A hero determined to have it all…
After losing his betrothed to a Lowlander, Laird Gabriel MacKinnon is charged with saving her cousin along with a brood of children from an impenetrable castle. Though, the lady he’s been tasked to protect has been accused of a heinous crime, Gabriel has no fear of her. In fact, he’s a little irritated at the prospect of delivering her to her kin. But this hardened, cold warrior just may find his heart melting, for the hellion brings out a passionate side he’d thought long buried.
A lady who will stop at nothing to see him fail…
Lady Brenna has had more than her share of hardships and when freedom looks to be on the brink of her horizon, she’s not about to let some moody Highlander take it all away. She’ll stop at nothing to keep her children safe—and to guard her heart—even though the warrior’s heated kiss threatens to change every vow she’s ever made and every belief about love she’s ever known.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating POVs by chapter.
This is my first experience with Eliza Knight. It definitely won’t be my last. I binged the first 3 books of the Conquered Bride series in just a few days. My understanding is that this is a spin-off from Knight’s Stolen Bride series, however I didn’t feel I was missing anything by jumping in here.
It’s important to note that this involves some pretty heavy subject matter. While most happen in the past and are reflected upon or revealed during conversation – topics include kidnappings, sexual assault of a child, and long-term mental and physical abuse.
This is a slow burn in that, while there’s attraction, it takes almost the entire book for Gabriel and Brenna to come together as a couple, emotionally and physically. Gabriel is nursing a broken heart, for over ten years. Brenna is coming out of an abusive marriage, one she’s suspecting of ending through murder, and her greatest priority is her children. I liked the way Gabriel came around, sort of mentally kicking & screaming though, and especially his connection and care for Brenna’s children. While I was tempted to be annoyed with Brenna’s stubbornness, it’s hard not to be impressed with her maternal tenacity given that she’s been under someone’s despotic rule since she was 12.
I wish the ending held a little more substance to reinforce this as an HEA versus an HFN, but it was overall an enjoyable listen. I immediately dove into Seduced by the Laird.
I loved Antony Ferguson’s narration. It was a little interesting that his personal British accent was used for all the main parts and then he used a Scottish accent for all the dialogue. Honestly though, I think it actually made it easier to keep everyone’s conversations straight. Ferguson’s voices and inflections were perfect. He also has a fantastic voice for women & children.
About the author:
Eliza Knight is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of sizzling historical romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens riveting historical fiction. She runs the award-winning blog, History Undressed. When not reading, writing and researching, she likes to cuddle up in front of a warm fire with her own knight in shining armor.
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About the narrator:
AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit and was recommended by the “All About Romance” Web site as one of the best male narrators at performing female characters. He lives in Los Angeles.
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