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

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,575 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
“You can’t help but fall in love with Lynsay Sands!”
New York Times bestselling authorChristina Dodd

Lynsay Sands—the perennial USA Today and New York Times bestselling author well-known and loved for her delightful novels featuring the Argeneau family of vampires—once again shows us another side with Taming the Highland Bride, the second in the wonderfully witty, supremely
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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Mar 13, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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
Jan 26, 2010 Sobia rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jayne dArcy
Feb 08, 2016 Jayne dArcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second in this series of three books (that I know of) this tells the story of Merry and Alexander. Merry has been betrothed to Alex since she was a very little girl. When she is grown she is not looking to marry but to escape the situation of two older brothers and a father who are perpetual drunks. Unfortunately, it seems her new husband is also a drunk.

Alexander is far from what her brothers and father are but he appears to be the recipient of a series of accidents. Mishaps that no one, includ
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Ordinary. Nothing special.

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 o
Oct 04, 2012 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Brittany B.

Not good. Period.
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
Sep 27, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
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
Mar 30, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance
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
Sangita Mazumder
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
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
Sep 25, 2011 Tegan rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Kelly
Oct 10, 2011 Michelle Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read, historical
Full review here:

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
Blodeuedd Finland
Highlanders! That was enough for me. Though how disappointing, the hero was English. Boooo.

Merry has idiots for a family. They drink and do nothing else. One would think they would have had liver failure by now, or some other clan would have attacked.

Alex is back from the crusades. His bride arrives. Well I got nothing bad to say about Alex. He was nice.

Merry Merry Merry, she really is a judgmental shrew. Also, the almost rape of her husband and touching was just, icky. Ewww. She was one weird w
May 29, 2014 kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2015 Reie rated it it was ok
This book was hard to finish. The story's dragged at point I got bored and skimmed at the first 50%. Luckily the remaining turned interesting and somehow I was glad that at least there was suspense rather than reading over the few no nonsense.
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
Mey Buentipo
The 2nd book of the series. I also enjoyed as the same for the first book. It is funny and hard to put down. One thing I noticed is that the hero ia often naked. For the characters of the h/h both suits together. I liked the hero at most. He is so sweet, like any man you want. The heroine is a stronger sort with brains on her. About the mystery of the story I had my suspect but the added twist is a nice touch. I felt th ending is rushed. Now can't wait to start the 3rd book.
Nov 10, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I officially love this series! Merry is a tough, but vulnerable woman. She's awesome! Alex makes me all swoony. The misunderstandings between them are reasonable ones, not too far fetched. I love the way they come together and handle it and get down to the bottom of who is behind all the issues that have been plaguing them since their marriage. Plus I really enjoyed seeing a certain character get what was coming to them. The epilogue had me all smiley and ridiculous.
May 11, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Lita Bouquard
Book 2 is almost the same plot of book 1. With out as many funny scenes. Although I really enjoyed book 1, figuring out the plot was simple . Perhaps if I didn't read them back to back I wouldn't have been disappointed because I did like Merry, the Stewart Shrew. she has managed to keep her family home together while her father and brothers drink them self into a stupor from morning till night. When her father tells her she is to marry, he is delighted to be free of her nagging. Merry meets her ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
I actually read this one a while ago and forgot to click it off my goodreads list, so I've forgotten much of it. I remember it being entertaining but involving lots of eye-rolls and palms-to-forehead moments.
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.
Maggie Shanley
Jan 26, 2014 Maggie Shanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story of a shrewish bride, her husband with the drinking problem and an evil stepmother.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 20, 2015 07:02AM  
  • Highland Outlaw (Campbell Trilogy, #2)
  • Highland Champion (Murray Family, #11 & Camerons, #2)
  • Sleepless in Scotland (MacLean Curse, #4)
  • Seduced by a Highlander (Children of the Mist, #2)
  • Seduced by the Highlander (Highlander, #3)
  • The Warrior (Return of the Highlanders, #3)
  • Desiring the Highlander (The McTiernays, #3)
  • Reckless  (Highland Brides, #3)
LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Devil of the Highlands (3 books)
  • Devil of the Highlands (Devil of the Highlands, #1)
  • The Hellion and the Highlander (Devil of the Highlands, #3)

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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.” 13 likes
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