Although the English king tried to wrest it away, the Highland Targe - ancient relic and protector of Scottish lands - still lies safely in the hands of clan MacAlpin. But for how long?
Jeanette MacAlpin trained her entire life to become the next Guardian of the Targe, but that duty has now fallen to her cousin Rowan - a duty Rowan can't seem to master. Fearful for her clan's future, Jeanette seeks the solace of a sacred wellspring, and there encounters tawny-skinned Highland warrior Malcolm MacKenzie.
Wounded in battle, Malcolm is desperate to regain the use of his sword arm and strikes a deal with Jeanette. In return for her skills as a healer, Malcolm will advise the MacAlpins in their resistance against the English. And when he can once again swing a blade, he'll return to the ranks of the Scottish army to fulfill his duty as a soldier.
But as passion grows between the golden warrior and the fair-haired healer, duty collides with love. Will they follow their hearts, or will clan loyalties keep them forever apart?
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This is the second book in the series "Guardians of the Targe". I would not recommend listening to this book if you haven't listened to the first book "Highlander Betrayed". This series is more of a fantasy type highland romance. The "Powers of the Targe" is actually the centerpiece of the series.
This book builds on the relationship between cousins Rowan and Jeanette and how they deal with Rowan being the Guardian of the Targe. The story delves deeper into the powers they both possess, the battle with the English, their relationships with the clan and their "protectors" (the men in their lives).
I did find it interesting how this series shows women in a more dominant role. The "guardian of the Targe" is in charge of the clan and when she decides to marry, the man has to give up his clan to live with her......interesting concept.
Phil Gigante did a wonderful job narrating this romance. This story isn't a deep historical book but more of a light fantasy that you'd listen to on a lazy day. I will be sure to check out book 3 when it becomes available. .
Jeanette MacAlpin trained her whole life to become the next Guardian of the Highland Targe, so when her cousin Rowan is unexpectedly chosen for the honor when her mother is murdered, Jeanette is left not only grieving, but also feeling completely adrift. Compounding her misery, Rowan seems utterly unable to master the skills Jeanette must now teach her to be an effective Guardian for their clan. Their mutual frustration, compounded by fears of an impending repeat attack by the English, lead Rowan and Jeanette to argue over Jeanette's disappointed hopes and dreams for being the clan's Guardian. She leaves the castle in a huff and stumbles upon Malcolm MacKenzie, an injured warrior and heir to clan MacKenzie, desperately trying to heal his sword arm. He and Jeanette strike a bargain: Jeanette will use her healing skills to rehabilitate his sword arm in exchange for his lending his skills in battling the English as an advisor to the MacAlpins until he is well enough to return to Robert the Bruce's army. But as Jeanette heals his arm, he heals her wounded heart and passion simmers between them. When Rowan has already been chosen as Guardian, why would Jeanette be developing any gifts now? What does that mean for her role in clan MacAlpin? When his arm heals, will Malcom forsake his duties as a soldier to Robert the Bruce and as heir to the lairs of clan MacKenzie or is his love for Jeanette strong enough to compel him to stay? Does Jeanette have a significant enough role to compel her to stay with clan MacAlpin, or will her love for Malcolm give her a new purpose and direction in life?
This sequel to Highlander Betrayed delivered all I expected from the series in terms of action and suspense. The author does a good job depicting the enmity between the Scots and the English, as well as the perfidy of some Scots clans that chose to fight on the English side. The use of magic requires a little too much suspension of belief for my taste (seems like to an even greater degree than in book 1 in this series), but since this is listed under the "paranormal" genre, and the Highlands are full of stories about magic and the fae, I suppose I can't argue too much. I listened to this book on audible, and as is always the case with Phil Gigante, the performance was excellent. His deep, resonant voice is particularly suited to Scottish warriors!
Good story. Excellent narrator. Phil Gigante is my all time favorite narrator. Poor narrators can break a good book. Mr Gigante bring them alive for me. Please narrate more.
of love that although did not was struggling with not being The Guardian that she was willing to help frame the Guardians and I loved it when she became the guardian
how to net became a guardian as well
when Jeanette became the guardian was absolutely my favorite scene would love to see the new movie
This was a wonderful book. I couldn't get enough listening to it. I had every emotion that can be had. I even got chills when Jennet was reviled she was a seer. I loved it.
I loved the mixture. Very passionate love scenes, even when it was just a kiss. The hero is a typical man, ruled by desire and can’t stay away from the heroine knowing he can’t stay with this clan. The heroine is very willing to take what she can from the hero even if it means he will take her innocence and leave. That was the only part I had a hard time believing since times were not so easy on those who lost their virginity outside of marriage. I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book, even though I don’t believe in supernatural powers. So keep an open mind because this book will not disappoint.
I'm not sure who would appreciate this book. Obviously it is part of a trilogy and that is a big turn off for me. I want complete stories. Don't leave me hanging and don't open with a lot of unanswered questions. If necessary, write a longer book. Granted - authors and editors want to make the most money possible from their work; but sometimes serializing a book just irritates the reader/listener. It is fully possible to write a trilogy that isn't repeating itself and still provides for a sense of fulfillment at the end of each book. However, that wasn't part of this story.
Normally I love this narrator. He does a great job with the material he's been given, but this time it seemed a bit flat and less interesting than is his typical performance. I don't think he was much impressed by the story line either.
I have enjoyed other work by this author and this narrator, so this should have been a slam dunk for me! I really did not connect with Jeannette at all. She was a whiny, petulant, "I know better than anyone else" kind of *girl* and she was a huge turn-off. A great book must have great characters that draw you in. The era of this book was a fairly brutal & difficult time to live in. People were often killed and life was generally hard but Jeannette seemed to take special offense that these things happened to her and her family. Malcolm was slightly simple and seemed to be entranced by this whiner. Yuck... can't say that I have much respect for that either. I want a strong male hero, not someone who is so moony over such a self-focused girl. I understand that her expectations of life were radically altered at some point, but sheesh.... get over yourself already!
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
Loved the first book. This story started right where the first left off. Though I liked, it was a bit predicable. It left me thinking that I know exactly how book three will go. I would recommend that you wait for book three and get them all on sale.
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