Makenna Dunstan has never needed a man's protection before. But when her father's failing health places the safety of the clan in her hands, she has no choice but to marry Colin McTiernay. Fearing the emotions Colin awakens within her, she finds herself succumbing too easily to his lingering kisses and warm caresses. Yet she wonders if she can truly trust this highlander who is quickly stealing her heart....
A highlander from birth, Colin McTiernay knows the Dunstan clan dislikes him, especially the laird's youngest daughter. But he is determined to save the lowlanders from their enemies even if that means marrying the willful and impetuous Makenna. Taming this fierce tigress will be a challenge that Colin is confident he can meet by seducing Makenna - and tantalizing her with a passion that will only leave her begging for more.
©2008 C. Michele Peach (P)2013 Tantor
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
Any highlander book that has a strong skillful woman as the heroine has got my attention. This second book in the series introduces the heroine, Makenna, as a strong willed woman who is more of a tom-boy type than a girly girl. She is well trained with a sword but lacks the social and hospitality skills of a Laird's wife. As the story progresses she has to learn how to be a woman in more ways than one. The hero, Colin, who is also a strong warrior, has deal with being a new Laird and controlling his lust for Makenna, The story is made more interesting because of the return of Laurel and Connor from book one. This really added to the depth and appeal of the story.
This book is adventurous, romantic, lusty, passionate, steamy, intimate and has a good storyline. I liked this one and am looking forward to book three.
Imagine you're the Laird's youngest daughter Makenna and you've been allowed to do just as you please - and what pleases you is hanging out with, and being treated like, one of the lads, loving swordplay, riding, hunting and generally being a rebel. You've got no interest in 'female' pastimes like knowing how to look after the Keep, nor managing or getting to know all the Clan's folk or being bothered about such stupid things as making your appearance attractive.
Then your Father, to keep the Clan safe from it's enemies, is determined to marry you off to your dead sister's widower a braw brutish Highland Warrior called Colin so the land, Clan, Castle and yourself will all belong to him (yeah right like that's ever going to happen) so you shout, curse, rant and pray but nobody's listening. Then, on the eve of your wedding, as you start to dress from a dip in the river Colin is suddenly there kissing you and he awakens passion, desire and you can't get enough of him.
Colin too has 'issues' with marrying the unladylike spoilt brat MaKenna and she's nothing like your first wife Deirdre who was a frail beauty but nevertheless you loved her. But MaKenna is the total opposite so you really don't want to take a second wife especially her. However, for the Lairdship of this Lowland Clan you're sorely tempted then, on the eve of your wedding, you see a vision arise from the river and see MaKenna in a whole new light. Then suddenly you get a bolt of attraction and need which spurs you into kissing her.... and all your defences come crashing down and you just can't get enough of her.
Yes, if you've got a Library full of Highland romances like me, then this does sound all too similar and predictable to some others but as a fan of the genre - who the heck cares as it's a funny, romantic, tender, compassionate, sexy, enjoyable story about 2 likeable headstrong characters who have to learn to give in sometimes, compromise, trust and open up.... for the sake of their sanity, their hearts and, of course, the Clan. However, Clan loyalty is missing and so there's sabotage, treachery, murder, envy, revenge and eventually Clan warfare but through it all the foundations of trust and love have luckily been set down between them and family comes to the rescue too.
Worth a credit? A light, entertaining, mainly relationship based listen that had plenty of action, Clan politics, fun, good characters, an evil villain or two, romance, hurt, desire, jealousy, passion and lust - so, for me, YES it was definitely worth a credit.
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No sure, maybe. not because I did not enjoy it. There are just more books in the seriers and I rarely re- read books.
I like how it explored the hero being a widower and the emotions behind it.
The night she tried to chase him away from the Loch
Although many Highlander stories follow the same themes, "To Wed A Highlander" is a little different. Colin McTiernay, a Highlander, had already married into the Lowland Dunstan Clan, but his beloved wife died, and the ailing Dunstan Laird asks Colin to stay and marry his youngest daughter, to protect the Clan.
The author, which is new to me, approaches the story differently than most, she seems to focus more on character development, making them more real--more open with their changing feelings, and with Anne Flosnik's narration you are drawn into the story, as if you are there.
It's very well written and narrated--well worth a credit.
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