- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Margaret Mallory
- Audible.com Release Date: December 16, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QMQDWU6
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Captured by a Laird: The Douglas Legacy, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Other than the superficial, our heroine is really rather ugly to me. She starts out emotionally beaten down after a 10-year marriage to a very verbally abusive husband who enjoyed humiliating her at every turn. She married at only 13-years-old so she essentially grew-up in this horrible environment. At first I was rooting for her to find herself and become the strong woman she always wanted to be. It turns out she just became a shrew rather than a strong woman. Instead of working to earn David's trust she tries to manipulate him into sharing his thoughts and plans with her by withholding sex. As far as I could tell she did not really do anything to gain the trust she wanted except complain, pout, and make ridiculous decisions. He asked her to stay in the castle and keep herself and her daughters safe when he had to go away. But no, instead she is easily tricked into leaving thereby putting everyone in danger. She could not seem to understand why he was so upset. I was annoyed with her too.
She was clearly not a good match for David. Rather than support him emotionally as he worked to keep them all safe, she undermined him with her nagging. She seemed to have 21st century sensibilities and complained about any violence. I got tired for her haranguing him about his decisions.
There is a scene with David's brother, Robbie, that I think sums up my problems with Alison perfectly. She and David have just had a fight after she finds out that he beheaded one of their enemies. She yells at him that he should have shown restraint and they part, angry with each other. She then sees Robbie and asks Robbie why he is upset too.
"Ye want to know?" Robbie said, turning fierce green eyes on her that were so like David's. "Truly?"
"Nay, ye don't," he said. "You want to believe what you want to believe."
He goes on to tell her how David beheaded the enemy to save their youngest brother. She is shocked although why I am still not sure.
"Why did David not tell me?" she asked.
"Loyalty is everything to him," Robbie said. "He expected ye to trust him, to believe in him, without requiring an explanation."
That scene sums it up for me. She is a judgmental, unsupportive, nagging shrew and I wanted more for a Highland Laird than that.
This book overall had a decent if unoriginal plot but for me the negatives outweighed the positives.
Characters are well developed, both have trust issues, David doesn't believe he deserve love, I thought that point could have been more explored in the story we are only seeing this once his step mom returns. Allison was a bit too naive, yes she was forced into a marriage at a young age to an older man who abused her, but still it took her too long to develop strong personality and most of the book she wasn't really likable.
overall if you are into historical romance, you will probably enjoy this one.
Most recent customer reviews
Well written to/keep your interest at high.
I liked the main characters.
Also, a clean read. Can't wait to read more by this author.