A Hundred Kisses

Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

1296. Two wedding nights. Two dead husbands.   

Deirdre MacCoinneach wishes to understand her unusual ability to sense others' lifeblood energies...and vows to discover if her gift killed the men she married. Her father's search for a new and unsuspecting suitor for Deirdre becomes complicated when rumors of witchcraft abound.  

Under the facade of a trader, Alasdair Montgomerie travels to Uist with pivotal information for a claimant seeking the Scottish throne. A ruthless baron hunts him, and a dark past haunts him, leaving little room for alliances with a Highland laird or his tempting daughter.  

Awestruck when she realizes her unlikely travel companion is the man from her visions, a man whose thickly veiled emotions are buried beneath his burning lifeblood, Deirdre wonders if he, too, will die in her bed if she follows her father's orders. 

Amidst magic, superstition, and ghosts of the past, Alasdair and Deirdre find themselves falling together in a web of secrets and the curse of a hundred kisses....

©2017 Jean M. Grant (P)2018 Jean M. Grant

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Amazing narrator transports you to 1296 Scotland

If you like historical fiction coupled with romance, you may enjoy A Hundred Kisses. It takes place in 1296 Scotland when the English king wants to take over Scotland and various Scottish landlords want a Scot to rise to power instead. The land is divided, and friends have become enemies.

The story follows Diedre MacCoinneach who is cursed in marriage. (Her first two husbands died on their wedding nights, and a fiancé died before their marriage marriage.) When Alasdair Montgomerie comes upon their keep, her father wants Diedre to seduce him and make him believe the baby is his, thus having to marry his daughter. Diedre does run off with him, but for her own purposes—to meet her unknown aunt, who can potentially tell Dierdre about the mother she never knew and to learn if there is any truth to the curse and Dierdre’s strange visions. On their journey, they slowly begin to fall for each other, but it becomes clear both Dierdre and Alec (as he is known to her) are keeping significant secrets from one another. Add in a dangerous baron, rumors of witchcraft, and you have a suspenseful love story.

I highly recommend the audio version of A Hundred Kisses. The narrator did an amazing job of transporting the listener to 1296 Scotland. Her accents were amazing, and she effortlessly switched between characters and even her male characters sounded authentic. I plan to listen to the prequel next.

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Engaging story!

I started reading this book and struggled with reading the dialect though enjoyed it immensely on audio. Great story, hated to have to pause it when I got out of the car and loved the narrator. Can't wait to listen to book number 2!

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Lush prose, engrossing tale

If you’re in the mood for a rollicking good Scottish historical filled with well drawn characters, evocative descriptions & a touch of the mystical Author Jean Grant will take you there. Settle down with a cup of tea or mead. Deirdre and Alasdair’s story against the backdrop of Scotland’s cause against the British will transport for many engrossing hours. Excellent narration as well. Highly recommend.

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Enchanting

A highland fairytale with a beautiful maiden under a magical curse, a hero in disguise, and a happily ever after. This is a charming book. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great read

A great story full of adventure. Loved the characters and the narration was perfect. Adventure, love, danger. Its a fun ride. I received a copy in return for a review.

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Gift or curse

Sensing lifeblood curse or gift. Secrets will be unraveled. Is her new travel companion part of future or is she his downfall.

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I loved it so that means it was a really good book

I normally don't read romances. I listened to it in one day. There is a little bit of witchiness, a little bit of magic, a little bit of loving (a little to graphic for me but actually not bad) and to spice things up intrigue and sword fights

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  • 04-23-20

Love Alasdair and Deirdre!

Alasdair Montgomerie is on a mission in the Highlands. Several claimants are vying for the Scottish throne, but the English King Edward has sent an evil baron north to kill everyone who’s loyal to one of the claimants. Alasdair has to deliver his sensitive information to a waiting party, but his plans are derailed after he rescues a drowning woman from a lake.
Deirdre MacCoinneach has lost two husbands and a fiancé in a short time span, but her laird father is determined to marry her off again—to Alasdair (who’s going by Aleck Stirick). She has a magical gift in which she can feel heat, energy, and emotions from other people, which she calls Lifeblood. She recognizes Alasdair from her visions and sets off on an adventure with him to find her deceased mother’s people.
Deirdre and Alasdair (Aleck) were strong, stubborn, intelligent characters. I liked them a lot. They kept a lot of secrets from each other, however, which became tiresome after a while.
I enjoyed the side characters of Kate and Christal (spelling?) and would love to see more of them. I wasn’t crazy about Deirdre’s father, Simon, but I hope I’ll like him better in his book, which is the prequel.
The story pacing was quick in the beginning, slowed some in the middle, and picked back up at the end. I normally read ebooks or print books, but I received a copy of this story in audio. It’s 10 hours and 49 minutes long, which I listened to in two days. The narrator, Rosalind Ashford, did a wonderful job speaking with multiple Scottish accents, but it took me a little while to get use to it.
About the reading order…it’s confusing. I believe A Hundred Kisses is book 1, and A Hundred Breaths is book 2 and a full-length prequel. These books are standalones, but I recommend reading or listening to the prequel first. I wish I had done that. I learned a big spoiler in book 1 about the H/h from the prequel.
Anyway, I enjoyed this story, and I’m still going to give the prequel a chance.
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Romance, magic and adventure.

Deidre has an ability that she doesn't understand. Is it what killed not just one, but two husbands? Some whisper that she may be a witch. When she finds herself traveling with a man she's seen in visions, a man her father wants her to seduce, she wonders if he will die, too. Or will he be the one to break the curse?
Jean M. Grant is really making me rethink my opinion of the romance genre. She's well on the way to making me a fan.
I absolutely love the narrator. I could listen to her for hours. Oh, wait, I already did that.

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A Highland Tale (an audio review)

I want to start my review discussing the narrator, Rosalind Ashford. Finding the perfect narrator for any book is a challenge and Ashford is brilliant. The story takes place in Scotland and her accent is flawless. Perfect.

The story is interesting. Deidre MacCoinneach has a unique gift – she can see people’s lifeblood energies. She can sense deception, cruelty, kindness, and all other emotions. This is helpful when she wakes up next to not one but two dead husbands. She might also be cursed…or the deaths are a terrible coincidence.

Interestingly, there is one lifeblood she cannot sense – Alasdair Montgomerie. He is pretending to be a trader when in truth he’s working for Bruce, a claimant seeking the Scottish throne. Going by Alec, he meets Deidre and their lives take an interesting turn. They travel together, Alec to deliver intelligence and Deidre to meet her mother’s people in the hopes of discovering why she has this ‘talent’.

Now, I enjoyed the audio but topping out at over 10 hours made it a commitment. I’m glad I embarked upon it, to be sure, but there were a few times when I felt it dragged. Then the pace would pick up and things would bring me along for the ride. So I can recommend the book and I’m looking forward to more books by Ms. Grant narrated by Ms. Ashford.

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  • 06-24-20

Amazingly written with outstanding narration

A Hundred Kisses was an incredible listen, a beautifully written historical romance that drew me in from the start and captivating me through the very end. Jean M. Grant has created extraordinary characters and a vivid image of the period, the political climate, and unrest during 1296 Scotland. An English King aims to take Scotland, Scottish lords vying for a King of their own, lands divide, alliances dissolve, and friends become foes. I was thoroughly immersed in the intrigue, war, drama, and in the midst of it all, a beautiful love story.

The storyline follows, Diedre MacCoinneach and Alasdair Montgomerie (Alec). Diedre is a widow with a unique gift, sensing other's lifeblood and cursed with two dead husbands and a fiancé. Alec, a man with secrets, is on an important mission and pretending to be someone he is not. When the two cross paths, Diedre recognizes him from her many dreams. Diedre runs off with Alec, to search for her aunt to find information on her mother and learn the origin of her gift. Despite the secrets, in the course of their travels, they become closer, developing feelings, and falling in love. Alec and Diedre's journey is paved with uncertainty, danger, rumours, allegations of witchcraft.

With her telling, Rosalind Ashford literally transports the listeners back in time. She did a phenomenal job with the characters, the accent is flawless, the inflexions and timing were spot-on. A Hundred Kisses will stay with me for some time and will listen to it again, one I'd highly recommend.

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  • 09-07-20

different but really good

Oh wow... what did I just read? This book really grabbed me from the first word. The narrator took me on this fantastical trip, using the author's words to build a world that just takes you by surprise. This was my first time listening to a story like this and it will definitely not be the last. I was amazed.

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  • 04-05-20

wonderful

what a wonderful book with the Scots language. It's well written by Jean M Grant and narrated by Rosalind Ashford xxxx