She never expected to marry...
Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home... so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed.
He never expected to fall in love...
From the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride... and the fact that she's blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her. For though Annabel's not the bride he planned for, she's the only woman he desires...
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Bit of fun
A nice story, but not a romping Highland yarn.
This book is easy listening at its best (you really don't have to pay that much attention to it). Annabel and Ross get along from the start, and don't have a disagreement throughout the entire book. She gets along with his soldiers, his clan, his family... it's all just a bit blah. To liven things up, Annabel and Ross both get whacked over the head a few times by a mysterious attacker, then some older women do too for good measure. Surprisingly, in spite of sustaining several head injuries within just a few days, Annabel does not seem to have any lasting damage. Ross doesn't seem too bothered that his wife keeps getting attacked, mostly when she happens to be naked. He's super-chilled, and nothing really stirs him up- except annoying sisters.
I was surprised when I had only two chapters left of this book, because it felt like the story hadn't yet got going. If you're looking for hot-blooded, passionate highlanders, look elsewhere. This is my first experience of Lynsay Sands, and I'm not sure I'll be seeking out her other titles.
The book is ably read by Mary Jane Wells, who is always a pleasure to listen to. The only problem I had was that she pronounced plaid as "played" rather than "plad". I have noticed this is another book she narrated with a Scotsman in it, but then the work was hardly used and therefore easily ignored. Here it crops up all the time, so was much more distracting.
- D. Mark