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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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    MickeyMarie Narnia 08-14-12
    MickeyMarie Narnia 08-14-12 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "Holds interest"

    Romance is not the best description of this work. It is a good story in the typical Scots setting of clan conspiracy, and holds interest. If you are looking for hot sex, look elsewhere.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Waterford, Ireland 08-23-12
    Angela Waterford, Ireland 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "good story,pity about the narrator"

    I love historical romances,especially set in Scottland. The story was good but was ruined by the narrator. He was not able to do any of the voices male or female. I also downloaded 'Daring the Highlander ' through which I will grit my teeth as I listen,
    Please, please if there are any more books in this series get Davina Porter to narrate.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-01-12
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "Surprising highland treat!!!"

    Laurie Wittig is a new author for me. I was pleasantly surprised by this great audiobook. A fantastic story, funny and charming characters and a very impressive narration by Ralph Lister.

    Highly recommended!! :)

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Persis Florida, US. 08-15-12
    Persis Florida, US. 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Could have used another Narrator"

    The Story is written well but the Narrator leaves much to be desired when it comes to doing Scottish accents. He's very adept with the British reading. But this is a book about the Scotts and there is much that needs to be read with a Scottish accent and he failed terribly with them. Or maybe it's just me being used to Davina Potter doing a beautiful Scottish Accent.

    Other than that it was a lovely read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-14-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "GREAT BANTER WITHIN THIS SCOTTISH ROMANCE!"

    I found this to be a light, but fun Scottish romp as the hero, Tayg Munro, and heroine, Catriona MacLeod become entangled with one another on an unexpected journey with different purposes to find the King of Scotland. As a future laird, Tayg temporarily takes on the role of a bard (not a very good one according to Cartoon), while Catriona is running away from her brother's grasp and a pending marriage to an unsuitable laird. This romance is not as steamy as I would have preferred, but it was fun, the banter hilarious (at times), and the reader is exposed to a budding romance between two very strong characters. Don't get me wrong when the two leads come together and finally give in to one another, it's hot and steamy, but this only happened one time. Otherwise, Catriona and Tayg shared a teasing and flirty kind of romance throughout their journey.

    Catriona is known as the "Shrew of Assynt" and her sharp-tongue and short temper definitely warrants this term, but there are always reasons behind the shields people erect. I liked how Tayg was able to look beyond her defensiveness and understand the reasons. But, Tayg did something special for Catriona, he helped teach her new behaviors and reign in her temper. I liked how Catriona became aware of her jarring personality and found better strategies in dealing with people. The interaction between Catriona and Tayg was many times very funny. You could just picture Tayg rolling his eyes or really tripping out on Catriona's character. Females tended to worship him, not annoy, and verbally spar with him as Catriona did, especially at the onset. Even thought his was a decent read/listen, it definitely could have been much better. The action and adventure was great, but it needed more opportunities for the leads to enjoy the steam of their relationship.

    The narrator, Ralph Lister, was good. He did a great job with the male voices and a decent job with the female voices. I bought this book on sale and it turned out to be a good experience for the price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 06-26-14
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Romance in Scottland"

    This was a 4.95 special. It was a cute love story. It was a light, easy listen. Enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Ingram OK, USA 06-18-14
    D. Ingram OK, USA 06-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Soup N Eggroll

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    Where does Charming the Shrew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't listen to many audio books, but this one has been among my favorites. The only reason I did not give all 5 stars in the performance category was because at times, the male characters were portrayed in very effeminate tones, as though the narrator forgot which character (male or female) he was reading for. However - I simply ADORED the fantastic Scottish accent he performed them in. It brought so much life to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charming the Shrew?

    The best moment in the book was when Tayg made up the very last song in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Lister – was your favorite?

    I liked both main characters, as performed by the narrator. His Scottish accent is spot-on and enjoyable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They say that music soothes the savage beast....


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many historical romance stories, most often preferring those set in medieval times, and in the areas of England/Ireland/Scotland. This one has a very good story, with a conspiracy against king and country. It was very entertaining.

    1 of 1 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.

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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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