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?
©2014 Laurin Wittig (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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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. .
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.
So, I was a little more than half way through this book and got bored. I read 2 other books before going back to this one yesterday and finally finishing it. And it did get better. I just happened upon a part that was boring and gave up. Shouldn't have done that.
Anyway, I really did enjoy the last half. I liked both Jeanette and Malcolm but Scotia was a mess. She went from acting like a little tramp to getting someone who tried to protect her killed. What a waste of a character. Since this book really didn't end, that means there will be another one in a few months or a year. Had I known, that I certainly would not have gotten these two books. I'll make my own ending in my mind and call it good. I absolutely hate books that are not finished and the next book is not available. Besides, the third book is probably about Scotia and I could stand her so I wouldn't be interested in a book about her. I feel like I wasted my time reading these two books.
As to the narrator: Mr. Gigante did a fine job and the men and really tried to do the women but he didn't do the females so well. But kudos for trying.
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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