Taming the Highland Bride Mass Market Paperback – Jan 26 2010
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From the Back Cover
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 they do, Merry is devastated. It seems he's no better than the men in her family.
So beautiful, so brazen . . . From the moment he meets Merry, Alexander is determined to make her his. Desperate to convince her he's nothing like the members of her roguish clan, he will prove he is every bit the well-mannered gentleman. Yet, beneath it all beats a heart as intense and uncontrollable as hers. And finally, when his life is threatened, Merry realizes he's the husband she's been waiting for . . . and their passion becomes the one thing that cannot be tamed.
About the Author
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She's been writing since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that's just a big bonus.
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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 he was attracted to her. He wanted to make her happy to be his wife. My only problem with Alex is that he was not portrayed as a warrior. For the better part of the book, Merry ran the household and held the men together, while Alex was constantly in harm's way and banged up.
Merry is a strong, independent and caring woman. After suffering through years of taking care of her drunken brothers and father, she is desperately seeking a new life. I honestly felt Merry's disappointment at her first encounter with her Alex, knowing she felt as though she left one horrible situation for another.
As they both try to move forward from their awkward first encounter, they both have to learn to let go and find love. I enjoyed the way Alex worked to get Merry's guard down to prove that he was not like the men in her family. He took his time not to force her but rather show her that he was a man of honor. Sure enough, slowly as they are on an adventure to Scotland, Merry sees her husband for the man that he truly is and allows him to slowly enter her heart.
While they are both discovering their newfound feelings towards one another, mystery and danger is lurking around every corner. I felt the mystery incorporated throughout the entire story was interesting and at the end I was a little surprised at the villain. I wanted them to dig around to find out who was behind the "mysterious" incidents but I was a little disappointed that they just happen to stumble across the truth. No one took real interest that they were in real danger except Merry.
Overall, I would recommend Taming the Highland Bride to anyone who wants to enjoy a quick and enjoyable read. I look forward to reading further along in this series.
Alex has heard the rumours about his shrewish betrothed but finds her a refreshing surprise. But as soon as she arrives at his home strange things start to happen. Is she responsible for drugging him and for some attempts on his life? As they travel to visit Alex's sister and her new husband, it seems that the danger is coming along with them. Can they get to the bottom of events and build a true relationship?
Lynsay Sands has a simple but readable writing style. Although I find her books rather lacking in characterisation and plot, largely driven through dialogue, they aren't boring. This book was the same, and despite its rather misleading title (there wasn't really any 'taming' to be done to Merry) it was a reasonable read. There were an awful lot of places where I had to suspend disbelief, for example the efficacy of some herbs which would make Viagra's makers rather excited, and the mystery side of the plot wasn't particularly gripping, but for those who like Lynsay Sands' books this is another of a similar level and will appeal to those who like historical highland romances.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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 one tells Merry that he was given whiskey for the purpose of pulling a bad tooth. Then each day someone drugs Alex causing him to appear drunk. Later there are repeated attempts to kill Alex.
This book did nothing for me. I stayed with it out of curiosity, but it wasn't engaging. It felt like the author was just getting out another book for the year. Story was predictable. There is a lot of conversation, but it was ordinary. Then we have stupidity. After everyone knows someone is trying to kill Alex. Alex's friend wants to post guards around Alex's tent at night. Alex says no. Then the bad guy sets the tent on fire while Alex and Merry are sleeping inside. Author doesn't explain why Alex said no. There are several sex scenes, but nothing special.
Instead of an interesting discovery process about the mystery, we have the convenient long explanation by the bad guy at the end, just before the bad guy will be striking the final killing blow.
Slight annoyance with the cover picture. Alex has long blond hair. Cover guy had short dark brown hair.
The title was misleading. There was no taming of Merry. After he saw her in action, Alex quickly fell in love with her.
I do not understand why this book won the RT Reviewers award for Scotland-Set Historical Romance.
Story length: 371 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 8. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 18. Setting: unknown time during the Crusades probably 1100 to 1600, in Northern England and Scotland. Copyright: 2010. Genre: historical romance.
To date I've read the following Lynsay Sands books. Dates are copyright dates.
3 stars. The Switch 1999
2 stars. Sweet Revenge 2000
2 stars. Always 2000
1 star. Love Bites 2004
2 stars. The Perfect Wife 2005
5 stars. Love is Blind 2006
2 ½ stars. Taming the Highland Bride 2010
Taming the Highland Bride is a story shrouded in mystery and misgivings. Danger follows Alex and Merry at every turn. Merry's disappointment when she first sees Alex is genuine. My heart broke a little for her then. She is stoic and capable and was able to move on, although you can feel her sadness at having to. Alex is exactly the kind of man Merry needs. It takes a while for him to prove it to her. Their relationship becomes passionate and heartfelt in the process. While Taming the Highland Bride is second in the The Devil Of The Highlands series, I read it after book three - The Hellion and The Highlander. The series may be read out of order without much lapse in continuity.
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Unfortunately, the narrator is simply awful. Her Scottish accent is probably OK, but she reads with very little inflection. I would have to call her a Scottish zombie. This probably added to my feeling that the book dragged on a bit.