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The Wrong Bride

(Highland Weddings #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  820 ratings  ·  119 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen creates an unforgettable story of mistaken identity and irresistible attraction in this first in a wonderfully engaging series set in the Scottish Highlands...

Shaken from sleep during the night and bundled off to the Highlands by a burly Scot, Riona is at first terrified, then livid. Hugh McCallum insists they were promised to each
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
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The Wrong Bride is a great start to the Highland Weddings series as Gayle Callen weaves a tale that makes me wish I could travel back in time and step into Riona’s shoes for just a bit


USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen creates an unforgettable story of mistaken identity and irresistible attraction in this first in a wonderfully engaging series set in the Scottish Highlands...

Shaken from sleep during the night and bundled off to the Highlands by a bur
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the book so much but somehow I wanted to read on. The story reads like the characters are playacting. They did and said what they did and said because the writer wrote them that way. It just felt like one choreographed dance with no spontaneity in it.

But the book has its moments. I thought the book rather bland but I have to give a blank book credit for keeping me reading.
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

Hugh McCallum has kidnapped the wrong bride. When Lady Riona is awaken in the middle of the night by a Scot that has found his way into the room, the last thing she expected was to be swept away out of her home and into the highlands. Hugh claims that she is his promised wife, due to a contract between their families to ensure peace among their clans, a contract her "father" was refusing to honor. Riona is lived with the highlander that doesn't seem to get it, or refuse to acknowledge the fact t

Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
I read this as a buddy read with my buddy, Nenia, whose review is here.

Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'Scottish/Highlander Romance'

27/10 - I didn't think much of this one. The 'she's lying because she doesn't want to face the responsibility of an arranged marriage' story line lasted way too long and Hugh's persistent disbelief of Riona made it impossible for me to warm to him. Riona's non-stop thoughts of how to get Hugh to believe her and who of his clan she could swe
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love Scottish historical romance
THE WRONG BRIDE by Gayle Callen is an exceptional stolen bride story that includes a hero who will convince the reader of his value right along with his intended bride. If you love Scottish historical romance, don’t miss this one! Recommended Read!

Soon to be Highland Chief, Hugh McCallum kidnaps his betrothed from her home in Great Britain. Lady Riona Duff is frightened at first, then enraged at the man who claims they have a marriage contract arranged by their fathers. The contract was drawn be
I've given this a B- at AAR, so 3.5 stars.

The Wrong Bride, the first in a new series from Gayle Callen, is one of those books that’s hard to grade. It’s well-written, the author allows time for her romance to develop and there’s a nicely sensual undercurrent to many of the interactions between the central couple; but it’s the sort of book I had no problem putting down when I had to, rather than one that compelled me to keep reading and ignore everything else around me while I did.

We jump right
Helen 2.0
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wish The Wrong Bride had more general plot. This book was so slow paced it threatened to put me to sleep. For a book of around 350 pages, remarkably little happened until the very last 40 pages or so.

We start with Riona being kidnapped in the middle of the night by a stranger who claims she was promised to him in a contract settled by her father. However, Hugh McCallum has accidentally kidnapped his intended betrothed's cousin, Riona, who shares the same name. That's the premise that k
I've given this a C+ for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals.

The first in a new series by popular author Gayle Callen, The Wrong Bride is an entertaining story that revolves around the idea of mistaken identity. While I at first thought the whole thing was going to turn out to be one of those stories that turns on the Big-Misunderstanding-which-could-easily-have-been-cleared-up, Ms Callen manages to make the misconstruction in this book plausible so that I wasn’t constantly yelling (in m
The Wrong Bride was a cute, fast-paced story. I enjoyed it, but...the entire "wrong bride" bit could have actually been solved if Hugh McCallum actually opened his ears and listened to what Riona *repeatedly* told him, which was he had the wrong bride. Lack of communication is a big, bookish pet peeve of mine. The real bride was actually her cousin, same name, same home, same room, which is what led to the wrong bride being stolen. I told you it was cute.

Though I wasn't overly wowed by The Wron
Mary - Buried Under Romance
This is not a bad story, for all that the hero and heroine get to know each other and fall for each other despite that he kidnapped the wrong bride. However, the frustration at the hero not believing the heroine's claims - when she gave very good evidence and has no logical reason to lie about this - annoyed me greatly. ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hf-scotland, dnf
A over-bearing, stubborn and brainless hero that best belongs in the 90s.
Ouadi Imane
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very highlander-ish- everything was on point altho the romance dragged a little bit at first but again that's understandable seeing as he kidnapped her , will most definitely check other books this author wrote ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Wrong Bride by Gayle Callen is the first book in her new series Highland Brides.

Catriona Duff is staying with her uncle in London while her parents take her sister abroad to hopefully help improve the consumption she is plagued with. During her stay she finds herself being kidnapped by a highlander and taken to his castle in Scotland.

The highlander is Hugh McCallum. Years earlier his father and Catriona's make a contract that brings peace to their feuding clans. McCallum's prime land is sha
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hugh McCallum kidnaps Catriona Duff from her Uncle's house after said Uncle refuses to honor a long-standing betrothal between the Duff and McCallum clans. Except he takes the wrong Catriona Duff. OOPS. After whisking her away to Scotland, they canoodle and fall in love!!

1. Riona is pretty much like "NOPE" from the get-go. The first few chapters were kind of a delight, actually, seeing her resourcefulness and intelligence at work as she figured out what was going on. Except it isn't until the 50
Jul 10, 2015 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
Not really feeling the set up and can't seem to get into this one :( DNF for now, may come back to it later... ...more
Golden Time
There are those things that I like about this book and things that I wouldn't care about that there's nothing that I hate or dislike therefore the 4 stars, but reading and finishing book 2 of this series first didn't help me compare the two books' stories. I love the second book more but this one is also enjoyable. ...more
Izzie d
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A good story. I liked it, you felt for the poor 'wrong bride' kidnapped, impossible situation, how can she prove who she is?
When certain things happened I thought the ending was obvious and it took the characters a lot longer to figure it out.
Sandi aka Maudley
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-rom
Enjoyable first novel in a new series. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A new Highlander romance is always something to look forward to, and I truly enjoyed this start to a new series. Who can resist an angry groom who kidnaps the wrong bride? It is a fun trope and I am looking forward to more in this series.

Hugh McCallum is returning to his homeland to take his rightful place as laird of the McCallum clan. He grew up elsewhere when his mother took his sister and him away from their abusive father. Now that his father has died, he is ready to claim the bride promise
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Rating 3 1/2 Stars

Posted on What I'm Reading

I received an opportunity to read The Wrong Bride by Gayle Callen. Actually, it's an interesting read. We have Hugh McCallum who kidnaps his intended, because her father wouldn't honor the agreement. However, the Earl of Aberfoyle is a tricky man and had decided to put his niece in his daughters room instead of a guest room. Which Hugh kidnaps the wrong woman. Now here's the kicker both girls are name Catriona. The Earl's actually daughter goes by Cat
The first in a new highland romance historical series, The Wrong Bride is a wrong-place wrong-time situation gone horribly, or not so, awry. Catriona (Riona) is visiting her paternal uncle’s home, staying in her cousin’s room. Her cousin, also Catriona, is sent off to the country by her father, in anticipation of some forceful means of collecting on a bridal contract. See, years ago, her uncle entered into a contract for his daughter’s hand in marriage to Hugh, the son of the McCallums, an abutt ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
I think that this year has not been great for historical romances. Personally I have struggled to find a novel that is an equal balance of both historical fiction and of pure romance. Sadly I did not find those traits buried within the pages of this book. Once again I felt like I was reading nothing beyond historical fiction.

For the most part the author did a fairly decent job at maintaining my attention. The plot proved to be interesting and since I stuck with the story I was able to discover a
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Historical romance fans will love this first book in Gayle Callen's Highland Weddings series. I normally don't read much historical romance, but when I do I carefully choose one based on the synopsis when one catches my eye. The Wrong Bride did just that, and I'm very happy to report that it turned out to be a captivating story with intriguing characters and a plot that kept my interest from start to finish.

I liked Riona's fiesty attitude, and the fact that she was willing to fight back and try
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerdgirlofficial
*The book has been provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

Oh I do so love me a good historical romance and Gayle Callen’s new book The Wrong Bride is no exception. This steamy bundle of entertaining words captured my heart right from the beginning. Even though Riona was being kidnapped by a Scottish brut, it still grabbed me!!

Gayle has a wonderful way of introducing you to her characters through their inner monologue and it surely does not leave you lacking. The characters, Gayle
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

Laird Hugh McCallum has come to kidnap his betroth Catriona Duff, but wait there are two Catriona Duff's cousins with the same name. Of course Hugh kidnaps the wrong one. Two brothers one a Earl decides to give there two daughters the same name. One goes by Riona and the Earls daughter is called Cait.
No matter how much Riona tells Hugh he has made a mistake he won't listen. He believes The Earl Riona's uncle is trying not to honor the betrothal agreement made between the McCa
Tracy Emro
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 3.5 stars

I liked this book - but I didn't love it and it will not be on my keeper shelf.

I thought the story moved a bit slow and I started to get irritated with both Riona and Hugh.

Riona is Hugh's intendeds cousin - Hugh kidnapped her by mistake and refuses to believe her when she tells him he has the wrong bride.

Hugh is convinced that Riona is his bride and thinks she is trying to trick him into breaking the betrothal. He has been away from his home for years and desperately wants to p
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars;

My first Gayle Callen, and it was definitely a fun read.
It seems a bit ridiculous that Hugh manages to kidnap the wrong Catriona but somehow they manage to work it out.

Hugh was quite the confident Scot.
Against her lips, he murmured, "I've missed ye, lass. Say ye've missed me, too."

They had some pretty cute moments and I liked seeing fall in love.
Hugh had never told a woman he loved her before, but he didn't think abject sobbing was the right response. "Riona?"

Also, good set up for
Gayle Callen is an author who consistently creates light and enjoyable romantic stories. Her newest book, The Wrong Bride, continues that trend and instantly captures the reader’s attention with a kidnapping, a handsome Highlander and a woman who is definitely in the wrong place at the right time.

Please read the full review at Romantic Historical Reviews
Ann Lorz
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful start to a new series. I couldn't stop reading it. I just had to find out what he'd do when I found out he had the wrong woman. To read my full review: http://romancingthereaders.blogspot.c...

ARC given for honest review
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: highlander
The book was easy to read. Some suspension of disbelief was required. I never felt their emotions, and there was little to no internal dialogue. The story was entertaining though. I might read the second in the series.
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USA Today Bestselling author Gayle Callen writes historical romances for Avon Books. Her twenty-second novel, The Wrong Bride, was published in November 2015.

Gayle’s novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. She was a nominee for RT Book Reviews Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her books have bee

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