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Charming the Shrew

(The Legacy of MacLeod #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,535 ratings  ·  168 reviews

Returning home to the Scottish Highlands after battling the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome—and a shocking ultimatum. In order to take his place as heir to the chiefdom of Culrain, he must choose a wife within the month or have one chosen for him. Angered by his family's decree, Tayg delays the inevitable by volunteering for a mission for the king that takes

Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Montlake Romance (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
Feb 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Another Kindle Unlimited read. Fun, if not cliche, premise. Terrible execution. Characters are one-dimensional and juvenile, and insta-romance abounds from the first meeting. Dropped at the 55% mark.
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
➸ Gwen de Sade
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars

The story itself wasn't that bad, it tried to be more than a romance using political issues, intrigues and so on.
Unfortunately the writing was awful. A lot of repetition, aaaaaaaaaall the time to be exact, using the same 150 words all over. I was also missing athmosphere, it never came through in which period the story was taking place.

Stella Alden
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How can you not love a caring warrior, barely able to carry a tune, who pretends to be a bard? And a woman, ill-used by her brothers, whose only recourse was a sharp tongue? Send these two on a concurrent mission with conflicting goals and you have a wonderful read to get lost in. Ah, I should not leave out the wonderful scenery and vivid descriptions! Highly Recommended.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a grand adventure! It's been way too long since I've read a good book about the Scottish clans and to have it read to me in the Scottish accent was heavenly and has spoiled me. I may never read another book about the Scottish highlands to myself again! The audiobook version is definitely the way to go, although I may pass on the "Bard's" poor singing... but even that was all in good fun and part of the charm of the story.

CHARMING THE SHREW is delightful. Author Laurin Wittig has spun a bri
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Not at all what I thought but I found it adventurous and one dimensional with regards to the characters. It was enjoyable for the most part but thought it could have been done better. I've read other books by Ms. Wittig and thought this one dropped a bit. This was a start stop and start read for me.

2.5 Stars
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

December 1307 and Robert the Bruce of Scotland has won the war against Longshanks of England. The Bruce is now King of Scotland.

Tayg Munro has returned home from the war fighting for Robert the Bruce and is a war hero. His eldest brother Robbie was killed in the war so Tayg will one day become Chiefton of Culrain after his father Angus's dead. His mother Sorcha has started Bride Haunting for Tayg and being a legend war hero all the lasses of Cultrain are already snapp
Regan Walker
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Suzan Tisdale
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leslie Reed
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Tayg is a charming fantasy for sure. His and Cat's banter, humor, pride, and love is refreshing. The characters and plot are are intriguing and funny. I did not want to put this book down. Such an enjoyable read.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
The heroine in Charming is not only a bonafide shrew, she can't seem to put two and two together and get the right answer. Reading about her is a bit like fingernails on chalk-board. You can't like it.
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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!
Tina "IRead2Escape"
3.5 Stars

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Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a handsome highlander and a sharp tongued wench and a cockstand or two but "Outlander" this is not. An ok vacation read.
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Returning home to the Scottish Highlands after battling the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome—and a shocking ultimatum. In order to take his place as heir to the chiefdom of Culrain, he must choose a wife within the month or have one chosen for him. Angered by his family's decree, Tayg delays the inevitable by volunteering for a mission for the king that takes him deep into the Highlands. Preoccupied by his marital obligation, the brooding warrior sets out with no hint of the fateful ...more
Danielle Carpenter
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a well developed story of taming of the shrew, but instead of the male making her bend to his will. He loved her by being his charming self and asking her to try to hide the shrew so they could get to the king while they were traveling with a letter of ill intent for the king. Catriona lets her true self show and lets down the mask she wore at home to survive her brothers torments. Tayg finds himself falling in love with this version of Catriona. The author wrote how Catriona became a s ...more
Helen White
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming The Shrew

This book is very good and contains no bad language and very little sex. The story of Tayg and Cat is one of Laurin Wittig's best. The series should be one of her best.
Cat has been raised with all brothers who constantly picked on her causing her to withdraw into anger and a shrewish tongue. Her oldest brother is very evil to her and would force her to marry Dogface MacDollen for him to ally with his clan. Cat leaves and meets Tayg who is posing as a bard and is in her territo
I love the way she grows in the story from a shrew to passionate, loving, kindheated and selfless woman, all because he gives her the chance to do it, by showing confidence in her ability to do it. At first he is prejudice like all others, but than he bothers to take a closer look at her and he can see she's just a wounded lass who wants to protect herself. it's very beautiful written, you can real easy sympathize with the main character, you even feel the cold and misery of the hard journey. I ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm happy to say I liked both the hero and the heroine, although I did love the hero more. The heroine was a little 'too' shrewish at times, and her reasoning to keep denying Tayg wore thin after awhile.

It was fun going along on their adventures, always wondering how it would end up and when the brothers and Dogface would catch up. I also pondered which way Alaig would go the whole book, and I like authors who keep me guessing till the end.

She obviously did her historical research too, and I lov
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, suspenseful, and romance

Interesting story of a plot against the king and a girl running away from her betrothed when she meets a bard. Laurin Wittig keeps your attention with action-packed scenes, and her characters are so warm and fascinating. The bard and runaway are on a long trip to the king filled with surprises and intrigue. I am sure you will enjoy this book. Happy reading!
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a good leisure read. Pretty easy. Although the main female character is kind of annoying. I always enjoy strong female characters but this seems to confuse strength with stubbornness and blind courage. If you're looking for a love story where the characters confuse hatred, angry passion for love this ones for you.
Linda Rutland
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding Scottish Tale

I got this book and it included the narrated version. I started listening and must say I enjoyed the Scottish brogue . Tayg and Cat truly have a love hate relationship but he gives her acceptance and love both things she never received from her family. But Taygs secrets are looking as a problem as they allow their affection to grow for each other.
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