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A Gentle Feuding

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Duty demands that Sheena, the beautiful jewel of the Fergusson clan, wed to end the violent feud that has devastated her family. But never could she give herself completely to the handsome and dangerous laird Jamie MacKinnion - the most feared man in the Scottish highlands.

The captive prize of Jamie's sword, Sheena struggles in vain to escape the desire awakened by his tou
Paperback, 329 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Avon (first published 1983)
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It's been years since I've read Johanna Lindsey. 8th grade, maybe? High schoolish? (So we're talking 1989-1993.) Now, having picked up A Gentle Feuding, I remember why I read JL back in the day with such speed and future lack of retention about any of the plots: Lindsey's style is very simplistic/pedestrian with the bonus of big print.

As for this one in particular? Eminently forgettable in terms of characters (of which there are too many), plot (BIG Misunderstanding + eternal bickering), and his
Miranda Davis
Misnamed. Should be An Endless Grudge Match. Even with a Scottish Highland clan blood feud as a backdrop and basis for the conflict, the story was mostly petty bickering. And most of the dialogue is screamed! So! Annoying! Nay, it wasn't! Aye, it was! Was nae! Was, I say! And so forth ad nauseam.

Hero: big, strong Highlander Laird with blonde hair. Oh, and a bad temper. As dimensional as a sheet of paper. Angry paper. He falls in lust/love at first sight - as does every other man who sees her -
Aug 10, 2015 Blair rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical-r
This book was just so boring.I really thought I was going to enjoy it but I didn't.
Considering the theme, enemies to lovers, I expected to like this better than I did. The blame lies with Sheena, the heroine.

Sheena Fergusson is the first and favorite daughter of the Fergusson clan. When the MacKinnion clan begins raiding their lands once again, renewing an old feud, her hatred and fear toward the clan increases. James MacKinnion, or Jamie has a responsibility toward his people and when raiders wearing the Fergusson colors attack, he takes matters to his own hands, but by accid
Saya tak tahu ada apa dengan Johanna dan laki laki cantik. Tapi kenapa 3 book dia yang saya beli semua ceritanya sama ?!!

Dan tokohnya berwajah 'jelita'. Maksud saya begini, ini highlander kan ?! Selig si Viking, Jamie si Highlander, dan satunya lagi yang belom saya baca, dari sinopsisnya berbau sama juga. Semuanya cowok cantik :'(

Bayangan saya kalo soal Highlander itu mau yang wajahnya kasar dan gak tampan, tapi gahar gitu ....


Nah minimal kayak gambar di atas...

Bayangin cowok dengan otot kek
I loved this book so much. I don't think the description does the book justice. The description makes it sound like there was an arranged marriage between Jamie and Sheena from the beginning, which is false. But there was so much more to the story than that. It was the kind of book that I rushed through because I couldn't wait to know what happened to them. I wanted to know how it ended. But then when I got to the end I was so disappointed it was over and had to go back and reread all my ...more
Regan Walker
Sep 17, 2015 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
Feuding Clans Deliver an Exciting Romance

Set in mid 16th century Scotland at a time of feuding clans that steal each other's cattle and engage in battle (and worse), this is the story of the MacKinnions and the Fergussons.

Jamie MacKinnion, a handsome and powerful laird in his mid 20s had a bad experience with a first arranged marriage, the bride committing suicide before the marriage could be consummated because she was so afraid of a man's touch. Thus, he has no plans to marry and is enjoying a
Apr 24, 2014 Salena rated it did not like it
This was one of the rare books I struggled to finish. The characters were flat and annoying. They spent the entire book arguing. Jamie was driven by lust and knew absolutely nothing about the woman he claimed to love. Sheena was a closed minded bitch who had nothing but a pretty face to go on. The dialogue was trite. The descriptions were boring. There were enough jarring uses of anachronistic language to kill the flow anytime I managed to actually get into a scene. And boy was this rapey. She's ...more
AUTHOR: JOHANNA LINDSEY is a Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy writer. She writes with a great balance of plot, dialogue, description of events. Not easy to get bored in her books. A GENTLE FEUDING is your typical Scottish Highlander fiction plot. Nothing new but a great read.

SEXUAL EXPLICITNESS: Kisses. The following references: (1) manhood; (11) breasts; (1) thrust; (3) between her legs. That’s pretty much it.

GENRE: Romance, Historical Fiction.

SETTING: Aberdeenshire and Angusshire, Scotlan
Dec 30, 2014 Chumchum_88 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Well maybe because this book was one of her earliest books that it felt a bit different and unsatisfactory, it's not that it wasn't good but personally I wouldn't go as far as if to say I would add it to my Favorite Shelf.

In contrast to the previous book I have read by Johanna Lindsey When Passion Rules where I liked all the characters, in her I didn't like any, not the main characters or the supporting ones. The main characters were actually annoying, the girl supposed to have a temper and gump
Feb 04, 2013 Lena rated it it was amazing
I've read this book a couple of years ago, been borrowing it from the nearby library. And recently, during this madness to read historical romance, this is the book which I really remember and wanted to re-read it. But I could not recall the author and the title. However, while browsing books in one of the bookstore, I decided to pick few books including this book and imagine my surprise that after reading few pages, this is the book I've been trying to find!!
Sheena Ferguson to me is just a beau
Sep 16, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Sheena Ferguson is the oldest daughter in the Ferguson clan. she is the most beautiful and most beloved by her father. She refuses to marry unless she is in love with the man. Her father wants her to marry as her sisters in line are spoken for and they want to get married. Jamie MacKinnion is the laird of the MacKinnion clan and is rumored to be a brute of a man with a terrible temper. It is said that his first wife killed herself because of him. The Furguson's and MacKinnions have been feuding ...more
Oct 06, 2013 EB rated it did not like it
I mean, who DOESN'T want to read a spot (or five) of marital rape in the morning? I sort of feel like this weird project of reading and then reviewing a bunch of romance novels is backfiring on my greatly. After the delightful first one with William Wallace, and then the super boring one that ended up being a DNF, and then the third venture, the fourth venture is one that actually made me vaguely nauseated in parts? WHY did I even bother finishing is the greater question?

I guess I lived in hope
Apr 15, 2014 Roub rated it liked it
really gud! cud have been better if sheena had behaved less like a fishwife! what's her problem wid marrying !? the way she was going at it, she wud have stayed a maid. i thought her pompous n conceited as she was being very fussy. she knew the effect she had on men, no doubt abt it! she had them falling all over her n jamie was no exception. instead of bringing her 2 heel, he also fell all over her. i was really like LOL. she's absolutely irresistible, the only woman they all want in scotland! ...more
Read this one years ago and because I couldn't remember anything about it, I reread it again last night. Enjoyed Jamie & Sheena together.

Reread January 2011.
Reread January 2016.
Sep 04, 2009 Gardavson rated it liked it
Eh. Sheena struggles just a little to hard for my taste. I could have liked her character if she'd have tamed at least a tad when she finally gives up the ghost.
Oct 23, 2012 Carrie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-fiction
Not as good as The Bride's Portion, but fun.
K.G. White
Oct 16, 2016 K.G. White rated it liked it
Sheena is just damned by her own beautiful face, her sisters hate her because she is her father's favorite. Everyone wants to marry her, including her own cousin William, but Sheena just wants to be free. After she takes the blame for her brother's misdeed, she is banished to Aberdeen to stay with her nun Aunt Erminia. While there she works at the poor house, where Colen mistakes her for a beautiful beggar. He is determined to marry her, so he brings her home to her family's rival clan. So much ...more
The Bookshelf Wars
Oct 30, 2016 The Bookshelf Wars rated it did not like it
Johanna Lindsey was one of the very first romance authors I ever read, so I thought revenge siting her books might be fun. As it turns out, I don't think I've ever read this novel before, and I never will again.
Irina Augusta
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Bintang 3.

Puluhan tahun yang lalu klan MacKinnion dan klan Fergusson saling bermusuhan. Mereka saling membantai. Bermula dari pembantaian kakek dan nenek Jamie MacKinnion oleh ayah Dugald Fergusson. Kemudian ayah Dugald dibantai dialun alun miliknya sendiri oleh saudara kakek Jamie. Hingga akhirnya perselisihan dapat diredam dan diadakan gencatan senjata.

Namun gencatan senjata tak bertahan lama. Beberapa tahun dari gencatan senjata, terjadi lagi penyerbuan dan pembantaian terhadap klan MacKinnio
Christie P.
Aug 20, 2015 Christie P. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone, Historical
Shelves: historical
After being set up to believe the Ferguson’s had once again started the rivalry between the two clans, the MacKinnions are looking for some form of vengeance. Even more so after their laird, Jamie, was taken hostage. Jamie was captured shortly after spying on a beautiful woman, Sheena, bathing in a nearby river. The Ferguson’s had no idea they had Jamie MacKinnion locked in their holding cell. They knew they had a MacKinnion but not an incredibly valuable one.

Because of more lies and internal fe
Jan 20, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
Read the 2nd time 1/20/2011

Feuding between all the clans in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland seemed common enough. This clan stole your cow so you stole their horse and they come and steal it back. The feud between the Fergusson and MacKinnion clans went deeper. It was said that a Fergusson killed the grandparents of the MacKinnion's. The peace between the natural enemies had been there for some time until the spring when an attack not only killed crofter's but the animals were slaughtered
Feb 02, 2016 Missy rated it it was amazing
An awesome read. Johanna Lindsey magic at it's best.

Feuding clans, a mystical water nymph, forbidden love, and red hot passion make for one amazing read! A Lindsey classic to be read over and over again.....I know I have read it many times.

The new sexy laird Jamie has not been able to stop thinking of the beautiful woman he had spotted months ago in the loche. So suddenly finding her in his younger brother's room shocks him into admitting he wants her too. The Jewel of Tower Elk Sheena was grabb
It was an ok read, maybe not just what I was looking for though. The lead lady(Sheena) has an unreasonable fear of Jamie(lead male), and while it does explain that he is a formidable Laird in the beginning... I think the book would have been better served with a prolong(sp?) that maybe showed him discovering his first wife and then the rumors that started. They eventually get to why she is so terrified of him and they kinda work things out... I would have liked it to come out that it wasn't she ...more
J'ai passé un bon moment avec ce livre
Je l'ai lu d'une traite mais malgré tout je trouve qu'il manquait de piquant. Il me manquait ce petit truc qui vous donne le frisson pendant la lecture.
Sinon l'histoire est sympa même si la résolution est trop rapide. Le plus gros problème ici est que tout est superficiel il n'y a aucune profondeur. C'est un bon livre pour passer le temps mais il ne me laissera pas un souvenir impérissable.

Une chose m'a gênée un peu, tant que les héros n'ont pas couché en
Edina Rose
Nov 18, 2011 Edina Rose rated it it was amazing
The story of Sheena and Jamie.

There was a feud between their clans. All her life, Sheena had heard tales about Jamie's great cruelty towards her clan. She was so scared of him that she became hysterical the first time she saw him. Problem is, he made her sooo hot!

She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He felt in lust with her before knowing she was from the ennemy clan. Then, it was too late, he was bewitched. He captured her, and forced her clan to give him her hand in marriage.

The beginning was good. There were two feuding clans and a third party who tried to use their feud for its own advantage. I was so excited because there was everything for a great historical romance - a lovely but stubborn lady, a hero with the dark past, hatred between families, beautiful location and some really interesting side characters. And then everything started to fall apart. Sheena and Jaimie both behaved like brats and interesting characters were pushed to the background. Somewhere in ...more
Peggy N
Jan 26, 2013 Peggy N rated it really liked it
One of the few books by Johanna Lindsey that has its setting totally in Scotland in probably the late 1800's. It brings the reader into the world of clans and fueding and the differing customs of the Scotsmen who are Highlanders and those who live in the Lowlands. It is about Sheena the oldest and favorite daughter of the Laird of the Ferguson Clan and Jamie the Laird of the MacKinnon clan. Their families and clans had been feuding for generations and the thought of a relationship with the laird ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it
Proud and fiercely independent, Sheena knows what her duty is as jewel of the Fergusson clan: She must wed to put an end to the feud that has devastated her family. But though she agrees to marry Jamie MacKinnion, she will never give herself completely to the dark and dangerous laird. Pride insists that she hate her husband-to-be, the most feared man in the Scottish Highlands. Why then can't she deny the desire awakened by Jamie's surprisingly gentle touch? He is her captor and her enemy - yet ...more
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“A word, Sir Jamie. Quickly!"
You may speak freely, Alwyn," Jamie sighed. "You are always making too mcuh of minor incidents."
You're no' going to believe it, Sir Jamie," Alwyn gasped. "But I swear every male Fergusson alive is outside our gate.”
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