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Charming the Shrew (The Legacy of MacLeod #1)

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From the award-winning author comes a captivating story filled with the passion, intrigue, and magic of historical Scotland--where a sharp-tongued beauty meets her match in a man who vows to tame her with the power of his love.
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Published October 30th 2010 (first published May 4th 2004)
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According to Amazon, I bought this book 2 years ago (for free). I had forgotten I bought it but when I was looking through my Kindle the other night to find books for the Romance Genre summer challenge I re-found this and decided to read it. For the most part, it wasn't bad. Tayg and Cat(riona) are basically on a unsupervised, extended road trip to get to the King of Scotland for two weeks complete with fake sibling disguises that no one buys, angry (real)siblings hunting them down, and of cours...more
I've given this a B- overall (B-for content and C+ for narration at AAR - 3.5 stars

The plot of Charming the Shrew certainly wouldn’t win any prizes for originality, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying the audiobook about a hero-in-disguise and the intelligent and sharp-tongued woman with whom he is forced to undertake a wintry journey.

Tayg Munro is the heir to the chiefdom of his clan of Culrain. Having spent a year away fighting with King Robert (the Bruce), Tayg returns home to a hero’s...more
Billie Jo
AUDIOBOOK Narrated by Ralph Lister 2.5 Stars

This was my first book by Laurin Witting. The plot was unique and really good but for me it just missed something. Catriona is definitely a shrew but her past experiences really influenced her attitude and it's part of her defense against her brothers. With that said... there are a few times I just wanted to jump into the book and slap her silly then stuff a sock in her mouth. I liked idea of Tayg playing the bard but I kept feeling like there could ha...more
Regan Walker
Unusual Highland Hero and Feisty Heroine Make for Endearing Tale

Wittig has crafted a charming, though somewhat fanciful, historical set in Scotland in the early 14th century. She has masterfully captured the voice of the Highland folks; her dialog is quite witty; and her storytelling clever.

The story tells of Catriona, the headstrong daughter of the MacLeod laird, who rebels at the betrothed her father and older brother have in mind for her—Duff (“dog faced”) MacDonnell—so she runs away. In a s...more
Bonnigene Cloud
This is a great example of a highland romance novel. The romance is, however, played out in a more creative manner.

In the novel Cat is originally a sharper tongued young woman who has to be strong in order to survive the household with her brothers, of which the oldest is particularly cruel and abusive. Tayg, who is a strapping war hero of the highlands who is being pushed into marriage by his family. In order to assert his independance he goes off on a mission for the king, which will enable hi...more

I found this to be a light, but fun Scottish romp as the hero, Tayg Munro, and heroine, Catriona MacLeod become entangled with one another on an unexpected journey with different purposes to find the King of Scotland. As a future laird, Tayg temporarily takes on the role of a bard (not a very good one according to Cartoon), while Catriona is running away from her brother's grasp and a pending marriage to an unsuitable laird. This romance is not as steamy as I would have preferred, but i...more
Caroline Greyling
Tayg Munro is a warrior, but as future chief of the Munro clan, he is expected to marry. Resigned to his duty, Tayg decides to seek his own wife instead of having one chosen for him by his mother.
Catriona Macleod is the only girl in a family of bullying boys. Her only protection against her brothers is her sharp tongue, but that very defense has earned her the title of ‘Shrew of Assynt’ and secured her an unwanted betrothal to a man whom she hates.
Fate brings Catriona and Tayg together as they f...more

*Rating 4.5 Stars

Tayg Munroe of Culrain just returned home after years of fighting for the king. He returns home with a heroes welcome and many songs sung by bards of his exploits. But now that he is heir to the Chiefdom, after the death of his older brother Robbie, his mother has given him an ultimatum - choose a bride by the end of the month or she will choose one for him. His father on the other hand has given him an opportunity to search for a bride outside Culrain and help king as well. So...more

I absolutely loved this book. It managed to be both deeply emotional and fun for me, and it really stuck with me after I finished it (which is why I've read it twice already!) When Tayg returns home from war a hero, he finds that both his mother and pretty much every eligible woman in Scotland have plans for him to choose a wife. In order to escape his impending doom/marriage, he sets off on a mission for his clan. While he travels, he pretends to be a bard to avoid the fame that seems to fo...more
Suzan Tisdale
Laurin is one of my top five favorite authors. Laurin has a way of taking you into the scene, into the moment. Tayg is strong and kind and you can't help but like him. Although I felt sorry for Catriona she was still likable and I found myself rooting for her at every turn.

This was definitely one of those books I just couldn't put down. ;o)
This was a surprise. I really enjoyed this book. Some highlander books can be very hokey and heavy on the brog but this had action, romance and comedy. Laurin Wittig is very informative about the history of the time and quite descriptive which I really like. I will read the next book to this series and hopefully there will be more.
I'm afraid I did not finish this novel. If a story doesn't grab me by the end of the first chapter I am unable to continue it. I attempted to listen to this on audio with Ralph Lister as the narrator and persevered to the end of the second chapter.

Mr. Lister has a very, pleasing, melodious speaking voice but CAN NOT do a Scottish accent! This completely ruined a fairly mediocre first couple of chapters. I detected a very poor attempt at Scottish which sounded more like Irish and even Welsh. In a...more
There's a handsome highlander and a sharp tongued wench and a cockstand or two but "Outlander" this is not. An ok vacation read.
Jan 04, 2010 Laurin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey, I just saw this was up here at Goodreads. This is actually the second German edition of Charming the Shrew!
I absolutely loved this story, and I find myself to be a very harsh critic evidenced by the very small number of five star ratings. I will admit that it started off slow, and initially I thought to abandon to a do not read finish; however, having said that, it picks up very quickly, it is a great read, well written, a unique plot focusing on romance and not intrigue, a strong hero and a great heroine (not annoyingly shrewish as the title would suggest- I actually LOVED her). I could not put this...more
I loved this book! Catriona and Tayg are great characters and they are developed very well throughout the story. Catriona has become known as the Shrew of Assynt because of her sharp and unforgiving tongue. She will not marry because she won't be ordered about or be the subservient wife. She knows what she will not be but I don't think she really knows who she is or who she wants to be; she only knows the hard shell of an exterior that is the shrew.
Tayg is next in line to head clan Munro after...more
Jennifer Wardrip
In Scotland in the year 1307, the Clan Munro has been a whole-hearted supporter of King Robert the Bruce, fighting alongside him to fulfill his wish of uniting all of Scotland. But when Tayg's older brother, the clan heir, is killed, Tayg is suddenly faced with a much tougher assignment than that of warrior-he must find a suitable wife, and become chief of his clan.

Not before he faces one more adventure, however. Before Tayg sets his sights on finding a fitting bride, he takes off on one last a...more
I was happily surprised with this book. After feeling mostly unsatisfied with the books I have been reading lately, I didn't expect to like this one.

It is well written and well thought out. It never felt like it was dragging and while it took me a bit longer than normal to read it, it moved along quite well. The premise is similar to that of "The Taming of the Shrew". It is pretty much a knock off of Shakespeare's work. But add a delicious Scottish Hero and a fiery Heroin and you get "Charming...more
I love a good historical romance with a feisty intelligent female and a dashing hero (particularly one in plaid); this book more than fulfills those requirements. Wittig created an exciting romp through Medieval Scotland, with fully developed characters and storyline. I enjoyed reading about the budding romance between Catriona (the shrew) and Tayg and the treacherous plots encircling them.
I usually don't give a book 5 stars anymore but I'm going to go ahead and do just that with Charming the Shrew. Why? Because it's my review I feel like it. LOL. But seriously, I had zero expectations for this book and I only got it because it was only 0.99c on Kindle. I have to say that title is a bit unfortunate, not very enticing. I was expecting a typical Highlander romance novel to the likes of the Highlander series by KMM but where the Highlander series was repetitive, predictable, and bori...more
Lori McD
Pleasantly surprising... this isn't your average 'highlander' romance. Well-written, full of characters with multi-dimensions, this book isn't just about two beautiful people falling madly in lust and love. There's some steam, but it slowly builds from a kiss over time.

Catronia is definitely a shrew, with a reputation far and wide as ugly and shriveled -- or is that just her soul? Tayg is the second son who never expected to be the next leader of his clan; now this avowed bachelor is pressured t...more
Andrea Buschman
This has been sitting on my Kindle for a while and I finally decided to take a look at it. Sharp tongued female, hunky hero, a journey through the woods and a few nights alone...
No real surprises, but an enjoyable read for the weekend.
As far as romances go... this one felt pretty weak. The "dialect" jarred me out of the story more often than not, and the character development seemed shallow and predictable. People seem to love this book... but I'm not really sure why!
I think for the most part I'm over romance novels. Most of them center around a conflict that one honest conversation would clear up and to drag that out over 200+ pages gets old after a while. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either.
Conny Conway
Miss Wittig gave her best again. I liked the book a lot and will recommend it, due to her well told story, which entertained me thoroughly. At times I got cold feet, this well she described the travels of her hero and Katharine
This is my first book by Laurin Wittig. Being an audio book and to hear the Scotland brogue enhanced the experience, loved it. Great voice choice, versatile, I didn't have to think and figure out to know which one of the characters was speaking.

A Highlander love story, not the usual or typical story, it is gradually built and speeds up as it goes on. Lots of unexpected twists, which had me hurrying the narrator up to hear what happened next. The characters are well built and Catriona and Tayg co...more
Donna Mullarkey
Nice read for the summer

Nice read for the summer

Enjoyed this book for its historical perspective - a good story with lively characters and tale of family and foes
Darcia Cowart
I started earlier today and keep slipping away to read it! I dumped like 4 books on this trip and garbage so I went looking for books at Goodwill and found this! I love love love this book. I might even stay up all night to finish it! LOL

Finished it! Can't wait to read something else of hers! Yes it was somewhat predicable. But only the very basics, there were lots of twists you did not expect and it is a wonderful wonderful love story! '
Loved the way both lead characters had pre existing impres...more
Sorry guys, I lost all of my notes however I remember one thing....Him thinking about heave hoeing her and her thinking about heave hoeing him became a bit redundant.
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