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The Highland Duke

Series: Lords of the Highlands, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She'll put her life on the line for him....

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger, he will face death itself to make her his.

©2017 Amy Jarecki (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Readers will admire plucky Akira, who, despite her poverty, is fiercely independent and is determined to be no man's mistress. The romance is scintillating and moving, enhanced by fast-paced suspense." ( Publishers Weekly)

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the two narrators are distracting

the storv is great but having each narrator do each chapter is horribly distracting. I ended up skipping a lot of it.

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  • Kathryn Green
  • 09-07-2017

The Highland Duke

First, the cover entranced me so I bought the book. I can't put my finger on exactly why I find this cover so compelling, but I do. I have always loved Ms. Jarecki's books and never been disappointed by any of them. They are always very well written, with strong, well developed characters you can't help but get attached to. Penelope Hardy and Alex Hyde-White both gave 5 * performances for their wonderful rendition in their narration. Not only is this a Do not miss book, but a Do not miss audiobook as well. Excellent! 😀

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  • Zzrole
  • 10-12-2017

Narration was disjointed

I can’t tell if the story was not well written or if the narration ruined the story. Having two people trade off each chapter was disjointed. The male narrator did not do a very good job of distinguishing between voices. Half the time I couldn’t tell who was talking until a couple of sentences in.
The storyline itself did not seem very sophisticated. However, that could’ve been because of the narrators as I said before. There were 3 or 4 sex scenes. All were pretty brief except the first one. Again the writing, (or narration) did not draw me in.

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  • Katrina
  • 12-06-2017

The story was good but...

The female narrator was good she did the characters with a Scottish accent ,then the male read his part in an English accent. He made it very hard to listen too. I also found the way he read it was kind of snotty.

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  • Starlet M.
  • 20-04-2017

Fabulous, loved every word.

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The Highland Duke
A Lord of the Highland Novel
By Amy Jarecki
Narrated by Penelope Hardy and Alex Hyde-White.


Setting: Hoodmore, Scotland
August, 1703. Near the village of Dunkeld, Scotland.

Historical Background:
"After Queen Anne had rejected the Scottish Parliament’s proposed Act of Security, the entire country was in an uproar—and ready to strike against the Government at last. Yes, he’d agreed to stand by his cousin and challenge the Government troops. The queen’s Act of Settlement was nothing but a sham, created to subvert the succession of the rightful Stuart line behind the guise of Protestantism."

"Death on the battlefield," scanning the dark meadow, healer Akira finds one man alive covered in brush. Moaning with pain from a musket shot to his thigh, Highland Duke George Gordon, Aka Jordie, is grateful Akira found him. Akira reluctantly agrees to remove the musket ball from Jordie's thigh. As Akira tends to his wound, she becomes very aware of this hot blooded highlander and the thoughts he provokes in her mind and soul.
There is nothing more powerful than your one true love.
But even that kind of love faces challenges.
Akira may be an excellent healer, but with gypsy blood running through her, Akira is a social outcast. Can a Duke, the very essence of high society, fall in love with an outcast of society?

Can Jordie, a Duke of Royal blood over look Akira's gypsy roots, accept and love her family, when the world has declared them nothing more than tinkers?
Travel through the majestic highlands and discover if love is powerful enough to overcome obstacles from every direction. Ms. Jarecki has a magical talent of blending non-fiction and fiction together in such a way, the reader learns more and more about Historical Scotland, while falling in love with her heroes and heroines. Weaving funny undertones and phrases such as beetle brain half wit, throughout the story, lending a lighthearted, playful touch here and there. But it doesn't take away the power of this story.Talk about a villain.... meet the self-centered, egotistical, Captain Weaver. He will definitely make you dislike him. I wanted to jump into the book and shoot him myself. Just another talent of Amy’s, to draw you into the story so deeply, you want to protect the hero and heroine yourself.
Ms. Jarecki has such a beautiful writing style. The reader cannot help but be mesmerized and feel like they are taking each step of the journey with these characters. This author also leaves us with heart stirring contemplation on how we ourselves live our lives.
I just loved everything about this story. A must read.

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I really enjoyed listening to Penelope Hardy’s narration. She does a male character very well and puts great emotion into her performance of the story.

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  • J. Sheets
  • 30-03-2017

Cinderella like

What did you like best about this story?

The Duke is a good man who uses his wealth and power to help the less fortunate. True love knows no class distinction.

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The male audio reader sounded much too old for the Duke. This detracted from visualizing the 33 years old Geordie.

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  • Dianne
  • 08-08-2019

The Duke And The Gypsy

Akira was a gypsy and a healer. Healing was the only source of income for her, her three sisters and her mother. They were very poor and food was often scarce. When there were battles between the Clans or a Clan against the Redcoat English Dragoons Akira would go to the battlefield afterwards and doctor the wounded hoping to earn support. She would have done it without pay because she had a kind heart. On this particular day she found a wounded Scot pulled under some bushes hiding with a ball in his thigh. It was imperative he not be found by the English or he would forfeit his title, his money, his home and either be hanged it
or have his head cut off. He would not even tell who he was; just the nickname Geordie. She took the ball out there and went to purchase him a horse, but they left his personalized Whiskey Flask afterwards. He insisted she go with him since he was bleeding so bad and so weak and he had agreed to pay her a goodly sum for her service.
This was the beginning of an adventure running from an English Sergeant determined to capture them both to get a reward of lands and money. During this time she was surprised to find he was a good and kind man. He thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. This was a sweet love story with all the difficulties of a poor gypsy girl and a Duke from the English Aristocricy and the view of them by the world. She was a virgin and he was a former womanizer with a reputation. She was raised a good girl and held him to that until love overtook both of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2019

really didn't like the narrartors

I hated the back and forth of 2 voices and felt the talking was rushed and not properly emphasized with proper tones so it was quite hard to enjoy the story. Also the man's voice was quite old and the main Male character was 33 so it sounded odd and didn't match up at all.
the story was good, but I'd prefer to read this book myself.

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  • Candace Lebel
  • 31-03-2019

True love

I enjoyed this story, though I thought the male narrator portrayed the duke as much older than I believe he was written to be.

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  • charlottesreads
  • 28-02-2019

Great premise

Definitely enjoyed the story more than the narration. The Duke's character growth was nicely done....and boy did he need to grow up!

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  • dundra
  • 29-05-2018

ENCHANTING and ENTHRALLING

The storyline was easy to follow, believable. The characters realistic and lively. Attention to details and explanations were helpful in carrying the story one screen to the next. The book overall was delightful and heartwarming. I would recommend it to other listeners. First rate.

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  • Claire
  • 04-06-2019

Could not continue it

Couldn't stand listening to it any more as both the narrators voices were awful and irritated me. Couldn't understand why there were both man and woman narrating if they both narrated both the men's voices and the women's. Maybe if the woman narrated the women's voices and the man narrated the men's voices it might have been a bit better. But still the man's voice was too rough for my liking. Only reached till the 3rd chapter couldn't bear it anymore.

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  • MM
  • 14-02-2018

Get another actor!!!!

What made the experience of listening to The Highland Duke the most enjoyable?

I love Amy's books. Having read a few already, I thought I'd treat myself to an audible, but complete waste of money. Very very disappointed. Yes the story is great but the whole essence is lost by the lack of abilities from the actors.
The cover design was very enticing.

How could the performance have been better?

This story needs re-recording with different actors. Penelope Hardy made a reasonable performance and would have been okay if she had remained the only actor. Alex Hyde-White was appalling and lazy. With the two together the audio was impossible to listen to, follow the story and enjoy.