This was one of those books where I had a stupid grin on my face for the majority of the time I spent reading it. I love Katie MacAlister's sense of hThis was one of those books where I had a stupid grin on my face for the majority of the time I spent reading it. I love Katie MacAlister's sense of humor and characters. This was a fun trip into modern Scotland, compared to the historicals I had read that also took place in Scotland.
Even with the laughing out loud throughout the book, it surprisingly had a few teary eyed moments as well.
Best part was the little glossary at the back of the book to help translate some of the expressions that the hero had that my silly American side didn't recognize ;)
I recommend this for fans of humor, fans of Scottish heros, and fans of chick-lit....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
This was a very entertaining and original novel. It was a cross between a Victorian-era romance, a horror movie, and a sci-fi steampunk. I really enjoThis was a very entertaining and original novel. It was a cross between a Victorian-era romance, a horror movie, and a sci-fi steampunk. I really enjoyed the different take on vampires and werewolves in this story. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti, was also very unique with her ability to remove the supernatural from those she touched.
There was witty humor throughout the book. One of my favorite characters was Lord Akeldama who had a different pet-name for Alexia every other sentence.
4.5/5 stars. By title, you would think that somebody was going to be held for ransom in this book. Maybe kidnapped against their will or something. No4.5/5 stars. By title, you would think that somebody was going to be held for ransom in this book. Maybe kidnapped against their will or something. Not really. Actually, I'm not really sure that this title was appropriate for this book. I might have called it The Traitor instead or maybe The Box.
It was a lot of fun to read, but the mystery aspects of the story were thinly veiled. I'm guessing that Garwood meant to make it surprising as to who the traitor was, where the box was, etc. However, these were really simple to deduce.
That being said, the book was great fun to read. I only wish I had an audiobook that I could have listened to all the Scottish accents. Instead, I had to try to do brogue in my head, and I sound silly!...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
Before starting this book, I had read some reviews that made it out to be a horrific Julie Garwood novel. In truth, I didn't think it was that bad. MaBefore starting this book, I had read some reviews that made it out to be a horrific Julie Garwood novel. In truth, I didn't think it was that bad. Maybe because I was expecting such a stinker going in?? I actually enjoyed the story :)
True, it wasn't as epic of a romance as her other Highlander books. And, once again, the title doesn't really match the book. I think that I would have named this book As You Say instead of Shadow Music. What shadow? What music? I don't get it. Weird title.
The book started out a little weird with the prologue in St. Biel. Lots of reviews complained about numerous sub-plots and too many characters. I was listening to the audiobook, and as I frequently do when listening to an audiobook, I jotted down characters names as I listened to help me keep track of everyone. Yes, there were about 20-30 characters to keep track of, but I didn't find the story hard to follow at all. Maybe I just took good notes. *laugh*
The audiobook was nice, but the narrator still did some really funny voices. I didn't mind her English accents or the Scottish ones. However, the characters from St. Biel were a combination of French and Oscar the Grouch or something. I don't know. Me no likey....more