The Highlander's Bride [NOOK Book]

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BOUND BY DUTY

Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress or ...

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Overview

BOUND BY DUTY

Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress or had Conor finally found the one woman who could lay claim to his heart?

DRAWN BY DESIRE

Laurel trusted that the Scottish chieftain would keep her safe from the cruel laird from whom she had escaped. Looking deep into Conor’s silver eyes she saw not only his calculating warrior ways but his quick arousal to passion. But before they can explore the growing desire between them, their newfound love is threatened by secrets from her past…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420117219
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: McTiernay Brothers Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 51,300
  • File size: 893 KB

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The Highlander's Bride


By Michele Sinclair

ZEBRA BOOKS

Copyright © 2007 C. Michele Peach
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4201-0013-6


Chapter One

Scotland, 1307

"Are you ever going to get married?" It was a tiresome question that had been asked too many times these past few weeks. Since his younger brother decided to wed, everyone assumed he should now want to as well. "Your turn, Conor!" was heard everywhere he turned.

Those who knew him, knew better than to ask, but those who didn't eventually uttered the cursed question: "So, when are you going to get married?" By the time they had finally left the wedding to return home, he had probably angered more than a few with his replies of "When I damn well want to-never."

"What say you, Conor-are you ever going to select a wife?" came a grating voice mimicking one of the many Scottish mothers he had encountered this past week. Quiet laughter buzzed from a group of men, all blue eyed and dark haired.

"He's going to clobber you one of these days, Craig."

"I hope he aims for Craig's mouth," chimed in one of the younger riders, enjoying that someone else was the object of his older brother's ridicule.

Conor ignored the banter of his younger brothers and led the small group to a nearby river to refresh their mounts. This obligatory trip was finally coming to an end. In a few days, he would soon be on McTiernay land again andresume his duties as laird of his clan. "See to the horses. We'll camp at the valley ahead."

The men nodded and began to take care of their mounts. Tonight's destination was several miles to the north and it would be nightfall before they made camp. While the valley Conor had chosen had not even a stream to alleviate the parched throat of man or horse, the small group of highlanders all understood his decision. None of them wanted to sleep too close to Douglass soil.

While only a small portion of Douglass territory bordered the allied land upon which Conor and his men currently rode, it was in a strategic location. Sheltered on two sides by large cliffs, only two sections needed to be fortified and protected. It was an excellent place to build a fortress, and that is exactly what the Douglass ancestors had done.

Conor thought on his brother's question as they continued towards the valley. He was a large man, even by highlander standards. His dark brown hair was usually tied back in a manner atypical of Scottish soldiers. For years, women and their mothers had pursued him relentlessly, employing various tactics to persuade him into a commitment. The idea of becoming the wife of a powerful laird was too compelling, especially when that laird was young and exceedingly attractive.

Over the years, the artificiality of soft words whispered by pretty women had changed him. He was no longer considered the desirable highlander of his youth, but a cold, hard man without warmth to share with any woman. So while still a striking man, it had been some time since he had caught a lady's eye, whether she might be sincere or not.

It mattered little, though, for Conor had no desire to marry. Most marriages were little more than contracts. They were only a means to ensure alliances, carry on family bloodlines, share work burdens, or to meet physical needs. His talent with the sword and the unswerving loyalty of his men gained him alliances enough. His many brothers would ensure the McTiernay name would continue for generations, and he had found that his physical needs could be met any time without the prerequisite of a marriage contract.

He could recall only one marriage-his parents'-that had been something more. His parents had forged a union built on support, desire, and the assurance that-no matter what the circumstances-they would always believe and trust in each other. As a naive young man, he desired to find someone and create a similar life and bond.

After barely escaping one conniving woman, Conor began to look for pretense in women pursuing the idea of becoming Lady McTiernay. He was never disappointed. While most of his admirers were polite, not one had desired him for himself. When confronted about their title-searching designs, a few panicked and others cried. Some had called him cold, declaring him to be the only highland laird alive without a heart. After a series of disappointments and stomach-churning experiences, he decided the joy and bond his parents shared was a unique gift that would never be his.

As the group reached the valley and began to make camp, Conor refocused his attention from the past to the present and began to relax. The air was getting colder now and he was glad to be going home. There were many things to do before winter came upon his clan and, in a just a few weeks, his mountains would be covered with snow.

Conor casually observed his younger brothers building a big fire located in the center of the gathering. They were a small group, five of his six brothers and four of his elite guard. Rarely did Conor allow all of his family to journey beyond McTiernay borders, but weddings required family attendance. Conor had reluctantly agreed to allow even his youngest brothers to come since the journey was mostly upon lands of allies or neutral clans.

"I bet Colin is having a good night, being his wedding night and all," Craig cackled loudly. His fraternal twin Crevan grinned, nodded, and leaned over to get a piece of meat. The seventeen-year-old twins were similar in physical appearance, each tall men with deep brown locks and bright blue eyes. Their personalities, however, were as different as night and day.

"Colin is lucky. Deirdre is sure pretty," commented Clyde, the youngest McTiernay just approaching twelve years of age. His brothers constantly teased him about his name, saying that it was too bad their mother had run out of all the good names that begun with C by the time he came along. When Clyde was very young and susceptible to such jibes, Conor reminded him that they were the only two men to inherit the McTiernay silver eyes; the others had the bright blue eyes of their mother.

"Think you will ever get that lucky with the name Clyde?" returned Conan, the second youngest, who at fourteen, relished any chance to join the antics of his elder brothers.

Clyde retaliated by kicking dirt onto his brother's plaid. Conan, seeking revenge with just a bit too much force, sprayed dirt not only onto Clyde, but onto Conor as well. After a long day's ride, the deed seemed ample reason for the other brothers to exact retribution. It would have turned into a full brotherly brawl if Cole, the eldest after Conor and Colin, hadn't intervened. It was now Cole's responsibility to keep his younger brothers from too much mishap since Colin had married. As laird, Conor was too busy to be troubled with such details.

"Enough," stated Cole in his most firm voice, trying to imitate Conor on the training field.

Conor moved to sit down away from the commotion and leaned back against one of the elm trees surrounding the small clearing. He was relieved when Cole took their younger brothers in hand before they tore up the camp they had just built. Cole was already a big lad at twenty-one, but he would have to work on his carriage to make his commands convincing. Conor stood up, dusted himself off, and walked over to have a word with his guardsmen about the night's watch.

Though on allied land, they were still uncomfortably close to the Douglass border. Conor's allies were Douglass's enemies. While Conor would love a good reason to meet the cruel and dishonest laird on the battlefield, he had no desire to do so while his young brothers were vulnerable and days away from the McTiernay border.

Conor met with each of his four guardsmen securing the campsite. A couple more days' ride north and the full night watches could ease. He gave his orders and returned to the campsite just in time to hear Craig relate his latest bit of ridiculous wench gossip.

"You won't believe what Hilda told me," Craig threw out, trying to bait the others. As the most boisterous in the group, Craig was an outgoing young man and always full of energy.

"Who's Hilda?" asked the youngest, Clyde.

"Ahh, she's some lass he met up with for the night," answered Conan, trying to sound knowledgeable about such things.

"Anyway," stressed Craig, trying to regain everyone's attention, "Hilda told me that MacInnes's granddaughter was coming to live with him." He looked at the group with a mischievous twinkle.

"And why should that b-be interesting?" Crevan was the opposite of his twin brother. While Craig was frequently showing off and a gregarious comedian, Crevan was introspective, even-tempered, and agreeable. However, it would be an enemy's last error in judgment to mistake Crevan's composed nature and slight stammer as weakness. He had been training for a couple of years and exhibited the McTiernay trait for strategy, cunning and ruthlessness in battle.

"Because she isn't Scottish-she's English," grinned Craig.

"Oh, ho now. I thought you s-s-said that she was MacInnes's g-granddaughter. MacInnes is as Scottish as they come."

"That's because MacInnes is a highlander and was Grandfather's best friend. Conor says that MacInnes still practices many of the highlander traditions."

"S-So she isn't English, then, and your b-bit of gossip remains boring."

"Ahh, but Hilda said that she's been living in England for many years and that her bonnie mama-MacInnes's daughter-died when she was a child. Without her mother to guide her, it's doubtful that any of the Scot in her remains. Everyone is wondering how long she will last before she goes running home to England crying. It's well known how severe MacInnes is to live with."

"The English should remain in England," said a cold voice. Cole despised the bordering country and all those who came from there.

"Cole, can the English actually ruin the land by walking on it?" asked Clyde, who had often overheard McTiernay warriors say that the English spoil anything they touch. Before Cole could ridicule the question, Conan, the fourteen-year-old, chimed in. "Why would an English lady come to live in Scotland with her grandfather?"

"Dunno, maybe she hated England," answered Craig with a mouth full of cold mutton.

"English are too stupid to know they should hate their homeland," scoffed Cole as he turned to rest on his plaid. "She probably just wants to benefit from being a powerful laird's only relative."

"But you said that she was supposed to be pretty," Conan directed the semi-question to Craig. Conan was gifted with a keen intelligence and was constantly in search of new manuscripts to read and understand. But when it came to relationships-especially those with the opposite sex-he was completely lost.

"First of all, a pretty girl can still be dull-witted and extremely irritating, Conan. You just remember that," Craig replied, using a patronizing voice he knew would irritate his younger brother.

"I know that," Conan retorted heatedly. "That's the reason I'm going to be like Conor and never marry. We don't want a stupid, annoying woman, even if she is pretty." Conan looked over at Conor for affirmation, but was disappointed. Conor's eyes were closed and his expression was inscrutable.

"Second of all, I didn't say she was pretty," stated Craig. "I just said that her mother, MacInnes's daughter, was noted to be a bonnie lady and was wanted by many men."

"So why is MacInnes's granddaughter English if her mother could have married a Scot?" Clyde asked innocently.

"Because," remarked Cole as if the answer was obvious. "She ran off and married an English baron. Proves you can be pretty and stupid just like I said. But more than likely MacInnes's granddaughter takes after her English father and hurts the eyes."

"That must have made Laird MacInnes sad," murmured Clyde.

As usual, Conor did not participate when his brothers conversed amongst themselves. He intentionally separated himself from them, and they knew better than to try to pull him in. It was hard straddling the roles of laird and eldest brother. He loved his family, but it was difficult to know how and when to just be their brother and not their laird. Consequently, soon after he became laird, Conor had encouraged Colin to act as the older brother, allowing him to focus on the clan and its needs.

Today, Colin had married Deirdre, Laird Dunstan's eldest daughter. Upon their return, Cole would leave to join the guard of Laird Schellden, an ally holding lands adjacent to McTiernay's western boundary. Colin and Cole were the first to leave, but eventually all of his brothers would set out and make their way.

This realization bothered him, but he could not understand why. He wanted his brothers to forge lives for themselves, either with him or wherever their destinies took them. But for some reason, it made him feel isolated knowing his future did not include them. The only way he knew to cushion the pain of their leaving was to distance himself now. His life was the clan, and the clan would always need him.

Conor was musing on all that needed to be done upon his return when Finn, the commander of his elite guard, approached from his watch in the woods.

Finn came towards Conor unsmiling and prepared for battle. "Hamish heard movement in the trees and is investigating now."

Just then, they heard Seamus release a muted bellow from the woods. They drew their weapons as they advanced to confront the attackers. As they neared the edge of the woods, Loman and Hamish dragged an incredibly disheveled woman into the clearing.

Loman advanced towards Conor with a strong grip on the woman's arm. She was no longer struggling, but Loman had seen firsthand how cunning she could be. Conor saw Loman's grip and wondered at the cause for it. She was a scrawny lass, so it was hard to imagine that she could defend herself against any man. Conor found himself surprisingly intrigued.

"She knocked Seamus pretty good in the head. We captured her trying to run away from her crime," Loman said.

When Laurel heard the word "crime," she was surprised and then outraged. The giant they called Seamus had tried to seize her. She had every right to defend herself against such a colossal man. She turned her gaze to their leader, who seemed to be the biggest of them all.

Conor did not miss the change of emotion flash across her face. She was extremely frightened, but trying very hard not to show it. He saw her look of surprise when Loman mentioned her crime and was fascinated when the shock turned into sheer fury. However, Conor was not ready for his reaction to the defiant female when she turned her attention towards him.

Her tousled appearance and torn clothing faded for a moment, and he could only see her eyes. They were the color of the North Sea after a storm-a dark blue-gray with flecks of green. They stared at each other for several moments before he regained his wits.

"Who are you?" he demanded without inflection, somehow giving the question even more power.

She was tall for a woman, but held herself regally despite the grip Loman continued to exert. Her dress was torn at the shoulder so part of her sleeve hung down to her elbow. Her eyes sparkled intensely and she protruded her chin confidently. Still she couldn't hide a faint tremor as Conor moved closer. He doubted most men would have seen or recognized her small shudder for what it was. He was surprised by and wary of the immediate pull he had towards her.

Laurel was desperate. She realized that the advancing man was her captor, but she instinctively knew this huge Scotsman would somehow also be her savior.

She rose her chin even higher. "My name is Laurel. Laurel Rose Cordell."

Conor nodded at Loman to release the proud mystery. Loman immediately let Laurel go and stepped back. Conor watched her absentmindedly massage the spot where his guardsman had seized her. Dirt and twigs from bushes were ensnarled in the long golden waves of her hair. She had high cheekbones and ideal full lips that were meant for kissing. Suddenly, he realized that he was drawn to her in a very physical way despite her chaotic appearance. It had been a long time since he had a woman. Trying to regain control of his unexpected sexual need, Conor concentrated on her qualities that would calm his desire.

She was English. She was filthy and a complete mess. But somehow, she smelled of flowers, lilacs to be precise. His mother had loved the blossom and kept them throughout the keep when they were in bloom.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    The Highlander's Bride

    This is just a good romantic book that I DID READ ON A RAINY DAY. It is easy reading, keeps you involved and you don't want to put the book down. It has a lot of "sex" in it, but it is very tasteful and not offensive in anyway. I wouldn't recommend it for young teenagers however with today's world they know everything anyway. It is very descriptive of the "clothes" they wore in the early Scottish days with kilts and long dresses. It goes in briefly to the customs of the time, and running of a an old castle. I found it quite enjoyable easy romantic reading for a long week of rain we have had. I will definitely buy another in this series by Michele Sinclair. This was the very first I have read of her books, but I find them delightful.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Wow!!! What a wonderful timeless adventure.

    I love to read historical romances. This one is in my top 5. Also, the herions, Laurel and Conor, fantantic!!! This is a quick funny read. The dialog between the characters is refreshing. I was in tears from laughing. I truly enjoy reading a story where women are depicted as strong yet sensual. Thinkers and doers. A story where men are strong, protectors of what's theirs and view women with love and treasures (no matter how difficult they can be). What a great book. I can't wait to read the other 2 in this series.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Love it!

    I enjoyed reading this book, which was hard to put down. I have read most of Michele Sinclair's books and this is one of the best.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Entertaining story with a few minor issues...

    This book was an entertaining read. I am a little surprised by the reviews. This was an enjoyable read, the characters were likable enough, the story line was entertaining, and the sex scenes well written, but a top 5 book? The story was good but typical. There is a certain "formula" this is followed by romance writers and this book obviously follows that formula...it was predictable. (please note: predictable does not equal bad...the story was good, just no big surprises or plot twists.)

    I often rate a romance novel by the "roll eye/faceplam factor"...how many times in a given novel do I roll my eyes or plant my face in my palm at what I'm reading...I rolled my eyes a lot. There were just too many times where I found myself not believing what I was reading, or thinking that it was all a little too perfect.

    Within the first 20 pages the main male character, Conor, makes a complete 180, and it made the plot feel rushed right from the beginning. We learn right away (in the first page) that he abhors marriage and love and relationships, doesn't need a woman, swore off marriage, etc. etc.....suddenly the main female character, Laurel, stumbles into camp and within a page or two he's calling her "his woman" and "my love"....everyone he's traveling with realizes within minutes that this girl is "the one for their Laird" and all they can think to do is bring her home with them...despite the fact they think she is a hated English. It seemed too hurried, like the author was rushing the meeting to get on with the romance. Believe me....I don't mind that ordinarily...except when ALL the characters (and not just the two falling in love) are acting contrary to what makes sense for the time and place. Everyone she encountered was just too quick to fall in love with her and want to help her...despite the fact that she was an "Enemy" and a stranger. My biggest issue was that Laurel did not struggle for acceptance...everyone loved her immediately, she made best friends with everyone she met and within days she was welcomed as one of the clan. Not only that, but clan people suddenly had no problem defying their Laird because of her?? Not likely, and I rolled my eyes a lot about that, too.

    I read this complaint a lot of romance reviews, and it usually doesn't bother me, but in this book some of the modern day phrases and words were glaringly out of place for the time period. I don't need to read Middle English when I read these novels....but at least make some sort of attempt to remember the time period you are writing in....it goes beyond describing the inside of a keep and some clothing. Not a huge problem...just found it noticeable in this book more so than others.

    Finally one last issue....there were times that the characters got into overly lengthy explanations of things that made me feel like the author had just done some research and wanted to show off what she learned. For example Conor reminds Laurel that she is a "lady" and Laurel responds with this odd Wikipedia-style response that seems more like a history lesson about what a 'Lady' was in that time period, than a conversation between two people. This happened several times, and while I appreciated the extra research, Sinclair could have weaved it much better into the story so that it didn't look so obvious.

    Bottom line: I recommend this book as a straightforward romance, a light read and a nice way to s

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Good but....

    I liked this book, however, I was irritated that it seemed like EVERYBODY was in love with her and how after the very beginning and about 5 pages at the end everything was running relatively smooth for her. I mean all anyone seemed to be able to do in the book was talk about how beautiful she was and her spirit and she only had like 2 people dislike her in the whole book and the way she won everybody over only lasted a paragraph! Anyway, the book seemed to be very monotone so if your looking for sword fights, conflicts, and action i suggest you look elsewhere.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    Ambivalent

    When this book was good, it was really good. When it was bad, it was really bad. If you like Bertrice Small, this was somewhat like her work. I found the pace of the plot to be somewhat less compelling towards the late middle and the end. It rushed to finish when it should have been rushing the exposition a bit more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Entertaining, but a bit repetitive.

    "The Highlander's Bride" was an okay read. I didn't love it and won't count it as one of my favorites. But it was entertaining at times. The only thing that drove me nuts is the constant repetition of information that was retold practically in every chapter. Okay, I get it. You have a secret, you don't want to talk about it. But it's not such a big deal. Why not just spill your guts and talk about it. The constant miscommunication between the two principle characters stopped me from going through the book at my normal speed. It tended to get really old after a while. Not enough battles and lack of an evil character who only really appears toward the end of the book. Still there were some funny parts interspersed and the bedroom scenes were okay.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    'eh.. it was ok

    All I read are romance and historical romance novels, this one just didn't do it for me at and that is a rarity. Good books I can get through in 1.5-2 days.. I'm on day 4 and forced the finish tonight. The plot is there but the build up to romance is not believable (strong highlander laird who never will marry see blond gal and decides in 2 days she is the one for him?) and neither is the way the characters are played out. There are too many character conflicts and contradictions and my head was spinning. Not to mention 5 brothers will all 'c' names.. what's that about? Sooo hard to follow who was who that I literally gave up.
    Also, 1/2 of the book is Lauren redecorating and giving out orders which really has NO bearing on the storyline. It could have been summed up much faster and done the same job. Just seemed like 'filler' to me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Read it in one night!!

    I just bought this book and the next one in line yesterday. I started reading it when I got home from work and couldn't put it down. Stayed up really really late to read it and finished it early this morning. Cant wait to start the 2nd book in the series tonight!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    I thought it was great, not perfect though

    This story is like julie garwoods novels. But it was an easy and fun read. I loved both the hero and heroine. The Heroine doesnt constantly fight with the hero, (thank god)and the hero is the typical scottish laird, (which is great)but with soft side which constantly grows. It wasnt the same standard as Julie garwood but i'd buy this author again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    The only thing that got me through this book, was the promise of

    The only thing that got me through this book, was the promise of writing a scathing review once I finished ( and for the record this is my first ever one star review). As a major fan of the Scottish Romance genre I can honestly say that I don't know what all of these positive reviewers were thinking. I chose to ignore many of the negative reviews ( which turned out to be spot on) because I was sure that since there were more positive reviews then surely the negative reviewers were wrong. Man, what a bad choice that was. I am not bias against the romance genre. I have read Julie Garwood, Dianna Gabaldon, Paula Quinn, Monica McCarthy just to name a few but this trash was absolutely horrendous. Absolutely everything was predictable, and a good romance entwines the romance with some larger intriguing plot but this book was such a miss. The ONLY purpose of the secondary characters was to repeatedly state how special and amazing the heroin was. The entire clan was so obsessed with her that I started to wonder if they were a cult. A good writer wouldn't need to have all the characters state how spectacular the heroin is, she would show it through good writing and story telling. Not to mention, the characters started "falling in love" with each other almost immediately. Based off what? A "feeling in their souls" or a sassy comment or streak of stubbornness. I love the romance genre but I seriously found myself struggling between the decision to laugh out loud or puke. As for the "secret" the heroin is hiding, it's really lame and the hero? He just stomps around yelling trying to "protect" his lady the whole time. It is the worst kind of stereotype of romance without even an ounce of intrigue or originality. Please, please do yourself a favor and skip this trash.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Although I enjoyed the 2nd book in this series, this one was ext

    Although I enjoyed the 2nd book in this series, this one was extremely irritating to me. I get it, the heroine is beautiful and perfect and everyone loves her (even when she is behaving like a self-admitted "shrew")...I don't need to be told on every other page. Yawn.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Confusing writing style

    The authors style of writing in this book drove me crazy. She jumps around from each character too quickly and I find that I am re-reading the paragraphes over and over just to figure out who is thinking what? Also the charater development was too fast and didn't make any since. Their already in LOVE....really? Didn't they just meet two minutes ago?
    I rarly start a book withough finishing it, but this one I just couldn't get into.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Average at best

    I too am a bit surprised by all the 'i loved this book' comments...it was a typical romance story with very little excitemet. I found myself skipping pages at a time because the words were pointless to the storyline. And why is it that in romance novels set in eras where no one took a bath everyday everyone smells so good...thay always makes me laugh. I guess it wouldnt be very romantic for tje heroin to tell her hunk he smells like crap and has horrible breath lol

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Waste of time and money

    Suffers from descriptions of useless factors -- book could have been trimmed to relevant 20 pgs. Weak storyline -- no arch.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    I laughed out loud at some of the story lines. It is a quick, e

    I laughed out loud at some of the story lines. It is a quick, easy read and had the right amount of romance and love (making) that you expect in a Highland Romance. I would have given it 5 stars, if it wasn't so repetitive at times. Some of the story line I figured out, but it was still entertaining. I will be reading the rest of the series. I liked that Laurel was a strong character and didn't give in easily. Would recommend this book. (ljb)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Could have been so much better...

    This book reminded me of bad fanfiction I read when I was younger. The female lead was the very definition of a MarySue, and there seemedto be no plot other than her defying the laird and the people praising her for it. Which never would have happened in reality no matter how pretty she was. To a certain point maybe but this stretched the limits far beyond the breaking point. Then there is the laird himself, a man who has sworn off marriage very adamantly for a number of years, then up and decides after a matter of a few days to toss that all away for this girl he barely knows. Unlikely. Even for a cheesy romance. Plus there is her secret, which was silly to keep inthe first place. And after all the bruhaha about ends so anti-climactically I have to wonder what the author was thinking putting it in in the first place. It was pointless. I finished the book but only because I can't bring myself to just toss something away I paid for. Even for a $3 book this was bloody disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Slow to get into...

    I was looking for a Highland series and had high hopes for this one but after struggling to get through the first book I think I'll try something else.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2011

    eh good read

    Not my favorite highlander book, but not too bad a read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I love this book. It never has a lull it keeps you focus and was truly a great read! I wait with bated breath for more books from this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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