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  • The MacKinnon's Bride

  • Highland Brides, Book 1
  • By: Tanya Anne Crosby
  • Narrated by: Braden Wright
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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The MacKinnon's Bride

By: Tanya Anne Crosby
Narrated by: Braden Wright
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Summary

Braden Wright’s stellar performance brings to life this historical romance rife with betrayal, kidnapping, and soul-shaking passion. The MacKinnon’s Bride is a captivating tale of love and loss, the first audio in the listener-favorite series The Highland Brides.

Descended from the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain will stop at nothing to ensure the boy’s return. In a retaliatory move, he captures the daughter of his enemy, FitzSimon, planning to bargain for his son’s return.

Page never imagined her father, FitzSimon, would betray her. Even as she blames her captor, Iain, for breaking an agreement with her father, Page suspects a painful truth about why she was cast out. 

"Keep her, or kill her!" Page’s own father proclaims, when Iain forces his hand. Only the love of her reluctant champion can save the fiery MacKinnon's Bride. 

©1996 Tanya Anne Crosby (P)2013 Tanya Anne Crosby

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Enjoyed it

The story was good it kept me interested although the heroine was quite annoying, especially in the beginning.
As for the narrator he was ok, but id rather have a British narrator for a Scottish historical romance. The American accent didn't go well with the story.

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Good story but the narration...

I thoroughly enjoyed this story but the narration was a bit unsettling- the narrator had a really deep voice that was fine for the male characters but when he did a female voice he sounded a bit like Dame Edna. Once I’d got that thought in my head it kind of killed the erotic scenes. But a god listen nevertheless.

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Female voices were grim but the male voices?! Wow!

Where does The MacKinnon's Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd put it in the middle. Though the story is good and I love the male voices, the female voices were dreadful. Those lowered the caliber of the audiobook for me. I would definitely give his narration a go again though because it wasn't completely annoying (only because of the hot male voices and hardly any women in the book). However if Braden Wright was paired with a female voice actress I would definitely give it a go- obviously providing I liked the plot line.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The MacKinnon's Bride?

The escape attempt and the naked chase! lol. And of course the yellow crocuses. :)

Which character – as performed by Braden Wright – was your favourite?

Definitely Iain. I absolutely hated his rendition of female voices. It was awful. However his male voices were hot! I would be dismayed with Page's voice and then Iain's would make it all better! Insert tingle here! lmao!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts made me laugh, no crying although there was some frustration at times. Sometimes I felt we were repeating dialogue and inner battles we had already had; and they would happen at times where you desperately wanted to see what happened next.

Any additional comments?

Two things I felt this book needed was more suspense for the 'baddie'. In some of my favourite books, you have an idea about the villain but then theres a plot twist that throws you for a loop and you like "wow". I guessed pretty much straight away who the antagonist of the story was and then the author admitted it and named him before the characters figured it out. I felt that could have been done better.The second, and this is purely a pet peeve- if a story has a prologue or an ending like this story did it NEEDS to have an epilogue even if (because this is a series) its a month ahead. I really wanted to hear Malcom call Page mammy and find out if she fell pregnant straight away like Iain wanted. Overall though, it was an enjoyable story.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 17-01-14

I HATED HITTING THE PAUSE BUTTON

If you download this captivating listen then prepare yourself to be engulfed, entrapped and entwined as a riveting love story slowly but deliciously emerges about two lost souls who start off as enemies but eventually, and thankfully, grasp at love.

As you're whisked away to a heartbreaking scene within a bedroom inside a Castle in Scotland then, a few years later, to a Lake outside the Castle walls of 1124 England, it's there you'll meet the H/H, a vulnerable, yet strong, but mentally abused and scarred, Lady Page and her kidnapper who's a much loved Laird and a devout Father handsome Iain MacKinnon. He is also mentally damaged by the events of his past but who's life is about to become drastically and dramatically changed forever.

You can't help but empathize with the H/H who have been wounded by life's challenges but, as you get swept up in the unfolding story that's sprinkled with humor and a glorious use of both the old English and Gaelic language, you become immersed in the first tentative steps of mutual attraction. This is fought and denied but then the inevitable tender sizzling awareness, then passion and.... eventually (sigh) love follows. Two not too descriptive sex scenes but very touching nonetheless.

This charming story isn't filled with a lot of pulse-pounding action, descriptive references or historical references BUT what it is filled with is emotion in the form of secrets, kidnapping, murder, deception, intrigue, hidden feelings, likeable characters, a loveable sweet little boy, betrayal and, as the Warriors huddle around the campfire, a concealed enemy lurks and slowly plans his evil revenge.

Braden Wright has, thankfully, narrated all TAC's books because he brings to life each scene, each character and his deep Scottish brogue for Iain is just a pleasure to listen to and I'm one grateful fan.

Worth a credit? Any historical romance fan who can't resist a loveable handsome Highland brute in a kilt (phew and sigh, my library's filled with them) then this one's for you and definitely me.... so ooow aye, 'twas a bonny book n well wurrth a wee credit.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 20-01-14

Two Torn Hearts One Fun Adventure

This book really surprised me. I wasn't expecting this story to be a captivating, emotional, funny and romantic....but it was.

The main characters are both very emotionally hurt individuals. Iain is a tortured romantic soul and Page is a sassy smart-mouthed wench. When they meet they are drawn together both emotionally and physically then set out on a journey to overcome their insecurities and find love and family. The minor characters in this book added so much emotion and humor (it's really unfair to call them minor). The narrator did a great job with this book. Hope he reads the next book in the series.

This adventure has hostages, murder, romance, secrets, anguish, lies, silly nudity, and just cute fun. I am looking forward to book 2.


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  • Rhonda K
  • 03-04-15

Fantastic Highlander Romance

What made the experience of listening to The MacKinnon's Bride the most enjoyable?

Very well narrated and captured attention immediately.

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In Scotland 1124, the Hero, Iain MacKinnon, living with past tragedies of his wife’s death, is betrayed by one of his own clan and his very young son is turned over to the English to be held as hostage. The powerful Scottish Highlander will stop at nothing to retrieve his son and bring him back home. So what does he do, he captures the enemy’s daughter and intends to trade hostages.

Page, the heroine, has been rejected by her father all her life and is paid absolutely no attention or love from him. But never did she dream that her father would deny bringing her home and return the highlander’s son to him.

When Iain learns that FitzSimons will not make the trade he takes another avenue to ensure the return of his son. Although he succeeds he learns the father doesn’t want the daughter back and will in no way allow her to return home, or he will kill her. Iain simply cannot understand how any father could feel so towards his offspring. So he gives orders that none of his warriors are to tell Page what is happening and that he plans on taking her with him to his home.

What follows, with Page not being told her father doesn’t want her, is her making any kind of trouble she can to escape. Her attempts are filled with humor and I found myself laughing along at her antics. This story is shares humor, romance, mystery, intrigue, and passion with the reader. The interaction between the hero and heroine captures and enthralls.

I have actually read this book many times, with each time seeming like the first time, and have it in print, on kindle, and on audio, which is fantastic, as well. It has found a permanent home on my keeper shelf! I very highly recommend reading this as well as the books that follow in the series, or anything else written by the fabulously talented Tanya Anne Crosby!

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  • Victoria
  • 10-04-15

Outstanding!

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I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, but listening to Braden Wright narrate was something totally different! I hated for it to end...he had the perfect deep sexy voice you would expect for Ian...I loved this audio version & would love to see more of the Highland Brides series in audio...with Braden narrating, of course!

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  • Melissa L
  • 13-02-17

Couldn't Finish

I don't expect realism in an Romance book, but her reaction to being kidnapped in the 1st chapter was just not acceptable. Really? Leaning into his hand? And the narrator should tone back his female voice imitation. It's obnoxious and really kind off insulting.

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  • Lorraine
  • 30-03-15

And they lived happily ever after

I enjoyed this story. The author has a nice way of describing pretty things like flowers and sunsets. I enjoyed her words. They were like poetry in the middle of a story.

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  • Yvette
  • 19-01-14

EXCELLENT NARRATOR; GOOD STORY

I really like Tanya Anne Crosby and when her new book was paired with the talent of Braden Wright as the narrator, I didn't think twice & bought this audiobook. Braden Wright is one of my favorite male narrators. He's the narrator with a "swoon-worthy" voice that brings a wonderful, deep masculine quality to the male leads. His voicing for the women is fine, I mean who really cares when his male voicing is soooo good?

There are so many things I loved about this book. Crosby gives readers two leads, Iain MacKinnon (Highland Laird), and Lady Page (daughter of an English nobleman) who are easy to become emotionally invested in. Ian MacKinnon will stop at nothing to get back his son who is in custody an English nobleman, FitzSimon. (Ian's son was kidnapped in the dead of night with no witnesses). Part of Iain's plan to get back his son entails retaliating in kind as he kidnapped FitzSimon's only daughter to barter for the return. However, what happens when the value of the love of one father does not equal that of the other?

Let me say that the beginning and the ending part of the book was fabulous! There is a lot of internal dialogue among the characters, especially the leads to where you feel and know how they are processing each moment. Yet, so much inner dialogue somewhat tapers the action or movement forward in the plot, as it did in this book. This book dragged most in the middle. It felt as though both the romance and the action was on a road leading to nowhere and very slowly, at that! There was also a part of dealing with a dead body and the mishaps related to that which I found untasteful. Aside from these distractions, I enjoyed the leads, their sweet romance and their relationship with Iain's son, Malcolm who was adorable.

This book explored the theme of a parent's love and how that love impacts the next generation. The villain in this book was spurred by that burn of rejection from a parent and made him/her the most dangerous kind of enemy because he was the kind who settled in the heart and covered his own treacherous ways with an outward obedience, but inward hate. Yet, the redeeming qualities that shine through is the enduring theme that love heals a multitude of wounds, especially past wounds of rejection.

By the way, I'm not happy that there was no epilogue, but because it's part of a series, I would hope that readers would get some details of Iain and Page's life in the future books.

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  • seelk
  • 10-03-15

Excellent

I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, but listening to it read by Braden Wright blew me away. Just the right amount of raspy with a healthy does of warmth, Mr. Wright's voice is the perfect choice for this story, it made me feel warm and tingly... and the singing he does... *sigh* I played those parts back a few times. The voices of the characters were well differentiated, I especially loved Iain's voice, also old Angus' voice. The emotions came thru clearly which for me is important. I find nothing worse when I hear the word but not the emotion behind it. This story of Iain and Page is a a good mix of romance, mystery, betrayal, redemption, revenge and a dash of hilarity ending with a HEA. Thank you for a great listening experience.

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  • Mary Beth Maschner
  • 29-10-15

Painfully ridiculous. A waste of time & money.

I can't believe anyone would give this pig slop a 5 star rating. Completely unrealistic characters in supposedly Medieval times. Full of constant arguing & petty behavior. The heroine was a childish shrew and the hero was a supposed to be a laird but was more like a whipped dog on a chain. Too stupid to finish.

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  • NEW NAME
  • 12-01-15

It was cute, for $3.95 just get it!

This book told us about an honorable highlander, who is scared by his past, and a young lady who is funny and strong but still is waiting for her father's approval. It was heartbreaking to hear of the Laird's first wife, but even more heartbreaking to hear of a noble daughter relegated to servants work and a father who never wanted anything to do with her.

The antics these two get up to was very amusing and I would definitely listen to a story by this author and narrator again.

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