After traveling to Scotland on business, the bed of a highland laird is the last place Ali Graham expected to wake up. But there's no mistaking the irresistibly masculine Scottish Highlander whose chamber she's accidentally infiltrated - or the severe wound he's suffered in battle. As a doctor, Ali knows how to heal his injury, how to nurse his body back to health. What she doesn't know is how to heal his heart….
A proud warrior and the leader of a powerful clan, Rory MacLeod is ready to fight to the death to protect his homeland. After all, ever since tragedy robbed him of his wife, he has had nothing to lose. Yet the mysterious woman sent to tend his wounds is beginning to reawaken something inside him - something that he'd rather stay buried. But when true passion is mixed with Scottish magic, even the most fearsome warrior could begin to fall….
©2010 Debbie Mazzuca (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Delightful. A wonderful debut!" (Hannah Howell, New York Times best-selling author)
"Debbie Mazzuca weaves fairy magic, Scottish highlanders and time travel into a delightful adventure of love that's meant to be!" (Melissa Mayhue, author of A Highlander of Her Own)
~~~"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC"~~~ *** Love Audio Books....Especially Historical Romances *** ~~ "Reviews Should Never Contain spoilers ~~
I'm a sucker for a good Highlander Romance so I had to give this one a try. Because I've never read anything from this author before I wasn't expecting much so was happy that I found this book a well written light read.
No, this book isn't a deep historical story but its definitely worth reading because of its clever story with twists and turns that keep your attention. The main characters of Ali and Rory very likable and are written with class and the secondary characters add dimension to the story. The time travel aspect has some predictable moments but I really appreciated the plot twists that I didn't anticipate. The story has a nice romantic progression so it didn't drag......and I really liked the ending. I will check out this author's other books.
The narrator was good with all the characters except Ali's. Ali is from New York and even though her accent is different from the other characters it definitely isn't a New York accent. (Ali sometimes sounded like she was the New England area of the USA). But overall she did a good job.
As we travel with Medical Student Ali back through the many pages of history to reach the bed of Rory (a handsome well respected Highland Laird) in his 16th century Scottish Castle and they both think they are having a lovely dream. Rory thinks he's dreaming of his long dead but much loved wife because Ali is nearly identical and Ali thinks she's dreaming about the handsome Scottish Warrior from a painting she's seen in the 21st Century.
Unfortunately, things come to an abrupt end but the longing and dreaming of what might have been remains then some of the occupants of the Castle tells her exactly why and how she was brought there but it must remain a secret. As the drama unfolds so too does their passion but it's a time of Clan marriages and alliances and Rory's fate lies elsewhere but sadly that's not where his heart lies but will his stubbornness and Clan loyalty outweigh his protective, caring, possessive, vulnerable and loving side for Ali.
This is an action-packed very enjoyable plot with many sub plots running through it, there's humor, kidnapping, betrayal, suspense, heartache, a shocking twist or two, romance, passion, sex, a misguided evil Priest, a nasty b*tch, but some lovely secondary characters. Then, if that's not enough for you, there's Highland magic in the form of a tragedy but fate intervenes and what was once lost is now found but could happiness be snatched away at the last minute or salvation be restored to the MacLeod Clan once more.
Worth a credit? Well, if you want to get picky then there were a few flaws like how could someone from the 21st Century communicate in Gaelic speaking 16th Century Scotland and the Scottish narrator sadly couldn't do a very convincing NYC accent. So, if you feel you can't sit back and overlook the odd flaws and just go with the flow then sadly, perhaps this just isn't the book for you. However, I really enjoyed it and it's another creditworthy addition to my bulging library of Historical Highland romances.
This book had me from start to finish...loved the characters and the story line. I thought the narrator had a wonderful scottish accent and did a good job with the story. Can't wait to start book 2....
90% of the time, if I don't like a book it's because I don't like the characters. I actually liked the hero and heroine of this story and I definitely enjoyed the secondary characters. The reason I didn't like Lord the the Isles falls into the other 10%. The premise of the story was promising, but the plot was poorly developed. The scenes that didn't have Ali and Rory heating things up were rushed and choppy, and the solutions to all of the problems they faced were far too convenient. Even the romance between Ali and Rory felt abrupt, which was unfortunate since I liked them both so much.
Caroline Guthrie's narration would have been awesome if it weren't for the accent she uses for Ali. I'm almost certain that Guthrie is a native of the UK, because she does a fantastic job with her Scots accent. However, Ali is from the US, and Guthrie's American accent is truly awful. But, since Ali is the main character in the book it was a major drawback for me.
Best book I've read in awhile. I couldn't put it down, it had everything, twists, surprises, action a great narrator and more. I loved the characters and the way the ending pulled everything together. This book gets a big thumbs up.
I loved the narrator's voice but she has Ali's and Rory sounding the same. It's also like she has no emotions at all. All she does is read the book. I total waste of my money.
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