The Highlander's Bride Trouble (The Sutherlands) Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2014
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"Wine's novel reaches the very core of Scottish romance... The rapid pace, wonderful prose and deeply emotional scenes make this book a marvelous read." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick
"A great read that hooked me right away and continued to keep it interesting until the last page was turned... This fast-paced book was a totally lovely read... A must read for anyone who enjoys Highlander romance." - The Romance Reviews
"You will forever be astounded as well as gratified by reading Mary Wine's Scottish treasure .... her Highlander series. Ms. Wine weaves a tale of passion, danger, clan culture, romance, adventure, and the power of true Highlander love... Scottish Medieval fans are sure to be in awe as they turn the pages of this fast paced, passion filled adventure. An absolute delight!" - My Book Addiction and More
"The Highlander's Bride Trouble was a wonderful historical romance... a sweet and lovely read." - Imagine a World
"Ms. Wine did an excellent job of weaving her story amidst Scottish History. With both fictional and historical characters sharing the page. In a country that was constantly destroying and rebuilding itself it is a treat to find an author who takes all that into consideration. " - Bodice Rippers
"Fantastic read! Short, sexy, fabulous!" - BTS eMag
"This romance is a very quick read, and Saer and Nareen are easily likeable as two hard-headed Scots equally determined to have their own way in this relationship." - Historical Novel Society
"As usual for Ms. Wine, historical facts are masterfully woven into her story giving it authenticity seldom found in historical romances... a must read." - Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
"This is classic Mary Wine. I always find the emotional and philosophical tugs of war interesting between Wine's characters. Her main characters are always admirable and there are always some true baddies to root against. Her attention to architectural or technical details of the time is always interesting." - For the Love of Books
About the Author
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1402264860
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402264863
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 1.5 x 7 inches
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 5, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think my major issue with the book was the heroine. I had a really hard time liking her. She was just so stubborn and inflexible - she had such a negative attitude and was a very "I know what I know - so don't confuse me with the facts" type of person she refused to even consider marriage to Saer, because she "knew" she couldn't trust any man or be an obedient wife and that even though he said he liked her the way she was and wouldn't try and change her - she "knew" he would come to resent her and hate her. I know she has been hurt and betrayed by others, but she realized how different Saer was and still decided that she was right in her thinking and no matter what he said, she just knew he would come to hate her. It was really annoying!
Saer was the saving grace in this book. He was dead set on taking Nareen as his wife and wasn't going to take no for an answer. He has worked hard to rebuild his clan and has proven himself as a good man - even though he is a "savage". He proved time and time again that he would not try and change Nareen and that he admired her spirit and her passion.
And so goes the story, they argue and then fall on each other. There were times during the love scenes that I was reminded of the Sam and Diane (from the tv show Cheers) first love scene - you know the "I hate you - kiss kiss-I hate you more-kiss kiss" scene. Saer and Nareen would fight and then have mind blowing sex. Don't get me wrong - I like mind blowing sex - but this just started to get old and boring after awhile.
Needless to say, by the 85% mark of this book Nareen's attitude has not changed and I was hoping that Saer would just let her go. Let her go back to her brother and live a miserable celibate life, secure in the knowledge that she was right. But what kind of romance story would that be? So of course we have a very dramatic life or death moment and she finally changes her mind and they get a HEA.
I am sure there is another book in the works - we don't know what happens with Bastian and Abigail. And Kael is still single. So while this book was not a keeper for me, I will read any highlander book that Mary Wine writes. She is a very talented author and writes amazing books. And while this book was not my favorite - I still enjoyed it and would recommend it.
I do have to say that even with Nareen's attitude I still enjoyed the book. I don't think I've read a book lately that has a H so willing to put himself on the line so many times and not lose his patience or desire for her.
It's a halfway decent book aside from these details. I just wish they had a more equal relationship. He wants obedience and she doesn't wanna give it but in the end she does. Big shock. He's a strong clan leader with many followes behind him, but she has no allies on her side at any point of the book. Why does the man always have to be stronger of will than the female? Can't they have equal strength of will?
Of course by the end you forgive him for his arrogance because he is a really good guy. She's not a doormat I just wanted her to be a bit stronger and know herself more. She sees herself as defective for not being obediant and because she knows how to fight. I'm glad she's not ashamed of those facts but she was taught her whole life that women that are as headstrong as her are unnatural. That is a bit frustrating but hey it's a medieval book. I do love the book. So I do recommend it. The last 60 pages are so worth the minor frustrations lol.