Oh, you're kidding... another installment in the works?
I'm both excited and pouting, because I thought that this series would be done with the fifth bOh, you're kidding... another installment in the works?
I'm both excited and pouting, because I thought that this series would be done with the fifth book, and I planned my reading for this series so I wouldn't have to wait a year for each next book release... and now I need to re-evaluate my reading schedule...
For some reason, the second go around reading this book wasn't as exciting as the first time. Maybe because I already knew what was going on? Or maybeFor some reason, the second go around reading this book wasn't as exciting as the first time. Maybe because I already knew what was going on? Or maybe because some of the characters seem a bit more... frustrating than I remember?
Also, the narrator, Piper Goodeve, for this audio book was also a bit disappointing. The distinctions between characters weren't done very well, and the inflections of her voice don't seem to depict character dialogues properly--excitement doesn't sound exciting, happy voices seem flat, and sad voices... well, they also seem flat. I'm going to listen to the next book anyway, if only to see if she improves....more
Okay. So this wasn't exactly what I'd expected, but I hadn't actually expected to be bored and frustrated out of my mind for tActual Rating: 2.5 Stars
Okay. So this wasn't exactly what I'd expected, but I hadn't actually expected to be bored and frustrated out of my mind for the first 60% of the book, and was honestly quite surprised that I had made it that far. Highlander Claimed has it's charms, but seriously, this isn't a book for me. Truth be told, I feel like it was maybe 200 pages too long, lingering too emphatically on how much our hero and heroine love each other, on how beautiful they find each other, on how they feel relentlessly, fatefully bound to one another, and on how wildly our hero reacts whenever he's parted from the heroine.
It would have made a pretty romantic story for many, I suppose, if you don't think about the fact that these two had met all of one day, had fought and injured each other, and are both really only consumed by each others' beauty, before almost instantaneously claiming that neither would be able to live without the other.
The first and second chapters of this book were extremely promising, presenting to me, a heroine who seemed to be strong and decisive... before turning her personality around into a subservient damsel. I understand that women during historical times were supposed to be subservient and defer to the men... and this is probably why I've never been drawn to historical fiction... but I kind of feel like the behaviors of both Roses and Wilkie seems a bit over-dramatic and extreme. And Wilkie even sometimes comes off as a little creepily obsessive, and childish in his tantrums.
If this man were not ungodly good-looking, predisposed to being the "good" hero of a historical romance, or given many, many excuses for his behavior... how many women would truly swoon? Replace him with the repugnant Laird Olgilvie from the beginning of the book, give him the same behaviors that Wilkie presents, and I imagine Roses's reactions would not be as forgiving.
Really, all that this couple had going for them in their love story was how unerringly beautiful they found each other. It also doesn't help that both hero and heroine also turned out be super-perfect people. Considering that this is a romance novel, first and foremost, I could almost forgive that. But honestly, after 50% of our couple waxing poetic about how perfect they find each other, how much they love each other, and how hard it will be to be parted, I think I had enough.
The ending chapters were actually kind of exciting which lead to a nice little reprieve from the frustrating, which is why I'm just giving this book a 'meh' rating, rather than straight-out dislike. The big secret about Roses was blatantly obvious when there was talk of a lost child and how important this child would be. Come on now, those neon arrows are absolutely in your face.
I read this book for Romance Bingo 2017 for the Man in a Kilt square.
Other squares that may count include: - Insta-love - The hero and heroine fall in love before they even properly introduce themselves, and suddenly can't live without each other. - Virgin & Best First Time - Historical Romance - Secret Billionaire - As a historical, I think being secret nobility or royalty of a sort could work for this square. - Love (Free Space ...more