Loved it! Now I understand why this book got rave reviews. I laughed, I cried, laughed and cried again. This one was a book that pulled at my heart an...moreLoved it! Now I understand why this book got rave reviews. I laughed, I cried, laughed and cried again. This one was a book that pulled at my heart and totally captivated me from beginning to the epilogue of this book.
Need I write a review? I have read 4 Julie Garwood books so far and I have loved, LOVED, loved each one of them.
I will have to say I found the first...moreNeed I write a review? I have read 4 Julie Garwood books so far and I have loved, LOVED, loved each one of them.
I will have to say I found the first 100 pages of Ransom confusing with all the characters that are brought forward. I was also disappointed, it took so long for the hero and the heroine to come together. (But that is only because I am so impatient and want to see a love match immediately. :0 ) However, I understand a build up of anticipation is necessary and was what kept me captivated to keep reading.
Sigh... I am so loving all the Lairds I have read so far from Garwood.
A wonderful book which starts off with the friendship of two little girls who d...moreSigh... I am so loving all the Lairds I have read so far from Garwood.
A wonderful book which starts off with the friendship of two little girls who don't know they are supposed to hate each other, but become the best of friends. When Judith best friend is about to give birth she honors her pact and goes with the Highlanders, who have come to pick her up from England to take her to awaited best friend. What no one but Judith and her best friend know is Judith is really the daughter of a Laird which happens to be a rivaling enemy to Laird Iain Maitland. When Iain picks up this young English girl he becomes astonished by her beauty. Never has he became so enamored with a female before, until now.
Judith and Iain have an instant attraction to one and another. Very early on during her stay in "Maitland Land" does she find herself married to Iain, an unexpected twist in her supposivley temporary visit to her friend. The relationship between Judith and Iain come with their obstacles but their love proves to be strong and they get their HEA.
What I love about Garwood's writing are how her characters come to life on paper. During my read of The Secret I could totally visual a beautiful Judith frightened all the way down to her toes when she becomes a midwife, befriend the local ladies, and when she decides adamantly she wants to ride horseback.
Oh how I love the Highlanders! Highlander Untamed was a good book for my Scottish addiction, which I recently discovered.
Rory Macleod is forced into...moreOh how I love the Highlanders! Highlander Untamed was a good book for my Scottish addiction, which I recently discovered.
Rory Macleod is forced into a temporary marriage with the beautiful siren, Isabella. Isabella belongs to a rivaling clan which Rory despises but because he is forced into this loveless arrangement by the king he will do everything in his power to keep his hands off the tempting seductress as well as maintain a loveless marriage. Rory has every intention of returning Isabella untouched to her family, but everyday in her presence is trying his restraint. Isabella is on a mission, her uncle wants to know two secrets which he believes will be the downfall of Chief Rory if these secrets our discovered. Uncle Sleat wants Isabella to do her family proud by proving she can use her body to seduce Rory into telling her what she needs to know.
What Isabella doesn't take in consideration after making this deal with her uncle is not only does she fall in love with Rory and his family but being a part of his clan/ family fills the ache in her heart. Isabella decision to betray the man she loves or betray her clan by not doing as her uncle asks, weighs heavily on her.
I enjoyed this book and the romance that finally blossomed between Rory and Isabella. However, I didn't rate this book a 5 star for two reasons. First, I felt there was very little dialogue between the hero and the heroine. (there is only so much narration I can stand!) Second because of the narration McCarthy felt the need to give both perspectives on Rory and Isabella when certain scenes take place. (ie the first time they made love.) Other than that I really enjoyed the book and definitely intend to read the second book. (less)
Just cant go wrong with a Julie Garwood Book!! Saving Grace was another wonderful read that kept me intrigued and in awe throughout all the pages.
Lad...moreJust cant go wrong with a Julie Garwood Book!! Saving Grace was another wonderful read that kept me intrigued and in awe throughout all the pages.
Lady Johanna was saved by her "Maker" when she is informed her abusive husband for the last three years has died. With her spirits lifted she spends the next year in London to find out she has to get married again. When Lady Johanna meets her future husband, Gabriel she is instantly frightened because he is such a huge man with a growling beast/ dog by his side. Laird Gabriel only wants to marry Lady Johanna because marrying her will guarantee the land he is on will be his own. However, once he sees Johanna he cannot contain his emotions to how beautiful she is and for a Highlander he should not be soften by this encounter.
After their marriage, Gabriel wants Johanna to not be so frighten about him so he decides to show her that having a husband like him will be completely different than the marriage she had previously. Johanna eventually learns to trust her husband but of course the journey to trust him takes time. With unexpected events, heart wrenching conversations, and the realization that these two opposite people are indeed in love with each other, Saving Grace was a wonderful book which captured all the emotions a reader loves in a book. (less)
Once in awhile you run into a book which drags and drags and DRAGS! I was really disappointed in this book especially with the high rating Highland De...moreOnce in awhile you run into a book which drags and drags and DRAGS! I was really disappointed in this book especially with the high rating Highland Destiny received.
Maldie is on a mission to fulfill her mothers dying wish, she must find her father and kill him. Her mother, the local whore had some serious mental issues when raising Maldie. She raised Maldie to see the same hatred she had for Maldie's father, told Maldie the secrets to sex as a young child and was basically an acquaintance to Maldie than a mother. So when Maldie's mother died she sets off to kill her father, however, when she finds out it is not easy to kill the Laird, Maldie turns to her fathers enemy, Balfour.
Balfour has been feuding with the Beatons for the last 13 years. So when Balfours younger brother, Eric is kidnapped by Beaton he sets out for battle. But when he meets Maldie he is captivated by her beauty and her nurturing ways that he questions his plans for battle because he becomes suspicious as to why she mysteriously appears and is instantly ready to help his brother and his clan. A passionate love affair begins between Maldie and Balfour which is based on Maldie's deception and Balfour suspicions.
The first problem I had with this book is that it was VERY repetitive. Yes, we know Maldie feels guilty for not telling Balfour she was sired by Beaton and that Balfour feels guilty for being suspicious of his lover. (I don't believe it needs to be repeated EVERY chapter.) My next issue was the romance built really fast, the attraction was fast which I understand but their was no courtship just fast sex with then pulling their clothes on immediately. The story line was just blah to me and didn't captivate me like many other highlander books I had read recently. Lastly, there were grammatical errors and wrong names put in lieu of another person. (I understand I make errors all the time but you would think the publishing company would catch these mistakes.)
I'm so sad, that I found this book such a disappointment. (less)