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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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  • KElizabeth 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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  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Regina Douglas
  • 13-04-2018

Amazing Author

This book was amazing.. lots of action and filled with romance., I love the way Amy Jarecki writes it’s a way that you don’t want to put down the book!

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  • Jessica
  • 04-04-2018

Great book!!

I loved the chemistry between the two main characters. I can listen to this again and again not get tired of this story!

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  • Elizabeth R Brown
  • 29-03-2018

Don’t waste your money or time!!!!!

I can’t even comment on the story because the narration was SOOOOOOO SOOOOO VERY bad! There are two people narrating it- neither one does a bad job but it is soooo annoying! It isn’t like they each do one voice and it is woven through the book- no. They each do every other chapter and the woman has a deep voice for the male character and a higher voice for the female- pretty normal. However, so does the male narrator. So every other chapter the voices change- the nuances the narrator brings to the characters change and it is soooo hard to follow. I’m a 2nd grade teacher and my students have asked me not to have a sub read the chapter book we are reading to them if I have a conference or I’m going to be gone. I now understand what they meant by: “They don’t read it right and it makes it hard to understand.” I had to stop and not finish the book because it was too annoying- I never would have thought this would be a big deal but it is a deal breaker for me!

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  • Ann
  • 19-03-2018

Narrator ruined it- way too old!!!

I’m not usually bothered by poor narration but yikes I keep seeing an old man and a young boy as the main characters because that’s what they sound like- yuck!

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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.