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.
©1988, 2012 Hannah Howell (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~
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..
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.
Read from June 21 to July 01, 2014
I gave this 2 stars overall instead of 1 because the audiobook was narrated by Ashford MacNab, one of my favorite readers. This book was horrible.
First, if I'd known it was a re-release (with a new title) of a book published in 1988, I would have skipped it. (Ugh, Ugh, Ugh---the HEAD HOPPING and PURPLE PROSE!!!) But that wasn't the worst part of this book.
The worst part of this book is the so-called hero. Not only does he start eyeing the heroine the first time he sees her---when she's TEN YEARS OLD---but then, seven years later (because SEVENTEEN is so mature) when he kidnaps her, he waits a whole week before seductively raping her.
Yes, that's right, I called it what it is---RAPE.
While she doesn't fight against him, she doesn't consent, either. So most of the book is about her being his captive and his mistress---and not caring because, you know, what else is she supposed to do but gladly share her captor's bed and get pregnant and almost fall for his brother's seduction, and other really stupid and random plot points/holes?
I have no idea how this book has a 4.09 average rating on Goodreads or 4.10 here on Audible. Either people rated it based on their memory of reading it twenty-plus years ago, or they read a different book than I did.
Even at the end of the book, there's no declaration of love from the "hero." He never feels guilty for what he's done to the heroine (who is, of course, a perfect-yet-feisty angel and who, naturally, has a wicked stepmother) nor over the fact that his former mistress keeps popping up. He calls the heroine a slut and a whore when she merely talks with other men, even though he's nothing but a man-whore himself, having slept around plenty before capturing her and making her his sex slave. Ugh. Blech. I hated him SO much and really wished she'd just kick him in the nuts and go off to become a nun or something. That might have made this meandering, pointless story interesting.
The only redeeming part of this was the brilliant-as-always narration by Ashford MacNab, who did wonderful Scottish and Irish accents.
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, 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 hated how so many private moments played out in front of people. It was a spectacle and everyone was always in their business. From announcing that Tavis was going to basically rape Storm to having family members walk into the room as Tavis and Storm lay their naked to the highly inappropriate conversations about sex that Storm had with her father. Ick! It just really irritated me. And it was just stupid with way too much sex and not enough character development. Not a good book at all!
MacNab Ashford was really good. She did an excellent job of narrating. It was just a horrible story.
None. I would just make them more believable people and I would develop them in a more rounded way. It was all about sex and had very little to do with love or admiration or honor.
reviews for fun
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.
Entertaining, thought provoking.
I really like the little nephew of the main female character. He is such a wise soul in a very young body.
I'm not sure if I have or not. I thought the Scottish accent was good.
I have no idea, especially since I don't watch movies or pay attention to their advertisements.
This is my first Hannah Howell book. The characters spoke an antique English, so it is a little hard to tell if my relatively positive impression of her writing is all based on substance or a little on style.
The female lead, Storm, is strong willed with a biting wit. Most of the humor comes from her temper and her talent for putting men in their place. The male lead, Tavis, suffers from the timeless character flaw of having walled off his heart because he was hurt by his first love. Not original, but clearly a theme many readers come up against in modern times. He is a self-centered brute - and it is a little hard to figure out what Storm sees in him.
The best character was Storm's Irish cousin. His wisdom became increasingly unbelievable (so much insight from such a young man), but he was still the most likable character in the book.
The historical details were often out of sync with reality. I am not a stickler for historical accuracy, but I did find myself taking note of the anachronisms when they appeared. Some readers might find them annoying.
The narration was fine. It did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book.
The book is definitely flawed: in historical accuracy, in the development of characters, in the plotting of the story. The further I got in my review the more faults I recognized, so I went back and took away a few stars. Wow, that is a new one for me!
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