Audiobook Review: THE HIGHLANDER ENTANGLED by Vonda Sinclair

Big takeaway: The future is not promised us. We must do the best to grasp the present, living fully in it, even though our decision may bring more heartache. Who is to know?

Highlander Entangled audiobook cover artTitle: Highlander Entangled The Highland Adventure Series, Book 9
Author: Vonda Sinclair
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: The Scottish Highlands, 1617
Pages: 277
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B07823R6K9

Narrated by: Dave Gillies
Length: 9 hours, 47 minutes
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Publisher: Vonda Sinclair

The Highland Adventure Series
Book 1: My Fierce Highlander
Book 2: My Wild Highlander
Book 3: My Brave Highlander
Book 4: My Daring Highlander
Book 5: My Notorious Highlander
Book 6: My Rebel Highlander
Book 7: My Captive Highlander
Book 8: Highlander Unbroken
Book 9: Highlander Entangled

Publisher’s Summary:

Lady Kristina MacQueen suffered devastating injuries at the hands of a ruthless Highland chief, Blackburn MacCromar. Two years later, he kidnaps her for a journey across the chilly, windblown Scottish Highlands to flush out her sister, Anna, the woman Blackburn forced to wed him. Red Holme, Blackburn’s second-in-command, is equally brutal and determined to possess Kristina.

A Highland warrior and future chief, Colin Cameron has no intention of becoming entangled in the whims of another highborn lady. However, upon witnessing Lady Kristina being held hostage by the enemy, a knife to her throat, he resolves to rescue her and bring her to safety. When Red Holme sees Colin Cameron, he recognizes his enemy from a decade earlier and craves revenge even more than he lusts for the lady. But he is determined to have both.

Colin is the most charismatic and heroic man Kristina has ever met, and he awakens her woman’s instincts. He might be her only chance to experience a brief moment of passion. Even so, she holds no illusions about marriage, for no worthy man will find her blindness and scars appealing, or see them as beneficial traits in a wife. But she can’t see how he looks at her. Though Colin has sworn to never fall in love again, he cannot defend his heart against the strong, spirited, and lovely lass who is like none other he has ever met.

©2017 Vonda Sinclair (P)2018 Vonda Sinclair

My Thoughts: From the first paragraph author Sinclair and narrator Dave Gillies took me on a fast-paced story of injustice and the cruelty of a man’s desire for power and revenge. But it was so much more than that. Guilt runs rampant when Colin kicks himself for not anticipating future events.  It’s also about learning to love oneself with all ones imperfections and know that another can, too.  And the ultimate takeaway—love– the most important emotion and should not be ignored!

Two sisters, Kristine and Suzanne MacQueen, have been dealt cruelly by Blackburn MacCromar, a man so vicious with his treatment of these two women, he is very easy to hate.  His viciousness leaves Lady Kristina blind.  In this story he uses her as a tool to get Anna, Kristina’s sister back into his clutches.  But Blackburn has his hands full when it comes to Colin Cameron.

Colin is best friends to laird Neacal McDonald who has fallen in love with Anna.  Anna’s love to her sister has the laird ready to save Kristina and protect the woman he loves.  Emotions run high, Colin is smitten with Kristina, even though she has a scar running down her cheek and blind.  As a reader, I felt the over powering need of this Highlander in love.  His need to protect. He came to worship the ground she walked on. But all comes crashing down!

Kristina also falls for Colin, but knows she’s not good enough for him, the first son of a laird. She’s imperfect. Then there is Colin’s clan, will they accept her?

Evil lurks led by Blackburn, a man filled with the hatred of revenge –Red Holme.  He’s a danger to Kristina because he’s always wanted to bed the wench. (his words, not mine)  But it seems he’s also a danger to Colin and his clan.

Sinclair knows how to ratchet up a good story, difficulties on an emotional level and danger on the physical kept me listening.  In fact, it was so good, I listened to it twice.

Narrator Gillies is such a pleasure to listen to.  His impersonation of women’s voices is so feminine and life-like, I can see the women. The Highlander men are brawny with deep voices (big men) and sound of compassion.   I love his impersonation of the men who are the villains in this story.  I feel the evil oozing off them like slime!

If you’re a fan of Highland stories, as I am, you’ll surely enjoy listening to this series.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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