It was a good book that I couldn't put down, but the romance in it really wasn't believeable with the animosity between the two characters. Also, I haIt was a good book that I couldn't put down, but the romance in it really wasn't believeable with the animosity between the two characters. Also, I had heard that this particular book in the series was beyond hiliarious, but I only chuckled slightly once or twice. I still enjoyed the novel, though. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a very talented writer :)...more
4.5/5 stars. I think that my enjoyment of this novel largely stemmed from two things:
1) I read Karen Marie Moning's urban fantasy FEVER series first.4.5/5 stars. I think that my enjoyment of this novel largely stemmed from two things:
1) I read Karen Marie Moning's urban fantasy FEVER series first. It's one of my favorite series, and I think that seeing the potential for cross-over in this series brought lots of enjoyment to my reading of this book.
2) I listened to the audiobook. The narrator has a sexy male voice and was able to do so many different accents in very nice ways ;) This is the same audiobook narrator who does Jerricho Barrons from book 4 in the FEVER series. I love audiobooks for Scottish brogue. Very nice!
Other things from my reading that stood out:
- I found the nursery scene with Hawk and his bloody hands was very emotional. I almost cried :(
- The scroll reading made me laugh out loud. Hawk turned into an attorney. hehehehehehhe
- I was a little annoyed in the beginning half of the novel with all the playing-hard-to-get bits. Still, I enjoyed the story and saw how it was necessary to the overall plotline in the end.
- For some reason, the sex scenes were a big mixed bag. They would be hot-as-sin in some momments, and then purple-prose the next. Then again, with the narrator's voice on the audiobook, it was hard for the scenes to go too far amiss *grin* ...more
I went into this Julia Quinn Bridgerton family book thinking I wouldn't like it as much as some of the others in the series. However, I was delightfulI went into this Julia Quinn Bridgerton family book thinking I wouldn't like it as much as some of the others in the series. However, I was delightfully surprised to find that I was deeply moved by the book.
The children in this book had many scenes that made me giggle out loud. The last 30 pages of the book brought some tears to my eyes. It was a very good read. I love this series!!!!...more
4.5/5 stars. A very enjoyable chapter in the Hathaways series. I would have given it five stars, but I thought the disappearance near the end was unne4.5/5 stars. A very enjoyable chapter in the Hathaways series. I would have given it five stars, but I thought the disappearance near the end was unnecessary to the story....more
This was the first book that I’ve read by Julie Garwood, but it won’t be my last. Garwood managed to capture my interest and tell a *very* interestingThis was the first book that I’ve read by Julie Garwood, but it won’t be my last. Garwood managed to capture my interest and tell a *very* interesting story that took place in the Middle Ages (1102 in England & Scotland). The basic premise was an arranged marriage mandated by the King of England and the King of Scotland between an English Lady and a Scottish Laird. It was definitely a fish-out-of-water plot in that the heroine had very strong negative pre-conceptions and opinions about Scots as an English Lady.
I was highly amused by the banter between the heroine (Jamie) and the hero (Alec) throughout the novel. There was an ongoing battle for Jamie to win Alec’s soul time out of purgatory by paying indulgences to the local priest. She was *always* pulling more coins out to pay for more sins. It was kind of cute. Jamie, herself, had a knack for causing trouble, and she started no less than 5 wars during the course of the book. She was a spitfire heroine, but still managed to be vulnerable as a character. That is always a tough thing for an author to be able to accomplish with a character. I worried that Jamie would be too much of a feminist for the era that this was supposed to take place in, but I felt that Garwood did a good job of exploiting the fish-out-of-water situation to help mask the historical inaccuracies. Yes, this is not a historically perfect novel, but it was a fun read. hehehe
I loved watching Jamie try to win over all the obstinate Scots that she met throughout the book. The end scene was a reward for me as one of the many obstacles in her story came to call and had to be handled. I loved how the Lairds handled the last scene. Don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read it, but it was very heart warming :)
My only complaint was that I felt at times that the story was too short. I would have liked to hear more about what happened between Jamie’s sister Mary and her Laird that she married. At first, I wasn’t sure if Garwood’s next book in the series would be about Mary, but I don’t think that it is. Then again, I am not sure if Alec/Jamie might be in the next book, so I guess I will have to read it to find out.
I listened to the audiobook for this novel, and though the narrator had a bit of a strange voice for the Scots in the novel, I really enjoyed the accents and things that she was doing. I think one of my favorite moments was when Alec finally told Jamie he loved her in Gaelic. It was a sweet moment and the audiobook narrator did a good job of making it sound like a tender whisper....more