Taming the Highland Bride (Devil of the Highlands, #2)
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Taming the Highland Bride (Devil of the Highlands #2)

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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...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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Samantha
This was really a 3.5 star read. Taming the Highland Bride is an easy, fast-paced story about mistrust and misunderstandings. This page turner was filled with obstacles that the main characters had to get past to find love. This was my first book by Lynsay Sands and I have to say that her writing style is very light and creates an easy flow.

Alex is patient, sweet and loyal man and I liked that a lot. Even though he had misgivings about Merry from rumors that she was a shrew, from the beginning...more
Cheryl
This book was just ok for me. It took me 5 days to read it, not because I'm a slow reader, but because it just didn't hold my interest for long periods of time.

There was one notable scene that amused me- On their wedding night before Alex and Merry could consummate the marriage, Alex fell and was knocked unconscious. Knowing that the following morning the marriage bed sheets would be hung in the great hall for all to see that the marriage was consummated and that Merry was indeed a virgin, Merr...more
Sandy M
I keep telling myself, every time I read a current book from Lynsay Sands, that I’m going to pull all of her books from the TBR mountain and put them right on top so I can get to them soon. I love her writing, her characters, her stories, I love everything about her books. Sigh. My problem is time, but I’m one step closer. I’ve found a good portion of her books in that mountain and they’re nearly ready to be read. Just have to find the rest now, because I refuse to read Ms. Sands out of order an...more
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Ordinary. Nothing special.

STORY BRIEF:
Merry’s father and brothers are drunk most of the time. Merry manages the laird and the household and oversees the men’s fight training. She is known as the Stewart Shrew because she’s so tough on her father and brothers when they are drunk. A marriage was arranged years ago to Alex. He was fighting in the Crusades and just now returned. Merry’s father and brothers take her to Alex’s home for the wedding. When they arrive, they see Alex drunk. No...more
Lauren Marrero
This is a novel about misunderstandings and finding love. Merry believes that her new husband is just like her drunken father and brothers and Alexander sets out to prove her wrong. I loved both characters, though at times it seemed Merry got away with a lot. She was openly disapproving of the men in her life and lorded over them in a time when women were considered the property of men and had no rights. She locked the whiskey away from her father? Yeah right.

Alexander was a kind and understandi...more
Jessica Weissenburger
I liked this story, but it fell short for me. I was glad to see that Alex (Evelinde's brother) got his own story, but he was not exactly what I expected. I was hoping for a hard warrior, though he seemed to be unaffected by his time in the military.

While this is not my first time coming across a heroine who is tough and is a warrior, I didn't care for it in this story. Call me sexist, but I would have preferred that Alexander's bride was a little less manly. I actually felt sorry for Alex for ha...more
Anne


When I first read the description of what happens on her wedding night that her betroth's stepmother describes to Merry, I laugher so much I almost started to cry. Lynsay Sands has a terrific sense of humor and I have read several of her books which made me laugh too.
But Merry soon discovers that someone is trying to kill her husband as they travel to visit his newly married sister. She also finds that the wedding night is far different than Edda told her. Starting to love her husband, she finds...more
Sobia
Jan 26, 2010 Sobia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HR fans!
I love Lynsay Sands' historicals! I know her vamp series has a huge following (and usually cause said historicals to take a back seat) but honestly, it's her historical Romances that make me a fan! They're always fun and funny, and not full of pages and pages of seemingly endless amounts of angst! And 'Taming...' is no different!

The Romance was a sweet one, the mystery carried all the way to the end, and I have to say I loved all the characters! The Main ones were fun to follow along with, and...more
Sharon
Simply ok. The story had potential, but just didn't cut it with me. I liked the characters, and there were some cute scenes, but other aspects of the book just seems like a way to waste pages. Even the suspenseful action of the story fell short. I liked the hero, but by the third time he managed to knock himself out, I wanted to be the one to land the next blow. Seriously, the "warrior" needed an intense self-defense class- in a hurry! Altogether, it felt like Sands wanted to create a Judy Garwo...more
ßk☼lvr
** Listened to audiobook **

Cute story: containing one very 'virile' husband, a mysterious herbal form of viagra going around, a who-done-it, foiled murder plotings, one hilarious wedding night / bed linen, and a strong woman who's able to put up with all of it!! ♥



I will never hear "chicken neck" and NOT think of this story!!!

Stacey Lund
Who doesn't love a man in a kilt?

This book was a fun, story with just enough grit to keep it interesting. Merry Stewart is plucky and loyal, and she rules as lady of her keep with an iron fist -- especially if you're her drunken father and brothers. When she gets tired of waiting for her betrothed, she goes to him. What follows is a "marriage first, love later" scenario that's fun and taut with intrigue, as her husband has someone out to kill him. Merry has to protect him, prove her innocence,...more
kris
Merry is a shrew, sometimes! Alex is unconscious for 2/3 of the book, and when he's not unconscious, he's drugged! They end up in love, don't ask me how, and there's a plot involving attempting to forcefully impregnate someone? I don't know.

There's dubious consent sex; assumed drunkenness; at least 3 attempts on the hero's life (two of which are head wounds!); a heroine that is first portrayed as capable and aware and who becomes progressively ~~unaware of the world around her because of Sex (wh...more
Mary
I liked this book. I got it from the library after reading a chapter in the back of one of her vampire Argeneau series. Merry's brothers and father are drunks and she is going to be married off to her betrothed. When she arrives, he passes out drunk at her feet. But the set up implies that he is not really like her relatives. I was curious to see how this book worked. And it did work.

Sands as usual worked a mystery into her romance. Something is affecting Alex and making him appear drunk most ev...more
Lori
3.75. This had a slow start for me, and didn't engage me as much as the first book. But after a few chapters, I began to enjoy it.
☂ ℬrandi
❤❤ ¾

The book begins in a similar fashion to Devil of the Highlands. The title suggests that Merewen (Merry), the bride, needs taming. But really she seems fairly levelheaded and imposed upon by those around her. It's hard for her to accept help since she's always done for herself and been forced to handle the responsibility of others as well. So, much like book #1 that claimed Cullen was a "devil" needing taming and he was anything but, this title, too, is misleading. In Book #2 Merry has an ove...more
Lauren
Taming the Highland Bride
3 Stars

After caring for her drunken father and brothers, Merry Stewart is only too happy to learn that she will be traveling to England to marry her betrothed. Unfortunately, upon her arrival it seems that she has gone from the frying pan into the fire as her fiancé is as inebriated as her family. It soon turns out that Alex is not the drunken sot he appears and that someone if determined not only to cause strife between the married couple but to remove Alex from the equ...more
Lori McD
Taming the Highland Bride: Fun Historical Highland romance without the silliness of the 1st book in the series I liked this Highland historical romance better than its predecessor, Devil of the Highlands, because it wasn't as silly or contrived. But it contains a good romance with a fairly decent suspense/mystery.Merry has had to take on the reins of her castle and clan (the Stewarts), because her father and 2 older brothers are drunkards who'd rather drink away the days and nights than do anyth...more
Lori McD
3-3.5 stars

I liked this Highland historical romance better than its predecessor, Devil of the Highlands, because it wasn't as silly or contrived. But it contains a good romance with a fairly decent suspense/mystery.

Merry has had to take on the reins of her castle and clan (the Stewarts), because her father and 2 older brothers are drunkards who'd rather drink away the days and nights than do anything useful. Merry even does battle/fighting practice with the men who guard the castle and lands. Be...more
Amy
I really like this series by Lyndsay Sands. I have read the first-Devil of the Highlands-Loved it, Really Enjoyed this one! And will be looking for a copy of the third book, to read soon.

Merry wants to escape from her Drunkard Father & Brothers to live 'happily ever after' with her betrothed-who she hasn't met yet. But when she comes to him, she finds him drunk & passed out. She's not so hopeful after that.
Once Alex & Merry get to know eachother, and actually consumate the marriage,...more
E. R.
Taming the Highland Bride

By Lynsay Sands

Reviewed by E.R.

This book features Merry Stewart and her betrothed, Alexander d’Aumesbery, the brother of the first book's heroine. Alexander learned that his stepmother had arranged a marriage between his sister and the Devil of Donnachaidh. He was worried about his sister's health and was determined to visit his sibling after he took care of his tooth problem. He never expected to meet his betrothed at his own home without his knowledge of her expected a...more
Jamie - Nitty Gritty Reviews
I picked this book up while I was out one morning running some errands. I hadn't read any of Lynsay Sands books up to this point and I thought I'd give it a shot. I am very glad that I did! I guess my only "gripe" with the book was some of the dialogue was a little hard for me to follow, but that might be because I don't usually read this genre of romance.

Merry Stewart has had it! Her brothers and father are drunks. She vows to never have anything to do with drunks again. She's been promised to...more
Crazy4more
3.5 stars...oh how I wanted to give it higher rating bc I loved the characters but the plot fell short for me.

That said, it wasn't a total loss since I finished it and moving onto to the next book. As I mentioned, the characters were full of life, humor, romance and passion. The plot, to be fair, was not half-bad but I thought it was drawn out and not as suspenseful as the first book. Alexander, brother of Evelinde, came home from the Crusade, to claim his clan after finding out the death of hi...more
Jamie
I picked this book up while I was out one morning running some errands. I hadn't read any of Lynsay Sands books up to this point and I thought I'd give it a shot. I am very glad that I did! I guess my only "gripe" with the book was some of the dialogue was a little hard for me to follow, but that might be because I don't usually read this genre of romance.

Merry Stewart has had it! Her brothers and father are drunks. She vows to never have anything to do with drunks again. She's been promised to...more
AprilBorn
Jan 14, 2013 AprilBorn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic-romance
Genre : Historical mystery.

I started reading this book last week, which I completed last night. It is the first book in the "Devil of the Highlands series".

As the suggests, this is a story of a Devil. His name is Cullen, a powerful lord of Scotland who is infamous as a cold deadly brute. His past awarded him the "Devil" title. Every one fears him, still Evelinde agrees to marry the man.

Here comes the bride of the devil, for her wedding him is the only way out of her miserable life. Her stepmothe...more
Amyiw
Well there are a lot of issue with this one but really my biggest disappointment is that it didn't have the expected Sands humor that almost all her book strive for. This was more serious, I guess it would have to be since the main character, Merry is a very serious woman, who has been keeping her father's keep in order for years, pretty much all by herself.

So if you let the non-humor Sands book slide and just take it as a historical romance, it is pretty good. Still it is a bit too obvious who...more
Shelley Hoerauf
Love this book! It is the second book of Lynsay Sands' Devil Of The Highland trilogy. It's my 3rd or 4th time reading it and I swear it gets better each time! I highly recommend it to anybody who likes historical or highland romances. Lynsay Sands is an excellent author whether she's writing highland/historical romances or humorous vampire romances. She adds humor to her writing along with some suspense to keep the reader enthralled in her books. I haven't read a Lynsay Sands book I hadn't enjoy...more
Tegan
I haven't read anything by Lynsay Sands for a while and I forgot how much I enjoy her stories....
I haven't read the 3 books in this series in order but because I left it so long to get my hands on this book (the 2nd in the series) and it doesn't really matter. In fact it's making me want to go back and re-read books 1 & 3!!!
I'm not going to bother giving you a run down on the plot so no spoilers here! What I will say is that the Merry Stewart is just the type of smart, feisty and strong fem...more
Michelle Kelly
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Another fun historical read by Lynsay Sands. I kick myself for reading them out of order because Taming the Highland Bride is book 2, not book 1 like I had thought. I should have checked Goodreads first instead of the inside covers. Oh well. I have book 1 The Devil of the Highlands and I also already have book 3 The Hellion and the Highlander so I'll just have to step back one book and start it.


Taming the Highland Bride was a very enjoyab...more
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“Merry was worrying about the hurt-a-lot bit when the door suddenly burst open and a group of men began to crowd into the room, carrying Alexander d'Aumesbery before them. It seemed either the men had grown weary of waiting, or the women had informed the men that she was ready and in bed when they'd gone below. She wasn't too pleased about that. Merry would have liked to ask more about this pain and blood. That didn't sound at all appetizing, but then none of it had. Kiss, kiss, squeeze, squeeze, and in it went? It hardly sounded the most exciting business in the world, and it made her wonder why the maids were so willing to let the soldiers and her brothers have at them at Stewart.” 12 likes
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