New York Times best-selling author Hannah Howell traverses the embattled border between England and Scotland, where two warring families prolong centuries of discord.
Storm Eldon was first caught up in the war between England and Scotland as a young girl, when she and her family were held hostage by their sworn enemies, the MacLagans. Years later, Storm finds herself trapped in the clutches of her Scottish adversaries once again. Now she must fight to preserve her loyalties, guard her virtue, and resist the charms of Tavis MacLagan, her handsome Highland captor.
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I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
My first Hannah Howell novel, and all I can say is I am impressed. Ms. Howell is very talented in her ability to draw me into the story and to become absorbed into her amazing world building. This book had the perfect combination of romance, love, battle, family drama, intrigue and scheming to please all fans of Highlander romance. From the moment Storm blew into Tavis MacLagan life, it was changed forever. She is a force of nature and at their first meeting, when she was a young girl; Tavis and his whole clan knew they were witnessing something special. Years later when another opportunity came around for him to claim her as a woman, he jumps at the chance. Now she is his prisoner and he will possess her body, but nothing more. Storm has an amazing ability to weave magic and capture the whole MacLagan clan with her mere presence. I enjoyed the progression of Tavis and Storm’s relationship, life in the clan and the intricacies that it entailed. I also appreciated the glimpse of these turbulent times and to witness how love could cure generations of fighting and change the future. I found the storyline strong and well-paced; excellence all around. It’s a complete package of history, love and action with amazing characters, exciting times and a titillating plot. If you enjoy this genre, you really should pick up a copy of His Bonnie Bride.
~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain 'Spoilers' " ;-)
This one was in my library for a while and I finally got the chance to listen to it. I enjoyed this book because it kept my interest throughout. This entertaining story has adventure, romance, slight mystery, family struggles and intrigue. My only negative statement is that it lacked some believability. Both the hero and the heroine seemed a little over the top with their "feelings'. Storm seems too perfect at times and lacked emotional strength. Tavis is the typical "play the field" type of guy who was a bit wishy-washy. (So many times I just wanted to say "Get some backbone you idiot!). The other characters I found more acceptable and realistic. That being said, I still recommend this book and am giving this story 4 stars because it was the type of book you can't put down.....I had to know how it ended.
The narrator also made it easy to listen to. Her accents were really good for each character..
Well, Hannah Howell has really delivered a very captivating, emotional, truly enjoyable story and, from the moment it started, until it's ohh sooo sweet end, I was caught up in all the drama, intrigue and passion that this well-written book delivers to it's unsuspecting audience.
There's a strong, witty, spirited, redheaded heroine aptly named Storm and a handsome, Rogue of a Highlander called Tavis and when he kidnaps her for ransom little does he realise his fate is about to change forever. Although he has every right to 'claim her' he bides his time knowing the rewards he reaps will be that much greater and sweeter..... and so they are.
There are so many sub plots expertly weaved throughout this action-packed plot - an evil Stepmother and her equally evil lover, feuding families, greed, revenge, traitors, murder attempts, spurned lovers, jealous bystanders, battles, orgies, lust, passion, sex (not too graphic), great family dynamics and loving Fathers. But meshing it all together is the all consuming romance as Storm gives Tavis everything but all his once broken heart can do is take and then finally break.
MA does a great job with all the English and Scottish accents breathing life and feelings into the characters and in doing so, transforms mere words into a thoroughly enjoyable listen that had me cursing anything or anyone that made me have to press the 'Pause' button.
Worth a credit? Absolutely the best HH Historical Highland Romance book so far that had me questioning "who needs sleep anyway?" as dawn broke. So that folks is a YES.
I really liked the concept of this book and I thought it had great potential, but the effect was dimmed by the utter apathy of the male character. He spends the whole novel taking no real action and making no grand gestures. He even admits to quickly considering that he wished his great love was in the hands of the villain instead of himself. Even by the end of the novel I was not convinced of his feelings. The only one who moves the story forward at all is Storm, the female character.
Now having said that, it is an enjoyable and well written book. I don't think the narration quite fits though. The reader does a good job with the male lead but her portrayal of the female lead was somewhat dull. Her lines are always read in an extremely calm slow voice despite the fact that Storm is supposed to be so spirited and lively.
In summary, Storm's actions held passion but the words were passionless, while Tavis's words held passion while his actions were passionless.
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MacNab Ashford is a good narrator. The story line itself was interesting but it was laced with "tales from the dark side" of people's morality. Storm did not give much of a fight to save her virtues. Did people really behave like that then? I wonder....
While the plot was engaging, the writing was well, sort of hokey, I thought. I found myself rolling my eyes frequently. The plot, however, did hold my attention to the end. Sorry, but I just didn't like the heroine's name either, Storm. Storm? Really?
I liked the two fathers, the clan chieftains. The way they dealt with their children was not unlike many of today's parents. I definitely recognized their frustrations.
Not really. I might try another Hannah Howell though just to see if her writing is any different. I hope the plot will be as good.
Bonnie Storm spins her golden heartstrings around Tavis's heart and the listener's ear. I could not stop until the bonnie beautiful ending.
I just couldn't get past the heroine falling in love in a week that we didn't even see. She was abducted by her arch enemy. A week passes and bam she's in love. No reason, just, hey it's OK if he ravishes me cause I love him. I was done.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
I loved this book. It had all the HH trademarks: other woman, dumb men, family drama and a woman who knows what she wants if not how to get it.
This was a pretty good story. I enjoyed the spunky heroine, Storm. She was a strong, funny and an honest (she spoke her mind) character. The hero was hot and sexy. Before reading this book I had done some research to see if there was any sex in Hannah Howell books or if they were rated G books. I like my books to have some sex (not 50 shades of grey but at least some sex). Well if anyone is is wondering, YES there is sex in Hannah Howell books, and plenty of it. Its not graphic in detail but there is plenty of it for sure.
There is a lot of dialogue in this book too so you are not just reading thoughts of the characters all the time, they actually speak to each other and that's always good. I really hate when there is no dialogue in books.
The narrator did a good job, but be warned this book has a lot of Scottish dialect to follow, ken what I mean??? LOL
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