Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what's a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest-but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!
Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his cousin's castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder-English or French-it does not matter.
Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder's cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his cousin requests of him-ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle-but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.
©2013 Terry Spear (P)2014 Terry Spear
This is an enjoyable sweet romance with lots of chemistry and just the right amount of heat between the main characters. I was very impressed by the reader's ability to distinguish between Highland Scottish and Lowland Scottish accents. Very authentic. Well done, both author and narrator!
Tenderness, passion and action
When the heroine finds a half-naked man in her bed!
Captivating and thrilling Scottish adventure!
I love this beautiful love story, done as an audio, and written by Terry Spear, the narrator has a beautiful voice, perfect for this audio book. I love Terry Spear's stories very much! I am hooked to her style of writing! I highly recommend The HIGHLANDER especially if you love Scottish romances.
Loved the story and the narrator was alright, she had trouble with her accents but all in all it was a good book, it had love, adventure and mystery. My only complaint was the lack of a dowry. I can't say any more without giving away the ending.
I loved when she poked the highlander with the pitchfork!!
I must say all though I really loved her performance, her female voice was probably the best. So I will have to go with Anora.
It made me laugh and I really enjoyed this book.
THE STORYLINE! I will confess that I LOVE highlander romances. I have wanted to read this book since I read the synopsis: A shepherdess who finds a half-naked man in her bed and prods him with a pitchfork to chase him away? Oh my! I was NOT disappointed! This book is everything I thought it would be and more!
With non-stop action, thrilling suspense, danger, beautiful Scottish settings, animals that will steal your heart and well-drawn characters, this story will keep readers guessing right up to a very satisfying ending. The romance is enchantingly sweet and passionate and their conversations often left me smiling, sighing, oohing and awing. Terry's writing, as always, is first rate. There's not a dull moment in this book and I looked forward to each opportunity I could finagle to listen to it. I highly recommend THE HIGHLANDER to anyone who loves historical Scottish romances.
There were so many! I loved the scene near the beginning when Anora found Niall in her bed and poked him with her pitchfork. Then... I would laugh out loud every time the pitchfork was mentioned later... Here's some quotes illustrating some of the mentions:
“I wondered what it would be like to kiss the woman who poked me with a pitchfork earlier this day." He loosened her hair from the ribbon that barely confined it and gently pulled her closer. "You intrigue me more than any other woman I have ever known."
"Mayhap, then," Anora said, as she tried to wriggle free from him with a subdued air this time, unlike the energy she'd expended in the effort earlier in the day, "you will have to arm your ladies with pitchforks when you return to your castle."
"They would not know how to use them as well as you do, lass....”
Another favorite scene was when Niall was trying to get Anora to safety while he was still recovering from his injury... Here's a quote that illustrates the sweetness of that scene:
“May I rest with you, lass?"
"Are you feverish again?" She sat up at once as if she had neglected to ascertain his health first before she tried to rest.
"Nay, lass. I am well, but you appear to be shivering."
She glanced at Gunnolf, who quickly hid his grin and closed his eyes.
"Aye, you may," she said, and Niall tried not to show how eager he was to hold her close again.
Before she snuggled against his chest, she felt his forehead, just in case, and he took her hand and kissed it.
"No fever, aye?"
"You are fine, thank the Lord." And then she cuddled against his chest, and he believed, despite their circumstances, he had found a bit of heaven.”
The scene where Niall and Anora spent the night in the cave after escaping from their pursuers up a cliff was incredible. I don't want to post a spoiler... but this scene was the epitome of swoon heaven.
The narrator, Rosalind Ashford, was incredible. I was so impressed with her performance that I looked up her resume and she's a New York-based, classically-trained British actress with a long and varied listing of stage, film, voiceover and radio experience. Her accents in THE HIGHLANDER were awesome to listen to. I especially loved hearing her execution of the Scottish burr. I actually went back and listened to some of the characters' dialogue multiple times as I was so enamored of her enunciation of it. She differentiated between the characters to where I could tell who was talking by her pronunciation. I would definitely look for other books she has narrated in the future.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I have a hard time giving a really bad review. So I will not be malicious. There is so much about this book and it's writing I could pick apart...but when it comes right down to it......it's just BAD. I couldn't get I to it because it was so wishy washy.....the story...the characters....both undeveloped. The male lead was horrible and unbelievable for a Highlander.
I think I got this book on sale or buy one get one free.....still it was not worth the time I spent listening. I can't believe I finished it.
Rosalind Ashford is good and maybe the only reason I could finish it..
The Hero and Heroine are together almost the entire story.
Rosalind Ashford's voice drones on and on. Within the first five minutes I knew it would be a chore just to continue to listen. She tried to affect character voices, but it wasn't done very well. Please don't ruin other audio books by using Rosalind Ashford.
There was always something happening and never really had a dull moment. The story would either be better if you read it from the book or if it had a different narrator.
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