The Highland Duke : Lords of the Highlands

  • by Amy Jarecki
  • Narrated by Penelope Hardy, Alex Hyde-White
  • Series: Lords of the Highlands
  • 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She'll put her life on the line for him....
When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.
Yet she can never learn his true identity.
Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger, he will face death itself to make her his.


What the Critics Say

"Readers will admire plucky Akira, who, despite her poverty, is fiercely independent and is determined to be no man's mistress. The romance is scintillating and moving, enhanced by fast-paced suspense." (Publishers Weekly)


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What disappointed you about The Highland Duke?

The Male Narrator sounds to old to portray females voices and children voice he should have just done the male voice and even then his voice is that of an older Male. Neither narrators had sounded Scottish or English. The accents were just bad all round.

What was most disappointing about Amy Jarecki’s story?

That the Hero the Duke was divorced in 1703 and him and his wife had 2 children a boy/heir and a girl. Divorce would not have happen during this era of time especially in the Catholic Church with children involved would have made it impossible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Hardy’s performances?

Maybe Penelope Hardy but Not the male narrator Alex Hydewhite. there were two narrators for this story male Alex which was really bad and Female Penelope Hardy which was just OK

What character would you cut from The Highland Duke?


Any additional comments?

Audible Copy of The Highland Duke

The years is 1703. Which makes a lot of the story of the characters unbelievable for the time period.
Akira Ayres is a healer working on the battlefield at Hoord Moor helping wounded English solders and Scottish Jacobite Highlanders. She hears moans coming from the nearby forest and finds Geordie/George Gordon Duke of Gordon with a musket ball in his thigh. This begins a dash across the Scottish country side to get whom she only knows as Mr. Geordie to safety from the pursuing English Capt. Roderick Weaver and his troops.

The first problem I had was listening to the story on audio. The narration has a male and female narrator Alex Hydewhite and Penelope Hardy. The narrators take turns reading and enacting both the hero Geordie and Akira. If would have been better if Penelope had narrated Akira and the other female characters and Alex narrating the male characters. Alex was just awful his voice was to old and he didn't do the female narration well at all. Switching back in forth the characters became confusing the voice between Penelope and Alex narrating the same characters didn't work. Neither of them had a Scottish Brogue and I am not even sure they had and English Accent for those roles. The Narration was Just Bad.

Now on to the story Not being believable. Geordie is a Duke in Catholic Country Scotland and his wife has "Divorced"him but she won't give up the title Duchess and has chosen to live in a Convent. OK this is 1703 and not even 1903. They have two Children together Alex age 11 and Jane age 7. You Can't just get a divorce in 1703 LISTEN TO ME!! IT ANIT GONNA HAPPEN!! This took the story off the rails. This is totally unbelievable. Even today it is hard for Catholics to divorce, it takes some kind of dispensation from the Pope. Henry VIII learned that lesson the hard way. He separated his country England from the Catholic Church and started his own Church "The Church of England" because they wouldn't let him divorce Katherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boylen. I don't ask much when reading Historical Romances but this whole premise is a bridge too far for me. The ending Gypsy Marriage would not be excepted anywhere as being binding and legal. So to me Akira was not his wife but his leman or Mistress. I guess they had there HEA how Unbelievable it was!! I did like all the characters so 2 stars instead of 1 star review!!

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- Edwina "I Love books"

Cinderella like

What did you like best about this story?

The Duke is a good man who uses his wealth and power to help the less fortunate. True love knows no class distinction.

Any additional comments?

The male audio reader sounded much too old for the Duke. This detracted from visualizing the 33 years old Geordie.

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- J. Sheets

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio