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The Highland Duke Audiobook

The Highland Duke

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Publisher's Summary

She'll put her life on the line for him....

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger, he will face death itself to make her his.

©2017 Amy Jarecki (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Readers will admire plucky Akira, who, despite her poverty, is fiercely independent and is determined to be no man's mistress. The romance is scintillating and moving, enhanced by fast-paced suspense." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Edwina "I Love books" USA 04-02-17 Member Since 2013

    Edwina "I Love Books'

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    "TERRIBLE NARRATION AND UNBELIEVABLE STORYLINE!!"
    What disappointed you about The Highland Duke?

    The Male Narrator sounds to old to portray females voices and children voice he should have just done the male voice and even then his voice is that of an older Male. Neither narrators had sounded Scottish or English. The accents were just bad all round.


    What was most disappointing about Amy Jarecki’s story?

    That the Hero the Duke was divorced in 1703 and him and his wife had 2 children a boy/heir and a girl. Divorce would not have happen during this era of time especially in the Catholic Church with children involved would have made it impossible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Hardy’s performances?

    Maybe Penelope Hardy but Not the male narrator Alex Hydewhite. there were two narrators for this story male Alex which was really bad and Female Penelope Hardy which was just OK


    What character would you cut from The Highland Duke?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Audible Copy of The Highland Duke<br/><br/>The years is 1703. Which makes a lot of the story of the characters unbelievable for the time period.<br/>Akira Ayres is a healer working on the battlefield at Hoord Moor helping wounded English solders and Scottish Jacobite Highlanders. She hears moans coming from the nearby forest and finds Geordie/George Gordon Duke of Gordon with a musket ball in his thigh. This begins a dash across the Scottish country side to get whom she only knows as Mr. Geordie to safety from the pursuing English Capt. Roderick Weaver and his troops. <br/><br/>The first problem I had was listening to the story on audio. The narration has a male and female narrator Alex Hydewhite and Penelope Hardy. The narrators take turns reading and enacting both the hero Geordie and Akira. If would have been better if Penelope had narrated Akira and the other female characters and Alex narrating the male characters. Alex was just awful his voice was to old and he didn't do the female narration well at all. Switching back in forth the characters became confusing the voice between Penelope and Alex narrating the same characters didn't work. Neither of them had a Scottish Brogue and I am not even sure they had and English Accent for those roles. The Narration was Just Bad.<br/><br/>Now on to the story Not being believable. Geordie is a Duke in Catholic Country Scotland and his wife has "Divorced"him but she won't give up the title Duchess and has chosen to live in a Convent. OK this is 1703 and not even 1903. They have two Children together Alex age 11 and Jane age 7. You Can't just get a divorce in 1703 LISTEN TO ME!! IT ANIT GONNA HAPPEN!! This took the story off the rails. This is totally unbelievable. Even today it is hard for Catholics to divorce, it takes some kind of dispensation from the Pope. Henry VIII learned that lesson the hard way. He separated his country England from the Catholic Church and started his own Church "The Church of England" because they wouldn't let him divorce Katherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boylen. I don't ask much when reading Historical Romances but this whole premise is a bridge too far for me. The ending Gypsy Marriage would not be excepted anywhere as being binding and legal. So to me Akira was not his wife but his leman or Mistress. I guess they had there HEA how Unbelievable it was!! I did like all the characters so 2 stars instead of 1 star review!!<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>Reading Progress

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    J. Sheets 03-30-17
    J. Sheets 03-30-17
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    "Cinderella like"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The Duke is a good man who uses his wealth and power to help the less fortunate. True love knows no class distinction.


    Any additional comments?

    The male audio reader sounded much too old for the Duke. This detracted from visualizing the 33 years old Geordie.

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    KElizabeth Green 07-09-17

    Avid reader time permitting. Love audio books as I can multitask, love being inserted into the time & place of story thru narrators accents.

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    "The Highland Duke"

    First, the cover entranced me so I bought the book. I can't put my finger on exactly why I find this cover so compelling, but I do. I have always loved Ms. Jarecki's books and never been disappointed by any of them. They are always very well written, with strong, well developed characters you can't help but get attached to. Penelope Hardy and Alex Hyde-White both gave 5 * performances for their wonderful rendition in their narration. Not only is this a Do not miss book, but a Do not miss audiobook as well. Excellent! 😀

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    Robbin Blackmon 06-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Nothing like being true to yourself"

    Enjoyed the storyline. Didn't enjoy the back and forth of the narrators. Would've been better if they kept to one character throughout.

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    Katrina 06-12-17
    Katrina 06-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The story was good but..."

    The female narrator was good she did the characters with a Scottish accent ,then the male read his part in an English accent. He made it very hard to listen too. I also found the way he read it was kind of snotty.

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    Erika Daman Chelsea, MI United States 05-20-17
    Erika Daman Chelsea, MI United States 05-20-17

    Erika Daman

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    "A good story"

    Apparently this book wasn't totally historically accurate, but that isn't why I read highlander romance novels.
    I really liked this story, a Cinderella like story, when commoner Akira saves the Duke from an injury on the battle field. Then on the run from the red coats. Through these dire circumstances, feelings start between Akira and the Duke, but since they had no future as they weren't in the same class, but can they resist their attraction.
    This was an interesting love story, so much going against them can they find happiness.
    My complaint about this book was the male reader. He sounded like a crotchety old man, not suitable for then younger woman. But it didn't diminish the story too much for me.

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    Amazon Customer 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent listen!"

    This was an Excellent audio book. Some of the listen was predictable but not all. Which was a nice surprise. Both the narrators did a great job.

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    sandy 05-10-17
    sandy 05-10-17
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    "one narrator to many"

    should have stayed with the female narrator. the male narrator made the hero sound old and gruff And the heroine sounded like a little frail girl . if panel open hardy narrated the whole book it would have been a 5 star book.

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    Starlet M. 04-20-17
    Starlet M. 04-20-17

    My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.

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    The Highland Duke<br/> A Lord of the Highland Novel<br/> By Amy Jarecki <br/> Narrated by Penelope Hardy and Alex Hyde-White.<br/><br/><br/>Setting: Hoodmore, Scotland<br/>August, 1703. Near the village of Dunkeld, Scotland. <br/><br/>Historical Background:<br/>"After Queen Anne had rejected the Scottish Parliament’s proposed Act of Security, the entire country was in an uproar—and ready to strike against the Government at last. Yes, he’d agreed to stand by his cousin and challenge the Government troops. The queen’s Act of Settlement was nothing but a sham, created to subvert the succession of the rightful Stuart line behind the guise of Protestantism."<br/> <br/> "Death on the battlefield," scanning the dark meadow, healer Akira finds one man alive covered in brush. Moaning with pain from a musket shot to his thigh, Highland Duke George Gordon, Aka Jordie, is grateful Akira found him. Akira reluctantly agrees to remove the musket ball from Jordie's thigh. As Akira tends to his wound, she becomes very aware of this hot blooded highlander and the thoughts he provokes in her mind and soul. <br/>There is nothing more powerful than your one true love. <br/> But even that kind of love faces challenges. <br/> Akira may be an excellent healer, but with gypsy blood running through her, Akira is a social outcast. Can a Duke, the very essence of high society, fall in love with an outcast of society? <br/><br/>Can Jordie, a Duke of Royal blood over look Akira's gypsy roots, accept and love her family, when the world has declared them nothing more than tinkers? <br/>Travel through the majestic highlands and discover if love is powerful enough to overcome obstacles from every direction. Ms. Jarecki has a magical talent of blending non-fiction and fiction together in such a way, the reader learns more and more about Historical Scotland, while falling in love with her heroes and heroines. Weaving funny undertones and phrases such as beetle brain half wit, throughout the story, lending a lighthearted, playful touch here and there. But it doesn't take away the power of this story.Talk about a villain.... meet the self-centered, egotistical, Captain Weaver. He will definitely make you dislike him. I wanted to jump into the book and shoot him myself. Just another talent of Amy’s, to draw you into the story so deeply, you want to protect the hero and heroine yourself. <br/>Ms. Jarecki has such a beautiful writing style. The reader cannot help but be mesmerized and feel like they are taking each step of the journey with these characters. This author also leaves us with heart stirring contemplation on how we ourselves live our lives. <br/>I just loved everything about this story. A must read. <br/><br/>Narrating: <br/>I really enjoyed listening to Penelope Hardy’s narration. She does a male character very well and puts great emotion into her performance of the story. <br/>

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    Karlene Smith Warren, PA USA 04-08-17
    Karlene Smith Warren, PA USA 04-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    Like the readers accept help set the scene. Content was good, story line worked well. It was not a rip off other books

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