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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

The grandson of a Scottish clan laird, Duncan MacTavish is shocked to learn that his other grandfather was an English marquis whose title and London estate he is now required to take on. Worse still, he is engaged to a stranger who has mocked him in public. But his bride-to-be, Ophelia, has been guiding a lovely and witty, if dreadfully inexperienced, country girl named Sabrina through the latter's all-important first coming-out season.

The enchanting Sabrina enthralls Duncan much more than his own intended does, and she shares his passionate feelings as well. But duty and circumstance - plus a scandal in Sabrina's family past - have made it impossible for her and the dashing highlander to be together...unless true love can somehow, miraculously, find a way.

©2001 Johanna Lindsey (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Don't Waste Your Credits on This One

The reading of this book is so gastly, especially when the reader tries to do a Scottish accent, that I felt that my cringe might just become permanent. As with the last reviewer I found this book so bad that I too (with almost 200 books in my library) find myself writing my first review.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Weak Premise for Scandal

I am a great fan of period romance and I know to expect certain tenets, e.g. a heroine who is unaware of her own beauty or natural assets, a man who is roguishly handsome (and inevitability taller than most, if not all, other men in any given room at any given time), and some sort of predicament that may hinder their chance at happily ever after. So, when the predicament in the “Heir” revealed itself I was entirely disappointed.

(Spoiler Alert!!)

The female protagonist has sex with the male protagonist, but he cannot marry her because he has to marry a female antagonist to avert the inevitable scandal of being seen alone with her in a bedroom. Seriously? The protagonist gave her virginity to this guy, in a carriage no less, yet his honor won’t let him leave the other woman to deal with an at best questionable scandal. Mind you both were fully clothed, only one person saw them and this antagonist supposedly rules the ton with her extraordinary beauty, so even if this person revealed what they saw the antagonist could have easily weathered the storm, while the female protagonist could have suffered real scandal – not being a virgin upon marriage, possible pregnancy, etc.

Also, when the time came to correct misunderstanding, right wrongs, etc. the author added useless dialog that incited me to literally yell at my car stereo “get on with it!” I almost did not make it through this book, but my frugality would not let me waste a precious credit in vain.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Beware of Trying to Manipulate a Highlander!

Everyone has plans for the Heir...but they forget one thing - He is a Highlander and refuses to be manipulated. Then He comes to the rescue of the innocent lass who is blamed for sabotaging all their plans. Ahh, love is born.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nice book.....

Nice book glad I listened to it. Light reading. Will share with others.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 07-26-09

I just can't get enough of Johanna Lindsey!

This is another wonderful book by one of my favorite romance authors. This is humorous, romantic, and a page turner. She always has to throw in a heart twist which is essential to all good romances.

Laurel Merlington is a gem as the narrator. You never have to worry about the quality of the narration when you see her name.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia
  • New Zealand
  • 09-12-09

Utterly Pointless

Such a disappointment after the Mallory series. The plot was simplistic and old hat. I thought the hero and heroine's interactions (which were few) lacked any spark. Both characters had no strength of character, polish or depth. The grandfathers machinations were foolish and the whole story seemed contrived.
I have been a member for 5 years and this audiobook was such a waste of my credits I felt obliged to write my first review!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Alden, MN, United States
  • 08-06-10

I guess I've grown up...

I have enjoyed a lot of Johanna Lindsey books through my college years and well into adulthood. This one bored me to the point where with only 30 minutes left of the book, I gave up and just deleted it. The story couldn’t hook me, and the characters were pretty thin. This will be my last romance book, heavy on the romance. Ever since I fell into the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, I just can’t enjoy all of the dry romance, sighing, tingling, heart aching so called love stories.
Love and sex is messy, the should I or shouldn’t I, wishy-washy stuff bores me. I guess I have outgrown the bodice rippers.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The epitome of okay

The story was lackluster. I normally enjoy Johanna Lindsey books but this one seemed very juvenile and utterly forgettable. There was little to no drama and even less romance. I had it on in the background while I worked so it was a good way to fill the time without using too much brainpower to keep up with the plot.

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Definitely a great read

I feel like unlike most of Johanna Lindsey's books, this one was to the point. Which I really enjoyed. I like that this novel also stressed forming a friendship first. Thumbs up on this one to both Audible and Johanna

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A very good story

This book holds your interest from the beginning. I sometimes dislike narration with a British accent, however, Laurel made the characters come alive. You won't be dissatisfied with this book if you enjoy romantic historical novels.

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  • Ioana
  • 04-13-13

Not my favourite

I usually like Johanna Lindsey’s books but I struggled a bit with this one. I think my main problem was the fact that I read “The devil who tamed her” first, and so I already had most of the storyline figured out. I find I am not overly impressed with the male hero Duncan, whose behaviour seems a bit childish at times. The heroine, Sabrina, is a rather boring character in my opinion, so it is just as well that Ophelia has such a prominent place in the plot. She’s spoiled, vain and selfish but at least she’s entertaining! In fact, along with the grandfathers, she made this book just about ok. Not the author’s best work, but worth reading, if only to acquire some background information on the heroes from the next book in this series.

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  • warden
  • 04-13-12

Rather good!

Engrossing and full of details, beautifully read. A thumbs up, old fashioned love story with some lovely twists and a great ending.

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  • Cassie
  • 11-27-17

Story ok

The narrator was so appalling it spoiled the story. She would have been so much better not to have attempted a Scottish accent, a dreadful mix of Scots, Welsh and Irish with a touch of American

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Panagiota
  • 07-12-17

Had my full attention from the beginning

What a great storyline, I was at the edge of my seat the whole time, even drove around the block 2 or 3 times just so I could keep listening.