After his brother is executed for treason, Ailig MacLeod returns to Castle Assynt bearing a heavy heart and a grim message: the Scottish king has ordered Ailig’s father to forfeit the clan chiefdom - or face deadly consequences. But before he can reach home, Ailig encounters Morainn MacRailt, a beautiful young widow living a solitary life in the glen. He is taken by her quiet confidence and the powerful connection that sparks between them, but his duty lies at Castle Assynt, where his clan is in turmoil.
Determined to bring the MacLeods to order, yet wary of whom to trust, Ailig makes a fateful decision: he offers Morainn the protection of the castle in return for becoming its chatelaine. Clever Morainn quickly becomes a valued advisor, and as the trust between them grows, so does an undeniable passion. Together they endeavor to restore the MacLeod legacy - and discover a once-in-a-lifetime love.
©2012 Laurin Wittig (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Wittig truly captures the essence of the Scots - their deep passion for freedom and justice, love of their homeland and fierce pride - in her remarkable characters and their colorful, historically accurate, highly romantic love story.” (Romantic Times)
"Laurin Wittig has proven with Daring the Highlander that she is a force to be reckoned with. This is a fantastic book.” (Romance Reviews Today)
“With factual historic details, compelling characters, and the combined stories to betrayal and new love, Daring the Highlander is another winner.” (Romance Junkies)
This book transports the listener to the Highlands of Scotland in the times of Robert The Bruce and the clans he ruled. This is a sequel to Charming The Shrew, and tells two stories in one tale - the battle for Ailig MacLeod to claim the right to become the Chief of the MacLeod's as ordered by his King and overthrow his father - whilst also trying to win the heart of Morrain who has captured his heart.
Slowly, through patience, trust and respect we see that, even the impossible, just might become possible for Ailig who is a kind and honourable hero that you just can't help routing for (not your usual arrogant Alpha Highlanders). This has a great blend of characters, good and evil, all adding to the story which is enjoyable but won't have you sitting on the edge of your seat in excitement.
Worth a credit? Because of the price I'd say no just buy it and save your credits for a more creditworthy and costly book, or perhaps put it in your Wish List and wait for a Sale, but worth a listen? then it's a yes.
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There being a plethora of Scottish historical romances, it is difficult to find something unique, but Ms Wittig has done a good job of it. Some good twists take the story to the expected happy ending. Narration keeps the book from being 5 stars in my opinion, but doesn't ruin it. There are better narrators for the language.
Using Outlander as my measuring stick means other series seem to come up short in the rating, but this novel/series is worth the listen. I listen to so many HR lately, they sometimes blur together to be honest. But this one stood out because just before this I listened to a highland novel where the language was too contemporary for the time period. The language in Wittig's writing seems authentic, though I'm not an expert. The build up to the main couple (there's always a couple at the centre) coming together was well timed with the story. I liked the supporting characters a great deal. The dialogue was witty and kept me interested. The narration was seamless. I will say at the beginning I thought I was hearing an Irish lilt, but that seemed to evolve until I didn't notice it anymore. I will try Laurin's other highland novels.
I enjoyed this story, too. It was an easy read that held my interest. I've enjoyed other Laurin Wittig books that were a little different from this one but also very good; which is a sign of a good author.
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