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Highland Velvet (Velvet Montgomery Annuals Quadrilogy #2)

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Bronwyn MacArran was a proud Scot. Stephen Montgomery was one of the hated English.
He came to Scotland as a conqueror, saw her beauty and was vanquished. But still she would abhor him.
She owned a temper hot enough to forge the armors of battle or inflame a valiant soldier's passion. Yet still she would resist him.
She became his reason to live, his reason to love. And...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 27th 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1982)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!!


I enjoyed book 2 in the Velvet saga a lot more than the first one – likable English alpha male hero, feisty yet vulnerable Scottish heroine, and an engaging, attention-grabbing story set in the beautiful Highlands. This one’s a winner for me!


This book picks up where we last saw Stephen in book 1 – after making sure his sister-in-law Judith is okay he’s now three days late to his wedding to Bronwyn, a proud and stubborn Scottish lass who’s the head of her clan. They literally come to bl...more
Overall, I liked this one better than the first book: The Velvet Promise. There were times, particularly in the 1st half of the book where I would have liked to have slapped Bronwyn. She was just so immature. She was 'almost twenty' when the book began, but I think this is one of those cases where the author should have made her younger. I'll have to admit to finding it a bit squicky when you have an older hero and someone younger than the modern 'age of consent' in a historical, even though I k...more
I didn't really like this one since it was so long and the heroine got on my nerve so much. I just wanted to slap her all through the novel. She complained a lot and wanted Stephan to become something he was not even though the poor man tried she still didn't like him and always insulted him which made me wonder how a guy like Stephan can love such an annoying and selfish women. Okay I get she loved her clan so what everyone loves their people but do you have to insult every single Englishman an...more
Feb 13, 2011 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: Johanie
After having read the disappointing “The Velvet Promise”, I was still intrigued with Stephen's story and his Scottish bride who's laird of the MacArran clan. I've always been fond of characters from the Highlands, their traits, mannerisms, expressions, and their burr. I noticed he and Gavin assumed the worst looks of their brides and was astounded to see their real faces, in a way it's stupid but it's best to expect the worst and hope for the best.

In this story, the conflict couldn't be more obv...more
This book is really a 3 but I am giving the extra star to Stephen. I liked him as a hero and he's less annoying than his brother, Gavin. However, Browyn is not as great a heroine as Judith. She just seriously annoyed the heck out of me. She started out as an annoying Gavin who easily believed someone else and then she was just angry and dramatic and just stupid at times. I really disliked her for 3/4s of the book. At the ends, she started redeeming herself. I thought the ending was a bit odd sin...more
Chelsea Holder
Warning... since this book is part of the Velvet Series, spoilers from book one (The Velvet Promise) was mentioned here.

It was okay, just not what I was expecting.....

The story started out great, I love how Stephen and Bronwyn met. I also love their banter, but somehow along the way, it was starting to piss me off, especially the heroine.

After reading book 1, my opinion of Stephen is somewhat like Gavin since he is a warrior. I expect him to be an insensitive jerk and all but it turns out tha...more
Late for his own wedding by 4 days, not a way to impress a bride that despises you already and has never met you. Especially Bronwyn who is named head of her clan after her father is killed by the hated English- and yes Stephen Montgomery, the groom, is English as well-- another strike. Another great book in the Montgomery series with many twist and turns, ups and downs and great make up sex since the H/h were always fighting.

I really didn't like the heroine at the beginning of the book, she wa

I loath series, but this particularly book from the series was excellent.

Stephen (as most reviewers have mentioned) is an excellent hero. He's very different from his rich, overly “lordly” dark haired older brother (who epitomises the cliched romantic hero). There's something more to him and that's what makes the book so great.

Bronwyn could be overly dramatic at times which was an annoyance, but one can appreciate her strengths. The other heroine was a sap (Judith) who allowed her husband to tre...more
Ceritanya lebih ke penyesuaian dua orang dalam pernikahan. Bagaimana curiga, cemburu kurangnya trust dan faith pada pasangan dapat dengan mudah menghancurkan suatu hubungan.

Stephen Montgomery, Englishman sejati mendapat tugas untuk menikahi Scotswoman yang juga seorang Laird, Bronwyn MacArran untuk merintis perdamaian antara Inggris dan Skotlandia dari King Henry. Mengira Bronwyn buruk rupa dan karena kecelakaan yang menimpa Judith, Stephen terlambat datang 4 hari dari hari pernikahannya. Siapa...more
Although I didn't like this one as much as Velvet Promis, I did enjoy Stephen and Bronwyn's story: she kind of grated on my nerves, never believing him, and at the end, I was pissed off with Stephen, who acted like an utter ass... I didn't really see the point in her captivity at the end, but it might have been to build a storyline for the next two books..
All in all, it was diverting, and I loved the fact that she wasn't some meek apathetic heroine:-)
Great book. All in all a good series. Bronwyn is a tad stronger than I generally like my heroines but I liked her and she was a good match for Stephen. Stephen makes a great hero.
I liked this a little better than Velvet Promise, because I like Stephen as a hero, though he doesn't follow his own advice to his brother and treats his wife rather badly. Brownwyn is a Scottish Laird at the age of 19, and King Henry has arranged a marriage with an Englishman to help bring peace between the countries. Many, many misunderstandings occur throughout the book, and all the characters from the 1st book visit in various ways, which is something a like about Deveraux's books in general...more
Epic BR with my girl Feifei
Elise Wilson
This is my first book by Jude Devereaux. I purchased it because it received such great reviews, but I'm sorry to say that I'm in the minority since I disagree. First, let me state that the author is a good writer. I even liked the plot, where a woman is portrayed as laird, rather than a man. I was looking forward to reading how a woman during that time overcame the many obstacles inherent in assuming such a position -- and yet managed to capture love at the same time.

This proved to be annoying r...more
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Meghan Stith
- Great story. There was a lot of twists and turns but nothing too outlandish. The plot seemed natural and not that it was trying to hard.
- There was a lot of angst in this book. That created quite a tension between Bronwyn and Stephen.
- Stephen was certainly endearing. I loved his protectiveness over Bronwyn and his family.
- Some good sex scenes, could've used a bit more for my taste, but I enjoyed them.

- Bronwyn is stubborn to the point of ridiculousness. This seems to be a trait o...more
My first-ever romance novel.

Truly enjoyed this one when I was young, early 20's.

My tastes have changed so much through the years--who knows what I'd think if I read this series now. Another consideration is that, at the time, I hadn't much experience in reading any contemporary novels at all, of any genre, so I didn't really have a good basis for comparison in assigning value to them. But, that all said, I do remember absolutely loving Highland Velvet back then, so much so that I re-read it a f...more
Red Austin
Stephen and Bronwyn were like acid and base, salt and pepper, sugar and spice. They are a total opposite of each other which made the story really effective and interesting. You would always want to ask, "How will they love each other?". It seems very impossible but later on, you'll eventually realize that "Opposites do attract."

In the story, it was cute to see the both of them laugh while in serious danger. Yet as the story goes on and on, again, lots of tragedies happened that made me cry. I l...more
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Bronwyn MacArran, leader of the Clan MacArran since her father's death in battle, surrendered to King Henry VII in order to save her clan. The King has decided that marriage to a good English nobleman will create a bridge between the Scots and the English people. He has promised her to Stephen Montgomery. Their marriage has a rocky start when Stephen's concern for his sister-in-law, who has been at death's door after miscarrying a late term pregnancy, makes him 3 days late for the wedding. It mi...more
Book 2 in the series. Good book for one that takes place in the 1500s, which is not my favorite time in history to read romances... Where everyone is poor and nobility is different than the serfs they starve, women belong to the men, etc. Heroine is a scottish laird who is married off to an english guy to promote peace...
Stephen and Brownyn, set against the lovely rugged backdrop of Scotland, are wonderful. They have real chemsitry, and its really lovely seeing their initial hate turn slowly to love. Brownyn is headstrong and puts up a confident front, but inside she's insecure. Stephen is also stubborn as a mule, but he isn't afraid to admit of being wrong and try to remedy it, as opposite of Bronwyn who would die before she admitted to a fault. Put together by the English king, Stephen has to learn that women...more
Book Addict
This one is just terrible. Historical details are inaccurate, the characters are moronic, and the plot is ridiculous..

Its obvious the book is written prior to the google/wiki age as their was so little effort done in research.
This one was a little light, I would consider only 2.75 stars but I'm sucker for anything Highland. I did like that the laird was a women... new. It's the basic arranged marriage, guy thinks he's going to have to marry something horrible. As it turns out she's a beauty and he's smittin'. She actually stabs him on their wedding night which is why I couldn't go less than three stars. When do you ever read about a girl stabbing her husband on their wedding night and it's a romance? Then of course t...more
Margaret Metz
I know it isn't historically accurate, but I have to admit that I almost gave it 4 stars just because I'm a sucker for Highland romances in general - and this one has a really great hero to boot. Though there are the expected arranged "save the peace" marriage and "they both hate each other but are secretly attracted" elements - there are also some unique elements. It isn't often a woman is in the position of Laird. She also doesn't just hate him - she stabs him on their wedding night. Talk abou...more
Weird... I'm not a fond of this author's writing, even the first one, so much complications, ugh... Not my cup of tea
i love this series. i owned it in czech a long time ago and purchase them again in english.
Maggie Spry
I don't know where to start my review on this one.
The hero (Stephen) starts dressing like a highlander and develops a scottish brogue half way through the book. Hmm... not likely. He's a little too good to be true. He even petitions the king to change his last name to hers.
The heroine (Bronwyn) is hateful and finds every oppertunity to berate Stephen no matter how hard he tries to make her happy.
to sum up the book it was little more than annoying.

The next book in the series is Raine's story....more
I really love this book, it is better than the first one in the series. But I have to agree with the one star reviews, Bronwyn. She is too stubborn and too proud and kinda a pain in the butt, but then, I can kinda understand her hatred of the English and her sworn enemies, but that is as far as it goes. I was disappointed that one of the characters from the first book was brought back, prolonging the book a bit too much. Stephen was sweet, but Bronwyn, hateful. Anyway, it is a very good read and...more
You know how, when you have nothing nice to say, you are supposed to say nothing at all? This is me, saying nothing.
Only...I can't do it. This book was mind-numbingly boring, insipid, and, unfortunately long-winded to boot. Lord, by the end I was begging for it to end already! In the last two chapters alone, there were no fewer than two rape attempts, one suicide, one surprise pregnancy, and a dog that returns from the dead. To be honest, that dog may have been the only character in the entire b...more
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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