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The MacKinnon's Bride

Highland Brides, Book 1
Narrated by: Braden Wright
Series: Highland Brides (Crosby), Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (992 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Our favorite moments from The MacKinnon's Bride

"A strange tenderness had stolen over him."
"She knew it was a dangerous longing."
A comforting memory in a violent time

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  • "A strange tenderness had stolen over him."
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  • "She knew it was a dangerous longing."
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  • A comforting memory in a violent time

About the Creator

Tanya Anne Crosby, a New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than 30 novels, writes women’s fiction, suspense, historical romance, and fantasy. Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have been translated into eight languages; in audio, her imaginative worlds are listener favorites. Series available in audio include The Highland Brides (romance, adventure, and intrigue in the Scottish Highlands); Daughters of Avalon (a fantasy saga of love, royalty, and treachery set in Scotland); The Aldridge Sisters (tales of secrecy, scandal, and corruption encircling three Southern sisters); and Guardians of the Stone (a mythic saga about one clan’s secret protection of the Stone of Destiny). Tanya Anne Crosby and her writer husband currently split their time between Charleston, South Carolina, Tanya’s hometown, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.

About the Performer

Storytelling and narration are the pinnacle of Braden Wright’s lifelong and diverse performing career. He narrated Herman Raucher’s international bestseller, Summer of ’42, four books in The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series, three of Jane Roberts's Seth book series as the voice of Seth, and six books by Jim Rohn. Wright enjoys collaborations with best-selling authors Russell Blake (the action-thriller JET series) and Tanya Anne Crosby. Recent credits include Randall Sullivan's The Curse of Oak Island, Taylor Caldwell’s Great Lion of God: A Novel about Saint Paul, and the AmazonClassics presentation of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. He is a graduate of Boston University.

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  • Rhonda K
  • Sweetwater, TN, United States
  • 04-03-15

Fantastic Highlander Romance

What made the experience of listening to The MacKinnon's Bride the most enjoyable?

Very well narrated and captured attention immediately.

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In Scotland 1124, the Hero, Iain MacKinnon, living with past tragedies of his wife’s death, is betrayed by one of his own clan and his very young son is turned over to the English to be held as hostage. The powerful Scottish Highlander will stop at nothing to retrieve his son and bring him back home. So what does he do, he captures the enemy’s daughter and intends to trade hostages.

Page, the heroine, has been rejected by her father all her life and is paid absolutely no attention or love from him. But never did she dream that her father would deny bringing her home and return the highlander’s son to him.

When Iain learns that FitzSimons will not make the trade he takes another avenue to ensure the return of his son. Although he succeeds he learns the father doesn’t want the daughter back and will in no way allow her to return home, or he will kill her. Iain simply cannot understand how any father could feel so towards his offspring. So he gives orders that none of his warriors are to tell Page what is happening and that he plans on taking her with him to his home.

What follows, with Page not being told her father doesn’t want her, is her making any kind of trouble she can to escape. Her attempts are filled with humor and I found myself laughing along at her antics. This story is shares humor, romance, mystery, intrigue, and passion with the reader. The interaction between the hero and heroine captures and enthralls.

I have actually read this book many times, with each time seeming like the first time, and have it in print, on kindle, and on audio, which is fantastic, as well. It has found a permanent home on my keeper shelf! I very highly recommend reading this as well as the books that follow in the series, or anything else written by the fabulously talented Tanya Anne Crosby!

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Outstanding!

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I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, but listening to Braden Wright narrate was something totally different! I hated for it to end...he had the perfect deep sexy voice you would expect for Ian...I loved this audio version & would love to see more of the Highland Brides series in audio...with Braden narrating, of course!

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Two Torn Hearts One Fun Adventure

This book really surprised me. I wasn't expecting this story to be a captivating, emotional, funny and romantic....but it was.

The main characters are both very emotionally hurt individuals. Iain is a tortured romantic soul and Page is a sassy smart-mouthed wench. When they meet they are drawn together both emotionally and physically then set out on a journey to overcome their insecurities and find love and family. The minor characters in this book added so much emotion and humor (it's really unfair to call them minor). The narrator did a great job with this book. Hope he reads the next book in the series.

This adventure has hostages, murder, romance, secrets, anguish, lies, silly nudity, and just cute fun. I am looking forward to book 2.


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I HATED HITTING THE PAUSE BUTTON

If you download this captivating listen then prepare yourself to be engulfed, entrapped and entwined as a riveting love story slowly but deliciously emerges about two lost souls who start off as enemies but eventually, and thankfully, grasp at love.

As you're whisked away to a heartbreaking scene within a bedroom inside a Castle in Scotland then, a few years later, to a Lake outside the Castle walls of 1124 England, it's there you'll meet the H/H, a vulnerable, yet strong, but mentally abused and scarred, Lady Page and her kidnapper who's a much loved Laird and a devout Father handsome Iain MacKinnon. He is also mentally damaged by the events of his past but who's life is about to become drastically and dramatically changed forever.

You can't help but empathize with the H/H who have been wounded by life's challenges but, as you get swept up in the unfolding story that's sprinkled with humor and a glorious use of both the old English and Gaelic language, you become immersed in the first tentative steps of mutual attraction. This is fought and denied but then the inevitable tender sizzling awareness, then passion and.... eventually (sigh) love follows. Two not too descriptive sex scenes but very touching nonetheless.

This charming story isn't filled with a lot of pulse-pounding action, descriptive references or historical references BUT what it is filled with is emotion in the form of secrets, kidnapping, murder, deception, intrigue, hidden feelings, likeable characters, a loveable sweet little boy, betrayal and, as the Warriors huddle around the campfire, a concealed enemy lurks and slowly plans his evil revenge.

Braden Wright has, thankfully, narrated all TAC's books because he brings to life each scene, each character and his deep Scottish brogue for Iain is just a pleasure to listen to and I'm one grateful fan.

Worth a credit? Any historical romance fan who can't resist a loveable handsome Highland brute in a kilt (phew and sigh, my library's filled with them) then this one's for you and definitely me.... so ooow aye, 'twas a bonny book n well wurrth a wee credit.

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A great read with adventures and surprises.

A great read with adventures and surprises in all the right places. I love the fact that ALL of the characters are strong , each in their own way. And the performer who read this was OUTSTANDING!! This is going down as one of my favorite listens of all time. Thanks. BK

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4 1/2 Great Stars!

This was a good historical romance. It was entertaining, especially the last half of the book. Little Malcolm was cute.

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A thoroughly delightful story

Tanya has the ability to put humor in her stories that I love. The narrater Braden has you on the edge and I find myself laughing hysterically walking around with my earphones, while my family just looks at me strangely. Tanya has the ability to take common events that transcends time like family, faith, jealousy, adultery, abstinense, humor, parental love etc. Braden uses a Scottish brogue to perfection. He brings you to the lowest low, then quickly raises you up. This is my first book by Tanya, and I can't wait to start the next one,!!!

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  • Lorraine
  • Tampa Bay, Florida USA
  • 03-30-15

And they lived happily ever after

I enjoyed this story. The author has a nice way of describing pretty things like flowers and sunsets. I enjoyed her words. They were like poetry in the middle of a story.

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 03-10-15

Excellent

I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, but listening to it read by Braden Wright blew me away. Just the right amount of raspy with a healthy does of warmth, Mr. Wright's voice is the perfect choice for this story, it made me feel warm and tingly... and the singing he does... *sigh* I played those parts back a few times. The voices of the characters were well differentiated, I especially loved Iain's voice, also old Angus' voice. The emotions came thru clearly which for me is important. I find nothing worse when I hear the word but not the emotion behind it. This story of Iain and Page is a a good mix of romance, mystery, betrayal, redemption, revenge and a dash of hilarity ending with a HEA. Thank you for a great listening experience.

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  • NEW NAME
  • Georgia, United States
  • 01-12-15

It was cute, for $3.95 just get it!

This book told us about an honorable highlander, who is scared by his past, and a young lady who is funny and strong but still is waiting for her father's approval. It was heartbreaking to hear of the Laird's first wife, but even more heartbreaking to hear of a noble daughter relegated to servants work and a father who never wanted anything to do with her.

The antics these two get up to was very amusing and I would definitely listen to a story by this author and narrator again.

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  • Nequë
  • 05-15-17

Female voices were grim but the male voices?! Wow!

Where does The MacKinnon's Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd put it in the middle. Though the story is good and I love the male voices, the female voices were dreadful. Those lowered the caliber of the audiobook for me. I would definitely give his narration a go again though because it wasn't completely annoying (only because of the hot male voices and hardly any women in the book). However if Braden Wright was paired with a female voice actress I would definitely give it a go- obviously providing I liked the plot line.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The MacKinnon's Bride?

The escape attempt and the naked chase! lol. And of course the yellow crocuses. :)

Which character – as performed by Braden Wright – was your favourite?

Definitely Iain. I absolutely hated his rendition of female voices. It was awful. However his male voices were hot! I would be dismayed with Page's voice and then Iain's would make it all better! Insert tingle here! lmao!

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

Some parts made me laugh, no crying although there was some frustration at times. Sometimes I felt we were repeating dialogue and inner battles we had already had; and they would happen at times where you desperately wanted to see what happened next.

Any additional comments?

Two things I felt this book needed was more suspense for the 'baddie'. In some of my favourite books, you have an idea about the villain but then theres a plot twist that throws you for a loop and you like "wow". I guessed pretty much straight away who the antagonist of the story was and then the author admitted it and named him before the characters figured it out. I felt that could have been done better.The second, and this is purely a pet peeve- if a story has a prologue or an ending like this story did it NEEDS to have an epilogue even if (because this is a series) its a month ahead. I really wanted to hear Malcom call Page mammy and find out if she fell pregnant straight away like Iain wanted. Overall though, it was an enjoyable story.

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  • IMEE B
  • 09-14-18

***The Mackonnon's Bride***

I struggled to finished the story, sorry to say but I jumped a few chapters it just dragged on it's too slow for me, the story is good but it's overly long and it got boring. Anyways I love the ending and the narrator Braden Wright his got the sexiest Scottish brogue I have ever heard it made me shiver all over *grins*

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  • James Smith
  • 05-14-18

Dreadful 'Scots' Narrator

whilst the story maintained my interest, the narrator's accent was annoying, wavering between American and Irish and false English. A Scottish tale should be told in a believable accent.

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  • Jenn Honor
  • 01-10-18

Such a great story!!!!!!!

Aaaaaawwwwwwwww this is SUCH a lovely story - not all froth and bubble, it’s a meaty, sultry tale that absolutely captivates!! The only downside is, as mentioned by others, the narrator’s female voice which is grating but his male voices are overall quite good, with Ian’s being particularly ovary melting!!!!

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  • T. STOREY
  • 03-21-16

hard to listen to

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I found this book really hard to listen to. The narrators female voice was like Mrs Doubtfire and if she said Jesu one more time I was going to slash my wrists. It did take me two goes at starting the book before I could get into it but I did finish it.