A Warrior's Heart

Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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In a battered country ravaged by war, a young Scots warrior longs to serve his clan and face his life proudly, but Keir MacLochlainn, youngest son of the MacLochlainn Laird, has much more to learn before his father will allow him to stand shoulder to shoulder with his kin on the battlefield.
 

Across a vast sea, Anwen Ní Connor, daughter of the high king of Connacht, is duty-bound to do as her king commands. Being locked away while she awaits the fate her father has laid out for her is beyond any torture she ever thought to endure.
 

When one king’s hands are tied by another's, both lives are held in a precarious balance between betrayal and loyalty. As pawns in a life or death game of chance, eminent danger and treason shadow their every move. Will either of them earn the life they desire or will it all be lost with the swing of one mighty sword?

©2017 Victoria Oliveri (P)2019 Victoria Oliveri

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Worth a credit? 🤷‍♀️

A Warrior’s Heart by Victoria Oliveri is a romance novel set in both Ireland & Scotland. We first meet Keir McLochlainn, the second son of Laird MacLochlainn, as he accompanies his father to Ireland to meet with the high king of Connacht. While there, Keir meets Anwen Ni Connor, the high king’s daughter. In a rush, the high king asks Laird MacLochlainn to spirit his daughter away after her betrothed arrives unexpectedly. Keir and Anwen fall in love, but Keir knows that there is no hope for their love to survive. This story is very sweet and at times heart wrenching. I did find myself wondering what ever happened to Alecia, Keir’s brother’s betrothed, after she tried to seduce Keir in his bedroom. Finally!! Narrator, Andrew McDermott was able to perform a romance novel!! It’s nice to see him utilized for more than fantasy or health & wellness books. I really feel like romance novels will be his genre! Is it worth a credit? 👍🏻👍🏻 I give it a whole hearted YES!!

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Absolutely brilliant!

This narration was impeccable! The story was absolutely amazing! Keir and Anwen's story was heartbreakingly beautiful from beginning to end. Andrew McDermott brought this book and their story to life perfectly and with so much emotion. Everything from his incredible accent, supreme technique and this wonderful story had me captivated 😍

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Romance clashes with politics.

I enjoy Scottish love stories, and I love Irish love stories, but this is the first Scottish and Irish love story I have encountered. Kier the Scot and Anwen, the Irish king's daughter, meet when Kier and his father are charged with transporting the king's daughter to a relative in Scotland while the king attempts to avoid a marriage contract to wed Anwen to the English king's relative. As fate would have it, the couple fall in love. And misunderstandings lead to a flight and a pursuit. Then there was real trouble! I took a couple chapters of listening to develop an interest in the story, because I usually don't read Jacobean period pieces. But it is a superb love story with fully developed characters, so I soon became hooked and was happy to lose sleep. Anwen was a typical young woman in love, but at least once I thought she could do with a spanking. Her father was infuriating, playing the distant parent willing to sacrifice his daughter for political harmony. Kier was a bibliophile alpha who wanted to serve his clan, but not in the way his father, the laird, insisted. My favorite lesser character was Kier's grandfather, who kept insisting all would turn out right. And Anwen's fiance is the guy you love to hate! Put them all together, shake-don't stir, and you get a great eight hours of listening pleasure. And the smooth, sensual Scottish voice of Andrew McDermott is an unexpected treat! I was intrigued by his ability to give voice to so many different characters so smoothly that I suddenly realized that one person was narrating. I voluntarily listened to a copy of this audiobook and the views expressed are my honest opinion.

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A warrior’s heart

I enjoyed this book. It seemed to start off slow, but picked up pace the further you got into the story. It was nice that it had a HEA.

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Cute romance with some inconsistencies

Full disclosure: Got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This story is a love story set in the past when England hadn't conquered Ireland and Scotland yet. The focus is on Anwen and Keir and they are both described as beautiful and attracted to each other. However, they can't be with each other because Anwen is promised to another. You can imagine the problems this would cause. The parts of the book that irks me is the inconsistencies. Examples to follow and can SPOIL the book for you. Anwen is a strong, willful woman and intelligent as she is an avid reader. Now she is also described as being sheltered. She also brawls with her brothers and when she is introduced you learn she consistently wears breeches instead of dresses and the norm is to wear dresses. She also has a maid.... that loves to gossip. So its hard to believe how ignorant she can be because she is sheltered. During one part of the book, she gets her heart broken due to jumping to conclusions (which happen several times). She decides she can't stay in the keep a moment longer. However, she has the mind to gather everything of her clothing, plan to steal a horse, steal the horse, then wait for the perfect time to slip by the guards at the entrance to the keep..... but fails to take any weapons with her. She was escorted by Keir and a clansman from her home to Keir's keep. Times were not peaceful, the book mentions bandits and other unsavories abound in the land, and it seems it should be obvious that women don't travel alone during this time especially at night. Of course she is attacked. Maybe you can explain this situation away with heart broken people doing really stupid things to the point of putting their lives at risk. Maybe. She also cannot marry Keir due to her duty to her da as he has promised her to another. A few times throughout the book after she finds out she is promised to another and not Keir, she gets angry at her dad and recalls that her da (dad) has never loved her. Even though he is very lenient with her and spoils her. With the straight forwardness of the maid and that other women wear dresses while she does not, seems like Anwen should have found out that she was being spoiled. This is a smaller inconsistency and could be ignored to move the story along.... Another inconsistency is Keir's upbringing. Keir's is the ward of a younger person close to his age but a little older (Roric); in this case, Roric is Keir's friend and mentor. Keir has wanted to join his da and older brother in battle, but they don't allow him to go into battle with them. This to me seems like a glaring flaw. Keir isn't weak but is in fact well muscled and there is no reason to exclude him from battle. How else is he to learn? From lectures? From books? From being the ward of a young soldier? Brother and father and grandfather have been through battles. How is it that they all come to the conclusion the best thing for Keir is to never allow him to join the battle? Not all battles, but a battle to learn experience and grow especially as he is in the line of succession. Now, I have pointed out some of the inconsistencies I noticed, but I would still recommend this book as it was cute when you aren't focusing on the inconsistencies. The narrator Andrew did a wonderful job and added a layer to this book that I wouldn't have gotten if I was just reading the book.

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Lovely Story!

I really enjoy this story and listening to Andrew McDermott read this to me was amazing! That accent is delicious! Poor Anwen! She doesn’t know what is in store for her. She is blissfully unaware what her father is doing. She has been shipped to Keir Maclochlinn’s keep for safe keeping. While there they both fall in love. Thats when the cat is let out of the bag. She is to marry another. They are both devastated. This has some good action scenes which keep the story moving at a good pace. There are good secondary characters in the keep. They add some lovely times to the story. This is a first time author for me. This is a good story and wonderful characters. Keir (great name!) becomes a favorite the more the story moves along. I have listened to Andrew before and still enjoy listening to him.

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Forbidden Love

With a Scot and an Irish Lass you know your in for a heartbreaking love story. This is a heartbreaking, heartwarming love story that will stay with you long after you finish it. Keir McLocjlann is my new book boyfriend but Anwen is the perfect spirited intelligent woman for him. I just love their story and no doubt will listen to this book many more times. Andrew McDermott as always was amazing, he is able to distinguish between characters so easily and as Keir he was just perfect

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Loved it!

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly in return for an honest review. This romance novel is set in both Ireland & Scotland and centers around a forbidden love between two characters who cannot control their own destiny and struggle with that reality. I enjoyed the adventure and the evolving love and friendship. It's hard to relate to a time when women, especially women of noble birth, had little choice in who they marry. This is the first time I have listened to Andrew McDermott. I really enjoyed his performance. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical romance, especially those centered around Scotland and Ireland.

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Loved this book

I was completely drawn into this book from the beginning. The narrator did a great job on the story. The story is very well written and I loved the characters. I didn’t want to put my device down while listening to this story. The author did a great job and I hope to listen/read more from this author. I highly recommend listening. (I received this audible book free and am leaving a voluntary honest review)

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A Love across time

This novel checks all of the boxes you're looking for with a historical romance/fiction: the reluctant maiden, the brooding and powerful son of the misguided leader, a savage foil and more. It's more than that and the narration really brings this text to life. The pacing is excellent and engaging and kept me enraptured. McDermott's voice captured the rage, anxiety and wonder easily and made each character breathe freely.

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  • Helen
  • 07-21-19

great book

In a battered country ravaged by war, When one king’s hands are tied by another's, both lives are held in a precarious balance between betrayal and loyalty. enjoyed this audio book very much written very well by Victoria Oliveri Narrated by: Andrew McDermott who brought it to life

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  • Sara B
  • 03-04-20

Wonderful!

A Warrior's Heart is splendidly written Scottish and Irish historical romance. The premise is engaging, it captures and holds the attention. Kier and Anwen's characters are well-developed and their connection is one mutual passion and desire. I really enjoyed listing to their journey. Outstanding narration by Andrew McDermott. His voice is perfect for Kier, and his accent is utterly delicious. This was a wonderful listen, and I strongly recommend it! I received a promotional copy of the audiobook, and my unbiased review is given voluntarily.

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  • Mercy Griffin
  • 07-26-19

Classic and Endearing

The Scots and the Irish are fascinating people for me. I just love the way they talk. There's something in their accents that really appeals to me. And the narration of this book was heavy on the accent. It may not appeal to many, but it definitely did to me. The story was endearing - a classic tale of forbidden love. The kind of love that would conquer all. This is the kind of story that would surely bring out the romantic in every woman and the knight-in-shining-armour character in every man. I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

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