After her father and brother disappeared, Lady Jane Lennox is managing Bellhaven Castle. Nonetheless, her aunt has invited six suitors to compete for the right to her hand - and to protect Bellhaven's towers of cool, pink-gray stone. Among the six is Nicholas Kincaid, the one-time object of Jane's affection. Two years ago, her brother banished Nicholas. A mere "sir," in want of title or land, Nicholas was not marriage material. Now, Nicholas will have the chance to compete in challenges of wit and skill, rather than heraldry. But against noble swordsmen, dancers, and charmers, can he possibly win back her heart? The six highland lairds could not ride sooner to the snowy bailey walls, as strange things keep happening to the family: a faulty carriage wheel, a loose step, high in a stone tower. Accidents, no doubt. But by Christmastide, Lady Jane will secure Bellhaven and choose a new love.
©2013 Gerri Russell (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
At the start of this book I thought there were way too many people for me to keep track of, but actually it worked. I very easily settled into the story line and I was enjoying the way the plot unfolded. The addition of a little mystery and a little danger was just perfect for what is essentially a Happily Ever After romance novel. My only complaints would be the usual heroine disregarding her own safety and stupidly ignoring the obvious ways to stay safe, and the voice the narrator used for the 'villains' of the piece just had me in stitches. I could not take them seriously. The 'baddie' voice was just a little too over-the-top for me. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing how the other suitors fare, particularly Colin and the hot tempered David.
"Not my thing – I’ve heard better"
The prior reviewer who said this book was like The Bachelor meets Highland romance was correct. I don’t like or watch The Bachelor for several reasons, and those elements were in this book. The main female character, Jane, was stupid, naïve, and shallow. A couple of the bachelors had less than desirable characters before they came to the castle, but somehow all instantly overcame their character flaws when competing (except Bryce, who took a little longer). I didn’t find the plot realistic and it seemed the timelines weren’t quite consistent either. I didn’t care for the narrator either – she overdid it at points, but mostly I think it was personal preference. I was bored & annoyed & so had to put this one down at a point and I came back to it after I listened to another book. I did manage to finish it, though, which is why I gave it two stars (instead of one).
"I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK"
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story was well written with a totally different theme than most of the highland romance books. It had just enough twists and turns and a little steamy love....could have been a little more for my taste...however, I would recommend this to anyone. The narrator did a wonderful job on the narration.
"The Bachelorette meets Historical Scotland"
Bachelorette in historical Scotland....very different start to a book...6 suitors...how could a girl choose?
Loved this book, because it was so different from most that I have read recently. The storyline with six suitors competing to be Lady Jane's husband. There was excitement, danger, & love.
I enjoyed all the characters and hope to see all of them in future books. The plot and characters were really well developed.
Buy this book...it's really inexpensive and save your credits for more expensive books.
"Better than the second part...."
The story was better than the second part. But the narration....I don't know....also slightly better....if there will be a 3rd book hopefully with another narrator.
I enjoyed this book. It had romance, mystery, and a great narrator. The story kept me guessing right up to the end.
"Great, Justine Eyre will be reading the next book!"
Good story despite Ann Flosnik. Does her father own an audio company, mob ties,...?
I think for this genre the plot was very unique. Must marry plots aplenty, yet this one stands out.
Writers take note.*
"typical highland romance"
There was nothing special or unusual about this book, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, actually I couldn't put it down, but that's the best I can say. The characters lacked something this book needed, they lacked sparkle, charisma, a bigger than life presence. They lacked CHARACTER.
"An OK read.."
Yeah, it was a little cheesy and it did smack of the bachelorette but it was still kind of cute and silly. I do get tired af all the drama in all the romance novels all the time so this was sort of a nice change.
I did like all the players: Lady Margaret, Nicholas, Jane, Colin, David, Jules, Hollister and, eventually, Bryce.
And there was the mystery of who was trying to kill Jane. I KNOW that none of you readers can honestly say you saw that coming!
The only part I was really bothered by was that after Jane "slept" with Nicholas twice she still insisted on going on with the competition and left him wondering if she would choose him. I thought that was a little rediculous.
As to the narrator: I know a lot of you think Ms. Flosnik is "oh, so wonderful" but I can only see her as barely ok. She doesn't have much emotion when she reads and she kinda' sucks at the men's voices. They all sound alike and all gravelly when they talk. I don't mind that they all sound alike but I hate the gravelly sound she gives them. Maybe it's because it makes them all sound like old men. I'am glad that Justine Eyre is reading the next book.
"Think the Bachelorette meets Medieval Scotland"
Russell is a very visual author. She builds up a world that you could easily step into. Each and every aspect is intricately put together without detracting from the fast forward pace of the story proper. She draws you into this captivating world and draws you along for a captivating ride. Romance, mystery, and intrigue abound keeping you guessing and thinking throughout. I could barely put this one down.
I loved the characters in this novel. The panel of bachelors brought in to this story are all captivating and breathtaking in their own manner. I also appreciated how the main character isn’t perfect. She attempts to be who others want her to be rather than herself. That said, she is intrinsically a good person who wants what’s best for those around her. Watching her journey of self-discovery is priceless.
Overall, think the bachelorette with a historical & suspsenseful twist. Well worth the read any time of year.
"3.5 STARS A LIGHT, FUN STORY WITH DANGER ADDED"
This is a hard book to review - not because it wasn't enjoyable or entertaining, because it was but there were so many nice, handsome, thoughtful and kind suitors for Lady Jane to choose from (lucky lucky girl) that you feel so sorry for all the inevitable crushed losers but, who knows, hopefully that's how the series will continue..... with each of the losers getting their HEA endings that they so each deserve.
However, Jane's heart had already belonged to one of them for years, so you pretty much knew what the outcome was going to be and getting to that point was fun, touching and tender but continual death threats brought action, secrets, betrayal, suspicions and a heartbreaking discovery. However, I felt it was very light on the romance, passion and sex between Jane and Nicholas.
Worth a credit? Was it predictable? Yes. Did it have lots of likeable characters? Definitely. Was it a crafted well written book? Absolutely. Was it believable? Err no, I had a hard time believing that any Highland Warriors in 1679 would undertake some of the tasks set. However, it was a light easy-going Highland listen, there are better Highland Warrior books out there but, weighing up all the pro's and con's, I don't regret my purchase - so I guess it's a YES creditworthy.
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