Deep in the rugged Scottish countryside lies the Highland Targe, an ancient relic that, along with its Guardian, protects the heart of the Highlands.
For centuries, the MacAlpin clan has watched over the Targe, but Lady Elspet, the current Guardian, is gravely ill. Her niece Rowan MacGregor, the rock of the family, is doing everything she can to hold her clan together when she meets Nicholas fitz Hugh.
Handsome and charming, Nicholas quickly joins clan life - yet he is not what he seems. A cunning spy, Nicholas is charged by the king of England with stealing the Targe, part of a plot to break the Scottish rebellion.
Despite his loyalty to the king, Nicholas finds himself falling for beautiful Rowan. When Lady Elspet's health worsens and the guardianship is in question, Nicholas must choose between the king’s will and his own. Can he betray his king and mission? Or will he turn on the woman he loves and the family he has come to care for?
©2013 Laurin Wittig (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain 'Spoilers' " ;-)
When I saw this book was read by Phil Gigante I had to give it a listen....he can make a mediocre book sound wonderful. I was delighted to find out this book was good on its own and he made it even better.
This book is packed with adventure from the start. Nicholas is a spy who is sent to the Highlands on a mission only to find out that his love for Rowan is stronger than deception. Nicholas has to prove himself to Rowan as well as the clan. Rowan is a woman who determined, loyal, and learns how to handle the dishonesty and choose to forgive.
The author wrote the book so that even the minor characters had intriguing personalities. There was so much detail to their personalities and mannerisms they didn't seem so minor. This increased the depth and funny moments of the story which added to the appeal of the book as a whole.
If you enjoy a good highland tale filled with fantasy, adventure, and more romance than sex...then this is for you. I will be pre-ordering the next in the series.
Yes this was a historical Highland romance which, of course, caught my eye straight away being a fan of handsome kilted highland hunks (yes I'm that shallow), but when I saw it was read by the Maestro himself - Phil Gigante - I just HAD to get it and before I could say "I love you Phil" it was snuggly in My Library.
It was a well written story as Laurin Wittig is such a talented storyteller and when you hit 'Play' suddenly you're transported to the private rooms of the King of England where you become a willing fly-on-the-wall listening in as a secret evil mission is planned. Then, as the fast-paced moving adventure progresses into the medieval Highlands of Scotland, we encounter Clan conflict, a dying woman, spies, lies, betrayal, murder, revenge, myths, forgiveness, redemption and love.
Nicholas and Rowan are 2 likeable characters but are on opposite sides and Nicholas has to choose between his mission or love but as he does he's betrayed and the do da unfortunately hits the fan with devastating results. Good supporting cast of characters that help or hinder the 2 lovers but Clan loyalty must come first. I should think book 2 will move the storyline further as the Guardians and the English want the same thing - and I can't wait.
Worth a credit? For under $10 I bought it saving my credit for a more costly, but maybe not more worthy, listen. However, if I had spent a credit on this I would not have been disappointed in the least.
Phil Gigante does a great job as always. The story was interesting and creative. The idea of the highland targe is a novel one. I like Scottish romances that have a bit of intrigue. There were a few slow parts, but overall I found the audiobook enjoyable. I will likely buy the next in the series.
Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?
I had never read a story written by Lauren Wittig before but when I saw Phil Gigante was the narrator, well I hit the pre-order button without a backwards glance. You see, Phil could read me the phone book and I would sit enthralled for hours. So I figured how bad can it be? Turns out not bad at all.
Ms. Wittig has woven a story rich in history and Scottish lore. While I felt this story was a little skimpy on the romance, thus only four stars, I still felt it was a very good story excellently narrated. The intrigue and plot twists were very refreshing and I was very pleased with my purchase. I wouldn't use my credits since its under $10 but at that price it's definitely worth a listen.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
This book turned out to be more than I expected. It was well written and I was delighted with the narration. Phil (my first listening to him) did a great job. I can't wait for the other books or that there would be more books in this series. I assume so just because this is book 1 but I am also wondering if there is going to be another guardian or if Rowan got a daughter that carried on as guardian. There are so many possibilities but since King Edwards wants the Targe so badly, we know he is going to go after it. Can't wait!!
In this unusual story we are transplanted into Scotland, 1307.
In Part ONE we get to know the cast of characters, details of the Clan, their home and surrounding countryside--the beginning of romantic love, with a little suspense to keep the listener wondering what will happen next.
Part TWO changes dramatically -- full of danger, desire, intrigue, murder, grief, betrayal, power! …made even more exciting by the very talented Phil Gigante.
I'm not a fan of paranormal elements, but Laurin Wittig carefully weaves it into the tale in a way that it adds greater depth and emotion to the story. It's an integral part of the history of the clan.
The ending is unfinished and leaves you wanting more…I'm assuming it's to be continued in Book 2 of the Guardians of the Targe trilogy.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Well, I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this book, but it's not that the book was a disappointment, but not what I expected. It seemed like the book was setting a foundation for the series...but not in the typical way.
The best part of this listen was the incredible narrator....WOW, what a voice! Phil Gigante has a gigantic talent in voicing. I was even pleased with the female voices. Wow, what a dreamy, throaty, sultry voice!
I liked the leads & other characters in the book. The leads, Nicholas and Rowan were interesting and had great chemistry. This book was about their friendship, courtship, bonding and at the very end of the book (last 5-8 minutes literally) their marriage & consummation. I liked how Nicholas became Rowan's coach, encourager and strength when she was learning to harness the power of her gift in relation to the Targe.
The book left you hooked as the epilogue revealed the Kind of England's wrath about the outcome of his mission and his next move to capture the Targe......so creepy & scary. It leaves you with the feeling that NIcholas & Rowan have not reached their "ever after." There is a lot more adventure & danger for the clan in store for them.
This is an interesting story destroyed by the narration. The narration for all highland books are crucial.
These highland men are a strong, braw no nonsense type and the lasses fiery beautiful women. Therefore the reader must portray this image. The accent must be Scottish.
I think the very very best reader of a Scottish tale is ...Davina Porter.
She is a pleasure to listen to and can put a different voice to all the characters both male and female.
I know this is book 1 of the series, please change the narrator for the remaining books.
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