Claire Elliot has two weeks to win the heart of Jules MacIntyre - and then break it. To save her wards from a vicious blackmailer, she dares to enter the laird's castle, claiming to be the wife he'd recently wed. But no such wife exists!
The brooding Jules invented a bride to silence his well-meaning, matchmaking friends, so he never expected her to arrive on his doorstep. He is suspicious of this beautiful stranger, but he's also steadfast, courageous, and effortlessly seductive. In fact, he's the very man Claire would choose to love...if she weren't forced to betray him.
She is an intruder at best, and a liar at worst, but still Claire enthralls Jules like no woman before. He agrees to let her stay - at least until he uncovers the truth - and soon she is filling his manor and scarred heart with the warmth they have both been lacking.
While an unknown enemy has chosen Claire as a weapon to destroy the laird, Jules vows to fight for the passion he has found with his fantasy bride made flesh.
©2014 Gerri Russell (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The narrator's tone of voice was really irritating and she seemed to confuse a Scottish accent with an Irish accent and not a very good Irish one at that. It really spoilt it for me to the point where I couldn't finish the book.
The storyline was ok for this type of book and I would probably have enjoyed it if it weren't for the narration. I bought this as I had previously liked A Laird for Christmas by the same author which had a different narrator.
I would buy another Gerri Russell book but not with this narrator.
The story would not be bad, but the narration spoiled it all. I could not hear it to the end. The scottish accent was much to pronounced, it was hurting... the constant wining when she spoke the women`s parts...awfull. It is a pitty that this narrator has so often the task of narration in this area of audiobooks. I will think a second time before I purchase another book read by her.
THE STORY LINE WAS GOOD, BUT THE NARRATOR SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS CRYING THE WHOLE TIME WHEN SHE SPOKE FOR THE WOMEN. IT CERTAINLY TOOK MY ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE STORY.
"Narrator Has Been Better"
Yes, but I'd look more closely at the reviews first.
Yes, this one was not as good. This book, This Laird of Mine, became TOO sappy and I love a good love story.
At some point - just not in the near future - I enjoyed her work on some of the Sabrina Jeffries books, but this was just again...TOO sappy, and her voice added to the sappiness.
Yes...I'd like to have the wards to have a story...let them be stronger characters and not stupid and go where you KNOW the villain will be.
Just not happy with this book...I had to skip "touching" parts to get to the end...they were too long and SAPPY...no character...no, no...limited and wimpy characters...yuck.
story was too predictable!! The Villain seemed to always have the upper hand and I don't really cared to read about young people teens or children being abused.
The Narrator didn't do a good job on the Scottish Accent. At times she sound British. The accent also, kept changing like she couldn't get her footing on each character.
The story is to abusive to children and was extremely predictable!! The romance was not believable at all.
"Delicious...Sexy and DIFFERENT"
Loved it loved it loved it!
Gerri Russell does a great job creating stories that are different than the usual romance. Once again she has a different plot that keeps you interested and wanting to see how everything plays out.
Claire & Jules's relationship is so ... Well...I don't know .... I just liked them so much. She is a strong woman and is a real challenge for the stubborn Jules.
We get to se some of our favorite characters from "A Laird for Christmas" and they make this book that much more enjoyable.
Read this series...and let's hope more books are to come. This is a fabulous romance!
"Hillarious And Entertaining"
I love the storyline it suits me when I want something light listening but not kind of cheap romance. My first with the author and I find it awesome the way she wove the historical romance with a little fun twist. Love IT!!!!
This was a good story. The narrator was middle of the line. If the narrator had been better I would have given it a 5.
"Money Isn't Everything"
This was a good twist for a Highlander book. We were introduced to solicitors , which I did not know existed that far back in history & what happens when a castle is left unattended for many years. Claire & Jule become a perfect match after all the obstacles they have to undertake to find each other again.
"The bride he invented shows up on his doorstep"
Claire Eliot has just two weeks to win the heart of Jules MacIntyre and then leave him and break it or forfeit the lives of her wards. Her blackmailer is insisting that she pose as Claire MacIntyre, Jules's newlywed bride-by-proxy. But what makes the plan truly outrageous is the fact that no such woman exists. After serving seven years in prison for a murder he did not commit and nearly bankrupt, the last thing Jules needs or wants is a wife. But rather than continuing to endure the advice, suggestions and not-so-subtle hints of his well-intentioned, but misguided friends, Jules takes the easy way out. He invents a bride. Now Jules must learn who is out to destroy him and why, but can he do so before both he and the mystery bride have their lives and hearts torn apart?
While the story is lively and entertaining, the mystery is not well-constructed. For example, when Jules is investigating his marriage by proxy, he gives up when he learns the solicitor is dead, but why does he not ask about the witnesses to the ceremony? Or for another example, if Jules's stepmother is still alive to cause all the havoc she does, how did Jules end up being arrested for murder in the first place? She supposedly was poisoned, so there should have been an easily identifiable body, as would not necessarily have been the case with a drowning or a house fire, etc. These are just two of many inconsistencies within the story's framework, but a larger issue exists with the historical setting and context set for the story. The dialogue gives almost no indication that the story takes place in Scotland's past, and some of the events are unlikely in the time period as well. For example, it would be highly unusual for a single woman to be granted guardianship of three young girls in any circumstances, and the story does not adequately address why such an exception would be granted in Claire's case. Also, during the time of the clearances, an impoverished Scottish noble serving time for murder with no tenants productively farming the land and unable to pay his debts would have had a monumental challenge in keeping his lands from being seized by the Crown. Again, this was not addressed in the novel at all. While I understand that historical fiction is just that--fictional--there is some expectation of plausibility that is what elevates it from a mere story into the historical fiction genre. This book, while entertaining, fell somewhat short of my expectations of Russell's other work.
I listened to the audiobook presentation of this book, and it sounded like the actor was straining a great deal to lower the pitch of her voice to produce the male speaking parts of this book. The artificial quality of her voice in that register was quite distracting. On the occasions when it seemed as if the actor was performing using a more normal, natural speaking voice and speech pattern, the performance was much more enjoyable with the performance taking any additional and allowing the words of the novel themselves to be at the forefront.
"Worth reading again"
I didn't care for the narrator's voice but it was easy to distinguish the different characters and she is not monotone. The story has lots of mystery tension and romance. The love scenes were very detailed. I love the feelings Jules and Claire have for one another. Very sweet romance.
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