Review: The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées #1) by Julie Garwood

Thursday, August 25
My rating:
5 Stars…

What I loved:  

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.


I'm pretty sure I look insane with how big I'm smiling over this story.


What I loved:
- Jamie is hysterical. The scene where she takes Kincaid's club off the wall and goes off to handle her business. Aagh. Loved it so much. And every time she got lost. And when she dumps the water on the guards outside her window! And the strife she brings on herself when Kincaid finally confesses his love. Ha!
- Alec Kincaid is the total delicious alpha package. (Yes, I said package.) He's brave, and hard, and strong, and ginormous, and sexy, and mischievous, and I love how he keeps pushing Jamie's buttons.
- The complexity of all Julie Garwood's characters. Beak! Her stepfather's stable master - what a wonderful man for doing what he did for Jamie.
Quote…"I've been storing this up for a long while, Beak, and I won't be rushed."
"Well?" Beak demanded in a near shout.
"I love you. I've never told you before, but I love you with all my heart. You've been a good father to me, Beak."
- Jamie

- There was just enough mystery and intrigue to keep a background story ticking along, without taking away from the main focus. That being all the glorious, not-altogether-romantic banter between Jamie & Alec. The banter and tension were probably my favourite things about The Bride.
- And Jamie has so many things going for her! I love that in my characters. She had skills, talents, hobbies, she was smart, witty, loving. Yeah, no... she was probably my favourite thing about The Bride.
- Actually no, Kincaid was probably my favourite thing. Or how Jamie saves Angus. Or the McPherson's baby. Or her argument with McPherson.
I don't know. It was all just really, really good.

What I didn’t love:

- So, in the end, I didn't really get Annie's deal. Was she mentally impaired? Was it a ploy? Was the glimpse we got into her PoV a diary entry, or thoughts, or what? Because, the PoV was pretty grown up if it was train of thought, so I'm guessing she didn't have what everyone said was the mental acuity of a child. I just *shrugs* I didn't get it.

Excellent story telling, fantastic & complex characters, a funny as shit heroine, lots of sexual tension and heat, a glorious alpha, and just a generally awesome, awesome book.

Quote…It was a united show of loyalty, Alec knew, but it wasn't for Angus that the soldiers knelt. No, Angus was their equal. They wouldn't kneel before him. The soldiers were now giving Lady Kincaid their loyalty, their complete trust.
And his wife slept through their silent pledge.
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