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 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 highlanderjerkface 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 carefullyAre you strong enough to protect what belongs to you Oh, AY STEP TWO Awake your buyer s interestOnce you see my gift, Laird Kincaid, you ll be set on having it, all right, he boasted Are you partial to blue eyes, milordSTEP THREE Make some cryptic sentence, because you own the powerrr.They re looking at a mareShe 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 badBeak 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 DEALShe 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 madeBecause 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 of my reviews, please visit From New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Garwood, Whose Novels Have Enchanted Millions Of Readers Worldwide, Comes A Breathtakingly Romantic Novel About A Mismatched Young Wife And Husband Who, Despite Their Differences In Background And Temperament, Fall Inexorably In Love The Bride Sweeps Readers Back To The Savage Beauty Of Medieval Scotland By The King S Edict, Alec Kincaid, Mightiest Of The Scottish Lairds, Must Take An English Bride And Jaime The Youngest Daughter Of Baron Jamison, Is His Choice From His First Glimpse Of The Proud And Beautiful English Lady, Alec Felt A Burning Hunger Stir Within Him This Was A Woman Worthy Of His Fearless Warrior S Spirit And He Aches To Touch Her, Tame Her, Possess Herforever But With The Wedding Vows, Jamie Pledges Her Own Secret Oath She Will Never Surrender Her Love To This Highland Barbarian He Was Everything Her Heart Warned Her Against An Arrogant, Brooding Scoundrel Whose Rough Good Looks And Seductive Embrace Fire Her Blood But When Strange Accidents Begin To Threaten Jamie S Life And An Old Rumor That Alec Killed His First Wife Spreads Anew, Something Far Dangerous Than Desire Threatens To Conquer Her Senses With All The Storytelling Power And Insight Into The Human Heart That Have Made Her One Of The Bestselling Authors Of Our Time, Julie Garwood Takes Readers On An Unforgettable Romantic Journey Rich In Humor, Suspense, And Historical Detail Huge 5 StarsI 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. Geez, that was bloody brilliant I love a story that can distract me from my surroundings so much that I can burst out laughingyou guessed iton 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 Julie Garwood is the reason I love reading romance I started reading her books at the tender age of 16ish After my first, I was addicted and used all my pocket money to buy 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 performed by Rosalyn Landor. 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. 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. 3.5 StarsOverall 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 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 mentionno 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 timesand 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 focused on Jamie though, and I would ve liked to know 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 neededPush 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 YesOW 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 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 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 Garwood1 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 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 clays, 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.
With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation Add in the fa
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- The Bride
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- 15 February 2017 Julie Garwood