Review: The Wedding (Lairds' Fiancées #2) by Julie Garwood

Monday, October 3
My rating:
 3 Stars…and 3/4

The Synopsis:

It's a classic plot: a marriage of convenience that lays the groundwork for true love.

1119. Journeying from England to Scotland to wed a highlander, Lady Brenna had resigned herself to the arranged match. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captured her en route, she fearlessly met their demand to marry their leader -- the quick-tempered laird Connor MacAlister. She couldn't know that her capture was merely the first act of vengeance against her betrothed, Connor's sworn enemy.

Brenna harbored no illusions that her husband was in love with her; after a hasty forest wedding, MacAlister assured her she could return home once she had borne him a son. But she could not deny that she had once proposed to MacAlister -- ten years ago, when she was just a child, and the visitor to her father's castle charmed her with his dazzling, unexpected smile. Now, as she sets out to win the brave chieftain whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war -- and only her faith in her gallant hero can save her....

What I loved:

- I love the way Julie Garwood writes. Her characters' inner thoughts make me laugh, and help me grow to love them even when I think I couldn't possibly. I admire the strength she gives them, the way her heroines are thoughtful, resilient, and kind way down deep in their bones. I love the alpha-ness of her heroes. I just think she's a wonderful storyteller, and I can't wait for my next JG find!
- Brenna was cute with her forgetful, dazed, bumbling along through life character.
- Connor was everything I would expect in one of Ms. Garwood's Lairds. Brutish, blunt, kind of a Neanderthal, strong, possessive, dominating, and vengeful.

What I didn’t love:

- Gilly. Really? He's going to do that to Gilly?
- Raen. First off, I don't even know how to pronounce that. Secondly, I want to kick him in his balls.
- Story-wise: I didn't like how Connor and Brenna seemed to be speaking two totally different languages through most of the book. They misunderstood the other's reactions / responses / actions constantly. I understand that this was meant to be part of their relationship, but it got mad frustrating yo.
- I felt like Brenna's character wilted. She started out as a lot of great things... independent, considerate, opinionated, open minded. Then it seemed like she became a simpering little yes-woman. When faced with bullying, threatening, and rape, she goes on about trying to please her stepmother-in-law and lying to her husband to seem agreeable. 
What? I mean. No. What??
- I think the title was uninspiring and generic. I had visions of endless pages of difficult in-laws, catering issues and wardrobe malfunctions. It did not sound fun to me. Looking back, now that I've finished the book, why couldn't Ms Garwood call it anything else. There were so many ideas in this story that were more inspiring as a book title than The Wedding.

3.75 stars is good. It was a good read, but for me it wasn't on the same level as The Bride. Happy to see Alec & Jamie in this one, though!

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