When destiny brought Sir Balfour Murray and his wounded brother down the same road as Maldie Kirkaldy, she offered her services as a nurse even as she tried to deny the desire this dark-eyed knight had ignited at first sight. Soon they discover that they both share a mission of vengeance, but Maldie cannot tell him her true identity - to do so would brand her a spy.
Sworn to avenge his family as chief of the Doncoill Clan, Balfour vows to destroy his greatest foe, with Maldie at his side. Yet Balfour knows that he can no more afford to trust her than he can ignore his lust for this sultry beauty. Now, he is not only determined to unearth her deepest secrets, but also to pursue his passion for her. And nothing will stand in his way.
©1998 Hannah Howell (P)2012 Tantor
"A brightly colored plaid that is sure to capture [listeners'] hearts everywhere." (Romantic Times)
These books are about the three handsome Highland brothers from the Murray clan. Balfour is clan chief and he is instantly attracted to Maldie, a healer, who he comes across while returning from a battle and decides he needs her - not just because his brother Nigel is wounded but because she is also beautiful.
Both Balfour and Nigel are attracted to Maldie but she is only interested in one of the brothers. Instant attraction, good romance but secrets that are kept ruins their relationship and anyway she has a previous promise to fulfil elsewhere which all leads to mistrust and misgivings.
I hope Audible will soon stock book 2 Highland Honor (Nigel's story) and Highland Promise (Eric's story). Then there are the spin off series that H.H. wrote like Highland Daughters, Highland Grandsons and all the In-Laws - so, with any luck, there will be a lot to follow.
Worth a credit? Good strong characters and an interesting plot all lead to a yummy listen so it's a YES.
I really liked this book. The narrator is one of my favorites. I am looking forward to hearing more of the Murry Clan!
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
It's not a bad story line, it just very predictable. Laird meets low born girl, battle feelings, status, bloodline and over come it all in the name of love...the end.
I'm a huge fan of Robert Petkoff, Kristen Potter does pretty good scots accents. Davina Porter did an excellent job with the outlander series. My issue with Angela Dawe is her tempo of speech. Ms. Dawe reads way too fast! I feel she need more emotion in her lines, its not very appealing when a character is muttering a line engulfed in heated passion and it sounds like its being read by Ben Stein.
Like I said the story line is ok, but I probably would have given the book a higher rate with a different narrator. The delivery of the story can really make or break the book.
Never judge a book by its movie
Maldie and Balfour. Balfour is not your typical alpha-male for he is plagued with insecurities about his looks and even feels threatened by his brother, Nigel, who also falls in love with Maldie thus adding to a bit of competition. And Maldie isn't your usual well-bred lady having been born illegitimate and having endured a harsh life with a bitter mother who nearly forced her to a life of prostitution.
When Balfour and the Murray Clan rescue Maldie and Eric from the enemies keep.
It's really well written.
I love her voice, I know a lot of people don't, but I think she brings such passion to story she narrates.
A really touching story, and the reunion of the 2 main characters was so lovely.
In the middle of Nigel's story, can't wait for Eric's.
Will do anything for books!
The language used in this series is very old, much more "authentic" than I've seen in some others, I like it but it can be a little difficult to get used to. That said, it's hot, book is good and frightening! TONS of drama! I love how the highlanders fall so hard for their women! I like this book, excited for this series!
This was a very well written tale with a remarkable cast. I really appreciated seeing a Laird who wasn’t infallible. As a whole this is a novel that reminded me why I so love historical highland romances. I fully admit that I’ve read this series upside down and backwards but it was really neat to get back to the beginning and read the first instalment. I fell in love with Howell’s work all over again.
I love stories that come in a series and tell a much broader story. This is a perfect example; it includes some Scottish history, excellent characters, and a great plot. I also liked the fact that the heroine fell in love with the “Best Man” versus the most handsome one. I like it when a little reality is thrown into the mix. There is no such thing as prince charming after all. The chieftain’s character was a much better one than the wounded handsome younger brother who was very superficial. Nice usage of clan war history as well.
The most memorable moment was when Balfour finally swallowed his pride and went after Maldie. Maldie finding her immediate family was a tear wrenching event as well.
Angela Dawe was great, her Scottish accent is excellent and her tone and inflection helped to make the story come to life.
I really liked the reception that Maldie received when she first met her uncle and loved how her uncle treated Balfour!
Great book, can hardly wait to hear the next in the series.
The narrator and the plot.
When the heroine leaves because she feels she won't be forgiven.
Excellent accents and emotion.
No, but it was very well done.
One of the best I've heard.
I honestly couldn't finish listening. The narrator has the most irritating vocal pattern. Her characters are awful.. I love Hannah Howell, so I think this is one I'll get the paperback to read.
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