

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    "Feisty & Spirited."
    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is one of my favorites. The banter between the two main characters is funny and quirky. A true love story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tayg is quite funny but isn't slow in accepting his hearts desire and moving toward it.


    What three words best describe Ralph Lister’s performance?

    I'm not a big fan of Ralph Lister's character voices, but it wasn't bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 09-07-14
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2002
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    "A good read with a nice plot turn"
    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high in the historical fiction class with well brought out characters and an easy flowing plot.


    What other book might you compare Charming the Shrew to and why?

    None that comes to mind right now


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many but I think whenCatarin and Tayg first meet on the trail was pretty good, both were trying to hide something and neither was willing to give any information.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tayg was beaten by Cats brothers and she and her new first friend help him to get away, her concern and care of Tayg showed how she truly felt for him despite how she acted outwardly.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book , it flows well and is very well narated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-22-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 08-22-14 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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    "You can't judge a shrew by her brother"

    The female lead, Cat, has been tormented by her brothers all her life, to the point where she's had to develop a thick skin and sharp tongue to hold her own against the constant torture. Teague of Colrain (sp) is a highland warrior who is next in line to be the laird of his clan, and his mom is anxious to see him married. To avoid his mother's matchmaking, he decides to go on a little trip through the highlands disguised as a Bard, and perhaps seeking his own bride, as he does the kings business finding out who can be trusted to side with the king.

    Cat and Teague happen upon each other under interesting circumstances.

    Cat is running away from her families castle, determined to flee the man her hated brother has betrothed her to. She runs into the bard in the middle of a storm, who is also on the road, and for various reasons they end up traveling together, and falling in love.

    The story was so charming that I forgot the annoying narration by Ralph Lister (who made Teage sound like he had a juicy lisp), and just went with the flow of the journey they were on. Don't let Lister put you off this listen, most of the time he sounds fine, and he doesn't over-do the female voices, as many male readers sometimes do.

    All ends as it should. This was very sweet and satisfying listen.


    This is my first Laurin Wittig, and I'm very impressed with her story telling abilities. It won't be my last!

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    Linda 08-15-14
    Linda 08-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't even try to listen."

    The narrator ruined the other book for me so I didn't even try to listen to this one.

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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 07-29-14
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 07-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Made me happy!"

    An entertaining and romantic tale of the old days in Scotland. I enjoyed the story, not too sappy or predictable. A little bit steamy, but not stupidly so.

    A nice light book when you need to believe in good things!

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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 07-20-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, captivating plot and characters"

    This was a surprisingly fun book with interesting characters and plot twists. Got it for a sale price, will definitely listen to the next in the series. Had not listened to any by this author. Really liked the humor infused in the scenes, the 'bard' persona assumed by the hero, and the way he saw through to the real personality of the heroine. Guess I'm not as picky as some listeners with this narrator. I thought he was fine, have heard some better but overall I think he did a decent job.

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    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 07-16-14
    A. Christiano Seneca Falls, NY 07-16-14 Member Since 2012

    I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters

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    "A Grrreat Highlands Romance told with a brrrogue!"
    What did you love best about Charming the Shrew?

    I loved that both Kat and Tayg were forced to be people they didn't want to be by circumstance and family, but when they came together they were able to drop the titles of "shrew" and "hero" and just be themselves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting was fantastic. I really got a sense of the Highlands in that famous era, and the terrible weather!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Tayg the Bard makes up an accidentally humiliating song about a homely woman at Kat's insistence.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending :)


    Any additional comments?

    The narration really made this fun. I can't do the accents half so well in my head, you ken?

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    fay 07-12-14
    fay 07-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Mills and Boon twaddle"

    The reader did what he could to bring some life to this crass romance. A complete waste of my time.

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    Bobbi Pohl 07-09-14
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    "Stayed up late listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is exciting, has good character development, interesting twists and great for those enjoying historical settings.


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