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.
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.
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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.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I’m constantly in search of a good Scottish or British regency novel, and this one piqued my interest because it sounded passionate and almost like a Romero/Juliet set up. Who doesn’t love a burgeoning romance between lovers from opposite sides? In this case, the English (Eldon’s) and the Scottish-Lowlanders (MacLagan’s) are generational enemies as their lands are close to the border. Although, I really enjoyed the romance, the rocky ride toward and HEA is not without its painful moments.
WHAT I REALLY LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK:
1. HERO AND HEROINE--they are both unique and interesting characters. Storm Eldon (who is part Irish and English) is the wealthy daughter of Lord Eldon and finds herself kidnapped by the Scotts as a child (10 years old), and again as a young lady (17 years). Both she, and the hero, Tavis MacLagan (Scottish heir) have this exciting little connection and chemistry. So, upon their second meeting, Tavis plays the role of a savior as well as captor. Even though I found Tavis to be dangerously appealing, I definitely loved Storm a lot more. Tavis has some definite flaws that are showcased throughout the book. Storm is a lot more introspective about her feelings, but as a woman she’s also a lot more vulnerable, and maybe that’s why I really sympathized with her.
2. I thought the romance in the first part of the book was on fire. Even though, I must caution that the hero forcibly seduces the heroine…which is hard to explain, but ultimately, the heroine gives herself completely to the hero and both enjoy a mutually, passionate romance. The romance in the first part of the book is filled with many indulgent and passionate moments that are so nice for the reader who is a helpless romantic.
3. There is a wide expanse of side characters, which are explored with some detail. You can’t help but feel an affinity for the brothers, cousins and fathers on both sides.
4. The narrator, McNab Ashford is fabulous…I enjoy her voicing for both males and females. She does a wonderful job. She has a really good English and Scottish accent.
THE PARTS OF THE BOOK THAT I STRUGGLED WITH:
1. The hero’s flaws are hard to stomach in some areas. His mistress makes a few appearances, and was not dealt with as effectively as I would have liked. The hero DROVE ME FREAKEN NUTS in parts where he couldn’t seem to make up his mind about Storm, in terms of her permanent presence in his life. I kept thinking that perhaps this exhibited a feeling of high anxiety or that he was simply overwhelmed with the complexity of barriers they faced as familial enemies. Many times, Tavis mentioned that he felt like grabbing Storm and running off with her, but there are parts where he did not speak up when he should have. Although there was no doubt that Tavis was smitten with Storm, in terms of love, Storm was the more courageous one.
2. The villains were absolutely despicable and I felt as though their depraved, sexual and violent lifestyle was explored a lot more than I would have liked. Seriously, Lady Mary (Storm’s evil stepmother), and her lover are monsters.
3. It’s weird how Part 2 of the book was littered with so much dialogue among characters. Conversations between characters were really drawn out (pre-battle, during the battle, post-battle, etc.). I found myself forwarding or skipping the long, drawn out parts.
4. The misunderstanding between Tavis and Storm in Part 2 was a little exhausting, time consuming and just angsty. I really love it when the characters have more maturity and fight hard at every struggles that arises. Both Tavis and Storm are good with the physical communication of love, but not the verbal…..lol
Even though I struggled with some parts of the book, overall I found this to be an enjoyable listening/reading experience. I found that I cared about the characters and wanted to see them work things out till the very end. I plan to continue with the series.
A story of love, passion and misunderstandings. The hero’s character seemed to be aligned with the times but the heroin’s character seemed a bit weak when it came to sex but strong and fearless in all other aspects. I have to say though that it was strange to read about orgies the stepmother held. These openly held and viewed and participated orgies were not at all something I thought matching that time period. Overall I give this book a 4. Entertaining but not exceptional.
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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