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Editorial Reviews

Time travel, romance, and mythology collide in Catherine Bybee's Binding Vows. Striking Scottish prince Duncan MacCoinnich is, by vocation, a ladies' man, tasked with bedding virgins across history lest they find themselves targets of an evil curse. Nevertheless, at a 21st-century Renaissance Faire Duncan finds himself hopelessly smitten by modish maiden Tara McCallister, and decides to forsake his womanizing ways. Unwittingly whisked away to Duncan's estate in 16th-century Scotland, Tara must adapt to her new environs even as she's pursued by evil forces. At turns playful and provocative, saucy Sottish performer David Monteath perfectly personifies Duncan's devilish allure. Navigating disparate cultures 500 years apart, Monteath provides colorful character acting whether he's playing a cool and coy contemporary Californian or a regal Renaissance aristocrat.

Publisher's Summary

Duncan MacCoinnich's task... Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both. Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock hand-fasting binds them.

When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland she could accept that. But when she finds herself in the sixteenth century, away from her modern life, can she forgive? And is it love they feel? Or something else?

©2009 Catherine Bybee (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Great Highlander Series - Modern Meets Medieval

This is book 1 in a series. Audible isn't showing the series properly and book 4 came out first and confused many buyers which is a shame as I'm sure that affected the love of these stories to unexpectedly plop late into the series, so the books come in this order.

#1 Binding Vows
#2 Silent Vows
#3 Redeeming Vows
#4 Highland Shifter
#5 Highland Protector (not out in Audiobook yet)

This is a GREAT series, funny, serious, lots of twists and turns, and parts will make you cry. Love the books. AND the narration by David Monteath is PERFECT and frankly that alone is worth the listen. It's great to hear a Scottish man read for the male characters for a change as it really adds to those characters in an addictive sexy way. He's now one of my favorite "readers" (and I've heard many).

The books blend time travel, history, battles, humor, suspense, magick and romance (and some sex) in just the right blend. Each book picks up pretty much where the previous book leaves off and you'll want to go through the next all as soon as each one. It's more a tale of all these great characters, so it's a great family tale not just a romance based on "where can we insert plenty of sex scenes".

While some argue there's enough explanation in each to have them stand alone, since characters' histories and actions span multiple books, do yourself a favor and read them in order!!

Love these books, hope this series continues on and on....

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Unremarkable

I read a review on Audible that claimed this book was funny. There were only a few instances that I found even slightly humorous, and I don't think that humor was the tone Bybee was going for. If she was, well, it missed the mark. That may have something to do with Monteath's grave and somber performance, or maybe not. It was a fairly decent story, certainly not memorable. A day after I finished listening to this book and I was already having a hard to time remembering the major plot points.

There are dozens of other time-traveling historical romances that I would recommend before this one. If you've already listened to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and/or Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, then try starting Brenda Joyce's Rose Trilogy or the first book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of the Glen series.

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Story okay but reader struggles with female voices

If you can stand the reader it's an okay story. The reader is a male and he does the male characters well. But the female characters sound like air headed bimbos. It's a bit insulting to women in general.

The story is romantic if abut predictable

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A FUNNY HISTORICAL HIGHLAND FANTASY ROMANCE

Well it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it - and it's down to 16th Century Druids Duncan and his brother Fin. The job, de-flowering Virgins at the Renaissance Faire before an evil Witch can Hubble Bubble herself into a lot of trouble which will end the Curse put on her.

Duncan's immediately drawn to Tara, a beautiful, strong, stubborn, modern-day, kind Virgin so he gives it his best shot to try to seduce her but binding vows once said can never be broken and, before she realises it, he's whisked her away through time but, unfortunately for Duncan, she's anything but happy about it. Yes, he's a bonny kilt wearing broad Scotsman but she's left her family and friends behind and there's no indoor plumbing, heating, electric or modern medicines AND she has to wear dresses!! (Mmmm what or who would you choose I wonder?).

It has it's predictable, cheesy and stupid 'don't do it' moments - but it's also an enjoyable, light, funny, touching time travel romance with magic, mayhem, danger, action, murder, humor, with great secondary characters, and a nice romance but very light sex scenes. This is a very addictive listen as Duncan and Tara's relationship is forced upon them both it then grows naturally (after a period of 'adjustment' for Tara) and, with the help of his loving family, their touching, tender feelings for each other eventually turn into love.

Worth a credit? A credit or on sale for cash, it's an easy light listen, yes I would have preferred a little more 'heat' but, as Tara realised, you just can't have everything.




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My favorite Catherine ByBee Book

I wasn't sure if I would care for a time traveling theme, but since I am a Catherine Bybee fan, I decided to give it a try. This is my favorite story from her. I couldn't get enough of David Monteath's Scottish accent he uses to narrate the book. I have listened to the other books in the series, but I still long for another story with Tara and Duncan as the protagonists.

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If you can get past the narrator....

Well, maybe not even then. I’d recommend giving this book a try in paper.

The story has potential, but seemed to me not as fully developed as it could have been. A few times it was just very short cut , convenient and overly predictable.

But the narrator was a poor choice for this book. Really poor choice. And it was at times almost painful to listen to his attempt at female voices.

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enchanting story

finished before I realized it was over and had me searching for the other books, on book three now and it's been less than a week. narrator took a moment to get used to but now looking for more books,read by him.

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The characters were sweet and lovable.

Looking forward to the next in the series. Narrator was so talented to switch accents easily.

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Narrator Auful!!! He did horrid job with the Scottish , accent and even worse on the females Don't waste your credits on this

I thought the story was just I'm I just won't buy anymore with this narrator, Yes that bad for the

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Just flat

The narrator was not good. The characters were flat. It just bad. The attempt at being female just was way off.