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30 review for Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️

    *** 5/19/19: On sale on US Amazon right now for $1.99*** This is one of my ALL-TIME TOP FAVORITE historical romance books. I actually have the pink flowered paperback version - which was released in 1989 - and I think I first read it when I was 12 years old...in 1995. Let's just say that my Dad had NO idea what he was buying me lol. There, there, Pops. There, there... I had had to get my sexual educational from somewhere, right? LOLZ. Anyway, I am mentioning this now because I just snagged the kind *** 5/19/19: On sale on US Amazon right now for $1.99*** This is one of my ALL-TIME TOP FAVORITE historical romance books. I actually have the pink flowered paperback version - which was released in 1989 - and I think I first read it when I was 12 years old...in 1995. Let's just say that my Dad had NO idea what he was buying me lol. There, there, Pops. There, there... I had had to get my sexual educational from somewhere, right? LOLZ. Anyway, I am mentioning this now because I just snagged the kindle version of this bad boy (and it's sequel (The Wedding, which actually IS my ALL-TIME TOP favorite historical read) cause they were both on sale for $1.99. And what with my paperback versions of these having been read so many times they are about to fall apart - I mean HELLO, they are older then some of you reading this right now - it's nice to have the kindle versions of them as backups and for travel, etc. And to NOT pay $7.99 for them. But anyramble, if you are interested in trying some awesome, old-fashioned, classic Highlander romance, these are the tops and will always be some of my all-time favorites. ALWAYS. PS Thanks Apple settlement money for making this possible! lmao

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    5 Lady Kincaid Stars The Bride is the first book I have read from Julie Garwood and I loved it. I loved the set up, the plot, and love Jamie and Alec! I love me some sexy Scottish highland romances and this one was great. From the start Alec shined. He was so sexy, cocky and 100% bad ass Scottish warrior! But what I loved most about Alec was he had a tender side. Don't get me wrong though Alec could be damn ruthless when he needed. Jamie had me laughing. She was the perfect blend of sassy, brave 5 Lady Kincaid Stars The Bride is the first book I have read from Julie Garwood and I loved it. I loved the set up, the plot, and love Jamie and Alec! I love me some sexy Scottish highland romances and this one was great. From the start Alec shined. He was so sexy, cocky and 100% bad ass Scottish warrior! But what I loved most about Alec was he had a tender side. Don't get me wrong though Alec could be damn ruthless when he needed. Jamie had me laughing. She was the perfect blend of sassy, brave, sweet, naive, and very outspoken. I thought her and Alec made an adorable couple. I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was a sweet, feel good read that made me smile the whole time!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I'm not feeling very literate today, so I am going to compose this review around a list of reasons why I loved this book. Reasons Why I Loved The Bride by Julie Garwood 1. Jamie is a great heroine. Okay, she might have some Mary Sue-ness going on, although I hate using that term. She is really gorgeous, very nice, oh-so sweet, great at pretty much everything, giving, and self-sacrificing. However, she's totally loveable. For me, that's the opposite of a Mary Sue, because Mary Sues are characters I'm not feeling very literate today, so I am going to compose this review around a list of reasons why I loved this book. Reasons Why I Loved The Bride by Julie Garwood 1. Jamie is a great heroine. Okay, she might have some Mary Sue-ness going on, although I hate using that term. She is really gorgeous, very nice, oh-so sweet, great at pretty much everything, giving, and self-sacrificing. However, she's totally loveable. For me, that's the opposite of a Mary Sue, because Mary Sues are characters that the writer tells you that you should love, but you don't. Julie Garwood has a way of writing heroines that it is impossible to dislike. Jamie is self-deprecating, and she has enough quirks that I wanted to give her a hug. I love her quick temper, because it usually ends up causing me to laugh instead of annoying me. I thought it was hilarious how she was always giving Father Murdock shillings to pay for indulgences when Alec got on her nerves (because he was sinning in her mind). She was very good at making lemonade out of lemons, and had a way of dealing with people that was fair but also had the people wondering what hit them. When Alec hurt her feelings, I wanted to hurt him. I was like, "Why are you being mean to this sweetheart?" Her heart is so big, that you just want to be friends with her, which is always a plus when it comes to characters in the books I read and enjoy. 2. This was a fun medieval didn't seem terribly inaccurate. Julie Garwood and I both know that she was playing some things for laughs. She's not trying to get me to buy this book, hook, line and sinker as 100% historically accurate, and that's fine. I found the setting to be believeable, and I was able to plausibly accept that Jamie could have lived back in the medieval times and married Laird Alec Kincaid. Good enough for me. Normally, I prefer books that are more historically accurate, but Julie Garwood is an author who gets the "Get out of jail free card" because her books satisfy in so many ways even if they aren't necessarily spot on in that way. 3. Alec might be the big, arrogant, "I know everything, and I will have things exactly the way I want them", but he was a really good guy. He learned pretty quickly that he loved his wife, and wanted to see her happy. He wasn't bossy and obnoxious. I found his arrogance endearing, in fact. He was tough and dangerous, as a Highland laird should be, but also warm and loving. Great combination! 4. Jamie and Alec were a great couple. The passion was sexy and hot, but also sweet. I liked that they both grew as people and grew together. As usual for a Julie Garwood hero, Alec thinks he is in charge, and that has his marriage all figured out, and Jamie will adjust to doing things his way. Ha-ha! Nope. Alec came to realize that his life was better for the chaos that Jamie brought into it. He was willing to give on things to keep his wife happy, although he was no pushover. That is not to say that Jamie wasn't willing to meet him halfway and adjust her life to his. She did plenty of that. 4. I love the fact that this book made me laugh, had its poignant moments, and had a little suspense. The suspense wasn't a huge part of the story, which is just how I like it. I'm not real fond of historical romances that are mainly suspense anyway. 5. Scottish Highlander books are just awesome to me. Yes, I realize that the Scottish Highlands aren't really like this. But, I enjoy my happy time with hot men in kilts with Scottish burrs, and claymores, and I'm a happy girl. 6. Like most of the Julie Garwood books, The Bride took me to that happy, warm and fuzzy place. There were plenty of 'sighworthy/happy joy-joy' moments, which made for an uplifting read. It was so lovely to read this book, and enjoy the zany results when Jamie and Alec met. It was like two storm fronts colliding head on, but the results were fruitful and delightful. I've run out of steam here. But, I'm cool with that. Somehow, I thought I had read this book, because my memory is kinda bad at times, and I read every historical romance my library carried growing up. So, I assumed I read this one. But, I'm pretty sure I didn't now. So, I'm glad this was the January read for the Lisa Kleypas group. This was such a fun, loveable read, and it's yet another Julie Garwood book that's going on my keeper shelf.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Huge 5+ Stars I loved this book. It's one of those feel good stories that leaves you smiling for days.  If I was to sum-up this book with one word, "delightful" comes to mind.  I honestly can't think of a better word to describe the experience I had while reading it.  Jamie has become one of my all time favorite heroines. Julie Garwood has a way of writing heroines that are strong willed without becoming annoying (hard to do in my opinion.) Jamie's one of the most endearing character I've read. Sh Huge 5+ Stars I loved this book. It's one of those feel good stories that leaves you smiling for days.  If I was to sum-up this book with one word, "delightful" comes to mind.  I honestly can't think of a better word to describe the experience I had while reading it.  Jamie has become one of my all time favorite heroines. Julie Garwood has a way of writing heroines that are strong willed without becoming annoying (hard to do in my opinion.) Jamie's one of the most endearing character I've read. She's impossible not to love. She's confident, honest, loyal, self-deprecating, stubborn, genuine, quirky, feisty, and guileless. I think it's her lack of guile that makes her such a lovable and enchanting character. She's such a sweetheart. I really liked Alec's character. 100% alpha-hero. He's the perfect counterbalance for Jamie. He's powerful, ruthless, egotistical, possessive, stubborn, and cocky,  but he's also kind, gentle (when needed), charming, loyal, honest, and somewhat mischievous. I couldn't stop laughing during the part where he finally told Jamie he loved her. Poor girl. She really can be her own worst enemy. Lol.         The chemistry between these two characters  jumps off the pages. As the reader, you're instantly drawn into their world of witty banter, erotic sexual tension (fans self), laugh-out- loud situations and dialog, and swoon-worthy romance. *sigh* The secondary characters were three-dimensional and fun to read. I was almost as taken with Gavin and Father Murdock as I was with Alec. Almost.   The plot leaned towards the ridiculous and was historically inaccurate at times. I admit to a few "roll of the eyes" moments but this story is so full of heart and soul that it was easy to over look the few liberties the author took with the plot.  I will definitely read this book again; especially, if I want a good laugh or cheering up.  

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    15%! ... And here we goes for the fastest DNF of 2016! (what do you mean I'm not supposed to celebrate) Before buying an historical book, go check the period of time of the story, would you? Truth is, I started hyperventilating when I saw that little England, 1102 written at the top of chapter one. Why, you ask? ► Because there's no hiding behind the fact that these times weren't women rights friendly and that I, for one, don't enjoy reading about girls being sold to some OMG-a-bulky-highlander! 15%! ... And here we goes for the fastest DNF of 2016! (what do you mean I'm not supposed to celebrate) Before buying an historical book, go check the period of time of the story, would you? Truth is, I started hyperventilating when I saw that little England, 1102 written at the top of chapter one. Why, you ask? ► Because there's no hiding behind the fact that these times weren't women rights friendly and that I, for one, don't enjoy reading about girls being sold to some OMG-a-bulky-highlander! jerkface (who'll become an adorable puppy as soon as he finds the woman who belongs to him of course *GAG*). Plus, hygiene. I mean, have you noticed that the male-leads never bath in HR?! Although I find the showers scenes often overrepresented in NA, I'll take a manwhore who fucking washes over a Scottish who's been sweating under his plaid for weeks on any day. Gosh, I can't believe I just wrote that. Really, though. Eww. ► This story starts when Baron Jamison, a lazy Lord who thinks that's okay to describe his stepdaughter as being so fucking hot (I translate the stiff language here), forgets to pay the taxes to his King, Henry. So, what? Will he be punished? Will he be exiled? (I shouldn't be so hopeful) Nah, of course not. When the sanction comes, it doesn't affect him, 'f course, because hello! He's a man. He *only* needs to give his daughters to marry to two Scottish warriors who are coming to choose their gift (they've been forced into this, too. Apparently their King likes to play at Meetic™ with his neighbor - who said they weren't modern, huh?). After our good lord tries to calm down his daughters by telling them offensive craps about one of the suitors and his previous wife (about whom there're rumors of murder), "It had probably just started out as a proper trashing, he speculated, and as things had a way of doing, the beating had gotten a wee bit out of hand." (I really don't understand why that doesn't calm them. I mean aw. Poor guy. UGH. UGH. Must burn), he decides to keep his pure, fantastic, perrrrrrrfect little Jamie with him because HEY! Who's gonna take care of the house for him??! The decision is taken : Jamie must hide at all costs during the Scottish stay (because it won't surprise you that everybody just KNOW that one glance will make them love her foreverrrrrr). But then, there's Beak. Oh, Beak, the stable man who has Jamie's interests at heart and only wants to free her from her slavery (I do agree with him on that). What does he do, then? Well, he sells her like a champion mare to the most powerful of the twos Scottish, Alec something-something. I mean, just look at these dialogues. STEP ONE : Choose the buyer carefully. "Are you strong enough to protect what belongs to you?" Oh, AY! STEP TWO : Awake your buyer's interest. "Once you see my gift, Laird Kincaid, you'll be set on having it, all right," he boasted. "Are you partial to blue eyes, milord?" STEP THREE : Make some cryptic sentence, because you own the powerrr. They're looking at a mare. "She's feisty. With a good stallion, the offspring will be sound - spirited, too." Beak gave Alec another thorough inspection. When he met the warrior's gaze again, he was grinning. "That's exactly what I'm thinking about my gift to you." Just stop already, I might swoon. STEP FOUR : A little wishful thinking can't be bad. "Beak wished Laird Kincaid could get a clear look at Jamie now, for her violet eyes fairly sparkled with joy." I don't even know where to start with that sentence. STEP FIVE : YOU'VE GOT A DEAL!! "She was given a man's name." The stable master nearly jumped out of his tunic. He hadn't heard Alec Kincaid's approach. He turned around and came face to shoulders with the giant warrior. "Twas her mama's way of giving her a place in this family. Baron Jamison weren't the man who fathered Jamie. He claimed her for his own, though. I'll give him that much kindness. Did you get a good look at her, then?" he added in a rush. Alec nodded. "You'll be taking her with you, won't you?" The Kincaid stared at the old man a long minute before answering. "Aye, Beak. I'll be taking her with me." The choice had been made." ► Because women are sheep or something. You go sheep! PS. I don't really care if that's believable, I make the choice to not read about this kind of stories anyway. I don't really care if Alec gets better either. If I wanted to read about a sexist giant of a guy who thinks that it's sexy to grunt You are MINE, I'd read crappy PNR romance, thank you very much. (From what I read, it does get worst) For more of my reviews, please visit:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Highlander romances never really appealed to me, well, because I like my men in pants. The whole kilt thing just doesn't do it for me, but I have to put that aside, or I'd miss out on a lot of great gems like The Bride. And the great thing about books, is that I can just imagine he has pants on. . . or not. These highlander stories are always brutes whisking women away (willingly or unwillingly... I might prefer the latter) to their Scottish castle, and I can pretend I'm a damsel in distress with Highlander romances never really appealed to me, well, because I like my men in pants. The whole kilt thing just doesn't do it for me, but I have to put that aside, or I'd miss out on a lot of great gems like The Bride. And the great thing about books, is that I can just imagine he has pants on. . . or not. These highlander stories are always brutes whisking women away (willingly or unwillingly... I might prefer the latter) to their Scottish castle, and I can pretend I'm a damsel in distress with the attention of a rugged, Scottish man, while I'm really only sitting on my couch with Cheeto dust all over my shirt. It's like a win-win. Jamie is English. So beautiful the sun sings of her while the moon - she's just fucking beautiful, alright? I was trying to be poetic about it, because she's literally so beautiful she's blinding. Did it bother me? No. It's a norm in every historical romance I've ever read. And let's be for real, how often do you want to read about a plain Jane? That's like real life for me - messy bun, seven-year-old high school volleyball shirt, Cheeto stains and all. Jamie's poor sap of a father forgets to pay his taxes, and the king makes him pay by marrying off his daughters. The two Scottish lords get to pick and, of course, Alec picks Jamie because she's so b-e-a-utiful. I guess it had been a while since I've read a Julie Garwood novel and it was pretty. . . heated. I wasn't expecting it to be so hot, but I'm not going to complain there. Jamie caves to Alec's. . . ministrative . . .attentions - she lets him in her pants because he's really bloody hot, alright? Don't pretend you wouldn't either. While Jamie trys to find a home in the cold Scottish castle, and a husband in her gruff lover, she doesn't know there is someone trying to take her life. Just enough conflict, tension, and suspense to keep me completely invested. Take a highlander home and check this one out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    Geez, that was bloody brilliant. I love a story that can distract me from my surroundings so much that I can burst out laughing...you guessed it...on the train. Oh well, it did bring a smile to the face of my fellow passengers. Julie Garwood, teaming up with Rosalyn Landor, made The Bride one of my very favourite re-read/listens. ********** The Bride audio was everything I was hoping for and more Julie Garwood is the reason I love reading romance. I started reading her books at the tender age of 1 Geez, that was bloody brilliant. I love a story that can distract me from my surroundings so much that I can burst out laughing...you guessed it...on the train. Oh well, it did bring a smile to the face of my fellow passengers. Julie Garwood, teaming up with Rosalyn Landor, made The Bride one of my very favourite re-read/listens. ********** The Bride audio was everything I was hoping for and more Julie Garwood is the reason I love reading romance. I started reading her books at the tender age of 16...ish. After my first, I was addicted and used all my pocket money to buy more. Of course, I eventually exhausted the bookstore's supply so then I was forced to re-read them over and over and over again. I dreamed of highland heroes who were rough and even a wee bit scary. These scary men were ferocious in the start but then we see them change. A kind gesture here a sweet comment there, and then there was...THE BEDDING. Oh my lordy!! Thrusting arousals, forceful surges, surrenders were absolute and passions appeased. Nothing quite like a lusty laird... (sigh) Jamie is the youngest daughter of a Baron who has been ordered by their King to marry a Highland Laird. Because of her house managing skills, the Baron was hesitant to part with Jamie and was hoping the Laird would pick one of his other daughters. Well, that plan is thrown out the window as soon as Alec Kincaid, Laird, sees the beautiful Jamie. Alec and Jamie do not see eye to eye at first as they are both strong-minded and stubborn. With time, both Alec and Jamie realise that they have to compromise to live a happy life together. Members of Alec's clan become fond of Jamie and go out of their way to protect and make her feel welcome. Unfortunately, someone has other ideas. Jamie is in danger and Alec must find out who wants his wee lass out of the picture. I love The Bride. Jamie and Alec are one of my all time favourite couples. If you've never read a historical romance but are thinking about trying one, this is a perfect starting point. Now that I have tried this audio version of The Bride I plan to listen to all of Julie Garwood's historical romances again. This audio was brilliantly done and I will definitely listen to more performed by Rosalyn Landor.

  8. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    I had been wanting to read this book for years, and I finally got to it, it was WONDERFUL!!! I love Highlander type books and this one has got to be one of the best EVER!!! EVER!!! Lol. I'm so excited right now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    NMmomof4

    3.5 Stars Overall Opinion: I enjoyed this one! I rarely say this, but I floved the h! She had all the character traits that I enjoy to read about. Sadly, I didn't connect to the H as much. He was enjoyable at times, but for the most part I feel like we didn't get a full glimpse into who he was supposed to be behind the tough exterior. I wanted more banter between them! It seemed like most of the banter was lost on miscommunication or them not understanding each other's sense of humor....and that 3.5 Stars Overall Opinion: I enjoyed this one! I rarely say this, but I floved the h! She had all the character traits that I enjoy to read about. Sadly, I didn't connect to the H as much. He was enjoyable at times, but for the most part I feel like we didn't get a full glimpse into who he was supposed to be behind the tough exterior. I wanted more banter between them! It seemed like most of the banter was lost on miscommunication or them not understanding each other's sense of humor....and that resulted in me not understanding their sense of humor which was a major bummer. I think the witty banter and laugh out loud moments are what has ultimately drawn me to historical romance lately, so when I didn't fully get that here I was disappointed. And I have to mention...no epilogue. Why couldn't we get a jump ahead epilogue to see farther into their future?! Greedy, greedy (and therefore disappointed) reader here 🙋🏻 Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Jamie and Alec's story. They are forced into a marriage by both of their kings, and meet on their wedding day. They butt heads at first, but soon they see the good things about their arranged marriage. Jamie has a lot of adjusting to do in the new country, but she quickly earns the loyalty of many people in Alec's clan. There is some suspense, a few funny moments, a few sexy times...and they get a HEA ending. POV: This alternated between focusing mainly on Jamie and Alec in 3rd person narrative. I would say that it was more focused on Jamie though, and I would've liked to know more about what Alec was feeling. Overall Pace of Story: Good. The ending felt a little abrupt, but otherwise I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well. Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings. A little hate-to-love dynamics going on at first. H rating: 3 stars. Alec. He was ok. I never connected with him all that much. h rating: 5 stars. Jamie. I loved her! She has to be one of the best hs I've read in a long time! She was smart, strong, opinionated, and loving. Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed Push/Pull: Not really Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Descriptive sex: Yes OW/OM drama: Yes, but mild (view spoiler)[There is an OW that desires the H in secret that causes some drama, and there is an OM that the h's dad had accepted a dowry for her hand that comes around. (hide spoiler)] Sex scene with OW or OM: No Cheating: No Separation: No. Once they're together, they stay together. Possible Triggers: Yes, but mild (view spoiler)[The H's wife died (off page), loss of parents (off page), violence/attempted murder (on page), and the h was a virgin. (hide spoiler)] Closure: This had kind of an abrupt ending, but with what I would still call a HEA. How I got it: I got it on loan through my public library and Amazon. Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers (view spoiler)[ - Does Not have cheating - Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM - Does Not have the h or H pushing away - Does Not have a separation between the h and H - Does Not have abuse - Does Not have OTT sad parts - Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    It really sucked to be a woman in the 1100's. Yes, it was much better in the 1200's. Oh wait, never mind. Well, it's better now. We can't be sold into marriage or bartered by our fathers. And, for some reason the king of England was playing Cupid and forcing couples into marriage. That is what happened here. A loser guy doesn't pay his taxes and as his punishment he has to give two of his daughters to some Scottish men to marry. Hmmm, and this punishes the man how? I mean, daughters were chattel. It really sucked to be a woman in the 1100's. Yes, it was much better in the 1200's. Oh wait, never mind. Well, it's better now. We can't be sold into marriage or bartered by our fathers. And, for some reason the king of England was playing Cupid and forcing couples into marriage. That is what happened here. A loser guy doesn't pay his taxes and as his punishment he has to give two of his daughters to some Scottish men to marry. Hmmm, and this punishes the man how? I mean, daughters were chattel. The way I see it, this guy just had his expenses go way down by unloading a couple of girls. Plus, he saves having to give them a dowry to marry them off. Meanwhile, the girls are stolen from their home, never to see their sisters again, brought to a strange land where they speak another language and the people hate them, and basically raped because is it really consent if this man has ultimate power over her? If a man has the power to starve, beat, or kill you at any time, can you really make a clear judgement on whether or not you wish to engage in a sexual relationship with him? Let's talk about the important issues. So, Jamie is such a great beauty that no man can look upon her without losing his shit. She is breathtaking. Obviously she is chosen by the most powerful Scottish Laird, Alec. Alec is kind of a dick. No, I'm being too nice because he gets so much better as the story goes on. He's a major dick. Maybe even a general. Salute your general! But, don't worry because Jamie's beauty means that she is special. Mary Sue special. And, because of this, she earns Gen. D's love and he starts to treat her better and better throughout the book. It's just a good thing that she wasn't unattractive or NOT good at everything because then she would have been unworthy of winning his affection thereby ensuring that she is treated well. Dodged that bullet!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie James

    I'd rate this 3.75 stars (or whatever a B minus rating would convert to). I wanted to love this book because it's a favorite for so many readers, but couldn't quite get there. There were several parts that made me smile, like when the heroine wears black to her wedding, and when she dumps water on the soldiers who are making fun of English women. And the ending was great, with the jewels. (I won't say more for spoiler purposes.) My main problem connecting with the book lies with the heroine, who I'd rate this 3.75 stars (or whatever a B minus rating would convert to). I wanted to love this book because it's a favorite for so many readers, but couldn't quite get there. There were several parts that made me smile, like when the heroine wears black to her wedding, and when she dumps water on the soldiers who are making fun of English women. And the ending was great, with the jewels. (I won't say more for spoiler purposes.) My main problem connecting with the book lies with the heroine, who is straight out of Disney movie. She can heal the sick, willingly sacrifices herself for her (older) sisters, rescues orphaned children, tames wild boars, rides a horse standing up, makes every hardened Scottish soldier she meets fall in love with her, and looks like an angel when sleeping. For me, that kind of heroine works much better in a G-rated film than an adult novel. Now I'd best run for cover to avoid the tomatoes being thrown at me by the numerous fans of this book...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ☠️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest It's always nerve-wracking to read a romance that's considered by many to be a "classic" and is beloved by many - especially when you're an individual whose literary tastes often go against the grain. But THE BRIDE went on sale for Kindle and I bought it, and then it was voted as our December book of the month in my romance book club, so it seemed like I was destined to read it. I haven't read a lot of Scottish romances. The only one I've re Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest It's always nerve-wracking to read a romance that's considered by many to be a "classic" and is beloved by many - especially when you're an individual whose literary tastes often go against the grain. But THE BRIDE went on sale for Kindle and I bought it, and then it was voted as our December book of the month in my romance book club, so it seemed like I was destined to read it. I haven't read a lot of Scottish romances. The only one I've read is the one everyone has read: OUTLANDER. I think I tried to read one by Maya Banks, but got bored and put it down. THE BRIDE is set in 12th century England and Scotland, so it's a Medieval romance. Some of my feminist friends are probably edging away slowly, because Medieval Romance can often be synonymous with Rapey Romance. Don't be alarmed. THE BRIDE actually makes an attempt to be somewhat forward thinking, to the point where parts of the book come across as downright anachronistic. The premise is this: Jamie is the stepdaughter of a prominent Englishman who also has several other daughters (all his own). She does all the cooking and cleaning and is basically a glorified maid to her father and her sisters, but since they aren't awful to her and these expectations have been imbued in her since birth, she takes this as the status quo and they have a semblance of affection. One day, the daughters find out that their father has agreed to marry one of his daughters off to a Scottish laird, which would be horrific enough in its own right - a Scotsman, the horror! [insert Scottish stereotypes here] - but also, this particular Scotsman has been rumored to have killed his previous wife. In an attempt to console them, their father tells them that it was probably just an ordinary run-of-the-mill beating that just got out of hand. No, I'm not kidding. And the poor, deluded fool is puzzled as to why his reassurances are ineffective. Due to trickery from her well-meaning stableman, Beak, Jamie ends up being the one to catch the laird's eye. What is this laird like? He's the typical alpha-with-the-heart-of-gold that was so popular in the 90s. He's strong, and well-endowed, with a nice set of abs. He doesn't take no for an answer, but only when he knows that that "no" is a yes in disguise. He throws men around like they're javelins, basically, and kills at the drop of a hat. But he also melts at the sight of children and lets his love interest get away with murder (when he's not condescendingly smirking at her ineptitude). BUT, the most important thing you need to know about him is this: "His knees were as bare as a baby's arse" (194). Jamie is actually pretty decent as far as heroines from this era go. She's beautiful and a healer and can do things like riding bareback and speaking Gaelic. Everyone is in awe of her, whether it's hard to impress warlords, skittish mares, or shy children. She stirs up drama wherever she goes, and everyone just follows her around, mouth open, agog, ready to sing her praises or condemn her ardently. Jamie is basically the Kim Kardashian of the Medieval Ages. Speaking of Kim Kardashian in the Medieval Ages, this book is chock full of anachronisms. Garwood would have you believe that Jamie was the inventor of the rocking chair, something that wasn't believed to be invented until the 1700s. She also uses the word "bedlam" to describe chaos, when the Priory that later become Bethlem (or "Bedlam") Royal Hospital wouldn't even be built for over 200 years. The dialogue itself also feels painfully modern. I kept thinking that this book was set in the 18th century, and half-expected them to be wielding guns instead of swords. In the book's defense, the romance is decent. There's a half-hearted murder plot that's similar to the ones Lisa Kleypas is so fond of. It doesn't really add much tension, but it isn't a complete curveball either. The heroine's banter with the hero, Lord Arse Knees, isn't bad, either. I laughed at some of their repartee, and the many countless ways the heroine found of thwarting him by twisting his own words against him. I was expecting to get more closure with her family, since it's drilled into us how ill-used she was, but that never happened. What does happen is, the murderer (whose identity I guessed from the beginning) is caught, and the heroine unites all the warring clans of Scotland. This is a book you read for the lols, and maybe enjoy, but I'm afraid it is not good for much else. 2.5 to 3 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    I MUST SAY SAY THAT I LOVED THIS BOOK….. will get back to proper reviewing soon! AFTER MY ROAD TRIP TO IRELAND ....xxI

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    Now as you have noticed, I have been reading many historical romance novels lately and some of my favorite types of historical romance novels have to deal with Highlanders since the men in those novels are ultra sexy! Well, Julie Garwood’s “The Bride,” is definitely no exception and it was the first book that I have read from romance author Julie Garwood. “The Bride” is surely one hot romantic story that will set your romantic senses afire! By order of King Henry and King Edgar, the strong and mi Now as you have noticed, I have been reading many historical romance novels lately and some of my favorite types of historical romance novels have to deal with Highlanders since the men in those novels are ultra sexy! Well, Julie Garwood’s “The Bride,” is definitely no exception and it was the first book that I have read from romance author Julie Garwood. “The Bride” is surely one hot romantic story that will set your romantic senses afire! By order of King Henry and King Edgar, the strong and mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid to marry an English bride and who does he choose but a strong and independent woman named Jamie Jamison! At first, Jamie refused to get along with the mighty laird and Alec wanted to tame her strong heart, as these two are from two different worlds, they will soon realize that their different worlds might come together! (Whew! Let me pull myself together here!) Alright, this book was so amazing that I am almost at a loss of words to figure out how to express my love for this book! Julie Garwood has certainly done an excellent job at writing this book as it is full of hot romance, drama and even a little humor here and there. I loved the way that Julie Garwood included so much humor in this romance novel as many romance novels that I had read in the past rarely contain a degree of humor. What I really loved the most about this book were the characters, especially Jamie and Alec, the two most interesting characters out of the entire book! Out of all the romance heroines that I have ever read about, Jamie had to be my favorite one! Jamie was such a strong and independent heroine as she had courage beyond all reason as she easily stood up to the supposedly dangerous Highlanders and can even fight like a lioness! I also loved the way that she cared for other people, especially her stepsisters whom she loved very much and how she refused to let anyone get in the way of doing her duties for her family. Now Alec Kincaid, man he was truly something else that I had to save the best character for last! Alec Kincaid is easily one of the best heroes ever created as he is both gentle and strong in his nature. What I really loved about Alec Kincaid’s character was the fact that he is extremely strong, especially during the scene where he beats up a band of outlaws single-handily by using his bare hands (my heart is seriously pounding fast for the awesome power of this handsome Highlander!) I also loved the detail that Julie Garwood puts in describing Alec’s physical appearance, which is mainly muscled and huge and that makes him one sexy giant Highlander! I also loved the brief glimpses of Mary and Daniel’s relationship with each other and I am definitely looking forward to reading more about their relationship with each other. There are also many love making scenes that will have romance fans swooning over with joy and I was nearly swooning myself when I read these scenes! There are many sex scenes in this novel and they are a bit graphic in nature, so anyone who does not like sex scenes might want to skip over these scenes. Overall, “The Bride” is definitely a novel worth checking out and fans of Highlander romance will definitely enjoy this awesome novel and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Julie Garwood’s works! Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  15. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E.

    What a charming story was that!!! Really, guys!!! That book caught me by surprise... I'm used to read renegence historical romance and this medieval was my first, but i enjoyed it very much. I won't lie to you. In the beginning, i was a little bit lost, but then the storyline captivated me... No, no, no... I don't think that it was the story only... I really loved this couple and especially Jamie... She made me laughing all the time with her actions... And she manage to make the cruel, wild warrior What a charming story was that!!! Really, guys!!! That book caught me by surprise... I'm used to read renegence historical romance and this medieval was my first, but i enjoyed it very much. I won't lie to you. In the beginning, i was a little bit lost, but then the storyline captivated me... No, no, no... I don't think that it was the story only... I really loved this couple and especially Jamie... She made me laughing all the time with her actions... And she manage to make the cruel, wild warrior to laugh also... They were the perfect match for each other... Jamie and her three sisters were worrying because it came an order for the King that one of them had to marry one savage laird of a clan from the Highlands... The English were having a hatred toward Scotish and the opposite, but for the name of their country, they had to do it!!! The thing is that the girls had heard rumors about Alec Kincaid. People were saying that he had killed his first wife and that he was a cruel savage... After some interesting facts Alec chose Jamie to become his wife... For the first stare between them something happened but both of them were too much stubborn to acknoledge it and to admit it!!! As the time was passing they were starting to care even more for each other and they started to change their opinions... Jamie even though in the beginning was a little bit afraid of the huge warrior that was her husband, she began to be fascinating by him and the feelings that born inside of her... Alec even though that his wife was a stubborn, opinioned little creature, she made him crazy from love, even though that he used to think that women were just a possession... Jamie was a strong, almost indepented woman of that time. She was stubborn but compassionate. She couldn't stop telling her opinion in every matter and she couldn't follow orders. She liked to help the others and she was caring about everyone... It wasn't random the fact that at the end everybody loved her, especially her husband. Alec from the other hand was a mighty laird and his clan were the most significant thing in the world. He didn't want to marry but he was following orders. He didn't think that a woman was something important, but Jamie change his opinions. For first time in his life, he felt things that he had never felt before... Love, jealous, possessiveness... It was very beautiful the way that those two found the way to each other.... I really had a great time reading this book... It was different and i didn't get bored at all... In contrary, i couldn't stop reading the adventures of Jamie and i was just laughing and laughing and laughing... But it wasn't a comedy... Jamie and Alec had many obstacles to overcome... but they stay together and they fought them side by side... And they did it just great... You should try it, guys!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    "Did you get a good look at her, then?" he added in a rush. Alec nodded. "You'll be taking her with you, won't you?" The Kincaid stared at the old man a long minute before answering. "Aye, Beak. I'll be taking her with me." An absolute must read for any Garwood fans! Quite simply a treasure of a historical romance. If you can get ahold of the audio, this is one of the better narrators I've heard as well. If not, the story stands on it's own, a masterpiece set in the Scottish Highlands. This is the "Did you get a good look at her, then?" he added in a rush. Alec nodded. "You'll be taking her with you, won't you?" The Kincaid stared at the old man a long minute before answering. "Aye, Beak. I'll be taking her with me." An absolute must read for any Garwood fans! Quite simply a treasure of a historical romance. If you can get ahold of the audio, this is one of the better narrators I've heard as well. If not, the story stands on it's own, a masterpiece set in the Scottish Highlands. This is the very best of this author...and she has written many keepers. The Bride seems to have every wonderful aspect that Garwood is known for. Jamie is innocent...a typical heroine for the times, and an trait that gets her into some amusing trouble. Despiter her naivete, however, she is truly one of the most kind and tenderhearted of women, placing everyone's needs over her own. Those she loves, she gives her all. There is nothing self serving or proud about her. She goes from being a practical slave to her father and sisters to trying to find her place amid the Highlanders and their land, a way of life that is completely foreign to her. "She'll settle in... At times, my heart just broke for her, as Alec takes a long time to see what his wife truly needs from him is a place to belong. He sees right off that he wants her...king's decree or not, he definitely wants her. And yet he's so very much a Laird...immovable, stubborn, overbearing, and pompous. Good thing he's also fair and compassionate (to a point). He's determined to get this marriage thing over with, and move on with his life. But this gentle, silly English woman with her strange English ideals and her stubbornness arrive at his home and completely uproots him. Alec's life is even more uprooted than Jamie's is...and she's the one who moved to a new country :D:D:D My favorite thing about this book is it's unpredictability. Most romance books are so formulaic...meet, dislike each other, form an attachment, have sex, HUGE CONFLICT, resolution, make up, the end. I didn't get that same feeling here. There were constant new developments, and each one was absolute perfection. Sure, there are some tropes, but this is the kind of book that created the trope, or at the very least defines it. This was a fun, sexy look into the life of two stubborn yet charming character's lives after the reluctant vows are said. They are resigned to their marriage and just working at falling in love. Jamie's goofy and sassy, shoving her way into Alec's heart. Alec is grudging, powerful, but still somewhat of a pushover with her. "By what name is she called, Kincaid?" "Mine.”

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    (from my book blog) Some of you may remember that I had an ambitious (for me) TBR list that included two SRS books, and The Hunger Games. It will surprise none of you that I made it through The Hunger Games before I decided that was enough heavy shit and people dying. I decided it was time for some lighter fare, or at least a book that didn’t prominently involve death. Enter The Bride by Julie Garwood and its 172 5-star reviews on Amazon. Because apparently the fanatically positive reviews for Sh (from my book blog) Some of you may remember that I had an ambitious (for me) TBR list that included two SRS books, and The Hunger Games. It will surprise none of you that I made it through The Hunger Games before I decided that was enough heavy shit and people dying. I decided it was time for some lighter fare, or at least a book that didn’t prominently involve death. Enter The Bride by Julie Garwood and its 172 5-star reviews on Amazon. Because apparently the fanatically positive reviews for Sherrilyn Kenyon have taught me nothing. The Bride is a Highlander romance, in which a bonny and spirited English lass is wed to a menacing Highland laird and they learn to love each other in spite of their cultural differences, usually through nonstop newlywed fucking. Handy that kilts provide such easy access! That reminds me - there will be at least one joke about Scottish lairds being naked under their kilts. So anyways, the Bonny and Spirited English Lass (TM) in this situation is Jamie. Oh, we’re going to have a little chat about Jamie. Garwood apparently couldn’t settle for just one Spirited English Lass (TM) cliche, so she went for them all. Here’s a list of facts about Jamie: She can read and write She speaks perfect Gaelic She is an expert physician (the kind who can heal otherwise-fatal wounds with a few crushed leaves and a tincture) - She can shoot a bow and arrow with incredible accuracy - She can throw a knife with incredible accuracy - She rides her spirited horse bareback, with incredible skill - Her riding skills are so incredible that she frequently stands up while riding her spirited horse bareback - She can instantly charm even the most stubborn Scottish soldier - She is constantly saving small children - She is constantly being saved by her laird husband - She is flawlessly beautiful (violet eyes, streaming raven hair, etc) - She single-handedly unites the Highland clans - I kind of want to punch Jamie by now, don’t you? She has a couple of token flaws: she has a poor sense of direction, and she’s an insufferable know-it-all (Garwood may not have intended that reaction, now that I think about it). Still, she’s doing pretty good for a woman in 1100! I know suspension of disbelief is important for all novels, but at this point I think the time-traveling nurse from Outlander is a more realistic. Her Highland Laird is Alec. Here’s a few facts about Alec: - He is very big - He wears kilts - He gets angry a lot In the beginning, I was having a lot of fun. Alec and Jamie meet and get married and journey to Scotland, and it’s pretty good! The sex gets going early in the book (Alec sees Jamie bathing, which happens so frequently in romance novels I’m starting to think authors have Frequent Plot Device cards and are cashing in on hotels stays and discounted flights somewhere), and their sparring is fun, if not terribly inventive. Then they get to Scotland, and the whole book turns into a mess. I should have known it was coming. It was like going out on a bad date. You know the signs. The dude might order a Zima, or casually mention Ayn Rand. But you don’t REALLY know what you’ve gotten yourself into until you find yourself listening to him tell an obviously-exaggerated story about his spring break trip to Gulf Shores with his main brahs. The story gets to be episodic and kind of boring. In one day, Jamie is chased down by a wild boar, saves a small child, is almost burned alive in a cottage (somebody wants her dead or something I don’t even care at this point), and she probably starts a war or whatever (she’s always starting wars). And yeah, that’s STILL boring. There’s too many characters, I kept losing track of the action, and by the end, I started flirting with the other books on my Kindle. I have to say, it wasn’t unpleasant. There were a lot of redeeming moments throughout the book, and I even laughed out loud a few times. That said, there are so many talented romance novelists writing great books right now, and you don’t have to spend your time and money on a book that’s “not unpleasant.” Go check out Braveheart or Outlander if you need a kilt fix. I’d skip this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Loved it. Listened to the audiobook. The narrator was excellent with her accents, but I found her to be just a tad bit too dramatic. It took a little while to get used to her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    4,5 sparkling Stars - for a fun and really entertaining sweet historical romance This romance is both sweet, romantic, a little silly and very funny. It's predictable but so very charming and well done that I stuck completely in the cute trap. A story that made me smile and feel so good - a perfect "feelgood" to read for all lovesick romantics. “Aye, Beak. I'll be taking her with me." The choice had been made.” ~ ~ ~ ~ She still hadn't caught on. Alec sighed. "Change your gown, Jamie, if that's your 4,5 sparkling Stars - for a fun and really entertaining sweet historical romance This romance is both sweet, romantic, a little silly and very funny. It's predictable but so very charming and well done that I stuck completely in the cute trap. A story that made me smile and feel so good - a perfect "feelgood" to read for all lovesick romantics. “Aye, Beak. I'll be taking her with me." The choice had been made.” ~ ~ ~ ~ She still hadn't caught on. Alec sighed. "Change your gown, Jamie, if that's your inclination. I prefer white. Now go and do my bidding. The hour grows late and we must be on our way." In the year 1102 the English king is giving orders that the mighty Scottish laird (and widower) Alec Kincaid must take one of the english Baron Jamison's daughters as his new bride. The choice falls on the youngest, with the violet-blue eyes, the innocent Jamie Jamison. She maybe has a boy's name, as her tall, dark and handsome highlander husband so often will point out, but she's a dashing and sweet young bride. Always brave, stubborn and very inquisitive. The proud, and sometimes a little rigid, domineering husband has a new troublesome little cutie to contend with. It's not a single minute without anything happening and battles with neighboring clans are close to flare up again, Jamie has a way of stepping in all pits. The banter and the dialogue are exuberant fun and I'm with this hot higlander Alec and his lovely bride Jamie from page one until the nice romantic ending. Sure it's predictable and of course kind of unrealistic - BUT always with great warmth, sweetness and it's all so funny wonderfully written. I love novels in this style and genre ~ must just take me the time and read more of these extraordinary good old historical romances. This was my first romance (written already 1991) by the talented Miss Garwood. There will be more. "The Bride" is romantic, just enough steamy and utterly enjoyable - read and enjoy with a smile on your lips. I Like - much, a lovely goodread! ~~~~~~~~~~ ...and Thanks to my sweet, witty GR-friend Kathleen who recommended me to read some novels by Ms Garwood.

  20. 5 out of 5

    CC

    Julie Garwood is my all time favorite historical romance author. I have been binge re reading her books on audible. Don't plan to write much by way of reviews since there is plenty already out there. But feel free to ask questions. My caution to my safety gang buddies. Get yourself in a "historical romance" frame of mind before reading. Almost all of them have widower manwhores matched up with virgins. Or a very young widow matched with a manwhore. But almost all JG books are insta something and Julie Garwood is my all time favorite historical romance author. I have been binge re reading her books on audible. Don't plan to write much by way of reviews since there is plenty already out there. But feel free to ask questions. My caution to my safety gang buddies. Get yourself in a "historical romance" frame of mind before reading. Almost all of them have widower manwhores matched up with virgins. Or a very young widow matched with a manwhore. But almost all JG books are insta something and the men are faithful after meeting. The men are alpha and struggle to express their feelings. The women are a bit submissive, usually sassy though and quite funny. I love the way she writes banter.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mili

    I have to say I was disappointed by this book. I love Julie Garwood and she is a wonderful author but this just didn't pass muster. The story it self was just fine, it's the characters that bugged me to no end. The way the characters were written was very confusing because at the beginning you are miss lead that the heroine is a strong and independent woman who is capable and smart, yet a few chapters later and a few conversations with her and all those descriptions are tossed out the window and I have to say I was disappointed by this book. I love Julie Garwood and she is a wonderful author but this just didn't pass muster. The story it self was just fine, it's the characters that bugged me to no end. The way the characters were written was very confusing because at the beginning you are miss lead that the heroine is a strong and independent woman who is capable and smart, yet a few chapters later and a few conversations with her and all those descriptions are tossed out the window and instead we have a frightful little mouse who cant string a few sentences together with out sounding like an idiot. As for the hero all i can say is that he is a bipolar who gets turned on when his wife is shaking in fear of him. how sexy. NOT!! All those character flaws prevented me from enjoying the book. So all in all I'm very disappointed. The book had great potential.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    4.5 'Untamed' Stars This was my first Julia Garwood, and one of the few historical sovereign read so far and it got me hooked on her style and characters! This couple was absolutely perfect! They captured me from the very start. Interesting and dynamic, steamy hot and banter filled, The Bride really had everything I look for in Romance For me, her family situation, and even the feel of some scenes and attitudes really was reminiscent of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of my all time favs. On 4.5 'Untamed' Stars This was my first Julia Garwood, and one of the few historical sovereign read so far and it got me hooked on her style and characters! This couple was absolutely perfect! They captured me from the very start. Interesting and dynamic, steamy hot and banter filled, The Bride really had everything I look for in Romance For me, her family situation, and even the feel of some scenes and attitudes really was reminiscent of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of my all time favs. On the minus side, I really could have gone without (view spoiler)[ that long lasting situation/reference about Mary, Daniel and his mistress, which was never truly explained and I hated it (hide spoiler)] , I know they aren't the main couple but it still stole a bit of the enjoyment for me. Nonetheless I can't wait to read more of JG's books! <3

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★★ What can I say about this story other than a classic Julie Garwood book still delivers? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this one; thought I’d try the audiobook this time. The narration, by Rosalyn Landor, brings this book to life. I’ll be seeking out more of her audiobooks.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lakshmi C

    Re-read Jan 2018 Still 4 stars The Bride was as good as a double gooey chocolate brownie. It was captivating, witty and absolutely perfect. I loved Jamie and Alec for themselves and as a couple. Alec was an arrogant warrior with a tender heart, Jamie was quick, feisty and relentless. Both of them were engaged in a battle of wits and wills, I was grinning through most of it. Both of them are smitten but their bond evolves at a realistic pace. No insta love or mind numbing longing in this one. The sto Re-read Jan 2018 Still 4 stars The Bride was as good as a double gooey chocolate brownie. It was captivating, witty and absolutely perfect. I loved Jamie and Alec for themselves and as a couple. Alec was an arrogant warrior with a tender heart, Jamie was quick, feisty and relentless. Both of them were engaged in a battle of wits and wills, I was grinning through most of it. Both of them are smitten but their bond evolves at a realistic pace. No insta love or mind numbing longing in this one. The story is set in the Scottish highlands and Julie Garwood paints a vivid, tempting picture. The supporting characters are written really well and most of them were lots of fun. They helped the stubborn couple to settle in. Their clothing is called their plaid, Mary. Plaid,” Beak repeated with a growl. “It’s their sacred dress. I think they’d take exception to hearing it called a woman’s gown.” “Then it’s little wonder to me why they have to fight all the time,” Jamie interjected. She hadn’t really believed Cholie’s tale, but Beak looked so sincere she was beginning to think he was telling the truth. “Aye,” Mary agreed. “They have to defend their gowns.” “They aren’t gowns.” This was an enchanting read with a lot of humour, sweetness and fun. I recommend the brownie and definitely recommend The Bride.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susanne

    Outstanding and amazing! Where is the sixth star? I waited forever for this book but it was well worth the wait - it was utterly amazing. I laughed so much. I am so glad that JG didn't listen to the expert who told her to downplay the humor and gave in to the urge. It was hilarious! But the humor didn't take away the divine romance between Alec and Jamie. The trouble with too good books is that there is no words to do it justice. I loved everything about this book! Alec was an amazing über hot her Outstanding and amazing! Where is the sixth star? I waited forever for this book but it was well worth the wait - it was utterly amazing. I laughed so much. I am so glad that JG didn't listen to the expert who told her to downplay the humor and gave in to the urge. It was hilarious! But the humor didn't take away the divine romance between Alec and Jamie. The trouble with too good books is that there is no words to do it justice. I loved everything about this book! Alec was an amazing über hot hero. Jamie was clueless, funny and strong. They were so passionate about each other. The side characters was great. The mystery was great. There was no angst! There was no misunderstanding! There was plenty of laughs! Highland romances are quickly becoming a favorite and I am so excited to continue to explore the rest of Julie Garwood's books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Reread!!! Sigh, how I miss these beautiful and wonderful romances by JG. Always makes me feel wonderful and leaves me with feels for days after. I reread this one again and again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raine

    Super funny!!! Loved it when I read it years ago and read it for a PIFM challenge and still loved it! Even though I've been reading romantic erotica the last few years it is still nice to read a well-written and funny romance. *****Reread again***** Last read 12/10/2015 Still a great story. So enjoyable! *****March 16, 2017***** No matter how many times I re-read this book I still always enjoy the humor and the dialogue between Alec and Jamie. She's such a strong character and she has to be to be ma Super funny!!! Loved it when I read it years ago and read it for a PIFM challenge and still loved it! Even though I've been reading romantic erotica the last few years it is still nice to read a well-written and funny romance. *****Reread again***** Last read 12/10/2015 Still a great story. So enjoyable! *****March 16, 2017***** No matter how many times I re-read this book I still always enjoy the humor and the dialogue between Alec and Jamie. She's such a strong character and she has to be to be married to Alec, but she's also got that soft side that he really needs. There are so many things about this book that brings a smile to my face: her asking Alec to make sure he counts how many men he kills so she could give the correct amount of coin to the priest for his soul, how she pretends to not know Gaelic so she could surprise Alec, but he knows and teases her by talking in Gaelic. From the first word to the last word this book has always kept my attention no matter how many times I read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elfina Renee

    Sometimes you need to read something different. A book taking place in a far away way land, where the people are ruled by kings, lusty lords and lairds following his proclamations. Futures are given within a blink of an eye and titles are fought and died for. Julie Garwood does an amazing job capturing the sights and sounds of Scotland and allowing us readers to bring home a taste with us. Its almost as if you were really there. You can practically hear the bagpipes, Side Drums, Whistles & F Sometimes you need to read something different. A book taking place in a far away way land, where the people are ruled by kings, lusty lords and lairds following his proclamations. Futures are given within a blink of an eye and titles are fought and died for. Julie Garwood does an amazing job capturing the sights and sounds of Scotland and allowing us readers to bring home a taste with us. Its almost as if you were really there. You can practically hear the bagpipes, Side Drums, Whistles & Flutes. A five star read and recommended to all who'd wish life were of simpler times. Where men were men and fought for honor, and yielded broadswords and Halbards with deadly precision.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ari Reavis

    2.5 Stars This was a disappointing read. Maybe my expectations were too high because I love me some arranged marriages. But Alec quickly and swiftly sent my expectations tumbling wayyyyy down. Now a little bit of brute in a man is sexy, but he was just an utter a**hole who had me shaking my head most of the book wondering... When he wasn't thinking or saying this.. He was thinking or saying this... Or sitting around with his friends saying... And when he wasn't getting on my nerves, Jamie was. 2.5 Stars This was a disappointing read. Maybe my expectations were too high because I love me some arranged marriages. But Alec quickly and swiftly sent my expectations tumbling wayyyyy down. Now a little bit of brute in a man is sexy, but he was just an utter a**hole who had me shaking my head most of the book wondering... When he wasn't thinking or saying this.. He was thinking or saying this... Or sitting around with his friends saying... And when he wasn't getting on my nerves, Jamie was. I liked her for the most part because she was quirky and determined but she took everything way too serious and really tried my patience at times. I did not understand why she felt the need to protect people who had wronged her from Alec's wrath. She was pleading for Alec to have mercy, whereas I would've been like 'Off with his head!'. The sex rated between hot and ok. Some scenes were a little too short, while others were great. When Alec finallllllllllly got his head out of his behind and realized he still had a heart, then things got very sweet. I mean, he confessed his love in gaelic and it was a real touching moment. His starting to be more affectionate towards Jamie and listening to her ideas more bumped my idea of him up some, but Alec wasn't fully redeemed in my eyes by the end. Meanwhile all this time there's been someone plotting to kill Jamie (which I often forgot about) and I definitely didn't suspect the culprit at all. No idea. Alec's close friends/ warriors were very funny and interesting characters and really made the story. Jamie's sister, Mary, on the other hand, I could've done without.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hulya Kara Yuksel

    I think, I'm lost in past. :) If somebody told me that I would love historical romance books I wouldn't believe that person. But now here I am and I'm absolutely amazed this wonderful story. Alec & Jamie was so funny and romantic. I really enjoyed it. And I really liked that Julie Garwood's women characters are strong ladies. But still my favourite Julie Garwood book is Honor's Splendour. Nobody can beat my Duncan. Sorry Alec! :)

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