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Highlander Untamed: The MacLeods of Skye, Book 1 | [Monica McCarty]

Highlander Untamed: The MacLeods of Skye, Book 1

Rory MacLeod is a bold and powerful Highland Chief with only one allegiance-to his clan. He vows revenge against the rival MacDonald clan, though duty demands a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald-a bride he does not want and has no intention of keeping. But Rory couldn't have anticipated the captivating woman who challenges his steely control and unleashes the untamed passion simmering beneath his fierce exterior.
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Publisher's Summary

Rory MacLeod is a bold and powerful Highland Chief with only one allegiance-to his clan. He vows revenge against the rival MacDonald clan, though duty demands a handfast marriage to Isabel MacDonald-a bride he does not want and has no intention of keeping. But Rory couldn't have anticipated the captivating woman who challenges his steely control and unleashes the untamed passion simmering beneath his fierce exterior. Blessed with incomparable beauty, Isabel MacDonald is prepared to use every means possible-including seduction-to uncover her husband's most guarded secrets. Instead Rory awakens Isabel's deepest desires and her sweetest fantasies. Now Isabel has found the happiness she's always dreamed of with the very man she must betray, and discovers that passion can be far more dangerous than revenge.

©2007 Monica McCarty (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In her irresistible debut McCarty gives life to the exciting and colorful times of Highland feuds. . . . McCarty is destined to win fans who will wait with bated breath for the next book in the series." (Romantic Times)

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    Kimberly 06-20-12
    Kimberly 06-20-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Well???"

    When one buys a book with that title one knows what one is getting. I was actually surprised at how good this was. Many things are a given ??? but that is what I expected, but many things were a surprise. So if you are looking for a book about a beautiful, strong, willful woman, a god of a man, a love story, and double crossing, scheming Highlanders ??? this book is for you??? ;)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marit 10-07-14
    Marit 10-07-14
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    "Annoying story, bad accents"

    First, the narration. These characters, on the Isle of Skye, have....French accents? Not Scottish, that's for sure. The narrator also has a habit of reading one sentence really quickly. And then a looonnnnggg pause.....and-another-sentence-really-quickly. That latter was irksome at first but I got used to it. The French accents, though...

    And then the story. You could see right from chapter one what idiotic thing the heroine would do as the story's requisite tension/climax. It's like those horror movies where you want to smack the girl who's about to go in the closet instead of out the front door. Not in the closet! Well....same thing. No, you idiot, don't DO that!! But she did. And then she did it again. It made me not want to keep listening, because Argh! I could see (hear?) the stupid coming, and I dreaded it for the several hours it took to get to it.

    But that said, it gets an overall 2 (though 1 for story and 1 for narration) because I *did* keep listening, and listened to the whole thing, and overall the characters were likeable. The heroine was just annoyingly, predictably, stupid about the one thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K S Smith, MD 10-26-13
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Highlander Untamed better?

    A story that moved along at more than a snails pace. A stronger female character.


    Has Highlander Untamed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have listened to several other authors and always enjoyed them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Antony Ferguson’s performances?

    No. Too staccato.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Highlander Untamed?

    I couldn't make it past three hours into the book and felt all of that preamble should have taken about ten minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    Try a different author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 06-07-13
    Lisa 06-07-13
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    "dont care for women being used as pawns."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I didnt like much at all about this book. It wasnt very excitig and was to expected.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Found a way to make it as it was her choice.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Alot of them.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ConsumerDiva 06-01-13
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    "The narration is absolutley terrible!"

    His performance is incredibly stilted and awkward. The narrator speaks 4 words at a time and then takes a breath, then speaks 4 or 5 more words and another breath......the entire book.....in a monotone. Please, please have someone else re-record and narrate this book (and the entire series (because he narrates all 3). The series is wonderful. The story lines in all 3 book (Untamed, Unmasked and Unchained) are great. It's a shame no one will enjoy the audio versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH, United States 03-29-13
    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.

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    "Good book but not one of my favorites!"

    I really like Monica McCarty's books and hope to see more in audiobook format in the future but I had a hard time with this story, and actually stopped listening to it part way through the book and came back to it later. It wasn't a bad listen but I wasn't captavated and pulled in to the story like I am used to in books of this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 03-11-13
    Charlotte 03-11-13
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    "Enjoyable audio book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is a good listen if you are into history.


    What other book might you compare Highlander Untamed to and why?

    Can't think of one right now.


    What does Antony Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Somewhat because at times he speaks with an accent that sounds fairly accurate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 10-10-12
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2014

    CD DIVA

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    "A Real man"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love the fierce warrior, with the tenderness to love a woman. See to her needs, etc


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Highlander Untamed?

    Aways when they realize they love each other


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Him


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definately


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen 08-08-12
    Carmen 08-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Narration was a bit distracting"
    What did you love best about Highlander Untamed?

    I enjoy this genre. This book was in keeping with what I was expecting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rory. I liked his honesty and that he didn't just cave to the femine character from the get go.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was often clipped in my opinion. I found it to be distracting to the story, however not so much so to cause me to give up on the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't feel the need to put off doing what i needed to do just so i could get back to this book, but could have enjoyed listened all in one sitting if the opportunity presented, such as a long drive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 03-24-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    Another wonderful highland tale by Monica. The narrator was really go and easy to listen too. I really enjoy the highland history from the author at the end of the book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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