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Charming the Shrew (The Legacy of MacLeod Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laurin Wittig
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Book Description

Returning home to the Scottish Highlands after battling the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome—and a shocking ultimatum. In order to take his place as heir to the chiefdom of Culrain, he must choose a wife within the month or have one chosen for him. Angered by his family's decree, Tayg delays the inevitable by volunteering for a mission for the king that takes him deep into the Highlands. Preoccupied by his marital obligation, the brooding warrior sets out with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him...

Catriona MacLeod is known throughout the Highlands as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she's told that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a man she has good reason to hate, she flees into the Scottish wilderness, determined to seek the king’s intervention in her plight. When she reluctantly joins forces with a handsome traveler, she cannot anticipate the treacherous plot that will soon embroil them—nor the passion that will ignite between them.

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About the Author

Laurin Wittig was marked by her Scottish heritage at birth, when her parents chose her uniquely spelled name from a plethora of Scottish family monikers. At ten, she attended her first MacGregor clan gathering and her first ceilidh, where she danced with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, she visited Scotland, and it has fueled her imagination ever since.

She studied anthropology at Brown University before launching a career in the computer industry. But as a voracious reader, it was only natural she would become a storyteller too. She penned her first book when her children were young, writing whenever they napped. Her novel The Devil of Kilmartin won the National Readers' Choice Award for short historical romance, and all of her books have appeared on the Amazon Top 100 Historical Romance and Top 100 Historical Fiction lists. Wittig lives in southeastern Virginia with her two children, her husband, and their rescue Eskie.

Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425195279
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good romance February 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book i have read by Laurin Witting. I wasn't sure about buying the book because there was only one other review but I'm glad I did. She is a strong story teller. Focusing more on her characters than the background which is a nice change. It is not a racey tale but it is agreat story. I am looking forward to reading her other books. Don't miss this one!
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 10, 2011
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Think I found myself a new author! Very good book. I felt really sorry for Cat. She was treated so badly her whole life and had no idea how to handle someone being kind to her. I thought her title of Shrew was very undeserved. I loved the hero Tayg. Then again is there ever such a thing as a unlikable hero?? Wonderfully sweet personality. He was so great with Cat. He did love to push her buttons though. Only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is I like a little fluff at the end of the book, especially if the story ends right when they get together. No epilogue no perfect rating!

I've already purchased Laurin's Devil and will also get her book 2 in the MacLeods series (maybe I'll have my Tayg/Cat update there??)
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING February 10, 2011
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This is a very well rounded love story, and much more practical emotionally than most of the romances out there. The characters are developed well, and the interaction between the two main characters is great. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone. Warning: The story is addictive, I could hardly put it down until I finished it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another need for 4 & 1/2 stars. August 2, 2004
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Only slight imperfections, a somewhat slow beginning, & emotional power that isn't quite as compelling as some others keep this book from receiving 5 stars.

Tayg is a fine hero, a charmer uncertain how to step into his deceased brother's shoes and unwilling to be forced into marriage by his parents. Cat is not quite the shrew indicated -- don't expect a remake of Shakespeare here. But she does use shrewishness as a defense against what she has come to expect of men, thanks to her brothers & father. Tayg's kindness and sincere compliments allow glimpses of the softer woman beneath the armour.

One the plot starts moving, the pace is good, keeping the reader interested in the book. The truths behind Cat's eldest brother's machinations is handly extremely well. And the ending is quite satisfying and heartwarming.

Most enjoyable, and I look forward to more from this author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical romance May 13, 2011
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I love romance novels where you can tell that the author did their research. This book was was of those and I was impressed because I have never read any of Laurin Wittig's books. Great, quick weekend or beach read. Worth picking up if you like historical romance novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Indeed February 1, 2014
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In recent years I've steered clear of "romance" because much of what I've sampled has been far from romantic. This book was refreshingly much better than my expectations. The story was classic, the romance tender and believable, the pacing perfect. The protagonists were well developed characters full of old-fashioned virtue (loyalty, courage, pride) which lead to the requisite misunderstandings and growth experiences. The happily ever after was sweet and satisfying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Fun Read!!! February 15, 2014
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*Rating 4.5 Stars

Tayg Munroe of Culrain just returned home after years of fighting for the king. He returns home with a heroes welcome and many songs sung by bards of his exploits. But now that he is heir to the Chiefdom, after the death of his older brother Robbie, his mother has given him an ultimatum – choose a bride by the end of the month or she will choose one for him. His father on the other hand has given him an opportunity to search for a bride outside Culrain and help king as well. So after coming up with the idea to be a bard to remain incognito and go about his business in helping the king…
Catriona MacLeod, is known as the Shrew of Assynt, for speaking her mind, her sharp tongue and her temper. When her ill-mannered brother, Broc breaks the news that she is to wed, Duff “Dogface” MacDonnell, and tells all that she will not marry him and if they make she will kill him. After cooling off and having a conversation with her brother Ailig, she comes up with a plan to get out of this marriage… go to the king and ask him to find a husband for her. During her escape of Assynt she gets thrown off her horse and crosses path with a Bard…
When Tayg meets Catriona and discovers she is the infamous Shrew of Assynt, all he wants is to take her back home, but after discovering a plot against the king between her brother Broc, and her betrothed Dogface, he decides to take her as hostage to the king and take care of this plot forming against him. But as time goes by during their travels he begins to see that Catriona’s shrewdness is her armor against those that could hurt her. And their attraction for each other increases as each day goes by….

This was the first book I have read by Lauren Wittig and I must say that I really enjoyed it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked August 5, 2011
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I hadn't read a romance novel in several years, I had gotten tired of the same old story with only slightly different main characters. I'm really glad I decided to pick this one up. It quickly swept me in, and I enjoyed the twists and turns it took. Now that I've finished it and gotten a full nights sleep, I'll start the second book. I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed different kind of a romance book
Enjoyed the book, a different kind of romance and in a way a mystery. You never knew what was going to happen ending an enjoyable surprise
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Loved it! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Published 20 days ago by Jnich
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone but it's good. Also I spoiled the crap out of this...
This book was a little difficult to read at first since the accent that it was written in was not familiar to me. It's written in a Scottish brogue of an accent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kind of a typical romance novel of this time period.
Published 1 month ago by Susan George
5.0 out of 5 stars Tayg
Tayg is a charming fantasy for sure. His and Cat's banter, humor, pride, and love is refreshing. The characters and plot are are intriguing and funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome read by Laurin
Another awesome read by Laurin , Tayg Munro soon to be leader of his clan needs a wife ,but is not ready for one yet , traveling as a bard he comes upon Catrionia ,who is know as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Frizell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fun characters and good plot. I will be reading the whole series. There was a bit too much talk and lot less romance than I like.
Published 2 months ago by AGL
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Easy read. Fun banter.
Published 2 months ago by suigeneris415
4.0 out of 5 stars good character development
Well written, good character development. Very entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite shrew !
I love a story about a woman who is always picked on and put down, and then put up on a pedestal by a handsome prince. This is a wonderful example of that kind of story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeribarey
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More About the Author

Laurin Wittig has been obsessed with her Scottish heritage since her first visit to Scotland when she was eleven years old, and was thrilled, years later, to discover Scottish romances.

She writes Kindle Top 10 bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances. Her books have been translated into German, Russian, and soon, French, and are sold in English around the world. Laurin lives in Virginia, and can be found on-line at

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