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
"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)
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.
A story that moved along at more than a snails pace. A stronger female character.
No, I have listened to several other authors and always enjoyed them.
No. Too staccato.
I couldn't make it past three hours into the book and felt all of that preamble should have taken about ten minutes.
Try a different author
I didnt like much at all about this book. It wasnt very excitig and was to expected.
Found a way to make it as it was her choice.
Alot of them.
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.
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.
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.
yes, it is a good listen if you are into history.
Can't think of one right now.
Somewhat because at times he speaks with an accent that sounds fairly accurate.
Never will I try another of Monica McCarty's books. I was looking forward to a great story of romance, mystery, with a peppering of history. I was expecting to loose myself in a bygone era. What I got was nothing less than pornography. I am not a prude by any stretch, however; when the physical descriptions of the individuals and the states of physical anatomical discomfort and or desire is so often repeated, emphasized, and then regurgitated it completely negates the story. I shall not finish this book. The first hour was so just plain BAD
I really like this genre. I have found much better story tellers
He was fine. He just had nothing to work with.
Not a single one.
No. The story is boring beyond belief. Only the halfway decent narration saves it a little. I tolerated 3 hours and had to give it up.
Construct a plot.
A story, character development
Yes, I love the fierce warrior, with the tenderness to love a woman. See to her needs, etc
Aways when they realize they love each other
I enjoy this genre. This book was in keeping with what I was expecting.
Rory. I liked his honesty and that he didn't just cave to the femine character from the get go.
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.
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.
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