The second book of four, this historical romance sees Montgomery brother Stephen forced to marry a Scottish clan chief, the beautiful Bronwyn MacCarran. Both are strong-willed and independent and they make a remarkable couple through many conflicts including nations, clans, families and each other!
This book was absolutely hard to put down. I am so disappointed that I finished it! I recommend it highly. Wonderful tales of Scotland, the people - how they lived, loved, word was their bond. My, how times have changed - sad really.
This book had everything you need to create a good romance: a dashing hero, a beautiful heroine, a person who always seems to interfere with the hero and heroine, and, most of all...PASSION! The relationship between the leads is endearing. The secondary characters are enjoyable as well. The interaction between the leads was great. They really enjoyed smarting off to each other because they did not like a lot about each other in the beginning. But their disagreements were often very funny. This was a very entertaining book. This book was a pleasure to read and I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I loved watching Steven and Bronwyn grow as people. And where able to see that there is good and bad in all kinds of people. You can't judge someone for their race but who that are as a person. I know there are a lot of people who didn't like Bronwyn. I really don't understand why. Steven screwed up big time in the beginning coming 3 days late for the wedding. He had not even come to see her before that. Steven was arrogant and disrespectful. Steven changes as he sees Bronwyn as a true and great leader. It took Bronwyn awhile to forgive and trust Steven. Plus Bronwyn was forced to marry Steven after father and three men she was choose from to be her husband. Bronwyn had a lot to get over before she could fall head over heels in love with Steven.
He came to Scotland as a conqueroe,saw her beauty and was vanquished.But still she would abhor him.She owned a temper hot enought to forge the armors of battle or inflame a valiant soldier's passion. Yet still she would resist him.She became his reason to live,his reason to love.Still she would deny him.
But while clan fought clan,while brother took up sword against brother,and the highlands ran with blood,their destiny was made...and this mighty warrior pledged himself to this woman's pride,her honor and her name-and made of their love a torch ot burn through the ages!
As a rule, I can't resist a Happily Ever After, and for the ending I will give this book an okay. But as for the content up to that point - not my favorite.
The beginning of the story had a "Gone with the Wind" feel to me. The hero tried so hard and while the reader knew they would eventually get together, I felt as if I wanted to shake the heroine a bit. (obviously the ending was better than GWTW)
I haven't read any of the others in the series, (this is number 2 I think) but I may give it another try. you never know
I usually like Jude Deveraux, but I absolutely hate this one. Why must the "hero" always belittle and mock the heroine's abilities to lead or think because she has a uterus? Arrogant, ignorant, high-handed, mocking - is this what romance writers think that women want? Why? I'll never understand it. A "change of heart" story where a boorish moron grabs at a woman and enjoys lording his power over her - but she's just so dang special he can finally see his error...she's just so much more swell and nifty than other women! What a load of CRAP!
The Heiress, also by Deveraux, has a much stronger heroine, Axia Maidenhall. Try that one. This one made me heartily sick in the first chapter.
Late for his own wedding by 4 days, not a way to impress a bride that despises you already and has never met you. Especially Bronwyn who is named head of her clan after her father is killed by the hated English- and yes Stephen Montgomery, the groom, is English as well-- another strike. Another great book in the Montgomery series with many twist and turns, ups and downs and great make up sex since the H/h were always fighting.
I really didn't like the heroine at the beginning of the book, she was filled with too much animosity towards Stephen- almost too strong and noble. I loved Stephen though, he was always trying to win her over even by sacrificing all of his beliefs and loyalties; dressing, fighting, and talking like the Scots, but still keeping all of his chivalrous/alpha qualities. Once Stephen and Brownyn were separated from her clan, the love story began and they really got to know each other, then Brownyn became a likable character.
Very similar in style to the previous books in the series. Not quite as good as the first 2,The Black Lyon and The Velvet Promise, but still very good.
This is one of Deveraux's best. Bronwyn MacArran was a proud Scot. Stephen Montgomery was on of the hated English. He came to Scotland as a conqueror, saw her beauty and was vanquished. But still she would abhor him. She owned a temper hot enough to forge the armors of battle or inflame a valiant soldier's passion. Yet still she would resist him. She became his reason to live, his reason to love. And still she would deny him. But while clan fought clan, while brother took up sword against brother, and the highlands ran with blood--their destiny was made...and this mighty warrior pledged himself to his woman's pride, her honor and her name--and made of their love a torch to burn through the ages.