I'm not sure about Nora. She's a fun read, her incessant prattling was funny but My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. Mostly her confusion over Ewan, now that they're lovers. She knows she loves him, what is she waiting for I don't know. I think I even like Catarina more than her because she is smarter and a very perceptive woman.
So, the story started as Nora finds Ewan in his cave for a favor. I loved that first scene, it was hot and funny what with Ewan being asleep and naked His thoughts on her 'assets' and how he can make use of them. Oh boy, I adored him on spot! Then of course, after knowing what Nora wanted from him, he came to his senses and the story began. We already know that Ewan's brother Kieran committed suicide over a girl who betrayed them both. Isobail was basically a slut who used the two brothers to get her way, which was to get to her lover in England and left a trail of distraction on her path; a dead and a living dead brother and a feud which cost many lives from both clans MacAllister and MacDouglas.
Ewan ran away with her, thinking she loves him and then came back home with a heart break, only to find Kieran has taken his own life. If you read Claiming the Highlander , you'll know some of the history. Here, we find Ewan all wallowed up in guilt and shame and heartbreaking sadness over what happened. He and Kieran were the closest of brothers and Ewan can't help but feel he deserves no pleasure in life for what he's done. So, he lives in a cave which was later furnished by his concerned mother, against his will , without human contact he avoids it as much as possible and he's celibate.
I think that he's only been intimate with Isobail after reading many clues and no one else after the debacle. Until, of course, Nora came along. She came up with this request, almost as same as Isobail but not quite and Ewan can't help but think is this some kind of joke?! Then, the story is taking place as they're on their way to Lochlan's and not London.
Ewan, knowing a bit about Nora and of course, his past, decided not to take her to London. Nora is betrothed to a man she despises and ran away to save herself. Her maid gave her the idea of meeting Ewan MacAllister and ask him to help her. Nora didn't know much about Ewan's past, only that MacAllisters are powerful and maybe, her father and fiance won't look for her if she can manage to get to her aunt Eleanor aka the Queen of England a fact Ewan scoffs at, still doesn't believe it with Ewan's help.
Nora talks a lot, annoys Ewan but she's beautiful and charming, which Ewan can't help but find adorable. And, the more Nora get to know about Ewan and his past, the more she can't help but falling. Think I have to agree here. There are things about his past, not the Isobail incident but other things like how his father thought he's not manly enough because he's quiet in nature, his brothers always having their way and he always is sort of left behind. Women always choosing his brothers over him oh, poor the babe! He's always been dubbed as the one who doesn't have much to offer in looks too tall and gangly , charms too surly or brains too impulsive These vulnerabilities, the blow all these did to his self-esteem is tremendous and I can so understand the poor darling.
I felt so sad, his brothers were close to being cruel with him IMO. All these, inevitably lead to that incident ; Isobail convincing him too easily that she 'loves' him and not Kieran, then Kieran in a fight over her telling him he's not good enough for Isobail and so on. I absolutely disliked the way Kieran judged him. Good-natured bickering is fine between brothers but this was downright malicious! It was in CtH and I hated him after knowing about the heartbroken girl who never told him about it as she learned he's already seeing someone else! Nora, being afraid of her father and her upcoming, unwanted marriage, decided not to give him much details on her family.
Then, on the way, they were almost kidnapped by a group of gypsies but the kidnappers turned out to be nice people. Still not sure who paid them for kidnapping Ewan. The girl in the group, Catarina, befriends Nora soon and I've already mentioned I really like her. Also, another character, Pagan.
He's very intriguing. I'd love to see his story. It's seen that Pagan has some kind of 'something' for Catarina but I know from the blurbs that these two won't be together since Lochlan would be her match. I liked the way Catarina knew that Ewan and Nora belongs to each-other and is trying to help them. Nora is a bit thick headed when it comes to her feelings, she's trying everything to deny this.
And Ewan knows better than this, to be rash in his actions since he doesn't know where they stand at the moment. I loved the love scenes; the last one I've read was really good, only I thought the eastern dancing-thingy belly dancing? This has something to do with Catarina's mysterious past since she teaches Nora the dance.
But, could Nora master it so well in one evening that she danced like some 'Saracen courtesan', as Ewan's musing tell us? I couldn't believe it. Anyway, they're both determined at this level to part since they both know they can't be together! I'm getting a bit exasperated at their pessimistic view on what could be a really sweet thing for both of them. Even Catarina agrees with me. I'm so jealous of that Nora, why can't I get my own bear? Every time she'd call Ewan her big bear, gentle bear etc, I felt so Read please, just couldn't help it!
He reminded her of some great, hulking bear, what with his massive form, snarling tones and gruffness. Nora was stunned by his demand.
The bear who lived in a cave was lecturing her on manners? Nora gaped at his expertise. Who knew the big, giant bear would be so talented? Nora watched in awe of Ewan's skill. For a bear, he was quite nimble. He moved like fluid. She could even hear him tromping through the woods like some big, lumbering bear. Her bear lay with his lips slightly parted, her braid laced between his large fingers. She hadn't even realized he'd touched her hair. But it was the quiet bear who called out to her. Her unrefined bear was so much more than what she wanted.
He was what she needed. Nay, her bear was ever tender. How she loved her big bear. She could almost believe him when he said that. Nora pushed herself to her feet and moved away from the wall before her strong bear pulled it down on top of her. She would give anything to hear one of his bearish growls. He pulled back a moment later to answer her question. Know you someone with a stout enough heart to lead him home and suffer his dismal ways? I think my bear may have a cub coming to follow in his father's footsteps. Can you hear me growling with frustration?! So, I want Ewan, is that so bad?
He's worth having. It was a seriously sweet book. I can't deny it, mainly because I adored Ewan and Nora's all lovey-dovey scenes when they weren't being pessimistic about their relationship of course. Even in the love scenes, not only their communication together but Nora's unabashed curiosity was some read for sure! I did laugh quite a lot at her words and enjoyed them. The story was good and there were more mysteries in the end but overall, a big 4 stars from me.
On their way to Lochlan's castle, Nora sees her fiance, one lout called Ryan. It was later known he's the one who ordered the kidnapping. Then, Nora was kidnapped again, this time by Isobail's brothers, who also appeared before. Then the rescue scene, with Ewan was so hot! Ermm, what with he breaking down chains from walls Poor babe was hurt by the villains and kinda angry at Nora when the supposed dead Ryan he was injured saving Nora from Isobails brother and Nora thought him dead comes back and Nora goes fussing on him.
Oh bother! He starts ignoring her and wouldn't let her tend to his injury. Then with Catarina and teams help they reach to Lochlan's place, only to find Nora's parents and all the others are already there. Ewan falls sick with fever and infection. Nora tends to him, day and night. Gotta mention here, Catarina, whose past is still a mystery, knew more about the kidnapping the 1st one and some valuable information on Nora's father Alexandar. He actually wanted Nora to marry one of the MacAllisters for an alliance with them, so he planned it all in a way which would make Nora to run to Ewan for help to save herself from Ryan Ermm, this part was a bit hazy for me.
If so, then why go through all these troubles? Then again, after knowing Ryan paid for the kidnapping and after that lout lied about loving Nora, Ewan felt guilty thinking he's repeated the history again. And then, there's no reasoning with that mule! He won't hear that Nora loves him, he won't listen to her pleadings.
When he wakes up and in a very bad timing, heard Ryan saying something about Nora being his oh you gotta read this! A heartsick Nora goes back home to marry Ryan. I felt like kicking Ewan's butt myself. I mean, you know this is what even her parents wanted from the beginning, why say 'no'?
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She said she loves you Didn't she? I was so irritated. Then, it's his mother, Aisleen, who did the reasoning with Ewan and some of his childhood hurts were soothed by her words. Catarina, who'd been bickering with Lochlan before leaving with Nora, tells her with confidence that Ewan will come for her. And, of course, he does. Ewan saves Nora from that marriage and marries her himself in the alter The end!
And, just before the ending Keiran's plaid comes back with one of Alexandar's man's who was with Catarina's team severed hands eek! Lochlan learns from Alexandar that the guy, Lysander, had this when he hired him in Paris. Lysander never wanted to part with the piece of clothing Lochlan is shocked to think Kieran might be alive Hell, I was left confused about the whole thing myself.
Never mind that, I'm just glad that Ewan the grumpy bear had his happy ending. View 2 comments. May 02, Preacox rated it really liked it Recommends it for: those who like Highlanders and gruff, giant, suffering heroes with a soft core. Shelves: historical-romance , historical-romance-medieval , want-to-reread. Ewan MacAllister is not the oldest, but the tallest of the handsome MacAllister brothers. He is a giant of a man, gruff and always deep in his cups. Once, when he was younger, he did something unforgivable. He fell in love with Isobail, the girlfriend of his brother Kieran.
Isobail returned his love and asked him to elope with her to England. But when they arrived there, she dropped him like a hot potato in favor of another man. Heartbroken, feeling used and manipulated, he returned home only to Ewan MacAllister is not the oldest, but the tallest of the handsome MacAllister brothers. Heartbroken, feeling used and manipulated, he returned home only to find his brother Kieran had killed himself over the loss of Isobail. Ewan has been guilt-ridden ever since. He is a hermit who lives in a cave on a mountain where he can oversee the loch his brother drowned himself in.
One day, Nora, niece of Eleanor of Aquitane, disturbs the solitude of his cave. She is desperate of getting away from a marriage she doesn't want. Knowing that both her father and her undesirable betrothed fear Ewan MacAllister, she asks him to bring her to her aunt in England. At first Ewan isn't amused by her request.
He has a raging headache, thanks to the ale he consumed. And it's that day, the day of his brother's death, of all things. Besides, there is the fact that Nora is as blonde as Isobail and her request reminds him a bit too much of what Isobail has asked of him. It just isn't his day. But something about that little chatterbox appeals to him, and before he knows it he agrees to help her.
This reads like a roadtrip. I like that theme. There is just something about riding all day through the landscape, camping, singing at the campfire and sleeping under the stars. I loved both Ewan and Nora and the way they were slowly falling in love. The side characters were also great, especially Cat. I noticed she will be Lochlan's love interest in the last book of the series. Can't wait for their book because Cat's nettling was so funny.
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I still love Draven's story more, but this one is my second favorite of the series so far. Dec 25, Zoe rated it it was ok. I wanted to rate this book 3 stars because I liked it better than the first book which got a 2 star rating from me. But honestly I also wasn't crazy about this book, a 2.
Then I remember my "when in doubt, round it down" personal rule, so round it down I did. I think it's safe to say that I am not a fan of Ms MacGregor's writing. Her style reads choppy to me and the characters act and talk childishly sometimes. I winced when I read some of the cheesy parts.
When writt I wanted to rate this book 3 stars because I liked it better than the first book which got a 2 star rating from me. When written well, romance stories could have such depth. Alas, I have yet it see it in this author's books. So what we have here is a classic tortured highlander who had a tragic past in love with a fair maiden in distress. Erection, hot kisses, pretense of denied passion, the right ingredients are all in there but rather superficially, which turned a story with potential into something rather childish. Thankfully Ewan and Nora are rather endearing characters so I was able to finish the book because I was at least interested in them.
Standard plots written on a rather silly tone, questionable pacing and plot development. I read Sin's story when I was young and I liked it back then. Now I am afraid to re-read it. It would be rather sad if I realized if my likeness of Sin's story was the result of youthful infatuation. Jul 08, Sha Mslvoe rated it really liked it Shelves: highlander , medieval , scottish-highland , on-nook , historical-romance.
The saying "opposites attract" is definitely true in some sense. She talked too much He's the quiet man Their differences make them seem like they would be a great couple. Yes, I would definitely say that opposites make better couples. I found the story very entertaining and enjoyable to read. However, the ending make me confused. Did Kieran still alive or dead?
Who's Pagan? The mystery left me unsatisfied. View all 8 comments. Ewan MacAllister still feels guilt over his part in his brother's death years ago. This year's wallow is interrupted when Nora Ingen Alexander of Canmore barges into his life like the north wind. Nora is unfortunately promised to a man that she does not love and she is sure does not love her, family obligations won't let her out of the unwanted marriage.
Nora has plotted with her maid and manservant to help her take advantage of Ewan's reputation of helping ladies in need, she is hopeful Ewan wi Ewan MacAllister still feels guilt over his part in his brother's death years ago. Nora has plotted with her maid and manservant to help her take advantage of Ewan's reputation of helping ladies in need, she is hopeful Ewan will safely escort her to her aunt in London, to sanctuary.
Since Nora's request and circumstances are too close for comfort, Ewan grudgingly decides to take her to his brother Laird Lochlan and someone else can resolve the issue. However their travelling adventure to the family keep takes a detour and changes them both forever. As related in previous installments Ewan felt responsible for his brother's death because they each loved the same faithless woman. This has taken a toll on Ewan's view of women in general and makes him believe that there can be no happiness for him. Ewan gets huge points for broodiest Alpha male in the series so far.
Nora on the other hand is happy to be going to an aunt she has fond memories of and sees their sense of adventure and daring as parallel. Nora, afraid that her father will force the marriage to a man she does not love, refuses to tell Ewan the breadth of her father's power and holdings though others seem to be aware of it. On the way to Lochlyn's Ewan and Nora stop to help a family of gypsies which takes them farther afield as there are kidnappers, cutpurses and murders on the road.
Nora's ever sunny disposition is offset by Ewan's ever gloomy disposition against a backdrop of deception, misconceptions and the ending I hope to the Isobail storyline. Ewan and Nora have plenty of time and opportunity to fall for each other as Ewan discovers an elaborate scheme that could be disastrous for Nora and himself, if they aren't careful. The plotting, storyline, characters or pacing were all things I enjoyed but for the most part I wasn't happy with this read as I flew through the pages.
I actually thought this was not the story I wanted but by the time I got to the end of the read and in hindsight my mind had changed completely and I thought it was brilliant. This was absolutely the right story for the right character and vice versa, it was a perfect match. The installments to date have been stand-alone reads and easily interchangeable in reading order but the teasers at the end of this tale installments distinctly links it to the next installment.
Original Read: February 5, Rating: 4. Jul 13, Quinn rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book , medieval-romance , highlander-romance. There's something that somehow feels almost unsophisticated about the initial writing. But without fail, I end up being completely sucked into the story and the writing style ceases to be relevant because I'm just being entertained. Pure and simple. These books may not be steeped in detail or history, but that's just fine with me. I've never been a reader to complain a 3.
I've never been a reader to complain about 'wallpaper' historicals, but if that's something that bothers you, you may not be satisfied with the historical aspect of these. That said, the sense of place and time is not completely non-existent, and if you're prepared to go into it with a view to simply being entertained rather than immersed in the history, then I think your expectations will be met. I've quite enjoyed these highlander romances with their tortured heroes and feisty heroines, but I'm not intending to continue on with the Brotherhood of the Sword series.
To the great shock of my OCD, I'm intending to just straight to The Warrior , because I can't possibly let the cliffhanger at the end of this one go unanswered. Oh, and then there's Lochlan Kinkey Macgregor is a master This book was totally engaging A highly charged romance with memorable characters and a wild adventure. I read this book in one day. Feb 17, Tracy rated it really liked it.
So I hated the start of this book and it was almost a DNF for me. It started out feeling so fake and unauthentic that I was rolling my eyes. After a break I decided to try again, remembering that I had loved the other in this series that I had read. The story definitely got better and I became more entrenched.
I liked Ewan and Nora together and his weakness which she loved. I look forward to reading about Kieran - the big mystery. Ended on a high note for sure. Jan 22, Elaine rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars , historical-romance. There's nothing that particularly stands out as extraordinary though in positive or negative way, but with the likeable characters, it makes for a cute and quick read. Fun but predictable and I always have a hard time with heroes thst spend YEARS being one way, then a mere day or two after being with the heroine they're totally different.
Aug 11, Jane rated it liked it Shelves: inglise-keeles , erotica , romance , My review was first posted HERE. I wonder if I'll end up really liking the fifth book in the series since the trend so far shows that I've really liked the first and the third story and liked both the second and the fourth one.. So I should really like the fifth one, right?! But as to why I only liked this one. If you've read the second and third book in the series, then you're already familiar with the ever broody and burnt in love Ewan MacAllister.
For me, he seemed a lot more interesting in the previous books than in this one. I'm not saying that he was boring, per se, but he wasn't the male lead I was expecting either. Our heroine this time round is a very, very chatty young woman who refuses to marry the man her father has chosen for her. Therefore she decides to run away and ask for Ewan's help with escaping to England The whole escaping to England concept is still kind of foreign to me since most historical novels I read are set in the regency era where most couples are thinking of running away to Gretna Green in Scotland Oh, I forgot myself.
The heroine. She's very chatty and while I'm supposed to be rather chatty myself, I didn't feel that there were any other attributes to her that I could relate to. Therefore, I did not end up really liking her. But on the plus side, I didn't hate her either since there were a couple of sensible bones in her in the end. But this book's ending really threw me out of the loop since I really did not see that coming.
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Since I don't like to spoil the story to others, I will not divulge in the secret, but I do hope that this secret will be solved in the next book. Or in the one after that, but I hope to see the solution rather sooner than later. Now on to the next one! Care to read them? Click on the links. Jul 25, Becca rated it it was ok. This is the story of Ewan McAllister, the third brother to wed all that remains is Lochlan. I enjoyed the first half of this story but then it started to drag on forever and I found myself skimming just to finish it. Ewan has been living a life of self punishment as he blames himself for the death of his brother Kieran.
Why do you need an ax? His eyes blazed. Ewan grabbed it from him, and handed him the empty pitcher. But it calms him down, so I never say anything.
Sorcha sighed. Forgotten how to find joy of any sort. And Kieran, bless his heart, very seldom ever ran out of patience with him. Nora ate in silence as she thought about the man outside. What would it be like to live with such guilt? Once she finished, she left them and headed outside again. There was a small path that led from the back of the cottage into the woods.
His body was covered in a fine sheen that fair glowed in the moonlight. And as soon as he saw her, he cursed. He tugged the ax free of the stump, then buried it into the wood again. You just seem incredibly sad and angry. I should have left you passed out in your cave. Sorcha and Aenos were right. It was quite a mountain of lumber. Ewan wiped his face with his arm, then retrieved the ax from the ground and headed for another tree.
She swallowed at the strength and sight of him working. The muscles of his back rippled and flexed, making her body strangely warm and needful. Does ale really alleviate your feelings? With three strikes, he felled the tree. He waited until it was down before he spoke again. She shivered at the thought of Ryan. He is beastly. He looks at me and sees nothing but my purse.
I speak and he turns away. If I were, I would never waste my life hiding away. You are in complete control of your life and yet you do nothing with it. I, on the other hand, must do as I am told. My maid and servant will like as not be punished for it and you would hand me back over to my father in an instant if I told you who he was. Ewan thought about that. She shrugged prettily. Travel perhaps. My mother has such marvelous stories about the acres of vineyards.
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Or perhaps I would go to Rome. Make a pilgrimage. Have you ever been to the Holy Land? She unpinned a brooch from her dress, then moved forward to show it to him. She said she bought it from a crusader who was selling items so that he could gain enough money to return home. Ewan studied the piece. Nora trembled at the look on his face. It had been quick and rather slimy. The event was so distasteful that she had never wanted to repeat it and yet as she stood there alone with Ewan sharing her wishes with him, she felt a strange desire to taste his lips.
He reached out with one large hand and tipped her chin up toward him. In one heartbeat, he lowered his head and took possession of her mouth. Nora moaned at the contact and at the taste of him mixed with ale. His tongue brushed hers, making her entire body quiver. Of their own accord her arms rose up and wrapped themselves around his bare shoulders so that she could feel his muscles bunch and flex under her hands. It was a pleasant manly smell and the sensation of his wet skin only made her ache more for him. Ewan growled deep in his throat as he tasted the sweet honey of her mouth.
It had been so long since he last kissed a fair maid. Her gaze turned gentle, warm. Her gaze ran over his body, making him harden in lustful need to touch her. She cleared her throat and turned around. She took three steps, then stopped and looked back at him over her shoulder. You kiss very nicely. The words rang in his head and brought an odd wave of arrogant pride to him. All he knew was that he had an overwhelming urge to follow after her, scoop her up in his arms and see if she was so bold and outspoken in the privacy of his bed.
Original Publication Date: August 26, So when the most beautiful of women leaves his brother to run away with him, he thinks his time to shine has finally come. Unfortunately, she was only using him as she'd used his brother before him. All she wanted was to get to England so that she could leave him for the man she really loved. And because of Ewan's actions, his brother is believed dead- killed by his own Nora seizes her destiny and decides to run for it.
But the man she wants to hire to protect her only wants to take her home. Let's see who wins. Available Formats: Mass Market, eBook. He hated giggling. Nora never giggled. Her laugh was deep. Then she began to hum. Ewan reined his horse in and stared at her. She paused and looked up at him with large eyes. Lips that would taste like heaven… He shook himself from that mental direction. And so had Kieran. Nora gasped. Quite daft point of fact.
But what disturbed him most was the craving she awoke inside him. So he had kept all women at a distance. Both physically and mentally. He wanted to kiss her. To savor her. Before he realized it, they reached Lenalor. He moved to knock on it. Letting out a slow breath, he walked over to her. Sorcha cleared her throat as Ewan headed back toward them. Ewan was dumbstruck by her actions.
Bemused by her, he followed the women inside the cottage. Sorcha made them trenchers of roasted ham with leeks and onions. The delicate grace of her hands as she used them to cut her food and eat. Nora was pure elegance. And it made him ache with desire for her. That was something he had no intention of explaining to her. Frowning, Nora watched him leave. After Aenos left, Nora turned to Sorcha.
He was sitting on a log at the rear of the cottage drinking with Aenos. The instant he saw her, he cursed. Instead, she took the goblet from his hand and poured it out. His face went flush with anger. His face was aghast. His body reacted instantly to the feel of her softness squirming against him. Longing pierced him as he focused his gaze on her parted lips. Taste her. It was all he could do not to yield to the anguished need he felt for her. Who knew one would be so hard, so…well masculine. His eyes were dark, dangerous as he watched her in silence. Aenos snorted.
There be plenty more of that to be sure. He glanced to the old man beside him. His face was stern and serious enough. She could hear his chopping even from a distance. He was beautiful. She was right, he answered to no one. He was his own man. He paused and looked at her. My aunt went. She had a marvelous time there.
He tightened his grip on it. Was it possible that she really could be who and what she claimed? He handed it back to her. Her fingers brushed his, sending a jolt through him. She was so soft and she smelled so feminine and warm. Closing his eyes, he inhaled her scent.