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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061344788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061344787
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

She was ready to let her heart run wild . . .

Merry Stewart has had enough! Enough of her brothers, whose behavior would make even the most improper lady blush. Enough of their Highland home, which would surely have fallen to ruin were it not for her. She dreams of escaping into the arms of her betrothed, Alexander d'Aumesbery—even though they haven't yet met. But when they do, Merry is devastated. It seems he's no better than the men in her family.

So beautiful, so brazen . . . From the moment he meets Merry, Alexander is determined to make her his. Desperate to convince her he's nothing like the members of her roguish clan, he will prove he is every bit the well-mannered gentleman. Yet, beneath it all beats a heart as intense and uncontrollable as hers. And finally, when his life is threatened, Merry realizes he's the husband she's been waiting for . . . and their passion becomes the one thing that cannot be tamed.

About the Author

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

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Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres--historical, contemporary, and paranormal--and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists. Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.

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Excellent read and I can't wait to step back to book 1.
M. Kelly
While Taming the Highland Bride is second in the The Devil Of The Highlands series, I read it after book three - The Hellion and The Highlander.
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The mystery in the story a very cleverly plotted and suspenseful.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samantha VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was really a 3.5 stars. Taming the Highland Bride is an easy, fast-paced story about mistrust and misunderstandings. This page turner was filled with obstacles that the main characters had to get past to find love. This was my first book by Lynsay Sands and I have to say that her writing style is very light and creates an easy flow.

Alex is patient, sweet and loyal man and I liked that a lot. Even though he had misgivings about Merry from rumors that she was a shrew, from the beginning he was attracted to her. He wanted to make her happy to be his wife. My only problem with Alex is that he was not portrayed as a warrior. For the better part of the book, Merry ran the household and held the men together, while Alex was constantly in harm's way and banged up.

Merry is a strong, independent and caring woman. After suffering through years of taking care of her drunken brothers and father, she is desperately seeking a new life. I honestly felt Merry's disappointment at her first encounter with her Alex, knowing she felt as though she left one horrible situation for another.

As they both try to move forward from their awkward first encounter, they both have to learn to let go and find love. I enjoyed the way Alex worked to get Merry's guard down to prove that he was not like the men in her family. He took his time not to force her but rather show her that he was a man of honor. Sure enough, slowly as they are on an adventure to Scotland, Merry sees her husband for the man that he truly is and allows him to slowly enter her heart.

While they are both discovering their newfound feelings towards one another, mystery and danger is lurking around every corner.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on January 30, 2010
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Merewen Stewart, occasionally called a shrew, is fed up with her drunken father and brothers... and with the man she's supposed to marry who's been off on crusade. When she hears her betrothed, Alexander d'Aumesbery, is home from crusade, her father and brothers take her to marry him. Although Merry isn't particularly sad to wave goodbye to her drunken family as she has hopes that her husband may be a sober and worthy gentleman, she's vastly disappointed to first lay eyes on her betrothed when he's dead drunk. The following days aren't much better as he stumbles and is clumsy and appears to also have a drink problem.

Alex has heard the rumours about his shrewish betrothed but finds her a refreshing surprise. But as soon as she arrives at his home strange things start to happen. Is she responsible for drugging him and for some attempts on his life? As they travel to visit Alex's sister and her new husband, it seems that the danger is coming along with them. Can they get to the bottom of events and build a true relationship?

Lynsay Sands has a simple but readable writing style. Although I find her books rather lacking in characterisation and plot, largely driven through dialogue, they aren't boring. This book was the same, and despite its rather misleading title (there wasn't really any 'taming' to be done to Merry) it was a reasonable read. There were an awful lot of places where I had to suspend disbelief, for example the efficacy of some herbs which would make Viagra's makers rather excited, and the mystery side of the plot wasn't particularly gripping, but for those who like Lynsay Sands' books this is another of a similar level and will appeal to those who like historical highland romances.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2011
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Merry's father and brothers are drunk most of the time. Merry manages the laird and the household and oversees the men's fight training. She is known as the Stewart Shrew because she's so tough on her father and brothers when they are drunk. A marriage was arranged years ago to Alex. He was fighting in the Crusades and just now returned. Merry's father and brothers take her to Alex's home for the wedding. When they arrive, they see Alex drunk. No one tells Merry that he was given whiskey for the purpose of pulling a bad tooth. Then each day someone drugs Alex causing him to appear drunk. Later there are repeated attempts to kill Alex.

This book did nothing for me. I stayed with it out of curiosity, but it wasn't engaging. It felt like the author was just getting out another book for the year. Story was predictable. There is a lot of conversation, but it was ordinary. Then we have stupidity. After everyone knows someone is trying to kill Alex. Alex's friend wants to post guards around Alex's tent at night. Alex says no. Then the bad guy sets the tent on fire while Alex and Merry are sleeping inside. Author doesn't explain why Alex said no. There are several sex scenes, but nothing special.

Instead of an interesting discovery process about the mystery, we have the convenient long explanation by the bad guy at the end, just before the bad guy will be striking the final killing blow.

Slight annoyance with the cover picture. Alex has long blond hair. Cover guy had short dark brown hair.

The title was misleading. There was no taming of Merry. After he saw her in action, Alex quickly fell in love with her.
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