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2.0 out of 5 stars:(
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2016
I read this one right after reading My Fierce Highlander. (which I loved) I was so disappointed in this. I like the hero well enough but the heroine Angelique I just couldn't take. She never gave him the benefit of the doubt-always thinking and expecting the worst of him. It just got old after awhile. Also, it seemed for quite a bit of the book they were either having sex or she was mad at him. Did not enjoy this and it was so different from the first book that I loved.
3.0 out of 5 starsWeak and uncanny heroes, strong and smart enemies.
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
Well, what can I say… the story has its upside downs, specially because it has some touches of originality compared to other books, but I wonder, how can one or two men confront the hero of this book, so muscled, hard, strong and a real warrior, so many times and he can never defeat them? Sounds he is not a super warrior as the author depicts him. Angelique was very annoying at the beginning but as the story flows one comes to terms with her… but again, they are always threatened by a bunch of men who want to rob them of their titles and lands. And they mostly succeed, even at Lachlan territory, are they all useless? What of the friends of Lachlan who prove so useless as well, what of the women who also try to harm the couple and got away with it?? Too many enemies and little resistance, though they are the king's favorite and should have had support. It becomes disappointing seeing the good ones always failing to stop the bad ones. Tiresome. This makes the story a bit uncredible and the heroes weak and uncanny. Even Girard with only one arm was more capable of fighting than the MacGrath. The last 3% of the book is enjoyable.
This book is filled with suspense, villainy and treachery. The characters are well developed and the story is fast-paced.
Lady Angelique Drummagan is half French and half Scot and she has a very poor opinion of men because her mother taught her that they can never be faithful. However, her father has passed away and she is his actual heir because they hold a title that can pass through the female line as well as the male.
Sir Lachlan MacGrath has served his king well and the king wants to reward him appropriately. The king knows that Angelique will be unable to lead the clan because she is female and French - not to mention that there is a male relative who has every intention of usurping the clan Lairdship for himself. So, the king orders Lachlan and Angelique to wed.
The action starts from there and goes through to the end of the book. You'll enjoy watching Lachlan and Angelique grow to care for one another and defeat the bad guys at the same time!
5.0 out of 5 starsShe's a mystery he yearned to uncover....
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2012
This story was just so gosh darned fun! I loved Lachlan in the previous "episode"...his mischievious smile and womanizing. He loves ALL women and simply feels they're put on earth just for him to enjoy. He's a loveable rascal in the first sense of the word.
After saving the life of King James' favorite Courtier, Lachlan MacGrath is rewarded with Knighthood, the Title of Earl, Estates complete with a Chieftan (of Draughon Castle), AND a Bride! But he's ready for a change in his life - - a new life of sorts...a whole new direction. He needs a "sense of purpose" and he feels a need to settle down; so he welcomes marriage. His Betrothed is more of a wasp than a butterfly, but Lachlan welcomes the challenge of subduing his new Bride, and seducing her.
Lady Angelique Drummagan, Countess of Draughon is the only child and heir of her deceased parents. She wants a weak husband...one she can control. Someone who will allow her to run her own Estates and leave her the hell alone! She vows hers will be a marriage in name only. No intimacy. She's a hell-cat and a real spitfire. Besides that, she is aware of Lachlans whore-man reputation and is disgusted with him.
But King James chooses Lachlan MacGrath to be her husband. Angelique has no real say in the matter (oh the King "goes through the motions" of giving her a choice of husband, but it's all for show).
I found this story to be fun and delightful with womanizer Lachlan meeting his match with a woman who doesn't want him. This is "a first" for him. And he's married to her! Surprisingly he takes his marriage vows seriously. Of course he's very attracted to his new Bride...(she's a woman after all) and he's ga-ga over wimmin! His confusion at her refusal to respond to his charm is a crack up. He's a spoiled, mischievious little boy in a mans body.
I just loved Angeliques' character as well. She's strong, stubborn, feisty and full of pluck. She has a temper! She's determined NOT to fall for Lachlans' charm or his seducing antics/tricks. HAH! Fat chance... She begins to realize (the more she get's to know him) that he's sincere in his desire to remain faithful to her - - that his womanizing days are over. She slowly begins to trust him.
This story had all the elements of a solid Historical Romance with a bit of comic-relief (Dirk & Rebbie) on the side. Simply hysterical dialogue at times. It was well developed and this Author puts a lot of attention to detail. Now onward to Dirks' story....
4.0 out of 5 starsSmoldering Hot Story With Some Faults But a Good Exciting Story.
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2018
I bought this book right after I read My Fierce Highlander hoping it would be as good but it didn't quite make it. The main reason being the heroine Angelique. She really started to get on my nerves towards the end. This story had several things going on through the entire story. The last part of the book got really exciting and tense. Most of the characters were well described. Be warned that there are several sexual scenes that are very descriptive. The book was good a solid 4 star story and it could have been 5 stars if the heroine wasn't so negative about her husband and complaining about her husband to the point of ridiculousness. But true love did come through and trust finally.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a Wonderfully Passionate Adventure!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2020
Sir Lachlan MacGrath has a reputation as a lusty seducer of women. He is a charmer who knows how to flatter women to get what he wants, and he has a reputation as being extremely inventive and skill full in bed. But Lady Angelique Drummagan has been used and severely abused in her past and this young French beauty is not willing to fall prey to his charms, however handsome, dashing and muscular he is. His winning smile is not going to make her heart melt. She will not be seen as another conquest, even though they have just got married. And yet on the battlefield, or when needed to lead his clan, Lachlan is fearsome, heroic and brave, he is a true Highlander Chief as he commands his new clan. But plots, dark secrets and mistrust all threaten to interfere with true loves path. This is a wonderfully entertaining book, gripping and enthralling in parts, humorous and emotional in other parts. I absolutely loved this book. Vonda captures the era, she evokes the atmosphere of the time, her characters have depth, charisma and character and her words and writing conjure up a vividly exciting romantic adventure.
King James 1 of England & V1 of Scotland arranges a marriage between his ward Angelique and Highlander Lachlan McGrath. It proves to be alternatively tempestuous and passionate. Danger lurks as enemies want them dead. I thought the plot was poor and Angelique' s traumatic background slightly forced. She did a 360 degree turnaround extremely quickly in the bedroom department to warrant the believability of her trauma. Slipping and escaping in and out of dungeons and castles seems so easy in this story with friends and foes appearing throughout. Sorry, there is nothing new here that would make me want to read more by this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou will be unable to resist this passionate tale.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2013
What can I say? Again Vonda Sinclair has managed a completely unforgettable tale that refuses to allow you to put it down. (I must admit to some bias being that Lachlan is my absolute favourite character.)
Who doesn't secretly long fora sensual, wild Scottish highland warrior like Lachlan? He is easily one of my favourite characters created by the very talented Vonda Sinclair. I was half way towards being in love with him as he featured in his brothers tale, (My Fierce Highlander, Highland Adventure book one). Now after being fully introduced to him in his own tale I defy you to not swoon over his well thought out character. The multiple layers of his personality shine through, easily highlighting this author's superb talent and imagination. We see his passionate side, his gentle and caring side especially when it comes to his two small sons, we witness his fiercely protective side and his unerring loyalty and bravery. We watch as this complex character undergoes a complete transformation, going from an irresponsible and wildly womanizing man to the fierce chief and dedicated husband. A wonderfully descriptive beginning shows how Lady Angelique Drummagan, certain that she despises all men, is an unwitting witness to Lachlan' s more carnal desires. Naturally she believes herself to be immune to Lachlan's charm and yet when offered a selection of three possible grooms it seems he is the best choice, not to mention the King' s choice and so they wed. The wedding is a nice twist as we witness a night wedding with the bride barefoot and in disarray. The disagreement over the next in line when the only heir is female is a central point to this tale and raises questions that are dealt with superbly. Off course the absolute central of this is the unwitting love between Lachlan and Angelique. We watch as the couple argue ceaselessly, their behaviours and thoughts becoming entwined as a love that neither expected or wanted develops between the passionate couple. Angelique is the perfect heroine in this, her fiery and independent nature is exactly right. Yet again Vonda Sinclair gives her gift to us all wrapped up in suspense, passion and intrigue. This author truly is a master of the written word and I look forward to reading her work for many years to come.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2018
After reading the first book in the series, My Fierce Highlander, I thought I’d enjoy this one just as much. Lachlan I think is a brilliant hero, but Angelique.... she drove me insane! Lachlan just couldn’t do anything right. He deserved a better story. This book was ok but I wouldn’t ever read again.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the character of Lachlan, he tried so hard to prove himself to Angelique and to put his reputation in his past. There were many events working against him. There were many dangerous situations confronting them both. Lachlan’s friend, Rebbie, was a loyal friend but quite a tease!