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So far, Kathie Williams has made a good showing as the only American at a mystery writers' conference in Manchester - what with that falling asleep in public thing behind her. The sight of Iain MacLaren wakes her up. Clad in a deliciously woolly sweater, the burly Scotsman seems to be holding up a wall at the cocktail party. So Kathie makes her move...and winds up stark naked with him in bed, where his thick Scottish brogue, thick manly chest, and thick...other parts...drive her to do things she's never done before. Like fall in love. And if things aren't moving fast enough - and on the wrong side of the road, no less - Kathie is about to visit Iain's sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands and meet his sons. She's feeling a wee bit nervous. Because she can't tell where this mad affair is going - except north.

©2003 Marthe Arends (P)2013 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"MacAlister once again produces an engaging story that has many laugh-out-loud moments. The characters are all pleasingly unique, and the hero is all man." (RT Book Reviews)

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Couldn't finish it

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I wanted to like this book -I really did. And it started out ok, maybe for the first few chapters or so. But when the heroine of the book throws her vacation plans away to live with a man she just met a few days ago at a conference, my interest started to wane. He's a sheep farmer; she's a mystery novel writer. He goes out to tend his sheep and she does what she can to change his way of life. Like insisting his working sheep dogs sleep in the house on a blanket by the fire. And breaking down when she realizes the lambs can't be her personal pets (they're off to the slaughter). There are attempts at humour -long, drawn-out accounts of her falling in sheep dung wearing a wool skirt and expensive blouse (she's always wearing a blouse!?) and a painful account relating a mix-up involving the word "pants" ("men's underwear" in Scotland, apparently). And the time the enlightened 9 year-old neighbour couldn't stop mispronouncing the word "penis" -as "peenish". Really?? A 9 year-old can't say "penis"?? So the story goes on in this vein for a while. Basically, she gives up her life to hang around his farm in the desperate hope that he will marry her. That's right. After a grand total of 1 month together, she is convinced they belong together forever, and starts to get pissy when he doesn't propose. Then she launches a creepy, circa 1950esque campaign to manipulate him into marriage. I think it was supposed to be funny or something, but I just cringed. Actually, I cringed a lot. And then I stopped listening. I moved on to the next book on my list, and heaved a great sigh of relief.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynda
  • Northridge, CA, United States
  • 10-07-13

Sweet American meets Scot love story

It's a little dated, but it was a good solid story, I chuckled, groaned at her perceived angst and smiled at their true affection for each other, what more can you ask for in a romance book? Yeah go ahead and use your credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Awful!

This is one of the WORST books I have ever purchased from Audible in the three+ years I have been a member! The storyline is as cliched as it gets and what little plot there is is just trite. This book is so stupid. I want to know how it even got published because it's THAT BAD! Kathie, typical ignorant American in England meets your stereotypical huge, hunky Highlander, Iain. Of course she falls in bed with him right away because she can't resist his accent. His family and ex-girlfriend dislike her. Blah, blah, blah. Seriously, this is the story. As formulaic as any other two-bit crappy romance trying to capitalize on the whole "Scottish-Highlanders-make-me-swoon" audience. Ugh!

Somewhere between chapters one and five the "hero" of the story, Iain, goes from sounding questionably Scottish to sort-of sounding Irish, along with all of the other characters at his home in the Highlands. With a name like Cassandra CAMPBELL, one would think that this narrator could voice the Scottish accent. Ha! No way! Not even close! Her attempts at the Scottish accent were just terrible! I mean it is embarrassingly bad. I finally had enough torture and quit listening about half way through.

DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT ON THIS DRIVEL!!

You've been warned.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicole
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 04-11-16

Please do not use your credits to buy this boring book

This book is the most boring thing I have ever read... It is a fundamental waist of time. I will never get the 12 hrs of my life that I waisted on this book back! If it were possible to give a book zero stars I would.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Horrifically awful. AWFUL!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I kept waiting for the story to start, utterly boring with a completely unlike-able protagonist. I was routing against her WHINEY ways very shortly. Hard to believe that an author who typically writes fun & fanciful stories somehow wrote this turd.

Has Men in Kilts turned you off from other books in this genre?

If whining women being obnoxious, whiney & idiotic is a genera I want nothing more to do with it

What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

Performance is marginally better, but I personally believe if you're going to narrate an audiobook, you should figure out his to correctly pronounce all the words.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'm pissed off I wasted my time finishing the book, I just (wrongly)kept believing it had to get better at some point. Other than that it is pointless mindless drivel, but not even the sexy or trashy entertaining kind. Somehow I was entirely underwhelmed, hired & pusses off after listening.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Seriously

I could not finish. I read some weak women books but this one was bad. Whining and crying. Would not recommend

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To much crying

So much crying and wining I could not take this woman's side. If I were the main guy in this book I would have left her that first ridiculous month!

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I have never hated a heroine more than her

the female lead in this book is supposed to be a 37 yr old author. but she has the insecurities, common sense, and personality of a 15 yr old. really unpleasant person to spend all the hours of this book with.

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annoying protagonist

the main character is annoying. She is obnoxious but she has no idea how to listen or be aware of her surroundings. The sex scenes are good. However the main character develops into a very annoying woman that I would never ever ever want to meet. she is the kind of woman that I would like to throw a glass vase at.

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Surprising story line

What did you love best about Men in Kilts?

The narrator and her voice changes. Made me feel as if I was there listening to them speak.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice is soothing, teasing, serious and during the romantic scenes I actually blushed and giggled.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed. I was full of anticipation for the next day so that I could listen to it. I do not feel I would have had the same reaction to the book if I read it as I did by hearing it.