So far, Kathie Williams has made a good showing as the only American at a mystery writers' conference in Manchester - what with that falling asleep in public thing behind her. The sight of Iain MacLaren wakes her up. Clad in a deliciously woolly sweater, the burly Scotsman seems to be holding up a wall at the cocktail party. So Kathie makes her move...and winds up stark naked with him in bed, where his thick Scottish brogue, thick manly chest, and thick...other parts...drive her to do things she's never done before. Like fall in love. And if things aren't moving fast enough - and on the wrong side of the road, no less - Kathie is about to visit Iain's sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands and meet his sons. She's feeling a wee bit nervous. Because she can't tell where this mad affair is going - except north.
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"MacAlister once again produces an engaging story that has many laugh-out-loud moments. The characters are all pleasingly unique, and the hero is all man." (RT Book Reviews)
It's a little dated, but it was a good solid story, I chuckled, groaned at her perceived angst and smiled at their true affection for each other, what more can you ask for in a romance book? Yeah go ahead and use your credit.
I wanted to like this book -I really did. And it started out ok, maybe for the first few chapters or so. But when the heroine of the book throws her vacation plans away to live with a man she just met a few days ago at a conference, my interest started to wane. He's a sheep farmer; she's a mystery novel writer. He goes out to tend his sheep and she does what she can to change his way of life. Like insisting his working sheep dogs sleep in the house on a blanket by the fire. And breaking down when she realizes the lambs can't be her personal pets (they're off to the slaughter). There are attempts at humour -long, drawn-out accounts of her falling in sheep dung wearing a wool skirt and expensive blouse (she's always wearing a blouse!?) and a painful account relating a mix-up involving the word "pants" ("men's underwear" in Scotland, apparently). And the time the enlightened 9 year-old neighbour couldn't stop mispronouncing the word "penis" -as "peenish". Really?? A 9 year-old can't say "penis"?? So the story goes on in this vein for a while. Basically, she gives up her life to hang around his farm in the desperate hope that he will marry her. That's right. After a grand total of 1 month together, she is convinced they belong together forever, and starts to get pissy when he doesn't propose. Then she launches a creepy, circa 1950esque campaign to manipulate him into marriage. I think it was supposed to be funny or something, but I just cringed. Actually, I cringed a lot. And then I stopped listening. I moved on to the next book on my list, and heaved a great sigh of relief.
This is one of the WORST books I have ever purchased from Audible in the three+ years I have been a member! The storyline is as cliched as it gets and what little plot there is is just trite. This book is so stupid. I want to know how it even got published because it's THAT BAD! Kathie, typical ignorant American in England meets your stereotypical huge, hunky Highlander, Iain. Of course she falls in bed with him right away because she can't resist his accent. His family and ex-girlfriend dislike her. Blah, blah, blah. Seriously, this is the story. As formulaic as any other two-bit crappy romance trying to capitalize on the whole "Scottish-Highlanders-make-me-swoon" audience. Ugh!
Somewhere between chapters one and five the "hero" of the story, Iain, goes from sounding questionably Scottish to sort-of sounding Irish, along with all of the other characters at his home in the Highlands. With a name like Cassandra CAMPBELL, one would think that this narrator could voice the Scottish accent. Ha! No way! Not even close! Her attempts at the Scottish accent were just terrible! I mean it is embarrassingly bad. I finally had enough torture and quit listening about half way through.
DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT ON THIS DRIVEL!!
You've been warned.
I kept waiting for the story to start, utterly boring with a completely unlike-able protagonist. I was routing against her WHINEY ways very shortly. Hard to believe that an author who typically writes fun & fanciful stories somehow wrote this turd.
If whining women being obnoxious, whiney & idiotic is a genera I want nothing more to do with it
Performance is marginally better, but I personally believe if you're going to narrate an audiobook, you should figure out his to correctly pronounce all the words.
I'm pissed off I wasted my time finishing the book, I just (wrongly)kept believing it had to get better at some point. Other than that it is pointless mindless drivel, but not even the sexy or trashy entertaining kind. Somehow I was entirely underwhelmed, hired & pusses off after listening.
I have read many Katie MacAlister's books. Everyone I have read I loved. She has a humor that just seems to jump off the pages and is woven expertly into the plot. The narrator brings the characters to life. Needless to say I loved it all.
You have two people that fall head over heels for each other at first sight. An american mystery writer and a Scottish sheep farmer.Even though it is only written from the female leads perspective so you don't get to hear what he is thinking you can see it in his actions.
Who doesn't love a good Highland romance.
I loved watching the relationship grow between the two. I didn't want the book to end. I could have listened to more of the daily lives of this couple. There was never a dull moment that was for sure.
I think she did a good job with the accents and the characters. She was easy to listen to and the story flowed so smoothly it was almost like watching it unfold. I didn't have any trouble knowing who was talking.
I did laugh out loud a few times and even rolled my eyes some. I didn't cry but there was drama there. Nothing was really a surprise and I could tell what was going to happen but I really didn't want it to end where it did.
It was supposed to be written from the pov of a 37 year old successful woman but came across as a rambling stream of self absorbed consciousness of a vapid teenager. What little story line there was was completely one dimensional.
As long as she wasn't trying to affect an accent she would probably be ok.
This book was a complete disappointment.
Do Not waste a credit on this book. The story line is horrible, the narration was awful - it was supposed to be a Scottish accent but was told in an Irish accent completely throwing off any flow (as small as it would have been) the book may have had.
As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.
I love Katie and Cassandra's books. This was an interesting diversion. I loved the facts about Scottish sheep farming. I am sure she did a lot of research and it shows in the information throughout the story. I have been to Scotland and some of my heritage is from there. Also her references about the kilts added a lot to the story for me. The steamy scenes were quite an education.
Loved this book but there needs to be a Book 2. Actually, this could be a series. The narrator was excellent, story line was excellent. It stopped too soon. Iain and Kathie need to continue.
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