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Ransom: Highlands' Lairds, Book 2 | [Julie Garwood]

Ransom: Highlands' Lairds, Book 2

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.
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Publisher's Summary

Overflowing with all of the majesty and intrigue of medieval glory days, this magnificent New York Times best seller is a captivating story of passion and loyalty, justice and honor. Beloved storyteller Julie Garwood steps back to the silver-shrouded Highlands of her classic tale The Secret - and hails the return of two unforgettable warriors: Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan.

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warriors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest...betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat...and the greatest risk of all is surrender - to the deep emotions of unexpected love.

©2010 Julie Garwood (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jay TX, USA 06-25-13
    Jay TX, USA 06-25-13

    I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.

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    "OMG the highlanders!!!!!!!!"

    This book was such a great listen, I don't know if I want to cry, laugh, be happy or sad! It was so good from beginning to end, I love the part when they are being invaded and it's their father's last words to them. Also love the part when they are at the cottage and Brodick is holding on the Gilliam while her arm is being cleaned and bandages, what a great pair together. I actually wished this story was a little longer, would have loved to hear about her getting to the Buchanan's area and what she saw (how the "Savages") lived. I would recommend this book and absolutely plan to listen to it again. Can't wait for Book 3, much better than Book 1.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 03-22-13
    Amazon Customer Canada 03-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "Love Those Lairds"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ransom to be better than the print version?

    Both are brilliant, if you can't sit down to read it, you can enjoy listening to it.


    What other book might you compare Ransom to and why?

    In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices, I love her narration, some people don't, but I think she is fantastic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I actually read the book in one sitting over a weekend. I really couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this Highland Laird Series. It's quirky. The characters are fun & charming.
    The dialogue between the Lairds, and there wives is brilliant.
    The secondary characters are also lively and charming.
    I love all of Julie Garwood's historicals, they are so worth the credits.

    Enjoy!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 04-15-13
    MickeyMarie 04-15-13 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "Couldn't Put it Down"

    I would give this six stars if it were possible. After finishing The Secret, I had to get this book and then spent an entire day listening to it.

    It is fantastic. Funny, entertaining, and well written, it was just plain enjoyable.

    How could you not love a character who when told that his wife is so angry with him that she may never want to see him again answers 'Then she'll just have to keep her eyes closed because I'm taking her home with me'?

    Garwood's characters in this series are that kind of characters, and the stories are well told without the excess sex that seems to prevalent in most historical romances.

    This is a must read!

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 12-18-13
    Skipper 12-18-13

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    "Grating Narration Ruined It for Me"

    One of my favorite historical romances. I've read it several times. However, the narration ruined it for me, because all the men sound like they are spitting and rasping in an angry tone when they speak. They almost sound deranged. Their voices grate against my ears. This includes all the men, not only the villains -- even the good guys. The ladies and children are fine, though.

    I have greatly enjoyed some other audiobooks narrated by Susan Duerdan, like for example Much Ado About You, and Lady Sophia's Lover.

    Duerdan seems to be particularly bad at portraying angry highland warriors.

    I suggest a redo. This is such a good book. What a shame.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Helene 03-31-13
    Helene 03-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Narrator RUINED a good book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, It was not time well spent I could barely listen to it because of the narrator's make over voices. The men sounded sick and like grumpy old men and the ladies sounded like little girls and what's the whispering all about.Poorly done..Miss Garwood should only use Rosalyn Landor or perhaps Anne Flosnik or other narrators of their caliber to read her wonderful books. Whoever is reading this review please compare two other books by JG "The Bride" and "Shadow Music" and you will see what I mean.


    What other book might you compare Ransom to and why?

    The only other book I listened to by Susan Duerden was The Lions Lady and that also was a good story but POORLY betrayed by the narrator. Two I highly recommend are:"The Bride" and "Shadow Music". Two of JG's best and extremely well read by Rosalyn Landor.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

    NEVER, I listened to two read by her and both were horrible.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The story was great but the narrator did not do the characters justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Please Miss JG pay close attention to Whom you get to read your books..

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Selma, AL, United States 04-21-13
    Nina Selma, AL, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG Loved this Garwood Book"

    I also would give this book 6 stars if I could. I've listened to it over and over. I thought Susan did a fantastic job with the voices especially little 5 yr old Alex who has just been (spoiler alert) kidnapped by mistake. I just loved him and his voice. The Book starts with the night Gillian's father is killed by Baron Alford who is just evil, she is very young and doesn't talk for years until finally she starts talking to her nurse and her Uncle. If you read the Secret this is the son of Iain & Judith Maitland whom they think is dead. Gillian and he are in the process of saving each other. They get away and get to his protector Brodick Buchanan whom we also met in the Secret. We also get to see Ramsey Sinclair. This book has a lot of depth and is long and very worth listening to. Of course there are alot of complications and Gillian finds a friend in Bridgid KirkConnell. Listen and really enjoy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 04-27-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Listen"

    Very good story. The narrator is not the best her voice can be very annoying but if you speend up the time it is bearable. I cannot wait for the next book. I love those stubbon Highlanders.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Soma 02-23-15
    Soma 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The ultimate page turner"
    Any additional comments?

    Skillfully paced, multifaceted characters, gripping adventure, breathtaking setting, and stunning romance. Susan Duerden does a fantastic job narrating. As a British woman, she seems to have an innate knack for imitating the Scottish brogue.

    I continually noticed Garwood’s skill in pacing. Never was there a dull moment. When one exciting thing ended, another was starting. After the 2.5 hour mark, I was having trouble pausing the audiobook - I was totally hooked. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was dropped into medieval Scotland, and the day after I finished the audiobook, I found myself wishing I could go back.

    The characters were another strong point for me. The two leads, I’ve decided, are one of my favorite romance couples of all time. Gillian was a brave young woman with strong convictions. She never forgot the horrors she experienced as a young girl, and instead of becoming timid and weak (like her sister), she grew to be bold, fighting to rectify what was done to her and her family. Brodick is your typical alpha male - arrogant, rough-edged, possessive - but with a righteous nature. His character is well-suited to Gillian (she doesn’t need to be coddled, but at the same time she appreciates his protectiveness).

    I thought it would be useful to discuss why I preferred Ransom to its predecessor (The Secret). Not to say I didn’t love The Secret and that it isn't worth buying, but The Secret was more strictly a love story, and much more light hearted. Ransom was a love story filled with adventure, danger, injustice, and harrowing journeys. There were kidnappings, deadly battles, family tragedy, cruel villains, assassination attempts, a brush with English royalty, and even a mysterious treasure. The historical detail (about both England and Scotland) was a fascinating touch. When comparing the two books, because The Secret was less of an emotional roller coaster. The love story between Brodick and Gillian was a tumultuous journey. The passion between them was edgier, rougher, and more demanding - which is a plus for me. Because of Gillian’s past and therefore her tough attitude, she seemed, to me, a bolder, more passionate lover than Judith from The Secret. Not to say Gillian is prickly and cold - she and Judith both exhibited emotional warmth and a need to nurture that was wonderfully feminine. Even though the content in Ransom was often dark, Garwood's trademark humor managed to seep in, too. So it really depends on what kind of love story you are drawn to, but if you like more of an action/adventure/suspense, then I think you’ll prefer Ransom’s tempestuous plot. Listen to them both though - Garwood is fantastic! One of my new favorite writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 02-18-15
    David 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    Love it now fans need the crime novels that depicts the Maitlands and the Sinclairs. We know about the Buchanan family in the crime novels but we need more follow up characters.

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    Kristen 02-12-15
    Kristen 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great tale of love and war"

    This is one of my favorites by the author and narrator. Some of the banter makes me giggle and the love story is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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