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Highland Barbarian (Highlander Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Ryan Langan
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Death and Deception . . .

Meredith MacAlpin, Scottish noblewoman, is kidnapped at the altar by infamous Highland Barbarian, Brice Campbell, and spirited away to his fortress in the Highlands. It is rumored that he is the one who has killed her people in a series of raids.

Brice Campbell is desperate to prove his innocence and bring peace to his people, but when he kills the wrong man, his enemy vows revenge.

Can enemies become lovers? Is love strong enough to defy even death?

"...a talented author who never disappoints..." -- Romantic Times


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5.0 von 5 Sternen sehr schön zu lesen 25. April 2014
Von Barkleby
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Endlich mal eine historische Geschichte bei der beide wissen was sie wollen :) hat sich sehr gut gelesen. Würde ich weiterempfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book was great! i loved it! 28. März 1999
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it had great charaters. Brice Campbell and Meredith McAplin were truly wonderful and spirited characters. The story about them was perfect and truly a love story and Has a visit from Mary Queen of Scots. I loved Meredith's 2 younger sisters. I love merediths younger sister Megan and think Mrs. Langan should do a book about her. I think anyone who likes a good romance and scotland should read this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Story with Issues **SPOILER ALERT** 6. April 2014
Von Reading Fanatic (CMP) - Veröffentlicht auf
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From a technical aspect--writing, editing, presentation, etc.--this book is excellent. I would expect nothing less from a seasoned author such as Ms. Langan. Although I had issues with the story itself, I really enjoyed Ms. Langan's writing style. She clearly has a superior talent. The story should have been dynamic. It certainly had all the elements to be required; it's romantic, with a lot of intrigue in the form of deceit, betrayal, murder plots, and other nefarious deeds. At the heart of the story is the romance between Meredith and Brice, which is sweet, and endearing. Then there are those who seek to control Meredith's lands, and destroy Brice.

Unfortunately, I had so many issues with certain aspects of the story that the overall impact seriously detracted from my enjoyment in the book.

Meredith MacAlpin is a seventeen year old woman, whose father has just died. She's been raised and trained to be the leader of her clan--personally I would have preferred Meredith to be a little older than seventeen, especially when considering the huge responsibilities she had to undertake as Laird, but that's just me. When the story begins Meredith and the rest of her clan are attending her father's funeral.

Enter Gavin, Laird of the neighboring MacKenzie clan, who proceeds to stir up unrest among the MacAlpin clan members, by bringing up the circumstances of Meredith's father's murder. He claims the former Laird was killed by the Highland Barbarian, a name that strikes terror in the heart of every lowlander. Gavin's claim terrifies the MacAlpin clan members. Gavin then offers his protection to the MacAlpin clan and proposes a marriage between Meredith and his younger brother, to secure an alliance between the two clans.

At the encouragement of the members of her clan, Meredith agrees to the proposal and just days after her father's funeral, she is getting married (it was all too quick for my taste, and did nothing to highlight Meredith's supposed leadership skills, but I was willing to go along with it.)

During the wedding ceremony her husband is struck down by the hero, Brice Campbell, and Meredith abducted. From there the story quickly progresses.

The attraction between Meredith and Brice is electric and instant. Of course, being captor and captive, the relationship gets off to a rocky start. Meredith believes Brice to be a ruthless, vicious killer, and has heard rumors that women and children number among his victims. Furthermore, thanks to Gavin MacKenzie, she harbors the suspicion that Brice killed her father. Pretty quickly Meredith discovers that Brice is actually a man of honor, courage, and bravery; he is a strong and beloved leader of his people. A romance between the two develops, and fairly early in the story they acknowledge their love for one another.

Meredith is supposed to be a strong heroine, a woman trained to lead her people as their Laird. Consequently, I had high expectations of Meredith, but unfortunately, she never delivers. True she is smart, determined, brave, caring, and considerate. But, honestly, she was no more so than any other female protagonist that I've ever encountered. Moreover, we are led to believe that Meredith has been trained in the art of swordplay and other forms of fighting her own words "at my father's knee." Unfortunately, Meredith never really gets the opportunity to showcase her superior fighting and leadership skills. There is only one fighting scene where she gets to show off her skills with a sword. In addition, in every face-off between herself and Brice, she comes off looking like a puny weakling. Brice is able to disarm Meredith as easily as he would a child, and of course, she doesn't stand a chance against him physically.

It's not that I wanted Meredith to be a wonder-woman--I hate when authors create female protagonists that perform unrealistic feats of bravery--but considering the training Meredith was supposedly given, I expected her to at least give him a run for his money. Don't get me wrong, Meredith is definitely a strong protagonist. I just expected her to be more than the typical "strong" heroine. For me the story would have played better had Meredith merely been the spirited daughter of a Clan leader. Nonetheless, I was willing and able to overlook this flaw.

Right up until the ending, I would have given the book a 4 star review, despite the issues I had with it. But the manner by which the HEA was brought about was the last straw.

Meredith essentially renounces her position as Laird to the MacAlpin clan and goes to the Highlands to be with Brice. In other words, she abandons her clan, putting her needs and desires ahead of their welfare. This self-serving behavior is totally out of character for the Meredith who is portrayed throughout the story, one who is honorable, and who has a keen sense of loyalty and duty to her clan. Meredith's sixteen year old sister, Brenna (who is the heroine in book two) is left to be Laird, even though we learn in the story that she does not have the leadership qualities Meredith has (not to mention she has not been trained for the position.) IMO, the author should have found a way for Meredith and Brice to be together that would have enabled both to continue to lead their respective clans.

I also hated the scenes with Queen Mary, who comes across as an overindulged, self-absorbed child. I don't know if this depiction of the sovereign is historically accurate; I don't know enough about Mary, Queen of Scots, but I found her character irritating. I was thoroughly disgusted with the fact that when Queen Mary discovers Meredith is being held captive by Brice, she thinks it's exciting and romantic, and sees it as an opportunity to be entertained. Rather than offering to assist Meredith escape her captivity, the Queen has Meredith recount the tale of the abduction for her and her ladies' amusement. Personally, I could have done without the Queen Mary aspect of the story.

From all the 4 and 5 star review, I realize that my opinion about this book is in the minority. I do realize that the issues I had with the story is a matter of personal taste. But isn't that what a book review is all about, one's personal take on the story? FYI this book is fairly "clean" despite the love scenes, which are not graphically described and do not include the use of any crude language. Happy reading!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Highland Love Story! 29. März 2014
Von E. A. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf
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Great story! I am glad I stumbled upon this book. I loved the love story between Brice and Meredith. This story had everything, fighting, deceit, and passion. I was sad it ended - so I bought the other books in this series. I highly recommend this book- it won't disappoint !
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Boring & silly to the point near insult. SPOILERS 19. November 2014
Von Theresa Brandt - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a reader, several thing about this novel got on my nerves and stretched my credulity to the breaking point:
1) The murder of an innocent, unintentional though it may have been, seemed to cause little concern and only minor, inconvenient regret. This murder is supposed revenge for a 'blot on the good name' of Brice Campbell. He's accused of raiding lands and murdering various members of the Lowland Clans. So...he decides to prove them wrong by murdering a man on his wedding day. Yep...that oughta' do it.
2) The swashbuckling swing on a rope through the cathedral by the Highland Barbarian, Brice Campbell to capture, Meredith MacAlpin, the bride whose husband he has just murdered. Why he needed to kidnap her is unclear except that it would, I suppose, be difficult to have a romance had he not done that.
3) The fact that Meredith is held in his bedroom from day one. Why? Surely the castle had enough bedrooms to kept her have one of her own but the author is unwilling to let their relationship develop without them being in such close proximity. It gives them both an opportunity to check each other out and develop their instant attraction. It's unclear whether the author doesn't have the ability to write a developing relationship without instant physical attraction or doesn't trust the readers with the ability to wait on it.
4) Of course, the hero needs a reason to 'rescue' the heroine. It was this scene that COMPLETELY soured this book for me. Our heroine decides to try another attempt at escape. She's held in Brice's chamber and decides to change her cumbersome dress for a set of more efficient men's clothes. So, she raids Brice's closet and comes up with a shirt and a pair of men's trousers. Good idea except for one, little detail: size. Brice is described as quite tall, broad shouldered with long arms and thick thighs, while Meredith is described as very petite. Therefore, it would seem that the clothes would fit her very loosely. It appears that this was not the case. Here's what the author gives us: "having rummaged through Brice's closet, she had donned TIGHT britches..." and a little later "His gaze fastened on Brice's saffron SHIRT FASTENED SNUGLY against her high, firm breasts." Someone is going to have to explain to me how a petite woman is suddenly rocking the clothes of a man who is supposed to be considerably larger than she.
5) But of course, no explanation is really necessary because this was the setup for an attempted rape from which she will be rescued by Brice. When Holden MacKay and Angus Gordon are set to guard Meredith in Brice's absence, Holden MacKay attempts to rape her. Now bear in mind that Holden has already made lewd comments about Meredith and has been told by Brice that he is not to do that. So, what does Brice do? He puts Holden in charge of 'guarding' her when he is away. It was just stupid and I am not sure I would trust Brice to lead my dog, let alone lead a clan.

I gave up at the 40% point. I couldn't develop any sympathy for Meredith because she was developing a raging case of Stockholm Syndrome and Brice just wasn't doing it for me on any level whatsoever. Novels, by their very nature are contrivances of an author's imagination, but when those contrivances FEEL contrived, then there is not much fun in the reading. There are some really good Scottish romances out there. This just isn't one of them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Highland Romance 22. April 2013
Von B. Hughes - Veröffentlicht auf
I really enjoyed this romance novel. This was my first book by Ruth Langan, and I look forward to reading more by her in the future. I found myself crying at parts of the novel, worried that Brice and Meredith would not end up together due to death or some other misfortune (such as Brice leaving without a word after he knows she is okay...I could have kicked him for that!), but all ended well - with the exception of me wanting the story to continue but the book ran out of pages. My only complaint is that it was shorter than I would have liked, but the quality of what was in those pages was exceptional.
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