The Highlander's Bride: McTiernay Brothers, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Highland laird Conor McTiernay had always dreamed of an enduring love. But the reality of women who desired him only for his title and lands made him swear off marriage forever. That is until he first set eyes on the Englishwoman his men found hiding in the forest. Beneath the dirt and grime it was clear Laurel Cordell was beautiful. But would she prove to be yet another beguiling seductress?
Laurel trusted that the Scottish chieftain would keep her safe from the cruel laird from whom she had escaped. Looking deep into Conor's silver eyes she saw not only his calculating warrior ways but his quick arousal to passion. But before they can explore the growing desire between them, their newfound love is threatened by secrets from her past....
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 24 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 15, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #106,830 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#253 in Medieval Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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The heroine, Laurel is half English, half Scots. While en route to live with her maternal grandfather, the chieftain of a lowland clan, she is abducted by the vile Douglass clan. The Douglass' son tries to force her to marry him and when she refuses she is severely beaten. Laurel is warned that if she manages to escape and goes to her grandfather, her captor will attack her grandfather's people. Laurel believes the threat; she doesn't know how capable her grandfather is of withstanding an attack, so when she escapes she decides to not seek out her grandfather, but instead decides that she will try to get word to him of the potential threat. Laurel and the hero, Conor, meet when she wanders into his campsite. He and his brothers are returning home after attending their brother, Colin's wedding. FYI, in his story, To Wed A Highlander (McTiernay Brothers Book 2) , Colin is a widower and finds love with a new love interest, which I believe is his current sister in law. Anyhow, although Laurel is battered, bruised, and filthy, Conor is immediately attracted to her. As for Laurel, she thinks Conor is handsome and instinctively feels safe with him. At first Laurel gives Conor no explanation for her appearance, but begs him to allow her to travel with them. During the journey to Conor's lands, the attraction between the two ignites and a bond develops. Eventually, Laurel tells Conor her story, but she withholds any information related to her grandfather.
Up until this point I was thoroughly enjoying the story, but when Laurel refused to tell Conor about her grandfather, I was annoyed. I could not understand her reasons for withholding the information. They made no sense whatsoever! Why she thought the Douglass clan wouldn't attack her grandfather (if they attacked at all) before winter descended, but would wait until spring, was beyond me. In my mind it would make more sense to try to warn her grandfather sooner rather than later. In any event, she didn't tell Conor, and I had to live with her stupid decision. From that point on, every time the grandfather situation was mentioned, I had to grit my teeth to stop myself from screaming; I was that annoyed! Fortunately, the grandfather was only mentioned a couple of times so, for the most part, I could ignore that aspect of the story...at least for a while.
That all changes when Laurel agrees to marry Conor. This is where the story started to really, really aggravate me. Laurel and Connor are talking marriage. He gets her to open up and tell him the whole story surrounding her abduction by the Douglass clan. Laurel admits that when she was kidnapped, she was headed to her grandfather's keep in the lowlands. However, she still refuses to tell Conor who her grandfather is. Her reason is that she is protecting her grandfather! Argh!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid!! I wanted to strangle the idiotic female! Conor is a fierce warrior; Laird of a powerful Highland clan. He is more than capable of protecting her grandfather, and even assures Laurel that he will do so. All she has to do is tell him who they are. But NO, she WONT! And she doesn't. Conor has to figure out on his own her grandfather's identity.
As if that isn't stupid enough, there is Laurel's ridiculous insistence that come spring she is going to take off to parts unknown, to do God only knows what! It is her belief that in order to protect her grandfather and his clan, she has to stay away from them. So she intends to send word to warn him of the impending attack by the Douglasses and then she's going to disappear...maybe go to Ireland, maybe France. Ugh! This plan is dumb, but what made it even worse is that even when she agrees to marry Conor, Laurel still thinks she's going to leave in the spring. Her thinking is that she will marry Conor, stay for a few months, through the winter, and come spring she'd take off. WTF?! By this point in the story, I was so overwhelmed by the stupidity of this plot device that I was hard-pressed to finish it. Nevertheless, I persevered and finished reading.
It was such a major disappointment because there is so much about this book that I loved. I really enjoyed the interactions between Conor and Laurel. Laurel is feisty, outspoken, and strong willed. Yes she was a little over the top at times; sometimes having to exercise herculean efforts to stop herself from exhibiting childish behavior such as stomping her foot. LOL But I thought she was a good match for the alpha Conor, who is used to having his every command obeyed without question. When Laurel disagrees with Conor she sticks to her guns and stands firm against him. I absolutely loved that about her! I also loved the way she was able to bring Conor around to her way at times, and his willingness to compromise with her.
Alas, Laurel's out of this world stupidity when it came to her "secret" was beyond annoying and completely overshadowed the rest of the story for me. The end result is that by the time I finished the book, instead of the wonderful 5 star read that I was anticipating, I ended up with a story that was a just a little better than okay. Sigh! Oh well, such is life. I don't think there is anyone out there who can honestly say that they have loved every book that they have read... you win some; you lose some. FYI, this is not a clean romance. There are a few love scenes which are quite graphic, although not crude. Happy reading!
The unemotional, impassive bullheaded laird of the McTiernays and hero Conor come upon a beautiful insolent English woman with mysterious ties to Scotland and heroine Laurel while on their way home from their brother’s wedding. Laurel is obviously hurt and the brother’s including Conor can’t help but feel strongly to protect her but to care for her as well. So they take her to their home to recover from her injuries. The story was pretty descriptive in places that I could easily imagine them in my head. Plus the camaraderie and the true kinship between all the brothers Conor, Clyde, Cole, Craig, Crevan, Colin and Conan really kept me intrigued and invested in the story. I was laughing at some of their antics and they really seemed to care for each other too.
The book as it progressed with the entire constant verbal sparring between the hero Conor and the heroine Laurel just got on my nerves! I didn’t mind the first couple of fights but the whole book between them fighting became tedious after a while was a little much! They fought over everything gowns for Laurel if I had a guy dictate to me what I could and couldn’t wear than I might go for someone else; day to day stuff, sex then why even have sex if you are going to fight over it every single time? Oh yeah the make-up sex which was what Ms. Sinclair was trying to point out is good but I don’t think I need more descriptions of them fighting over it every time. They even fought over Conor’s duties as laird Laurel just seemed too intrusive with Conor’s ability to even run a clan that I wonder if he felt emasculated at all or could even run his clan and household effectively at all? Plus this aggravated me so much that I think Laurel really needed to give it a rest. In fact I skimmed some of the book because I wanted Laurel or Conor to throw in the towel stop fighting and admit that they actually cared for each other. Laurel on the other hand was just hard for me to imagine as being this totally alluring beautiful woman because her personality and behavior were anything but monstrous. How could everyone be so entranced with her anyway? I just don’t really care how beautiful she was on the outside she was not an alluring charming person on the inside to me. At times she did things so impulsively without thinking of the consequences of what could happen, who goes out sanely in the dead of winter walking around in their nightgown and then gets upset because they get sick over it? Maybe if she did it while asleep then I would have given her the benefit of the doubt there is such a thing as sleepwalking in your skivvies. The one thing I did like about her was the fact that she could throw knives but there is very little of her doing that. I wouldn’t have minded more descriptions of this. Maybe throw some knives at Conor while he’s seducing her or while they were copulating? Ms. Sinclair can even have Laurel throw knives while changing the entire household or while everyone is looking at her? So how can I even rate this book at four stars when I can’t stand the hero or the heroine? Really it’s not a bad book at least I finished the story. I just really loved reading the relationship between all the brothers, Brighid was another interesting character to me she was Laurel maid and very best friend. Finn the captain of Conor’s guard and his wife Aileen also were a joy to read even Hagatha the gruff midwife was pretty appealing which all of them were minor characters but that is something that Ms. Sinclair did very well described all the characters whether they be major or minor quite fully. So I don’t think the book deserved a low rating from me and surprisingly I do want to try other books that Ms. Sinclair has written maybe one of the others in the McTiernay brothers series or another of her books. Plus, I don’t like to give a book any book a low rating when this is the only book I have read from this author. So yes I will try another book of hers I just don’t think I will reread this book.