Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress?
Laurel trusted that the Scottish chieftain would keep her safe from the cruel laird from whom she had escaped. Looking deep into Conor's silver eyes she saw not only his calculating warrior ways but his quick arousal to passion. But before they can explore the growing desire between them, their newfound love is threatened by secrets from her past....
©2007 C. Michele Peach (P)2013 Tantor
HOPEFUL ROMANTIC. I Enjoy Historical & Inspirational Romances With Great Narration. Oh, And I give Honest Reviews with No Spoilers. ;-)
This romantic highland tale is a very simple story that starts out slow (for character development & interest) and ends nice. Laurel and Conor are both very stubborn which gives this love story spunk and chemistry. Although the first half was a bit slow it did pick up and kept me interested. All the other characters are interesting and well developed which I appreciate.
Also, I have to say, although I enjoyed this book it seemed to be another Cinderella type romance novel rather than a highlander story. There weren't many struggles or battles.....just toward the ending. So, if you go into this book knowing its not a typical highland warrior tale but more of a spunky romance......I think you will enjoy this one.
the many difficulties Connor and his Lady work through
The final ending to a Scottish tale
yes, she does a really great job
yes, as I kept wondering how it would finally end
A real good Scottish read with lots of twists and turns as Connor and his sweetheart try and maket a life together
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Imagine it's 1307, you're an English spirited beauty called Laurel and you're happily on your way to Scotland but a villainous evil Laird and his son kills your guards, captures you and describes (in detail) just what they're going to do to you (and you can imagine what that is). However, and thankfully, fate steps in and gives you a chance to escape....... but it's into the arms of another Laird but this one's a most handsome Highland hunk who captures your heart. Now the problem is he can also be an opinionated, stubborn, dictatorial brute of a man who's used to getting his own way...... and he makes it clear that he wants you, sexually, right from the start but alas it's just not the 'forever' deal.
Thankfully, Conor's bark is worse than his bite (he's a sweet pussy-cat really) and although there's instant attraction between both of you and obvious sexual chemistry as he teases, kisses, caresses and takes you further than any man before has done, but he still denies and fights that nothing more can ever happen but he jealously guards and possesses you. Yes, he's in denial and insists that he NEVER EVER intends to wed...... well you'd scream too right?
This is an entertaining, amusing, pleasurable (but slow paced) listen that's filled with interesting and good natured characters who try to make their stubborn Laird see sense however it probably won't get your pulse pounding but you should enjoy the witty banter and lengthy steps a woman takes for the man she wants and loves. There's the kidnapping and rescue, a man in torment & denial, a sweet tender sexy romance, a virgin to seduce, secrets to be uncovered, revenge and a family to be reunited which should all keep you happily engrossed in this enjoyable Highland story that'll transport you back in time as you visualise and share a wee peek into Clan McTiernay's lives.
Worth a credit? Yes, if you want a light, charming, easy-going Highland tale that should keep you enthralled in the lover's plight (and fights) for hours and if you're not expecting an action-packed listen. However, there's a few 'iffy' parts that wouldn't really suit the 'factually correct' listener - but hey this is just a good FICTIONAL Historical romance so if you prefer 'historical accuracy' from your books then maybe pass on this one. Whereas I'm eagerly and happily waiting for book 2.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I struggled so much to finish this book because of the narrator. So many things were wrong with Ms. Flosnick. She sounds too old to bring life to our young heroine. It was also impossible to distinguish all other characters. All men sounded the same and the midwife sounded like a man. The story is good but the narrator makes this a painfully boring experience.
No, not really.
More story then inner dialog.
Disappointment for the most part.
I liked this book, but I found that the constant changes in point of views between all the characters annoying—this made the storyline hard to follow. There was a lot more inner thoughts/dialog between all the characters that the actual story is all but missing.
The author should have focused a little bit more on letting them fall in love first; instead, they go through lust at first sight and don’t actually fall in love until later. Laurel also accepts and trusts her new protector too soon and I feel like she trusts Conor because she is attracted to him/ he “saved” her. She wants to be with him, but wants him to constantly tell her he wants to keep her. As soon as he says something she doesn’t like, she threatens to run away and she won’t really compromise unless it goes her way.
Conor’s whole “ladies want to marry me for my title and will do anything to have me” attitude was also annoying because he instantly thinks that’s why Laurel wants him and it’s what he goes back to every time he finds himself falling for her. Every time he pulls her in, I feel like he tries to push her away even further and I understand why Conor wants to “control” Laurel, but he isn’t willing to change his ways. I also understand why Conor keeps everyone, even his brothers, at arm’s length so they can grow and learn their own trades/go their own ways, but he’s always saying that this person does this and that person does that so that he can focus on being a Laird, but what exactly does he do if he lets everyone else do a little bit of his job like training his men, the running of the keep, etc. That being said, Conor’s clan basically doesn’t depend on him because he’s pushed them all away too. They all live outside the keep and goes about as they will. His keep is horribly kept for years and his excuse is that he’s teaching his brothers a lesson? Again, what does he do as Laird?
I decided to give this book a chance regardless of the narrator's nasally voice when I listened to the preview, but the writing of the story itself and the narration throughout couldn't save this book for me. I feel like the narrator is always running out of breath and reads a little too quickly. Her voice itself is fine. --Oh, and apparently EVERYONE has a English accent even though Laurel is the only one that should have an English accent.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are a die heart Highlander fan. Otherwise, it was only okay and not worth it. I will not be reading the rest of the series.
Edwina "I Love Books'
Yes Need more back story!
Anne Flosnik sound nasal. She can't change her voice's properly. Very Poor narration.
I it is a series! Just get a new narrator.
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
This book was so delicious and captivating I couldn't put it down. Anne Flosnik who is one of my favorite narrator did it again for me. I listened/read this book in one day. I really liked the spirit of Laurel, the author portrayed her very well and the other ladies around her. I also loved Conor, although a bit too stand offish in the beginning but she broke him right down. There are many brothers in this series so hopefully, there will be more books to come to let us know about the others and a little peek into what has been happening with our first McTiernays! A great read anyone!
I think this maybe at least my 3rd listen to this book and I loved it as much as I did the 1st time. Michele Sinclair writes a wonderful tale. This is a great love story Complete with all the highland book trimmings.
From big sexy kilted highlanders to villains and Claymores this is a gem in the world of Scottish Historical Romance novels.
NARRATOR: Anne Flosnik Is one of those narrators that most people either love or hate. Her way of almost whispering is most aggravating yet easy to forget about. There are very few Scottish themed historical romances that I've found she narrates. I think I almost prefer her in this genre rather than regency or victorian.
You should listen to the snippets (samples) of her work, perhaps from several differant titles, before deciding. I have many with her as narrator and occasionally I just don't feel like listening to her right then, but thats all, I'll listen to it another day..
CREDITWORTHY? Definitely YES.
HEAT FACTOR: A soft warm fuzzy sizzle.
Conner. Idk why. Maybe because he puts up with Laurel.
Narrator was extremely difficult to listen to.
At first I couldn't get past the horrible narrator. I typically do not write negative reviews so I feel bad for saying something. One thing that helped with the narration was to speed it up to 1.25. That made it better. I was glad I gave the book a chance because I didn't want to stop listening because of the narrator. That isn't fair to the author. The story is a typical highlander story. I love them all. I didn't like the main female at all for most of the book. It seems the author wanted her to portray a typical feisty Scottish type female, but my first impression of her was that she was just rude and not very likeable. Toward the end of the book I started to have an appreciation to her spunkiness! So I'd recommend listening to a sample to see if you can tolerate the narrator.....but try not to judge the book on it and give it a chance.
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