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A conqueror's decree can't separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan's forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family's name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil's younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well. Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn't count on his charges' English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds. Aillil's father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend. Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover's return. Billy doesn't believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life. But the Lost Laird knows his own.

First edition published by Torquere Press (2010).

©2013 Eden Winters (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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beautifully written, beautifully narrated!

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Independent Reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the audio file of this book.

I cannot word the blurb any differently, so am using the official one here.

A conqueror’s decree can’t separate Aillil Callaghan from his Scottish heritage. He wears his clan’s forbidden plaid with pride, awaiting the day he becomes Laird, restores his family’s name, and fights to free Scotland from English tyranny. An Englishman in his home? Abomination! Yet the tutor his father engaged for Aillil’s younger brothers may have something to teach the Callaghan heir as well.

Violinist and scholar Malcolm Byerly fled Kent in fear, seeking nothing more than a quiet post, eager minds to teach, and for no one to learn his secrets. He didn’t count on his charges’ English-hating barbarian of an older brother, or on red-and-green tartan concealing a kindred soul. A shared love of music breaks down the barriers between two worlds.

Aillil’s father threatens their love, but a far more dangerous enemy tears them apart. They vanish into legend.

Two centuries later, concert violinist Billy Byerly arrives at Castle Callaghan—and feels strangely at home. Legends speak of a Lost Laird who haunts the fortress in wait of his lover’s return. Billy doesn’t believe in legends, ghosts, or love that outlasts life.

But the Lost Laird knows his own.

OH.MY.WORD!

Such a beautiful book! Beautifully written, beautifully told, beautifully narrated!

I get ahead. I usually write a bit about the book, and then a separate bit about the narration but I can't split them apart.

For part of the beauty of this book, is its narration by Michael Ferraiuolo. His voices are simply brilliant! Aillil's broad, raw Scot accent. Malcolm's much softer, proper English one. The professor's voices at the school Malcolm taught, and Aillil's brothers voices. Then over time, to Billy and Neil's American voices and the much softer Scot accent of today.

His portrayal of Aillil, then and now, of Malcolm and Billy, of everything that happens between them, is quite simply stunning. He has such a good book to work with, in the first place!!

I'm struggling not to gush, about either the book or that narration. So, as much as it pains me, I'm keeping this one short.

I've filed in on the following shelves for the following reasons:
historical, because much of the book is set late 1700's.
paranormal, because...well, just because, you'll need to read it!
musical theme, because there is much music in this book! oh!! *see bit further**
all other shelves are self explanatory.

Back to the music! Violins are the instrument of choice in this book, and the way Winters describes the music, even I could hear the passion and sorrow are love and heartache in it. Its just so darn beautiful. *I know! I know, I keep saying it, but its really the best word!!*

I WILL however, say this much:

READ THE DAMN BOOK! Or better yet, get the audio book.

This is, as far as I can see, the first of Eden Winters I have read. It will not be the last! Its also the first book narrated by Ferraiuolo I have listened to. My wish list on Audible is now several books longer! I can't wait to see what else both the author and the narrator come up with. If there are any more of this collaboration, I want in!!

5 stars for the story
5 stars for the narration
5 stars overall.

Again, read the book. Even if you don't like male/male romances, its a good one to start with.

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Audible.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com**

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I loved every single word!

This book.... I'm lost for words.. How I loved listening to this book. The love, the agony. The tears! So many, many tears. But it was so worth all the tears.

Duet is divided into two parts. Back in 1758 when it all started, when we meet Malcolm Byerly and Aillil Callaghan, and then present time when it all begins again, when legends aren’t just legends anymore…

Malcolm Byerly is a quiet soul. He lives for his violin and to educate young minds. When we first meet him he works it a school in Kent. One day a new teacher comes to the school, a teacher that might just threaten the quiet life he leads. Fear of getting caught has him running to Scotland to become a tutor for the younger boys in the Callaghan family. If only the oldest brother didn’t hate him so much.

Aillil hates the English and everything they stand for. Actually hate is too tame a word for the loathing he has for those people, that country. He’s just biding his time for when he can take over the family title and restore his family name and heritage. So when his father hires an English tutor for his brothers, he is furious and more than a little suspicious of the man. After all Englishmen can’t be trusted.

As time pass and through careful observations, he comes to realise that Malcom might not be as bad as he first believed him to be. Not only that, they share some common interests and secrets. Their relationship slowly develops through a shared love for music. Aillil slowly teaching Malcom about intimacy with another man, and Malcom teaching Aillil about love. Their relationship is a beautiful one. It’s tender and sweet and forever.

Until the day when an unforeseen foe tares them apart and they become a legend at Castle Callaghan. About two young lovers separated, to be reunited when the time is right. About the laird playing his lover home at night. Only the wait is long, longer than he imagined, but he played when his lover was near. Until finally one day, the time was just right, and Billy sets foot in Scotland. He finds the violin that's been kept safe for him all these years and hears the music that might just bring him home again.

I loved this book. I loved Malcom and Aillil’s love story. Their love shone through it all. It truly became the stuff of legends. The kind of love people dream of having, that they would do absolutely everything and then some to keep. You felt it all right along with them. The happiness when they were together, and the pain when they were separated. The promise of a someday in the future. Which is why, when that future finally arrived I was disappointed by the ending of the book. It felt anticlimactic to say the least. We’ve been waiting for them to finally reunite, to finally be able to love again, and it all was over in just a few minutes. I wanted more. A lot more if I’m being honest.

Michael Ferraiuolo narrated this book perfectly. There wasn't one thing that I'd change. He sure brought me back in time, all the way back to 1758. I was there for every sweet moment between Malcom and Aillil. And I was right beside Aillil mourning his lover, chasing death in hopes for the two lovers to be reunited once more. Ferraiuolo made me feel every single thing these men shared, the good and the bad. I loved every second of this book.

Duet was a truly beautiful story about an epic love. It was beautifully written and Ferraiuolo added another layer with perfect narration and feelings to it. I had a wonderful time listening to this book, and I’m definitely recommending it to you to read. But bring tissues, you’re going to need them.

A copy of this book was generously provided in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Bueno

me gustó la historia aunque me costó terminarlo, creo que tal vez es un libro complicado para el formato.

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Two parts,

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This book is told in two parts.

First part is what made me want it, set in Scotland 1700’s when England and Scotland pretty much hated each other.

This story was brilliantly told, the teachers, first at the school, the travels, the beliefs, the falling in love.

Malcolm is such a wonderful character, so fun loving and sweet. Yet protective like a mother bear.

Aillil is this character that knows it’s is duty and birth right but his true thoughts, feelings out way in many cases and these two become a daily struggle.

Malcolm and Aillil are really magically together and when the author kills off Malcolm I would have stopped listening if it wasn’t a review and I was honored bound to finish.

Then the second story starts.

Centuries later, we get snippets, of star crossed lovers almost connecting but never quiet touching.

Finally we land in modern time, new players to the story.

They all meet up at the castle and the violin magically wakes up the sleeping laird that made a deal with a witch centuries ago.

Old sleeping laird is reunited with great great great something of Malcolm.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in reincarnation. But this whole story was too much for me. Loved the first, could have left the second sitting on the player

Narrator, did a marvelous job recreating the voices of the Scottish, English and then American characters.

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviewers