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The author, Kathryn Loch, drops you into a scene leaving you gasping with feelings of total loss. She certainly held my attention from that first scene to the end of this lovely listen.
This is a story where friends hold true even when grave mental changes pull the friendship so taut, it could easily snap. Laird MacGrigor, Ronan, goes through terrible internal pain with flashbacks of his time tortured by the Sassenach. He feels he’s losing his mind and with it his soul. He rather suffer than try to get help—for fear the physicians will think him possessed. He has had moments of being lost, but worsened after this time of torture. When the heroine, Lia, a Sassenach, travels far to come to his aid, he wants her sent back. How dare his friends bring a Sassenach to his castle?
But beautiful Lia is special, well versed in the healing arts, with a compassionate manner which encourages the clan MacGrigor to trust her. She is a gem inside and out, nor does she become involved in the politics of the area. She is pure of heart, full of compassionate for the injured and in need. She learned all she knew from a very wise old woman who couldn’t travel such a distance to care for the Laird.
However much Ronan didn’t want to admire and respect Lia, he came to understand she was sincere in her aid to him and to his villagers, some who were dying from a mysterious condition. With this understanding came respect, admiration and the delightful passionate scenes based on a sincere feeling for the other I enjoy in a read/listen.
I like stories with an intriguing plot complete with love and passion. Where differences with seemingly insurmountable walls, but gradually dissolve, crumbling inches at a time until they are but ash. Author Ms. Loch has written a highland story with memorable characters and compelling plot where people hold grudges and paint all known enemies with the same stroke of hatred and prejudice.
Narrator Brian J. Gill was a pleasure listening to. He has narrated many medieval historical romances and brings an energy to the read with his brogue and character portrayals, providing greater understanding and depth of the characters.
Bottom line? I'm so happy I picked up this listen and I am sure to enjoy to the rest of the series.
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So, I’ve read to 44% and there’s NOTHING romantic about this book, no thoughts, no wanting, no desire, no kissing, NOTHING! I don’t know why this is listed as romance because it’s not. And the book just goes on and on with all kinds of unnecessary crap. It took waaaay to long on the sickness of the village and it took the lives of likable and very young people. I just hate that. Just say they died, don’t introduce them and make the readers like them then kill them off, and leave all the old ones alive. Geez, William was only 10 or 11. WTH?
Needless to say, I’m done with this book. There’s no romance and the author killed off too many sweet characters. I have no idea how this book got 103 4 and 5 star reviews. Edit about 150 pages from this story and it might be worth reading but as it is it’s too long.
I know from other reviews there’s sex in this book but if there’s no sign of desire by 44% it’s got to be pretty stupid sex. Like, “oh, let’s plop a sex scene right here and call this a romance.” Ummm, NO!
I got this book through KU and I still feel like I paid too much. I left 3 stars for the main characters I liked, Ronan, Lia, Aiden, Connell, Robert and little William. It was the long drawn-out story I couldn't abide.
As to the narration: Brian J. Gill did a wonderful job. He read with emotion and male and female alike sounded just like they were supposed to. But even his narration couldn’t help this boring, boring book.
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