In the midst of a Clan divided, two unlikely allies must confront the passion that binds them... and the treachery that may part them forever
To secure her family's alliance with the powerful Clan Mackenzie, Stella Morrison has no choice but to wed the notorious Kade Mackenzie. Unable to ignore the whispers that surround him, she resigns herself to a marriage in name only. Yet as the fierce warrior strips away Stella's doubt one seductive touch at a time, burgeoning desire forces her to question all she holds as truth.
Leading a rebellious army should have been Kade's greatest challenge... but conquering the heart of his reluctant bride becomes an all-consuming need. Now more than ever, he's determined to find victory both on the battlefield and in the bedchamber. But the quest for triumph unleashes a dark threat, and this time, only love may prove stronger than danger.
©2013 Juliette Miller (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~
Since I try not to read "spoiler" reviews before I listen to a book....this book was a bit of a shocker to me. I knew it was a highlander story but I didn't know it would be so sensual. The sensuality just kept building and building throughout the story which it made it difficult to put down.
I thought it was refreshing for the book to be told in the 'first person'. It seemed to make the story more intimate. The narrator was wonderful and she really captured the essence of the story.
This one is now on my repeat list!
Absolutely- I will! This was one of the most pleasurable listening experiences I've had. The story is magnificent and the narrator is one of the best I've heard. She completely brought the story to life by creating a mood and super realistic characters. The story built to a climax perfectly (give it time b/c the story starts slowly but then builds and builds until you won't be able to stop) and the ending was sublime.... I LOVED IT!
KADE! He is the ultimate highland warrior- strong, tough, moody, and introspective, with a huge heart and an unquenchable determination to win Stella's heart. A SEX GOD! Every woman needs a Kade.
She really deserves credit. She MADE this story for me. I usually hate first person narrative, as it can be like listening to someone reading their journal, but with Gemma Johansson's narration I felt as if I was living the story through Stella. She captured the essence beautifully with a great accent, great characters and an emotionally stirring style.
Lose yourself in this electryfying highland tale of intimacy and true love.
Looking forward to hearing more from Juliet Miller and Gemma Johansson.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This was a very sensual, edgy, romantic story.
While the story isn't NEW ... its still good. It is very similar to Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks.
Gemma is great! I will seek out more of her performances!
I wasn't as riveted at all times, but near the end I could NOT tear myself away. I listened to the last 6 hours straight.
The beginning was slow....but once Kade was in the story most of the time...it really picked up!
I don't read many books written in the first person so when it first started I was disappointed but that quickly gave way to interest which gave way to heart palpitations. When Stella finds herself engaged and married the Cade MacKennzie she fears he will be like every other man in her life, awful. She dreads being married to someone known as a "brute". Having only known Pain and betrayal at the hands of her father and his men, she fears her new husband and his reputation. The journey the author takes us on is one of a young girl learning that everyone has there faults and virtues as she explores her new marriage and life in the midst of turmoil and upheaval. Very well narrated and so touching you will fall in love with both characters.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Well I thought I was a BIG fan of kilt wearing Highlanders but this book proved me wrong 'cause swoon-worthy, leather troozer clad, weapon-wielding Highland Warriors certainly get my vote too.
This was a delicious listen even though I don't really like books only told in the 'first person' but this somehow captures your interest as the plight and life of Stella slowly unravels and sucks you right in as she is forced to wed above mentioned handsome Highland hunk Kade. It's a tender, sweet, sexy love story but it's also got interesting sub plots that's filled with either likeable, manipulative, rough, dislikable or just plain evil characters all waiting to help, hinder or double cross the newly weds so sacrifice, revenge and murder are waiting in the wings for their chance to join in.
Kade promises not to consummate the marriage for one whole month as Stella is so frightened of him so instead he tortures her with desire as he masterfully and skilfully stokes and strokes the flames of her passion in some very hot and imaginative ways and yet he's so kind, thoughtful and protective towards her too so who wouldn't melt in his arms. It's a sensual overload journey that she's on so for those of you who prefer a 'sex free' listen then perhaps look elsewhere.
This is actually book 2 of The Clan Mackenzie trilogy but I didn't feel it mattered at all, I'm just hoping Audible will soon stock the others.
Worth a credit? Yes, another highland tale that's a scorcher too.
I liked Kade’s attitude toward Stella, and I loved the way he handled their marriage bed in the beginning to give Stella time to adjust to him. However, in Chapter 11 Stella begs him to take her, stating she is use to him but he won’t. That’s ridiculous. At the beginning of the marriage he told her that he would not take her until she was ready. Here she is telling him that she is ready she is begging him not to leave her and he still won’t consummate their marriage. GIVE ME A BREAK!
The narrator was awful. Her voice barely changes with the men. It is hard to follow who is talking.
This could have been a great book, but there were too many narratives and other things. It goes on and on and on and the same information is repeated time and time again, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.
Stella got on my nerves as well. I understand her hesitancy in telling Kade everything that was going on in her mind, her heart and the Keep. She was fearful and un-trusting, and she had every right to be that way. But come on, this went on too long. It was as if the author was just filling pages with the same concerns, problems and information.
Then there is the issue of the kitchen staff and male members of the clan not even knowing who Stella was, that’s nonsense. The staff didn’t serve the girls their meals; the girls went to the kitchen to get their own food. Remember when Mazie went to get breakfast for herself and Stella. Come on JM, what were you thinking.
Then in chapter 16, Eric (Stella’s enemy) has Stella examined by a healer to see if her marriage to Kade had been consummated. Eric found out it wasn't. The healer woman who examined her gave Eric a sleeping potion to knock him out and she told Stella that she needed to have sex with Kade right away before Eric wakes up because he would NOT be out long.
Now get this. Stella goes to her bedroom where she finds Kade asleep and she binds him, BINDS HIM, but before that she states that she can’t tell Kade what Eric had her examined. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. All she had to do was tell Kade, let him know how urgent it was. But instead she binds him with the intention of consummating their marriage whether he wanted to or not. The amount of dialog between them at this time is ludicrous. Thank goodness the book gets better after this.
This book was like a possible good movie that was made very bad.
I cannot see myself listening or reading another one of her books. Someone I trust would have to tell me that her next book is nothing like this one.
Hope to hear more from Juliette Miller and Gemma Johansson. The characters really stirred up an emotional tizzy inside. Loved the story and the ending perfect!
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
From the first moments, I just knew I was in for a beautiful, very different listening experience. The narrator, Gemma Johansson, was superb as she masterfully injected excellent tone, and voicing for the males & females, alike. She created the mood that brought this story to life and in a way that complimented the beautiful writing of the author, Juliette Miller.
This story is unraveled through the lens of the heroine, Stella Morrison, one of the younger daughters (out of 5) of Laird Morrison. In this book, the reader is channeled through a labyrinth of emotions and experiences that make you feel like you are living and breathing the story of the leads within the lively, and dangerous backdrop of the Scottish, Highlands.
I was equally fascinated by both the Hero and Heroine. Yet, Stella's life story really touched me. I felt pain through her abuse and elation during her triumphant moments.
Stella is a rare beauty, and does not know her effect on men. Aside from being beautifully captivating, she is innocent, but wounded within her spirit. Stella has lived a very isolated existence that bothers her more than it does her sisters and female cousins (7 young ladies in total). Stella's father rules over her life with an iron fist, and his physical abuse is carried out through his sinister top officers. Alec, the main officer, is fascinated by Stella and wants her as his wife (even though he's below her station), yet he has beat her countless times (and seems to like it) as a part of orders from the laird. Due to this abusive history, Stella feels uncomfortable around men (especially strong men) and comes across to them as distant, mysterious, and quite alluring. In fact, at a social gathering, the warriors are somewhat intimidated by her beauty and even fear her rejection. Yet, little did Stella know how much her life would change in her forced marriage to Cade MacKenzie.
Stella did not know it, but she needed a hero and Cade was just the man to bring her world to life and release her from her caged existence.
OMG!! Cade Mackenzie (3rd son of MacKenzie brothers) is freaken amazing!!! What impressed me most about the hero is his unquenchable, undeniable, love for the Heroine from the MOMENT HE LAID EYES ON HER. So, from that moment on, he was committed, in love, and determined to make her his…at all costs. I thought that was a unique quality because most heroes (even though they are attracted to the heroine) have to conquer their fear of love, at some point. Yet, Cade never fears love…he never fears his attachment and need for Stella.
As the 3rd son of the MacKenzie clan, Cade is part of a close-knit, healthy family. His brother is Laird over a thriving, very rich & prosperous clan and through his marriage to Stella he becomes the "laird in waiting" set to succeed Laird Morrison upon his death. This means, Cade leaves his beloved home only to settle into the dysfunctional Morrison clan which is laden with challenges and treachery at every side.
THE LOVE STORY:
Cade's love for Stella is a binding force that takes root and allows her to grow in every aspect of her person. Stella is forced to marry Cade by her father and not only was she frightened by his hulking figure, mercurial temperament, but, in addition, stories surface about his sexual escapades & she's even more freaked out. Let's just say that Cade has a sexual repertoire that is very mature, and skilled. In modern words, he has an affinity for BDSM in the bedroom. But, if you can believe it, Cade is more than just a sex god, he is introspective and sensitive. And, because he is aware of how much he frightens his new wife, he vows to allow 1 month to pass before they consummate their marriage in order to build trust and allow Stella to acclimate to the marriage.
However, by the 2nd day of marriage, Stella is like, "I'M READY."….LOL, but Cade is insistent on this vow being carried through as a way of proving his love to her (in light of her abusive background with men). So, if you would think that this means no sexual interaction between the couple, you would be DEAD wrong. Because this book is super sensual. Cade awakens a sexual appetite in Stella that builds upon each sensual experience. And, my feeling was like, OMG…what's the big deal about waiting to consummate the marriage??---Cade leads her into so many sensual experiences that I'm like…Oh right already just seal the deal!!! [and that reflects Stella's feeling as well]LOL
Yet, even though the marriage was consummated before the 1 month vow…OMG, what a ride to the end it was! There are countless challenges, adventures, treachery, fighting and moments of courage that will leave you breathless! (well, at least I was left breathless)….LOL And, I have to admit that I felt a little ruthless as I cheered the heroine on, in her absolute defeat of the villain.
But, the sweetest part was the bond and love that was poured out through the Hero's steady flow of gestures and words of affection for the Heroine. I have already listened to this audiobook twice and I just bought it! So, this will be a favorite in my audiobook library.
Lastly, the epilogue was an absolute delight and my only sadness is that the book is over….(If only the first book was available through audio). :-(
I've never not liked the main character as much as I didn't like Stella. Maybe it was the fact the entire story is written in first person. It's like listening to a really long letter by a naive and milquetoast with no passion. The only saving grace is the narration. Gemma Johansson did a great job with a nice Scottish accent (both male and female). She did an amazing job considering the script.
The story was pretty good but JM goes on and on with repetitive thoughts, so much so that scenes are chopped up almost after every sentence, therefore making it hard and frustrating to follow. Very disappointed because the storyline had so much potential, but it was so exasperating to go through scenes where I wanted to know what was to happen next only to face the same thoughts repeated multiple times. It made it difficult to really get into the book. I also found it strange that the clan didn’t even recognize their laird’s daughters? Don't waist a credit.
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