The Bride (Lairds’ Fiance #1) by Julie Garwood

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The Bride. This was one of the first romance novels I read. This is one of the reasons why I fell in love with romance novels. This novel is a historical romance taking place in England around the year 1102. Here is a brief background of the novel provided by Goodreads: By the king’s edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jamie the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison, is his choice. From his first glimpse of the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. This was a woman worthy of his fearless warrior’s spirit. And he aches to touch her, tame her, possess her…forever. But with the wedding vows, Jamie pledges her own secret oath: She will never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned her against — an arrogant, brooding scoundrel whose rough good looks and seductive embrace fire her blood. But when strange accidents begin to threaten Jamie’s life and an old rumor that Alec killed his first wife spreads anew, something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses.

Alec the strong, stubborn Highlander (they don’t like to be called Scottish). This was a great storyline, and that could be because of my bias, but in truth it’s because they female lead is a strong independent woman. A woman forced to marry a stranger and really they try to make the marriage work. It’s not about falling in love at first sight because they really don’t. it’s more about falling in love with each other over time and learning to work together against all else. That’s what I love about it. I love the fact that this Jaime starts three wars in the first week she is at her new home. Absolutely fun to read. I also enjoy reading about her sister Mary and Mary’s relationship with her husband. Jaime is a great female lead. Her nature is so contradictory.

As for the sex scenes, yumm…. *sigh* Don’t we all wish sometimes that we could be taken away by a Highlander. (maybe that’s why I like Roarke so much). He’s strong, gorgeous (at least in my mind), and stubborn to the bone. All the characteristics of a great guy, right? I also forgot to mention that he knows how to get your blood boiling. Their sex scenes are filled with laughter, enjoyment, passion, and love. All the items that a great love scene needs.

Overall I give this novel 5 out 5 kittens! I could read this novel over and over again without getting tired of it. That is one of my characteristics of a great novel. You simply cannot tire of it. The next novel I will be reading in Bella Andre’s Come a Little Bit Closer. So look forward to that as well as a few other novels I will be receiving in the mail. Happy Readings everyone!

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