A hand-picked cadre of warriors, they had the fierce courage of their Scots forefathers, combined with the stealth and cunning of the Indians who lived beside them in the wilderness. Battling the French in a no-holds-barred combat, they forged a new brand of honor, became a new breed of men - MacKinnon's Rangers.
Iain MacKinnon had been forced to serve the British crown, but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki. He'd defied his orders, endangered his brothers, his men and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie's sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret. Though he sensed she was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart.
In love and war, there are times when the only course of action is...surrender.
©2011 Pamela Clare (P)2013 Tantor
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
This book has it all....Indians, Scottish Highlanders, Royalty, and Romance. (This story is packed with history based around the Albany area of New York State.) It is a beautiful book that is filled with sacrifice, courage, compassion, bravery, desire, love and romance.
Within the first couple of chapters I was drawn into the story of Iain and Annie. The heartbreak and conflicts that both had to endure was deplorable and I knew immediately I had to find out if they overcome their struggles. Of course, there was lots of "smoldering fire" between them which also helped to keep me listening!
The narrator did an excellent job. He had many accents (English, French, Scottish, Native American) to deal with.....not to mention the male/female voices. He made it easy to distinguish the different voices.......which I appreciate.
Cant wait for another book in this series.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
As a lover of the romance genre coupled with being a history buff, I found Clare's rendition of the time period incredibly well-done. What drew me to "Surrender" was a generated recommendation due to my previous positive reviews on highland romances written by Paula Quinn & Karen Marie Moning. Having now read it, I'm not sure why the system thought to make these comparable. The writing and story lines are nothing alike. Yet, I'm thankful for it regardless. What a well written story.
Rather than bore reviewers with my summary of what has been written on at nauseam, let me instead offer reviewers some context. In "Surrender", Clare infuses real historical accounts of pre-Revolutionary conditions in the American colonies in which the English & French were fighting for control of the territory. Clare's Ranger series seems to center around what is known as the French & Indian War. Varying Indian tribes, long inhabited the continent prior to European domination, ally with one European against the other. Clare brings a personality to the chaotic and dark time with her fictional characters not to mention love. Hence... a historical romance.
Of the many narrators I've listened to, Kaleo Griffith does an exceptionally wonderful job of narrating the male characters, especially Ian, and still manage the femininity of Lady Ann's voice. Each of the main character's plight, insecurities, and personality crafted by Clare were conveyed brilliantly by Griffith. Well done all around! Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series... next one is out in a several weeks.
This is the first Pamela Clare book I've read. I will definitely read more. There are good guys, a really evil guy and, surprisingly for this genre, a complex guy (Wentworth) who you assume will be evil, but turns out to be sort of decent when you consider the times in which he lives. It's a stretch, but I can see Wentworth being rehabilitated as the hero in a future book???
This is such a good light read. You get historical romance (light on the historical creds, I will admit) a happy ending and the setup for future Rangers stories. There are steamy scenes including one really kind of weird shaving scene ......
This is also the first Kaleo Griffith narration for me. He is so very good.
I highly recommend if you're looking for a good story, a good narrator and a little more character complexity than romance novels usually provide. .
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
Mousy and weak heroine meets overly sexed scot! Narrator did ok with character voices, except heroine's - which he made sound like a meek and always abiding female YUK- I got past that but couldn't get past his normal reading of text and sentences that you thought ended. Another word was added as if he had turned the page and realized the sentence wasn't over! Pauses and inflections of emotion were confusing. Two stars was pushing it but I have heard worse.
I have listened to a lot of these kinds of stories and most can hold my interest. However this one did not. The narrator was good but the story line was so predictable that I could not even finish the book. I got board. The sex in the book was also to graphic for me and I think it was a failed attempt to make the story more interesting. For me it ruined what little the story had. Even though I did not finish the book I have no doubt about the ending. My main thought about the book was as I stated before PREDICTABLE.
I don't think I'd buy another audiobook narrated by Kaleo Griffith. The contemporary Amercian acccent delivered in what was more often than not a flat tone greatly distracted from the story itself. When he did do an accent it was less than perfect. Although I will say that his female character voices were better than expected. Male narrators don't always do the best female voices but Griffith managed to do a pretty good job. Too bad the rest of his narration was lacking.
Although the narration made the story at times difficult to listen to, I did enjoy the story although I'd buy them on Kindle instead unless the narrator is different.
This is my first Pamela Clare book. I'll have to see how they are in writing.
Flat affect and inappropriate accent made the narration difficult to listen to. I think if they had picked a female narrator or an English or Scottish male narrator it would have made the book better to listen to.
It kept me entertained on the metro. That's about it.
I listened to all three of the books in this series. Excellent stories. Wonderful characters. And Kaleo Griffith brought them all to life.
I liked all three of the MacKinnon brothers. They all had their strengths and weaknesses which kept me rooting for them to find true love and hold onto it.
I've only listened to his work on this series and would definitely recommend others give his work a try.
It has been a while since I have enjoyed a book so much! The narrator, with his many accents amazed me. His delicious highlanders accent made me swoon over and over! The characters had chemistry, the story was captivating and the narrator was the icing on the cake! love love loved it!
Five full star's and a wow,wow.I can't say or describe how much I loved this one.perfection can kaleo Griffith narrated all audible books!
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon part when war starts in the new world.
Never listened to kaleo Griffith,but a fan now.perfection!
Yes,yes,yes!so upset when 3rd book ended.But I could listen to it again
Mr.Gaffith,was a voice I could melted into,and see the story come alive in.
I read anything from YA to Erotic, Paranormal to Historical. I prefer YA on audio.
This is Iain and Annie's story. Iain is the eldest MacKinnon brother. He is forced into service in the British army by William Wentworth - one of his family's greatest enemies. When he comes across Annie in the forest, he saves her from certain death against his orders. Thus begins a romance to write home about.
Audio notes - Kaleo Griffith is a god. His use of accents is wonderful and while he differentiates between men and women, he does not try to sound like a woman.
If you're looking for a well-written, fantastically narrated story about love amongst war, this is the book for you.
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