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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 still

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Published January 3rd 1984 by Pocket Books (first published 1982)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
4 stars!!

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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!

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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
Yen-Tzu
I've read a quarter of this book and I shall go no further. Let me count all the craptastic reasons why:

1. The heroine is the laird of her Scottish clan. In a brilliant bid to improve cross-border relations, King Henry of England has kidnapped the heroine and is forcing her to marry one of his subjects. We might debate the effectiveness of sanctions, but there's no doubt that the art of diplomacy has definitely improved over the years.

2. So our heroine (who's the Medieval version of Princess Di...more
KatieV
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
Violet90
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
Joy
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
Pton
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
Splage
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

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Goddess
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
Nova
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
Melanie
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:-)
Alicia Prevost
I actually finished this a while ago but wasn't quite sure how to review it.

I honestly don't have much to say about this one. It was what it was, which is where my feelings about Jude Deveraux novels usually fall. If you're looking for a Highland romance with not much depth and just a fun read, this would do it. It felt a little over the top at times...the fighting between the two main characters felt forced and sometimes I couldn't figure out exactly why she was still so angry and then of cours...more
Gardavson
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.
Sharyn
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
Barbara
The book was okay but I have read better by Jude Deveraux. I tried but just could not warm up to the heroine. And while the hero was chauvinistic and stubborn, at least he was willing to learn new customs, face new challenges and adapt to another country. The heroine just seemed like she was unwilling to change and was constantly putting her husband down without looking at how hard he was trying to learn her clan's ways. The entire book was just a constant battle between the two and it got tires...more
Camaro
Epic BR with my girl Feifei
Misty
Okay this picks up where Stephen finally remembers he left his bride at the alter, and his sister in law makes him hurry so he can make it up to his bride to be.

I love the humor in this book it seems Stephen like his brother believes he was betrothed to a hag! I love his surprise when he first sees Bronwyn enter the room in a robe and a plaid. I love that the heroine in this is feisty! Stephen is pretty good at heading off her quick temper. I noticed some people think her impulsiveness doesn't s...more
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
Amy
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Meghan Stith
PROS:
- 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.

CONS:
- Bronwyn is stubborn to the point of ridiculousness. This seems to be a trait o...more
laurenpie
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
Highland-dreamer
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Donna
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
Joy
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...
Rosabella
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.
Tasha
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
Mia
Weird... I'm not a fond of this author's writing, even the first one, so much complications, ugh... Not my cup of tea
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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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