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Taming the Highland Bride

Written by: Lynsay Sands
Narrated by: Marianna Palka
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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She was ready to let her heart run wild....

Merry Stewart has had enough! Enough of her brothers, whose behavior would make even the most improper lady blush. Enough of their Highland home, which would surely have fallen to ruin were it not for her. She dreams of escaping into the arms of her betrothed, Alexander d'Aumesbery-even though they haven't yet met. But when they do, Merry is devastated. It seems he's no better than the men in her family.

So beautiful, so brazen . . . From the moment he meets Merry, Alexander is determined to make her his. Desperate to convince her he's nothing like the members of her roguish clan, he will prove he is every bit the well-mannered gentleman. Yet, beneath it all beats a heart as intense and uncontrollable as hers. And finally, when his life is threatened, Merry realizes he's the husband she's been waiting for . . . and their passion becomes the one thing that cannot be tamed.

©2010 Lynsay Sands (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Lenee
  • 2010-10-22

This is a great series

Light funny listening, mystery subplot that doesn't over power. It takes a while to get used to the narrator but after listening I really did like her heavy scottish accent.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 2015-08-18

Odd title but good book!

As usual Lynsay Sands has given us another spellbinding and intriguing tale. I always enjoy her plots with their great Loves and all the twists and turns of a good mystery. Her characters spring to life and her visuals form distinct settings for her stories. I enjoy a good Highland tale with it's inevitably hunk of a hero and beautiful heroine wrapped up in a epic love story. This is the quintessential historical romance at its finest.

NARRATOR : Marianna Palka is never among my favorites or even close yet I don't totally avoid her either. It is the odd cadence of her performance that bothers me. Her characters are each unique and recognizable and she does not speak with distracting mouthy sounds. Listen to her in the snippet!

CREDITWORTY? Yes.

HEAT FACTOR: Steamy!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kaweda
  • 2011-01-16

Loved it!

This is a great read. I love the humor in all of the Highland books. I can't wait for something new.

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  • tina
  • 2011-08-05

Narrated not so good............


the story was great i wish the reader was better no personality in her voice....................

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  • etbrink
  • 2012-05-02

Great Book!

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This is a must read book, I think the narrorator did an amazing job in capturing the Irish accent. I found myself identifying with the main character and hoping for a great outcome!

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  • Angelia
  • 2011-08-10

Another great Highlander romance

If you like romance stories about the Highlanders, I do recommend this one. I will buy more from this author. In fact I did get all the books in this series and loved them all. I just love when I feel like my credit was well spent!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2011-08-03

FANTASTIC

Love these Scottish audibles. I enjoy listening to there customs and sayings. Enjoy, i did.

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  • Jodi
  • 2011-11-03

Lynsay Sands!

I love Lyndsay Sands! Her storys are all around great. They are funny, romantic, and the characters are great.

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  • Angela B. Chrysler
  • 2019-06-18

Stupid. Vulgar. Sustains belief.

Stupid. Vulgar. Sustains belief. At any point in the book up to Chapter 18, these three descriptions can be described. Honestly, Once we hit Chapter 18, the story was much better. The writing is good.

For example. The main character, Mary, is told by Edna, her step-mother, that she has to consummate her marriage and there will be blood. But when the husband is too unconscious to perform, Mary cuts her upper thigh...right on her pulse...the artery. Mary slices her frickin artery! The blood is so much that there is no way Mary would live. She spills at least half a gallon of blood! The author explains that the wound would not clot. NO SHIT! BECAUSE SHE SLICED HER ARTERY! In reality, the author would have killed the MC in the first few chapters and is too ignorant of anatomy to realize this is exactly what she's written. Stupid.

The author is obsessed with the line "Break your fast." This is my second book in this series and I am sick of hearing "break your fast." "Did you break your fast?" "Come break your fast." Be sure you break your fast..." Redundant!

Mary hates alcohol and associates whiskey with the lazy drunks that are her father and brothers. So, naturally, the author obsesses over alcohol consumption over the first 18 chapters of the book rather than the romance. Sick and tired of hearing about alcohol after chapter 3.

Mary is so used to doing work for her father and brothers that she decides to train the men in her husband's army. Bull. Frickin. Shit. No. Bad monkey! Mary has no sword training. No strength to even lift a sword. Has no armor, but she is going to don a full suit of armor and wield a sword while telling experienced warriors how to fight? SERIOUSLY? NO! There is rank and order in an army and if her husband can't do it, his standard bearer and/or general would! Not his wee wife! Stupid!

I can go on, but I won't. There are multiple moments like this that just had me saying this is so stupid. Edna is obsessed with everyone else's sex life (based on both book 1 and 2 of this series). Characters boldly walk around fully nude in one scene then are prudish in the next. WTF? There is no character consistency. Just, terrible story writing.

The plus side...

The narrator is MUCH better. I believe Palka read through her reviews from book #1 and really stepped up her game! Great job, Marianna! Much better!

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 2017-10-30

Great Highland romance with humor!

This audionbook is the last in a series by Lynsay Sands. I found it to be delightfully entertaining, with great moments of love, romance, and parts that made me laugh. ( The wedding night scene is Priceless!).the heroine has waited for her betrothed to come marry/ rescue her for years, but he’s off in the Crusades. When he comes home, her drunken father (who is also the Laird and father to Kane in the second book) and drunken brothers take it upon themselves to deliver her to her groom in England. Now the groom, Alex, also happens to be the brother of Eveline from book one and stepson of the same stepmother Edda who tormented poor Eveline. There’s lots of stuff going on behind the scene which I can’t tell you, but it’s a story that is great listening and it ties all three audiobooks up in the end! Narration was well done as well.