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)
Story mostly based on actual history and historical figures, but told as a series of lustfully romantic vignettes. Character development is very shallow, although the various physical descriptions are plentiful and soon grow very boring. The story becomes almost soft porn, lunging from one physical encounter to another.
I love Anthony Ferguson as a narrator. He makes listening to any book pure pleasure. When I look for a new book and see his name I know the story will flow along beautifully.
The intense relationship between Rory and Isabel. I fell in love with them being together. It wasn't an easy journey, which is what makes it so much more delicious when the do fall in love.
When Rory thinks she is betraying him....his reaction and her's made me actually tear up! So wonderful! I was so emotional for both of them!
When Isobel sneaks back in to the castle and runs into Rory.... love!
An epic love story between enemies.
Antony Ferguson has the hottest Highlander voice ever!!!
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.
A little too many, and enduring sex scenes in my opinion, but it had a good story line, which included: Clan feuds, King interference, Scottish hand-fast marriages, treacheries, etc.
It was well narrated by Antony Ferguson, although at times he forgot the Scottish brogue...the reason for only 4 Stars. He has a voice that is easy to listen to, and gave a good performance over-all.
It was worth the sale price, but don't know about spending a credit for it???
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.
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