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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gruenwald Corporation
- Audible.com Release Date: December 23, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019NAX3S8
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Highlander in Her Bed: The Ravenscraig Legacy, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Flash forward to a antique store in present day London, and met the American, London-loving, Mara MacDougall, a descendant of none other than Colin MacDougall himself. She is the owner and tour guide for Exclusive Excursions, and she is just winding down a fourteen day long excursion in which she herded would-be ghost hunters from the Society of Intrepid Ghost Hunters through haunted pubs, castles and estates when she stops into the shop. Her attention is captured by a beautifully carved four-poster bed that sets her mind reeling with a fantasy about a knight and his lady love. She has a passion for antiques, and she loves this bed, but it's more bed than she has house for so it's not a possibility for her to own and enjoy it. As she goes to leave the shop she encounters the green-eyed ghost of Alex in a very solid body. So solid that she has no idea that he is a ghost, all she sees is a Hot Scot and sexy manhood. The problem is that he isn't so taken with her as he stands glowering at her for no apparent reason, and when he does speak he calls her a "wench". Not the best way to start a relationship, ghost or no ghost.
As she is leaving to reconnect with her tour group, an attorney drops into the store looking for her, and poof, Mara is informed that she is now an heiress to the Castle of Ravenscraig. Which is amazingly the ancestral home of her clan, but this good fortune comes with the stipulation that she is to reunite the clan with in a year, or she loses ownership of the castle. She leaves London with "her bed", and Alex follows "his bed" to "her castle" planning to guard it from ALL MacDougalls. He finds this to be a harder task than he ever imagined, because despite how black he rationalizes that her heart must be, to his annoyance he finds her provocative and charming. His ghostly friend Sir Hardwick garners a lot of pleasure goading his friend about his dilemma (don't worry, Hardwick will have his own troubles soon enough!) She doesn't accept his haunting "her" bed lying down, if you pardon the pun, despite how attractive she finds him. Their relationship does blossom into love, but with a price that nearly destroys them. It's a romance, so needless to say it does end well. I think I was endeared to Alex because of his kindness to her father, whom he respects as a true Highlander even though he wasn't Scottish born, and despite him being a MacDougall. (Don't ask, I have no answer for this, but for some reason I was very touched by this aspect of Alex's personality.) The story is hot and steamy enough, but Mackay manages to create a very tender love story as well. I recommend buying this book if you appreciate a good "adult" fairy tale come true.
He's a Knight of the Scottish realm...intense, dark and seductive with his long, rich chestnut brown hair. His devouring sea green gaze consumes in an arousing, totally delicious manner. His presence is captivating, commanding and compelling. (HOLY MACKEREL!!!) His deep rumbling Scottish accented brogue is warm and buttery smooth. He emits pure, masculine power with a body that can make a girl think naughty thoughts. He's Sir Alexander Douglas and upon his murdered death, his last uttered words are to curse the entire Clan MacDougall for their deception in his death. And now Sir Alexander is a victim of an enchantment...a quirk of fate that allows him to manifest himself as a solid man. He's a ghost haunting any MacDougall who deems themselves worthy to sleep in the very same bed he had made for his bride. Should they try to purchase or sleep in this bed, he follows and haunts them..giving them no peace. And now he's met a McDougall that warms every dark corner of his lonely and misery filled world. He meets Mara McDougall.
She's a self employed tour guide by profession and lover of all things old...antiques, relics etc. She holds a deep fascination and appreciation of history...the age of romance and chivalry. With long copper/gold hair and amber eyes, Mara McDougall has the face of an angel and the body of a siren...and she has just inherited Castle Ravenscraig...the very castle that was given to Sir Alexander Douglas by King Robert the Bruce in 1312...(..the castle he was never able to claim due to his murder).
I read these kinds of stories with a wide open mind; intending to enjoy the story that the author lays out for us. It doesn't matter how far fetched the story is or how believable it isn't. I still enjoy the plot if it falls into my genre of reading enjoyment. In this instance, it's a Historical Romance with a paranormal ghosty twist. Sounds great and right up my alley, and for the most part it was very enjoyable. I liked the intense and powerful attraction that overwhelms both Sir Alex and Mara McDougall. I liked how Mara looks upon Sir Alex and is unable to fight her attraction...she finds him simply too gorgeous...his medieval Scottishness only making him even more irresistible. It was hilarious. They both feel AND fight this attraction for most of the story. In fact, the author did such an incredible job of relaying just how much Sir Alex and Mara aggravate and dislike each other (regardless of their attraction)...just how intense their anger towards each other is that when their capitulation finally occurs, it's not quite believable. One moment they dislike each other even though they are attracted to each other...and then they're in love!??! It didn't make sense.
I often wondered about the spellings of MacDougall (Sir Alex' nemesis) and Mara's last name..spelled "McDougall"...there wasn't an explanation why there was a difference if she was supposed to be from the same clan. It's no big deal except things like this will sway a reader from concentrating on the storyline, and taking away from reading enjoyment.
Lastly, I was surprised at how quickly and easily Sir Alex lets his vendetta go. After 700 years of haunting, suddenly his vendetta for revenge is gone because he's fallen in love. It doesn't slowly leave...he doesn't slowly "get over it"...it's just ...gone. That didn't make any sense to me.
Still. It's now on my Kindle Keepers! Can't Wait for whatever Allie MacKay/Sue-Ellen Welfonder has up her sleeve.