Conquered by the Highlander
Book 1 in the Conquered Bride series
Author Eliza Knight
Narrated by Antony Ferguson
Publication date Aug 2, 2016
Running time 8 hrs 5 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
After losing his betrothed, Ceana, 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.
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.
I was intrigued by the story in this book: it looks at domestic abuse, honor, and complicated political issues; but what is really interesting about it is that it reflects the same issues we deal with today.
Our hero, Gabriel, is honor personified, and like all the highlanders in books huge, handsome and muscled. He was denied his bethrothed and then is asked to save her cousin, kidnapped years before and forced into marriage.
Gabriel is a man of his word, but also ruthless. He balances his decisions with honor, but also looks at the reality of situations. He is also quite the well-endowed naked warrior.
Brenna has lived in a forced marriage as a child and therefore constantly raped while living in a hostile clan. She has believed her twin sister dead, and that any remaining members of her family would hate her. For obvious reasons, she is slow to trust.
I wonder if women, not believing the act to legally be rape, still recognized they were raped. She is a lioness for her children.
When she is saved, she can hardly believe she is just not being sent to another, worse fate. Her life has been hell and why would she believe it would get any better?
But, Gabriel is a HERO with a capital H, the stuff of which legends are made, and when his honor is on the line his actions follow the course necessary to do what is right. Breana knows she wants him, as he does her, but will she choose love and desire over the seemingly safe option that is presented?
Of course, her strength in surving 15 years in captivity are a natural attraction for Gabriel. But attraction for Benna is a little harder to come by. Her physical reaction is quite surprising, especially to Brenna, given her history.
The writing is natural, homespun, and realistic. The martial events were a little simply represented.
The narrative quality is great with a good accent and voicing of characters without too much acting.
One issue was a difficulty following clan names and location due to the medium. The entire story occurs on the Isle of Skye and it was a totally new zone for me.
All in all I liked the story even with my issues and I liked the narration.