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Taming the Highland Bride (Devil of the Highlands #2)

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She was ready to let her heart run wild . . . Merry Stewart has had enough! Enough of her brothers, whose behavior would make even the most improper lady blush. Enough of their Highland home, which would surely have fallen to ruin were it not for her. She dreams of escaping into the arms of her betrothed, Alexander d'Aumesbery, even though they haven't yet met. But when th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Avon (first published 2010)
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Natasha
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
As I was reading the second book in this series, I suddenly realized this story could have been taking place in Montana or Wyoming. Yes, Lynsay Sands tells us the action occurs in England and Scotland, but there are no descriptive paragraphs that transport the reader to either location. One of the reasons I enjoy reading historical novels is the genre offers free tickets to many places during any time period. When the hero and heroine journey from England to Scotland, I couldn't even tell the se ...more
Samantha
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was really a 3.5 star read. Taming the Highland Bride is an easy, fast-paced story about mistrust and misunderstandings. This page turner was filled with obstacles that the main characters had to get past to find love. This was my first book by Lynsay Sands and I have to say that her writing style is very light and creates an easy flow.

Alex is patient, sweet and loyal man and I liked that a lot. Even though he had misgivings about Merry from rumors that she was a shrew, from the beginning
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Jane Stewart
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
2 stars. Ordinary. Nothing special.

STORY BRIEF:
Merry’s father and brothers are drunk most of the time. Merry manages the laird and the household and oversees the men’s fight training. She is known as the Stewart Shrew because she’s so tough on her father and brothers when they are drunk. A marriage was arranged years ago to Alex. He was fighting in the Crusades and just now returned. Merry’s father and brothers take her to Alex’s home for the wedding. When they arrive, they see Alex drunk. No o
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Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I keep telling myself, every time I read a current book from Lynsay Sands, that I’m going to pull all of her books from the TBR mountain and put them right on top so I can get to them soon. I love her writing, her characters, her stories, I love everything about her books. Sigh. My problem is time, but I’m one step closer. I’ve found a good portion of her books in that mountain and they’re nearly ready to be read. Just have to find the rest now, because I refuse to read Ms. Sands out of order an ...more
Elaine
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Sadly, not as good as the first book but still a solid read. Very slow, hard to get through at times. Not a lot of action. Not as good as first book in the series because characters were not as compelling. Didn't stand up to my high expectations sadly. But, it was still an easy way to escape for a couple of hours. The mystery remained a mystery for me until nearly the end, which was nice! Also nice to visit Evelinde and Cullen again.
I liked this...didn't love it.
Cheryl
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was just ok for me. It took me 5 days to read it, not because I'm a slow reader, but because it just didn't hold my interest for long periods of time.

There was one notable scene that amused me- On their wedding night before Alex and Merry could consummate the marriage, Alex fell and was knocked unconscious. Knowing that the following morning the marriage bed sheets would be hung in the great hall for all to see that the marriage was consummated and that Merry was indeed a virgin, Merr
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Sobia
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: HR fans!
I love Lynsay Sands' historicals! I know her vamp series has a huge following (and usually cause said historicals to take a back seat) but honestly, it's her historical Romances that make me a fan! They're always fun and funny, and not full of pages and pages of seemingly endless amounts of angst! And 'Taming...' is no different!

The Romance was a sweet one, the mystery carried all the way to the end, and I have to say I loved all the characters! The Main ones were fun to follow along with, and
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Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
I really enjoyed Merry’s character. She was fun and she did indeed do whatever was necessary, no matter how unpleasant she considered the task to be. Alexander’s character was also quite endearing. He was not thrilled with the idea of Merry due to the reputation that she had but once he met her he was quite taken with her.

They both had their reservations about each other but through actions they both learned that there was more to each other than meets the eye. Figuring out who the culprit behi
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Janja
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book!
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I liked this one, but it reminded me too much of another Lynsay Sands novel, and so it was obvious to me very early on who the culprit in this story was. Also, I accidentally picked up in the middle of a series again, and therefore know how the first book ends now. But had I read the first book prior to this one, I undoubtedly would have guessed the attacker's identity even earlier. Ah, well...probably best to stop while I'm ahead with this series...
Anne
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it


When I first read the description of what happens on her wedding night that her betroth's stepmother describes to Merry, I laugher so much I almost started to cry. Lynsay Sands has a terrific sense of humor and I have read several of her books which made me laugh too.
But Merry soon discovers that someone is trying to kill her husband as they travel to visit his newly married sister. She also finds that the wedding night is far different than Edda told her. Starting to love her husband, she finds
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Jayne dArcy
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Second in this series of three books (that I know of) this tells the story of Merry and Alexander. Merry has been betrothed to Alex since she was a very little girl. When she is grown she is not looking to marry but to escape the situation of two older brothers and a father who are perpetual drunks. Unfortunately, it seems her new husband is also a drunk.

Alexander is far from what her brothers and father are but he appears to be the recipient of a series of accidents. Mishaps that no one, includ
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Megan
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marry Stewart spent most of her life running the Stewart keep until her eldest brother Kade the only sober one in the family came home or until her betrothal returned from Tunis. Which it didn't seem like that was going to happen anytime soon. She spent her time taking care of everything of the keep from matters inside the castle to training of them men because her father and brothers were often too drunk to take care of it. Well her nattering at her father and brothers to ensure they didn't dri ...more
Michelle K
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read, historical
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Another fun historical read by Lynsay Sands. I kick myself for reading them out of order because Taming the Highland Bride is book 2, not book 1 like I had thought. I should have checked Goodreads first instead of the inside covers. Oh well. I have book 1 The Devil of the Highlands and I also already have book 3 The Hellion and the Highlander so I'll just have to step back one book and start it.


Taming the Highland Bride was a very enjoyab
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
When I downloaded this e-audiobook from my local library I wanted an easy to follow light historical fiction read (with a hint of romance) to listen to while I gardened on the weekend. Light romance is not my usual genre but in years past I had read books that I enjoyed set in old Scotland, with a lighter tone and romantic story line (like Ransom by Julie Garwood or On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens) so I thought this would be similar.

This book started out as I had expected - rife with misu
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Sangita Mazumder
Jan 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: erotic-romance
Genre : Historical mystery.

I started reading this book last week, which I completed last night. It is the first book in the "Devil of the Highlands series".

As the suggests, this is a story of a Devil. His name is Cullen, a powerful lord of Scotland who is infamous as a cold deadly brute. His past awarded him the "Devil" title. Every one fears him, still Evelinde agrees to marry the man.

Here comes the bride of the devil, for her wedding him is the only way out of her miserable life. Her stepmothe
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Shelley
Love this book! It is the second book of Lynsay Sands' Devil Of The Highland trilogy. It's my 3rd or 4th time reading it and I swear it gets better each time! I highly recommend it to anybody who likes historical or highland romances. Lynsay Sands is an excellent author whether she's writing highland/historical romances or humorous vampire romances. She adds humor to her writing along with some suspense to keep the reader enthralled in her books. I haven't read a Lynsay Sands book I hadn't enjoy ...more
Tegan
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read anything by Lynsay Sands for a while and I forgot how much I enjoy her stories....
I haven't read the 3 books in this series in order but because I left it so long to get my hands on this book (the 2nd in the series) and it doesn't really matter. In fact it's making me want to go back and re-read books 1 & 3!!!
I'm not going to bother giving you a run down on the plot so no spoilers here! What I will say is that the Merry Stewart is just the type of smart, feisty and strong fem
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Lauren
Taming the Highland Bride
3 Stars

After caring for her drunken father and brothers, Merry Stewart is only too happy to learn that she will be traveling to England to marry her betrothed. Unfortunately, upon her arrival it seems that she has gone from the frying pan into the fire as her fiancé is as inebriated as her family. It soon turns out that Alex is not the drunken sot he appears and that someone if determined not only to cause strife between the married couple but to remove Alex from the equ
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Jamie
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, romance
I picked this book up while I was out one morning running some errands. I hadn't read any of Lynsay Sands books up to this point and I thought I'd give it a shot. I am very glad that I did! I guess my only "gripe" with the book was some of the dialogue was a little hard for me to follow, but that might be because I don't usually read this genre of romance.

Merry Stewart has had it! Her brothers and father are drunks. She vows to never have anything to do with drunks again. She's been promised to
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Jamie - Nitty Gritty Reviews
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up while I was out one morning running some errands. I hadn't read any of Lynsay Sands books up to this point and I thought I'd give it a shot. I am very glad that I did! I guess my only "gripe" with the book was some of the dialogue was a little hard for me to follow, but that might be because I don't usually read this genre of romance.

Merry Stewart has had it! Her brothers and father are drunks. She vows to never have anything to do with drunks again. She's been promised to
...more
Amy
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really like this series by Lyndsay Sands. I have read the first-Devil of the Highlands-Loved it, Really Enjoyed this one! And will be looking for a copy of the third book, to read soon.

Merry wants to escape from her Drunkard Father & Brothers to live 'happily ever after' with her betrothed-who she hasn't met yet. But when she comes to him, she finds him drunk & passed out. She's not so hopeful after that.
Once Alex & Merry get to know eachother, and actually consumate the marriage,
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Lauren Marrero
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a novel about misunderstandings and finding love. Merry believes that her new husband is just like her drunken father and brothers and Alexander sets out to prove her wrong. I loved both characters, though at times it seemed Merry got away with a lot. She was openly disapproving of the men in her life and lorded over them in a time when women were considered the property of men and had no rights. She locked the whiskey away from her father? Yeah right.

Alexander was a kind and understandi
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Blodeuedd Finland
Highlanders! That was enough for me. Though how disappointing, the hero was English. Boooo.

Merry has idiots for a family. They drink and do nothing else. One would think they would have had liver failure by now, or some other clan would have attacked.

Alex is back from the crusades. His bride arrives. Well I got nothing bad to say about Alex. He was nice.

Merry Merry Merry, she really is a judgmental shrew. Also, the almost rape of her husband and touching was just, icky. Ewww. She was one weird w
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kris
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Merry is a shrew, sometimes! Alex is unconscious for 2/3 of the book, and when he's not unconscious, he's drugged! They end up in love, don't ask me how, and there's a plot involving attempting to forcefully impregnate someone? I don't know.

There's dubious consent sex; assumed drunkenness; at least 3 attempts on the hero's life (two of which are head wounds!); a heroine that is first portrayed as capable and aware and who becomes progressively ~~unaware of the world around her because of Sex (wh
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Sharon
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Simply ok. The story had potential, but just didn't cut it with me. I liked the characters, and there were some cute scenes, but other aspects of the book just seems like a way to waste pages. Even the suspenseful action of the story fell short. I liked the hero, but by the third time he managed to knock himself out, I wanted to be the one to land the next blow. Seriously, the "warrior" needed an intense self-defense class- in a hurry! Altogether, it felt like Sands wanted to create a Judy Garwo ...more
Rachel
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I officially love this series! Merry is a tough, but vulnerable woman. She's awesome! Alex makes me all swoony. The misunderstandings between them are reasonable ones, not too far fetched. I love the way they come together and handle it and get down to the bottom of who is behind all the issues that have been plaguing them since their marriage. Plus I really enjoyed seeing a certain character get what was coming to them. The epilogue had me all smiley and ridiculous.
Mey Buentipo
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 2nd book of the series. I also enjoyed as the same for the first book. It is funny and hard to put down. One thing I noticed is that the hero ia often naked. For the characters of the h/h both suits together. I liked the hero at most. He is so sweet, like any man you want. The heroine is a stronger sort with brains on her. About the mystery of the story I had my suspect but the added twist is a nice touch. I felt th ending is rushed. Now can't wait to start the 3rd book.
litsiren
This book was hard to finish. The story's dragged at point I got bored and skimmed at the first 50%. Luckily the remaining turned interesting and somehow I was glad that at least there was suspense rather than reading over the few no nonsense.
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“Merry was worrying about the hurt-a-lot bit when the door suddenly burst open and a group of men began to crowd into the room, carrying Alexander d'Aumesbery before them. It seemed either the men had grown weary of waiting, or the women had informed the men that she was ready and in bed when they'd gone below. She wasn't too pleased about that. Merry would have liked to ask more about this pain and blood. That didn't sound at all appetizing, but then none of it had. Kiss, kiss, squeeze, squeeze, and in it went? It hardly sounded the most exciting business in the world, and it made her wonder why the maids were so willing to let the soldiers and her brothers have at them at Stewart.” 13 likes
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