Title: The Highland Henchman, book 2 of the Highland Force
Author: Amy Jerecki
Genre: Historical Romance
Published By: Rapture Books; 1 edition
Published Date: March 21, 2014
Narrated by: Brad Wills
Length: 9 hours, 50 minutes
Release Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher’s Summary: Intent on winning a Lowlander’s tournament, Bran MacLeod travels south with his laird. All goes as planned, except spirited Miss Enya Ross continually distracts him, and in the oddest situations. With no business lusting after a baron’s daughter, Bran decides to return to Raasay – until his laird pledges Bran’s services in the fight to reinstate Mary, Queen of Scots to the throne.
Enya has no deference for the lines of nobility, or for the Great Divide that separates Lowlanders from Highlanders. The way Sir Bran’s eyes hunger for her ignites an internal fire Enya cannot quell. All her life she’s wanted adventure and excitement, but now her every thought is consumed with the rugged Highlander.
With all odds stacked against them, can their forbidden love withstand the tumult of war and the menace of betrayal?
©2014 Amy Jarecki (P)2015 Amy Jarecki
My Thoughts: Queen’s knees! Amy Jerecki keeps me laughing at the same time as fear crawls up my spine. I love the way she writes a story and the way Brad Wills delivers it. This listen/read is most highly recommended.
I take from this story the pathetic way men of power posture for more power. I also take when danger is at the door, it is easier to deal with it with humor ready on the lips. Ms. Jarecki offers us hope, humor and a deep understanding of the dark inklings of man in general in a tale full of delicious emotions you’ll love to experience.
It is very telling to the character of a man how he handles animals, whether horse, dog or bird. On that note, Griffin, golden eagle adopted by Bran, was a character pivotal to the tale. It was totally sweet when Bran took his eagle into confidence and spoke of what he would not to another.
Here’s an excerpt which I loved, one of many, as spoken between Bran and Rouen while sparring and not particularly friendly with each other.
“Why are you fighting like you have a thistle up your ass?”…
“You’re as ugly as me nursemaid’s ass.”
“You still have a nursemaid?”
Ms. Jarecki writes exquisitely tender/intimate scenes of intimacy describing its beauty without vulgarity.
She also creates hero and heroine characters with flaws, and totally lovable. Her stories totally absorb my attention.
Between Malcolm and Bran there is plenty of animosity, from opposing sides, but with honor from both, they forge a new friendship of strength.
I adored the relationship between Bran and Enya. Its development only confirmed what we saw in their individual characters. Enya preferred archery to gowns. Her pretense of being a lady, and sharped tongue, with not a malicious bone in her body, only added to the interest of the story.
Brad Wills’ accent in dialog is authentic, however the speed of delivery sometimes hard to understand. It is not vexing enough to warrant much of a remark, because I did go back to listen to those areas I couldn’t understand at first listen so I could. His marvelous telling of a story, no matter which story he relates, is so engaging, so remarkable, I would listen to it versus another in historical medieval romance. He isn’t known as Mr. Sexy for nothin’!
One final note: Holy Falcon Feathers! Narrator Brad Wills’s voice for Mr. Fisher, a rather unsavory character, had me laughing. It sounded like the man put marbles in his mouth and spoke the words! That being said, the man deserved such a portrayal!
Amy is the president of the Heritage Writers Guild, and a member of the Celtic Hearts Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and lectures on writing topics.
Amy’s first published novel, now titled Boy Man Chief, won the League of Utah Writers award for Best Manuscript, and the St. George Spark Book Award. Since then, she has won many other writing awards. Her novels, Captured by the Pirate Laird, The Highland Henchman and Beauty and the Barbarian achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s Scottish Historical Romance genre list.
About the Narrator: Brad Wills has been narrating audio books for a little over two and a half years, specializing in the Historical Romance genre. His most frequent collaborators are Kathryn Le Veque, Suzan Tisdale, and Amy Jarecki.
He has narrated for Ms. Jarecki BEAUTY AND THE BARBARIAN, also part of the Highland Force Series.
Before diving into the realm of audio book narration, Brad spent 20 years in New York as an actor/singer. His credits include the 20th Anniversary Broadway revival of ANNIE, touring with MAMMA MIA! and THE WIZARD OF OZ, and numerous regional productions. As a singer, Brad made appearances in several cabaret shows, and sang with the á capella jazz octet Pieces of 8, with whom he recorded the album FALLING TOGETHER. He was also featured on the Grammy-nominated (Best Opera Recording, 2004) studio recording of composer Edward Thomas’ operatic adaptation of DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS