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In The Warrior's Bed Paperback – February 1, 2010
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- Publisher : Brava (February 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0758234651
- ISBN-13 : 978-0758234650
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.62 x 0.85 x 8.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #570,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On a side note, once again I find I am disappointed Bonnie's live is not resolved. She makes a point of stating that Alarik McKorey likes her, but her proxy marriage to the cruel Cameron Yeoman is still valid So he just get drunk to forget it. That is all there is on this subject. I have little hopes about in being resolved in the last book, as it is about Bronwyn's brother, and not the McJames. At most you would have hoped for another book about these two, but that is not the case. In stead like in The Highlander Series it seemed like she set you up for a fourth book, but only did three.
Sex content high.
Now to the story...it is set in early 17th century Scotland when James VI is King of Scotland (he also becomes King of England in March 1603, the year this story begins though that isn't discussed until the 3rd book in the trilogy). This is the second in the McJames trilogy and tells of Brodick's younger brother, Cullen McJames. Cullen decides to take up the challenge of wedding the daughter of their enemy, the McQuade, a mean laird who cares nothing for his daughter. Cullen wants Bronwyn in order to end the strife between the two clans, and once he sees her, he lusts for her. Bronwyn McQuade is a high spirited lass who resents both her father's cruelty and Cullen's imposing his will on her, first stealing her from her clan and then forcing a seduction and a wedding she doesn't want. Cullen tells the Bishop who marries them that the king has given his permission for the wedding, which removes the need for her father's consent. But the king's permission had a condition, that Bronwyn consent, which she clearly did not. Cullen told no one of the king's condition, but is intent on having his way with Bronwyn one way or another.
I had great empathy for Bronwyn though she never had quite the strength of some of Wine's heroines. Bronwyn deserved to be wooed and not lied to, but in those days, women were mere chattel forced to serve the clan's needs, so there is no surprise at her being accorded little worth. Then she faces the scorn of the McJames clan, as they hate the McQuades for their many raids. That would have happened but it did make me pity her. Her two older brothers want to reclaim her just so she cannot breed to inherit her dower lands. Then even her body betrays her when she finds she cannot fight her attraction for Cullen (another hard to believe element since he did steal her and treat her as if her wishes weren't important). Cullen eventually comes around, but still.
Overall, I didn't like this story as well as the first one. I thought she could have actually had less lovemaking (I actually skipped some of it as it was repetitive. Instead, I would have preferred a bit more story. (I felt the same about the second in her Highland trilogy.) She can write well (Highland Heat, the 3rd in her Highland trilogy is a good one), but this one wasn't quite up to her best. Also, each of the books I've read has the same description of the plumbing of the day...enough with the water delivery system already. I'm giving it 3 stars as it was well-written and at times quite entertaining.
After being mad aware of his name being sullied before the court and James of Scotland Cullen visits the court and tell James what happened. Jame believes him and not Laird McQuade and sanctions a marriage between Bronwyn and Cullen to stop the gossip and hopefully bring peace between the two clans.
I didn't like Bronwyn much at first but she later grew on me. The story is very erotic with little romance. I found Bronwyn's character not mature enough for a 23 yrs old women. Her character would have been better served as 18 or younger. Like I said by the end of the story I grew to like her. She grow with the story. I loved Cullen!1 So all's well that ends well. I just wanted more of a storyline rather then just so many sex scenes. Sex scenes are great when there is a good story to go along with it. This was not the case for In The Warrior's Bed!!
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Cullen und Bronwyn waren zwei sehr charakterstarke Figuren die einzeln toll waren, aber zusammen die Seiten zum glühen gebracht haben. Einzig Bronwyn ging mir ab der hälfte des Buches ab und zu gewaltig auf den Keks. Ihr hin und her mit Cullen hätte jeden Mann an seine Grenzen gebracht.
Auch die Nebenfiguren waren super und ich hoffe mehr über einzelne in den nächsten Büchern zu erfahren. Die Geschichte hat sich super flüssig lesen lassen, war voller Action und Spannung und auch die Romantik kam nicht zu kurz.