Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.
The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying. Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that's where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other's enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What's more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who've been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new-found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?
©2012 Eliza Knight (P)2013 Tantor
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So excited to read a highlander book and then I got this amateurish attempt, highly disappointing. The narrator sounded like a screatching English woman and all female characters sounded over the top, and the male characters weren't much better! Then the drama felt totally forced and the characters didn't stay in character, totally weird. One minute we have a simpering noble woman who is terrified to be in Scotland and is beyond jittery at the sound of battle....the next instant she is pulling axes and brandishing a sword, only to go back to simpering, and then back to Xena warrior princess.....WHAT?!?!?!
In short, I liked the basis of the story, but the delivery was not executed well at all. Take a pass on this book.
I didn't care for this one....the story was so-so at best, and littered with so many modern day phrases that it took away from the reason I read romances in the first place - escapism.
He was "fired up", or he "gave it a shot", or "she messed him up"....there were plenty more phrases like this, and they just weren't in keeping with the dialog of a 13th century person. I found it both distracting and irritating.
The characters were superficial, and had little, if any, depth. The main female character was very wishy-washy....I didn't like her at all. The overall impression I got was that this book was written hurriedly, as if to meet a deadline, by a rather young author...one without access to a thesaurus. Disappointing listen.
I thought the narrator was pretty good though, given what she had to work with....
But I will not download any more books by this author.
The Heroin wouldn't betray the hero's trust in the worst ways. She knocks out a trained knight and not knowing which way her father was or which way England was decides to wander the country side hoping in her wanders her father would find her. He's trying to explain and he thinks she is forgiving him and is going to kiss him but she knocks him out instead. As he said "she betrayed him in his most vulnerable state. She could have sliced his throat as he was unconscious." All this on the ranting's of a mad woman. The book is sadly riddled with these stupid scenes.
Sure I like the secondary characters and the story line except when it comes to the romance for the two act so stupid.
I like the secondary characters so yes
Honestly, I didn't like the first few chapters at all, and so had a bit of a hard time continuing to read after the first half hour. Once in the middle of the battle at Stirling and her being whisked to safety I got a bit more engrossed. I hardly had occasion to put it down for more than a few minutes after their marriage. The premise was a bit trite, but I liked that for once the girl knew how to defend herself. The plot was pretty predictable, both in regards to their relationship, as well as the conflicts and potential conflicts with their families and scorned betrotheds. But that predictability didn't take away from the enjoyment. And there were more than enough steamy seduction scenes peppered throughout- most were very specific graphically, but never crude. Frankly worded and hot, but tasteful.
At first the narrator's affected male voices made me grit my teeth, but they smoothed a little, and I got more accustomed to Magnus' voice. The range of female voices was fine, and otherwise was a good performance, cadence-wise and no lack of clarity of dialogue. I always enjoy good Scottish accents.
Overall, a good listen, but not the most original or fantastic Scottish romance I've ever read...
more depth to the story line
Yes I think it could have been so much better.
more depth to the story.
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Perhaps with a different narrator this book would be better. I thought the narrator was terrible. I stopped listening, I couldn't take it.
For the store to actually have gone somewhere.
It seemed like the book had its highs and lows. It was kind of get interesting then the narrator would speak in her "Scottish" male voice and it would kill it. Not a horrible book but I could not finish it.
This book seemed like it would be a cute listen, you know the normal romance stuff. But the book really does not go anywhere and the logic behind the characters choices is just ridiculous. I tried several times to listen to this book but stopped after about 2 hrs.
the narrator was horrible her scottish accent was terrible really boring the story might have been good if not ruined by narrator
Parts of "The Highlander's Reward" were so unbelievable it was humorous. Many times I found myself shaking my head and smiling. It wasn't a bad book--it all depends on what you are looking for. I don't mind a little fantasy...humor is a good thing, even if it was not written to be humorous, in my opinion.
Eliza Knight is a talented author with the ability to create mental pictures without the use of boring 'filler words', and Corrie James' performed well.
Although the sexual content was explicit the scenes did not dominate the story, as in some Highland stories.
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