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The Highlander (The Highlanders)

Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
Series: The Highlanders, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what's a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest-but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!

Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his cousin's castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder-English or French-it does not matter.

Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder's cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his cousin requests of him-ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle-but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.

©2013 Terry Spear (P)2014 Terry Spear

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  • Nicole Laverdure
  • 02-07-14

Refreshing and fun to read!

If you could sum up The Highlander (The Highlanders) in three words, what would they be?

Tenderness, passion and action

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Highlander (The Highlanders)?

When the heroine finds a half-naked man in her bed!

Which character – as performed by Rosalind Ashford – was your favorite?

Anora

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Captivating and thrilling Scottish adventure!

Any additional comments?

I love this beautiful love story, done as an audio, and written by Terry Spear, the narrator has a beautiful voice, perfect for this audio book. I love Terry Spear's stories very much! I am hooked to her style of writing! I highly recommend The HIGHLANDER especially if you love Scottish romances.

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  • Eileen
  • 31-03-14

ENJOYABLE STORY, CAPTIVATING NARRATION

What did you love best about The Highlander (The Highlanders)?

This is an enjoyable sweet romance with lots of chemistry and just the right amount of heat between the main characters. I was very impressed by the reader's ability to distinguish between Highland Scottish and Lowland Scottish accents. Very authentic. Well done, both author and narrator!

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  • sandy
  • 29-03-14

Nice.

Loved the story and the narrator was alright, she had trouble with her accents but all in all it was a good book, it had love, adventure and mystery. My only complaint was the lack of a dowry. I can't say any more without giving away the ending.

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  • Starlet M.
  • 04-04-16

This highlander can capture me anytime.

What a beautiful story. Very well written, fun characters and a extremely sexy highlander. Author Terry Spear delivers a sizzling romance that leaves you wanting more.

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  • L. Barbee
  • 16-02-15

Liked the story not the narrator

The overall story was good but I really struggled to finish listening due to the narrator's performance. While I might enjoy listening to her narrate other stories, her deliverance of Scottish dialogue was to say the least sub par in my opinion.

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  • Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy
  • 15-08-14

I really enjoyed it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Highlander (The Highlanders)?

I loved when she poked the highlander with the pitchfork!!

Which character – as performed by Rosalind Ashford – was your favorite?

I must say all though I really loved her performance, her female voice was probably the best. So I will have to go with Anora.

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

It made me laugh and I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Linda Townsend
  • 05-08-14

A MUST-LISTEN AUDIO FOR FANS OF HIGHLAND ROMANCES

What did you love best about The Highlander (The Highlanders)?

THE STORYLINE! I will confess that I LOVE highlander romances. I have wanted to read this book since I read the synopsis: A shepherdess who finds a half-naked man in her bed and prods him with a pitchfork to chase him away? Oh my! I was NOT disappointed! This book is everything I thought it would be and more!

What did you like best about this story?

With non-stop action, thrilling suspense, danger, beautiful Scottish settings, animals that will steal your heart and well-drawn characters, this story will keep readers guessing right up to a very satisfying ending. The romance is enchantingly sweet and passionate and their conversations often left me smiling, sighing, oohing and awing. Terry's writing, as always, is first rate. There's not a dull moment in this book and I looked forward to each opportunity I could finagle to listen to it. I highly recommend THE HIGHLANDER to anyone who loves historical Scottish romances.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were so many! I loved the scene near the beginning when Anora found Niall in her bed and poked him with her pitchfork. Then... I would laugh out loud every time the pitchfork was mentioned later... Here's some quotes illustrating some of the mentions:

“I wondered what it would be like to kiss the woman who poked me with a pitchfork earlier this day." He loosened her hair from the ribbon that barely confined it and gently pulled her closer. "You intrigue me more than any other woman I have ever known."

"Mayhap, then," Anora said, as she tried to wriggle free from him with a subdued air this time, unlike the energy she'd expended in the effort earlier in the day, "you will have to arm your ladies with pitchforks when you return to your castle."

"They would not know how to use them as well as you do, lass....”

Another favorite scene was when Niall was trying to get Anora to safety while he was still recovering from his injury... Here's a quote that illustrates the sweetness of that scene:

“May I rest with you, lass?"
"Are you feverish again?" She sat up at once as if she had neglected to ascertain his health first before she tried to rest.
"Nay, lass. I am well, but you appear to be shivering."
She glanced at Gunnolf, who quickly hid his grin and closed his eyes.
"Aye, you may," she said, and Niall tried not to show how eager he was to hold her close again.
Before she snuggled against his chest, she felt his forehead, just in case, and he took her hand and kissed it.
"No fever, aye?"
"You are fine, thank the Lord." And then she cuddled against his chest, and he believed, despite their circumstances, he had found a bit of heaven.”

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

The scene where Niall and Anora spent the night in the cave after escaping from their pursuers up a cliff was incredible. I don't want to post a spoiler... but this scene was the epitome of swoon heaven.

Any additional comments?

The narrator, Rosalind Ashford, was incredible. I was so impressed with her performance that I looked up her resume and she's a New York-based, classically-trained British actress with a long and varied listing of stage, film, voiceover and radio experience. Her accents in THE HIGHLANDER were awesome to listen to. I especially loved hearing her execution of the Scottish burr. I actually went back and listened to some of the characters' dialogue multiple times as I was so enamored of her enunciation of it. She differentiated between the characters to where I could tell who was talking by her pronunciation. I would definitely look for other books she has narrated in the future.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 18-05-14

Sadly....it's not good...don't know how I finished

I have a hard time giving a really bad review. So I will not be malicious. There is so much about this book and it's writing I could pick apart...but when it comes right down to it......it's just BAD. I couldn't get I to it because it was so wishy washy.....the story...the characters....both undeveloped. The male lead was horrible and unbelievable for a Highlander.
I think I got this book on sale or buy one get one free.....still it was not worth the time I spent listening. I can't believe I finished it.
Rosalind Ashford is good and maybe the only reason I could finish it..

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  • Kim Roller
  • 01-09-19

The Highlander's mission results in love!

Nial McNeill is sent on a mission with his friend to save and protect a unknown woman. Anora is a shepherdess who has a secret. When an injured man makes him self at home in her cottage. She must figure out a way to escape and keep her secret. What happens when a independent woman with a secret meets The Highlander sent to protect her? Sparks fly and love blooms while they find danger around every corner.

Nial has been injured from an attack of his clan's enemy and separated from his friend. He takes refuge in a cottage to recover. Anora has been out tending her sheep and comes home to find a Highlander asleep in her bed. She protects herself with a pitchfork. Intrigued and amused by this woman Nial takes control. He tries to explain but reluctantly ties her up overnight. Anora is plotting her escape but her compassion kicks in when she realizes he's been injured. When a friend shows up she must explain that Nail is a distant cousin come to visit. She's surprised by her friends attitude toward her with Nial around. She's always thought of Matthew as a friend, knowing nothing but friendship can be between them. Matthew has different ideas. As Nial's passion for Anora grows so does his respect and suspicion about who she really is. When he gets a fever Anora takes care of him. He gets jealous of Matthew. Anora must ask questions in the village about Nial's friend. She gets a warning from the bar owner's daughter about Matthew. She sees a man who looks familiar. Nial goes looking for his friend. While he's away his enemy shows up at Anora's looking for him. She must protect her self and Nial comes to the rescue. After they kill the small band of enemy, their friends coming looking for them only to be sent away by Anora. Nial's friend gets news of his whereabouts and comes to the cottage. Anora reveals her secret to Nial. They realize they have feelings for each other and he plans to marry her. Anora realizes she can't stay at the cottage anymore. With a party of French knights and the enemy clan looking for them its not safe. They leave her sheep with a local shepherd and head for Nial's clan's castle taking her dog Charlie along. They avoid the people looking for them. When they make a stop and Anora goes off alone and finds a stray puppy. She's set upon by the a french woman and her knights claiming to be her sister. Matthew comes along but doesn't get the clues that Anora has given him. Nial is worried and goes looking for Anora and watches her being taken. Outnumbered, he must track them while Anora thinks of a way to escape and hopes Matthew tells Nial what she said. Matthew comes across Nial and his friend and the three of them go to Anora's rescue. Anora escapes and Nial saves her from the river. They take refuge in a cave and reveal their feelings for each other. They become hand-fasted while trying to survive. A visit from the enemy has Nial fighting for their lives. A noise alerts them to someone coming from a different direction. When allies come to help them, they must traverse treacherous tunnel to get to freedom. Anora plays decoy allowing Nial and friends to get the upper hand. A friend's life is taken. An alternate destination has them meeting up with her French relatives and the Uncle who is her protector. A decision is made and accepted. Nial promises to give Anora what she's lost.

The Highlander is an action packed historical adventure full of passion and danger. Terry Spear weaves a tale of instant attraction that grows into love. A woman in danger leads a Highlander to the woman, he must protect and tries to keep at arms length with no luck. It was a surprise that this was a historical book. I'd read and listened to Terry Spear in the past but they were her shifter books. So this came as a pleasant surprise. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her Highlanders series.

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  • April Renn/AprilR
  • 26-07-19

Awesome reading@

I enjoyed listening to Rosalind Ashford narrate THE HIGHLANDER by Terry Spear, very smooth, easy to listen to and I enjoyed her different pinches in the characters. I enjoyed Anora, she is feisty, and meets her hero head on, they have an exciting chemistry, for sure. THE HIGHLANDER is full of danger, love, romance and mystery, a bit if humor along the long way. There was tenderness between the hero and Heroine, which I enjoyed deeply. What a great Scottish Romance!! 

AprilR