Vonda teamed up with Dave Gillies to bring us an amazing rendition of Book 5 in Vonda's wonderful Highlander series. I have read and adored all of the books in this series and was eagerly awaiting the audio to be released. Dave does a masterful job of breathing life into Vonda's exciting characters, I have bought all the audios in addition to o purchasing the books. Torin was one of my favorite male characters introduced in one of the earlier books. I love how Vonda carries her characters through the series and weaves the stories together. Dave Gillies just makes the characters pop out of the book and into my home with his amazing ability to breath life into such a variety of characters using his distinctly different voices and sexy brogue. If you have read the book, don't think you don't need the audio version. They are entirely different experiences. It's great for the audio learners as well. It makes the story come alive in our heads.
If I could I would give this book at least 10 stars. This is my first read from this author, and what a wonderful surprise it was. The story was absolutely great, but even if it had not been, I would of still liked it because of the role reversal. By this I mean that it was she who was reluctant, who did not want to marry or fall in love, even when at times she was over the top concerning this matter, I did not mind it one little bit, because this meant that he had to work really hard to win her over, I love it.
The hero was alpha but not a bully, and so devoted to his love, and so determined to have her not matter what, that I was completely blown away by his emotions. Which bring me to another thing I loved about the story: there was a lot of his point of views, including during the love scenes. And the heroine was strong and did not wilt in a crisis, and she was not only a beauty, but tall too. Almost everything about this story I liked. Yes, I do like for the hero, to be more than 4 years older than the heroine (especially in historical romance) but I cannot have everything. In conclusion this book has already become one of my old time favorites. Keep in mind that their love story had very little relation (if at all) to real life. But for me that is the point of reading these type of books. Highly recommend it!!!!!!!
Loved this highlander series of gorgeous feisty women and the tangled web of the clans of the Highlands of Scotland in the early 1600's. They can be stand alone novels the way they have been written, however, as a fan I have read them all this way and and preferred reading them again as a whole unit over weeks. I strongly suggest that you as a reader will get a better pull into the timeline of stories as they develop by reading them all as intended by the author, Vonda Sinclair. There is a gang of trouble makers that develops from the first book and you will appreciate the role that Torrin McLeod, brother to one of the gangs leaders, in this novel deeper if you understand the very carefully orchestrated role of not just Clan Laird but peacemaker with Jesse's clan, The McKay's. Jesse's older brother, Dirk, from Novel one in the series, is away from the Keep when one of her pursuer's, Torrin runs across Jesse's ex-husband, Gregor MacBain who has returned to "woo" Jesse back to his Clan and Keep now that the woman he had an affair with 3 months into his handfasted marriage to Jesse has not gone as he had planned and he not only needs a mother to raise his newborn son, but wants the land that has been added to Jesse's dowry by Dirk when he was made Laird of Clan McKay. On top of the two wooing highlanders in the Keep she also has a scoundrel in the gang, that has been after Dirk, that has his eyes set on the flame haired Jesse. Jesse is a fighter and is confident and strong at it will take more than the battle field for Torrin to win over Jesse's affections. Enjoy the whole series and getting to know the highlander's; Torrin, Dirk, Rebbie, Lachlan, Cyrus, Keegan, Iain and the others of this twisted tale that takes over the lands and time of the 17th Century Scotland.
Hero: We were introduced to Chief Torrin MacLeod in "My Brave Highlander" - Dirk's and Isobel's book. Torrin is an honorable man who was betrothed to Isobel, however, when Torrin was away from home, his brother attempted to rape Isobel resulting in her flight from the MacLeod home. She ran off straight into Dirk's arms never to leave again which left Torrin without a woman. When he travels to Dirk's home to find the truth of why Isobel left, he soon realizes Isobel is forever lost to him but he will not soon forget the lovely lady who captures his attention and also the lady who will forever change his heart - the lovely sister of Dirk - Jessie MacLerie, chatelaine of Dirk's castle.
Heroine: Jessica MacLerie is a beautiful, statuesque, independent - somewhat warrior-like woman who openly wears a large knife belted at her waist at all times. Jessie has been extremely disappointed in marriage having been handfasted to Gregor MacBain, a man she had believed she could love. Their marriage agreement was for one year and a day, but if no heirs ensued, Gregor would be able to release Jessie and marry again. In fact, Gregor found another woman before he and Jessie even had a chance to make their marriage work out and left his marriage bed causing Jessie's to suffer heartbreak and disillusionment in her own womanly attributes.
The Story: MacBain's other woman died in childbirth, so now he is determined to have Jessie back at any cost. When he comes across Torrin on his journey to the MacLeod home, Torrin decides to tag along with MacBain because he has his own agenda - that would be to have Jessie for his own. As another reviewer mentioned, Torrin is determined and steadfast in his efforts to become acquainted with, to woo and to have Jessie as his own.
Lots of action in this book - Haldane and McMurdo - bad guys from "My Brave Highlander" play quite a large part as they continue their devious ways. But mostly, this is a story about two mature adults learning about one another - first developing a friendship, then moving on into a deeper relationship. Torrin is just the person to help Jessie regain her confidence in her womanly attributes as she comes to the realization that she is a woman to be esteemed, admired and is in fact highly desirable. Vonda Sinclair captivates your soul as she takes you back to the days when tall, muscular, honorable Highlanders roamed their nation, fighting for what was theirs, including their lovely ladies.
One caveat: Ms. Sinclair's novel have too much descriptive sex for my enjoyment so I move on through those parts pretty quickly.