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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-09-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would"

    I truly enjoyed this book even though I found the heroine exasperating at times. The book tried to depict her as a strong character and a hero who actually fell in love with her regardless of what the times demanded of an obedient woman and wife. She was never able to hold her tongue and was very opinionated and headstrong. I don’t mind opinionated and headstrong but when it is combined with thoughtfulness. I found her to be very spoiled and without much diplomacy in handling tough situations. The spoiled part of her personality is what allowed her to push every situation to the max without worries about consequences. She was then shocked when she discovered an unsuitable match was made for her and without her consent in order to remove her from her clan. She did not seem to address issues maturely and with thought which is what got her in trouble so frequently. She eventually shows flickers of maturity toward the end of the book though.

    I found the hero to be self assured and confident and sweet. His character was very likable and as that of the heroine well developed. I was pleasantly surprised.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbi Pohl 07-09-14
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Luther United States 07-09-14
    Joyce Luther United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable love story."

    First off regarding the narrator, unlike many of the other reviews I did not have much of a problem with this narrator.
    Although I do agree that he is definitely not as good with the Scottish accent as Davina Porter, and definitely not the wide range of voices that she is capable of developing for the characters,
    I found his voice to be pleasant and overall not too bad.
    If you are looking for another outlander, this is not it.
    I would say that it was a very good book though.
    This was the first book that I read by this author and immediately downloaded the next when I finished it.
    I found the characters to be very engaging and well-developed.
    It was a very sweet love story that I look forward to listening to again in the future.
    I will definitely read more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 06-16-14
    Ann 06-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun"
    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a fun story , love the history


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the to main characters met.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 06-11-14
    Robert 06-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A good story spoiled!"
    What didn’t you like about Ralph Lister’s performance?

    The halting cadence of this narrator spoiled a perfectly good story!


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the awful narration, the story itself is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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