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Taming the Highland Bride (Historical Highlands) Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2010
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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 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. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.
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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.
I do not understand why this book won the RT Reviewers award for Scotland-Set Historical Romance.
Story length: 371 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 8. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 18. Setting: unknown time during the Crusades probably 1100 to 1600, in Northern England and Scotland. Copyright: 2010. Genre: historical romance.
To date I've read the following Lynsay Sands books. Dates are copyright dates.
3 stars. The Switch 1999
2 stars. Sweet Revenge 2000
2 stars. Always 2000
1 star. Love Bites 2004
2 stars. The Perfect Wife 2005
5 stars. Love is Blind 2006
2 ½ stars. Taming the Highland Bride 2010