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)
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.
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.
This book is the most boring thing I have ever read... It is a fundamental waist of time. I will never get the 12 hrs of my life that I waisted on this book back! If it were possible to give a book zero stars I would.
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.
the main character is annoying. She is obnoxious but she has no idea how to listen or be aware of her surroundings. The sex scenes are good. However the main character develops into a very annoying woman that I would never ever ever want to meet. she is the kind of woman that I would like to throw a glass vase at.
The narrator and her voice changes. Made me feel as if I was there listening to them speak.
Her voice is soothing, teasing, serious and during the romantic scenes I actually blushed and giggled.
I laughed. I was full of anticipation for the next day so that I could listen to it. I do not feel I would have had the same reaction to the book if I read it as I did by hearing it.
...and that's totally my fault. I'm not usually a romance novel sort of person. I like romance in my novels but mostly I read fantasy because generally romance novels are full of simpering dull witted women, no plot, and redundancy. Every once in a while there's a gem of a story full of smart humor and believable attraction between characters.
This is not one of those books. This is terrible. The main character is so willfully stupid, neurotic, and bossy that it's painful to listen to. "Insipid" may be the word I'm looking for here, but it doesn't seem strong enough. She is hateful. She is the type of woman that makes me ashamed to be female. After attempting to force myself through for about 2 hours I gave up.
I felt like my IQ was dropping while listening to this.
I should have gotten a sample first. What a waste of a credit.
I don't usually enjoy first person narratives, but this was an amazing exception. Excellent use of foreshadowing that avoided most of the cliches. I loved how the characters grew during the story. By the way, I really want a trip to Scotland now!
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