The Bride by Julie Garwood #Review

Title: The Bride

Author: Julie Garwood

Release Date:  May 21st 2002 (first published July 1st 1989)

Length:  352  pages

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Atria Books

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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From New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood, whose novels have enchanted millions of readers worldwide, comes a breathtakingly romantic novel about a mismatched young wife and husband who, despite their differences in background and temperament, fall inexorably in love. The Bride sweeps readers back to the savage beauty of medieval Scotland….

By the king’s edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jaime 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.

With all the storytelling power and insight into the human heart that have made her one of the bestselling authors of our time, Julie Garwood takes readers on an unforgettable romantic journey rich in humor, suspense, and historical detail.

**** My Review ****

I love stories that take place in the Scottish Highlands, a long time ago. They may be historically incorrect, and my perception of the Highlanders may not at all be true, but I really find all those stories where the hero is a sexy Highlander, romantic and cruel at the same time, simply irresistible. A gentle warrior with hands that can give unprecedented pleasure to their loved ones or the cruel death of enemies. Possessive, protective and enticing….

If you have never read a Scottish Highland romance, then this is a great one to start with. A wonderful story about a sweet romance between an English Lass and a mighty Scottish Laird that will amaze readers with the amazing set up, great plot and lots of witty banter, accompanied by sexy, steamy scenes.

The story of Alec and Jamie hooked me from the very beginning. Just the idea of a sexy, badass Highlander had me all in, and Alec didn’t disappoint. Sexy-as-sin, cocky warrior with a tender side that will make you swoon and drool. Confident, possessive, emotionally unavailable, yet so approachable, a real challenge for our wonderful heroine. The pretty English lass, an unworthy wife to any proud Scot, but to alluring to be ignored. A perfect blend of sweetness, naivetés and bravery. Her sassyness and wit will make readers laugh out loud.

And those two together- absolute delight. What punishment would that be? Who wants a disobedient wife, mischievous all the time plus English on top of that? And yet, so irresistible…

New life, new home and new love begins to sparkle…hot and powerful husband and beautiful wife, trying to fit in….well, Julie definitely didn’t want her readers to get n=bored so she added enough conflict, tension and suspense to keep her readers turning pages and be completely invested in the story. And most definitely hid the villain in plain sight.

The storyline is absolutely captivating, maybe inclined towards ridiculous at times and historically incorrect, but who cares? The characters were well-developed and so lovable. Her mischievous acts and reasoning made me laugh. I really loved the witty banter, and the sexual tension was really expressed. I hadn’t expected the book to be so steamy, not that I’m complaining.

If you’re looking for a book that will transport you to the world of the sexy Highlanders, a sweet romance, a bit silly and very funny, then you definitely need to read this one.

****About the Author****

With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America’s favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. “The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick,” says Ms. Garwood.

She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young-adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985. Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense. Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world. Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.

Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.


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