Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who's wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes. But in his intended's penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he's ever wanted in a wife.
©2012 Grace Burrowes (P)2013 Tantor
"Burrowes is superb at creating connections that feel honest and real, and the side romances for Ian's siblings, treated with the same tenderness and care as her central pair, makes this tale even sweeter." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
Well, despite the promising cover, I have finally found a Highlander book that didn't wow me - it was soooo s l o w - and I was listening on double time!!
The story just progressed at such a slow tempo that I was thinking about skipping parts to get to the good bits but even if I had done that there were such few good bits to find I may have missed them altogether. There was sex but it left out most of the action, there were too many romances going on at the same time (4) which detracted from the main one which was sweet, tender but rolled on and on. GN used too many words to describe just one thing that I thought "just get there already".
Everything seemed to happen in the last 2/3 chapters so, if you are tempted, do yourselves a favor - listen to the first 2 chapters then skip to the last 3 chapters and you won't have missed much.
However, finishing on a 'positive' I loved RG's Scottish brogue which saved the book for me and awarded it a 3 star listen.
Worth a credit? No and I must try not to buy any of her next ones in the series.
Without a doubt! My main reason for recommending it would be the solid writing of this interesting love story, and the second would be narration. I truly enjoyed Roger Hampton's narration and talent in covering multitude of characters.
There really are many, but the first one to come to mind is the scene from Chapter One in which Ian is showing Augusta the taps in the water closet. His thoughts about her were very entertaining and revealing, but the narration of that scene was priceless!
"The next few moments happened in a series of impressions.
First came the sensation of the door thwacking into Ian from behind. A stout blow more unexpected than painful, but enough to make him stumble forward.
Then, Fiona’s voice, muttering the Gaelic equivalent of “Beg pardon!” followed by a patter of retreating footsteps.
And then, in Ian’s male brain, the woman with the pretty, anxious eyes became the woman who was soft, lush, and still beneath Ian’s much greater weight.
She didn’t push him away. She didn’t even touch him. The sole indication that his weight was any imposition as he flattened her to the wall, that the impropriety of the moment was any imposition, was her closed eyes.
The final impression threatened to part Ian from his reason: her breasts, heaving against his chest. In preparation for her bath, she’d left off her stays, and the feminine abundance pressed against Ian ambushed his wits.
Shrewd, noticing, and astoundingly well endowed.
When he wanted to press closer, Ian pushed himself away with one hand on the wall and made sure both feeder taps were open. “I do beg your pardon, Miss Merrick.”
“A mishap only. I stumbled upon leaving the coach.”
She would recall that, while Ian had thought nothing of it. His damned male parts were thinking at a great rate now, and all because…"
Mr. Hampton did an excellent job with Scottish accent and that's something I could never manage! I also loved the way he portrayed the villain of the story, Willard Daniels, Baron of Altsax and Gribbony.
Yes, but alas it was not to be. I did listen to it within two days.
This book's well written story and Mr. Hampton's brilliant interpretation of multiple characters had contributed to some hours of priceless entertainment for me.
I have enjoyed many books by Grace Burrowes. This is the first audiobook. The kindle version is fine.
It might be just me but, I started this book over twice trying to figure out who was who. There were too many characters all at once, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, chaperones, etc. I never got to figure out who the main two characters were until well into the book. For me the characters were just not likeable. That could have been the narrator's fault. Sorry...and I was really looking forward to a new Scottish series. :(
I love the author and this narration made the book even better. Roger Hampton read all Scottish and English characters beautifully and even though the narration was great it only served to make listening to Grace Burrowes' wonderful prose that much better. I'll look for him on other books.
I'm finding that I enjoy a male narrator better for romance novels.
Maybe Outlander because of the Scottish/English romance and great reading, not the time period or time travel genre.
No but I will
Yes. And one I'll listen to again and again like Davina Porter's of the Outlander series.
Grace Burrowes stories are always worth listening to, but this was not my favorite. It seemed to me that there was too much going on. I had to relisten to parts to keep the story straight in my mind.
Who doesn't love a big Scotsman, so Ian was my favorite. But, I also liked the side story of Mary Fran and Matthew.
It was ok, I just found some of the characters voices annoying.
I probably would have given up on this book after the first five chapters, but I did not have anything else new to listen to. Roger Hampton's wonderful narration helped me through this slow moving story, which I must say, did improve during the second half of the book. Even though I am a big fan of Highland romances, I'm not sure if I will continue with this trilogy.
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