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The Ward's Bride: Border Series Prequel Novella

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Their marriage is forced. Their passion is real.

English knight Sir Adam Dayne is offered the ultimate prize by the earl who raised him: lordship of Langford castle. All he must do is accept a betrothal to the Scottish Marcher warden's beautiful daughter, a match made to keep peace at the tumultuous Anglo-Scottish border. Sir Adam relishes the prospect - until he meets the woman he is to wed.

Lady Cora Maxwell hates everything English, including the self-assured new lord who has claimed her hand in marriage. Desperate to return home to Scotland, Cora displays increasingly outrageous behavior in the hopes of dissuading the Englishman from the marriage. But when Adam proposes a unique challenge, Cora is forced to face her greatest fears and the burgeoning desire he has awakened in her.

The Ward's Bride is a prequel novella in a historical romance series set in 13th century Northumbria. If you like strong female heroines, alpha male types, and sizzling romance, you'll love the first installment of the Border Series. Transport yourself to the medieval world of The Ward's Bride today!

©2017 Cecelia Mecca (P)2017 Altiora Press

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    DragonRose UK UK 10/08/2017
    DragonRose UK UK 10/08/2017

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    "Superb, Exciting, Passion filled Read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. This was an absolutely wonderful story, with fabulous wit and sass from our heroine being met with charm and patience from Adam. Their marriage wasn't from choice, and they certainly have some obstacles to overcome, but hearing about them, and if they can get past those obstacles was a real delight. There were some very funny moments that kept the book light despite some of the more serious moments. Considering this was only a novella, I think the characters had depth, and the storyline was exciting and made me want to listen straight through to find out how it ends. I wasn't disappointed at all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that was never a dull moment to this story, and that there was more than just romance to keep it exciting. Keeping the peace between Scotland and England is the whole reason why the betrothal has to take place in the first place.


    What does Benedict Waring bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The performance for the most part was impressive. Benedict excelled at the male character voices, especially when they were giving impassioned speeches. He did a decent job of the female voices, and at times our heroine's voice was really good. On other occasions she sounded a little like Mrs Doubtfire! Similar can be said for the hero's voice, mostly his voice was good, especially when he had intimate moments with our heroine, but on times he did sound a little 'camp'. Although not perfect, the narration was enjoyable to listen to, and it was nice to have a little smile now and then when I found the character's voices a little inconsistent at times. I definitely wouldn't have any qualms listening to more books narrated by him. He is only new to narrating, so given time he will be perfect. Listening to him reading this book brings the story to life, moreso than reading it, or watching it if it were on TV. Having it read gives the characters voices, but in my own head I can picture them exactly as I think they should be.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and it was easliy done as this is a novella length story. If it were longer though, I would still want to listen to it all in one go because Cecelia Mecca's stories are captivating from the first word to the last.


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  • Romance junkie
    15/08/17
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    "Unwilling Scottish Bride and English Soldier"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ward's Bride to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I enjoy audio when there are accents, English and Scittish as in this book....it adds more for me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam...he was English, desirering peace with the border as its..raised by a lord as his parents were dead he was honest, loyal and thoughtful...he did everything he could to help his Scottish bride Cora adjust to England and to him..putting her neeeds and desires before his own..very lovable


    Have you listened to any of Benedict Waring’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to this narrator...h did a very nice job...sometimes I didn't understand his pauses, but not too badly paused


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Adam and Cora acknowledged their feelings for each other


    Any additional comments?

    This should be an excellent series...excellent dialogue ... great characters...some angst but not excessive...their were some secondary characters I am interested in learning more about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    14/08/17
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    "Captivating Listen"

    Both the author and narrator were new to me. I really enjoyed this short listen. The characters are strong and independent, yet they have great chemistry. The forced marriage concept fit the time period for this book. Cora was fortunate that her husband (Adam) was not the brute most English barons were to Scottish brides. I thought the narrator did a very good performance with the various characters and was able to put the right emotion into the story. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written my review. I will definitely look for more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    Toronto
    13/08/17
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    "Love Has No Borders"

    Cecelia Mecca has been a wonderful new author to read. If you like to read medieval romance set in the border between Scotland and England, this book is for you. In spite of the fact that like most prequels the instant lust and love between Cora and Adam happened in a blink of an eye, somehow Ms Mecca managed to write an entertaining story. Adam and Cora were forced to marry in order to keep the peace between Cora's clan and its English neighbours. Adam had no problem with it, Cora had every intention to make her husband return her back home. And so the scheming began. I liked Adam sense of honour and Cora's feistiness. There are a couple of funny scenes too. Yes, I will continue reading this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    12/08/17
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    "Sweet and spicy read"

    I enjoyed this sweet story. Both main characters were so likeable and they had great chemistry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Brown
    05/08/17
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    "Battle of wills!!!"
    What did you love best about The Ward's Bride?

    A new author with a great beginning in her first novella. Sir Adam Dayne, an English knight, is offered a prize that can't be refused. He gains his own castle if he marries and accepts a betrothal to the Scottish Marcher warden’s beautiful. Lady Cora Maxwell hates everything English, including the self-assured new lord and husband. Lady Cora thought she’s have time to convince her Adam that they would not suit, but instead they are married the day after she arrives. Cora provides Adam a proposal and if he accepts he will be in for the battle of wills with his new wife. Cora is forced to face her greatest fears and the burgeoning desire he has awakened in her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A novella that delivers an excellent story of two people meeting for the first time, with different backgrounds and finding what they most need and desire, love and happiness.


    Have you listened to any of Benedict Waring’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Narrator Benedict Waring did an excellent job of narrating this audio book it simply came alive and was very enjoyable to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DragonRose UK
    UK
    03/08/17
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    "Exciting and Passionate Story"
    What did you love best about The Ward's Bride?

    This was an absolutely wonderful story, with fabulous wit and sass from our heroine being met with charm and patience from Adam. Their marriage wasn't from choice, and they certainly have some obstacles to overcome, but hearing about them, and if they can get past those obstacles was a real delight. There were some very funny moments that kept the book light despite some of the more serious moments. Considering this was only a novella, I think the characters had depth, and the storyline was exciting and made me want to listen straight through to find out how it ends. I wasn't disappointed at all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that was never a dull moment to this story, and that there was more than just romance to keep it exciting. Keeping the peace between Scotland and England is the whole reason why the betrothal has to take place in the first place.


    What about Benedict Waring’s performance did you like?

    The performance for the most part was impressive. Benedict excelled at the male character voices, especially when they were giving impassioned speeches. He did a decent job of the female voices, and at times our heroine's voice was really good. On other occasions she sounded a little like Mrs Doubtfire! Similar can be said for the hero's voice, mostly his voice was good, especially when he had intimate moments with our heroine, but on times he did sound a little 'camp'. Although not perfect, the narration was enjoyable to listen to, and it was nice to have a little smile now and then when I found the character's voices a little inconsistent at times. I definitely wouldn't have any qualms listening to more books narrated by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes there were occasions that made me laugh in this book, and others where I felt quite emotional, especially at one point between Adam and Cora. I can't explain which parts because of spoilers, but yes, this book definitely made me emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella 7
    Illinois
    29/07/17
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    "Exceptional Story!"

    I've read this book before and now I've had it read to me.

    The Narrator Benedict Waring did an excellent job of narrating this audio book. He made it come alive and was very enjoyable to listen to.

    I was completely awed once again by this story. Love certainly cannot be denied when it's given unconditionally.

    I highly recommend this book as both an ebook and an audio book. I'm sure you will enjoy this book just as much as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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