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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Bride by Julie Garwood.

Hero: Alec Kincaid
Heroine:: Jamie Jamison
Grade: B+

By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison...a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her...forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian.

He was everything her heart warned against—an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks spoke of savage pleasures. And thought Kincaid's scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him...until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses...

The JG battle has always been between Alec Kincaid and Connor MacAllister, which is the sexiest Highlander? Here at Sanctuary's Finest, for some reason, Connor wins out ahead of Alec, it's like we all have the same taste in men, because the score for this battle was once again, 4-1, with our Aussie sister, championing Alec Kincaid. Me thinks that Grace likes to go against the group just to be ornery.

We still love her.

So I picked this book up last night after I had read about 200 pages of my Outlander book and was flipping through it, laughing at some scenes and sighing over others.

And I've got to tell you, if I dont' reread The Wedding soon, Alec may win my favors....not really, but I forgot all the reasons why I love Connor so much as I was reading Alec's book.

You see, The Bride is about Alec Kincaid and Jamie Jamison, the poor girl and her name. Alec is forced to choose an English bride to bring unity and peace to England and Scotland and Jamie's father has pissed off the English King so it's from his daughters that Alec and his friend Daniel Ferguson will choose their wives.

Jamie is the youngest daughter and instead of being taken care of because she's the youngest, she is the one that takes care of all of sisters as well as her Father. She practically runs the entire household by her lonesome.

Where's the fairness in that? And because she takes care of the household, Baron Jamison thinks to keep her out of the Scots line of vision and not tell them about her so that he can hold on to his precious Jamie, not because he loves her or anything, oh hell no, the stupid bastard wants to keep Jamie home to take care of his lazy arse.

..and that really grates on my hot damn nerves.

So had it not been for the horse master, Alec and Daniel wouldn't have known about Jamie and her father would have robbed her of ever having her own happiness. What kind of father does a thing like that to his daughter?

Not a very good one.

And the things we find out about Jamie's family throughout the book really irritate the snot out of me, like when Jamie is chosen by Alec and her older sister Mary is chosen by Daniel, they set out to travel to their new homes, in Scotland....way north, in the Highlands. Somewhere along their travels, they run into a band of thieves who try to rob them, you would think that Mary because she's the oldest would try to protect her younger sister, but that wasn't the case at all, she flew behind Jamie and demanded that Jamie protect her.

What the bleeding flip?

Now I know that I probably wouldn't be the bravest person should I come into contact with people that want to rob me, but I know for a fact that I would protect the younger ones, cause there was this one time my nephew and I almost got ran over by a speeding car at Knotts Berry Farm and I totally pushed Seth out of the way so that he wouldn't get hit, nearly colliding with the car myself, so I can honestly tell you, my fellow readers that I am NO Mary Jamison...LOL.

But anyway, I digress...sorry. Aside from the issues I had with Jamie's family, this book was a really good book, it had laughter and it had a happy ending which is just the recipe in my book for a good book. There was a spot of drama in the book, which helps the storyline along with a bit of mystery giving the book a really good review in my opinion.

I had no idea who was behind all of the fires and the mishaps that happened to Jamie, I mean I figured it was someone who was in love with Alec, but I had no idea it was who it was...that one threw me for a loop, but in my defense I was wrapped up in Alec and Jamie's relationship, so that part of the mystery didn't really catch my attention.

I loved Alec and Jamie as a couple, they were truly the perfect match in this book and I think anyone who wants to read a good Highland historical should pick this one up because it's good stuff, so kudos to Julie Garwood on this gem, I loved it.

Now go and read it so you can love it too.

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