He needs her for his clan. He wants her for himself. Can he have both?
Toran Lathan never expected to become Laird, and he never expected to meet a woman like Aileanna Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people need, but Toran cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal?
Aileanna Shaw has a healing touch - and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she's kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war or the prize of his heart?
While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileanna. And Aileanna must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who needs her talent but wants her love.
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"A captivating hero and heroine and a deft plot make this a must-[listen] historical romance." (New York Times best-selling author Rebecca York)
💙 A Good Story Epecially w/Romance🔹Audiobooks+Work=Adventures 💫 Enjoy Listening, Debating, & Reviewing with My Book Club🔹No Spoilers 🙊
I actually liked the “talented healer” storyline of this book. The Heroine, Aileanna, is a strong woman who has the power to heal and is sought after by other clans because of her ability. The Hero, Toran, is a powerful Laird who not only notices Aileanna’s “talent” but her beauty. Although I found this story and the characters interesting it unfortunately is low on excitement and high on predictability. It had glimpses of adventure throughout the book but lacked an inspiring impact.
If you like simple highland romances without surprises (or many twists and turns) then you will probably enjoy this book.
I love Scottish historical fiction, and this was great. Add in the mystic elements and it was thoroughly entertaining. I'm definitely getting the next one!
I bought the audio because of the narrator Derrick Perkins. He is one of the best! Toran is the hero in this book....a young, sexy, brawny Highland laird. But for Toran, Perkins' voice was much too gruff and old sounding. That kept Toran from being the dreamy, sexy, love sick character that Blair wrote. From Perkins, I expect only the best so I only gave the performance three stars, average. The story line was adequate but not exceptional. I will give Blair and Perkins more chances.
Hot, real, interesting!
A big thumbs up on the narration, all the characters were so distinct! Very enjoyable to listen to.
Yes, it's written well, fluent and never boring
None, it's a book on its own
A sexy voice
It spellbound me
I loved it, it was spellbinding, fluently written never dull. At times the heroine seems Whitney, but then she turns around and is as strong as the rock of Gibraltar.
I'm honest, I listened to the book via audible. Com. I can't wait till she gets more audibles out.
It took forever! I kept waiting for the story to pick up the pace, something, towards the end anything to move the book along.
Wow. Did a good job with pronunciations.
Unabridged is always better
Don't waste your time.
This was an OK read because it really did drag sometimes. I think Aileana’s healing ability was pretty cool but when she wasn’t healing someone the story kind of dragged. Plus, I just knew she was going to do something that would give her the TSTL award. I mean, how could anyone believe anything Colridge had to say? Between the drag of the story and her TSTL moment I had a very hard time with this book.
I did like the secondary characters, though: Senga, Elspie, Jamie, Angus, Ranald and Donal. And I really liked Toran but if I was him I would have dumped her a$$ a long time ago. Geez, she was enough to make him crazy and she didn’t want to listen to anyone’s GOOD advice, and she wondered why Donal didn’t trust her. Using her Voice on Toran should have been the last straw for him. This kind of writing doesn’t do the heroine justice. It makes her look selfish and unable to see anything but herself and what she wants to do. I have to agree completely with TracyJane’s review, there were times that I just thought, “good grief, Aileana, you are a moron,” and when the TSTL came along I almost stopped reading. And why did she remain a captive for 2 years if she were able to make Colridge do whatever she wanted with a Voice suggestion? That was never really explained.
There was some sexual tension in this and some explicit sex.
I gave it 3 stars for all the really likable people.
I borrowed this through KU.
As to the narrator: He didn't really do so well. His male voices were either too gravelly or too high and the women’s voices sounded just like men sometimes. And there was absolutely no emotion.
About the Story: HE NEEDS HER FOR HIS CLAN.
HE WANTS HER FOR HIMSELF.
CAN HE HAVE BOTH?
Torn Lathan never expected to become laird, and ne er expected to meet a woman like Aileana Shaw. Her healing ability is just what his people heed, but Torn cannot resist her beauty. Yet will loving him destroy her ability to heal?
Aileana Shaw has a healing touch – and a special talent she must keep secret. Stolen from her home by a marauding army, she’s kidnapped again by the Highland Laird she heals. Is she a prize of war, or the prize of his heart?
While Toran battles the invading lowland army, he also battles his desire for Aileana. And Aileana must decide if she can trust her secrets to this fierce warrior who need her talent, but want her love.
My Thoughts: So pleasantly surprised! For a first novel, it was very, very good and I look forward with eagerness to continue the series. Her full development of its main characters and secondary ones only enrich the telling. She writes with rare finesse setting scenes of action and suspense creating more than just a romance. Inner character conflicts of both the hero and heroine and how they deal with them add a multi-level reader interest.
The narration, itself, by Derek Perkins was well done. Although Mr. Perkins chose a rough-type voice for the Laird, it put me off slightly at the beginning of the tale. The voice sounded harsh for the Laird. As the story moved forward it didn’t seem to bother me. Even though I didn’t particularly like the voice chosen, he carried the story well, continuing to engage me with his own voice and dialog of the other characters.
I like the magic and paranormal woven into the story. I also like the sincerity of the heroine when she is ready to heal even those who are cruel and are not looking out for her welfare.
The author has left enough threads that need to be taken up in another story additionally leaving the reader with total satisfaction with the outcome of this tale.
About the Author: Willa Blair is the award-wining author of Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling Scottish historical paranormal romance and a contributor to USAToday’s Happy Ever After romance blog. Her popular Highland Talents series, set in a pivotal point in Scottish history, is filled with men in kilts, psi talents, and plenty of spice. Available in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, the first three titles will soon be joined by more novels of adventure and romance.
About the Narrator: A native of the United Kingdom, Derek Perkins has narrated nearly two hundred titles to date in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, comedy, history, and business.
In 2014 he received two AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named by the magazine as a 2014 Best Voice in its Biography & History category and he was nominated for a Best Voice, Fiction & Fantasy Award by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences 2014 Voice Arts Awards.
His audiobook narration skills are augmented by knowledge of three foreign languages, experience of traveling the globe, and a facility with accents.
90 percent of his book is very good, but the ending is very very disapointing.
The writer should never have ended this book this way. I know she want us to buy
other books, but I have to really think this one over. Oh by the way Willa Blair I own
over 300 books, so I think I can make these statements. I hope you don't do this
to every book you write. HC.
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