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The Highlander's Promise

Highland Brides
Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)
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Summary

In a spellbinding new Highlands story from New York Times best-selling author Lynsay Sands, the laird of the Buchanans finds the one woman who is his equal in passion and courage.

Aulay Buchanan has retreated to his clan’s hunting lodge for a few days of relaxation. But the raven-haired beauty he pulls from the ocean puts an end to any chance of rest. Though he christens her Jetta, she knows nothing of her real identity, save that someone is trying to kill her. As she recovers, it will not be easy for Aulay to protect her and keep her honor intact when she mistakenly believes they are man and wife…

Jetta sees beyond Aulay’s scars to the brave, loyal warrior she’s proud to call her own. But as the attempts on her life grow more brazen, Jetta realizes that not all is as she believes. And if Aulay is not her husband, can she trust the desire flaring in his eyes, or his promise to defend her with his life?

©2018 Lynsay Sands (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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enjoyable read

loved this book it was very easy listening with a good narrator. ok if you don't want a really deep read in a book.

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  • Jo
  • 01-08-18

The Highlander,s Promise

A good book but not as good as the last 2. Some of the humour is lacking.

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  • My Audio Romance Blog
  • 03-09-18

Sweet, Fun Highlander Addition

It is alway a refreshing change to read a story where both the hero and heroine are sweet, kind, caring people. Ollie was injured and scarred in the battle that killed his twin brother. Ever since then he has kept away from women, who all seemed disgusted by his face. He just wants a little R&R and to go fishing with his younger brother when they come upon a half-submerged ship’s mast with a woman tied to it. She is semi-conscious when they rescue her but she quickly passes out due to severe head trauma (my favorite common theme of this author) but not before getting a good gander at Ollie and calling him her “angel.”

Unfortunately upon awakening Jetta (assumed name) has no memory of herself or those around her but finds Ollie next to her and scantily clad leading her to assume he is her husband. Ollie likes the sound of that too much and thus begins a comedy of errors of sorts.

Ollie and Jetta are very attracted to each other, their honor, sweetness, and personalities as well as their exteriors. While Jetta is in recovery, the fake marriage allows for liberties that Ollie tries to fight honorably against. They both make erroneous assumptions about the others thoughts and feelings all the while there is an ominous presence causing problems and multiple additional head wounds (some day I am going to survey Lyndsay Sand’s historical head injuries).

As the investigation of this evil presence continues and Jetta continues to heal, many couples from the previous Highlander books appear and cause some laugh-out-loud moments.

This book was fairly predictable but in a cozy and comfortable way. It’s easy to know what to expect from a Lyndsay Sands novel: sweetheart MCs, some evil entity that is eventually outed, and many many many head injuries almost to the point of wondering how everyone in her books isn’t permanently concussed. In this case, the story that the evil entity tells is soooooo terrible that I almost sided with the evil entity... like yeah, I guess it makes sense you did all this evil stuff after what you’ve been though. But I won’t share more to avoid spoilers.

Finally I have to address the Joel Froomkin in the room. He did an AMAZING job!!! I love a real Scottish accent and Joel delivers! His accent reminded me at moments of Sean Connery so there is NOTHING wrong with that. He also did such a great job with the female voices (both Scottish and English) that I almost wondered if they brought in a separate female narrator. I was impressed by the emotion he brought to the book as well, especially Ollie’s character. My only complaint here is that the word “grimace” was pronounced in a way that I am not used to and made the author’s overuse of that word VERY apparent. Otherwise it was a fabulous narration!.

This is a nice, non-angsty Highlander read that I think will satisfy anyone but especially Lyndsay Sands fans. The heat and love between the MCs was palpable and the mystery element was worked well in to the story.

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  • Joey
  • 13-07-18

Keeps getting better!

Love the humour in this book. Cant wait for the next book in this series!

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  • A. Rudolph
  • 18-11-18

Loved it

I don’t know why some reviewers complained about the narrator, but I think he was good .

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  • Micky
  • 01-10-18

Just Gets Better and Better

The story of each brother is very enjoyable, and for me Aulay's story is endearing. The connection between him and Jetta is great to his surprise from the very beginning. This book will not disappoint. You will be taken on a sensual, emotional and suspenseful ride. LS does it again.

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  • CHW
  • 14-07-18

Why change narrator in the series

This was one of the worst listens I've endured in quite a while. The narrator made the characters seem like they were brainless Airheads. It was an extremely tough listen this time. I'm a big fan of Lynsay Sands and I look forward to reading or listening to her next books. However, if this narrator will narrate the next book I will not purchase. It's not anything personal against the narrator. He just was not right for this particular book.

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  • Lisa Foster
  • 09-08-18

Once again the voice spoils the story

The narrator’s voice sounded like a 90 year old man, making his declaration of love and any passionate scene sound very odd, unlikely and gross. His women’s voices sounded very masculine. Please take the time to find the right peron

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  • MM
  • 18-07-18

AGAIN A TERRIBLE NARRATOR HAS RUINED A BOOK...

I really enjoyed this whole series, however, I agree with one of the other reviewers, why change narrators for every book. The narrator for this book was not good at all. Made all the characters sound like Neanderthals. Sorry Lynsay...please listen to it before it goes out. I do love your books and will look forward to the next one ( depending on the narrator). <3

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  • Chadical
  • 13-02-19

Loved it!

Best one of the series so far! I cried and laughed! This one is the 3rd book of the series I've read (I did not read them in order. I didn't realize this was a series until the second book, 3rd in series, I read). I will be recommending this series to friends because of this book!

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  • Mo Sytsma
  • 12-01-19

A fantastic story with incredible narration

I am a recent convert to historical romance novels, and The Highlander’s Promise by Lynsay Sands is now ranked among my favorites. I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first Highlander romance, but this book has set the bar way high, so other books in the genre better watch their backs!

The Highlander’s Promise was an entertaining and lighthearted read, one that held me captive from the very start, and one that continues to have a hold on me even after finishing Aulay and Jetta’s story. Aulay was a perfect hero for me, a protective male who also isn’t afraid to be vulnerable. While my initial reaction to him was a little lukewarm, he quickly won me over and stole my heart.

I experienced a full spectrum of emotions while listening to this book. I sighed and swooned, I blushed and laughed out loud. The humor in this book was a pleasant surprise and made me love this family even more. The chemistry and emotional connection between Aulay and Jetta was palpable, investing the reader in this uncommon relationship. The physical tension between the two simmers throughout this book, and they are explosive together, often making me catch my breath.

I came across this audiobook while searching for Joel Froomkin narrations, and I went into it without any expectations, being my first Highlander romance. What an unexpected win it was! Joel (the Ariel to my Ursula, I only want him for his voice) delivered a vibrant and engaging performance, portraying a lively clan of characters in a way only he can.

The brothers Buchanan, their wives, friends, staff, even the villain of the story are brought to life in this narration, each character lively and distinct and endearing (well, except for that damn villain. I hope they get eaten by fire ants.) Joel’s talent is unmatched, and this story is one of my favorite narrative performances, one I’ll listen to over and over.

I had an actual physical reaction to this book and performance. I held my breath, I wrung my hands, my heart damn near beat out of my chest a time or two. Even before I finished the audio, I bought a print copy so I can pet it and have it near me always. Lynsay Sands (and Joel!) have given me my first five-star read of the year and I can’t wait to devour the rest of the series.

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  • bert
  • 15-12-18

she's written better.

I found the story unrealistic, and unbelievable. I did love Jetta and Ollie. bit disappointed.