I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Highland Spy by Madeline Martin
Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Diversion Books on January 10th 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Dave Gillies
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Ariana Fitzroy has lost her family and her fortune. The fight for survival leads her to the shadowed card games of court where she discovers she has quite a talent for slipping cards into her favor. While the winnings are enough to sustain her at present, they will not last forever…
Connor Grant, trainer of the fallen women from the English court and personal assassin to the king, is just as broken as the women he trains. After losing his own land and all his people in a brutal attack from a trusted friend, he has no choice but to rebuild any way he sees possible – even if it means going against everything he’s ever believed in.
After catching Ariana cheating at cards, Connor has a new trainee to instruct at one of the king’s many confiscated castles. In the dilapidated ruins, he discovers Ariana is more than she appears and falls in love with her incredibly tenacity and dedication – a love that is challenged by Connor’s chance at reclaiming the inheritance he once lost and has sought so desperately to regain.
This story is one of second chances, of realizing a strength where only hopelessness once resided – a story of rising above the bad hand one has been dealt into a life of accomplishment and love.
Here is what I thought
Ariana’s family lost everything and she is on her own to try and survive. She cheats at cards and normally gets away with it but Conner catchers her. Conner is a puppet of the king who holds his title from him while he makes him do his bidding. Conner takes women and trains them to be spies for the king.
Conner has only one goal and that is to get free of the king and get his castle back. He wouldn’t mind getting some revenge on those he thinks responsible for his dads death, he doesn’t really like training the ladies to be spies but he does what he must. When he finds Ariana though she brings out a protective side of him and he doesn’t want to put her in harms way.
Ariana is just doing what she must to survive but when she starts to feel something for Conner and he doesn’t seem to want anyone to know she tries to get away but that sort of spirals into a whole lot of trouble but it also makes Conner think about how he feels.
I liked both Ariana and Conner and felt they made a good match. She is a bit stubborn and he needs someone to keep him in line…lol. I liked how things were resolved not only between Ariana and Conner but the king, etc.
Highland Spy was a decent romance and I am thinking that I might have liked it more if I would have been in more of a mood to listen to one. My mind hasn’t been on romances lately but I needed to get it listened too. The narrator is what held me fast as I could just listen to him all day…lol.
This is my first time listening to Dave Gillies and OMG I think I could just listen to that accent all day. 🙂 He doesn’t have to fake that accent…lol.
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