The Lady's Protector: Highland Bodyguards, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Battle of Bannockburn may be over, but the war is far from won.
Ansel Sutherland is charged with a mission from King Robert the Bruce to protect the illegitimate son of a powerful English earl. Though Ansel bristles at aiding an Englishman, the nature of the war for Scottish independence is changing, and he is honor bound to serve as a bodyguard. He arrives in England to fulfill his assignment, only to meet the beautiful but secretive Lady Isolda, who refuses to tell him where his ward is. When a mysterious attacker threatens Isolda’s life, Ansel realizes he is the only thing standing between her and deadly peril.
Lady Isolda harbors dark secrets - secrets she refuses to reveal to the rugged Highland rogue who arrives at her castle demanding answers. But Ansel’s dark eyes cut through all her defenses, threatening to undo her resolve. To protect her past, she cannot submit to the white-hot desire that burns between them. As the threat to her life spirals out of control, she has no choice but to trust Ansel to whisk her to safety deep in the heart of the Highlands.
This full-length Scottish historical romance is part of the Highland Bodyguards series but also can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Pick up your copy today!
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 25 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 19, 2019|
|Publisher||Emma Prince Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #84,066 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#161 in Medieval Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,491 in Medieval Historical Romance (Books)
#3,266 in Scottish Historical Romance (Books)
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The plot and storyline was good and creative but, I struggled with some of the characters and dialogue. I found the heroine’s stead fast resolve to not tell anyone where she had sent her son for safe keeping, great! But, there were many things the main character did that were not believable so it was hard to keep my attention. The main character was King Bruce’s #2 most battle worthy warrior who was sent on a secret mission to keep a woman and her young son safe. He started out as as the ultimate professional warrior and protector who would never waver from the task at hand. But, soon he started berating himself as a barbarian because she was shivering cold and she was saddle sore even though they were literally running for their lives! So, he decided to forgo his survival training and baby her by stopping at an inn to let her rest for a couple days even though he had just fought and killed 12 of 13 assassins and was wounded himself, the day before. I couldn’t take him as a serious warrior or protector after he wanted her.
The female character is well depicted and supportive of the male character who in return is so honorable and faithful to his duties that he fights to no avail his own feelings until of course, both surrender to their needs and love. The end is happy luckily, but full of surprises.
What I loved most Is that the writer (my first book from her) gives the reader at the end a full description of the facts of the time it is written and which characters existed and which not, what is fiction and what is true. I appreciate very much this kind of information because it is a way of learning about the history of Scotland and because I am tired of those writers who write a book per month without any tips as to when the story takes place and not a single historical fact which makes me think they write a love story that could be placed in any country and any time, of course the past, but the past is very large. I have already bought another book from this author, as I liked her writing and thorough research of the history of Scotland and England as a consequence.
The Highlanders are not very thrilled by the assignments, in part, because they are being typically assigned to protect English women and children.
In this story, Ansel Sutherland is assigned the job of protecting the illegitimate son of the Earl of Lancaster, a despised Lord who has come to the Bruce attempting on the surface anyway to establish an alliance with the Scots. Ansel sets out for England and the castle of Dunstanburg, near the town of Embleton. Embleton is a newly established town that serves as the home for servants and other workers at the castle, including those masons, carpenters, and others building the castle walls, turrents, and gates.
Ansel is surprised and disappointed when he finds the castle is incomplete and largely unprotected. There is no garrison of warriors or other protections. He realizes he has a huge job to do; later taking on the repair and preparations for completing the castle as well as training people to defend the castle.
The real challenge he faces lies in the secretive and protective Lady Isolda. She refuses to tell Ansel where the child he is to protect is hidden. Only reluctantly does she later reveal that charge to be protected is her and the Earl of Lancaster's son! Later, after an attempt is made on her life by a hired worker, she shares some information with Ansel. The Earl of Lancaster has his eye on the crown of England. He sees England's Edward II as weak and he, Lancaster sees himself as better suited for the crown. However, Robert the Bruce, believing the Earl is sincere has assigned Ansel to protect, John, the Earl's son.
The story has several twists and turns including a change in how Ansel feels about his assignment, John, and Isolda in particular. Ansel learns, among other things, that the Earl is not to be trusted and that his ambitions make life very difficult for Ansel and the charges he must protect. No, I won't give away all of the plot but this is a story well worth reading. Once I started the book I could not put it down!
When he arrives in England, he encounters Lady Isolda, the boy’s mother who will not disclose the location of her son. But when nefarious attackers show up to go after the lady, he must protect her. So he takes her back to the Highlands and, along the way, their attraction for each other builds.
The story is mostly just Isolda and Ansel though as they travel to the Highlands, we do meet a few more characters. And, eventually, her young son, John. It’s a well written tale, which held my interest though I would have liked a bit more description of the environment around them.
If you like Highland romance with a capable Scottish warrior and a protesting English lady traveling north to the Highlands, you will enjoy this one.
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There is the added bonus of more in depth historical information at the end of the book which is, once again, very interesting whilst easy to read.