Narrated By: Matthew Brenher
Duration: 13 hours and 16 minutes
What to expect
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to rugged Scotland with a dramatic tale of passionate desire, unwavering devotion, and a match too powerful to deny.
Restless and impatient, Marcus Cynster waits for fate to come calling. He knows his destiny lies in the lands surrounding his family home, but what will his future be and with whom will he share it? Of one fact he feels certain: his fated bride will not be Niniver Carrick. His elusive neighbor attracts him mightily, yet he feels compelled to protect her—even from himself. Fate, he's sure, would never be so kind as to decree that Niniver should be his. The best he can do for them both is to avoid her.
Niniver has vowed to return her clan to prosperity. The epitome of fragile femininity, her delicate and ethereal exterior cloaks a stubborn will and an unflinching devotion to the people in her care. She accepts that she cannot risk marrying and losing her grip on the clan's reins to an inevitably controlling husband. Unfortunately, many local men see her as their opportunity. Soon, she's forced to seek help to get rid of her unwelcome suitors. Powerful and dangerous, Marcus Cynster is perfect for the task. Suppressing her wariness over tangling with a gentleman who excites her passions, she appeals to him for assistance with her peculiar problem.
Although at first he resists, Marcus discovers that, contrary to his expectations, his fated role is to stand by Niniver's side and, ultimately, to claim her hand. Yet in order to convince her to be his bride, they must plunge headlong into a journey full of challenges, unforeseen dangers, passion, and yearning, until Niniver grasps the essential truth—that she is indeed a match for Marcus Cynster.
Historical romance, Historical crime and mysteries, Historical romance
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“A new generation of Cynsters takes up the reins and Laurens introduces a fresh perspective on the family…there are passion and heated love scenes, as well as deep conversations and quiet understanding. Readers will savor Marcus’ respect for strong women.”
“Laurens’ sprawling series spans multiple generations and families with no end in sight, but with distinctive, engaging story lines and the ever fascinating and uniquely authentic Cynsters, why stop? Laurens maintains her stylish storytelling in another compelling romance with a hint of suspense and an interesting look at gender roles, power, and partnership.”
“Narrator Matthew Brenher’s restrained tone conveys the façade of unruffled calm that hides Niniver’s true emotions…The characters’ roguish intentions or fierce loyalty to Niniver are captured by Brenher’s delightful range of rich accents and tones, which also create easy character distinction. Brehner’s portrayal of Marcus’ deep voice and gentle steadiness brings out the man’s sexy blend of chivalry and masculinity, adding to the seductiveness of this historical romance.”