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on 4 August 2013
The English queen for some reason that is not revealed, makes one of her maids marry a Scots man, already confused?

The man she was meant to marry has a long standing quarrel with his brother, I believe over a horse! still interested then read on.

The brother kidnaps the unseen maid and intends to marry her in the hope that she will be frail but give him a son and then die - how romantic. The kidnap is successful however the maid becomes ill (it's only a cold really) and the brother's aunt looks after the maid. Here's where it gets interesting guys, the aunt is then kidnapped, the maid tries to rescue her even though she has no knowledge of the land. The brother tries to save the maid and aunt and they get kidnapped.

This book has no real story, the smallest amount of romance possible to squish in a book - Not worth the £1.91 paid
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on 13 November 2013
The reason the queen wants Gabrielle to go and wed a Scot seems rather weak, and one wonders whether behind it is a desire to rid herself of an added financial strain on her purse. The tale is well told, and the fact that not only is Gabrielle somewhat sturdy and not considered to be attractive, she is under the added burden of the queen's scorn, comparing her to a stuffed goose, and making it plain that she does not expect Gabrielle to ever get any offer of marriage. Not the sort of comments to make her feel any better about herself. Incredibly, she is instantly attracted to the brother she is not supposed to marry, and he to her, seeing beauty where none other had seen it. Although the style is lively, and the dialogue believable, it has been larded with the word "maun" which I believe to mean "must". and as far as I can see it, the word has been mistakenly used to mean "much" and "very". Since it occurs on a very large proportion of the pages, I found it distracting and detracting from the enjoyment of the story. Perhaps I am too picky . . . . . The end seemed somewhat abrupt, almost as if the author became impatient to finish the book, and I feel that there was more that could have been added to round it off a little better, but still an enjoyable tale.
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on 25 May 2017
I found this a lovely quick read. Lots of twists and turns in this romantic story about Gabrielle who is sent by Elizabeth to Scotland to marry Colin Douglas as a means to end a longstanding feud. Along the way she is kidnapped by Connor Douglas. Kidnapped again by her ancestral kinsmen and Colin. Who wins her heart? ...
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on 21 January 2014
I wasn't encouraged by the other reviews for this book but went ahead and bought it any way as it was heavily discounted at the time. I found it to be engaging, humorous and passionate, and all that you could ask for in a historical romance! The supporting characters are well sketched and the insecurities and hidden strengths of the female protagonist are nicely drawn out.

The hero of the novel is strong, attractive and honourable, and demonstrates the required shift from indifferent laird to loving and appreciative partner, and you can see every incident that chips away at his mindset and transforms his feelings.

The language used is a constant reminder of the Scottish setting but I didn't find it obstructive at all.

Some people reviewing the book have commented on the flimsy storyline but honestly, I enjoyed the light-hearted nature of it. Raids that didn't end in death and tragedy were accompanied by banter and it's easy to see that Rebecca Sinclair has a well-developed sense of the ridiculous, which I personally enjoy. I thought the story galloped along at a good pace to a happy ending which actually left me hankering for more stories set in that world.

I've only just finished reading the book and have come straight back on here to leave a review and find other books by Rebecca Sinclair. I'd definitely recommend it to people looking for a bit of escapism in a fun historical romance.
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on 24 May 2014
Good book and enjoyable romp, humour,loyalty and feuds, what more do you need for a great yarn.
Our alpha male hero meets a strong heroine who he grows to respect and love.
The other characters involved are well written too, they grow as the plot develops and really enhance the story. Independent firebrand Ella.....she needs her story.
Prose a bit repetitive, especially when describing making love to each other but that is the only criticism I have.
Would recommend to you.
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on 22 February 2018
A really good tale, even though it took longer to read because of the dialect. Strong characters and a good plot. An enjoyable romp indeed.
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on 9 April 2014
Traded by Elizabeth 1st with the intent of stopping the border wars, Gabriel is sent to marry Colin Douglas but is kidnapped by his twin. A story of fighting conflict and love. Good author.
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on 25 February 2014
The characters didn't connect very well, there was not much of an interesting story and it was about a century old argument about a horse and a chef. So i was not quite impressed.
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on 20 May 2014
What a wonderful change - the 'heroine' is actually a plain Jane, & of robust build also. Connor loves her for herself. Really loved this book just for that fact alone.
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on 21 December 2013
I love it when you get immersed in a story because the language feels authentic and is maintained throughout. It might be judged by others as too much but I loved it.
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