Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be "unmarriageable"and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II, anxious to strengthen his alliances, sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine's hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title. Lady Katherine must forfeit everything in exchange for a husband who does not want to be married and believes all women to be self-centered and deceitful. Can the lovely and gentle Katherine mend his heart and build a life with him or will he allow the treachery of others to destroy them?
©150 years Ceci Giltenan (P)2014 Ceci GIltenana
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I loved the story when I read it last year and listening to it told in the sexy brogue of Paul Woodson I wish I could give it a few more stars.
Niall is loveable, but I am glad he finally smartened up, I felt like smacking him upside the head sometimes. Katherine is such a strong woman enduring the hardship of her life with her cruel uncle, but retaining her giving heart. I am glad she's got Niall. The story is sad in parts, very intense in others, mixed with some loving moments and with a very happy ending.
Mr. Woodson is really bringing this story to life, his accents, pitches, emotions come across beautifully. You got to listen to this!!!
This was a wonderful story and I did not want to put it down. It kept my attention all the way to the end and I didn't want it to end.
This is a great book of the highlands and it was very interesting.
He brings the true accent to the story and draws you in as if you were there with the time.
Yes if I could.
I loved the story and it was well written. I would recommend it to anyone.
I liked this book and would recommend it to other listeners. Was disappointed slightly because I didn't feel it tied up all the loose ends. Would have like to have seen the uncle get his just desserts.
Laird Niall MacIan was my favorite because he was so damned flawed and had such a way to travel to become a hero.
It made me angry for the stupidity of some men!
A delightfully entertaining highland romance, packed with suspense, greed, spite, forgiveness, humor, loyalty and love. I very much recommend the listen and book.
For a debut novel, I’m extremely satisfied with the plot, character development, ratcheting suspense, pace of the story, theme and the happy ever after of this lovely Scottish Highland romance. I will continue the series with Highland Courage next month.Katherine was one of those characters whose good qualities you wished you had. She had lived in the worst of conditions with a nasty, self-centered, mean-spirited uncle. Uncle Ambrose was greedy and delighted to see his niece squirm with the fact that the king had ordered Katherine to wed the impoverished Highlander, Laird Niall MacIan or find her way to the convent. She was married that day.
Ms. Giltenan describes the scene so vividly I was there standing in the corner seeing and hearing all. I loved the scene where we get to meet Katherine, Uncle Ambrose, and Laird MacIan. Narrator Paul Woodson really does this scene justice.I got a good read on the kind of character each has. Katherine was grace herself, yet demure with a spine of strength as well as compassion for her clan. She usually hid her emotions behind a mask of calm. Uncle Ambrose was the type of man who enjoyed inflicting pain, whether emotional or physical. Katherine was much at his mercy. Laird MacIan had come to take his bride no matter what she looked like. The driving force for him was the dowry that would save his clan from utter ruin. He was pleasantly surprised by her form, not by her dress, and later he found her most out spoken. Laird MacIan is the one character that the author lets us discover as the story unfolds.
I liked how the author shows us the difference in tradition between the highlander and lowlander and how each had little love to the other. Katherine, a lowlander, had married into a highlander clan.Laird MacIan carried plenty of past baggage. For one, his step mother had beaten him when young and frankly, reader, she was a bitch. And once she got her claws into Katherine, I thought I’d see feathers flying! A really great scene.
As with many heroes, sometimes they are obtuse. Sometimes VERY obtuse. But I’m afraid Laird MacIan puts a new meaning to stupid. Even Katherine couldn’t hold back. She told him to his face he was an idiot. Many times I stopped the listen to bookmark and note with “I agree”, “you’re right”, “idiot, right on”, “STUPID!!” By the time he moved to greener pastures I was “pissed” with him and he had to work very hard to put himself back in my good graces! Oh, I didn’t mention he expected no lip. He gave an order, it was to be followed. I wondered at this point if Katherine had moved from the frying pan into the fire!
Can I say this politely? I think the laird was intelligent, and a good leader, when he wasn’t controlled by his anger. However, short-lived, it hurt friends. He was also easily manipulated. These are two very big flaws for our hero to overcome.I don’t want to say more about this exciting and tension filled listen with much more happening than I mentioned – no spoilers here.
If you haven’t discovered Ceci Giltenan, as I just did, don’t delay, get on her wagon to the highlands!
This is my first book by Ceci Gilteman and I must say I loved it!!! I really enjoy it and I cannot wait to see what else the author has available. I was impressed by her character development, and the story she told was well thought out and so hard to put down. I loved the way all of the pieces fit together at the end. We have a Highland warrior who is need of money, who doesn’t trust women and then we have an heiress who has been abused by her Uncle. This is an arraigned marriage between the Uncle who wants her lands and title, but not her and he sells her to Highland with her large dowry. Niall MacIan doesn't trust women. However, he needs a wife with tons of money to save his clan. Niall is a bit surly and overbearing, all due to a romantic betrayal in his past that's never fully forgotten. Katherine is loved by her entire clan and she protects them anyway she can even if that means taking the blows herself. Niall was so loving and good to Katherine, but he still is mistrustful. They eventually learn by working through that hurt together and it leads to a love that can handle anything. An excellent book I think you to will enjoy.
Paul’s voice is perfect as he brings the true accent to the story. You will not only love his accent, but pitches, emotions come across beautifully. He draws you in as if you were there the whole time as he brings the story to life!!!
Sexy, hot and good! I read this ebook first and this was a good story and I did not want to put it down.
This book made me SWOON!!
Katherine's choices are slim ... the convent or marriage to a stranger ... thankfully for the listener she chooses Niall (the hot highlander). Unfortunately he has vowed never to marry!
The narrative packs a lot of heart into a beautiful story. It was an emotional journey from the moment Katherine had to give up her beloved horse Stormy to the very end.
I originally read the eBook, but once I discovered it on audible I had to experience it again. The narrator is very pleasant, and he brings each character to life in a unique way.
A must listen for any fan of Highland Romance!
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